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January 17, 2020
9:00am to 12:00pm
111 GSE&IS Building

Workshop | Cultural Destruction, Technology, and the Future of Human Rights Practice

Roundtable Presentations:
Brad Samuels, SITU, New York
“Facts, Narratives, Truths: Technology and the Future of Human Rights Practice”

Andras Riedlmayer, Harvard University
“Cultural Heritage in the Courtroom: Documentation and Evidence on Cultural Destruction at the ICTY”

Hariz Halilovich, Global, Urban and Global Studies, RMIT University, Australia. Visiting scholar, UCLA, Department of Information Studies
“A Tale of Three Bridges: destruction, reconstruction and appropriation of common cultural heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Robert Farley, Graduate student, Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA
“Demonstration: Technology in Practice”

Friday, January 17, 9AM-12PM, 111 GSE&IS Building (on Royce Drive, East of Young Research Library)

More information available here.

The arena of human rights documentation has never been more critical to global justice, and is also undergoing radical change as a result of new systems of evidentiary production inspired by satellite and other innovative information technologies. Geospatial and sensing technologies include a range of tools used in the discovery, collection, presentation, analysis and management of location-based data. These tools are changing how we see and interpret suffering bodies, infrastructural destruction and cultural as well as human genocide. They are raising questions about whether mass atrocities and other violence committed against large numbers of civilians are demonstrable and prosecutable through new digital forms of forensic practice. At the same time, they raise the hopes and expectations of survivors of victims and the missing, who are clamoring for evidence collected by citizens and NGOs to be accorded the same evidentiary authority as that created by government authorities.

This two-part lecture/workshop series explores the politics, aesthetics, affect, and interpretation of geospatial images as well as the architectures of knowledge production and the challenges that emerge when using these technologies. By inviting key leaders in the field for two 2-day events during Winter Quarter 2020 (January 16-17 and February 21-22), we will engage in discussion concerning how social scientists, lawyers, human rights advocates, architects and artists use these technologies to produce composite knowledge about critical events.

Organizers (UCLA): Kamari Clarke (Anthropology), AnneGilliland (Graduate School of Education & Information
Studies/Archival Studies), Laurie KainHart (Anthropology/Global Studies), SaloniMathur (Art History), Susan Slyomovics
(Anthropology/Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)