Politics of dignity: Whose dignity counts, and who decides?


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Politics Of DignityPhoto credit: Nicholas Roberts

Dignity is an important component of conversations on ethics, morals, and law, but whose dignity is being discussed? Why do we invoke dignity in human rights and sexuality, politics and personal practices? What should we be suspicious of in dignitarian debates, and which aspects of dignity discourses are worth embracing?

On October 9, 2017, Contending Modernities and The Center for Civil and Human Rights convened a panel discussion on the power dynamics that shape the concept of human dignity. Moderated by Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies and co-director of Contending Modernities, the panel featured Doug Cassel, Notre Dame Presidential Fellow and
Professor of Law; Atalia Omer, Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies and co-rirector of Contending Modernities; and Charles Villa Vicencio, Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University.

A summary of the panel discussion by Dania Straughan appears at Contending Modernities, and the full panel may be viewed below.