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Negotiation, Interpretation and Explorations in Law, Arts & Human Rights


Module description

Explorations in Art and Human Rights engages artists, curators, scholars, students and human rights practitioners in a term-long exploration of the rich intersections between art, artistic practices and international human rights. The seminar consists of discussion sessions, studio, gallery or museum visits and workshops with visiting artists. The module will be developed in cooperation with members of the Royal College of Arts, the JUNCTURE initiative at Yale University, Beyond Borders, Serpentine Galleries, and the Global Art Forum, among others.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Percepts not Concepts: An Introduction to Art and the Imaginary Domain
  • Aesthetic and Moral Images: Art at the Centre of Law, Rights and Politics
  • Global Art in the Age of Missing People
  • Art, Politics and Economics
  • Art in the Age of the Human and the Post-human

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • display basic knowledge of the intersection between arts, human rights and political economy
  • demonstrate transferable skills in critical reading of visual and staged objects, processes and materials
  • collaborate with visiting artists on research projects toward the creation of new work
  • understand the way that a lawyer, advocate or forensic researcher makes an argument and provides evidence
  • understand how bringing together experts and students from art and law frees each group from the standards of their own disciplines
  • understand the creative process in real life, particularly in relation to political, human rights and justice-related issues
  • understand why artists and writers enquire deeply into questions of politics, justice, law and human rights.