Torture, State Violence and Political Prisoners: Exploring the Global Human Rights Movement through the Amnesty International Archives

Sponsored by AM
Recorded on 12/12/2023

Posted in Primary Sources and Special Collections

Learn how faculty use primary sources on the global human rights movement for teaching and research.


Examine an array of materials providing invaluable insights into key political events, global social change, human rights violations, and advocacy campaigns in AM’s Amnesty International Archives: A Global Movement for Human Rights collection. 

We’ll be joined by Dr. Nada Ali, Umass Boston, and Fiona Bolt, Amnesty International, to discuss the challenges of working with material of this nature, the opportunities created by its digitization, and the power of integrating testimonies and personal accounts into teaching and research.

While Eleanor Cambridge, part of the AM Editorial team that worked on the project, will explore the depth of the material, key features provided by the electronic resource such as the interactive map, and the contextual tools provided to support your students and researchers.


  • Dr. Nada Ali

    Senior LecturerUMass Boston

    Nada Mustafa Ali is a scholar, practitioner and an activist whose scholarship spans the fields of comparative politics,  women’s, gender, and feminist studies, development studies, and African and Middle Eastern studies. In addition to her academic career, Nada has worked as a researcher and consultant at a number of international and grassroots organisations and UN agencies.

  • Rebecca Yemo

    Doctoral Candidate, Department of Global Governance and Human Security, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global StudiesUniversity of Massachusetts Boston
  • Fiona Bolt

    Information Manager – Information and TechnologyAmnesty International

    Fiona Bolt is the Information Manager at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, where she has worked for the past 25 years. She is based in London. Fiona has a background in librarianship but has worked mostly in the fields of records management, archives and compliance as part of her various roles at Amnesty.

  • Eleanor Cambridge

    Assistant EditorAM

    Eleanor Cambridge is an Assistant Editor at AM and has worked on a range of projects including Africa and the New Imperialism, Interwar Culture and most recently Amnesty International Archives. Prior to joining AM, Eleanor’s academic focus was the history of the book and print culture.

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