Engaged Excellence or Excellent Engagement? Collaborating Critically to Amplify the Voices of Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

The latest Bulletin of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at University of Sussex (IDS Bulletin 47.6) was published, with an article jointly developed by Refugee Law Project and colleagues at IDS.

The article considers 'engaged excellence' from a postcolonial perspective, interrogating notions of 'excellence' determined in the global North, and calling for deep, long-term and mutually constitutive 'excellent engagement' between institutions in the global South and North. It offers a case study of how excellent engagement has developed over a decade-long relationship between researchers from IDS and the Refugee Law Project, and how incrementally these have extended to include intensive engagement with the lives and advocacy commitments of an association of male survivors of sexual violence. Engaged excellence, it argues, can only be the outcome of excellent engagement, itself a process that is challenged by structural arrangements related to funding from and academic enterprise within the global North. 

The article was written by Chris Dolan (Director - RLP) and Thea Shahrokh (PhD Candidate, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University) with Jerker Edström (Research Fellow - IDS), Darius King Kabafunzaki (Video Advocacy Assistant - RLP), Dieudonné Maganya (Video Advocacy Assistant - RLP), Aimé Moninga (President - Men of Hope) and David Onen Ongwech (Gender & Sexuality Programme Manager - RLP). 

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