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International Institute Symposium: Translating Human Rights: Bodies of Evidence

Friday, October 26, 2012
12:00 AM
International Institute, 1080 South University
1636 School of Social Work Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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How does the interdisciplinary study of human rights translate bodies as and into evidence? How are recent technological advances (in forensics, new media, and methods of quantification) transforming what counts as evidence? Going beyond a view of translation framed in terms of accuracy or equivalence, this symposium explores the relationship of bodies, evidence, and translation within the context of critical debates in human rights studies.

This symposium is part of the LSA Theme Semester on Translation, and is being co-organized by the International Institute and the Department of Comparative Literature.


9:15 AM Thomas Keenan
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Project, 
Bard College, NYC

11 AM Patrick Ball
Chief Scientist and Vice President
Human Rights Program, Benetech

1 PM David Turnley
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer and Associate Professor, Photography
Residential College and School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

2 PM Vincanne Adams
Director, Medical Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine
University of California, San Francisco 

3:30 Inderpal Grewal
Chair and Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program 
Yale University

Symposium Organizers:

Pamela Ballinger, Department of History, U-M
Ken Kollman, International Institute and Department of Political Science, U-M
Christi Merrill, Department of Comparative Literature, U-M
Yopie Prins, Department of Comparative Literature, U-M

Vincanne Adams, Patrick Ball, Inderpal Grewal, Thomas Keenan & David Turnley