Human rights, interdisciplinarity and the time of utopia

Benjamin James Authers

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This article explores the relationship between human rights and utopian thinking through three recurrent tropes: interdisciplinarity, time and the promise. Utopia, like human rights, is shaped by its interdisciplinary engagement with multiple fields of knowledge, by its invocation of the past, present and future as ways of addressing contemporary problems, and by a promissory language, often unfulfilled, of social change and betterment. These interconnected ideas suggest that an attention to the dialogue between utopian thought and human rights can open up new conceptual possibilities, even as those possibilities often fail, or are themselves partial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Human Rights
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • human rights
  • utopia
  • interdisciplinarity
  • time and human rights
  • the promise of human rights


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