Arts and Human Rights Summer School | 9-11 July 2015
Confirmed Speakers

Ms. Farida Shaheed from Pakistan took up her functions as an Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights in 2009 and continued as a Special Rapporteur on the same issue, following Human Rights Council Resolution 19/6. She has worked for more than 25 years promoting and protecting cultural rights by fostering policies and projects designed in culturally sensitive ways to support the rights of marginalized sectors, including women, peasants, religious and ethnic minorities. She has also been the recipient of several national and international human rights awards, and is an experienced participant in negotiations at international, regional and national levels. Ms. Shaheed has brought her distinctive perspective on the integration of culture and rights to her work as an independent expert/consultant to numerous United Nations and development agencies as well as to the government of Pakistan since 1980. Ms. Shaheed currently works as the Director of Shirkat Gah-Women’s Resource Centre.

Dominique Bouchard holds a BS in Applied Physics and AB in Mathematics from Columbia University and a DPhil in history and archaeology from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research explored the role of classical iconography in discourses of power in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Dominique began her career at the Ashmolean Museum and has recently worked in Northern Ireland at the Mid-Antrim Museums Service. In Northern Ireland she led EU projects addressing the legacy of the Troubles through the arts and heritage. She currently leads the Education Department at The Hunt Museum and has participated in international panels for both the Council of Europe and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the area of museums, heritage and divided societies. She is co-director of the Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. Her research interests are in the area of interpretation, socially-engaged curatorial practice, the history of collecting and of museums, cultural rights, and heritage in divided societies.

Prof Michael O'Flaherty has been Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway since February 2013. He was Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission until November 2013. From 2004-2012, he was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and was the principal drafter of the General Comment of the Human Rights Committee on the freedoms of opinion and expression. He is a member of the UK Foreign Office’s advisory bodies on freedom of expression and the prevention of torture and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs’ human rights advisory committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and sits on the advisory boards of numerous human rights groups and journals internationally. Previously he held a number of senior posts at the United Nations.

Jennifer Johnston is a prominent Irish novelist who has won the Whitbread Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Booker prose. Her many novels include How many Miles to Babylon, Shadows on our Skin, The Old Jest, This is not a Novel, and most recently A Sixpenny Song. She explores themes such as war (particularly the First World War and the Irish War of Independence), adolescence, gender, and the decline of the aristocracy. In 2012 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Book Awards.

Manfred Nowak is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University. He is also Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and Vice Chair of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. From 2004 to 2010 he served as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. He is author of more than 500 articles and various books in the field of international human rights.

Guido Gryseels is Director General of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren, Belgium. This federal scientific institute has colonial origins but is the most important reference center in the world for Central Africa. Its research is multidisciplinary. The museum is currently being renovated, and a new permanent exhibition is developed in close collaboration with African diaspora and institutes. Guido Gryseels is Belgian, has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Wageningen (Netherlands), and degrees from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of New England (Australia).

Prof. Sarah Joseph is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University in Melbourne, the leading academic human rights institution in the Asia Pacific with a great reputation for innovation (see, eg, its video series). Her research covers many areas of human rights law, including its relationship with art, pop culture and the media (including social media). You can follow her at @profsarahj.

Vincent Woods is a writer and broadcaster. His plays have been produced by Druid Theatre Company and the Abbey Theatre. He has also published two collections of poems, and written several song lyrics. He was a member of the Chile Committee for Human Rights in the 1980s and was also an active member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and Amnesty International. He is a former Writer in Residence at NUI Galway and is a member of Aosdána.

Mary Lawlor set up Front Line Defenders in 2001 to provide “round the clock” practical support to human rights defenders at risk so that their work to build civil and just societies can continue. Mary was Director of Amnesty International in Ireland from 1988-2000. In 2007, Front Line Defenders received the King Baudouin International Development Prize. In 2014 she received the Légion d’Honneur from the French Government and an honorary Doctorate in Law from Trinity College Dublin.

Lelia Doolan, once described by the conservative Archbishop John Charles McQuaid as “mad, bad, and dangerous” is an Irish theatre, film and television producer. She was the artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, produced Seven Days and the long-running The Riordans on Irish television, and has produced documentary and feature films including Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, and Reefer and the Model. She is currently Chair of Solas Galway Picture Palace, the city's soon-to-be-completed arthouse cinema.

Vered Cohen Barzilay is a human rights advocate, former board member at “Art for Amnesty”, publicist and the founder of Novel Rights, a global movement, utilizing the power of literature to drive change. Vered lectured in Universities e.g. Oxford, LSE etc. and International book fairs about “Human Rights literature” a new literary genre she developed and promotes through Novel Rights e-Publications. Her essays and columns translated and distributed in many countries e.g. UK, US, Italy, Germany, Spain etc.

Cellist Julian Fifer founded the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 1972 as a conductorless ensemble in which all the musicians would share artistic opportunities and responsibilities. As Executive Director for the first 26 years, Julian guided Orpheus from a counterculture group to the top echelon of the concert and recording businesses. In 1984, he negotiated the largest recording contract then held by an American orchestra, resulting in over 50 CDs produced by Deutsche Grammophon. He developed relationships for the ensemble with virtually all of the major international festivals and music centers, and forged collaborations with leading soloists of the day, including Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Richard Goode, Anne Sophie von Otter, Dawn Upshaw, Gil Shaham, Wynton Marsalis, Alfred Brendel, Radu Lupu, and Gidon Kremer. Julian subsequently started an interdisciplinary arts education company, The Learning Maestros, produced concerts and Baroque operas, designed and ran a music festival in Venice (Italy), and has been managing the Venice Baroque Orchestra since 1999. Recently he has partnered with hornist and conductor Alessio Allegrini to develop Musicians For Human Rights, whose mission is to foster a culture of humanism through music. A native New Yorker, Julian commenced cello studies at the age of six; his formative musical mentors were Robert Mann, violinist, and Claus Adam, cellist, of the Juilliard String Quartet. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Barbora Bukovská has been ARTICLE 19’s Senior Director for Law and Policy since 2009 where she leads on the development of policies and provides legal oversight and support to legal work across the organization. She has an extensive experience in working on a range of human rights issues and strategic litigation of human rights cases, especially at the European Court of Human Rights. She holds law degrees from Charles University in Prague and Harvard Law School.

Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the University of Ulster. His photographicwork is held in many museum collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Tate, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, International Centre of Photography New York, Arts Councils of Ireland, England and N.Ireland, UK Government Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London as War Artist for Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in North America, Canada, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Korea, Japan andChina. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize. He has published seven monographs the most recent, Things Left Unsaid, looking at the reporting of conflict in the USA was published in November 14 by Artist Photo Books.

Neil Jarman is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queens University Belfast and director of the Institute for Conflict Research, a not-for-profit, policy research and training organisation. He has worked extensively on issues associated with the political transition in Northern Ireland, including the use of symbols and rituals; inter-communal violence; policing; hate crimes; immigration and migration; and general human rights and equality issues.

Dominic Thorpe is an Irish visual artist who works primarily through the body in performance. He has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland, including at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Bergen Museum of Art, Bangkok Cultural Centre and Galway Arts Centre. In 2006 he received an MA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design. He is currently the first artist in residence at the humanities department of UCD.

Prof. Rod Stoneman is the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board until September 2003 and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television in the United Kingdom. He has made a number of documentaries, including Ireland: The Silent Voices, Italy: the Image Business, 12,000 Years of Blindness and The Spindle, and has written extensively on film and television. He is the author of Chávez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised; A Case Study of Politics and the Media and Seeing is Believing: The Politics of the Visual. Educating Film-Makers, written with Duncan Petrie, was published earlier this year.

Rita Duffy is one of Northern Ireland's groundbreaking artists who began her work concentrating primarily on the figurative/narrative tradition. Her art is often autobiographical, including themes and images of Irish identity, history and politics. Duffy’s work has grown and evolved but remains intensely personal with overtones of the surreal. Homage is paid to the language of magic realism and always there is exquisite crafting of materials. She has initiated several major collaborative art projects and was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Architects, for her developmental work within the built environment. She is an associate at the Goldsmiths College, London and collaborated on an artistic exchange with Argentina and N. Ireland, looking at the role art has in post conflict societies. She held a Leverhulme Fellowship with the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster and in 2013 was awarded the prestigious Pollack Krausner Award. Currently she is developing the Thaw Factory project for 2016, a year of remembering wars and revolution presenting the work in galleries and museums in Berlin, London Belfast and Dublin.

Susan McKay is a journalist and author from Derry. Her books include Bear in Mind These Dead (Faber 2007), about the aftermath of the Northern Irish conflict for those bereaved, Northern Protestants - An Unsettled People (Blackstaff, 2000) and Sophia's Story (Gill and MacMillan, 1998). She has won several awards for her journalism.

Bob Collins has been the Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland since 2011. Before that he spent six and a half years as Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Most of his working life has been in broadcasting, principally in RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, where he had a variety of roles including Director of Television and Director-General. He subsequently became the first chair of the new broadcasting regulatory body, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. He was closely involved with the work of the European Broadcasting Union for many years. He has been a member of the board of a number of organisations including the Ulster Orchestra, the National Concert Hall and the National Library of Ireland.