SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
Section: 001 Violence and Evidence: Human Rights Documentation and Problems of Representation
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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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.

SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
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001 (LEC)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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