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Past Public Letures
28 May 2015
Kate Nash is a leading political sociologist whose work focuses on the nexus of human rights, politics and culture. Professor Nash has been with the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths since 1999 where she teaches on the sociology of human rights; cultural politics; political sociology; feminist theory; citizenship; social movements; and equality and diversity. She earned a degree in Sociology at City University as a mature student, completing in 1990, and then a PhD in the Department of Government at Essex University, finishing in 1995. She is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths, and a Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.
5 May 2015
Sylvia Walby is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Lancaster University, UK. She has been advising on the cost of gender-based violence for the European Institute for Gender Equality and UK Home Office. She is leading an ESRC funded project: ‘Is domestic violence increasing or decreasing? She is currently working on the measurement of gender-based violence for the Council of Europe to assist the implementation of the Istanbul Convention's Article 11. Recent books include: Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities (Sage 2009) and The Future of Feminism (Polity 2011). Her next book is the jointly authored Stopping Rape: Towards a Comprehensive Policy (forthcoming Policy Press 2015), which draws on work for the European Parliament. This will be followed by Crisis for Polity Press (forthcoming 2015). Her website is: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/sociology/profiles/Sylvia-Walby
Senator Katherine Zappone: Moving Beyond a Politics of Shame: Marriage Equality, Gender Recognition and the New Embrace of Humanity
16 December 2014
Senator Katherine Zappone is one of Ireland’s foremost thinkers and legislators on equality issues. She was formerly a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission (2002-2012) and currently serves on the Oireacthas delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). She is also a member of the Committee on Equality and Non-discrimination of PACE and a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality. She has published research in national equality frameworks, effective children’s services, equal opportunity in education, theology and spirituality, and human rights. This year her private member's bill on Gender Recognition spurred the Government into publishing their own proposals on the issue. She was Chief Executive of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, and has taught ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin.
Caroline Bettinger Lopez: Bringing human rights home: Strategies to fight domestic violence and other gender-based violations
24 May 2013
Caroline Bettinger-López is an Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching focus on international human rights law and advocacy including the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level. Her main regional focus is the US and Latin America, and her principal areas of interest include violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education. Bettinger-López regularly litigates and engages in other forms of advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights system, federal and state courts and legislative bodies, and the United Nations.
22 November 2012
Aisha K. Gill, Ph.D. (University of Essex) is Professor of Criminology at University of Roehampton. Her main areas of interest are health and criminal justice responses to violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women in the UK, Iraqi Kurdistan and India. Professor Gill is often in the news as a commentator on early/child/forced marriage, violence predicated on 'honour', and sexual violence in South Asian communities. She writes for mainstream popular as well as academic audiences. Her current research interests include domestic violence; rights, law and early/child/forced marriage/female genital mutilation; 'honour' killings and 'honour’-based violence in the South Asian/Kurdish Diaspora and femicide in Iraqi Kurdistan and India; missing women; acid violence; child contact; trafficking; and sexual violence and exploitation.
March 8-9 2012
Diane Elson is a member of the Department of Sociology and of the Human Rights Center, University of Essex. She is an international expert who has contributed to development of gender analysis of government budgets in all regions of the world. Prof Elson has been a member of the UK Women’s Budget Group for more than 10 years, and is currently Chair of the Group. She has published widely on women’s rights and government budgets, and acted as advisor on gender responsive budgeting to the UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Her current research includes: auditing economic policy from a human rights perspective; and macroeconomic policies and gender equality.
7 March 2011
Inez McCormack is an internationally recognised advocate for women’s human rights. Originally from Belfast, Inez was active in the Northern Ireland civil rights movement in the late 1960s. She then became a trade union and equality activist, campaigning to organize and revalue the work and contribution of the 'forgotten' workers, most of whom were women. In 1998, Inez led a successful campaign for inclusive equality and human rights provisions to be included in the Good Friday Agreement. She was the first woman President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Currently, Inez chairs the much acclaimed Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) project (http://www.pprproject.org/), which provides local disadvantaged communities on all parts of the island of Ireland support in using a human rights based approach to address the social and economic inequalities and deprivation they face.
14 April 2010
Naomi Goldenberg is Professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a founding member of the Women’s Studies program at the University of Ottawa and was director of the program from 1989 to 1992. Professor Goldenberg is the author of The Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religion (1979) and Resurrecting the Body: Feminism, Religion, and Psychoanalysis (1993) and has given innovative lectures, such as her psychoanalytic reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, throughout the world. She has a particular interest in the intersection of religion and psychoanalytic theory, gender, and popular culture. Her recent work seeks to bridge the religious/secular divide in social theory.
12 March 2010
Nira Yuval-Davis is the Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London. She is an editor of the book series ’the Politics of Intersectionality’ at Palgrave MacMillan, and has written extensively on theoretical and empirical aspects of intersected nationalisms, racisms, fundamentalisms, citizenships, identities, belonging/s and gender relations in Britain & Europe, Israel and other Settler Societies. She is one of the founder members of the international research network of Women In Militarized Conflict Zones and of Women Against Fundamentalism and has served as an expert and consultant to various international organizations such as Amnesty International, the UNDP and the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.
Naila Kabeer: Marriage, motherhood and masculinity in the global economy: A crisis in social reproduction
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Professor Naila Kabeer is a social economist, Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and a collaborating researcher at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Prof. Kabeer is one of the world’s foremost experts in feminist economics, specialising in gender, poverty, and social policy issues. She has been active in developing frameworks and methodologies for integrating gender concerns into policy and planning and has substantial experience of training and advisory work with governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs.