Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights


8 September 2017
Utrecht University

CCHR Research Conference 2017

We will open the academic year by means of an international CCHR conference entitled ‘Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead’.
This international event is comprised of renowned keynote speakers in the field of Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights (Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard and Prof. Nicholas Mirzoeff, NYU) and paper presentations of CCHR funded research by CCHR fellows and consortia. Hereby a selection of our CCHR-affiliated researchers will present their ERC or National Research Council funded research projects among them Spinoza Laureate Prof. Birgit Meyer, Vici Laureate Prof. Barbara Oomen, ERC laureate Dr. Dirk van Miert and Dr. Koen Leurs. The conference takes stock of the past three CCHR years and looks ahead into the future of these research themes at the crossroads of culture, citizenship and human rights. Please see the program below.

Keynote Speakers:
Jacqueline Bhabha is Professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, director of research at Harvard’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer at Harvard Law School. The talk will be relating to CCHR’s research strand of Contesting Citizenship ‘Looking back, looking forward: Citizenship, Contestation and A New Compact for Child and Youth Mobility’.

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University. He’ll be addressing CCHR’s research line Mediating Citizenship ‘Decolonize the Space of Appearance #BlackLivesMatter’.


Program: CCHR Symposium Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead’

Friday, 8th September 2017

09.00  09.30 : Registration and coffee/tea
09.30  09.45 : Welcome and introduction by Prof.  Rosemarie Buikema, and Rector Prof. Bert van der Zwaan
09.45  10.15 : Lecture by Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha  –  Looking back, looking forward: Citizenship, Contestation and A New Compact for Child and Youth Mobility
10.15  11.00 : Short responses by Prof. Barbara Oomen and Dr. Koen Leurs and plenary discussion
11.00  11.20 : Break
11.20  12.30 : Presentations Prof. Birgit Meyer, Dr. Dirk van Miert and Dr. Susanne Knittel and Q & A
12.30  13.45 : Lunch
13.45  14.15 : Lecture by Prof. Nicholas Mirzoeff  –  Decolonize the Space of Appearance #BlackLivesMatter
14.15  15.00 : Short responses by Dr. Martijn Oosterbaan and Milica Trakilovic, MA and plenary discussion
15.00 – 15.30 : Break
15.30  16.30 : Round Table on Future of CCHR research themes with Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha, Prof. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Prof. Sybe de Vries, Prof. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Julie Fraser, LLM and Wouter Oomen, MA
16.30  16.45 : Closing words and future
16.45  18.00 : Reception

Location: Academy Building, Utrecht University
To register: please email