Photo by Sophie Giffard, taken with permission Megan Cowley, a recent graduate of the Understanding and Securing Human Rights master’s degree offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was awarded the 2016 Albie Sachs Prize for best dissertation. She describes her research conducted in a rural district in Nepal, which she used as a case study […]
We live in a world where labelling an activity, person, or group of people with the word ‘radicalism’ suggests something negative, abhorrent, aberrative and inherently dangerous. Such an understanding of these two words have perhaps always been true, although it is never the full story, say Dr Jordan Landes, Dr Mark Merry and Dr Matt Phillpott, the […]
Rachael Anne Roberts, a student on the School of Advanced Study’s MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, retraces the history of human rights activism in Bloomsbury by walking in the footsteps of some of its past residents.
Image: © Copyright Lloyd Sturdy Dr Anna-Louise Milne, director of graduate study and research at the University of London Institute in Paris, writes about a series of translation workshops coordinated by the Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression with asylum seekers unable to complete their intended journey to the UK. Since late October there has been […]
What was it like for people in the past before home pregnancy testing was available? Dr Isabel Davis, senior lecturer in medieval and Renaissance literature at Birkbeck, University of London, looks at the history of conception during the 18th and 19th centuries through two very interesting case studies – a pad for simulating pregnancy and an […]
What does it mean to be normal? Dr Sarah Chaney talks about the history of being normal, cultural relativity and how the concept of normality has changed over time. ‘Am I normal?’ seems to be a defining question in modern western culture, across every area of human life and experience, in health and illness. But […]
When: Thursday 1 December 2016, 6pm – 8pm Who: Refugee Law Initiative Where: Woburn Suite, G22/25, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Sarah Elliot, Director of International Protection (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) will speak on ‘Refugee protection in mixed migration – a UNHCR perspective pre- and post-summit’.
As part of this year’s Being Human humanities festival, academics from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) and the University of Bristol, have joined forces to form the ‘Archive to Blockbuster Four’ (A2BFour). During an evening event at Senate House on 21 November, the team will pitch four ideas for films in an attempt to […]
The migrant experience is often one of loss, leaving homes and family for a life somewhere new, unknown and loaded with potential. In this post, Eithne Nightingale discusses the research involved in her Being Human festival event Child migrant stories, which retells the emotional and physical journeys child migrants have undergone in order to reach the UK. Her project […]
Hopes were high in May 1991 when the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) captured the Eritrean capital, Asmara, and helped the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) overthrow Mengistu Haile Mariam, the Ethiopian military dictator. It was thought that the movement which had been fighting for decades for independence would usher in an era of peace, […]