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DDHR Webinar Series

DDHR Webinars draw critical attention to contemporary social crises as they impinge upon the physical, social, and economic well-being of human populations across the world. Spanning a range of foci the series aims to invite conversation and dialogue, by inviting scholars to discussing specific themes that link the study of disasters, displacement and human rights to critical research into the inequalities, structural violence as well as tenacious forms of popular critique and resistance that shapes our contemporary social landscape.

Grief: A Discussion on Theory and Practice 

May 4, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

How does grief fit into our everyday worlds – especially in times when violence, disease, death, and dying are on the increase? What is grief? How do we deal with grief? What are the possibilities of“moving on” and how do those who work with grief-stricken persons and families provide help? Join us for this webinar with Dr. Patricia Bamwine and Dr. Laura Wheat, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who will discuss their theory and practice.


The Life Politics of Death 

May 11, 6 pm – 7:30 pm


This webinar, featuring Dr. Asli Zengin (Rutgers University), Dr. Ather Zia (University of Colorado, Boulder), and Dr. Frances Hasso (Duke University) will examine the roles of death and death-making in everyday life as well as the implications this has on the political. In worlds where violence (always political) has such far reaching effects on everyday life, how do we imagine the life politics of death? Join us for a rigorous and engaging discussion! 


Recordings of past webinars

The Carceral State and Human Rights

In our inaugural offering, sociologists Dr. Michelle Brown and Dr. Zhandarka Kurti join Dr. Tamar Shirinian to discuss the implications of the carceral state and the punishment industry for the human rights of millions of people in the United States. The conversation challenges us to think of addressing social problems through models where harm rather than crime is the framework for understanding social problems.

Hacking away at democracy – India’s war on dissent

Since 2018, a growing number of popular and respected social workers, human rights activists, scholars, poets, lawyers, artistes, and dissenters have been incarcerated in India under the dubious claim that they are in cahoots with the Maoist movement, in what has come to be widely known as the ‘Bhima Koregaon’ case. Key to this claim were data purported to have been “discovered” by investigators and presented as “evidence.” In the last few months, as some of these targeted individuals marked two years or more under incarceration, a digital forensics company in the U.S. proved conclusively that the evidence in question on the hard drive of one of the accused was indeed implanted remotely using spyware by a malicious agent, unbeknownst to the computer user, human rights activist Rona Wilson, one of the accused.

Political scientist Dr. Aparna Sundar (University of Toronto), anthropologist Dr. Balmurli Natrajan (William Paterson University), and computer scientist Dr. Jedidiah Crandall (Arizona State University), offer their insights into what these developments may mean for the future of democracy and dissent in today’s India.