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Towards Dystopian Democracies in Europe and the USA?

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

TOWARDS DYSTOPIAN DEMOCRACIES IN EUROPE AND THE USA?

FROM PREJUDICE IN IMMIGRATION POLICIES
TO MASS SURVEILLANCE IN COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS


October 22, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

New York University
Lipton Hall
108 West Third Street
New York, NY 10012

RSVP to vd526@nyu.edu by October 20



"New York University will host representatives from the Council of Europe, the ACLU, and others for a one-day conference that will consider western democracies’ responses to an influx of immigrants. The conference, “Towards Dystopian Democracies in Europe and the USA? From Prejudice in Immigration Policies to Mass Surveillance in Counterterrorism Operations,” will focus on how the United States and Europe are responding to the rise of migrants and asylum seekers—ranging from naval military operations to new legislation—with an eye toward the refugee crisis and the new political terrain in these countries, which includes the rise of xenophobic parties. Ultimately, participants will contemplate whether these trends are compatible these countries’ democratic values and histories."


PROGRAMME



WELCOME ADDRESS

Thomas J. CAREW, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU


INTRODUCTION

Jean-Philippe DEDIEU, CIRHUS Research Fellow and SCA Visiting Scholar, NYU


LECTURES

Nils MUIŽNIEKS, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

Susan N. HERMAN, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)


DISCUSSION & DEBATES WITH THE ROOM

Chair: Alyona MINKOVSKI, Host and Producer at HuffPost Live

Sally Engle MERRY, Silver Professor of Anthropology & Faculty Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law, NYU

Larry SIEMS, Writer, Human Rights Activist, and Editor of Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015)


8:15 pm – 8:30 pm    CONCLUSION

Jacqueline BHABHA, FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard


CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY:

Jean-Philippe DEDIEU, CIRHUS Research Fellow & SCA Visiting Scholar, NYU

Stefano MONTANARI, Head of Communication Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe


CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY:

Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CIRHUS), NYU

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
, Council of Europe

Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities & Diversity, NYU

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA)
, NYU

FXB Center For Health And Human Rights, Harvard University

Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), NYU


PRESS RELEASE:

"Balancing Immigration, Terrorism, and Surveillance on the Foundation of Democracy - Oct. 22 Conference," New York University, October 2, 2015.