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Joint Area Centers Symposium: Children and Globalization: Issues, Politics, and Initiatives

Event Type
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for African Studies, the Program in Disarmament, Arms Control and International Security, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the European Union Center, the Center for Global Studies, the Center for International Business Education and Research, the International Forum on U.S. Studies, the Center for Latin and Caribbean Studies, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, and the Program in Women and Gender in Global Perspectives
3rd floor of the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (map)
Apr 10, 2014 - Apr 12, 2014  
Originating Calendar
European Union Center Events

Please visit the JACS Symposium website for more information.

Registration for this event is available online.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Keynote Address

7 pm David Oswell, Department of Sociology, University of London: “After Our Children’s Image: Human Rights, Capital and the Common”

8:30 Reception, Levis Faculty Center, 2nd floor

Friday, April 11, 2014

8:00-10:00 Cross-cultural and Historical Perspectives on Childhood and Children
Ashley Nascimento, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University: “What is Childhood? Maybe We Have It Wrong? An Ethnographic Look into Childhood in a Brazilian Favela

Gehui Zhang, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois: “It’s All About ‘Management’: The Rising Discourse of Neo-Liberal Citizenship and the Entrepreneurial Self in China’s Early Child Education”

Chiara Diana, Institut de Recherches et d’Études sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM); Aix-Marseille Université: “Early Childhood between Global and Local Policies in Egypt during the Mubarak Era (1981-2011)”

Maria Schmeeckle, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University, and Brian K. Gran, Department of Sociology and College of Law, Case Western Reserve University: “Worldwide Outlook for Children (WOC): A Web Resource Offering Global Perspectives of Young People’s Experiences”

10:00-10:15   Coffee break

10:15-12:15    Children and Migration
Lauren Heidbrink, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, National Louis University, Chicago: “Collisions of Debt and Interest: Youth Negotiations of (In)debt(ed) Migration and the Best Interests of the Child”

Edmund T. Hamann, Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: “Comparing the American and Mexican (Non)Responses to the Large-Scale Presence of U.S. Citizen Children in Mexican Schools” (paper co-written by Víctor Zúñiga, División de Investigación y Extensión, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico and Juan Sánchez, Director of Instituto de Investigación, Innovación y Estudios de Posgrado para la Educación, Mexico)

Clovis Bergère, Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University at Camden: “Movements on Street Corners: Mobility and Youth Provision in Urban Guinea”

Agnes Zenaida V. Camacho, Psychosocial Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center, Quezon City, The Philippines: “The Work/Education Nexus: The Experiences of Migrant Child Domestic Workers in the Philippines”

12:15-1:30    Lunch

1:30-4:00      Child Labor
Ana Lúcia Kassouf, Department of Economics, Universidade de Sao Paulo: “Child Labor: The Brazilian Experience and Challenges”

Olivia Anne M. Habana, Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University: “Child Labor in the Philippines in the Early American Period”

Jessica K. Taft, Department of Sociology, Davidson College: “Cultures of Collaboration: Intergenerational Relationships in the Peruvian Movement of Working Children”

Joséphine Wouango, L’Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, Université de Liège, Belgium; Centre Jeunesse de Québec-Institut Universitaire; Centre de Recherche sur l’Adaptation des Jeunes et des Familles à Risque, Université Laval: “Child Labor and Its Elimination in Burkina Faso: Practices and the Paradox of Labor Inspectors’ Role in Enforcing Child Labor Legislation”

Miriam Thangaraj, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Protected Childhoods, Unregulated Futures? Child Weavers and Transnational Child Rights Policies in Southern India”

4:00-4:15   Coffee break

4:15-6:45 Homeless/Street Children and International Adoption
Marcela Raffaelli, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois: “Developmental Risk and Resilience on the Streets of Brazil”

Alysa Handelsman, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: “Sticks and Stones and (Children’s) Stories of Violence and Abuse: Configuring Family and Belonging in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s Shantytowns”

Harla Sara Octarra, Department of Social Policy, Edinburgh University: “‘Goodbye, Street Life’: Assuming the Best Interests of Street Children in Indonesia”

Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University Center for Research on Children and Families: “Building Evidence to Support Decision-Making in Child Protection in Liberia”

Luciana-Marioara Jinga, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, Bucharest: “International Adoption in Communist Romania”

Waganesh Zeleke, Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, Duquesne University: “Ethiopian Adoptees in the U.S.”

7:00     Dinner for symposium speakers and panel chairs

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:30-10:30 Children and Sexuality
Juliana Ajdini, Department of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Tirana: “Early Marriages of Girls in Albania”

Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Queens College, City University of New York; Department of History and Philosophy, State University of New York at Old Westbury: “Interrogating the Construction of Child Marriages as an Obstacle to Education”

Virginia Caputo, Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Carleton University, Ottawa: “‘Too Young to Wed’: Globalized Connections and Gendered Economies of Visibility”

Robin Fretwell Wilson, College of Law, University of Illinois: “Sex Play in Virtual Worlds: International Challenges for Protecting Children in On-Line Spaces”

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-1:15 Children and War
Bree Akesson, School of Social Work, McGill University: “Hope and Hopelessness under Occupation: Contradictions in Place for Palestinian Children and Families”

Kirk O. Hauser, Graduate College Research Scholar, University of Illinois: “The Psychological Aftermath of Being a Child Soldier”

Eileen Prescott and Casmeer Mae Reyes, Institute of International Studies, Bradley University: “Girls, Human Security, and Reintegration of Child Soldiers: A Re-evaluation of Strategies”

Kate Grim-Feinberg, LAS Global Studies, University of Illinois: “Approaching Reconciliation from the Bottom-Up: Primary Schooling in Post-Conflict Peru”

Madeleine Leonard, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Belfast: “Bringing Down the Walls: Teenagers’ Perceptions and Experiences of Belfast as a Divided or Shared City”

1:15-2:15 Lunch

2:15-4:45 Children’s Rights
Ashleigh Barnes, College of Law, Australian National University: “The Legal Construction of Childhood: Critical Approaches to Children and Capacity”

Phillip Buckley, Department of Educational Leadership, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville: “Subjects, Citizens, or Civic Learners? Judicial Conceptions of Childhood and the Speech Rights of American Public School Students”

Ekaterina Evdokimova, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam: “Institutionalization of Children with Impairments in the Russian Federation: The Solution That Never Was”

Sandra F. Joireman, Department of Political Science, University of Richmond: “The Protection of Children’s Property Rights”

Christine Nutter El Ouardani, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago: “Children’s Rights and Corporal Punishment Reform in a Moroccan Classroom”

4:45-5:00 Coffee break  

5:00-6:30 Globalized Aspects of Childhood Today
Benjamin Smith, Department of Anthropology, Vassar College: “Cultivating a Virtual Masculinity: Boyhood, Online Indigenous Game Play, and the Contours of a Peruvian Public”

Margaret Zeddies, Center for English Language and Culture for International Students, Western Michigan University: “A More United Planet? Global Community and Representations of Youth on a Voluntourism Website”

Gail Ferguson, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois: “Remote Acculturation in 21st-Century Youth: Cross-cultural Findings and Implications”

7:00 Dinner for symposium speakers and panel chairs


The area study centers at the University of Illinois gratefully acknowledge co-sponsorship of this symposium by the Center for Advanced Study, the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Human and Community Development, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Sociology, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of International Programs and Studies, and the Office of the Provost. This symposium has been funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program.

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