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Seminar 5: Children affected by war, with a focus on "child soldiers"
Thursday 30 June 2011, 10am - 5pm, Rooms B04 and B20, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

This seminar focuses on the impact of war on children and childhood, looking specifically at child soldiers. Although young soldiers are not a new phenomenon, the extreme brutality and brutalising of child soldiers in recent conflicts has made the abolition of the use of children as soldiers a core demand of many international non-governmental organisations and child rights practitioners.

Programme

10am
Arrivals and coffee (Room B04)

10.20am
Brief introduction: Dr Heather Montgomery, Open University (Room B20)

10.30am - 1pm
Dr Susan Shepler, assistant professor, international peace and conflict resolution division, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, and expert consultant, Trends in scholarship on child soldiering over the past decade
Claudia Seymour, School of Oriental and African Studies, Ambiguous agencies: coping and survival in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Srirak Plipat, head of regional programmes, Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, London, Current challenges of child soldiering and strategies to deal with them
Helen Buxton, Peace Direct,London, Bringing the child soldiers home: True life stories from Peace Direct's disarmament programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

1 - 2pm
Lunch (Room B04)

2 - 3.30pm
David Rosen, Fairleigh Dickenson University, US, author of Armies of the young: Child soldiers in war and terrorism, Rutgers University Press, 2005, Child soldiers and the age of enlistment
Siobhan McAlister, Transition and Social Justice Initiative, Queen's University, Belfast, Childhood in Transition: Experiencing conflict and marginalisation in Northern Ireland
Liz Yarrow, Children and armed conflict unit, Essex University, Administrative detention of children involved in armed conflict

3.30 - 3.45pm
Short break

3.45 - 4.30pm
Discussion groups

4.30 - 5pm
Group reporting back and next steps

 

Listen to clips from the seminar below: 

Dr Susan Shepler, Trends in scholarship on child soldiering over the past decade

Claudia Seymour, Ambiguous agencies: coping and survival in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Srirak Plipat, Current challenges of child soldiering and strategies to deal with them

Helen Buxton, Bringing the child soldiers home: True life stories from Peace Direct's disarmament programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

David Rosen, Child soldiers and the age of enlistment

Siobhan McAlister, Childhood in Transition: Experiencing conflict and marginalisation in Northern Ireland

Liz Yarrow, Administrative detention of children involved in armed conflict

 

 

 

Click here to find out more about the other seminars in the series: Seminar 1; Seminar 2; Seminar 3; Seminar 4; Seminar 6.

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