British Researcher launches new book at RCT
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Tobias Kelly, launches ‘This Side of Silence’ at RCT on May 9
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In his latest book, 'This Side of Silence: Human Rights,
Torture, and the Recognition of Cruelty', Senior Lecturer in Social
Anthropology, Tobias Kelly, puts an interesting perspective on the
perception of torture in Britain. The book will be launched at a
seminar at RCT on May 9.
Tobias Kelly explores how torture as a concept has become central
in political and legal debates in Britain. He investigates how
claims of torture are treated in asylum cases where the victim's
account is in focus and in cases of war crimes where the evidence
against the alleged perpetrator is in focus.
He argues that victims of torture can speak but that they are not
believed. As their accounts enter into legal and medical realms,
they are subjected to a test of proof that cannot be honored. A
second argument is that torture is something that is understood as
taking place far away and perpetrated by people very different from
us. Hence, we, Kelly argues, find it hard to understand the
practices of Nato soldiers in the light of torture.
The argument of the book is relevant in a Danish context as well,
and on the seminar on May 9 three opponents from RCT will discuss
it with Tobias Kelly. Senior Researcher Steffen Jensen will be
discussing the core argument in the book, Director of Research
Edith Montgomery will be discussing asylum processes, and Legal
Advisor Dorrit Rée Akselbo will be discussing the international
Read more about the seminar here.
Read Steffen Jensens review of the book