The Age of Criminal Responsibility

Centre for Evidence & Criminal Justice Studies (University of Northumbria)
Sydney Institute of Criminology (University of Sydney)

Wednesday 23 September 2015, 4th Floor Corporate Hub and Harvard Lecture Theatre, School of Law, Northumbria University 11.00-18.00

On Wednesday 23rd September the Centre for Evidence & Criminal Justice Studies (University of Northumbria) and the Sydney Institute of Criminology (University of Sydney) will co-host a 1 day conference on ‘The Age of Criminal Responsibility’ at Northumbria University in Newcastle. The aim of this conference is to encourage debate and discussion on the current age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales which is set at 10 years. This conference will provide a forum for exploring the latest research and developments in understanding the challenges facing young people in conflict with the law. Continue reading The Age of Criminal Responsibility

Notes from the field: Humanitarian discourses, systemic erasures, and the production of victimhood in “Child, Bride, Mother”

By Briana Nichols and Lisette Farias

The following is a dialogue between cultural-linguistic anthropology and critical occupational science written by two PhD students working in Guatemala.

Briana: What initially struck me about the image was her vacant stare.  The caption below the photograph explains, “Aracely was 11 when she married her husband, who was 34. Now 15, she is raising her son on her own.”  We see a girl, seated, her blue jean skirt, purple shirt, and her toddler son’s red shorts brilliantly contrast the weathered wooden shack behind her. With her son on her lap, she prepares corn. And perhaps intended to be most shocking to the non-Guatemalan viewer, she is breastfeeding.

So what are we, the western, global north, New York Times consumer, supposed to understand from this image?  What emotions is it meant to evoke?  What is made visible, and what is obscured when images of the “developing world” are published for outside, selectively contextualized consumption?

This photograph is one of fifteen in the “Child, Bride, Mother” exposé “documenting the issue of Child marriage” in Guatemala.  It is part of a larger transmedia project, “investigating: the world of prearranged child marriage,” by photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair entitled “Too Young to Wed”(Sinclair directs a non-profit organization by the same name).

As an anthropology PhD student working in Guatemala, I wonder about the power of the outsider, myself included, in the representation of the other, the unfamiliar, the shocking. When a photojournalist chooses to focus on child marriage, the subjects of her photographs are presented within that specific framing—a framing situated in discourses of childhood, human rights, and victimization. We often take for granted the nature of childhood, its implicit innocence, and the inherent need to protect children as vulnerable and non-agentive social beings (Bluebond-Langner and Korbin 2007Poretti et al. 2014Rosen 2007).  Fassin (2013) demonstrates how this global rhetoric of childhood is often viewed as common sense, despite its historically constructed and culturally situated nature. With this naturalization comes a legitimization of vulnerability, rendering children as the only “pure victims” and eclipsing the realities of sweeping structural violence and inequity.
Read more at youthcirculations.com

Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Arnhold Symposium 2015 in New York City

When?            October 29 to 30, 2015
Where?          German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research, NY, NY

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, the German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research are pleased to invite all interested parties to the Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace 2015, at which critical scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines working on the complex relationship between education and armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa will gather in New York City to present their research.  Continue reading Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

CFP – 2016 SCCR conference Portland, Oregon

Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference
February 17-20, 2016
Call for submissions

The deadline of October 1st for submissions of papers, posters and panel proposals for the Society for Cross Cultural Research conference in Portland, Oregon is fast approaching! Visit the SCCR website at http://sccr.vancouver.wsu.edu/ Continue reading CFP – 2016 SCCR conference Portland, Oregon

Faculty Position Announcement–Assistant Professor TT Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden

The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University—Camden, New Jersey (http://childhood.camden.rutgers.edu/), invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) to commence on September 1, 2016.  Applications received by November 6, 2015 will receive full consideration. Continue reading Faculty Position Announcement–Assistant Professor TT Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden

CFP – Child & Teen Consumption – CTC 2016, 27-29th April

*NOTE : The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to September 30

Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to announce that the Child and Teen Consumption 2016 Conference website is now open for submissions.

You can submit your abstract at this address:

http://www.en.cgs.aau.dk/research/conferences/ctc-2016/submission-abstracts/

The strict for abstract submission is 30 September 2015 (extended)Continue reading CFP – Child & Teen Consumption – CTC 2016, 27-29th April

TT Asst Prof position – Univ of Chicago/Comp Human Dev

The Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek an anthropologist (Ph.D. in hand) who specializes in social, cultural, psychological, and/or linguistic approaches. We especially welcome applications from candidates who conduct ethnographically grounded, person-centered research (i.e. psychological, medical, gender and sexuality, developmental or life-course related topics) in non-US settings, and whose work bridges one or more of the different disciplines represented in the department.

The Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary department whose faculty includes anthropologists, biologists, linguists, psychologists, sociologists, and methodologists whose theories and methods cross individual social science disciplines. Research in the department explores the social, cultural, psychological, and biological processes of change that vary across time, between individuals, between societies and cultures, and between species. Please see our website, https://humdev.uchicago.edu.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015; submission by this date is strongly encouraged to assure full consideration. Applicants must be submitted online through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website. http://tinyurl.com/o7lg4gp. Applicants are required to upload 1) a brief cover letter 2) a current curriculum vitae and 3) a research statement addressing current and future research plans; 4) a teaching statement addressing teaching experience and philosophy; 5) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter), and 6) the names and contact information of three referees. At a later date we may request letters of recommendation. Review of applications until the position is filled and/or the search is closed.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email [email protected] with their request.

Symposium on Wellbeing and the Life Course

Please  download the flyer for more info on a forthcoming Symposium including Jo Boyden and Charles Watters as speakers.