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Archie Cochrane Lecture 2015

Speaker : Professor Nicholas John White, Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford and Mahidol University, Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital

Thursday 11 June 2015

Malaria is the most important parasitic infection of humans. No other infectious disease has had left such an imprint on the human genome. In tropical regions approximately 2000 people, mainly children in Africa, die each day from malaria.

Medicines for malaria have been used for thousands of years and indeed due to active measures such as marsh draining and the development of residual insecticides, malaria was reduced substantially or eliminated in many areas, but in others (much of sub-Saharan Africa) there was little impact.

However the future is uncertain. Resistance to the main insecticides is rising jeopardising the efficacy of treated bed nets and resistance to the main drugs has emerged in South East Asia and is spreading.

This series is intended to raise questions about the changing nature of childhood and 'adult world' responses to this.

Global in scope, the lecture series explores some of the key influences on the conditions of childhood today, aiming to locate children in regard to such developments as rapid technological change, marketisation and globalisation. Among the topics to be considered are children's security and the significance of war and conflict in children's lives, the role of technology and the internet, childhoods and children's life chances in global perspective, and children's cultural lives as reflected in and through literature.

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Children, War, Insecurity and Conflict - Lecture 1

Speaker: Dr Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 2008-2014

Monday 26 January 2015

This lecture considers the numbers of children directly and indirectly affected by war and conflict, identify consequences and also speak about the actions that are being taken towards amelioration of children's situation and greater protection of children.

The idea of security as a condition of good childhood is an underlying theme as is the role of the international community and international organisations in effecting change.

Children and the Internet - Lecture 2

Speaker: Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics

Monday 2 February 2015

Children are increasingly being targeted as a set of consumers of the internet, whether in a commercial sense or as regards the consumption of mass media. But is this a corruption of childhood or is the commercial world providing entertainment, learning, creativity and cultural experiences that children did not enjoy in earlier times?

This lecture looks at this question through the lens of children's use of technology and the internet, the issues raised by this and the regulations and controls that are and can be put in place in that regard.

Global Childhoods - Lecture 3

Speaker: Dr Karen Wells, Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck University of London

Monday 9 February 2015

This lecture will look at developments relating to childhood, viewed in a global perspective. The discussion will focus on how processes associated with globalisation - viewed broadly to include political, social and cultural factors as well as economic processes - are acting to influence and affect childhoods. Inequalities in children's life chances are among the topics to be considered. The lecture will consider these and other topics from an international comparative perspective and with particular regard to how developments are serving to change the lives and futures of children. 

Children's Worlds through Children's Literature - Lecture 4

Speaker: Professor David Rudd, Professor of Children's Literature, University of Roehampton

Monday 23 February 2015

This lecture focusses on the changing literary world of the child and the place of literature in the lives of today's children. The purpose is to consider developments in children's literature in their own right, to identify and critique depictions of children in literature and to relate developments in children's literature to the changing nature of children's lives. Consideration will be given to the child's world as depicted both in key books and literary characters.

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