Imaging Human Rights

28 May 2008

This symposium, held at Irish Aid’s Dublin offices, brought together scholars, NGO personnel and media practitioners to discuss the roles of image producers and the functions of visual imagery in the documentation and communication of human rights issues. Topics under discussion included: concepts (eg. humanitarianism, compassion) used to frame the imagery, the genres and effects of ‘Western’ modes of visualisation, the traditions and practices of image-makers in the field, the roles of news organisations and NGOs in selecting and distributing images, the effect of imagery on government policy and NGO activity, and the role of imagery in civil and legal inquiries.

Opening address- Prof. Liam Kennedy (UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies)

Panel I- Human Rights and Representation

  • Mark Bradley (University of Chicago)
  • Kirsten Campbell (Goldsmiths College, London)
  • Hans Zomer (Dochas)

Panel I- Q&A

Panel II- Photography and Human Rights

  • Introduction of speakers- Justin Carville (IADT)
  • David Campbell (Durham University)
  • Alison Locke (photographer)
  • Aine O’Brien (Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • Thomas Keenan (Bard College, NY)

Panel II- Q&A

You can see videos of all these speakers and sessions below.

1. Liam Kennedy

2. Mark Bradley

3. Kirsten Campbell

4. Hans Zomer

5. Panel 1 Q&A

6. Justin Carville

7. David Campbell

8. Alison Locke

9. Aine O’Brian

10. Thomas Keenan

11. Panel II Q&A