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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme


    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

Women, Gender, and Politics

N01 - Sexual Identity, Sexual Violence, and Migration

Date: Jun 4 | Time: 08:45am to 10:15am | Location: SCRF 1023

Chair/Président/Présidente : Jessica Merolli (Sheridan College)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : Megan Gaucher (Carleton University)

Far From Home, Far From Safe: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Among Unaccompanied Refugee Children Seeking Asylum in Kenya: Rosalind Raddatz (Aga Khan University), Matthew Kerby (Australian National University)
Abstract: This article examines the problem of violence, particularly sexual and gender based violence, among unaccompanied minor refugee children living in urban centres in Kenya. It provides a typology of the kinds of violence that occur most frequently among this population and examines some of the reasons why this problem persists, despite the interventions of humanitarian agencies to remedy the problem. Explaining why high levels of violence among refugee children persist, we consider three inter-related issues: Gender and ethnic divides within Kenya as a host country and among the communities of origin of refugees themselves; hierarchical notions of respect between adults and children and the casual use of violence as a means to enforce respect; and the means by which the Kenyan government has attempted to manage and confine the country’s refugee crisis.

Human Rights and Transnational Grassroots Networks: Revisiting the “Comfort Women” Issue: Agnieszka Batko (Jagiellonian University)
Abstract: The “comfort women” issue continues to be one of the most immense obstacles to the improvement of relations between Japan and South Korea. However, despite being heavily politicised, it is primarily the human rights problem that the respective governments do not seem to fully recognize or acknowledge, aiming instead to resolve it quickly, definitely and with exclusion of the surviving victims. The objective of the paper is to present a different perspective on the issue, namely the one promoted by the non-governmental organizations in both Japan and the Republic of Korea, working on those matters. Over a wide range of projects and ongoing activities, and regardless of significant barriers that they encounter, such organizations continue to carry the memory and spread awareness about the “comfort women” across Asia both within their respective countries, and internationally. Through transnational channels of cooperation, from the grassroots level to the United Nations, they aim to inscribe the historical cases of “comfort women” within an ongoing discourse of violence against women during an armed conflict. With respect to methods, the arguments will be based on the discourse analysis, the document analysis as well as semi-structured interviews with representatives of selected non-governmental organizations in Japan and South Korea.

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