BOOK LAUNCH: "Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy" - with Charlotte Walker-Said, John D. Kelly and David Scheffer

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Charlotte Walker-Said and John D. Kelly will read from "Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy." She will be joined in conversation by David Scheffer.

Co-sponsored by Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

At the Co-op


About the book: With this book, Charlotte Walker-Said and John D. Kelly have assembled an essential toolkit to better understand how the notoriously ambiguous concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) functions in practice within different disciplines and settings. Bringing together cutting-edge scholarship from leading figures in human rights programs around the United States, they vigorously engage some of the major political questions of our age: what is CSR, and how might it render positive political change in the real world?
The book examines the diverse approaches to CSR, with a particular focus on how those approaches are siloed within discrete disciplines such as business, law, the social sciences, and human rights. Bridging these disciplines and addressing and critiquing all the conceptual domains of CSR, the book also explores how CSR silos develop as a function of the competition between different interests. Ultimately, the contributors show that CSR actions across all arenas of power are interdependent, continually in dialogue, and mutually constituted. Organizing a diverse range of viewpoints, this book offers a much-needed synthesis of a crucial element of today’s globalized world and asks how businesses can, through their actions, make it better for everyone. 

About Charlotte Walker-Said: Charlotte Walker-Said is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Her work explores transnational Christianity, gender politics, family law, and human rights in Africa. She is currently revising a book manuscript entitled, Faith, Power, and Family: Christianity and Law in Interwar French Cameroon, which is under review with the University of Chicago Press. She is the coeditor of Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy (University of Chicago Press, 2015) with John D. Kelly. 

About John D. Kelly: John D Kelly, co-editor of Corporate Social Responsibility?, is Professor in Anthropology and the College at the University of Chicago.  He works on capitalism, colonialism, diaspora, decolonization and Pax Americana in the island Pacific, especially Fiji, and in South and Southeast Asia, especially India and Highland Asia.  His books include A Politics of Virtue: Hinduism, Sexuality and Countercolonial Discourse in Fiji (1991), Represented Communities: Fiji and World Decolonization (2001) (with Martha Kaplan), The American Game:  Capitalism, Decolonization, World Domination, and Baseball (2006), Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency (2010) (co-editor), and The Ontological Turn in French Philosophical Anthropology (2014) (editor).  A faculty board member of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, he was its Acting Director in 2011-12.  His next book concerns paradoxes of self-determination in Asia, the Bandung Conference, actual decolonization and endemic counterinsurgency in the Asian Highlands.

About the interlocutor: David Scheffer is the Robert A. Helman Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law and serves as the Director of the Center for International Human Rights. He founded and co-edited (2007-2011) the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor and since January 2012 he has been the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.  He was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the "Top Global Thinkers of 2011."  His most recent book, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012.

About the co-sponsor: Human rights become common standards of achievement for all peoples and all nations only by way of “teaching and education,” according to the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Founded in 1997 as the Human Rights Program, the University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights was renamed for the family of supporters Richard and Ann Pozen in June 2014. The PFCHR offers a broad range of innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of human rights.  

Event Location: 
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637