The arena of human rights documentation has never been more explosive, thanks in great part to a new evidentiary movement inspired by the development of human rights technology applications and geospatial satellite imagery. Geospatial technologies represent a range of tools used in the collection, presentation, analysis, and management of location-based data. These tools are changing how we see and interpret suffering bodies, infrastructural destruction and are raising questions about whether mass atrocity violence gainst large numbers of civilians is a practice whose veracity is knowable through evidence. The proposed lecture series, sponsored by a cross section of faculty members, will explore the politics, aesthetics and interpretation of geospatial images as well as the architectures of knowledge production and the challenges that emerge when using these technologies.



Affiliated Faculty

Kamari Clarke, Professor, Anthropology; Dana Cuff, Professor, Architecture & Urban Design; Anne Gilliland, Associate Dean and Professor, Information Studies; Laurie Hart, Professor, Anthropology and Global Studies; Saloni Mathur, Professor, Art History; Susan Slyomovics, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures; Saree Makdisi, Professor, English; Aamir Muft, Professor, Comparative Literature





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