Conférence “P.C. Chang and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, 07/03/2018
Hans Ingvar Roth (581231) is professor of human rights at the Institute of Turkish Studies (SUITS) at Stockholm University. He holds a PhD in Ethics from Lund University, a Master of Letters in Philosophy from University of Oxford (Pembroke College), a B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy, Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University and a M.A in History and Religious Studies from Stockholm University. Roth is also docent (associate professor) in Ethics from Lund University.
He has written extensively on human rights from a philosophical and historical perspective, affirmative action, the intellectual history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, minority rights, multicultural education and epistemology.
Among his publications are the books “Conceptions of Knowledge and Scepticism” (1992), “The Multicultural Park – A Study of Common Values in School and Society “ (1999), “Identity and Pluralism” (2002), “Särbehandlingens dimensioner” (2004), “Mångkulturalismens utmaningar” (2005), “Vad är mänskliga rättigheter?” (2007) “Diskriminering” (2008), “Mångfaldens gränser” (2010). “Är religion en mänsklig rättighet?” (2012) (Is Religious Freedom a Human Right?), ”Tolerance and Cultural Diversity Discourses and Practices in Sweden” (2013).
His most recent book is ”När Konfucius kom till FN – Om Peng Chun Chang och FN:s: förklaring om de mänskliga rättigheterna (2016, Stockholm: Dialogos förlag). English version ”P.C.Chang and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (forthcoming 2018, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press). This is the first biography and monograph on the diplomat and the philosopher Peng Chun Chang (1892-1957) who was a key drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the person who initiated the World Health Organization..
Roth´s main current research interests are the intellectual history of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, religion and politics in Turkey and a comparative study on Turkey and China after the fall of the Qing dinasty and the Ottoman Empire.
Hans Ingvar Roth has also worked as professor in human rights studies at Lund University (chair), professor of education at Stockholm University, senior lecturer in Religious Studies at Linköping University, researcher at the Centre for Multiethnic Studies at Uppsala University, senior advisor at the Ministry of Justice, as Human Rights Officer for OSCE in Bosnia and as secretary in the parliamentary committee on discrimination laws. Roth has also been a member of the Swedish Cultural Council (Non-fiction committee).
Hans Ingvar Roth is head of the Swedish team in the EU project “Accept Pluralism” which is a comparative study of integration- and minority policies in Europe. (www.eui.eu/Projects/Accept/Home.aspx) Roth has given lectures at the University of Concepcion in Chile and he is also involved as supervisor in the PhD program at the department of education at the university of Concepcion. He has also given guest lectures at Toronto University (Department of Political Science), Columbia University in New York (Department of Law), Aarhus University (Department of Political Science) and Gdansk University (Philosophy), Kings College, London, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (Political Theory), Tsinghua University, CASS and Beijing University (Human Rights Law) , John Cabot University, Rome (Political Science & Law) Roth is also active as a public intellectual in daily press, especially in the national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.