The Makings of Justice: Conversations About Human Rights and Art

19 May 2022 - 20 May 2022


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Eliza Garnsey (University of Cambridge)
Caitlin Hamilton (University of Sydney)


Shahidul Alam                          
Christine Andrä                      
Iman Aoun                        
Jill Bennett                               
Roland Bleiker                         
Cognate Collective                
Andrea Durbach         
Tatiana Fernández-Maya     
Tiziana Panizza Kassahun   
Rachel Kerr                               
Arnaud Kurze                        
Jane Lydon                               
Rama Mani                               
Carey Newman                       
Konstantinos Pittas                
Ziggy Ramo                               
Albie Sachs                                
Kholeka Shange                       
Toni Shapiro-Phim 
Eda Elif Tibet 
Laura Antonia Coral Velásquez                            
Stacey Vorster                         
Tania Islas Weinstein            

Further participants and programme to be confirmed. 



In the aftermath of violence and conflict how is it possible to understand human rights violations and engage the experiences of victims and survivors? Victims and survivors often do not or cannot speak up for fear of reprisal and/or the stigma associated with violence and abuse; legal and bureaucratic systems might be inadequate or non-existent; and crimes can go unacknowledged and unpunished. As a result, there is often difficulty in eliciting, documenting and supporting experiences and narratives around human rights violations and injustices, both at local and global levels.

Despite the growing scholarship on art and aesthetics in international studies and world politics, the creative dimensions of conflict and human rights remain under-researched. This book workshop seeks to fill that gap by asking what can art and visual culture offer in facilitating an understanding of conflict and human rights violations? How do arts-based interventions have the potential to elucidate injustices, empower individuals and groups, and advocate for and effect change across different political levels? How can arts-based methodologies help to reveal new dimensions of violations, and post-conflict recovery?

These questions will be explored through a series of conversations between scholars and artists, working across a range of practices and approaches. The workshop aims to use this dialogic approach to investigate how art and visual culture can contribute both to the individual expression of human rights violations and the formulation of redress, and the public depiction of harm to give visibility to the impact of conflict and violations, and to open up spaces to develop societal and policy change; in order to contribute to a transformed and transformative global society. 


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