Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights

The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9–11 July 2015 in National University of Ireland, Galway. Codirected by Prof. Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with human rights activists and scholars to explore their shared space. Events will take the form of panel discussions, exhibitions and performances. 

The global theme for 2015 will be 'Belonging'. The Summer School will consist of keynote addresses, plenary discussions, and themed discussions on three parallel tracks – literature and human rights; the visual arts and human rights; and music and human rights.  The opening speaker will be the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed. Other speakers include Whitbread Book Award winner Jennifer Johnston, Director of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Bob Collins, director of Front Line Defenders Mary Lawlor, and human rights experts Manfred Nowak and Sarah Joseph.

An early bird registration fee of €290 is available for delegates who register by 19 April 2015, with the fee for registrations after that date being €350. The registration fee includes all conference materials, all lunches and refreshments.

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Event Date: 

Thursday, July 9, 2015 to Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10 - 10