Report: experiences of children born into LRA captivity

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of a field note by the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) titled “We Are All the Same: Experiences of children born into LRA captivity”.
This note documents the views, experiences and hopes of 29 children born into the captivity of the Lord’s Resistance Army and now living in the urban centre of Gulu. As an often overlooked category of survivors, it offers nuanced findings as to the children’s lived experiences and makes key recommendations to ensure their inclusion and redress in transitional justice.
Also, researcher Beth Stewart reflects on the process of documentation and the questions raised by the children who participated in blog on JRP’s website here:
For comments or questions regarding this publication, please email or
Oryem Nyeko

“The Stress Along the Way”: Medicalization and Transit Migration

by Kristin Yarris and Heide Castañeda

This month, Youth Circulations features a series of conversations between two migration scholars, Heide Castañeda (University of South Florida) and Kristin Yarris (University of Oregon). In this series, Drs. Castañeda and Yarris creatively and critically examine representations of the circulation of Central American and Mexican migrants through what they describe as “a zone of transit” in Western Mexico. Their research is funded by The Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and is a collaboration with Dr. Juan Manuel Mendoza of the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa. Continue reading “The Stress Along the Way”: Medicalization and Transit Migration

Study childhood at University College London

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children and young people?

Are you seeking to develop further understandings of childhood and the status of children?

Come and study childhood at University College London (UCL) Institute of Education!


Download the flyer to see details about our:

Come to the Open Evening on Monday 21st March 2016 from 17.00 to 19.30 to find out more.


Jeunesse – winter issue now available!

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to announce that the 2015 Winter Issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is available.

The following sections are open access:

– Editorial, “For the Record,” by Mavis Reimer

– Forum on Keywords in the Cultures of Young People, with essays by Elizabeth Marshall, Derritt Mason, and Tyler PollardLouise SaldanhaKristine AlexanderAwad IbrahimLisa Weems, and Natasha Hurley

– Review essays by Robert BittnerDaniel BrattonChristina Fawcett, and Melissa Li Sheung Ying

Articles in this issue include:

– “Postnational Possibilities in Two YA Novels about Taiwan: The American Trace” by Emily Murphy

– “Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers as Board Book: From the Matter of Materiality to the Way That Materiality Matters” by Michelle Ann Abate

– “Gregor the Overlander and A Wrinkle in Time: Father Lost, Father Found” by Chantel Lavoie

– “Representations of Happiness in Comedic Young Adult Fiction: Happy Are the Wretched” by Nerida Wayland

Housed in the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) and produced with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.

More information on how to submit papers and how to subscribe can be found on our website:

To recommend Jeunesse to your institution’s library, download our form.

Seminar – Cartographies of Child Poverty in Policies and Programmes in Kenya

Friday 19 February 10.30-12.00
W&N building, 6th floor, room WN-P656, this is behind the main building
VU University Amsterdam

Cartographies of Child Poverty in Policies and Programmes in Kenya: Locating Children’s Voice at the Interstices of Competing Representations

Elizabeth Ngutuku (Eliza)

PhD Researcher
International Institute of Social Studies


Policies and programmes for child poverty and vulnerability harbour specific constructions on child poverty as well as poor children.  These constructions may affect children’s subjective experiences and elide the voices of children. Despite this possibility, these interventions have often been perceived as natural and the norms they harbour are often invisible. The proposed one year research in Kenya intends to problematize and denaturalize these dominant constructions as embedded in policies and programmes.  Elizabeth Ngutuku will map these competing representations against the perspectives and lived experience of children. In so doing, she intends to locate children’s voices, while aware that these perspectives might go beyond the articulated as they might be contained in the unsaid as well as hidden in the processes of silencing.

Note that our March meeting will take place on Tuesday 15 March 10.30-12.00. We will have the pleasure of a presentation of Dr Clarice Cohen from Brazil. If you are interested in presenting at one of our seminars yourself, please contact the Network chair: Dr Sandra J.T.M. Evers,

VU University is located at a 10-minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Zuid railway station. Tram stop ‘De Boelelaan / VU’ is served by tram lines 5 and 51. W&N Building is located behind the main building:

Feel free to communicate information of this seminar to other people who might be interested.

Could you confirm your participation in the 19 February seminar to us?

AAA Panel CFP – Ethics, IRB, vulnerable pops

Panel:  Ethical and Practical Complexities: Navigating the IRB to Conduct Ethnographies with Vulnerable Populations

Call for Papers: AAA 2016
Minneapolis, MN
November 16-20, 2016
Theme: “Evidence, Accident, Discovery”


Anthropologists face unique challenges in obtaining IRB approval to conduct research with vulnerable populations, particularly (but not limited to) people with mental illnesses or who are undergoing mental health treatment.  Beyond the basic challenges of collecting data while remaining sensitive to the needs of the populations work with, we also face the complexities of satisfying IRB requirements in ever-changing ethnographic environments and maintaining participant confidentiality in clinical settings.  Due to the sensitive nature of mental illnesses, anthropologists also participate in extra screenings in order to ensure the safety of the participants.

Consistent with this year’s AAA theme, “Evidence, Accident, Discovery”, this panel highlights questions for anthropologists conducting mental health and other disability research.  First, how anthropologists face challenges in obtaining IRB approval for our research and how we obtain high-quality data while adhering to high ethical standards?  In the case of uneven balances of power between ethnographer and participant, the panel asks how we can envision our relationships with vulnerable people and populations? This panel also examines the obligations that anthropologists have to our participants, from prevention of harm during the course of research to ensuring the results of our research also do not cause harm, and perhaps can be used to reduce vulnerability.

Papers relevant to this panel might discuss IRB requirements to conduct ethnographic research among people with mental illnesses; whether ethical obligations to participants with mental illnesses differ from those we might hold to other participants; and the challenges of complying with IRB while in the field.

Abstracts are limited to 250 words, and are due to Shir Lerman ( and Olivia Marcus ( by March 5, 2016.

RA job – UCL Institute of Child Health

UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH

Research Assistant Job reference: 1534180

Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care
Grade 6B
Salary (inclusive of London allowance)
£29,485 – £31,091 per annum, depending on skills and experience
Reporting to
Prof Myra Bluebond-Langner
This role is initially funded for 2 years
Hours of work
36.5 a week
Annual leave
27 days
robation period
9 months
Job Specification
The post holder, in conjunction with Professor Myra Bluebond-Langner, and staff funded to work on specific studies, will assist on this project which takes forward the core academic themes of the unit: (1) Documenting the illness experience; (2) Decision making about care and treatment; (3) Pain and symptom management; (4) Delivery of palliative care services.
The post holder’s main responsibilities will be (a) to assist in day to day research activities (including data management, collaborative analysis and presentation of results), (b) to contribute, as a co- author, to the development and writing of research papers for publication in books and peer reviewed journals and for presentation at meetings and conferences, (c) to develop effective working partnerships with clinicians and other stakeholders in the field of paediatric palliative care to assist others on the team to ensure timely completion of research activities (d) to contribute to other academic activities of the unit as required by the professor.
The person appointed will in consultation with the Chair:
 Participate in literature and instrument review, instrument development, data collection and analysis.
 Undertake analysis of empirical data under the direction of Professor Bluebond-Langner and provide written reports of the analysis subject to her specifications in a timely manner.
 Carry out data entry on the unit’s qualitative and quantitative data bases.
  Contribute to preparing and submitting project outlines for peer review, research and
development review and ethical approval.  Contribute to the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data as
 Contribute to development of the Louis Dundas Centre’s clinical database. 
 Contribute presentations to regular unit seminars.  Provide the unit team with regular progress reports on current projects.  Participate in monthly academic unit business meetings, where the goals of the unit and
progress of various projects are discussed.  Meet at least fortnightly with Professor Bluebond-Langner and project staff to review
progress to date and plan next steps.  Complete minutes and compile documents for the research team meetings as required.  Collaborate in preparing final reports of projects in a timely manner for a range of audiences.  Participate in the development of proposals and articles emanating from projects
This job description reflects the present requirements of the post. The post holder will carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the role and as required by their line manager and/or Head of Department/Programme. As duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.
The post holder will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities policies and be expected to give consideration within their role as to how they can actively advance equality of opportunity and good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
The post holder will also maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety

CFP for ASA 2016 (Durham, UK) – Living histories, making futures: Temporality and young lives

ASA 2016 conference – Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth

University of Durham, UK, 4-7 July 2016

Living histories, making futures: Temporality and young lives


Sarah Winkler-Reid (Newcastle University), Ditte Strunge Sass (Mahidol University International College), Camilla Morelli (University of Bristol)

Short Abstract

This panel examines the temporal dimensions of young lives, both in terms of how young people construct their life-trajectories and future selves; and how they experience, discuss, reflect and mobilise personal local, national or global histories and memories.

Long Abstract

Children and young people often symbolise both hope and anxiety in public discourses about the future. Since the 1990s, an increasing number of anthropologists have sought to study children and young people in their own right, rather than as adults-in-the-making or societal symbols. However, as scholars have noted, this leads to a tendency to disconnect young people from the generational relations in which they are embedded (Cole 2004), while on the other hand, the focus on the ‘now-ness’ of youth action can overlook the temporal dimensions of experience (Ansell et al 2014). This panel considers how different temporalities intersect at the level of childhood and youth. It examines how children and young people prepare the ground for their future selves and life-trajectories by mediating between desires, hopes and aspirations for the future on one side; and the social and political-economic constraints informed by previous generations on the other. What are the aspects of continuity and transformation in this process? How can we understand young people’s learning as both an act of creativity, and as the result of past actions and collective histories?

We invite papers that examine the temporal and political dimensions of young lives. Both in terms of the future, as children and young people’s actions, efforts and choices shape the trajectories of their own lives and of society at large; and to the past, by examining how they experience, discuss, reflect and mobilise personal, local, national or global histories and memories.

Please follow this link to submit a paper: