2010-2015 Faculty Workshops (Archived)


Faculty workshops bring to campus scholars from external institutions to interact with UConn faculty on a substantive human rights themes.

Application consists of rationale (maximum 5 pages), a list of expected participants and a draft budget up to $8,000, including all costs of administrative support, travel, catering, accommodation etc. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a multidisciplinary review committee 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 applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format to humanrights@uconn.edu.

Fall 2015

“Human Rights and New Technologies” Workshop

New technological innovations have significant consequences for human rights, both in terms of the opportunities they offer for the fulfillment of rights and the harms they can cause. Yet new technologies are not simply providing new opportunities and risks for human rights. In some areas, they are affirmatively changing what we mean by human rights. Rights to privacy, to family, to information, to work—to name just a few—are being transformed by new innovations. Moreover, as more and more of the work of the state is shifted to an online context, new technologies are directly mediating the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights. Human rights law, practice and scholarship are not keeping up with the pace of these changes.

The purpose of this workshop will be to convene a small group of human rights and technology scholars for a high-level discussion about the intersection of international human rights and new technologies in human rights scholarship and practice. The field of human rights and new technologies is only now emerging as a distinct area of scholarship and practice and is, as yet, significantly under-theorized. Although there has been considerable attention paid to the use of new technologies in humanitarian and development contexts, there has been much less work addressing these issues through a human rights lens. The primary objective of this workshop would be to bring together a group of scholars to present and discuss papers aimed at framing the debate in this new field and setting a scholarly agenda for future work. The workshop would include consideration of a wide range of new technological innovations and their impacts on human rights—not only the Internet and mobile phones, but also new technologies in the areas of agriculture, health, and education.

Spring 2015

Friday, April 17-18.
Spring ESRG 2015 Workshop, “Global Justice & Extra-Territorial Obligations”

Spring 2014

The Human Rights Institute will fund one faculty-led human rights workshop conferences in Spring 2014. 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 $8,000, including all costs of administrative support, travel, catering, accommodation etc. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a multidisciplinary review committee 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 humanrights@uconn.edu. If you have any questions please call 860-486-5393 or email humanrights@uconn.edu Deadline for applications is October 30, 2013.

Fall 2011

“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. Please contact Brendan Kane or Rachel Traficanti for more information.

2010-2011

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. For more information contact Valerie Love or Emma Gilligan