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The Challenge of Children’s Representations Seminar Series



'The Challenge of Children’s Representations Seminar Series’ consists of two online seminars that seeks to the explore the politics of children’s rights and representation. They are part of the dissemination programme of the broader ‘Children’s rights and perceptions of justice, rights and equality: the challenge of children’s representation’ project that was funded by the British Academy (2019-2021). 

The seminars focus on the interplay between the claims of different actors in the field of the representations of children and their rights, including children themselves, and the basis upon which these claims are made. Underpinning the seminars are the efforts of an international and diverse group of academics who have been working together for the last two years to explore children’s rights and representations in relation to the research they have been conducting in various contexts including: Ghana, India, Sweden, Belgium and within the international human rights community. (Find more details on the rational of the project here)

The principal aim of the seminar series is to provide a space where experts, practitioners and all others interested in the issue of children’s rights and representations can directly and meaningfully engage with six of the papers that were produced as a result of the project.  The ensuing discussions will, in turn, feed into a series of policy papers that will be produced as well as into an edited volume on the topic of children’s rights and representations which is being edited by four of the project members.

Each seminar will revolve around three paper presentations and a response from a designated discussant. Following these initial provocations ample time will be dedicated to a general discussion in which all those attending will be encouraged to participate.

We look forward to your participation!

Register here for Seminar 1
16 June 1pm – 3pm (GMT+1)

Register here for Seminar 2
23 June 1pm – 3pm (GMT+1)




Seminar 1: 16 June 1pm – 3pm (GMT+1)

 Prof. Bengt Sandin – Linkoping University (Sweden)

Negotiating children’s rights in Sweden: National and historical origins
Discussant: Therese Boje Mortensen (Lund University, Sweden)
For the abstract and bio click here

 Dr. Sarada Balagopalan – Rutgers University (USA)

Exercising the right to education: Critical notes from India on reframing ‘participation’ in schooling
Discussant: Victor Karunan (former UNICEF Senior Social Policy Specialist, SE Asia)
For the abstract and bios click here

 Prof. Karl Hanson – University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Children’s representation in the mirror maze of transnational organisations
Discussant: Patricio Cuevas-Parra (World Vision International)
For the abstract and bios click here



Seminar 2: 23 June 1pm – 3pm (GMT+1)

 Prof. Yaw Ofosu-Kusi – University of Energy and Natural Resources (Ghana)

Deliberative disobedience as a strategy for representation by Accra's street children
Discussant: George Affum Ansah (Catholic Action for Street Children)
For the abstract and bios click here

 Dr. Jonathan Josefsson – Linkoping University (Sweden)

Children and youth strategies for self-representation: Young migrants in Sweden
Discussant: Sanna Vestin (Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups)
For the abstract and bios click here

 Dr. Didier Reynaert – University College Ghent (Belgium)

Children’s rights and child poverty: Reflections through the lens of representation
Discussant: Rudy De Cock (The Child and Family Agency, Flanders, Belgium)
For the abstract and bios click here


Both seminars will be chaired by Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh – University of Bristol (UK)
For bio click here


Register here for Seminar 1
16 June 1pm – 3pm (GMT+1)

Register here for Seminar 2
23 June 1pm – 3pm (GMT+1)