Events

Visualizing Universalism: The UNESCO Human Rights Exhibition, 1949-1953

General Programming

April 17, 2014 Thursday, 1:00pm–6:30pm EDT Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research
  • Maison Française
Notes
  • Image Credit/Caption: The UNESCO Human Rights Exhibition Album

The Visualizing Universalism symposium coincides with the opening of a new exhibition at Columbia University’s the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall publicly displaying the original UNESCO Human Rights Exhibition and its archive for the first time in sixty years. UNESCO’s Human Rights Exhibition from 1949 was the first international event that sought to visually represent the history and meaning of the then-recently adopted Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Using the exhibition as a platform for critical debate on contemporary human rights culture, the symposium explores insights provided by UNESCO’s first attempt to visualize and historicize the UDHR. In three sessions, we will discuss the exhibition’s historical context, its teleological narrative, and the ways in which human rights are represented and disseminated through visual culture – questions pertinent to both the exhibition and to contemporary discussions of human rights.

More exhibition images on our Flickr page.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Program

April 17, 2014  Thursday

1:00pm - 1:10pm EDT

Welcome and Introduction

1:10pm - 2:00pm EDT

Visualizing Universalism Exhibition Presentation

Eva-Marie Prag

Co-Founder, 1949 Human Rights Exhibition Project

Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University

Katrine Bregengaard

Co-Founder, 1949 Human Rights Exhibition Project

Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University

2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Panel I: Histories of Human Rights
Moderator

Yasmine Ergas

Associate Director

Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Samuel Moyn

Professor of Law

Harvard University

Mark Mazower

Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies

Department of History, Columbia University

Elazar Barkan

Professor of International and Public Affairs

Columbia University

4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT

Break I

4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT

Panel II: Visual Cultures of Human Rights
Moderator

Felicity Scott

Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Columbia University

Ariella Azoulay

Professor, Program for Culture and Interpretation

Bar Ilan University

Anselm Franke

Artistic Director

Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp

Thomas Keenan

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Program

Bard College

6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT

Visualizing Universalism Exhibition Opening Reception
Participants
  • Ariella Azoulay Professor, Program for Culture and Interpretation Bar Ilan University
  • Elazar Barkan Professor of International and Public Affairs Columbia University
  • Yasmine Ergas Associate Director Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • Anselm Franke Artistic Director Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp
  • Thomas Keenan Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Program Bard College
  • Samuel Moyn Professor of Law Harvard University
  • Felicity Scott Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University
  • Mark Wasiuta Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University