This young boy was born in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) captivity, and shown here participating in an arts-based workshop. The children born of LRA rape and captivity are often blamed for their father’s atrocities and marginalized by society.

Drawing by a former child soldier in Sierra Leone, as part of an arts-based research project. These children often struggle with issues of identity, belonging, guilt, and stigma in post-war societies.

 Collage produced by participants in the "Circles within Circles" project, an arts-based transnational dialogue on sexual violence and gender-based violence that brought together indigenous girls, gender activists, academics, community partners, and NGOs.

A group of women - formerly abducted into the Lord's Resistance Army and having spent years in captivity - carry their harvest as part of a livelihood project in post-war northern Uganda.

Welcome

Artwork by Dr. Jaswant Guzder, a member of the research team. All rights reserved.
Artwork by Dr. Jaswant Guzder, a member of the research team. All rights reserved.
Global Child McGill is a research group led by Dr. Myriam Denov that integrates diverse interdisciplinary perspectives on children and families affected by war and migration, specifically the following three key approaches:
1) Arts-Based Approaches,
2) Participatory Approaches, and
3) Socioecological Approaches.

Through this Tri-Pillared Approach (Denov, Mitchell, Rabiau, Forthcoming), the research group bridges together a team of researchers, practitioners and students, while actively involving a group of war-affected youth as part of the research team, in order to impact research, policy, and practice.

 

Arts-based Axis

Arts-based research approaches 
use the artistic process and artistic expression as a primary way of understanding and examining various experiences, including experiences of war and migration. Arts-based research methodologies can use a number of different mediums, including: photography, videography, cellphilm, music, drama, or visual arts.

Arts-based research help promote participant activism, engagement and empowerment.

Arts-based research methodologies are an especially helpful tool with war-affected children and youth offering an accessible, nonverbal alternative to traditional research approaches.

Participatory Axis

Participatory approaches 
reflect on the conventional notions of power and who is considered ‘expert,' by providing opportunities to meaningfully engage war-affected children and youth to articulate their perspectives, concerns, and needs, and actively contribute to scholarly discussions.

The Participatory Axis is guided by the understanding that children and youth who have been affected by war and migration possess knowledge and perceptions of their social environment that is both valid and unique.

The aim of this approach is to position affected young people's perspectives and voices at the centre of the research process. 

Socioecological Axis

Socioecological approaches 
consider various systems at multiple levels surrounding the individual child, including family, community, and society.

This approach highlights the impact of complex relationships, interactions, resources, networks and sociocultural contexts on children's wellbeing and development.

The socioecological model serves as a roadmap for developing interventions that target all layers of children's socioecological system, and identifying protective factors that reduce vulnerability to  'shocks,' such as war and migration, and risk factors that increase vulnerabilities to ecological shocks.

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