The Centre for Rights and Anti-Colonial Justice


Our core activities are monthly research workshops during term time, at which we discuss our active research with one-another. This enables us to provide each other feedback in an inter-disciplinary and supportive environment akin to a peer review college. Particular emphasis is placed on the provision of feedback from disciplinary perspectives outside the researcher’s own, which in many cases resembles the background of potential peer reviewers at interdisciplinary journals and/or at research funding bodies.

Calls for Presentations will be circulated through the mailing list and work/ideas ‘in progress’ can be proposed in the areas of rights and justice broadly conceived and from a variety of disciplinary fields. Work to be discussed ranges from grant applications, conference papers, draft journal articles, book proposals, draft book chapters, etc. -- anything that would benefit from exposure to, and feedback from, an inter-disciplinary audience and that allows us to introduce our work to each other across the University.


Precarity: Poetic and Aesthetic Explorations, a rolling series of Workshops in Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022, Details TBA

After Rights? Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics, a rolling series of Workshops in Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022, Details TBA

Past events


Thursday 18 March, 12.30-2pm:

Joint session with Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Critical Theory Cluster on the theme of ‘The Neoliberal and the Colonial’

Louiza Odysseos, ‘Extractive Modes of World-Disclosure and Historical Fungibility: Towards a Critique of Neoliberal Disposability’

Friday 26 February, 2-4 pm:

Rights and Justice Work in Progress Seminar, with work being presented by:

Fabio Petito & Scott Thomas, ‘Religious Engagement in International Relations: Instrumentalization, Religionization or Postsecular Prophetic Innovation?’ (draft paper)

Stefan Elbe, ‘Who Owns a Deadly Virus? Vital Abandonment, Specimal Friction and the Matrix of the International’ (draft paper)

Raffaela Puggioni, ‘Subjectivity and Change: Foucault, Rancière and Sartre’ (book proposal)

Meeting ID: 984 4652 9585; Passcode: Justice

February 2021:

Discussion of 'Genealogy of The Human'. 

Speaker: Megan Cooke

January 2021: 

Research workshop on the theme of 'friendship, solidarity and justice'. 

Speakers: Bal Sokhi-Bulley, Louiza Odysseos, Peter West Oram

13 November 2020: 

Research workshop to discuss 'picking up the pieces of our research agendas' after the first lockdown


Faculty small grants awarded

David Karp, July 2018, attendance of the Annual meetings of the Academic Council on the UN System, Rome, and presentation of paper on ‘UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Strengths and Weaknesses’

Louiza Odysseos, June 2018, attendance of the First UK Sylvia Wynter conference, Kings College London, and presentation of paper on ‘Colonial Legacies, Decolonizing Practices of Struggle and the “Reparative" Possibilities of Sociogeny in Wynter and Fanon: Toward an ‘Ethics of/in the Flesh?’

Postgraduate Research Bursaries awarded


Po-Han Lee, attendance of workshop on ‘Gender, Health & Sustainable Development: The Role of International Law’, 6-7 May at University College Groningen, Germany


Georgina Christou, attendance of the British International Studies Association annual conference and presentation of ‘‘Radicalization of youth and community formation: Exploring the politics of a pupils’ collective in Nicosia, Cyprus’