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‘Moving Children’

Category: migration| orphans| OVC

15 Feb 2016

leeds

Contemporary debates on children’s involvement in migration mostly pay little attention to historical instances of child movement (see also HERE). An upcoming event hosted by the University of Leeds goes some way in addressing this concern.

The event is entitled ‘Moving Children: The history of child removal in comparative perspective’ and will take place on 8 and 9 April 2016. The Call for Papers states as a central objective: ‘By illuminating continuity and change in the practice and ideology of child removal across the twentieth century, our goal is to shed comparative light on the historical experience of child removal in order to better understand the relationship between interventions into family life in the present and the past.’

One of key note speakers, Christina Firpo, presented an early version of her work in the ISS research in progress series. The full programme is pasted below.

 

Friday 8 April

9.30    Coffee and welcome

9.45    Opening remarks

10.00  Key note lecture:  Shurlee Swain: Race and Removal

 

11.30  Panel One: The Nineteenth Century

Claudia Soares (University of Manchester)

Agency, resistance and co-operation: families’ attitudes towards and experiences of child removal policies and practices in the nineteenth-century

 

Steven J. Taylor (University of Huddersfield)

British Children, Canadian Adults: Childhood Emigration to Canada in the Late-Nineteenth Century

 

12.30  Lunch

2.00    Panel Two: The Interwar Years

Mariena Hirschberg (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
Philanthropy and problem families: The Child Emigration Society in the interwar years.

Will Jackson (University of Leeds)
Moving children: race, emotion and the politics of child removal in Cape Town, 1919-1939

Emily Baughan (University of Bristol)
“A Child to Keep For A Dollar A Week: International Adoption and Interwar Diplomacy, c. 1918-1925”

4.00      Roundtable: Understanding children – now and then

5.00      Drinks

 

 

Saturday 9 April

10.00  Panel Three: The Second World War and after

Lucy Bland (Anglia Ruskin)
‘Race and Nationhood post World War II: disputing the sending of mixed race GI offspring to the US
Verena Buser (University of Applied Sciences, Berlin)

UNRRA as identity maker: Child Search after the Second World War

 

11.30  Coffee

12.00  Roundtable: The role of the state and the role of society

1.00    Lunch

2.00    Panel Four: Authoritarian regimes

Mirjam Galley (University of Sheffield)
Builders of Communism, ‘Defective’ Children, and Social Orphans: Soviet Children in Care

Peter Anderson (University of Leeds)
Good Parents and Bad Parents: child removal in Spain in the early twentieth century

Diana Marre (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Moving and removing children in contemporary Spain

 

4.00    Keynote lecture: Christina Firpo: A Failure of Altruism: Métis Child Welfare Programs in Vietnam 1890-1975

 

 

5.30    Drinks

Reporting back from “Child Sensitive Social Protection” Lunch Meeting
On November 15th, STOP AIDS NOW! and UNICEF organised a meeting on Child Sensitive Social Protection. About 45 professionals from civil society, the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Social Affairs and Employment, Universities and several students came together at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, where Rachel Yates, Senior Advisor Children and HIV/AIDS at UNICEF New York, spoke about the latest international developments in the field of Social Protection. Plan Netherlands, UNICEF Mozambique and STOP AIDS NOW! additionally provided lively examples on how the financial contribution of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mozambique and the contributions of civil society in Sierra Leone and Malawi can benefit the development of national Social Protection systems. The discussion led to a number of identified key issues for child sensitive social protection.
For more on ‘children living and HIV’, please visit OVCSupport.net which includes pages on ‘what’s new in research‘.

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