Handwriting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

When:
10 December 2018 from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs
Where:
NIAS-KNAW, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3, Amsterdam
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In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) warmly invites you to an introvert’s protest where we will handwrite the Declaration word for word.

The UN Declaration on Human Rights is one of the most important documents ever created, guaranteeing protection and freedom from abuses of power. However, the principles and values underpinning the UNDHR are, today, increasingly under threat. For this reason, NIAS Fellow Aidan McGarry invites participants to engage in an ‘introvert’s protest’ where we will each handwrite the UNDHR, start to finish. This aesthetics of protest will be a quiet, reflective space, where we focus on the meaning of the document as we write it out, whilst celebrating its continuing importance today.

It is part of the ‘Handwriting the Constitution’ project initiated by NYC-based artist Morgan O’Hara in reaction to the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017. Since then, sessions have taken place all over the US, in Italy, Israel, Japan and other places.

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Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. It stimulates advanced research in the humanities and social sciences, international knowledge-sharing and research cooperation. NIAS offers talented researchers the opportunity to work on new insights in interdisciplinary and international teams, set up new partnerships, or seek solutions for the problems of society.

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW) is located in Amsterdam (Korte Spinhuissteeg 3, 1012 CG Amsterdam).

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