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Wellbeing, Risk, and Activism Seminar

July 20, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Wellbeing, Risk, and Activism

In person or by zoom

In recent years, there has been greater attention to the mental and emotional impacts of risky forms of activism. People engaged in human rights activism around the world are often exposed to human rights violations, discrimination and stigmatisation; some have experienced direct threats and attacks in the course of their work. Research conducted by the Centre for Applied Human Rights highlights that the valorisation of bravery, heroism, and ‘being strong’ in the face of adversity and insecurity – common in cultures of human rights practice – contributes to human rights defenders’ reluctance to seek support as they suffer. This seminar focuses on the political, social, and economic conditions that shape the defense of human rights, and explores how human rights communities can foster self- and collective care amongst human rights defenders at risk while resisting oppression and calling for justice.

This is a hybrid event organised by the Human Rights Defender Hub.

Please register in advance for this webinar. If you plan to come in person, please register through this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wellbeing-risk-and-activism-tickets-374138607647

Venue is fully accessible

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Alejandro M. Peña (Politics, University of York) and Larissa Meier (University of Bielefeld), Emotional Attrition: Concept and Empirical Manifestations

Alice M. Nah, Tallulah Lines, and Martin Jones (Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York), Fostering Relationships of Healing with Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Craig Higson-Smith (Centre for Victims of Torture), “Prometheus Unbound”: Continuous Traumatic Stress and Supporting HRDs at Risk

Discussants: James Savage (Fund for Global Human Rights) and Enrique Eguren (Protection International)


Alejandro M. Peña is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the Department of Politics at the  University of York. He conducts research on aspects of international relations, contentious politics, and state-society relations in Latin America.

Larissa Meier is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bielefeld, where she examines protest dynamics across different German cities. She has also examined micro-mobilization and violence dynamics during the Sri Lankan civil war.

Alice M. Nah, Tallulah Lines, and Martin Jones are based at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, where they conduct research on the security and protection of human rights defenders at risk.

Craig Higson-Smith leads the Research Department at the Centre for Victims of Torture. He has worked with survivors of violence and torture and individual and community levels for over 25 years, and is interested in the psychological underpinnings of integrated security training for human rights defenders.

James Savage is the Program Director for the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders Program at the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR). He has worked with human rights defenders at risk for more than 25 years in different capacities.

Enrique Eguren is a Senior Adviser at Protection International. He is an expert on the protection of human rights defenders and civilians in humanitarian contexts.


July 20, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York
01904 325885
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(in person) Room ARC/014, Alan Maynard Auditorium, Alcuin Research Resource Centre, University of York YO10 5DD; (online) by Zoom
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