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Introducing the Rights for Time/Time for Rights Research Network+

Humanitarian protection tends to respond to the crisis of now, explains Dr Heather Flowe, the PI of the Rights for Time project. The Rights for Time Network+ takes a different approach--one that insists on a long and complex temporal perspective for humanitarian protection. The Rights for Time Network+ will award £800,000 to research projects in the global south that take a new temporal perspective to humanitarian protection global challenges.

Humanitarian policy and practice are driven by the 'now' of crisis and urgency. But in contexts of protracted conflict and displacement, it is often the hidden damage that takes place over time that sets the terms for future violence, change, and possible peace. The Rights for Time Network+ has been funded by the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council to create and justify a new understanding of how time conditions war, displacement, and violence. The Rights for Time Network+ aims to shift the possibilities and frame of action for humanitarian protection and human rights.

Drawing together in-country partners and academic experts from the arts and humanities, psychology, humanitarian law, and social policy, the Network is developing interdisciplinary, grassroots-led, case-based research that brings a temporal perspective to protection challenges. The Network draws together academics and partners from the UK and five DAC-list countries, including Rwanda, Kenya, Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon.

The project tells of a better way of thinking about the temporalities of trauma, violence, and displacement.

The objectives of the Rights for Time Network+ are to:

1. Convene and develop a sustainable research network that will become a major transnational hub for developing new knowledges and practices for transforming the understanding of past, present, and future times of human rights;

2. Create new evidence bases to demonstrate the impact of the long-times of violence and trauma. Frequently hidden and, urgently, intersectional histories, pose unique and complex challenges to protection. New methodologies and measures are required to make hidden damage visible to law and policy;

3. Develop policy, practice, and legal thinking that can address the different times of violence. The fluctuating and impatient times of humanitarian law, policy, and practice are often at odds with the long times of violence. Precedent, habit, and protracted presentism all currently inhibit new and effective responses to risk, prediction, prevention, legislation, and protection. This objective aims to link new evidence bases, measures and methodologies with policy on a local, national, and international level;

4. Develop in-community arts, practices, and languages that can make the times violence culturally visible and operative. Our objective here is to actively support ownership of trauma, memory, and hope, and to provide new creative tools for advocacy and enduring change on the ground and in policy at local, national, and international levels. Watch our website at and our social media channels to learn more about our partners and projects, and funding opportunities.

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