PhD on Children Born of War in Colombia

Congratulations to Tatiana Sanchez Parra!

April 6 2018: Tatiana Sanchez Parra, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK, defended her PhD “Born of War in Colombia: Narratives of Unintelligibility, Contested Identities, and the Memories of Absence”. Her thesis addresses the production and reproduction of narratives about children born as a result of war-related sexual violence in Colombia and focuses on the social processes though which they have become part of realities of the armed conflict that are apprehended by the Colombian government, human rights organisations and transitional justice agencies, the media, and the communities.

  External examiner and INIRC-CBOW network founder Professor Ingvill C. Mochmann, PhD candidate Tatiana Sanchez Parra, internal examiner Professor Nigel G. South, University of Essex

External examiner and INIRC-CBOW network founder Professor Ingvill C. Mochmann, PhD candidate Tatiana Sanchez Parra, internal examiner Professor Nigel G. South, University of Essex


"The global authority on the recruitment and use of children by state armed forces and non-state armed groups. This global map visualises trends in the military exploitation of children according to three essential criteria: ratification of OPAC (the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict), minimum recruitment age, and use of children in hostilities. Click on any country to see full details of the national legal framework, policies and practices."

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Article: The Most Dangerous Places for Children in 2017

"In wars around the globe, thousands of children were front-line targets, used as human shields and recruited to fight this year on “a shocking scale,” Unicef said on Thursday. The United Nations agency warned against normalizing the brutality, a sentiment it has echoed in reports year after year."

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Expert tour guide on Data Management

About this expert tour guide

"This tour guide by CESSDA ERIC (the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives European Infrastructure Consortium) aims to put social scientists like yourself at the heart of making their research data findable, understandable, sustainably accessible and reusable.

You will be guided by European experts who are - on a daily basis - busy ensuring long-term access to valuable social science datasets, available for discovery and reuse at one of the 17 CESSDA social science data archives. With this guide and the training events being held across Europe, we want to accompany and inspire you in your journey through the research data life cycle."

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WARS DON'T END, Feature Documentary, 80 min

"Wars don't end when peace treaties are signed, when pictures of jubilant soldiers or proud presidents appear under bold news-headlines. Wars continue to explode like slow bombs in the lives of many, for generations to come.

This film is the story of children born to German soldiers and mothers from occupied Norway during the Second World War whose lives were destroyed by cynicism and hatred presiding over the post war years, and who chose to fight for justice in three courts of Norway and in the highest human rights court of Europe in Strasbourg to devastating consequences.

With this documentary feature, our attempt is to shine light on the plight of every child born of war in this world by using the prism of our immediate history.

This film is in Norwegian and English with an approximate length of 80 minutes. It is written and directed by Dheeraj Akolkar, produced by Christian Falch and Torstein Parelius for UpNorth Film and is expected to release in the Autumn of 2018."


Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda

Women as Rescuers and Perpetrators

"Sara Brown begins to remedy this in her excellent new study Gender and Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Rescuers and Perpetrators (Routledge, 2017). Sara spent months interviewing Rwandan women. The result is a thoughtful analysis of the role gender played in facilitating or discouraging rescue and violence. As Brown says in the interview, she starts by asking the most basic question: how many, where, how? From there she moves on to examine the way women’s choices were rooted in a historical context in which a few women possessed power but many ordinary women found their choices and actions constrained. Brown highlights the way in which women were empowered by the context of genocide. Some used this opportunity to (attempt to) save lives. Others used it to loot, to demand violence, or even to kill or to rape."

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New Article by Tatiana Sanchez Parra

"The Hollow Shell: Children Born of War and the Realities of the Armed Conflict in Colombia"

" This article discusses tensions and dynamics around configuring children born as a result of wartime sexual violence as subjects within the realities in which transitional justice operates. Based on ethnographic research in Colombia, the article explores how a victimhood discourse and an explanatory framing to understand gender-based violence and sexual violence as a weapon of war, have restricted the emergence of these children as independent war-affected subjects. Instead, they have emerged as subjects that play a part in the social negotiations around victims of wartime sexual violence – for instance, gender and forced maternity – or around perpetrators and their constant presence in the history of the communities. To understand the plight and role of these subjects within the political community, transitional justice frameworks must contest the normative approach to harm, as these women and men were conceived by war but are not defined by it."

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