Public Lecture

Everyday Torture – An Ecological Approach




14:00 - 16:00


DIGNITY, Bryggervangen 55, 2100 Copenhagen Ø


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Who: Professor Danielle Celermajer, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney

DIGNITY invites you to a presentation and dialogue with leading scholar and expert on torture prevention, Professor Danielle Celermajer. Moving beyond the focus on ‘spectacular torture’ that attracts the gaze of the international community, her works seeks to direct attention to the routine practices of torture in the security sector and law enforcement organizations. Drawing on extensive empirical work in Nepal and Sri Lanka, she will demonstrate that far from being aberrant, torture is embedded in a larger set of organizational, political, social, cultural and legal practices and systems that normalise, authorise and legitimate it. Based on the findings in her recent book (The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2018), she argues that effective torture prevention requires that we move our focus out from the direct causes to the background of a broader ecology of interlocking factors that condition and sustain it.

This promises to be an exciting opportunity for anyone invested in understanding current challenges of torture prevention. Come and join us!

The lecture is free of charge and all are welcome but please sign up by sending an email to


14:00 – 14:10  Welcome and introduction: Andrew M. Jefferson, Senior Researcher at DIGNITY

14:10 – 15:00 Presentation: Professor Danielle Celermajer, University of Sydney

15:00 – 16:00 Discussion and Q&A: Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Secretary-General of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, and Henrik Rønsbo, Director, Prevention of Urban Violence at DIGNITY

Danielle Celermajer is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her research stands at the interface of theories exploring the multi-dimensional nature of injustice and the practice of human rights. She recently completed a European Union funded multi-country project on the prevention of torture, focusing on everyday violence in the security sector. Her publications include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology (Cambridge University Press 2009), A Cultural Theory of Law in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury, 2019), and The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018).