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Writings and Reflections from our Partners

Find out more about our approach and the previous work and experiences of our partners as we share relevant publications, provocations and insights into their work and the wider context of working across academia, the arts and international development.

Children and Young people’s voices in times of COVID-19’.

This research is part of World Vision’s global campaign ‘It Takes A World to End Violence Against Children’ which seeks to see an end to all forms of violence against children everywhere. The report explores children and young people’s views and experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak, their ideas on how to engage in online community-based activities to support their peers and communities, and their thoughts on how to raise awareness on protective measures against COVID-19.

How do young people in conflict settings view peace?

Listen to the jungle, the rivers and the voices of young people from the Atrato River populations, one of the areas hardest hit in the country by the conflict. Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (Phase 1 Colombia Project 'Tales of the Future) has been collecting the sounds of a region to understand, from the territories, concepts such as peace, justice and reconciliation.

A Critique of Transitional Discourse

Written by Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (Phase 1 Colombia Project 'Tales of the Future). The following article is a product of Alejandro's research and raises the need to question "Transitional scenarios," their discourses, underlying assumptions and concrete practices, as part of global models of managing the effects of violence in specific contexts.

Small Scale Peace: Fractures of Everyday Life and Transitional Policies

Read Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (Phase 1 Colombia Project 'Tales of the Future) article titled 'Small Scale Peace: Fractures of Everyday Life and Transitional Policies in Colombia published in Revista de Estudios Colombianos, 2019.

Epistemic Justice and Everyday Nationalism

This contribution by Changing the Story Co-Investigators Nita Luci and Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers introduces an exercise in epistemic justice to the study of everyday nationalism in post‐conflict, transnational (local and international) encounters. It explores how everyday nationalism, in often unexpected and hidden ways, underpinned a cocreational, educational project involving several local (Albanian) and international (British based) university students and staff collaborating on the theme of post‐war memory and reconciliation in Kosovo.

World Vision UK: 'No Happily Ever After'

‘No Happily Ever After’ is the new research conducted by Dr Carine Le Borgne for the It Takes a World, World Vision UK’s campaign to end violence against children.

The research raises up the voices and views of the children and young people we work with who are affected by the issue of child marriage in countries facing humanitarian crisis. The report also draws on the voices of children and young people who have not experienced child marriage but who want to stand with their peers who have experienced child marriage.

Religious Orientation, Educational Attainment and Gendered Attitudes

Read the latest publication from Nub Raj Bhandari, a Phase 2 Partner on Interpreting Civic National Values (Kenya), titled 'To what extent does religious orientation and educational attainment defor gendered attitudes between wives and husbands?'

Their fight, Our Future.'

'Their Fight, Our Future' is a publication prepared by Dr. Carine Le
Borgne (Senior Policy Adviser, Ending violence
against children, World Vision UK) which explores what children and young people around the world think about children in armed forces and groups. This research forms part of World Vision UK's 'It takes a world' campaign to make ending violence against children a priority for the UK’s humanitarian policies, programmes and aid.

Next Generation Series: Colombia

The British Council's Next Generation research series investigates the attitudes and experiences of young people. It seeks to understand and give voice to young people, highlighting their concerns and aspirations and feeding these into contemporary policy and practice. Colombia, a country that is experiencing a pivotal moment in its future, is the focus of this report.

Next Generation Series: South Africa

The British Council's Next Generation research series investigates the attitudes and experiences of young people. It seeks to understand and give voice to young people, highlighting their concerns and aspirations and feeding these into contemporary policy and practice. This report highlights how long and difficult, and how often contradictory and disappointing protracted social change can be in the context of South Africa.

Do Khmer Rouge narratives influence Cambodian millennial identities?

Darathtey Din recently spoke about her MA thesis entitled 'Memory and identity: Do Khmer Rouge narratives influence how Cambodian millennials shape their identity?' at Changing the Story's workshop in Cambodia. Read her thesis in full here.

Early Marriage in Nepal: Prospects for Schoolgirls

Nub Raj Bhandari, from the Janaki Women Awareness Society and co-investigator of one of our Phase 2 projects, investigates the causality between school attendance and likelihood of child marriage in Nepal, in an article recently published in the Journal of International Women's Studies (2019).

MOnuMENTI : Promjenljivo lice sjećanja

"MOnuMENTI : Promjenljivo lice sjećanja" je izložba forumZFD-a i fotografa Marka Krojača koja prikazuje slike spomenika na Zapadnom Balkanu u njihovom historijskom i sociopolitičkom kontekstu. Objašnjenja koja prate svaku sliku nude detaljne informacije o nastanku spomenika kao i promjene u njihovoj interpretaciji kroz različita vremenska razdoblja i različite lične narative. Bosnian/Croatian/ Serbian & English version. Macedonian, German and Albanian versions available from:

MOnuMENTI : the changing face of remembrance

"MOnuMENTI : the changing face of remembrance", is an exhibition by forumZFD and the photographer Marko Krojač showing photographs of monuments from the Western Balkans in their historical and sociopolitical context. The accompanying descriptions provide detailed information on the origin of the monuments as well as their interpretations at different times and by different people. Our Kosovo Co-I Dr. Nita Luci was part of this project. Albanian & English version. BHS, German and Macedonian versions available from:

The shadow of religions in the peace-making process

In this February 2018 article in the Phnom Penh Post, our Cambodia Co-Investigator, Ly Sok-Kheang shares his reflections on Im Chaem’s recent conversion to Christianity and its role in Cambodia’s ongoing peace-making process.

Ly Sok-Kheang is director of the Anlong Veng Peace Center, established by the Documentation Center of Cambodia in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

Environmental aesthetics, social engagement and aesthetic experiences... Central Asia. In this 2015 publication in RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, our Rwanda Co-I Prof. Ananda Breed (University of Lincoln) explores the Youth Theatre for Peace (YTP) project in relation to environmental aesthetics and engaged participatory practices towards tolerance building in Central Asia.

The Courage of Despair: Fragments of an Intellectual Project.

This chapter article, published by Co-Investigator Prof. Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar in 2007, reflects on the ethical, moral and personal questions that arise when conducting research into communities living in sites of conflict and post-conflict.

How Collaborative International Research is Tackling Protracted Conflicts.

This article by our Co-Investigator Prof. Stuart Taberner, who also serves as the Director of International and Interdisciplinary at Research Councils UK (RCUK), gives a broad overview of the Global Challenges Research Fund and the impact their work has had since launching in 2015.

Does Human Rights Education Exist?

Prof. Andre Keet traces his own thoughts and praxes on human rights education (HRE) in conversation with others since 2007, in order to consider "radical-alternative possibilities for thinking and doing HRE." Published in the 'International Journal of Human Rights Education' (2017, Vol. 1, Iss. 1)

An Awkward, Uneasy (De)Coloniality Higher Education and Knowledge Otherwise

André Keet, Sahar D. Sattarzadeh and Anne Munene provide this thought-provoking editorial as introduction to the 21st volume of the peer-reviewed journal Education as Change. Prof. Andre Keet (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) reflects on the higher education landscape in South Africa and beyond after the #MustFall protests.