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Empowering children by critiquing norms and structures

EVENTS

Upcoming:

RACISM AND CASTEISM IN LIGHT OF CHILDHOODS

March 26, 2021, 8:00-10:00am US ET, online via Zoom, Transnational Childism Colloquium

Co-organized with the Critical Childhoods and Youth Studies Collective (CCYSC), India

OBJECTIVE

The second meeting seeks to address the closely related phenomena of racism and casteism in light of childhoods. Our panelists will introduce us to how structural racism and casteism intersect with the marginalization of childhoods. Thereafter, the following questions will be explored in conversation with the panelists and the audience: How may childism be related to global anti-discrimination/privilege-critical movements? What can it learn from them? And what can it contribute?

MOTIVATION

The #BlackLivesMatter movement in the USA inspired the#DalitLivesMatter movement in India to highlight contemporary caste-based oppressions. In a similar vein, recent scholarly works such as 'Practicing Caste' by Aniket Jaaware (2020) and 'Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ by Isabel Wilkersen (2020) beckon an overdue transnational dialogue between racism and casteism. Both Jaaware (2020) and Wilkerson (2020) invite us to notice the family resemblance of racism and casteism: these forms of social discrimination refer to a lack of relationship with the ‘other’, a lack of acknowledgement of deep interdependence and vulnerability of collective existence.

 

Racism and casteism gush throughout the lifespan from birth, education, employment, post-employment to death. This holds regardless of whether one thinks about childhood and casteism in Global Southern “societies of inheritance” or childhood and racism in Global Northern “societies of acquisition.” Parents undergo extreme suffering to educate the child; usually it is the mother who makes the most sacrifices, possibly beginning with the sacrifice of food itself. The educated child probably seeks employment in state- sponsored or private enterprises – all along navigating structural and social discrimination pulsating through their becoming-in-the-world. In this colloquium, the organisers host a space for global anti-discrimination/privilege-critical, academic solidarities beyond south-north divides in the experiences of children.

PROGRAM

8:00-8:10     Welcome and Introduction (Tanu Biswas, University of Bayreuth)

8:10-8:40     Panel 1: Racism (Moderator: Lara Saguisag, City University of New York)

Crystal Weber, University of Texas

Sebastian Barajas, Rutgers University Camden

8:40-8:45     Break

8:45-9:15     Panel 2: Casteism (Moderator: Anandini Dar, Ambedkar University)

Sundar Sarukkai, Indian Institute of Science

Jana Tschurenev, Humbolt University

9:15-9:25      Summary (Lara Saguisag & Anandini Dar)

9:25-9: 40     Panelists in Conversation on Childism (Lara Saguisag)

9:40-9:55      Audience Q & A (Anandini Dar)

9:55-10:00    Concluding Remarks (Tanu Biswas)

CHILDISM AND DEMOCRACY

May 2021 online via Zoom – stay tuned

Transnational Childism Colloquium, co-organized with the Department of Child Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

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INAUGURAL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

June 11, 2020 online via Zoom

The first meeting of the Childism Institute Advisory Board, to plan mission, projects, and organization.

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