Jasmijn Leeuwenkamp has received funding for her PhD Project through the NWO programme PhDs in the Humanities
. Her project, Human Rights and the Anthropocene; Thinking Through the Implications of the Critique of Anthropocentrism for Universal Rights, rethinks human rights from a non-anthropocentric perspective. It analyzes the implications of the critique of anthropocentrism by eco-philosophers such as Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway for the human rights framework. It focuses in particular on their understanding of human-nonhuman relations as ‘earthbounded’ and its implications for human-human relations. The aim is to reconceptualize the ethical and political foundations of human rights beyond anthropocentrism, without undermining the normative power of universal rights. The project involves case studies about Urgenda, the Embassy of the North Sea and the Dakota Access Pipeline, where questions of ecological and social justice are interconnected.
Supervisors: Yolande Jansen and Huub Dijstelbloem