Current Institutional Affiliation
Assistant Lecturer, Open, Distance and E-Learning

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2018
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Open, Distance and E-Learning, Makerere Univeristy
Rethinking Childhood: Child Identity Formation in Post-War Northern Uganda, Lira District

This research questions the prevailing scholarship of child identity in war contexts as victims and tries to understand how the tensions produced in the disruption of social, cultural order in northern Uganda problematises the dominant literature on child identity construction. It will examine how the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) war in northern Uganda engenders particular notions of child identities in post LRA period and investigate the interconnectedness between current societal happenings and the literature on child identity formation, contrasting it with literature documenting the experiences that influenced child identity formation in pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial Lango culture. It maps and analyses the changing dynamics in how identity formation is understood, from pre-colonial and colonial Lango to LRA and post LRA. Partly literature analysis and fieldwork, it will explore the dynamic context of children's identity formation in war contexts, through examining metaphors, songs, symbols, narratives and experiences that inform these identities.