segunda-feira, 28 de julho de 2014

Call for papers 'Family geographies, care and relationality'

'Family geographies, care and relationality' paper session
Young People, Borders & Well-Being, 4th International Conference on Geographies of Children, Young People and Families, San Diego, California, January 12-15, 2015
Session organisers: Ruth Evans, Sophie Bowlby and Sally Lloyd-Evans (University of Reading)
Session theme:
Despite recent interest in relational geographies of age (Hopkins and Pain, 2007) and intergenerationality (Vanderbeck, 2007), research often focuses predominantly on children or youth without paying adequate attention to the complex gendered, age-based, inter- and intra-generational power dynamics that characterise young people's family lives and connections to others. Analysis of caringscapes and time-space practices of care within family settings bring to the fore questions of relationality. Research suggests that young people's caring responsibilities in the context of family illness, disability or death and often in low-income households, may have both positive and negative impacts on their wellbeing (Robson, 2004; Evans and Becker, 2009) and may influence young people's boundary crossings (Valentine, 2003). For example, care may prevent, enable or reconfigure socially expected lifecourse transitions, such as completing education, migrating for work, initiation rites, engaging in intimate relationships, marriage, childbirth and providing for relatives (Punch, 2002; Evans, 2012; 2014). The care provided by other family members - such as by a young person’s parent or sibling to their parent or friends, or the care provided by friends, relatives or professionals to a parent, sibling or other relative -  may also impact on young people’s lifecourse transitions and mobilities.
In this session, we hope to explore the informal and formal caring practices and relations that shape young people's family lives and reflect on the powerful, often emotive discourses associated with 'family' in different cultural and policy contexts. We are interested in papers that address a diversity of caring practices and family relations in the global North and South. Care may be undertaken by children, parents or other family members, non-kin significant others or professionals, may be manifested through 'proximate' or 'distant' caring relations in transnational households, and may focus on care of the living, dead or dying or non-human agents and materialities. We hope that the session will make a significant contribution to the emerging field of family geographies.
Please send your title and abstract of a maximum of 250 words by 1st September 2014 to Ruth Evans ( Thanks
Dr. Ruth Evans
Associate Professor in Human Geography
Department of Geography & Environmental Science
University of Reading
Whiteknights PO Box 227
Reading RG6 6AB

terça-feira, 22 de julho de 2014

More news from Gaza

Crianças em Gaza

Another massacre in Gaza

Overnight and into the morning, Israel committed another massacre in Gaza. Ambulances are blocked from reaching the effected areas so we still don’t know the full extent of the damage. Ma’an News Agency reports:

"At least 40 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered."

As we write, the reports on the number of people killed increased to 60. Who knows how many by the time you read this message?

Here is an account from Dr. Mona El-Farra in Gaza City written in the early hours of the morning:

The Israeli tanks, airforce are bombing continuously. They are targeting Al-Shajaiya neighborhood [eastern part of Gaza City]. The airforce is flying planes very low and they are shelling houses. They are shelling everywhere, hitting many houses. People are dying. The Israeli occupation dehumanizes us by killing us while we are sleeping.

The ambulances are trying to reach the dead and injured and transfer them to hospitals but many ambulances couldn't pass.

Tens of wounded people, old and young, are stranded. The ambulances can't reach them to help them. Tens of bodies in the street or buried in the rubble. My friend Hani is a father in Al-Shajaiya and his wife is pregnant. He called me and told me that it's not possible for the ambulance to reach them. He is scared that they will die there before the ambulance reaches his family because there is bombing everywhere.

The number of people killed is increasing every minute because medical teams can't reach the area and people are bleeding.

People are running, terrified in the streets.

Many families, many children are leaving the Al-Shajaiya neighborhood coming to Gaza's city center. Women, men, children walking and running. I can see a woman carrying her baby and terrified children around her. They are running to escape the smell of death.

The bombs and the shrapnel that are falling like rain on us are made and supported by your governments: England, USA, Australia, etc.

It is better to use these funds for health and education.

Which kind of humanity is this? Which kind of modern society is this?

This is what the Israeli occupation is doing and all the while using propaganda to try to hide the truth.

I call on everyone in this world don't say that you didn't know. I am telling you right now and you can hear me.

This occupation, this massacre, is protected by a silent world.

Wake up. Don’t remain silent.

segunda-feira, 21 de julho de 2014

Crianças em Gaza

Children die playing football, in taxi with grandma, as Israel bombs Gaza for tenth day

Where's the outrage? 8 children killed today in Gaza

Dear Friend,

Four children were gunned down this afternoon while playing soccer on the beach. Every hour, more children lose a cousin, a brother, a grandma, their whole family.

This time there are eyewitness reports from international journalists. But still Israel and its supporters are trying to change the story, to claim it was staged or carried out by Palestinians.

For 26 years I have been traveling to Palestine as the director of the Middle East Children's Alliance. I have delivered aid, visited projects for children, and joined Palestinians in protesting land theft, arrests, and killings. Upon returning to the US, I have traveled the country sharing photos and stories of Israel's brutal occupation.

And I'm happy to see that many people around the world are opening their eyes and really seeing what is happening to children in Palestine. With blogs, facebook, and twitter, you can get an insight into life in Rafah, Nablus, or Jerusalem.

But there are still too many stories that aren't being told. Too many Palestinian children who have been killed with American weapons whose names we don't know. It is time to learn them.

Earlier today, a psychologist that has worked in our Let the Children Play and Heal project lost his 11-year-old nephew, Hind, when Israel launched an air strike on Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. My colleagues in Gaza have left their homes because the areas where they live are too dangerous. But, as you know, no place will be safe in Gaza until we make it safe.

Please read and share these stories. 
Barbara Lubin

segunda-feira, 14 de julho de 2014

PhD Studentship 'Youth Volunteering in Muslim Communities in Britain', Loughborough University

PhD Research Studentship: Youth Volunteering in Muslim Communities in Britain

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Mills & Prof. Sarah L. Holloway (Department of Geography, Loughborough University)

This fully-funded studentship seeks to examine youth volunteering in Muslim Communities in Britain. Ideas of community, citizenship and social action are driving much of the rhetoric surrounding youth volunteering from both the UK government and the third sector. This research seeks to critically examine these ideas on voluntarism and their relationship to young people’s everyday lives through a focus on faith-based identities. Specifically, the research will consider the diverse volunteering practices of Muslim youth and how these are connected to local, national and global contexts and communities. In doing so, the research contributes to academic debates within geography and the social sciences more broadly on youth citizenship and religious identity.

The PhD studentship commences on 1st October 2014 for a duration of three years. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £13,863 per annum for a period of three years plus tuition fees at the full time UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, the studentships are open to UK and EU applicants only.

Applicants must have a strong first degree (ideally in geography, but other social science related disciplines may be appropriate). An MSc is also highly desirable. In addition, applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as confidence in qualitative research methods. Some relevant experience with teenagers and/or faith-based communities would also be advantageous.

Further details on the application process are available here. I am happy to discuss informal enquiries on the project or our PhD community here at Loughborough or 01509 223725. The closing date for applications is Thursday 31st July 2014.

Best wishes,

sábado, 12 de julho de 2014

O Filho Perdido de Philomena Lee

Para quem não leu vale conferir a história verídica de uma mãe que foi obrigada a renunciar seu filho. O livro narra a vida de uma mulher irlandesa que escondeu esse segredo durante cinquenta anos e conta a histórias de muitas crianças.  O livro tornou-se filme com o título Philomena.

DO CORPO E DA CULTURA: indícios da realidade na perspectiva intercultural


A partir de estudos empreendidos sobre as práticas corporais como práticas sociais que produzem a pessoa, o corpo é evidenciado como produto de fabricação social mediado pela cultura. O corpo se desenvolve como pessoa para além de suas dimensões orgânica, afetiva/emocional, e intelectual, mas principalmente pela consciência de ser no mundo. A complexidade da sociedade capitalista atual, ao mesmo tempo em que determina marcas socioeconômicas produz na materialidade da pessoa, no corpo, processos de exclusão marcados pela cultura colonialista que exclui e submete a pessoa também por suas marcas identitárias específicas. A proposta é promover o diálogo interdisciplinar e intercultural a fim de trazer contribuições que tematizam os conceitos de corpo e cultura no campo da educação física, e buscam evidenciar como as práticas corporais podem ser mobilizadoras de uma educação intercultural para a descolonização dos saberes e do ser na sociedade brasileira.
 Palavras-chave: Corpo; Cultura; Práticas Corporais; Educação Intercultural.
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domingo, 6 de julho de 2014

Brincantes - Parabolé Educação e Cultura

O documentário Brincantes dura cerca de 25 minutos e foi lançado em abril de 2010 na Cinemateca - Curitiba. Teve sua exibição nos Festivais: IGUACINE 2010 -- 3o Festival de Cinema da cidade de Nova Iguaçu (Nova Iguaçu-RJ) e 14O FAM 2010 -- Florianópolis Audiovisual Mercosul (Florianópolis-SC).
Também no ano de 2010, foi agraciado com a Menção Honrosa pela Associação Brasileira de Antropologia. O filme participou do VIII Concurso Pierre Verger de Vídeo Etnográfico de 2010, realizado em Belém-PA, durante a 27ª Reunião Brasileira de Antropologia, com o tema geral "Brasil Plural: Conhecimentos, Saberes Tradicionais e Direitos à Diversidade".