Right and Violation

This course explores the controversies of human rights theory with a special emphasis on acts of violation. How could an act of right violation be possible? What are the conditions of possibility of being exalted to the level of human rights for an ordinary political or moral demand? Keeping these questions in mind, we will examine main issues of human rights discipline through the use of video lectures, audio-visual files, interactive digital contents, and engaged online discussions. These materials will construct a more complete image of what a “human rights culture” looks like when it is approached from the viewpoint of people suffering from the violence of violations. This course goes beyond explaining and analyzing theoretical aspects of controversies by addressing recent efforts of human rights defenders to overcome adverse effects of violations. 

Learning aims:

- To understand the historical evolution and institutionalization of violation practices as the sovereign regime of the political body.

- Critical assessment of dominant human rights approaches.

- To develop an emancipatory understanding of rights that will support advocacy practices.

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Classes start on 16th October and take place every Wednesday:

Time in Germany:  16.00 -18.00

Time in Turkey: 17.00 - 19.00 (after 28th October 18.00 - 20.00)


About the instructor

Ahmet Murat Aytaç is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He received his PhD in Political Theory from Ankara University in 2009. His research interests deal with issues of human rights philosophy, political theory and history of political thought, and radical democracy. His books, Ailenin Serencamı: Türkiye'de Modern Aile Fikrinin Oluşumu (2007), and Kitlelerin Ruhu: Sosyal ve Siyasal Tahhayülde Kalabalıklar (2012) published by Dipnot Publications. He is also one of the co-editors of the book, Göçebe Düşünmek: Deleuze Düşüncesinin Kıyılarında (2014), published by Metis Publications. He published many articles and book chapters in various journals or publications. Now he is writing opinion pieces for online daily Gazete Duvar.

***In collaboration with the Free University of Berlin 

Sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung with funds of the Federal Ministry 
for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of
Germany. This online course or parts of it can be used by others for free as
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