Register for CIRCY webinar: Changing childhoods in Africa

Join colleagues at Sussex University for the following Online Seminar hosted by the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY).

Date: Thursday 18th November 2021

Time: 2-4 pm (UK time)

Speakers: Yaw Ofosu-Kusi, University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani, Ghana and Glynis Clacherty, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

This double seminar is presented by two senior researchers who have done participatory visual and art-based research with children for two decades.

Yaw Ofosu-Kusi has worked with engaging street children in Accra in taking photographs of their everyday lives and Glynis Clacherty has facilitated spaces in which refugee children in Johannesburg could express their experiences through artwork. With their long experience in childhood studies, the two speakers will explore how perceptions of childhood have changed in their research contexts and how that affects children. Their insights are not only important for understanding African childhoods but also for anticipating changes to the space and time of childhood elsewhere, contending with a global pandemic, climate politics, and inequalities at different levels.

Yaw Ofosu-Kusi completed his PhD at the University of Warwick in 2002. His thesis focused on child migrant labourers in Accra, arguing that the children in his study were an adjustment generation and their early entry into the labour market was a social consequence of the structural adjustment policies of the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, Yaw Ofosu-Kusi has researched and published widely on the theme of childhood in Ghana.

Glynis Clacherty completed her PHD at the African Centre for Migration & Society in 2016. Her thesis focused on understanding trauma and trauma intervention in new ways through an examination of the Suitcase Project, a project for unaccompanied refugee children in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. She is currently working as a research specialist on refugees and child migration in Cape Town, South Africa.

The event will chaired by Dr Dorte Thorsen, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

The seminar will be held online via Zoom – click here to join:

(Meeting ID: 925 7425 2069 / Passcode: 244144)