CJSDRC presents at 25th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)

Michael Wilson, Dr Erin O’Brien, Michelle Ringrose and Dr Helen Berents at the IPSA 25th World Congress

This week four members of the CJSDRC (Crime Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre) presented at the 25th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA); joining over 2000 delegates in Brisbane from the 21-25 July. 

 The IPSA World Congress brings together delegates from over the world to discuss diverse and pressing issues facing political institutions and political practices at local, national and international levels. This year’s theme was ‘Borders and Margins’.

 Across four busy days Dr Erin O’Brien, Dr Helen Berents, Michelle Ringrose, and Michael Wilson presented on several exciting research projects they are currently undertaking. Dr Erin O’Brien and PhD Candidate Michael Wilson presented a paper together on “Alternative tweeting: reclaiming institutions from the Trump Presidency” in a session on political participation on the internet. Michelle Ringrose, also a PhD Candidate with the Centre, presented on her ongoing PhD research with a paper titled “Gendered Narratives in Genocidal Crimes: An Analysis of Civil Society Representations of the Yazidi Genocide”.  Dr Helen Berents’ paper, in a session on violence, images and world politics was titled “Violence, Compassion and Spectacle: The Politics of Sharing Images of Suffering Children”

 

Reminder for Upcoming Symposium: “The Prevention of Violence Against Children: Research, Policy and Practice”

   

The Children and Youth Research Centre (CYRC) are hosting a symposium on The Prevention of Violence Against Children: Research, Policy and Practice Symposium from 17- 18 November, 2015. The Symposium will be held at QUT’s Gardens Theatre Foyer, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane, Australia.  Read more

Recently Published: Children, violence, and social exclusion: negotiation of everyday insecurity in a Colombian barrio

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photo: Helen Berents

Dr Helen Berents recently published the article Children, violence, and social exclusion: negotiation of everyday insecurity in a Colombian barrio in Critical Studies on Security.

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.