A conversation between Peter Jan Honigsberg and Cahal McLaughlin, guided by Leela Prasad
Join us on Thursday, February 10, 6pm - 7pm (GMT) for an online conversation exploring the practice of documenting and archiving human rights abuses through oral history and documentary film, the creation of memory and collective memory, and the ethical issues implicated in providing access to personal stories of trauma, loss, and torture.
Duke University professor Leela Prasad will guide this conversation with special guests Peter Jan Honigsberg (University of San Francisco School of Law, founder of "Witness to Guantanamo") and Cahal McLaughlin (Queen's University Belfast, director of The Prisons Memory Archive). Drawing on the panelists' experiences conducting oral history and documentary projects with survivors of human rights abuses, the discussion will examine such questions as:
- How do we make decisions about whose story to record and share?
- What are special ethical concerns when working with stories of traumatized and vulnerable former prisoners and other survivors of human rights abuses?
- What conditions need to be placed on access to and use of the archival records?
- In what ways do we need to think about video materials differently from written transcripts?
This event is part of a series of events related to the exhibition, "Witness to Guantanamo," on view at the Power Plant Gallery through February 27, 2022.
Free and open to the public. Advance registration required.
Sponsored by the Power Plant Gallery, the Human Rights Archive at the Rubenstein Library, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment, with additional support from the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, the Vice Provost for the Arts, and the MFA|EDA Program at Duke University.