Join QED for our monthly webinar series! We will be hosting Dr.Nadia Abu-Zahra, who will be presenting and leading a discussion on Recognizing Structural Violence and Its Implications for Education and Development.
“Structural violence” is a term coined by Johan Galtung nearly 50 years ago to describe the powerful negative experiences of inequality. The clearest example of such violence is the physical bodily damage caused by lack of access to health care. Many other examples exist, however, including the violence of inadequate access to education and opportunities for personal and community development.
Although Galtung’s theoretical contribution is much celebrated and appreciated, the implications for action in the field of education and development are much less explored — and hence the subject of this webinar.
Dr. Abu-Zahra is an Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies and member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. She researches and teaches on community mobilisation, human rights, and particularly mobility.
Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Dr. Abu-Zahra was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, and worked on projects for Oxfam, UNICEF, the European Union, and the Canadian International Development Agency.
She serves on the Reconciliation Committee of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and was an elected Director on the Federation’s Board. She has also served as a consultant to the Senate, and as an expert advisor for the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board.