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Life Writing and Human Rights

Date:11 July 2011 to
13 July 2011
Location:Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE
Fee:See below

Life Writing and Human Rights:
Genres of Testimony

Centre for Life Narratives, Kingston University, and
University of Minnesota, Departments of Creative Writing and Human Rights

The stories we tell about our lives and the lives of those around us leave footprints across history. That history can be of personal, familial or of widespread political and public importance. Whether public or private, the telling of and the listening to life narratives is a concern of increasing importance across a range of disciplines, professions and practices. Since the end of the First World War, politics has been increasingly expressed as and measured against norms categorised as human rights. The individual in relation to the state and states in their interactions with one another are, in theory and sometimes also in practice, governed by the legal architecture of human rights frameworks at national, regional and global levels. These same processes may come into play in cases of domestic or private human rights abuses, where the victim must make public their suffering in order for it to be recognised, and for justice to be done.

The bulk of human rights defence and advocacy is based on making acts open to legal process. For this to happen we need victims to testify. We need witnesses to write their autobiographies and memoirs and we need the media to investigate and report on atrocities. We need perpetrators to confess. We need the life stories of all those involved. What is the relationship between these two concerns: Human Rights and Life Narratives?

The Conference Organisers, Annette Kobak, Patricia Hampl, Eva Hoffman, Meg Jensen, Philip Spencer and Brian Brivati, developed this event in collaboration with writers, academics, human rights activists, historians and filmmakers including Ben Barkow, David Charters, Catherine Cissé, Rachel Cusk, Jim Dawes, Barbara Frey, Vesna Goldsworthy, Margaretta Jolly, Rob Lemkin, Max Saunders, and George Szirtes, many of whom will be participating in the conference itself. Additional speakers to include Sidonie Smith, Julia Watson and Mark Muller QC.

Programme

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Registration

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Fees

  • £190.00 (FULL registration BEFORE 1 June)
  • £225.00 (FULL registration AFTER 1 June)
  • £235.00 (On the door fee FULL - after 6th July)
  • £60.00 (CONCESSIONARY registration BEFORE 1 June)
  • £75.00 (CONCESSIONARY registration AFTER 1 June)
  • £85.00 (On the door fee CONCESSIONARY - after 6th July)
  • £38.50 (Conference dinner, including boat trip and evening meal on Tuesday 12th July)

Enquiries

Questions regarding CLN may be sent to Dr Meg Jensen.

More information

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2853
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