Archive for the ‘Activism’ Category

Keynote Speech: Andy Shallal

Opening his keynote speech, Andy Shallal recounted his initial impressions upon his family’s arrival in the United States from Iraq in 1966. At this time, Shallal noted, it was still illegal for a black person and white person to cohabitate in the state of Virginia. Arriving in the heyday of the civil rights movement, the […]

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Posted by on March 14th, 2013 No Comments

Memories from the Margins: Art and Political Violence in Peru

BY KAREN BERNEDO Remembering is a process in constant motion, transformation, and negotiation. In that sense, memory is a way to mediate with the world, a filter through which we understand ourselves as being part of a community and a historical process. Although “memory” evokes a past that we cannot change, societies constantly re-define this […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

The Museum is in the Streets: The Itinerant Museum of Art for Memory

TTBY MAURICIO DELGADO After 20 years of internal armed conflict, dozens of massacres, torture, and hit squads; after the terror of the Shining Path, the “iron fist” of two “democratic” governments, and the Fujimori dictatorship; after hundreds of reports, opinion pieces and newspaper articles, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and an estimated 69,280 victims […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Introduction: Arts After Atrocity

BY JO-MARIE BURT In the aftermath of atrocity, societies develop diverse mechanisms to cope with the legacy of violence. The experienced trauma involves not only the physical violence visited upon individual bodies, but also the destruction of families, communities, and broader societal networks. Truth commissions seek to develop new narratives to understand past violence, while […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Parallax Views on Human Rights: Lourdes Portillo’s Experiment Al Más Allá

BY RICARDO F. VIVANCOS PÉREZ According to the press kit, Lourdes Portillo’s Al Más Allá (2008) is an “… experimental documentary that uses narrative elements to explore the realities of shifting global wealth and drug trafficking along the Mayan coastline of Mexico.”1 The experiment consists of a metastory about the process of making a documentary […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Human Trafficking in Historical Perspective

BY T. MILLS KELLY In an op-ed published in multiple American newspapers on November 9, 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote that, “For decades, the problem [of human trafficking] went largely unnoticed. But 10 years ago this week, President Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act [TVPA], which gave us more tools to […]

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Posted by on August 30th, 2012 No Comments

Varying Perceptions of Nuclear Risk in the Debate Over India’s Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant

BY CHAITANYA RAVI AND NAYANTARA SHEORAN In 1988, the Soviet Union committed to build nuclear reactors in Kundankulam, a coastal village in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, under an inter-governmental agreement.1 The project was immediately opposed by local fishing communities, farmers and nuclear activists – as it was proposed that water to cool […]

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Posted by on April 25th, 2012 No Comments

Celebrity Activists and Advocates in Development

BY APRIL R. BICCUM Global poverty has become an important global issue in the last 20 years and activism on behalf of the global poor has become increasingly popular.  Both a symptom and effect of this popularity, is the increased involvement of individual Hollywood celebrities, activists and advocates in development and the increased visibility of […]

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Posted by on October 12th, 2011 No Comments