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This article explores the relationship between human rights and utopian thinking through three recurrent tropes: interdisciplinarity, time and the promise. Utopia, like human rights, is shaped by its interdisciplinary engagement with multiple fields of knowledge, by its invocation of the past, present and future as ways of addressing contemporary problems, and by a promissory language, often unfulfilled, of social change and betterment. These interconnected ideas suggest that an attention to the dialogue between utopian thought and human rights can open up new conceptual possibilities, even as those possibilities often fail, or are themselves partial.
Benjamin Authers (2016) Human rights, interdisciplinarity and the time of utopia, Australian Journal of Human Rights, 22:2, 1-15, DOI: 10.1080/1323238X.2016.11910939