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Humanitarian Rights in war-torn Societies, Seminar by Willem Doise

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Summary: Well known, among other things, for his work on human rights, Professor Willem Doise from the University of Geneva and one of the main exponents of the theory of social representations was at the Psychology@LSE department to discuss the social representations of humanitarian rights in the context of war-torn societies. Here, starting from Piaget's theory on moral judgement, he highlights how humanitarian rights should be understood as normative social representations involving a degree of common understanding across cultures together with organized differences within and between cultures.

In his seminar, Professor Doise made clear the need for social psychology to be firmly located in the social world in which we live and, thus, for a societal social psychology which "produces knowledge that integrates its past in its future, that creates new along the old, that remains mindful of local conditions and that introduces knowledge from elsewhere." (Discriminations Sociales et Droits Universels, 2009)