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Rebecca AdamiUniversitetslektor

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Associate Professor Rebecca Adami, PhD, currently Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies).

As Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University in 2014-15 I conducted archival research at the United Nations on women in its history. My PhD thesis from 2014 titled Human Rights Learning: on Narratives, Relationality and Uniqueness explores from a philosophical perspective imperialistic, legalistic and unethical aspects of human rights education and advances a narrative turn that focus on learners and teachers life stories and the ethics of relationality.

Research interests:

    Philosophy of Education
    Human Rights
    Women and UN History
    Intersectionality and the Rights of the Child

In my research on the tensions between social justice, ethics and education I draw on philosophers and political theorists such as Arendt, Cavarero and Spivak who problematize notions of politics, voice and rights.

Through a continued exploration of questions raised by postcolonial and feminist critiques I am currently invested in work on social and epistemic injustice related to discrimination and prejudice against children and intersectional analysis of children’s rights as well as studies into women movements in the history of human rights from an intersectional perspective.


Current projects:

Together with Anna Kaldal (Faculty of Law, Centre for the Rights of the Child) and Margareta Aspán (Department of Child and Youth Studies) I have two projects that have received strategic funding from the faculty of human sciences.

    Interdisciplinary conference: anthogoly on the rights of the child - legal and ethical challenges
    Planning of an interdisciplinary master on the rights of the child

Book project: The Myth of A Happy Childhood: On Childism and the Rights of the Child (monograph, not yet published)

Recent publications and events:

Adami, R. (2021). “Revisiting the Past: Human Rights Education and Epistemic Justice”, Human Rights Education Review,

Adami, R and Dineen, K. (2021). “Discourses of Childism: How COVID-19 Has Unveiled Prejudice, Discrimination and Social Injustice against Children in the Everyday”, The International Journal of Children’s Rights, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp.353-370

Adami, R. (2020), “The moral failure of a discourse on children’s rights”, in Roth “Philosophy of education in a new key: Constraints and possibilities in present times with regard to dignity”, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 5 November 2020

Adami, R and Plesch, D. (2022) Women and the UN: a new history of women's international human rights. London: Routledge

Photo exhibit, United Nations, based on Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see link to monograph below):

Adami, R. (2019). Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New York: Routledge

Counter Narratives in Human Rights Education, in Michalinos Zembylas & Andre Keet (Eds.) Critical Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democracy Education, Bloomsbury.

Adami, Rebecca. (2019). Morality without Rights? The Empty Space in Cosmopolitan Education, Knowledge Cultures, Vol.7, Issue 3, p.75-86 



Spring 2022:

  • Education and Development 7,5 Credits, International and Comparative Master
  • Ethics in Educational Research, the doctoral programme
  • Law and Ethics 2,5 Credits, the National School Leadership Program

Supervisor togheter with Beniamin Knutsson and Martin Harling, Department of Didactics GU for Maggie O'Neil's PhD project on educational imaginings and prison abolition, Gothenburg University; and supervisor togheter with Niclas Rönnström and Ruhi Tyson for Lia Mollvik's PhD project on Dignity and education at the Department of Education SU.





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  • A narratable self as addressed by human rights

    2017. Rebecca Adami. Policy Futures in Education 15 (3), 252-261


    The paper extends the critique in earlier research of human rights as exclusive of otherness and difference by introducing the work of Adriana Cavarero (2000) on a narratable self. Hence, the formation of human rights is thus about the relations between different narratable selves, not just Western ones. A narrative learning, drawing on Cavarero (2000), shifts the focus in human rights learning from learning about the other to exposing one's life story narrative through relationality.

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  • Testimony and Narrative as a Political Relation

    2015. Rebecca Adami, Marie Hållander. Journal of Philosophy of Education 49 (1), 1-13


    In this article, we explore the role of film in educational settings and argue that testimony and narrative are dependent upon each other for developing ethical judgments. We use the film 12 Angry Men to enhance our thesis that the emotional response that sometimes is intended in using film as testimonies in classrooms requires a specific listening; a listening that puts pupils at risk when they relate testimonies to their own life narratives. The article raises the importance of listening in training narrative ethos in relation to violence witnessed in film. The article contributes by enhancing an understanding of a relational dimension to testimony and narrative, which, in an Arendtian sense, is also put forward as a political relation.

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