Anthropology Between Europe and the Pacific: Values and Prospects for a Relationship Beyond Relativism

by Laura Bennett

As part of the School of Global Studies Anthropology seminar series, I recently went along to hear Joel Robbins, a Social Anthropology professor at Cambridge, discuss his research entitled ‘Anthropology between Europe and the Pacific: Values and Prospects for a Relationship Beyond Relativism’. The general focus of the seminar was values, how they are used and what meaning they have to different people from different places. This discussion was encapsulated in the larger idea of the role of anthropology in communications and understandings of sameness and differences between places.

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Proving Torture

by Rosa Jones

Empathy is a complex emotion. It is not always readily elicited when the matter in concern is torture. The subject disturbs our natural sense of justice to the point that most will want to shield themselves from the details. It challenges us emotionally, to look someone in the eye and know that they have experienced the most horrific action that one human can inflict on another, and that this experience now exists in their memory to be relived relentlessly. But it is becoming increasingly apparent in my work with Freedom from Torture, that it is the role of empathy, in conjunction with professionalism and determination, that will make change happen.

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Black Holes and Climate Revelations

by Pip Roddis

Week 1 of COP22 has come to an end. Listening to music, musing over the experience of being a youth delegate to a UNFCCC conference, familiar lyrics took on a new meaning:

“Our hopes and expectations, black holes and revelations…”

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Global Eyecare Workshop Discusses The Future of Eyecare Provision

by Lora Cracknell

According to the World Health Organisation, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide; 39 million of these are fully blind. This past month, Sussex DevSoc, in collaboration with the School of Global Studies, hosted a vibrant and interactive workshop; Innovation in Global Eyecare.

The workshop gave insights into contemporary issues of health care provision, innovations under development, as well as assistance being delivered globally by NGOs and governments. The main driving force for the gathering was trying to answer the question “what more can be done, and how can we do it?”

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Britain is Right to Celebrate the Abolition of Slavery, But Must Acknowledge Excesses of Empire

by Alan Lester

As the UK celebrates its role in the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, it’s important to recognise that Britain’s humanitarianism was ultimately cut from the same cloth as imperial expansion. Britain’s Anti-Slavery Day should remind us that – despite the country’s abolition of the slave trade in 1807 – the global trafficking and enslavement of people is still very much with us. When the country celebrated the bicentenary of its abolition of the slave trade in 2007 the government explicitly linked the celebration with reminders of the continuing problem of slavery and human trafficking.

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