Sami Naïr and two other foreign researchers join the Human Rights Institute

By 3 May, 2017News

French political scientist Sami Nair has joined the Human Rights Institute of the Universitat de València (IDH) as a guest researcher. These days, the Finnish Mari K. Niemi and the Brazilian Vinicius Cardeal have also been incorporated into the IDH, supported by their respective governments. The incorporation of these three researchers “is a sign of the international appeal and potential researcher that the HDI represents”, according to his director, Professor Javier de Lucas.

Sami Naïr, Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universitat de València is a political scientist, philosopher, sociologist and professor of the Sorbonne, a specialist in migratory movements and creator of the concept of co-development. Between 1997 and 1999 he was an adviser to the Government of Lionel Jospin and until 2004, a member of the European Parliament. He is a professor in Political Science, director of the Mediterranean Center Andalusí (CMA) and professor-researcher at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville. He directed Les Temps Modernes together with Simone de Beauvoir and L’Evenément européen with Edgar Pisani.

Visiting researcher Mari K. Niemi is a PhD in Social Sciences and currently works as a researcher at the Center for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku (Finland). Niemi deals with issues related to media and politics, political communication, populism and populist parties, as well as the leadership of women in politics. During his stay he will work alongside Professor Ángeles Solanes. Vinicius Cardinal, a predoctoral researcher, comes from the Human Rights Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and will work with Professor Javier de Lucas in the study of comparative migratory policies (Brazil, EU, Spain).

Professor Sami Nair will join the IDH for two and a half months thanks to the help of the guest professors program of the Vice-Rectorate for Research at the University of Valencia. During this period, Professor Naïr will develop with the professor of Lucas a research project on problems of interculturality and integration with immigrants and refugees and will also collaborate in the educational activities of the HDI. Specifically, on May 12 will deliver the closing conference of the International Seminar on Labor Policies and Inclusion, which will address the state and labor market reform in Europe today. On June 1, he will give Javier de Lucas the opening lecture of the III International Multihuri Congress, which will be presented as a conversation about the limits of law and politics to the recognition of identity. On 7 June, the current edition of the Master Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice will be closed with the conference “Geopolitics of the Mediterranean: the complexity of the game of actors in the Syrian case”. Likewise, Professor Nair will give two sessions in degree, in the double degree of Law and Political Sciences, on May 16 and 17. And it will also offer two seminars for master and doctoral students on 25 May and 5 June.