Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre


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.



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

Past events

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 5-6.30pm

Prof. Ratna Kapur presented her recent book, 'Gender, Alterity and Human Rights: Freedom in a Fishbowl’ in Fulton A, co-sponsored with Sussex Centre on Human Rights Research, Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.


Tuesday 12 February 2019 4-6pm

Dr. Meera Sabaratnam presented her recent book 'Decolonising Intervention' in Ashdown 101, co-sponsored with CAIT, SCSR and the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.


Wednesday 6 February 2019 3-5pm

Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya presented her recent book 'Rethinking Racial Capitalism’ in ARTS C333


3 May 2018, SRJRC co-sponsored (with Centre for Study of Sexual Dissidence) public lecture

17.00-18.30, John Maynard Smith (JMS) Building, Room BLT,

Matthew Waites (Sociology, University of Glasgow): The Transnational Queer Politics of Human Rights and Decolonial Analysis: Developing Social Theory.


17 January 2018, 18.00-19.00: Book launch of the edited volume, Heidegger and the Global Age

(Eds. Antonio Cerella and Louiza Odysseos), and a drinks reception sponsored by Rowman and Littlefield International.

17 January 2018, Ethics and World Politics

Half-day research seminar, 12:30 – 18:30, Fulton 203

Alex Prichard (University of Exeter): ‘“The Virtues of Anarchy” Reconsidered: On Kenneth Waltz, the Kantian Moralist’ (Discussant: Dr. David Karp, University of Sussex)
Maja Zehfuss (University of Manchester): ‘Accounting for the Inexplicable: Military Refusers and the Invocation of Conscience’ (Discussant: Prof Louiza Odysseos, University of Sussex)
Jane Cowan (University of Sussex): ‘Reviewing Human Rights as Greece Collapses: Debt, Austerity Measures, Time, Administrative Subjectivity and the Bureaucratic Appeal against Dystopia’ (Discussant: Dr. Myriam Fotou, University of Leicester)


6 December 2017, SRJRC sponsored external speaker

18.00 -21.00, Open House, adjacent to the London Road Train Station

Olga Demetriou (Cyprus Centre / PRIO): Refugeehood and the Post-Conflict Subject: Considering Minor Losses, a talk on her forthcoming book (SUNY Press, 2018)


22 November 2017, Monthly Research Workshop

Europe, Brexit and Human Rights’ in Freeman Bldg

Moira Dustin and Nuno Ferreira (Law, Sussex): Queering Brexit: How Hard will the Fall be for Queer Folk
Samantha Velluti (Law, Sussex): Brexit and Economic Partnership Agreements: What Effects on Women?
Gurminder Bhambra (International Relations and Geography, Sussex): European Cosmopolitanism and the Crisis for Refugees


17 November 2017, SRJRC co-sponsored Public Lecture

16.00-17.30, Silverstone Building, SB-121

Scott Long (human rights activist): Why Sexuality Activists Don't Like Sex: International LGBT Rights Movements and their Limits


7 November 2017, Monthly Research Workshop

Human Rights, Bodies and Health’, 10.00-12.00 in Arts C333

Maya Unnithan (Anthropology, Sussex): A Conversation on Rights, Justice and Reproduction (Part 1)
Liiri Oja (Law, EUI Florence): A Conversation on Rights, Justice and Reproduction (Part 2)
Andrea Cornwall (Global Studies, Sussex): The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis


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’