Future Directions for the AHRC-GCRF Research Network working with picturebooks in contexts of displacement

Future Directions for the AHRC-GCRF Research Network working with picturebooks in contexts of displacement

Issued: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:53:00 GMT

The team leading the international project "Children's Literature in Critical Contexts of Displacement" held a meeting in Glasgow on March 18th and 19th which brought together researchers and partners from the University of Glasgow, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (Mexico), Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala), the American University in Cairo (Egypt), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), the Universidad Iberoamericana and IBBY Mexico. 

During the meeting, the participants discussed the two regional training workshops organized for mediators who use picturebooks to work with children, young people and adults affected by migration and displacement, held in Egypt (January 2019) and Guatemala (March 2019), new initiatives planned in Mexico and Chile, the project website and future directions, related to developing new projects, securing funding and implementing research which addresses dynamics in specific localities and timeframes, as well as those transversal across contexts.

This meeting was organised with financial support from the GIAA EPSRC fund while the initial phase of the project was made possible by AHRC-GCRF Research Network funding.

The "Children's Literature in Critical Contexts of Displacement: Exploring how story and arts-based practices create 'safe spaces' for displaced children and young people" project was launched in 2016 by a team based at the School of Education in the University of Glasgow (Evelyn Arizpe, Julie McAdam and Lavinia Hirsu, with RA Susanne Abou Ghaida). Initially, the project partners were universities, public agencies and NGO's from Mexico and Egypt, but the network has grown to include individuals and organizations from other Central American and Arab countries.


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