Articles in Category: Current Human Rights Issues
December 04, 2015Simmons (2011) writes of Gayatri Spivak's work on listening to marginalized voices: "Spivak is not claiming a privileged place for herself from which she can accurately represent the widows’ voices. She readily admits that any solution she offers will be tinged by a colonial discourse—even for the most radical among us, “all speaking, even seemingly the most immediate, entails a distanced decipherment by another, which is, at best, an interception” (1999, 309). As such, the subaltern’s voice remains something of a secret." Thoughts?
January 29, 2016
In Spring 2015, University of Arizona’s HNRS 217 (Human Rights Voices) class spent two weeks addressing the critical issues surrounding authenticity and testimony. We looked at these questions through two major issues: the debates surrounding the authenticity of I, Rigoberta Menchu, the narrative of the Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize Winner and the recent revelations that Shin Dong Nyuk, a famous political prisoner from North Korea who is featured in the film Camp 14: Total Control Zone had falsified parts of his testimony. A copy of the assignment can be found here: http://www.williampaulsimmons.com/examples-of-pbl-without-borders.html
The class decided there were several key questions that needed to be addressed.
- Is a testimony authentic if it is politically motivated and as a result altered?
- What is the relationship between truthfulness and authenticity?
- How do we define authenticity?
- How does trauma affect testimony?
January 12, 2016