In Conversation with Dr Jessica Whyte, author of The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the
Rise of Neoliberalism

Tuesday 12 May 2020, 12:00 pm by Zoom
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In this important book, Whyte explores why the neoliberal age has also been the age of human rights.  Drawing on detailed archival research, she explores the place of human rights in an attempts to develop a moral framework for a market society. The book helps us to understand why coming to terms with these origins is so crucial.  As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, now more than ever, we need to be think carefully about the languages and justifications which sustain inequality, and what we can do to challenge them.

Join Sundhya Pahuja, Claerwen O'Hara and Valeria Vazquez Guevara in conversation with Jess Whyte, author of The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism. If you would like to attend, please send your RSVP to Connor Foley at connor.foley@unimelb.edu.au. The link for the virtual launch will be made available to registrants closer to the launch date.

Jessica Whyte is Scientia Fellow (Philosophy and Law) and Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNSW. 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; South Atlantic Quarterly, and Theory and Event. She is author of Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben, (SUNY 2013) and The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism (Verso, 2019). She is an editor of the journal Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development.

Sundhya Pahuja, Claerwen O’Hara and Valeria Vazquez Guevara are researchers based at IILAH, each working on international law, history and inequality in different forms.