The Knowledge of Human Rights

Hosted by the LSE Human Rights

Hardy Room, London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House , 57-58 Russell Square, London

How are human rights known? And how are human rights violations known?

This day-long conference will bring together a range of speakers to discuss knowledge practices in a variety of settings, including NGOs, states, courts, social movements, the sciences and social sciences, the media and the arts.

The conference is preceded on Thursday, March 21st, by a Keynote Lecture by Richard Ashby Wilson (University of Connecticut), entitled “Human Rights Knowledges: A Pluralist and Legal Realist View'

Programme for the conference: 


Introduction and Welcome, Dr Monika Krause (LSE)


Knowing human rights through films - Professor Kate Nash, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College

‘Woke’ Media: Collisions between Human Rights and Capitalist Discourses in the Media-Culture Machine - Dr Sam Mejias, Research Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, LSE


When is an exposure not an exposure? - Dr Lisa Stampnitzky, Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield

Documenting atrocity: resistance, accountability and memory in Chile - Dr Oriana Bernasconi, Department of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile




Human Rights and Knowing Conscience - Professor Tobias Kelly, Professor of Political and Legal Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Epistemologies of Harm: The Case of Medical Documentation of Rape in Settings of Armed Conflict and Mass Violence - Dr Jaimie Morse, Postdoctoral Associate, Global Health, Yale University

Seeing and Disbelieving: Boundary-Work between Fact and Digital Fakery in the Human Rights World’ - Dr Ella McPherson, Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology, University of Cambridge


Coffee, Tea and Biscuits


Concluding Discussion: Comments by Dr Monika Krause, Co-Driector, LSE Human Rights and Professor Richard Wilson, Professor of Law and Anthropology, UConn School of Law

The hashtag for this event is #LSEHumanRights


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