Dr Helen Hintjens

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam

From the Great Lakes and Rwanda in particular, to asylum and refugee rights in the EU (UK, Netherlands, France). Central to my interests are how human rights protection and social justice issues relate to post-colonial relations. How do social movement approaches, with a focus on networks, manage to secure public accountability and how do more participatory approaches relate to broader democratic approaches?

My interest in surveillance came from observing how tighter anti-terror and anti-migrant legislation, in many global settings, has resulted in policing priorities curtailing established civil and political rights. Those who are the main targets of surveillance are my central concern. The technologies remain 'untargetable' to some extent, and makes most of us, potentially surveillable. I have worked on pro-asylum networks, on and on advocates themselves. Many of those I have worked with and on, do see links between anti-terror legislation and the broader political climate for social movements, and human rights issues.

Human rights defenders are an example of a group with untypically high levels of awareness of what new technologies of surveillance imply, both for their own work and for the broader rights of citizens and non-citizens, legal or otherwise. Seeking to 'catch' undocumented migrants, and working to 'prevent' terrorism are just two ways that surveillance by the state and private companies - has been extended beyond what was previously thought compatible with liberal democracy. 

I have a proposed research topic around Surveillance, security and rights issues in relation to migration and refugees in particular.

Theme discussed with a Netherlands LISS informal meeting on 6 July 2009: Human Rights Defenders in the EU: Protection or Surveillance?


Forthcoming Events


7th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference

The conference aims to bring together PhD & Professional doctoral students and early-career researchers from various disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities in order to share their research experiences.

Latest News

A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis

On 27 November 2015, LCSS has successfully organised a roundtable at SOAS to discuss the recent Migrant Crisis

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education


“Insider” and/or “outsider: Anthropologists’ constant status negotiation”

Feray J. Baskin - PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy

On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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