Netherlands, Groningen

Constructing Human Rights Narratives

when 12 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 250

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

We are talking about human rights in so many voices, using so many intonations, and acting in so many roles. A lawyer, a journalist, a character from the novel you are reading today, your neighbour complaining about a low salary—all of these are participating in shaping human rights narratives. Different manners of contemplating and picturing human rights (law, politics, literature, arts, etc.) interact and the narratives often conflict with one another. How do all such narratives contribute to the promotion of respect for human rights? Do we have any shared language in our attempts to communicate about human rights?

Our summer school offers you an opportunity to reflect on these issues by looking at different aspects of human rights narration. Narratives are a powerful tool for organising and making sense of human experience which we can use for both strengthening and weakening human rights ideas. What are the ways of using this tool? What does the law have to offer in this sense? After all, it is the law that makes strong claims for being the main creator of human rights narratives. Can other cultural representations of human rights unpack and analyse limitations of the law?

Within the summer school we will look at narrative not only as at an instrument for shaping our experience, but also as an instrument for self-reflection, as a revealing mirror. By examination of the already existing narrative structures we can comprehend better our rooted way of thinking, our biases and limits.

Course leader

Mr. Kostiantyn Gorobets (Faculty of Law);
Mrs. Yuliia Khyzhniak (Faculty of Law);
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia Martin (Faculty of Arts)

Target group

The course is designed for students, PhD’s, postdocs, and practitioners in literature, law, arts, and human rights.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

After a successful completion of the Summer School, the participant will be able to:

construct human rights narratives using the methodologies of Law and Humanities;
discuss the multidimensional character of human rights as reflected in law, literature, and arts;
argue the function of narratives in shaping human rights and social change;
assess the legal boundaries of human rights.

Credits info

1 EC
Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload in hours. Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 250: University of Groningen students
Postdocs and practitioners: €500
PhD researchers: €400
BA/LL.B, MA/LL.M students: €350
University of Groningen students: €250

Including: 5 lunches, coffee/tea, welcoming drinks, city tour, closing dinner, one excursion, printed hand-outs

There is an early bird discount of €50 for applications before 1 March 2020.