WICID May news
New book: The Transitional Justice Citizen: From Justice Receiver to Justice Seeker
WICID Director Dr Briony Jones has published her new book The Transitional Justice Citizen: From Justice Receiver to Justice Seeker (Edward Elgar Publishing). The book addresses contemporary criticism of transitional justice theory and practice in order to improve our understanding of the agency of people at times of transition.
Drawing on three diverse case studies from across the globe, chapters demonstrate how the transitional justice citizen is defined by transitional justice discourse, policy and practice, and through acts of claiming justice such as protests and political violence. Combining in-depth theorization with empirical insights, this perceptive book positions the concept of citizenship within the context of long-term historical political struggle and the contemporary importance of justice.
- Professor Vicki Squire (WICID Steering Committee) has published a new article with Dr Modesta Alozie in Big Data and Society, on “Coloniality and Frictions: Data Driven Humanitarianism in North-Eastern Nigeria and South Sudan”. The article draws on qualitative interviews carried out as part of the AHRC Data and Displacement project to examine epistemic injustices perpetuated through the humanitarian ‘data revolution’ and the frictions that these generate. You can read the article here.
- Dr Oyinlola Oyebode (WICID Advisory Board) has co-authored a journal article “A systematic review of the burden of, access to services for and perceptions of patients with overweight and obesity, in humanitarian crisis settings”. This is a sister paper to a previously published article on hypertension.
- Dr Mouzayian Khalil (WICID Management Team) has co-authored an open access publication titled “Challenges of cooperation for development: A case-study analysis of Cuban health solidarity programmes in Nigeria” that explores Cuban-Nigerian bilateral cooperation on health sector development. The paper uses the case study to problematise conceptualisation of development and its praxis, particularly capability and willingness to explore alternative approaches or partnerships for development. We argue that what occurs between rhetoric and reality in this case, is characteristic of entrenched layers of institutionalised development agenda-setting sustained by international development policy regimes. This research highlights the need to explore alternative development approaches, especially those that engender mutually beneficial and equitable partnerships.
- Mauricio Palma-Gutiérrez, WICID Research Assistant, has published an article “Autonomy and Struggle in Times of Viral Borders: Venezuelans Across the South American Andes during Covid-19” in Geopolitics. Looking at one of the largest (and still widely unexplored) contemporary cross-border migration processes, the article engages with Venezuelan migrants’ experiences throughout the South American Andes in times of Covid-19.
WICID Annual Lecture with the Critical South Asia Group (CSAG)
On 7 March 2023, CSAG and WICID at the University of Warwick co-hosted the Annual Lecture 2022-23 titled “Or It was Time Playing upon Time”: Translation and the Indian Nation by Dr Sadia Abbas. The lecture focused on the writer Qurutulain Hyder’s engagement with Neoclassicism, colonial and nationalist archaeology, and the global history of the picturesque in her two Urdu novels Akhir-i-Shab ke Humsafar and Aag ka Darya, which she substantially rewrote in her own English translations Fireflies in the Mist and River of Fire. Framed through a discussion of translation and “transcreation”, the lecture read Hyder’s ekphrastic treatments of ruins, statues, and frescoes as a critique of teleology and nationalist and Hindutva historiography, while also addressing the contradictions of ostensibly cosmopolitan Europe and the nationalist postcolonial state. The recording of this Lecture is available here on our YouTube channel. Please check it out!
Radio 4 Thinking Allowed: Asylum and ‘home’
On 5 April Professor Vicki Squire (WICID Steering Committee) presented findings on BBC Radio 4 from her British Academy research into Syrian experiences of remaking home. You can catch up via the broadcast here.