The Flood of Rights

The Flood of Rights

Edited by Thomas Keenan, Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr

Distributed for Sternberg Press




It is difficult to imagine making claims for human rights without using images. For better or worse, images of protest, evidence, and assertion are the lingua franca of struggles for justice today. And they seem to come in a flood, more and more, day and night. But through which channels does the torrent pass? The Flood of Rights examines the pathways through which these images and ideas circulate—routes that do not merely enable, but actually shape human-rights claims and their conceptual background. What are the technologies and languages that structure the global distribution of humanism and universalism, and how do they leave their mark on these ideas themselves? Which narratives and imageries have proven easier to export and import, and whose interests are at stake in the configurations in question?

The Flood of Rights draws on a conference of the same name, organized by the LUMA Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, which took place in Arles, France, in 2013.

Copublished with the LUMA Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York

ContributorsAmanda Beech, Rony Brauman, David Campbell, Olivia Custer, Rosalyn Deutsche, Thomas Keenan, Eric Kluitenberg, David Levine, Suhail Malik, Sohrab Mohebbi, Sharon Sliwinski, Hito Steyerl, Bernard Stiegler, Tirdad Zolghadr


$34.00 T ISBN: 9783956791406 248 pp. | 7.25 in x 10.5 in 75 color illus., 4 b&w illus.

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Thomas Keenan

Suhail Malik

Suhail Malik is Codirector of the MFA Fine Art program at Goldsmiths, London, where he holds a Readership in Critical Studies.

Tirdad Zolghadr