Challenging the assumption that human rights are inherently Western, a Carleton research project is investigating what can be learned about human rights from the experience of India. The project, led by Carleton philosophy professors Jay Drydyk and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Ashwani Peetush, brings together a dozen scholars from India and Canada between July 12 and 14 to assess their preliminary findings.
Carleton researchers will be available for comment during the closed workshop:
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Drydyk, along with colleagues in India, has studied ethical risks that arise when development displaces people and their community. He is available to speak on issues of human rights and justice.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
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Gordon Davis’s research interests range from ethical theory to Indian philosophy. He is currently exploring particular ethical assumptions that underlie specific strands of Buddhist thought in Indian philosophy.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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Gopika Solanki’s interests are in the area of gender equality, legal pluralism and human rights in India. Her publications include Adjudication in Religious Family Laws: Cultural Accommodation, Legal Pluralism, and Gender Justice in India.
Research topics are listed on the project website: www.humanrightsindiaandthewest.com.
Funding for the project has been provided by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Carleton University and Wilfrid Laurier University.
For more information:
613-520-2600, ext. 1391