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