Truth claims in activism and cultural practice

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventSymposium


This ambitious interdisciplinary project – drawing on academic and practitioner specialisms in human rights, social justice, documentary filmmaking, creative writing, museum curating and theatre – aims to identify common ground among the different and diffuse ways in which truth claims are made during investigative and artistic interventions in the public sphere. The overarching research questions are: what can we say about how truth claims are constructed across different kinds of public discourse (a political documentary, say, or a human rights report about a massacre, or a novel set in a recent civil war, or a curated human rights exhibition in a museum, or a verbatim play)? What connections can be drawn between these varied forms of truth claim, across different ‘media’? And how does the construction of truth claims influence their reception in the public sphere?
Period4 Nov 2016
Event typeWorkshop


  • Truth claims
  • Activism
  • Cultural practice