The article “Hashtagging girlhood: #IAmMalala, #BringBackOurGirls and gendering representations of global politics” won the 2015 Enloe Award, which is awarded annually to an emergent scholar in recognition of the exceptional quality of work presented in their manuscript. Read more
The Crime and Justice Research Centre will be hosting an upcoming seminar on ‘Southern Criminology’, with speakers Professor Kerry Carrington, Professor Russell Hogg, Dr Helen Berents and Professor John Scott.
Dr. Helen Berents, lecturer in the School of Justice, recently published
in The Conversation with her colleague from RMIT.
The article discusses the UN Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 2250 on “youth, peace and security.” Berents and Pruitt argue that the resolution changes the way the UN deals with young people by recognising their agency and work in conflict and post conflict contexts.
Read the full article here.
Dr Erin O’Brien and Dr Helen Berents from QUT’s School of Justice have been in Canberra this week presenting their research at the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. Read more
photo: Helen Berents
Discourses on in/security are often concerned with structures and meta-narratives of the state and other institutions; however, such attention misses the complexities of the everyday consequences of insecurity. In Colombia’s protracted conflict, children are disproportionately affected yet rarely consulted, rendering it difficult to account for their experiences in meaningful ways. This article draws on fieldwork conducted with conflict-affected children in an informal barrio community on the periphery of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, to explore how children articulate experiences of insecurity. It examines how stereotypes of violence and delinquency reinforce insecurity; how multiple violences impact young people’s lives; and how children themselves conceive of responses to these negative experiences. These discussions are underpinned by a feminist commitment of attention to the margins and engage with those for whom insecurity is a daily phenomenon. The effects of deeply embedded insecurity, violence, and fear for young people in Colombia require a more nuanced theoretical engagement with notions of insecurity, as well as the complexities of connections and dissonances within everyday life.
The article is part of the Special Issue on Children, childhoods, and security studies.