The URC ‘Security, Human Rights and the Media’
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES:
Established in 2008, as part of collaborative research networks, SHRM remains operational as university research centre focussing on the various strands emergent from issues of terrorism, human rights and the media. The centre attracts academics from the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences (in particular from the Department of Politics, History and Brunel Law School, but also working in social Sciences, media and communication). In light of the interdisciplinary and overlap nature of interests, researchers from the College of Health and Life Sciences as well as the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences may also find SHRM attractive.
With it broad-based approach, SMHR also seeks to incorporate relevant researchers from the three research institutes within Brunel University. The network of researchers aim to establish interdisciplinary links between social sciences, arts, law and other contiguous disciplines and fields in areas such as terrorism, security, human rights, new wars, globalisation of risk, and media/communications both within Brunel University and external to it, nationally and internationally, with links already established with researchers at Oxford University, the London School of Economics, Macquarie University and RMIT University, Australia.
OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES
Since its establishment, this URC has been engaged in a range of activities: these include
- academic debates: through high-profile international conferences, seminar series or individual presentation.
- Policy engagement–through consultative and policy oriented engagement with key end-users to influence policies and practices
- External funding applications in order to attract major projects
- Consultative work
- Knowledge Transfer and Training activities
Academic Debates & Policy Engagement
Since 2008, SHRM has organised a number of high-profile international conferences, seminar series or individual presentation. Highlights include:
Nazir Afzal OBE, Pro-Chancellor Brunel University speaking at the International Conference: Exploring New Directions in Islamic Legal Tradition(s): Human Rights and Legal Reform in the 21st Century 2013.2013 Law, Religion & LGBT rights: Revisiting Christian and Islamic legal traditions regarding sexuality
Brunel University was honoured by the presence of Former Bishop of Rochester in the Church of England, MP & president of the Oxford Centre For Training, Research, Advocacy And Dialogue(OXTRAD), Rt. Revd Dr Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, who discussed the topic of 'Human Relationships, Marriage and Society’.
Several members of the Brunel University presented research papers (Dr Narine Ghazaryan, Dr Eleni Polymenopoulou, Prof Javaid Rehman), along with other experts on the topic: Prof Robert Wintemute (King’s College London); Prof Stephen Whittle OBE Manchester Metropolitan University; Prof Eric Heinze (Queen Mary University); Prof Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle (Emory University) US); Dr Vanja Hamzic (City University London); Mr Shanon Shah (King’s College London) Ms Farah Zeb (University of Exeter), and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Ahmed Shaheed. The Conference participants were welcomed by Brunel Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Geoff J Rodgers.
Terrorism, Human Rights and the Media: Finding the Balance?: 7 July 2008 Brunel University, London (One day international conference)Engaging with the Rule of Law: Professor Javaid Rehman, with Cherie Booth QC, Rabinder Singh QC and Professor Conor Gearty
Funded Projects, Grant Applications and Knowledge Transfer Activities:
Culture on the move; Migration, Living traditions and Cultural Heritage Protection
Dr Eleni Polymenopoulou has been awarded a Brunel Seminar Series grant (2014-15), in order to organize three events on the protection of migrants, minorities, diasporas, and their right to their living traditions and other forms of intangible cultural heritage.