The Challenge of Children’s Representations Seminar Series - Seminar 2

23 June 2021, 1.00 PM - 15 June 2021, 3.00 PM

This seminar series seeks to the explore the politics of children’s rights and representations. It focuses 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. The seminars are based on the work of a group of academics who have been working together for the last two years to explore children’s 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. For more information visit our webpage here.

Seminars chaired by: Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh (project lead) – University of Bristol (UK) 


Deliberative disobedience as a strategy for representation by Accra's street children
Speaker: Prof. Yaw Ofosu-Kusi – University of Energy and Natural Resources (Ghana)
Discussant: George Affum Ansah (Catholic Action for Street Children, Ghana)
Abstract and bios: click here

Children and youth strategies for self-representation: Young migrants in Sweden
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Josefsson – Linkoping University (Sweden)
Discussant: Sanna Vestin (Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups)
Abstract and bios: click here

Children’s rights and child poverty: Reflections through the lens of representation
Speaker: Dr. Didier Reynaert – University College Ghent (Belgium)
Discussant: Rudy De Cock (The Child and Family Agency, Flanders, Belgium)
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Yaw Ofosu-Kusi
Prof. @University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani (Ghana)
Yaw Ofosu-Kusi is a Professor of Social Studies and currently the Dean of the School of Arts and Social Studies of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana. His research has primarily focused on the informal economy; children’s mobility, labour, and street life. He recently co-edited The Challenge of African Potentials: Conviviality, Informality and Futurity, with Motoji M., (2020), published by Langaa RPCIG in association with the Centre for African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan.
Jonathan Josefsson
Dr. @Linköping University (Sweden)
Jonathan Josefsson is Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Child Studies, Linköping University. His research focuses young migrants' activism, children, voting rights, age, political representation and democratization. Jonathan is PI for the research project: “Youth Representation in Global Politics” and was 2019 Post doc at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University. His publications include “Empowered Inclusion: Theorizing Global Justice for Children and Youth”, “Child Rights Governance: an introduction” and ”Age as a Yardstick for Political Citizenship: Voting Age in Sweden During the Twentieth Century”.
Didier Reynaert
Dr. @HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Belgium)
Didier Reynaert is lecturer Social Work and senior researcher at the EQUALITY//ResearchCollective of HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His expertise lies in the field of social work theory, social justice, human rights and children's rights. Didier Reynaert is also guest lecturer Social Work Theory at the HAN University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands) and guest lecturer Children’s Rights at Odisee University of Applied Sciences. He is one of the co-founders and current member of the Board of the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi) and member of the Advisory Committee of the Flemish Children’s Rights Commissioner.


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