We’re pleased to share our 2017-18 Annual Report, covering all of our activities throughout the academic year, from our Robin Hambro Moral Philosophy Seminar back in September to the recent Leadership Forum, and everything in between. The report is filled with pictures of our events and activities over the year, profiles of our scholars and alumni, and our plans for the coming year.
Click here to view and download a PDF of the report.
Nidhi Singh (MSc. Law and Finance, 2016/17), a Louis Dreyfus Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar, has been selected to speak at ICSD 2016. Nidhi will speak alongside Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).
To fulfil the volunteering obligation expected of all Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholars, Nidhi volunteered to work with KISS in India. KISS is the largest free residential educational institution for indigenous children in India. Starting with only 125 children in 1993, KISS has since developed rapidly to its current state, providing education for 25,000 children in 2015 alone. KISS now has the ambitious goal of educating 2,000,000 poor indigenous children over the next decade. It was recently granted a special consultative status by UN-ECOSOC for its exemplary work done in the field of SDGs.
As a volunteer, Nidhi spent her last summer and Easter break in 2016 with KISS in India studying and helping them prepare a report on their work being done and as to how they are helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nidhi has written about the SDGs in the past on our blog, and you can read her comments here. After her experiences, she co-authored a paper with Dr. Achyuta Samanta and Dwiti Vikramaditya (Senior Adviser to KISS), which was submitted to the UN ICSD for consideration. With only few selected invited speakers, the ICSD represents both a competitive and high-profile platform for discussions on sustainability, and the WHT is very proud that one of our scholars has been selected to participate in such a high-profile event.
You can find out more about KISS via their website. Further details about the International Conference on Sustainable Development can be found here. The conference will be held at Columbia University, New York on 21-22 September 2016, on the eve of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. The ICSD will host leading academics, scientists and world leaders to discuss the forthcoming implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Simukai Chigudu (@SimuChigudu), a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar, has recently pubished an academic article entitled ‘The Social Imaginaries of Women’s Peace Activism in Northern Uganda.’ It has now been published in the latest edition of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. The article covers Simukai’s research in Uganda with female grassroots activists.
Below is a summary of the article. Read the full article HERE.
The metanarrative of global feminism is often constructed as a progressive and emancipatory movement emanating from the West and fostering radical politics elsewhere in the world. Such a view is not only ethnocentric but, critically, it fails to engage with the complex ways in which feminist politics travel and are evinced in specific localities. In this article, I seek to understand how marginalized women in the “Global South” – particularly in Africa – interpret, experience and negotiate feminist ideas to wield political power within the context of their social and moral worlds. I focus on women’s organized resistance to violence and armed conflict, known as “women’s peace activism.” Using a case study of a women’s peace movement in Uganda mediated by an international feminist organization called Isis Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange, I conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with a wide range of activists in the organization and in its network in postconflict areas in Northern Uganda. I argue that the feminist peace discourse is most meaningful when its universal values of equity and securing the dignity of women are appropriated and re-signified through the cultural institutions and the collective memory of activists in their local settings.