Directors of Unit
Members, Gender of Justice Working Group
Elma Demir, Researcher (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Jasenka Ferizovic, Researcher (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Jasmina Husanovic, Research Associate (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Admir Jugo, Researcher and Visiting Scholar (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Gorana Mlinarevic, Researcher (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Marina Veličković, Visiting Scholar, Unit for Global Justice (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
We welcome enquiries from prospective visiting scholars and post-doctoral students who may wish to become part of the Unit.
Dr Kirsten Campbell
Kirsten’s research interests are in feminist social theory, focussing on international criminal law and conflict-related sexual violence. She has an ongoing interest in feminist and socio-legal methodology.
Kirsten works across academic research, feminist practice, and legal and policy practice, and draws on her interdisciplinary training in law and social theory and her experience as a qualified solicitor. Kirsten was the principal investigator of the recently completed project, ‘The Gender of Justice’.
This European Research Council funded project analysed the prosecution of sexual violence in armed conflict through a case study of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kirsten is a member of the International Research Group on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.
Dr Kiran Grewal
Kiran is the convenor of the MA in Human Rights Culture and Social Justice at Goldsmiths. Originally trained as a lawyer, Kiran’s research has focused on the interactions between formal law and politics and the social justice struggles of marginalized and/or subaltern groups.
She has worked in a range of post-conflict countries (Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Sri Lanka) on projects related to torture prevention, redress for gender-based violence and human rights education. These experiences have led her to become particularly concerned with questions of decoloniality, desubalternisation and southern approaches to feminist activism.
She is the author of two books: The Socio-Political Practice of Human Rights (Routledge 2016) and Racialised Gang Rape and the Reinforcement of Dominant Order: Discourses of Gender, Race and Nation (Routledge 2017).
Since 2012 Kiran’s work has been focused in Sri Lanka. She is the principal investigator on the British Academy funded project, ‘Building Critical, Democratic and Peaceful Communities in Post-War Sri Lanka: The Role of Traditional Arts and Ritual’. She also established the ‘New Social Imaginaries’ network in Sri Lanka in 2019, bringing together scholars, activists and artists and with others she runs the Sri Lankan Decolonial Summer School programme.
Professor Vikki Bell
Educated at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, Vikki Bell is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, where she has taught for over 25 years. A feminist sociologist widely published in peer-reviewed journals across the social sciences and theoretical humanities, her work has long addressed questions of ethics, aesthetics, subjectivity, justice and politics.
More recently, her work has explored social and cultural-aesthetic aspects of transitional justice in Argentina, research funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and, in 2015-7, by the Economic & Social Research Council, a project which extended her empirical work to include Chile.
With her British Academy project, her current interests also incorporate the study of archives of on-going violence in Colombia. The Newton Prize project (with Oriana Bernasconi), which studies the registration of forced disappearance, is also based in Colombia as well as in Mexico.
Her most recent publications include the monograph The Art of Post-Dictatorship: Ethics & Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina (Routledge, 2014) and articles in Third Text, Social & Legal Studies, Feminist Theory and Theory, Culture & Society. Vikki was Head of the Department of Sociology 2016-2019.
Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Jennifer is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Her book Drug Mules: Women in the International Cocaine trade (2014) won the British Society of Criminology book prize. Along with Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg, she edited the Emerald Handbook of Narrative Criminology (2019). She sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology, and Crime, Media Culture.
Jennifer is a criminologist and sociologist whose research and writing centres around narrative theory and methods, often deployed in understanding women’s crime/deviance, especially in the illegal drug trade. Her research also examines the punishment of women accused of drug trafficking.
Professor Kate Nash
Kate Nash is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is Co-Director for the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.
She has been Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York; Sciences Po, Paris; the UN University for Peace, Costa Rica; and Stockholm University. She has written and published widely on political sociology and on the sociology of human rights, including The Political Sociology of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press 2015); and The Cultural Politics of Human Rights: Comparing the US and UK (Cambridge University Press 2009).
Dr Yesim Yaprak Yildiz
Yesim's research lies at the intersection of human rights, political violence, and social theory. Her most recent research focused on forms of truth-production and truth-telling on state-led violence with a focus on Turkey.
Her PhD research, which she completed in 2018 at the University of Cambridge, examined public confessions of perpetrators of state violence in Turkey and the relationship between confession, responsibility, and denial. She worked in local and international human rights organisations for many years on issues including torture and ill-treatment, refugees, and violence against women.
Affiliate Goldsmiths Researchers
Dr Rachel Ibreck, Department of Politics
Rachel Ibreck is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths. Her research focuses on human rights activism and the politics of memory and justice during and after conflict and genocide in Africa, especially in Rwanda and South Sudan.
She holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol. She has published in academic journals including the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, African Affairs and Memory Studies and is the author of South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline (Zed Books, 2019).
Dr Eva Ambos
Eva Ambos is a cultural anthropologist. She has earned her PhD that analyzes the heritagization of ritual healing traditions in Sri Lanka from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2015.
Ever since she has been working on post-war religious practices and community-building in Sri Lanka. She is a member of the British Academy funded project Building Critical, Democratic and Peaceful Communities in Post-War Sri Lanka: The Role of Traditional Arts and Ritual (PI Dr Kiran Grewal, Sociology).
Kaushalya Ariyarathne is an attorney and a researcher by profession. She obtained her Law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Masters in Human Rights and Justice from Keele University, United Kingdom. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.
Her research areas include human rights, gender, queer theory and subaltern studies. She works as the Project Coordinator in Sri Lanka under Dr Kiran Grewal, Goldsmiths College and the Sri Lankan Academic Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation.
Dr Sreenanti Banerjee
Dr Sreenanti Banerjee will be joining the Unit of Global Justice as an ESRC SeNSS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She holds a PhD in Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘The Governmentality of Population Debates in Postcolonial India’.
She was a School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP) doctoral scholarship holder and has also taught in the Department of Psycho-Social Studies at Birkbeck. In addition to this, Dr Banerjee holds an interdisciplinary MPhil degree in Social Sciences from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), an MA in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai (recipient of the Institute Gold Medal and ‘Best Student’ awards), and a BA (Honours) in Sociology with Film Studies and Journalism from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta in India.
Previously, she was also affiliated with the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (India) as a Junior Research Fellow and then as a Senior Research Fellow. Her research areas are global political and social thought, critical theory, postcolonial studies, and modern South Asian historiography.
She is currently interested in exploring the historical and discursive conditions that make anti-racist, postcolonial and decolonial social movements around the world possible, and the historico-philosophical antecedents of ethnonationalist politics and political violence.
At Goldsmiths, Dr Banerjee will be pursuing her postdoctoral project on ‘Thinking Reproductive Politics and Racial Justice Together: Muslim Women’s Movement, Rights and Ethnonationalism in Contemporary India.’
Professor Jasmina Husanović
Dr Jasmina Husanović is a Professor of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She earned her PhD in 2003 at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK.
Her research interests and publications are in the field of cultural and political theory dealing with the politics of witnessing, equality and solidarity, governance of life and culture of trauma, as well as emancipatory politics in the intersecting public spaces of cultural and knowledge production (critical pedagogies in art, academia and activism).
She is involved in various international interdisciplinary platforms concerned with common goods and transformative social change.
Alexandra Lily Kather
Alexandra Lily Kather is a legal consultant in international criminal justice, transitional justice and human rights with expertise in investigation, capacity-building, policy-oriented research and advocacy.
Her work follows a trauma-informed, intersectional approach with respect to both engagement with affected persons, communities and partners and the design and implementation of research, investigation and case-building. Her specialized interest lies in the strategic investigation and prosecution of sexual violence and the gendered commission of international crimes.
She previously worked for the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, the International Law Programme at Chatham House and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. Her Visiting Fellowship will examine intersectionality as a method to advance international justice.
Dr Dominique Mystris
Dr Dominique Mystris is a Senior Researcher at the SA SDG Hub, based at the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute, Department of Business Management, University of Pretoria. She completed her doctoral studies at Queen Mary University of London where her thesis considered the need for a regional criminal court through analysis of the proposed African criminal court.
She developed and hosted the podcast Africa Rights Talks, has lectured at various universities in England from 2011-2017, worked for international research institutions and organisations, and consulted for non-profit organisations in Africa, Asia and London on human rights issues including the development of policy and advocacy approaches.
Her research interests lie in the areas of peace and security, public international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and transnational crimes.
Dr Magdalena Zolkos
Magdalena Zolkos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Jyväskylä University. Her areas of expertise include historical justice, trauma theory, memory politics, and cultural and political theory of psychoanalysis.
She is the author of Restitution and the Politics of Repair: Tropes, Imaginaries, Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) and of Reconciling Community and Subjective Life: Trauma Testimony as Political Theorizing in the work of Jean Améry and Imre Kértesz (Bloomsbury, 2010).
Recently she has co-edited Sentient Subjects: Post-humanist Perspectives on effect (Routledge, 2020) and Contemporary Perspectives on Vladimir Jankélévitch: On What Cannot Be Touched (Lexington Press, 2019).