These are the Rights for Time proof of concept case study projects, each led by an interdisciplinary and intersectoral research team.
Hiding Time (Jordan)
This case brings together research on the visibility of transgenerational trauma and its intersectional and postcolonial dimensions in contexts of protracted displacement, war, and occupation from the perspectives of medical anthropology and development. Its focus from a medical and developmental perspective is hope and agency. It works with refugees who are displaced or forced to migrate as a result of conflict. It begins not with violence or trauma but with the problem that many are affected by a lack of purpose, giving up, and a lack of hope. Interventions introduced to help alleviate this situation usually address the specific cause of violence, treating refugees as victims. This case study explores the impact of the ‘We Love Reading’ programme, an intervention designed to enable refugees to have agency and ownership and design solutions for themselves to find hope for a brighter future for themselves and their children.
Led by Dr Rana Dajani (Hashemite University, Jordan).
Managing Time (Kenya)
The project seeks to prevent sexual violence by changing the way we gather and use evidence to remember but not repeat violence. In Kenya, an estimated 11 million women have sustained sexual and gender-based violence, and yet, few cases are prosecuted. The Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya Network, founded by the Wangu Kanja Foundation (WKF), has developed an app to interview survivors in all Kenya’s 47 counties. The project is predicated on the experience of the WKF and their partners that vastly improved evidence, in terms of response rates and accuracy, can be obtained by survivor-interviewers, who are trusted by interviewees and their communities, through building empathy and rapport based on shared experience, and document the on-going impacts of sexual violence.
Led by Wangu Kanja (Nairobi, Kenya) and Dr Heather Flowe (UoB)
Policy and Time (Lebanon)
This team works on understanding how the practical times of refugee policy, such as the Global Compact for Refugees, interact with the long memories of displacement across generations and geographies. The research addresses the current deficiencies of refugee policy making, including the violence, inefficiencies and missed opportunities that the current a-temporal thinking produces. Process tracing across time and place will be used to track the evolution of policies and laws, and how they are related to convoluted levels of analysis that remain ungraspable to research that has not engaged in such an approach.
Led by Dr Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American University, Lebanon), Dr Ben Warwick (UoB) and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (UoB)
Surfacing Time (Rwanda)
This project explores the long human rights story of the Batwa People (involving displacement, stigmatisation, experiences of violence and cultural loss) and its intersection with mass violence against the Tutsi using innovations in participatory photography. It aims to surface the complexity and emotional impact of multiple and complex, often taboo, losses. In surfacing loss, the project aids Batwa communities in advocating for change; first in public perception and then in government policy. Overcoming preconceptions and literacy divides, creating photographic narratives begins a process of unpacking the psychological and cultural effects of multiple layers of violence and discrimination experienced by the Batwa. As a discriminated against minority within an already complex political situation, the study is a test case for thinking about how legacies of violence affecting groups with a particular cultural identity can be explored. READ MORE...
Led by Richard Ntakirutimana (Batwa-led advocacy group AIMPO, Rwanda), Jacques Nkinzingabo (Kigali Center for Photography) and Dr Zoe Norridge (KCL)
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