The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and Neoliberalism. Workshop with Dr Jessica Whyte
The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics are delighted to invite you to a workshop with Dr Jessica Whyte on her new book, Human Rights and Neoliberalism, which will be published by Verso in November (details below).
The workshop will take place on Thursday 14 November, from 10:30-17:00, City Campus (room TBC). Lunch will be provided.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, in part or in whole, please e-mail Robin Dunford on, so that you can be provided with a copy of the book in advance of the workshop. Places are limited, so please get in touch to confirm your place.  
The Morals of the Market: Drawing on detailed archival research on the parallel histories of human rights and neoliberalism, Jessica Whyte uncovers the place of human rights in neoliberal attempts to develop a moral framework for a market society. In the wake of the Second World War, neoliberals saw demands for new rights to social welfare and self-determination as threats to “civilisation”. Yet, rather than rejecting rights, they developed a distinctive account of human rights as tools to depoliticise civil society, protect private investments and shape liberal subjects.
Dr Jessica Whyte is Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages (Philosophy) and the School of Law, University of New South Wales, and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow. She is a political theorist whose work integrates political philosophy, intellectual history and political economy to analyse contemporary forms of sovereignty, human rights, humanitarianism and militarism. Her work has been published in a range of fora including Contemporary Political Theory; Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development; Law and Critique; Political Theory; and Theory and Event. Her first monograph, Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben, was published by SUNY in 2013. She is currently working on a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project, “Inventing Collateral Damage: The Changing Moral Economy of War”. 
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