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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Drawing Peace: Discourse Analysis Of Former Child Soldiers In Post-Conflict Situations

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Drawing Peace: Discourse Analysis of Former Child Soldiers in Post-Conflict Situations
Presenter: Eliza Martinelli  
The research discourses upon the social reintegration of former child soldiers in post-conflict, as resilience processes, in view of the obstacles of the United Nations Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration program (DDR) aimed at youngsters involved in armed groups. Thus, under the theoretical perspective of the Peace Studies, study developed at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), it is intended to analyze the deficiencies of the DDR program, whose bases are adaptations of a former pre-existent program for former adult soldiers and deal with a universalistic conception of childhood. It is necessary to acknowledge the specificities of former child soldiers at the time of social reinsertion, integrating the community in peacebuilding in conformity with its sociocultural values, besides highlighting the essential role of caregivers in the recovery of youngsters in post-conflict. Moreover, former child soldiers’ testimonials will be studied using the French strand of Discourse Analysis, to give voice to the youngsters and translate their real needs. Therefore, the objective of this study is to identify the obstacles of the DDR program aimed at former child soldiers under the Peace Studies’ view along with Discourse Analysis, highlighting the importance of the former child soldiers community (reinsertion target) seen as protective factors.

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Eliza Martinelli

Undergraduate student of International Relations, São Paulo State University
I am an undergraduate last year student of International Relations at Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp- São Paulo, Brazil). Since 2012, I have been engaged in an extension project group at the university, in which I am an educator sharing knowledge and reflections with young... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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