HCRI Speaker Series: Christine Ryan, The Children of War: Child Soldiers as Victims and Participants in the Sudan Civil War
|Dates:||5 March 2014|
|Times:||14:00 - 16:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||Current University students, University staff|
In this Speaker Series Dr Christine Ryan discusses her research in Sudan, critiques the position taken by the international community, NGOs and academia to the phenomenon of child soldiers, and calls for a new approach to conflict resolution in Africa.
Christine is a lecturer of Politics and Global Studies at the University of Winchester. Her specialisation and research interests are war and conflict. Her 2012 book ‘The Children of War’ in which she investigated the use of child soldiers in the Sudan Civil War has shattered the accepted understanding of why children join armies. Using face-to-face testimonies of former child soldiers, she illuminates the multi-dimensional motivations which children have for joining the Sudan Liberation Army, and unravels the complexity of their political participation. At the same time, interviews with NGO personnel illustrate the gap that exists between the West and the reality of conflict in Africa.
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