ESRC Seminar Series. Violence and Childhood: International Perspectives.

Seminar 1: violence and the making of the subject

Friday March 12. 9.30 to 5.30.

Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX

This seminar explores the role of violence in shaping the subjectivity of the young human. Its focus is on how practices of parenting and schooling involve the deployment of violence to socialise and enculturate children and the capacities of the baby/child to resist these deployments. Thinking of violence as an ordinary practice of parenting and schooling in which cultural and social norms produce the borders between discipline and abuse or harm highlights the social construction not only of childhood but of violence and pain itself. The international and comparative focus of the series brings into sharp relief the importance of cultures of parenting and schooling in understanding the young child’s experience of violence and the signification attached to violence.

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9.30 to 10.30      Breakfast

10.30 to 12.00.   Policy and Practice: NGO perspectives on violence at home and school

Chair and discussant: Dr Virginia Morrow

Cesar Bazan Plan International, Learn Without Fear – promoting debate and action on school violence in 60 countries.

Ms Omattie Madray – Country Director Guyuna EveryChild.

The cultural and socio-economic impact of violence on children in the village of Agricola, Georgetown, Guyana.

12.00 to 1.00.     Lunch

1.00 to 3.00       Violence and the making of the subject: academic perspectives

Chair and discussant: Dr Heather Montgomery.

Professor Pamela Reynolds.
On being responsible for any child: governance, subjectivity and violence

Professor Alma Gottlieb, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaigne.

First Acts of Violence: Reflections on Breastfeeding and Enemas in West Africa

Dr Neal Hazel, University of Salford Parents’ and young people’s views of physical punishment

3 .00 to 3.30       Break

3.30 to 4.30        Integrating theory and experience: break-out groups.

Chairs: Professor Erica Burman ; Professor Alison Watson. Professor Pamela Reynolds; Professor Alma Gottlieb.

4.30 to 5.30:       Plenary. Chair: Dr Karen Wells

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