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Please note the following forthcoming events, sponsored by the Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research:

European Sexual Citizenship: Human Rights, Bodies and Identities by Francesca Romana Ammaturo

A Book Launch convened by the CRUCiBLE Centre for Human Rights Research

Tuesday 7th March 2017, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College

Discussants:
Dr Maria Federica Moscati (University of Sussex School of Law)
Professor Nuno Ferreira (University of Sussex School of Law)

Respondent:
Dr Francesca Romana Ammaturo (University of Roehampton, Department of Social Sciences)

Chair:
Dr Darren O'Byrne (University of Roehampton, Department of Social Sciences)

The CRUCiBLE Centre for Human Rights Research is proud to present a celebration of Francesca Romana Ammaturo's challenging and important new book, European Sexual Citizenship: Human Rights, Bodies and Identities, published by Palgrave in 2017. Discussants will present their views on the text and the suggestions it makes, after which the author will have a chance to respond, and there will be a general Q & A. The event will be followed by an informal reception, where refreshments will be made available.

In the last two decades, debates on emerging forms of post-national (Soysal 1994) or trans-national (Balibar 2004) citizenship in Europe have gained importance and have inevitably raised the question of whether European Citizenship can effectively supplement (or even transcend) national citizenship. Simultaneously, individuals themselves have started to mobilise non-national forms of belonging in order to claim their rights. The case of LGBTI persons is particularly telling in this regard, as this heterogeneous group of individuals has increasingly relied on a strategic articulation of human rights claims at multiple levels, particularly in the context of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

This book resorts to the concept of "multisexual citizenship" to describe a model of sexual citizenship that breaks the bond of presumed loyalty to the nation-state and allows multiple configurations of desires, bodily expressions and erotic and sentimental attachments. Through an analysis of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning various issues relating to gender identity and sexual orientation, the book discusses a model of "multisexual citizenship" that can discard the current system of protection of human rights and the current understanding of citizenship. This approach takes into account the multiple struggles that people face and that ultimately may impair their ability to seek and obtain social justice. The book also reflects on how citizens (and non-citizens alike) can radically alter the meaning and the role of citizenship, as well as "strategically" appropriate forms of belonging in order to meet their needs.

 

Forthcoming events to put in your diary:

Mon 6th March – "Why Doesn't She Leave? Gender Equality, Domestic Violence and Femicide – Debunking Myths and Empowering Women and Girls"

Speakers: Karen Ingala Smith, CEO of the charity Nia, Melanie Varey, solicitor specialising in civil liberties, and Ruth Tweedale, lecturer in law, University of Roehampton

Duchesne 004, Digby Stuart College, 6pm to 7.30pm

Wed 8th March – "Indigenous People, Genocide and the Stand-Off at Standing Rock"

Speakers: Professor Benjamin Madley, Associate Professor of History, UCLA, Dr Damien Short, Reader in Human Rights, School of Advances Study, and Professor Colin Samson, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex
Room 635, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, 5pm to 7pm

 

Previous events

Monday 5th February 2013, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College
Human Rights Education in Burma
Professor Andrew Fagan, University of Essex
Respondent: Dr Darren O'Byrne, University of Roehampton

Friday 28th June 2013, St Mary's University College, Twickenham
In association with St Mary's University College, Twickenham
Questioning Resistance: Social Justice in the 21st Century – Violence, Cities and Resilience

10th – 12th July 2013, University of Roehampton
In association with the Global Studies Association
The Cosmopolitan Ideal: Challenges and Opportunities – The 2013 Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association in collaboration with the Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research

Tuesday 10th December 2013, Aldersgate Room, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster
In association with the British Institute of Human Rights
The UK Human Rights Act – 'That Remarkable Piece of Legislation'
Professor Francesca Klug, London School of Economics
Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC
Professor Stephen Bowen, Director of British Institute of Human Rights
Professor Conor Gearty, London School of Economics

Monday 22nd September 2014, Harvey 416, Digby Stuart College
The Crucible Welcome Lecture 2014 – A World Out of Control: What Price Human Rights?
Professor Martin Shaw, University of Roehampton

Monday 9th February 2015, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College
Human Rights Brought Home: Why Your Human Rights Act Needs You: The Human Rights Act - Our 1998 Bill of Rights
Professor Stephen Bowen, Director of British Institute of Human Rights

Monday 2nd March 2015, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College
Immigration - Is There Hope for a Progressive Approach?
Don Flynn, Director of Migrants' Rights Network

Monday 23rd March 2015, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College
What is 'Impact' in Human Rights Research?
Dr Aisha Gill, University of Roehampton
Professor Tina Beattie, University of Roehampton
Dr Darren O'Byrne, University of Roehampton

Thursday 2nd July 2015, Duchesne 102, Digby Stuart College
Crucible session at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association
Cultures of Rights: A Round Table Discussion on the Complicated Relationship between 'Culture' and Human Rights
Dr Jen Melvin, University of Roehampton
Dr Hannah Miller, University of Kingston
Dr Damien Short, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Dr Darren O'Byrne, University of Roehampton

Monday 21st September 2015, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College
The State of Human Rights in the Middle East
Professor Yossi Mekelberg, Regents College London

Monday 26th October 2015, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College
The Heckler's Veto: Artistic Freedom, Protest and the Police
Julia Farrington, Index on Censorship

Monday 23rd November 2015, Hirst 209, Digby Stuart College
In association with the Department of Social Sciences Seminar Series
Liberty and Security in a Neo-Democratic State: Neo-Liberalism Triumphant?
Professor Conor Gearty, London School of Economics

Sunday 24th January 2016, Knapp Gallery, Regents College London
In association with the Regents University London International Open Seminars Series
Special Address by Lt-General Romeo Dallaire
Lt-Gen Romeo Dallaire, Former Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda and Founder of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Monday 7th March 2016, Duchesne 004, Digby Stuart College
Support for Refugees: A Panel Discussion and Fundraiser
Hassan Akkad, volunteer translator, charity worker and asylum seeker
Tosca Cabello Watson, refugee support activist
Lizette Villaverde, Dost Centre for Young Refugees and Migrants
Facilitator: Dr Natasha Du Rose, University of Roehampton

Monday 14th March 2016, Convent Parlour, Digby Stuart College
Darren J. O'Byrne's Human Rights in a Globalizing World: A Panel Discussion and Book Launch
Professor David Inglis, University of Exeter
Dr Birgit Schippers, St Mary's University College, Belfast
Dr Katie Boyle, University of Roehampton
Respondent: Dr Darren O'Byrne, University of Roehampton
Chair: Dr Michele Lamb, University of Roehampton

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, Room 243, Senate House, Russell Square
In association with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Jennifer Melvin's Reconciling Rwanda: Unity, Nationality and State Control: A Book Launch
Dr Jennifer Melvin, University of Roehampton

Tuesday 17th May 2016, Portrait Room, Froebel College
In association with the ESRC and the Roehampton Law School
Human Rights in Transition: Impact for the UK in a Changing Europe
Professor Catherine Barnard, University of Cambridge
Marina Wheeler QC, One Crown Office Row
Les Allamby, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Professor Gordon Anthony, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Sara Drake, University of Cardiff
Kavita Chetty, Scottish Human Rights Commission
Facilitator: Dr Katie Boyle, University of Roehampton

Monday 26th September 2016, Howard 001, Digby Stuart College
Waging Peace
Rebecca Tinsley, Waging Peace and the Network for Africa

Monday 13th February 2017, Duchesne 001, Digby Stuart College
Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism: Global Perspectives
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna, University of Essex