Child soldiering is a complicated issue, raising issues of accountability and reintegration, among others. This is particularly so in Northern Uganda, where children have been abducted and forcibly conscripted in the conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army that has been on-going for more than 25 years. In this lecture, Quinn considers the efforts of both the Government of Uganda and NGOs within the country in this regard.
Speaker: Joanna R. Quinn is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at The University of Western Ontario. She teaches courses including International Human Rights, Genocide, and Transitional Justice. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts from Acadia University, and a Ph.D. from McMaster University. Since 1998, Dr. Quinn has been engaged in research that considers the role of acknowledgement in overcoming the causes of conflict, which has the potential to affect real and lasting change. She argues that only when past disputes have been acknowledged, can individuals and their communities begin once again to form relationships with their neighbours and to participate in the social activities and civic structures of society, finally defeating the deep-rooted conflicts which have served to paralyse that society. And it is these networks of civic engagement which will lead to the rebuilding of a sustainable society. Her current research considers the role of traditional practices of acknowledgement and justice in Uganda and in Fiji.