WEBINAR | 10 Feb 2021 | Slow Violence (Reimagining Childhood Studies)

Slow Violence

A Reimagining Childhood Studies Webinar

University College London

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 04:00 PM in London, 16.00-17.30 GMT



The Reimagining Childhood Studies webinar series takes up the challenge posed by the recent publication of Reimagining Childhood Studies (Spyrou, Rosen and Cook 2019) to collectively rethink, innovate, and reimagine our field of studies in an effort to offer a substantive, renewed, and inspiring agenda for the years to come.


In this upcoming webinar, part of the Reimagining Childhood Studies series, we take up Rob Nixon’s (2011) notion of ‘slow violence’ to explore its value and utility for Childhood Studies as a field. Slow violence, in contrast to spectacular violence which can be easily seen and recognized, is, according to Nixon, gradual, attritional and often invisible. As a result, and despite its destructive force, it remains largely unaccounted for.

With the help of three distinguished scholars, we take a critical look at the concept of ‘slow violence’ and reflect on its scope and reach in Childhood Studies and the representational challenges it poses to scholarship.


Professor Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham (UK)
Professor Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University (USA)
Professor Yaw Ofosu-Kusi, University of Education (Winneba, Ghana)


Spyros Spyrou (European University Cyprus)
Rachel Rosen (University College London)
Sarada Balagopalan (Rutgers University, USA) Time