Visiting Fellow, September 2012 - May 2013
Dr. Géraldine André is a Postdoctoral Researcher in social sciences funded by the National Fund for Scientific Researcher in Belgium. At the University of Liège, she is affiliated to “Pôle Sud” which focuses on urban realities in the “global South”, Aid and new forms of globalization and to the Laboratory of Social and Cultural Anthropology (LASC). She achieved her PhD in sociology of education in 2009 at the University of Louvain (UCL Mons) on school guidance, working class youth and vocational education which have been recently published at the French Publisher “Les Presses Universitaires de France” (2012). In parallel to her PhD, she carried out several field works in Sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana) on child labour and educational systems. After her PhD, she has been continuing research in the frame of a collective research project (supervised by Tom de Herdt IOB; University of Antwerp) concerning the post-conflict reconstruction process of State in DRC and especially in the field of education.
For a postdoctoral research (F.R.S.-FNRS and University of Liège), she tries to analyze in which Children’s rights, both as a discourse and a socialization pattern, are currently shaping children’s subjectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (especially in Ghana and in the DRC). Her research focuses on the case of child workers in small-scale artisanal mining and NGO’s and programs of international organizations that tackle the “fight against Child Labour”. With this focus, she aims at analyzing the effects on the legislation of children’s rights on the evolution of processes of socialization and the transformations in relations of generation in Sub-Saharan Africa. During her fellowship at the Centre, she is deepening her knowledge of the legislation of Children’s rights in order to develop her specific socio-anthropological approach on Children’s rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.