Higher Seminar in Media and Communication: Digital Eyewitness Images and Human Rights Practice.
Kari Andén-Papadopoulos, Professor at Stockholm University, will present the project she leads at the Institute for Future Studies, "Eyewitness video and Human Rights Practice".
Kari Andén-Papadopoulos will present her current research project, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2022-2026). Her study explores the increasingly important interplay between video shot by eyewitnesses on the ground and institutional human rights practice. The Saffron revolution in Burma, the Green revolution in Iran, the Arab uprisings, and the BLM movement in the States are some obvious examples of the current predominance of video not only in exposing and providing evidence of injustice, but also in claiming the right to have rights. Employing an ethnographic approach, this project aims to provide a practical understanding of how the now-exploding grassroots forms and practices of eyewitness video are shaping – and being shaped by - norms and practices of human rights, and what the implications of these new dynamics are for the ability of human rights frameworks to respond to global injustice and abuses of power.