Children’s Rights Symposium: Call for Papers

 Children’s Rights in Fragile Contexts:

Exploring Theoretical and Methodological Research Challenges

A symposium for PhD students and early-career researchers
Saturday 6th June 2015 from 09:30 to 18:00
Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international treaty in the world. Children’s rights, however, remain a contested and insecure reality. Various phenomena, including armed conflict, post-conflict transitions, natural disasters, migration, and internal displacement create “fragile” situations, in which legal and social protection for children is non-existent, weak, or ineffective. In some instances, fragile contexts render children’s rights ambiguous, untenable, or precarious. In other, there is a disjuncture between de jure and de facto rights provisions. In others still, a children’s rights framework may clash or cause tensions with local conceptions of childhood. Further research and discussion on children’s rights is thus a timely, but also complicated and multifaceted endeavour.
This symposium aims to bring together PhD students and early-career researchers from a range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, law, sociology, anthropology, development studies, socio-legal studies, criminology and economics. During the symposium, we will explore the theoretical and methodological challenges arising when conducting research on children’s rights in various fragile contexts. The symposium will include two thematic sessions centred on children’s rights in conflict and post-conflict and on children’s rights in mobility and migration. To conclude, the two sessions will be followed by an informal roundtable discussion.
All students, practitioners, researchers, and academics interested in presenting at the symposium are invited to submit a contribution by Friday, 13th March at 17.00 (UK time) by completing the form below. Submissions should include a title, a brief abstract of the presentation (max. 300 words), and a short explanation of aspects on which feedback would be appreciated. All abstracts and points for feedback will be circulated among the participants prior to the symposium. To allow time for constructive questions and feedback, presentations will be limited to 10-15 minutes each, and should focus on an area on which the presenter would like to receive advice or feedback.
If you would like additional information and guidance criteria, please refer to our detailed Call for Papers.
If you would like to present a paper at the symposium, please complete the registration form below in full. If you do not wish to present but would still like to attend, please complete the registration form below leaving the title, abstract and feedback blank. We encourage you to register early, as spaces are limited and may fill-up quickly.

This symposium is organised by the Oxford Children’s Rights Network with the kind support of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and is generously sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre of Oxford.



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