Human rights in the Contact Zone

Elisabeth Angelo, Alice Andre, Aysegül Zozan Dalan, Clara Lisa Lærke Grønskov Kældebæk & Jarl Alexander Petersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates on what happens to the concept of human rights in the contact zone, which in this case, is Guatemala. In order to do so, two organisations were utilised as examples to help us answer the following question: Are the organisations constructing problems by drawing on different discourses, and if they are, how does the way they articulate it tell us something about their perception of the world? An analysis was conducted with the help of a discourse theory, in which concepts such as nodal points, subject positions and hegemonic struggles were used. Afterwards, other cultural theories were used to discuss the results of the analysis with the help of notions like mirror dance, anti-conquest and contact zone. This lead us to the conclusion that NGOs do perceive different problems in Guatemala which shows that they have a different perceptions of human rights, and in a more general way, of the world.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 maj 2016
VejledereKirsten Hvenegård-Lassen


  • discourse theory
  • rehabilitation
  • education
  • human rights
  • NGO
  • Guatemala
  • contact zone