Why and how do we remember past atrocities and human rights violations? What is the role of memory sites in social reconstruction, transitional justice and democratisation? How do memory sites shape communities, societies, identities and nations?
MOOC on Memory Sites and Human Rights
The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) is proud to launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of its Open Learning Series that within one year has already reached more than 3000 people and is constantly growing. Funded by the EU and with contributions by lecturers and experts from all the regions of the world, the GC MOOCs provide free and open access to highly qualified learning on topical human rights concerns. The new MOOC will focus on Memory Sites and Human Rights and will be released on 12 March 2018. Enrolment opens on 19 February 2018. Continue reading “MOOC on Memory Sites and Human Rights”
The Global Campus of Human Rights is proud to announce the launch of the Global Campus Human Rights Journal (gchrj), a peer-reviewed online publication serving as a forum for rigorous scholarly analysis, critical commentaries, and reports on recent developments pertaining to rights and democratisation globally. The first issue is now available online.
gchrj is edited by a team of three, led by Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, who is assisted by two co-editors: Vahan Bournazian, Professor at Yerevan State University in Armenia, and Matthew Mullen, Lecturer at Mahidol University of Bangkok in Thailand. They are supported by an International Editorial Advisory Board of experts from a group of world-renowned universities, within and outside the Global Campus of Human Rights, covering a wide range of disciplines.
“There is an increasing need for a forum fostering dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders, including academics, activists in human rights and democratisation, ngos and civil society” Prof. Viljoen said. “gchrj will be able to fill this need by adopting multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives, and using comparative approaches”.
The challenges of today’s world are multifaceted and transnational in nature. They cause heated debate and controversy and require multi-layered answers. The contribution of gchrj is to provide expertise to guide responses and solutions and to infuse them with ethical, human rights-based perspectives.
STRUCTURE and SUBMISSIONS
gchrj consists of two sections, each containing full-length peer-reviewed academic articles. The first section contains solicited and unsolicited articles on various themes. The second section provides an overview of recent regional developments on human rights and democratisation across the globe, including analyses of decisions or findings of relevant courts or other bodies.
gchrj is an open access journal and is published biannually. Submissions (in English, French or Spanish) are welcome at any time and should be sent to Isabeau de Meyer. No fees are charged for submission or article processing. Submissions should conform to the guidelines for authors.
The Global Campus of Human Rights has launched the third edition of the GC Visual Contest, open to photographers and video-makers, professionals and amateurs, from any part of the world. The goal of the contest is to create synergies between academia, Human Rights defenders and artists to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of the issues concerning human rights and their protection.
The visual contest will be open from 1st May and will accept submissions through June 30, 2017. The theme for 2017 is “Memory and Reconciliation”. Memory and how do we envision the past has a potent impact on the creation of the present and future of a country and the current understanding of human rights concerns.
The GC Visual Contest originates from the belief that photography and videos are powerful tools that can raise awareness and push for social change. Furthermore, the purpose of this contest is to create a network of artists, intellectuals and professionals interested in strengthening the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.
A collective memory manifests itself in decisions regarding the commemoration of dates, trials of former oppressors, establishment of sites and museums of memory, artworks and memorials and its role in the public education. This photo and video competition seeks to promote reflection on the various collective rememberings and experiences of the past and to which extent it is possible to establish conditions for crime recognition and forgiveness.
The competition will have two category levels, for professional artists and amateurs to which students and Alumni from the Global Campus are particularly encouraged to apply. A number of images and videos will be selected to be displayed on a dedicated online gallery and in connection to GC events/activities ensuring international exposure also thanks to different partners and social media channels. Winners will be determined by an international jury composed of leading experts in the field of photography and documentary filmmaking and of members of the GC network.
The best pictures and short videos could receive special mentions by the partners of the contest and will be presented at the events of the Regional Masters of the Global Campus in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South East Europe.
This initiative is funded by the European Union and receives the patronage of the United Nations Regional Information centre for Western Europe (UNRIC). The Global Campus of Human Rights is a unique network of one hundred participating universities around the world, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation for education and research.