[NetBehaviour] “The Flood of Rights”. A conference about media technologies and human rights.
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“The Flood of Rights”. A conference about media technologies and human
Bard College / Bard College Human Rights Project - New York 19 - 22 / 09
Organized by Thomas Keenan, Suhail Malik, and Tirdad Zolghadr
Human rights claims are now made and conveyed—demonstrated—anywhere and
at all levels through user-generated communication channels such as
Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. These images and their consequences
constitute a human rights praxis outside of its conventional sites such
as law, government, NGO activity, and formal journalism. They present a
radical expansion and consolidation of human rights practices and
institutions, and no less a new kind of universalism that underpins and
is transformed by these praxes, perhaps constructing a practical
communicative ethos that is yet to be understood.
Responding to the drastic changes in how political transformations in
the name of justice have been organized and taken place since the first
“Human Snapshot Conference” in Arles in 2011, the second LUMA Foundation
Conference in 2013, “The Flood of Rights” will ask how technologies of
image-capture and the channels of communication have in recent years
transformed the very terms of human rights.
That is, while “The Human Snapshot” developed implications of the
intersections between human rights, photography, and concepts of
universalism, “The Flood of Rights” conference will focus now is on how
the newly produced and disseminated universalizing pressures on
morality, law, civic engagement and their institutions are themselves
transfigured in the process.
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