Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Global Development and Justice seminar: Youth Identities and Transformations

01 November 2012 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Seminar

Liberty Building (School of Law) Seminar Room G.33

Can armed conflict be seen as a vehicle for ‘positive’ youth transitions?
Jo Boyden (Professor of International Development, University of Oxford)

It has often been claimed that political instability and armed conflict in Africa and the Middle East are attributable to the youthful
demographic of national populations. At the same time, armed conflict is regarded as invariably detrimental to youth transitions and
identity. I will use empirical evidence from several settings to examine the assumptions underpinning these claims and explore how
political violence can facilitate individual and collective advancement.

The strength of weak ties: networks, activism and critical idealism
Lynn Davies (Emeritus Professor of International Education at the University of Birmingham)

Young people now have unprecedented ways of communicating and organising protest. This presentation uses insights from complexity
science to explore what this means for transformations. Key aspects include non-hierarchy, networks and the power of information, as
well as amplification. I will use examples from the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement but also from jihadist networks, to examine
activism and horizontalism. A particular concern is the role of religion or secularism in transformations and emergence.

Speaking out and silences on gender, sex and violence
Jenny Parkes (Senior Lecturer in Education, Gender and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London)

This paper will draw on longitudinal data from an ongoing study in Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique to consider possibilities for girls to
disrupt norms on gender, sex and violence in schools and families. I will reflect on the unevenness of change, spaces for negotiation and resistance, and the role of NGOs.

Location Details

Liberty Building (School of Law) Seminar Room G.33

The Liberty Building is on the Western campus, next to Leeds University Business School (LUBS).

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