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Civil Society, Development and Democracy (CDD) & Security, Conflict & Justice (SCJ) – Pathway Seminar 2 – New Date CONFIRMED

Date - Wednesday, 25th April 2018 (12:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Research in Human Rights Violation

Date & Time: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 12.30pm – 3pm

Venue: Room 216, Elmfield Building, University of Sheffield

RBWRDTP Director Professor Ruth Blakeley, University of Sheffield, will be giving a research seminar on “Research in Human Rights Violation”.

In recent years, she has co-directed (with Dr Sam Raphael, University of Westminster), The Rendition Project, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, providing the most comprehensive analysis to date of the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation programme. Ruth has published widely on these issues.

She is the Lead Editor of the Review of International Studies, a journal of the British International Studies Association (BISA), published by Cambridge University Press.

Ruth was previously Professor of International Relations and Head of School at the University of Kent, where she was first appointed to a lectureship in 2007.

Seminar – 12.30pm – 2pm
Ruth will be giving the Sheffield Politics Department lunchtime seminar on a book she is beginning work on, entitled, ‘Violence and Empire’. The book aims to explore the use of violence in the exercise of US and UK foreign policy in the years since the 9/11 terror attacks. The core argument is that there are significant continuities of motive for the use of violence as a tool of empire, as well as in many of the violent methods of violence that imperial powers have deployed over several centuries. However, there are also important shifts in the scale of the violence, and crucially, in the role that executive power has played in sanctioning, justifying or concealing violence. By exploring the various dimensions of the US and UK’s use of violence since 9/11, we can shed new light on the interlocking of old and new imperialism. This in turn is creating new dynamics in the exercise of sovereign power in the twenty-first century.

Workshop – 2pm – 3pm
Following the seminar, Ruth will provide a workshop to PhD students on her experiences of researching human rights violations.

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions.  The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

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Enquiry contact details

For all enquiries please contact Pathway Director Dr Matt Sleat at m.sleat@sheffield.ac.uk.