Fiction and Human Rights
When the concerns of the real world are so pressing, what on earth do imagined worlds have to offer?
Fiction and Human Rights is Oxford University’s first collaborative network between the faculties of English and Law. Its specific focus is on the relationship between the novel – in its many languages, forms and politics – and the legal/political discourse of human rights.
Our aim is to generate an interdisciplinary discussion addressing the ways in which the Humanities can contribute to the public sphere and the theoretical, aesthetic or ‘humanist’ issues which underpin legal discourse and practice.
Our inaugural one-day symposium was held in November 2015. Entitled ‘Dignity and the Novel Since 1948,’ it explored how the ever-evolving themes and forms of the modern novel correspond to the status and function of human dignity as represented in contemporary legal theory and practice. A report on the event can be found here.
Forthcoming events include:
A lunchtime seminar, led by Professor Charles Forsdick, on the Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat and her collection of essays Create Dangerously, addressing the role of the immigrant artist.
A lunchtime seminar in collaboration with the Child and Family Law Discussion Group, discussing Ian McEwan’s The Children’s Act from a literary and legal perspective.
Our network members are drawn from a wide range of disciplines and we welcome students and academics from all disciplines to attend our events.
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