International Studies | Human Rights and the Arts
I300 | 15182 | Kahn, Hilary


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, involved, or created within 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
Australia, Palestine, and Canada, to South Africa, the United
Kingdom, Chile, 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.