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Young Lives at the Margins (Online Symposium)

Thursday 18th - Friday 19th June 2020
Online via Zoom

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Young Lives at the Margins conference will not be able to proceed as a face-to-face event. Instead, the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA) and the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS) are pleased to announce that we will proceed with an online symposium.

In the 30 years since the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), increased scholarly, policy and practice interest has focused on the experiences of children and their rights. Yet children and young people continue to live their lives at the margins around the world – refused citizenship, denied voice, and provided with limited access to rights due to factors such as legal status, location, gender, ‘race’, religion, nationality, and social class.

This online symposium will explore conceptions of social, spatial and generational marginality and how this shapes children and young people’s lives. We are interested in the relationship between the centre and the periphery– in relation to how marginalisation is produced by and through institutional contexts, bureaucratic processes and practice, as well as how it is experienced and embodied within young peoples’ lives. Papers will explore the borderlands between and within disciplines focused on exploring childhood and youth at the margins.

The online symposium is interdisciplinary and will address issues of concern to scholars, policymakers, practitioners and young people.


Please make sure to register for each of the panels you wish to attend:


This panel will address topics, such as youth subcultures, identity and displacement, disability and inclusion and alternative educational provisions.

The panel will be chaired by Dr Fin Cullen (St Mary’s University).

Panellists include:

  • Dr Chris Little, Keele University, UK
  • Emma Soye, University of Sussex, UK
  • Dr Craig Johnston, University of Winchester, UK
  • Katie Tyrell, University of Suffolk, UK

Register for the Youth Cultures and Identities panel

This panel will address topics, such as education in protracted conflict (Palestine), young refugees (Pakistan), rural youth (Madagascar) and human rights education (Palestine).

The panel will be chaired by Dr Kathleen Fincham (St Mary’s University).

Panellists include:

  • May Nasrawy, University of Sussex, UK
  • Cherry Cheung, London South Bank University, UK
    (Co-authors: Dr Caleb Kwong, University of Essex, UK; Dr Humera Manzoor, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Pakistan; Dr Mehbood Rashid, University of Peshawar, Pakistan)
  • Daniella Rabino, University of Sussex, UK
  • Dr Nancy Albhaisi, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Register for the Education within Contexts of Conflict and Fragility panel

This panel will address topics, such as orphanage trafficking, child sexual exploitation (Philippines), a rights-based approach to child protection (Uganda) and contextual understandings from a study of human trafficking in Albania, Vietnam and Nigeria.

This panel will be chaired by Dr Carole Murphy (St Mary’s University).

Panellists include:

  • Chloe Setter, LUMOS Foundation, UK
  • Imogen Fell, St Mary’s University, UK
  • Dr Jenny Driscoll, King’s College London, UK
  • Dr Patricia Hynes, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Register for the Trafficking, Exploitation and Protection of Children panel

This panel will address topics, such as care leaver's pathways, state education and inequalities, dual language learners (USA) and left-behind children's education (China).

The panel will be chaired by Neena Samota (St Mary’s University).

Panellists include:

  • Sean Murphy, Teesside University, UK
  • Sharon Jones, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
  • Dr Eden Haywood-Bird, California State Polytechnic University, USA
    (Co-Author: Dr Giselle Navarro-Cruz, California State Polytechnic University, USA)
  • Lin Ge, University of Regina, Canada
    (Co-author: Dr Douglas Durst, University of Regina, Canada)

Register for the Transitions, Challenges and Social Exclusion in Education panel

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Thursday 18th - Friday 19th June 2020
Online via Zoom

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