Citizenship is the essential foundation of a person’s legal rights in the 21st Century. Yet, at least 15 million people worldwide are stateless. Although it is a worldwide problem, statelessness has only recently received growing attention as a global human rights issue that requires action.
This expert panel will interrogate statelessness from multi disciplinary perspective, discussing the international legal dimensions of statelessness, human rights issues, and how documentary photography and visual storytelling can be used to fill in critical evidence gaps.
April 30th, 2015
7:30 PM – 10 PM
The New School, Room A404
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
Greg Constantine is a photographer and author of the documentary photo project, Nowhere People, a 9-year exploration and investigation into the issue of global statelessness with a major focus on the Rohingya. An exhibition of his work on the stateless Rohingya community from Myanmar (Burma) will be opening at powerHouse Arena gallery in Brooklyn onMay 14th.
Daniel Naujoks, faculty in the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, has published widely on the effects of migration and citizenship on social, economic and political development, ethnic identity and the role and genesis of public policies. He is involved with policy advisory work on development, migration, and population affairs at the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Sarnata Reynolds, Senior Adviser on Human Rights at Refugees International in Washington D.C., serves as the principal liaison and focal point with United Nations agencies, the U.S. government, and focus countries on human rights issues. She has published multiple articles on international human rights and U.S. immigration issues, and she is currently writing a book on “theoretical” nationality.
Tun Khin, a member of the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority is the founder and president of the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK. He is human rights activist and in that capacity he has spoken in the British Parliament, US Congress, European Parliament and United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Tun Khin’s grandfather was a Parliamentary Secretary during the democratic period in Burma.
(moderator), an associate professor in photography at Parsons, is a documentary photographer, author and lawyer. Her interest in citizenship and statelessness is an offshoot of her passion for activist photography, the subject of her first book, Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change, published by Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor and Francis.