Vichaar Manthan aims to explore the narratives that societies tell each other and to itself.
These stories embody, legitimise and contextualise the knowledge and experiences of a society. They order a collective memory. The most powerful stories shape our behaviour and in turn influence institutions to react to the world in equal stead.
At the Sustainable Narratives conference, we want to explore the most prevailing and long-lasting stories about human rights, their formation, their universalism, and their eurocentrism. Can human rights be inalienable, or must they be coupled with a set of duties and responsibilities? What is the relationship between an education about one’s rights and the development of a social character that builds fraternity amongst the citizenry? Ought inalienable rights only stop at humanity, or ought it transcend to other life on this planet?
Our panel of expert witnesses from around the world will come together and explore sustainable narratives on rights.