Spring 2013 Human Rights Workshops
The Human Rights Institute will fund one faculty-led human rights workshop conferences in Spring 2013. The workshop conference will bring to campus 3-5 scholars from external institutions to interact with UConn faculty over a 1-2 day period on a substantive human rights theme. Application consists of rationale (maximum 5 pages), a list of expected participants and a draft budget up to $10,000, including all costs of administrative support, travel, catering, accommodation etc. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a multidisciplinary review committee chaired by the Acting Director of the Human Rights Institute and comprised of members of the Gladstein Committee. Priority will be given to proposals which envisage a publication or research grant proposal ensuing from the event.
All application should be submitted electronically in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please call 860-486-5393 or email email@example.com
Deadline for applications is October 30, 2012.
Fall 2011 Human Rights Workshop
"The Category of 'Perpetrator' in Human Rights Discourse"
Facilitators: Eleni Coundouriotis, Department of English, Samuel Martinez, Department of Anthropology, Glenn Mitoma, Human Rights Institute, Cathy Schlund-Vials, Department of English and Asian American Studies
This one-day workshop brings together scholars in the humanities and social sciences to discuss the particular category of the “perpetrator” and its function in contemporary human rights discourse. Our dialogue goes beyond the contexts in which perpetrator-hood has most often been contemplated — truth commissions and criminal tribunals — to consider the perpetrator as an indispensable, but frequently shadowy, grounding figure in all human rights representations, including monitor group investigatory reports, documentary and dramatic films, and fiction.
"Historicizing human rights in the early British empire: violence and meaning in England and Ireland, 1500 to 1700"
Facilitators: Brendan Kane, Department of History
This one-day colloquium exploring violence and its meanings in England and Ireland between the years 1500 to 1700 - the years that saw England's colonial domination of Ireland - as a means to better understand the links between the study of early modern imperialism and of modern human rights. Papers will be pre-circulated and available upon request. Conference participants include Malcolm Smuts, Andy Wood, Vincent Carey, Alison Games, Sarah Covington and Ben Kiernan.
Testimony, Oral History and Human Rights Documentation
Facilitators: Valerie Love,Curator for Human Rights and Alternative Press Collections & Emma Gilligan, Human Rights Institute and Department of History
This workshop will tie into faculty research interests, particularly regarding narrative and refugee communities. This workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners working with interviews to document the lives of refugees and survivors from Iraq, Chechnya, Rwanda, and communities in the United States, and allow them to present on their current work with very different populations, and discuss the successes and challenges that they face in their interviews with each of these communities. The Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center house Center house several oral history collections pertaining to human rights themes, such as interviews with Holocaust survivors and with anti-apartheid activists in South Africa. Building upon our current oral history collections is a priority for the University of Connecticut Libraries, and this workshop will create a unique opportunity for UConn to connect with other scholars and practitioners using interviews and oral history to document experiences during and in the aftermath of war.
Beyond Suffering: Human Rights, Humanitarianism and the Media
Facilitators: Kerry Bystrom, Department of English, Kathryn Libal, School of Social Work, Michael Orwicz, Department of Art and Art History
UConn faculty and several guest scholars will participate in a two-day workshop entitled, “Beyond Suffering: Human Rights, Humanitarianism and the Media.” Workshop participants will explore the intersections between visual culture, narrative theory, the media, human rights and humanitarianism, pushing beyond the paradigm of suffering bodies, to examine the agency—in both theory and practice—of the visual economy of the media. Participants will share works-in-progress and join more informal round-table discussions on core themes. Guest scholars, including Allen Feldman, Wendy Hesford and Thomas Keenan, will join members of the 2009-10 Foundations of Humanitarianism Faculty Study Group on “Human Rights, Humanitarianism and the Media” at the Human Rights Institute for this endeavor.
Slavery Then and Now
Facilitator: Anna Mae Duane, Director, American Studies & Assistant Professor, English Department
“Slavery then and Now” brings interdisciplinary scholarship and contemporary activism into conversation around the issue of human trafficking. This workshop will bring scholars studying past iterations of slavery, resistance and abolition into productive conversation with scholars whose work focuses on human trafficking in the present day. Panelists will consider how juxtaposing slavery’s past and present might allow us to respond to the questions underlying abolition—what does it take for the powerful to listen and respond meaningfully to those without power? How can enslaved people, and their allies, best resist those who benefit from their oppression? What makes today’s slavery so different from slavery in the past that we have been so slow to respond? How might we learn to see beyond these differences? How might the history of our abolitionist past help us to respond more effectively to today’s challenges?
For more information, contact Anna Mae Duane, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gender of Humanitarian Narrative
The Gender of Humanitarian Narrative was a monthly reading group examining gender as an axis of representation around which genealogies may be traced between today's reportage, outreach and campaigning and antecedent abolitionist and moral reform movements and civilizing projects. The reading group met throughout the 2008-09 academic year to discuss key theoretical and empirical background studies and refine themes for a workshop, which took place in 14-16 May 2009. The workshop involved presentation and discussion of original papers by UConn participants and external invitees. Workshop organizers are seeking publication of a number of the papers as a journal special issue. For more details contact Samuel Martinez, email@example.com.
Interdependence and Indivisibility
Facilitators: Shareen Hertel and Lanse Minkler
The second annual Economic Rights “Affiliates” Workshop will take place in Spring 2008, focusing on debates surrounding the interdependence and indivisibility (I/I) of human rights. Defenders of the idea of interdependence and indivisibility argue that subsistence and security needs and basic capabilities require the whole mix of human rights to assure a life with human dignity. They point to the frequent references to interdependence in international law as justification of the validity of the concept. By contrast, opponents of the notion of I/I sometimes dismiss civil and political rights (for instance, in the “Asian values” debate, or the new “economic populism” of some regimes in South America) while other dismiss economic rights and social rights in the interest of promoting democracy (for instance, classic liberals). This workshop will engage these debates in light of contemporary scholarship. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Hospitable US: Transacting Hemispheric Agency, Human Rights and Border Epistemologies.
Facilitators: Blanca Silvestrini and Guillermo B. Irizarry
HRI and the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Institute co-sponsor this interdisciplinary, faculty workshop, which will critically consider the sites of rights, agency, and identity in conditions of hemispheric socio-historical transformations. Members will engage philosophical writings related to ethics, cosmopolitanism, and hospitality, as well as recent scholarship on rights and agency in the Americas, with a special focus on the changing landscape of politics, culture, and identity in the USA. For more details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.