Journal of Arts & Communities special edition on Arts and Human Rights in partnership with Amnesty International

The Journal of Arts and Communities is publishing a special Arts and Human Rights edition in partnership with Amnesty International as part of the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Amnesty International.
The special issue will be launched at the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Festival on 25th August 2011, and also at the Knowing Ways: Critical Learning in Arts Practice International Conference on the 8th-10th September 2011.

Each year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the prestigious Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award is given to a Fringe play that engages strongly with a Human Rights issue, as well as being of an outstanding artistic quality.
The Judges for the Award include Joyce McMillan, theatre critic and columnist for The Scotsman and Neil Cooper writer and critic for The Herald, who are Guest Editors for this special edition and Stephanie Knight, Associate Editor of Journal of Arts and Communities.

Due to the exceptional response to the original call for papers, the special edition will be a double edition, published across two issues of Journal of Arts and Communities: issue 2.2, publishing in August 2011, and issue 2.3, publishing in Autumn 2011.

The special issue 2.2 includes notes from the journals of writer, actor and thinker Jack Klaff, covering fragments, anecdotes and incidents of relevance to the theme of arts and human rights; an analysis of street art in Athens as a visual marker for discourses of power struggles, marginality and counter-cultures; poems written to illustrate the indignities suffered by the indigenous Mayan people of Guatemala; A short play for two actors based on Raja Shehadeh’s 2007 book Palestinian Walks, which explores issues surrounding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the context of a threatened natural landscape; ‘Let them see us’, a photo-essay of gay couples in Poland first exhibited in 2003 in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdansk, Sosnowiec and Wroclaw; and an article examining the work of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo in relation to human rights in the case of Colombia.

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