International Lecture Series

To showcase the potential of our online modules, we offered a webinar series with leading experts in Children's Rights Studies from around the world.
From November 2020 - May 2021 the consortium implemented a bi-weekly online webinar:

Children's Rights as a Cross-Cutting Socio-Political Field of Study and Action

Webinars we were happy to give:

Child participation in research: practical examples
University of Edinburgh's Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group: Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy; Marlies Kustatscher, Lecturer Childhood Studies, Co-Programme Director Childhood Practice, CERES Deputy Director; Kristina Konstantoni, Senior Lecturer Childhood Studies; Lynn McNair, Senior Teaching Fellow, Pathway Coordinator, MSc Education; Laura Wright, PhD, Teaching and Research Fellow, Director Participatory Methodologies
The Child Participation in Research Session will focus on participatory research methodologies with children and young people. The team will provide an overview of participatory methodologies and intersectionality. They will then introduce case studies with practical examples of and tools for working in partnership with children and young people using participatory approaches, such as art and play. Participants will be invited to critically reflect on participatory research methods and how they may be contextualised for their own settings.
Children and Young Peoples activism for their environmental rights
Carla Reemtsma, spokesperson for Fridays For Future (in Germany) and Ivanna Serret, Children's Peace Prize Nominee (Mexico)
In the webinar, Carla Reemtsma will introduce the global movement Fridays for Future from the inside with its aims and current challenges. This will be followed by insights into an environmental project in Mexico lead by the Young Peace Prize nominee, Ivanna Serret.
Hacia un enfoque decolonial de las prácticas sociales con niñas, niños y adolescentes
Magister Claudia Yarza, Lic. Cecilia Robert & Lic. Carolina Aciar - Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
Towards a de-colonial perspective in social practices with children and young people. IN SPANISH
The EU child guarantee programme
Dr. Maria Herczog PhD. - Institute for Human Services, Columbus, Ohio, USA & Family, Child, Youth Association, Budapest, Hungary.
Children's Rights in Times of Corona
Prof. Dr. Michael Klundt - Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, Germany & Prof. Dr. Iván Rodríguez Pascual - Universidad de Huelva, Spain.
The lecture examines different living conditions for children and young people, children's rights and child protection in times of Corona. After looking at some manifestations, certain consequences of Corona (measures) are shown. The speakers then showcase the need for research into causes and connections as well as necessary, child rights-oriented measures and alternatives.
Defensa y promoción de los derechos de la niñez
Mgr. Claudia Espinoza, lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile and Dr. Patricia Muñoz, Ombudsperson for Children and Youth Rights, Chile.
Prof. Espinoza and Dr. Muñoz will give presentations in Spanish on "Defensa y promoción de los derechos de la niñez" (Defense and promotion of children's rights)
A children's rights perspective on violence and child protection & The right of children to live without violence
Prof. Dr. Maria Roth, Professor at Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and M.A. Paz Ortiz from Universidad Columbia del Paraguay, CRIATIVA co-founder, researcher and independent consultant, Paraguay.
Dr. Roth will give a lecture on "A children's rights perspective on violence and child protection: involving children in their own protection. Elimination of violence in parenting towards children" and Paz Ortiz will give a presentation on "The right of children to live without violence".
Childism and Adultism: Between Theory and Practice
Dr. Tanu Biswas & Anne-Sophie Winkelmann
Dr. Tanu Biswas - member of the Childism Institute, University of Rutgers-Camden, USA and Postdoc at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bayreuth, Germany & Anne-Sophie Winkelmann - educator and author working for a critical sensitisation of adultism in Kreuzberger Kinderladen, Berlin, Germany, will discuss social power relations, discrimination and the possibilities of critical self-reflection and pedagogical practice development.
Childhood Studies and Children's Rights in -fragile contexts- & Children and Distress Migration
Dr. Urszula Markowska-Manista from the Faculty of Education, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland & Dr. Jacqueline Bhabha from the School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA.
Dr. Markowska-Manista will give a lecture on Childhood Studies and Children's Rights in -fragile contexts- analysed through a Postcolonial perspective. Dr. Bhabha will give a lecture on Children and Distress Migration: The Challenge of Securing Protection.
Rights of children with disabilities
Dr. Bronagh Byrne - member of the Centre for Children’s Rights from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland & Dr. Ignacio Campoy - member of the Human Rights Institute "Gregorio Peces-Barba" from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.
Campoy will discuss on the need to carry out a joint interpretation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the Human Rights ideals in order to go beyond the current understanding of what are the rights of children with disabilities.
Retos interseccionales de los derechos en la infancia: una mirada de género
Dr. Lourdes Gaitán and Dr. Begoña Leyra from the Complutense University of Madrid, wil give a lecture in Spanish on Intersectional challenges to children’s rights: a gender perspective
Gender was already treated in the first theoretical works of the researchers and academics that established the foundations for the sociology of childhood. Despite this initial interest, the specific implications of gender in the lives of girls and boys still have a lot of scope for research, in order to understand the intersections between gender and generation variables when studying childhood and children's rights.
Ethics and participatory research methods- insights from the Connective Memories project in Rwanda
Dr. Kirrily Pells, from the University College London, UK and Dr. Natalia Fernandes, from the University of Minho, Portugal, will discuss participatory research with children and the ethical obligations that researchers encounter when using participatory methods with children.
The discussion will begin with an overview, outlining state of the art theorisation regarding ethics in researching with children before moving onto to explore the complexities that emerge from the field. We will draw on the case study of the Connective Memories Participatory Action Research project with young people in Rwanda exploring the sharing of stories and memories within and between generations. We will invite attendees to reflect on their own research practice and ethical challenges that arise and consider possible future directions for the field.
Children’s rights in early childhood education
Unfortunately, the lecture of Prof. Dr. Gerlind Große, from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, has been postponed until further notice
Prof. Dr. Gerlind Große, is head of the "Early Childhood Educational Research" Master’s program from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
The child’s right to participate (the Lundy model) & What children’s rights are not
We are happy to have Prof. Dr. Laura Lundy for our next webinar!
Laura Lundy will present her famous model of participation- a must for those who do not know it yet. And why not turn around the issue and answer the question, what children’s rights are not. The presentation based on the editorial: A Lexicon for Research on International Children’s Rights in Troubled Times (Lundy (2019) International Journal of Children’s Rights, 27 (2019) pp.595-601)).
The rights-based approach and pursuit of social health and justice services for children
Associate Prof. Dr. Mihai- Bogdan Iovu (Babes-Bolyai University, Social Work Department at the School of Sociology and Social Work, Cluj-Napoca, Romania).
Mihai Iovu presented three different approaches to dealing with problems in the social work field: The charity model, a provision oriented and „saviour“ approach and the questions posed to a needs-based approach and the core principles (dignity, participation, non-discrimination etc.) of the rights-based approach. The discussion of several different questions with the international audience was a special highlight of the session.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child from an international comparative perspective with a focus on Art 3, UNCRC: Best interests of the child
Dr. Noam Peleg, University of New South Wales, Law Faculty and Prof. Dr. Mr. Ton Liefaard, Leiden University, Faculty of Law, UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights.
Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard opened the conversation with an insight into the history and the context in which the Convention was developed, a dynamic tool for claiming children’s rights in view of contemporary challenges. Here he pointed in particular the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. Dr. Noam Peleg took up with an input on the general principles of the Convention and placed a focus on the principle of best interests of the child.
Critical children's rights studies as a tool for child rights oriented practice & Research and knowledge production for a critical childhood studies
The first webinar was given by Prof. Dr. Manfred Liebel (MA Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Spyros Spyrou, (European University Cyprus)
First, Prof. Dr. Spyros Syprou discussed the necessity to re-imagine childhood studies, towards more self-reflection about its knowledge practices, to take into account more critical and ethical considerations about its representations and to be more responsible about its interventions as a field. Prof. Dr. Manfred Liebel continued with an input on critical children’s rights studies, where similarly he called for more critical approaches and self-reflection of research in the field.

Webinar Archive

All webinars from the series were recorded and uploaded to our platform.
*To watch the lectures, please use the password from our follow-up emails, sent to all participants after each session.

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