Against 'human rights': a blunt tool for community mobilisation in highly marginalised settings?

Posted on March 10, 2016

The Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Studies of the University of Pretoria, Prof Stephanie Burton, in conjunction with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), cordially invites you to attend a public lecture titled: ‘Against “human rights”: a blunt tool for community mobilisation in highly marginalised settings?’ to be presented by ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar for 2015/16, Prof Catherine Campbell.
Prof Campbell is internationally recognised as a leading researcher and her work bridges the disciplines of psychology, sociology, development studies, social policy and gender studies. She is Head of the Department of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics (UK), and Director of the Health, Community and Development Group. Her research has focused on public health and social development programmes and policies, HIV/AIDS and mental health in a variety of settings in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has covered social change in the 21st century and its implications for community activists; understanding gender, power and social change; human rights as a tool for community mobilisation in marginalised settings; and community mobilisation to address the health impacts of complex social problems. She has co-authored over 180 academic publications. Her book, Letting them die: why HIV prevention programmes fail, was described by the New England Journal of Medicine, as ‘a remarkable book … trenchant, troubling, meticulously reasoned and compellingly written …’ Prof Campbell has been the recipient of both the British Psychological Society award for Distinguished Career Contribution to Social Psychology for her work on health inequalities, and the American Sociologists AIDS Network Career Contribution award for her contribution to understanding the social dynamics of HIV/AIDS.
Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time: 17:30
Venue: SRC Chambers, UP Conference Centre, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
GPS co-ordinates: S25° 45’ 21” E28° 13’ 51”
Dress: Business wear
RSVP: [email protected] by 11 March 2016
  • Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Please indicate any dietary requirements. 
  • Persons with disabilities are kindly requested to contact Mpho Mothoa on 012 420 2631 if assistance is required.


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