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June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
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Wednesday, June 14 • 16:30 - 18:00
Recognition, misrecognition and resilience: socio-cultural realities at interfaces of the global north and south - Sarah Robinson, Fiona Shanahan, Angela Veale, Julie-Anne Lothian

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Symposium Summary
Recognition, misrecognition and resilience: socio-cultural realities at interfaces of the global north and south
Presenters:
 Sarah Robinson, Fiona Shanahan, Angela Veale, Julie-Anne Lothian
This symposium brings together socio-cultural understandings from contexts of interface between the north and south, including humanitarian programmes in Lebanon, DRC, Myanmar and an education exchange programme in South Africa. We discuss what is recognised and what is not, and how recognising socio-cultural realities can enhance our understanding of resilience.

Symposium Abstracts
Socio-cultural understandings of resilience in complex humanitarian crises – learning from displaced women and girls in Lebanon, DRC and Myanmar
Presenter:
Fiona Shanahan (Trócaire, Ireland)
Co-Authors: Conor O’Loughlin 
Introduction: Today more people are living through humanitarian crises than at any time since World War II. Multiple, cumulative crises have pushed ‘Resilience’ to the forefront of humanitarian discourse. However, these conceptualisations of resilience rarely reflect the socio-cultural realities of people experiencing crisis, a deficit accentuated by protracted contemporary emergencies. 
Methods: We draw on ethnographic, mixed method research accompanying participatory programming with survivors and those at-risk of sexual and gender based violence in Kachin state in Myanmar and Ituri province in DRC and with Syrian refugee women in Shatila camp in Lebanon to explore socio-culturally grounded understandings of resilience. In partnership with local humanitarian actors and communities, this research and programming seeks to develop holistic approaches that work at multiple levels – individual, relational, community, civil society, institutional – to support and mobilise processes of support and strengthen the protective environment around survivors and those at-risk of SGBV.
Findings: These studies are part of an ongoing Trócaire programme designing socio-culturally adapted approaches to the protection of women, girls and at-risk groups in multiple humanitarian contexts.

Engaging men to support the resilience of Syrian refugee children & youth in Lebanon
Presenter: Angela Veale (School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Ireland)
Co-Authors: Alaa Hijazi, Fiona Shanahan 
Introduction: Engaging men as a key resource to address GBV and child protection has emerged as a promising programme response in a number of development contexts.  There is less evidence with respect to engaging men as agents of change in emergency contexts.
Methods: The main findings were that the programme facilitated a safe emotional space for men to meet collectively to talk about their problems and to become more attuned and reflective about their relationships with their wives and children, expanded their social network and offered some relief from mounting psychological distress.
Findings:The main findings were that the programme facilitated a safe emotional space for men to meet collectively to talk about their problems and to become more attuned and reflective about their relationships with their wives and children, expanded their social network and offered some relief from mounting psychological distress.

Recognising Resilience, an auto-ethnographic account of misrecognition in South Africa
Presenter: Julie-Anne Lothian (Bing Overseas Study Program Capetown, Stanford University, South Africa)
Co-Authors: Trudy Meehan 
Introduction: Can the global North recognize a resilient global South? We have found that the more we move away from a story of a needy South Africa, the more we move away from recognition from our US counterparts.
Methods: This paper uses an auto-ethnographic case study to track the experiences of South African actors (hosting a study abroad program) as they work with US actors (undergraduate students). The South African educators are embarking on shifting the focus of the study abroad program away from charity and service, to one of a resilient and resourceful South Africa. The case study details some of the challenges in making this shift. Analysis unpacks questions such as who is being resilient when, what language are ‘we’ speaking to each other, how can one be available for recognition and available to recognize?
Findings: Kelly Oliver’s work is drawn on to argue that in order to recognize, we need to be able to acknowledge another person’s experience as “real”, even when we do not comprehend it. We will discuss the possible reasons for the resistance to recognition including, identity politics, individualistic versus relational understandings of self, ethics, and discourse. 

Speakers
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Julie-Anne Lothian

Stanford University BOSP
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Sarah Robinson

School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork
Sarah Robinson is a first year PHD candidate in the University College Cork (UCC), Republic of Ireland. She is interesed in community and critical psychology, post-conflict and conflict transitions, life transitions and resilience, and humanitarianism. She is a graduate of the hi... Read More →
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Fiona Shanahan

Trócaire
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Angela Veale

University College Cork
Dr. at UCC | As a researcher, Dr. Veale aims to contribute in the space between academic knowledge, policy and practice. She is interested in innovative and mixed research methodologies, in particular working with creative research methods. Her research and writing takes a socio-cultural and politically situated understanding of the psychological wellbeing of children... Read More →


Wednesday June 14, 2017 16:30 - 18:00
Room 09 Century City Conference Centre

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