Fiction and Human Rights

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This network was funded from January 2015 to January 2017.

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 was 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.

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Network co-convenors: Tessa Roynon and Jonathan Herring

Steering group members: Charles Foster, and Michelle Kelly

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This network continues to be promoted by TORCH, but is now hosted by the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights

Past Events