Dignity and the Novel Since 1948

dignity and the novel

Podcasts of this event are now online:

Panel 1 (Why Fiction and Human Rights? Why Dignity?)

Panel 2 (Narrative and Genocide)

Panel 3 (Novel Rights and Wrongs)


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A one-day interdisciplinary symposium to launch the Fiction and Human Rights Network at TORCH. Lawyers, literary scholars, philosophers and political theorists discuss the relationship between the modern novel and the discourse of human rights in legal theory and practice. This one-day symposium brings together an eclectic range of thinkers to analyze the ways in which the genre of fiction might or might not contribute to debates about the nature and role of dignity in human rights.

Keynote speakers:  Professor Stephen Clingman (UMass., Amherst); Philippe Sands QC on Louis Begley’s Wartime Lies (1991); Dr Zoe Norridge (KCL) on Véronique Tadjo’s The Shadow of Imana: travels in the heart of Rwanda  (2002)

Other speakers and chairs include:  Cathryn Costello, Mark Damazer; Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring;  Michelle Kelly; Helena Kennedy QC;  Marina MacKay; Kate McLoughlin; Dana Mills; Ankhi Mukherjee; Natasha Simonsen; Jonny Steinberg; Carissa Véliz.

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This event welcomes members of the general public as well as academics and students in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers.

Cost: £25 full price; £15 student /unwaged. Booking is essential. Please click here for registration.

Price includes lunch, tea and coffee and a drinks reception after the event at Mansfield College, kindly hosted by Baronness Helena Kennedy QC.

Contact the symposium convenors: tessa.roynon@ell.ox.ac.uknatasha.simonsen@law.ox.ac.uk

Fiction and Human Rights

Contact name: Tessa Roynon

Contact email: tessa.roynon@ell.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all