Caroline Rooney shortlisted for AHRC/Wellcome Trust Health Humanities Medal

On 9 August 2018, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in association with the Wellcome Trust, announced the shortlist for the new Health Humanities Medal. Professor Caroline Rooney was part of the shortlist for ‘Best International Research’ for her project ‘Breaking the Generations: Palestinian Prisoners and Medical Rights’. ‘Breaking the generations’ is a topical human rights documentary that explores how Israel’s widespread and systematic use of arrest and detention is a key tool of Israel’s military occupation and colonization, designed to crush resistance and to spread fear in individuals, families and communities. It examines this policy further by exploring what the consequences of this are for the health of Palestinian prisoners, who face widespread, institutionalized medical negligence inside Israeli prisons. It further raises the question of the complicity of the international community in this ongoing state of affairs. The film features interviews with Palestinian prisoners and their families and with leading humanitarian physicians and lawyers. You can view the full Health Humanities Medal shortlist here.

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