Youth Interactions with Contemporary Political-Economic Circumstances of the Post-War Western Balkans

Monday, April 4, 2011
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for lecture by Colette Daiute, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Drawing on research reported in Human Development and Political Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2010), this talk depicts the contemporary situation in BiH, Croatia, Serbia, and a Bosnian community in the United States from the perspective of young people growing up during 1990s wars. With examples from a six-year ethnographic study and community social history project, Daiute will present results of an analysis indicating young people’s intense focus on present and future political-economic issues, rather than on the often-assumed residual trauma caused by past events or social reproduction of past ideologies. This discussion of youth narratives addresses the importance of their interactions with local threats and opportunities in relation to national and international political narratives.

Colette Daiute is Professor and Program Head of the Ph.D. Program in Developmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. In addition to Human Development and Political Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Dr. Daiute’s recent publications include the book International Perspectives on Youth Violence and Development (Oxford University Press, 2006) and journal articles, “The rights of children, the rights of nations: Developmental theory and the politics of children’s rights” in the Journal of Social Issues (2008) and “Situated cultural development among youth separated by war” in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations (2010). Professor Daiute is currently teaching “Human Development and Globalization,” a seminar in international development studies. She was pleased to be a fellow at the Harriman Institute during the 2008 – 2009 academic year.