HRRN Annual Conference

The Human Rights Researchers' Network (HRRN) annual conference aims to facilitate a productive exchange between scholars and activists, working within the broad interdisciplinary field of human rights, on the epistemological, methodological and ethical challenges in activist scholarship. The HRRN, hosted by the Human Rights Consortium, is a distinctive platform aiming to promote and facilitate research and debate on the issues concerning academics and practitioners engaging in human rights research and activism. 

The first HRRN annual conference 'Activist Scholarship in Human Rights: New Challenges' was held on Wednesday, 28th of June 2017 at the Senate House, University of London. The conference brought together scholars, activists and NGO practitioners to reflect on the challenges facing activist scholarship from both within and outside, including the relationship between knowledge production on human rights and eradication of human rights violations, and the role of the scholar in bringing social change. During the parallel sessions, the conference participants 

The opening panel featured Professor Donatella Della Porta, Dr Aziz Choudry, Professor Nadje Al-Ali and Dr Ornette Clennon. The themes of the parallel panel sessions included Law and Activist Scholarship, Methods in Activist Scholarship, Ethical Dilemmas in Activist Scholarship, Using Activist Scholarship in Education, Activist Scholarship in Social Movements, and Academia and Activism in Turkey: Challenging State Narratives and Defending Human Rights.

For the full conference programme, please click here

Storify summary of the conference by Dr Ornette Clennon

We would like to thank the John Coffin Memorial Trust and the Taylor and Francis Publishers for their support.