Leyla Belle Drake: Final Seminar

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Engelska parken 6-3025 (Rausing Room)
  • Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
  • Contact person: Julia Nordblad
  • Seminarium

Higher Seminar in the History of Science and Ideas

Leyla Belle Drake presents her PhD dissertation draft, with the preliminary title "Antiwar witness testimony and subversive knowledge production at the 1967 Russell Tribunal". Examiner: Scott Laderman, University of Minnesota.


The dissertation examines witness categories and witness practices at the 1967 Russell Tribunal, an international activist inquiry into American war crimes in Vietnam. By studying the epistemological claims, political meanings and emotional effects of the major witness categories to give evidence at the Tribunal – experts, factfinders, victims, and perpetrators – the dissertation shows how non-state actors developed and implemented pioneering methods for protesting and resisting asymmetrical wars and other injustices.

The image shows the Swedish medical doctor John Takman welcoming Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, upon their arrival for a meeting with the Russell Tribunal on the Vietnam War. Image source: Wikimedia Commons (image in public domain).