Mark Philip Bradley - "The World Reimagined" - Haun Saussy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Mark Philip Bradley discusses The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century. He will be joined in conversation by Haun Saussy.

Co-sponsored by The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

At the Co-op


About the book: Concerns about rights in the United States have a long history, but the articulation of global human rights in the twentieth century was something altogether different. Global human rights offered individuals unprecedented guarantees beyond the nation for the protection of political, economic, social and cultural freedoms. The World Reimagined explores how these revolutionary developments first became believable to Americans in the 1940s and the 1970s through everyday vernaculars as they emerged in political and legal thought, photography, film, novels, memoirs and soundscapes. Together, they offered fundamentally novel ways for Americans to understand what it means to feel free, culminating in today's ubiquitous moral language of human rights. Set against a sweeping transnational canvas, the book presents a new history of how Americans thought and acted in the twentieth-century world.

About the author: Mark Philip Bradley is the Bernadotte E. Schmidt Professor of History at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as the Faculty Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and Chair of the Committee on International Relations. He is the author of Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam (2000), which won the Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, and Vietnam at War (2009). He is the co-editor of Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn (2015), Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars (2008), and Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (2001). Bradley is the former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the co-sponsor: The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights. 

About the interlocutor: Haun Saussy took his B.A. at Duke University in Greek and Comparative Literature, then worked in Paris for the European representative of such American performing artists as Bob Wilson, Richard Foreman and Merce Cunningham while studying at the École des Langues Orientales. He received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1990. After teaching at UCLA, Stanford, and Yale, he came to Chicago as University Professor in 2011. His books include: The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic, Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China, The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and its Technologies, and, as editor or co-editor, Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization, Sinographies: Writing China, Fenollosa/Pound, The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry: A Critical Edition, Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader, and A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep Hidden: Selected Writings of Li Zhi. He contributes to the collective blog Printculture. His current book project is called Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637