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Toby Kelly delivers the Malinowski Memorial Lecture

Dr Toby Kelly will give this year's Malinowski Memorial Lecture at the LSE on May 12th.

Malinowski Memorial Lecture 2011

Torture, Compassion, Doubt
Dr Tobias Kelly (University of Edinburgh)

Date: Thursday 12 May 2011, 6.30-7.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Torture survivors are, formally at least, singled out for specific legal protection. Yet, in practice they also often face widespread suspicions about the veracity of their claims. It is compassion in the face of suffering that leads to torture survivors being seen as particularly deserving of refuge. However, this lecture explores the ways in which compassion can also lead to doubt. Based on fieldwork amongst the British torture rehabilitation movement, lawyers, and asylum tribunals, it concludes by arguing that similarity, as much as difference, can be a stumbling block to acknowledgement.

This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. There is a reception to follow.

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