Skip to content Accessibility statement
Home>Centre for Applied Human Rights>Events>2022>Can the Arts Save Human Rights: Human Rights Truth-Claims in a Post Truth Era
  • Date and time: Tuesday 13 September 2022, 4pm to 6.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    BS/005, Bowland Auditorium
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Book tickets

Event details

CAHR is pleased to announce the launch event of a 3-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), titled: "Can the Arts Save Human Rights: Human Rights Truth-Claims in a Post Truth Era".

The project will address questions such as:

  • If established approaches to human rights are under siege in a post-truth world, what new approaches are struggling to be born?
  • How do we understand, and seek to overcome, denial in various forms in this context?
  • What frames and narratives will facilitate re-engagement with audiences?
  • Is collaboration between artists and activists one entry-point to innovation?

These questions will be addressed in case studies that are both global and country-based, engage with the past, present and future, and explore the intersections between human rights, international development, climate change, and COVID-19.

The launch event will feature the following speakers:

  • Paul Gready, Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, will introduce the project: "Can the Arts Save Human Rights?"
  • Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, Commissioner for the Truth, Coexistence and Non-Recurrence Commission in Colombia, will draw on his innovative methodology 'territories of listening' which he developed at the Commission: "Ritual Readings: Sound, Affect and Testimony in Colombia´s Truth Commission"
  • Wanda Nanibush, an Anishinaabe curator, artist and educator based in Toronto, and the Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario: In conversation about "Testimony, Narrative and Commemoration in Contemporary Indigenous Art and Decolonising the Museum"

For further information and tickets, please visit Eventbrite.