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Mikhail Evstafiev, GFDL

Seminar 1: Violence and the making of the subject
Friday 12 March, 9.30am - 5.30pm, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

This seminar explores the role of violence in shaping the subjectivity of the young person. It focuses on how parenting and schooling practices use violence to socialise and enculturate children and on the capacity of the child to resist deployments of violence. Thinking of violence as an ordinary practice of parenting and schooling, where cultural and social norms establish the borders between discipline and abuse, highlights the social construction not only of childhood, but also of violence and pain itself. The seminar will also establish the policy relevance of the seminar series by beginning a dialogue between senior social workers working on child protection issues, educationalists and academics researching the anthropology and sociology of childhood.

Programme

9.30-10am
Breakfast
 (Room B02)

10-12 noon
Policy and practice: NGO perspectives on violence at home and school (Room B20)
Chair and discussant: Dr Virginia Morrow
Sharon Shoesmith, former director of children's services in Haringey, Safeguarding children in the UK: theory and reality
Cesar Bazan, Plan International, Learn Without Fear: promoting debate and action on school violence in 60 countries
Ms Omattie Madray, country director Guyuna, EveryChild, The cultural and socio-economic impact of violence on children in the village of Agricola, Georgetown, Guyana                              

12 noon-1pm
Lunch (Room B02)

1-3.30pm
Violence and the making of the subject: academic perspectives (Room B20)
Chair and discussant: Dr Heather Montgomery
Professor Pamela Reynolds, On being responsible for any child: governance, subjectivity and violence
Professor Alma Gottlieb, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaigne, First acts of violence: reflections on breastfeeding and enemas in West Africa
Dr Neal Hazel, University of Salford, Parents’ and young people’s views of physical punishment

3.30-4.30pm
Integrating theory and experience: break-out groups (Room B20)
Chairs: Professor Erica Burman, Professor Alma Gottlieb, Dr Neal Hazel, Professor Pamela Reynolds, Professor Alison Watson

4.30-5.30pm
Plenary (Room B20)
Chair: Dr Karen Wells 

 

Listen to clips from the seminar below:  

Pamela Reynolds, On being responsible for any child: governance, subjectivity and violence

Alma Gottlieb, First acts of violence: reflections on breastfeeding and enemas in West Africa

Neal Hazel, Parents' and young people's views of physical punishment

 

 

 

Click here to find out more about the other seminars in the series: Seminar 2; Seminar 3; Seminar 4; Seminar 5; Seminar 6.

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