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Stolen Childhood: Representations of Palestinian Children in NGO Publicatio...

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Speaker: Dr Hedi Viterbo

Abstract: NGOs have played a significant role in shaping discourses concerning Israel/Palestine generally, and public perceptions of Palestinian children’s lives under Israeli rule specifically. This talk, part of a broader research into the legal-political construction of childhood in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, will focus on one dominant image in NGO publications: that of Palestinian childhood as lost or stolen. In particular, the talk will address three questions: First, how is this image linked to, and informed by, narratives about the loss of the Palestinian homeland? Second, what are the pitfalls of describing childhood as lost or stolen? And third, to what extent does this image represent Palestinian children’s perspectives?

Bio: Dr Hedi Viterbo is a lecturer in law at the University of Essex. Before arriving at Essex, he was a research fellow at SOAS, University of London, conducting a three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Prior to that, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and a visiting researcher at Columbia University. Dr Viterbo's research examines legal issues concerning state violence, childhood, and sexuality from an interdisciplinary and increasingly global perspective.

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