CSEAS Brown Bag Semnar: “Human Rights Fact Production: What Is at Stake in Myanmar?”

Event time: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

MacLean, in his new book, Crimes in Archival Form: Human Rights, Fact Production, and Myanmar (University of California Press), explores the many ways in which human rights “facts” are produced rather than found in the context of Myanmar. Foregrounding fact-finding, in critical yet constructive ways, prompts long overdue conversations about the possibilities and limits of human rights documentation as a mode of truth-seeking. Such conversations are particularly urgent in an era when the perpetrators of large-scale human rights violations exploit misinformation, weaponize disinformation, and employ outright falsehoods to undermine the credibility of those who document abuses and demand that they be held accountable for them in the court of public opinion as well as courts of law. The talk will elaborate on how human rights “fact” production works, why it is important, and when its use should prompt concern.

Professor Ken MacLean holds a joint appointment with IDCE and the Strassler for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He received a Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of Michigan 2005), a M.S. in Environment Justice (School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan 2004), and a B.A. in Anthropology (Princeton University, 1990). Before coming to Clark University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Comparative and International Studies (Emory University, 2005-2007). Funding for his research has come from the Fulbright-Hays Program, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, and The Mellon Foundation, among other sources.
MacLean has more than twenty-five years of experience working with NGOs, including Fortify Rights as a Senior Advisor, on issues related to human rights violations, conflict-induced displacement, state-sponsored violence, extractive industries, and territorial disputes across Southeast Asia.

Ken MacLean, Professor, International Development and Social Change (IDSC) and the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University