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Children Out-of-Place and Human Rights

International Symposium on Children's Rights in Memory of Judith Ennew to Be Held October 27 and 28 at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 357/2014 from Oct 16, 2014

A symposium to be held on October 27 and 28, 2014, at Freie Universität will be devoted to the importance of human rights for children in living in vulnerable and marginalized situations. Experts from Germany and abroad will give lectures and participate in discussions. Graduates of the Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) degree program at Freie Universität Berlin will present their research. The symposium is public. The registration fee is 40 euros and for students 15 euros. To participate, please sign up by sending an email to

The symposium is being held in memory of the British anthropologist Judith Ennew, who passed away in October 2013. Through this symposium the participants are recognizing her work as a researcher and promoter of children's rights. They aim to open up her work for further academic and practical work in the field of research devoted to childhood and children's rights. Dr. Brian Milne, an independent researcher in Great Britain and France, will give the opening speech about Judith Ennew and her work.

Through her research and her development of theories in anthropology, sociology, and developmental studies, Judith Ennew (1944-2013) achieved progress in children's rights that gained importance across continents, topics, and methods. She specifically dealt with children whose life circumstances differed greatly from the Western notion of childhood. "Judith Ennew took the experiences and perspectives of these children seriously and always tried to achieve human rights for these children," said Prof. Dr. Manfred Liebel, the director of the master's program on children's rights at Freie Universität. Through her research and her commitment to children's rights, she contributed greatly to an understanding of children's rights as a means for children themselves. She highlighted the relevance of children's rights as a reference point for compassionate research that is based on respect for children

The symposium is being organized by the researchers involved in the Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) master's degree program at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights (ENMCR), the ENMCR alumni network, and the International Academy for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology, and Economics gGmbH (INA).



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