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Invitation for Proposals – Critical Conversations: The Idea of a Human Rights Museum

Posted on | June 9, 2011 | No Comments

The University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research Initiative’s (CHRR) mission is to bring people and organizations–both within and outside the UM–together to enhance interdisciplinary and collaborative research capacities, create richer research training opportunities for students, and facilitate the fusion of research-driven knowledge, public policy and intellectual debate on issues related to human rights and social justice. On the heels of our first public seminar series “Critical Conversations on Indian Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation” we would like to announce our 2011-2012 series: “Critical Conversations: The Idea of a Human Rights Museum.” This series will be coordinated by Karen Busby (Law and CHRR Director), Andrew Woolford (Sociology) and Adam Muller (English).

Invitation to Present We are inviting seminar proposals from UM researchers–from Architecture to Women’s and Gender Studies—and researchers from other institutions. We encourage other UM units to come on board as supporters, especially for jointly planned events that relate to the theme. Possible seminar topics could include: community voices, curatorial choices: questions on content; effective use of oral history in exhibitions; museums as iconic buildings; what is an “ideas” museum; state funding-state authority; archives and ethics; CMHR’s technological landscape; children and the museum experience. Possible joint events include support for a distinguished visitor. If you are planning an event that relates to the theme we would be happy to, at least, co-list the event.

Invitation to Supervise The seminars are open to whoever wants to attend. We hope that professors across the UM will encourage graduate students to participate in the series. While the series is not a course and does not have a course number, professors from Law, Education, Sociology, History and Political Science agreed to supervise graduate students from their own units who wanted to attend all the seminars for the 2010-2011 Critical Conversations series. Some specific Masters-LLB cohort activities were planned. These students then received credit towards their degree, usually under an independent reading or independent research course number (as signed off by the supervising professor from their home unit). We hope that professors in an even wider range of faculties can engage students to participate in “The Idea of a Human Rights Museum” LLB-Masters cohort.

Please contact either Karen Busby, Academic Director ( or Helen Fallding, Manager (Outreach and Research) ( ) if you have questions or suggestions. We encourage you to submit proposals by July 1, 2011.

For more information, contact:
David Smith
Phone: (204) 474-7411


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