Childhood and Violence: international and comparative perspectives – Seminar 5: Children affected by war, with a focus on "child soldiers"

Event Date: 30 June 2011
Room B20
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck College, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX

Childhood and Violence: international and comparative perspectives
– Seminar 5: Children affected by war,
with a focus on “child soldiers”

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.


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 (AUDIO HERE)

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

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 (AUDIO HERE)

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 (AUDIO HERE)

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