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Age and the humanitarian industrial complex Invited Speaker Critical Childhood and Youth Studies Collective 23-NOV-2021
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Roundtable discussion on Hedi Vitterbo's Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine
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Unbordering Childhood: Making a Case for Activist Scholarship (Keynote) Invited Speaker German Sociological Association 12-NOV-2021
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Congress for childhood sociology on the Politics of Childhood
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Life on the borders of time and space: Reflections from childhoods in precarious migrancy (keynote) Invited Speaker University of Strathclyde 10-SEP-2021
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Keynote for the Contemporary Childhood Conference: Borders and Boundaries, online, University of Strathclyde. “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.” These evocative words proclaimed by pro-migrant social movements expose borders as socially produced and dynamic, and hint at the violence which borders enact and sustain. Taking up these insights, in this talk I explore the ways that borders of nation and generation criss-cross the bodies of Black and Brown children and young people living in precarious migrancy in the UK, rendering them as never more than partially and temporarily deserving subjects. I argue that these stratified boundaries – which stem from seemingly arbitrary and constructed markers of age and ‘race’ – represent the present-day accumulation of colonial pasts as well as contemporary technologies of time and space which both amplify and rework borders. While deeply sedimented, and often seemingly immutable, borders are therefore not timeless. They do not need to be the way they are. However, rather than calling for the enlargement of borders or reworking their lines of inclusion through claims to recognition of (migrant) children’s contributions and participation, or mobilising / shoring up these borders through arguments about the exceptionalism of childhood and children’s needs, I make the case for an activist scholarship in childhood studies which seeks to create cracks in the foundations on which borders stand.
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Putting 'Children First'? Tentative Explorations of Alternative Imaginaries Invited Speaker Queen Mary College, University of London 24-JUN-2021
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Rachel Rosen, Hedi Vitterbo, and Rachel Humphris in conversation: Putting 'Children First'? Tentative Explorations of Alternative Imaginaries - in conversation. Paper presented at the Rethinking Childhood Studies Today webinar series.
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Between waithood and alternative futures: children and young people on the move Invited Speaker UCL Global Youth Centre 01-JUN-2021
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Abstract: Accounts of children and young people young people who have come to the UK on their own through precarious migration routes have aptly demonstrated that their futures are held hostage by a restrictive migration regime. Prolonged periods of uncertain waithood for regularised status, combined with anti-migrant sentiments in the UK’s hostile environment, can foreclose imaginaries of the future in what anthropologist Nicolas De Genova refers to as an ‘enforced presentism’. In this paper, I do not dispute the detrimental effects of restrictive migration regimes on the futures of separated child migrants. Instead, in thinking with research data from Children Caring on the Move (CCoM), I seek to complicate such understandings. Heeding recent warnings not to collapse migrants into the temporality of waithood or futureless lives where regularised status in a national order is the route to a stable future, I attend to young migrants’ care for and about others while they wait. Doing so, I argue, provides insights not only into waithood and its afterlife, but reorients conceptualisations of young people’s future to the uneven possibilities and practices for imagining and constructing alternative futures.
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After Childhoods: Author meets readers Invited Speaker RGS-IBG Children, Youth and Families Research Group 23-APR-2021
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After Childhoods by Prof Peter Kraftl: Author meets readers
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How should Save the Children UK depict children? Invited Speaker Save the Children 18-FEB-2021
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Invited talk as part of STCUK ‘Politics of Aid’ lunchtime talk series, organised by Juliano Fiori. Understanding different concepts of childhood can inform how we use child imagery at SCUK The debate about what type of images should be used in aid agency campaigns has a long history and continues to stoke passions and controversy today. Amid criticism of racialised and disempowering representations of children in crisis, SCUK is just one child rights organisation reconsidering our approach to depicting children. But debates about campaign imagery rarely consider what it is that informs our own views about representations of children, or how our perceptions of childhood have changed over time. Having written extensively on the sociology of childhood, in recent years with a focus on child migrants, Dr Rachel Rosen, Associate Professor of Childhood at University College London's (UCL) Social Research Institute, will join us to discuss conceptions of childhood, their histories and real-world implications. This discussion aims to help colleagues think about the political and cultural factors that inform our own concepts of childhood and how this influences our use of images in aid campaigns.
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"Childism's" possibilities Invited Speaker Rutgers University 22-JAN-2021
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EXPLORING CHILDISM ACROSS DISCIPLINES COLLOQUIUM The Childism Institute at Rutgers University Camden Friday January 22, 2021, from 8:00 to 10:00 am US Philadelphia time.
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Childhood Studies Area Editor Editorial Role Oxford Bibliographies 01-DEC-2020
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Children, parents and non-parents: to whom does ‘the future’ belong? Invited Speaker University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven) 17-NOV-2020
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A talk with Judith Suissa hosted by the NeuroEpigenEthics project.
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