CICS 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Section: 001 Violence and Evidence: Human Rights Reporting and Problems of Representation
Term: WN 2009
Subject: International and Comparative Studies (CICS)
Department: LSA II: International Institute
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Junior standing or above.
Other Course Info:
CICS 401 can be counted only once for credit toward the Academic Minor in International Studies.
May be elected twice for credit.
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Human rights reporting does not simply present evidence but produces it, transforming the raw material of individual and collective suffering into legible and convincing data, imagery or testimony. This production of evidence involves not only the documentation of human rights claims, but also the interpretation, circulation and archivization of this documentation. Each of these processes relies upon a complex set of representational technologies, ideologies and practices. How is the experience of victims shaped through its transformation into the social text of evidence? How do the technical, political and cultural imperatives of evidence?for legibility, for objectivity, for persuasiveness?shape its production? How do principles of evidence determine which acts of violence are recognized as human rights violations and which are ignored or invisible? How does evidence construct relations between victimized subjects and witnessing publics? This seminar will be dedicated to these and related questions. We will deal with human rights evidence in the form of textual testimony, photography, video and film; primary case studies will be presented from political violence in the former Yugoslavia, but students will be encourage to work on material from sites and situations they are interested in and experienced with.

CICS 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
3LSA International Studies Min
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
8LSA International Studies Min
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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