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One Day Conference, JMU (June 2011)

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Study Group Event: One Day Conference,

Liverpool John Moores University

(17 June 2011)

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On 17th June 2011, Liverpool John Moores University's (JMU) Sociology department welcomed the study group for a one day conference. The event was superbly organised by Vicky Canning, an active study group member and lecturer and PhD candidate at JMU. 



Conference Programme


Panel 1: Sociology and Rights: Filling a Void?

Chair: Matthew Waites

Matthew Waites: Short Welcome and Introduction to the Sociology of Rights Study Group

Hannah Miller: ‘Human Rights Activism: Examining the Role of Narratives’ Kingston University

Victoria Canning: ‘‘Now I am Floating’: a Sociological Exploration of Access to Rights for Sexual Violence Survivors Seeking Asylum’

Liverpool John Moores University


Panel 2: Marginalisation and Exclusion: Whose Rights?

Chair: Damien Short

Matthew Waites: ‘‘Homonationalism’ and Human Rights’ University of Glasgow

Janet Jamieson: Youth Justice and Rights – title TBC Liverpool John Moores University

Helen Churchill and Victoria Canning: ‘Maternity and Asylum: the Right to Maternal Healthcare in Merseyside’

Liverpool John Moores University


Panel 3: Realising Rights: Research, Critical Sociology and International Law

Chair: Victoria Canning

Gaëtan Cliquennois: Developments and conflicts between prisoners’ and victims’ rights to life in France’University of St. Louis, Brussels

Keith Hammond: ‘Palestinians and the Right to have Rights...’ University of Glasgow

Angela Tobin: ‘Responding to Women's Needs in the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide’ Edge Hill University

Damien Short: 'Do sociologists need a foundational ontology for human rights? Some reflections on Turner'University of London


Panel 4: Discussion, Questions and Publishing Brainstorming 





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Conference Review (by JMU)


 The event was organised by Vicky Canning, a lecturer and PhD candidate on behalf of the rights group, as well as the Sociology team and the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion.


Vicky stated, “We’ve been delighted to have welcomed presenters from across the UK and Europe to engage in the emerging subjects related to the Sociology of Rights, and human rights more generally. The standard of presentations and overall content has been academically engaging and challenging, as well as building on activist agendas. The conference has highlighted the extent to which rights are relevant across whole disciplines, that it is important to continue to lobby for the implementation of rights, and that there is always room for social improvement through critical research and knowledge sharing.”


Speakers came from a range of institutions and subject areas to deliver an engaging range of presentations, including two co-conveners of the Rights Group: Dr. Matthew Waites and Dr. Damien Short. Likewise, delegates offered interesting insights in group discussions, and responded with positive feedback and remarks such as:


  • ‘Very informative eye opening presentations - They raised awareness and reflected academic excellence. This was a good forum to meet people that have made, and continue to make a difference in the human rights agenda.’
  • ‘Some excellent presentations with really interesting speakers – perfect’'



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