International Studies | Topic: Human Rights & the Arts
I300 | 26459 | Kahn, H.


This course will study human rights through the arts.  We will
explore a wide array of artistic expressions, as well as the
artists, sociopolitical contexts, and global trends from which they
emerge.  We will delve into the arts, as social and political agents
of change, and analyze how they exemplify struggles for human
rights, make conscious demands for human rights, and/or are
repressed, censored, or involved in the denial of human rights.  Art
and the artist are broadly defined, such that we will investigate
human rights through storytelling, filmmaking, painting, dance,
poetry, music, theatre, sculpture, photography, body art, graffiti,
literature, ritual, cyberspace, and other artistic forms.  Examples
of artistic representations of human rights will come from
contemporary and historical art and from around the world, from
Spain, Australia, United States, and Nigeria, to Russia, Guatemala,
Germany, Indonesia, and beyond.  Students will be expected to choose
a specific artistic form (and/or artist) and research it as a
mediator of human rights in a global context.