Recently Published: ‘2015 Enloe Award’ Journal Article by Dr Helen Berents


Dr Helen Berents from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, has recently published an article in the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

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

Young people working for peace

young leaders at UN

Dr. Helen Berents, lecturer in the School of Justice, recently published

Not just victims or threats: Young people win recognition as workers for peace

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.

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


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.