(Kristen) KE Cheney

(Kristen) KE Cheney
Associate professor International Institute of Social Studies Academic staff unit
Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage
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Dr. Cheney’s research deals with children’s survival strategies amidst difficult circumstances and the politics of humanitarian intervention for such children, mainly in Eastern and Southern Africa. Her first book, Pillars of the Nation: Child Citizens and Ugandan National Development (2007), looks broadly at the social intersections of childhood and nationhood in international development, while her new book, Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV/AIDS (2017, University of Chicago Press) draws on youth participatory ethnographic research with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) to examine issues of social exclusion, policy, and protection for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Her most recent research examines the impact of the global 'orphan industrial complex' -- including orphan tourism, childcare institutions, and intercountry adoption practices-- on child protection in developing countries. She has also led several studies using youth participatory research to explore issues of youth sexual and reproductive health. 

From 2007-13, Dr. Cheney served as co-founder and advisory board chair for the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Children & Youth Interest Group. She is currently on the editorial board of the journal Childhood, a member of the CABA Working Group Netherlands, and ISS representative to the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights (ENMCR) and Share-Net NL (Netherlands Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and AIDS).

Dr. Cheney has participated in research, consultancy, and capacity-building projects in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East on issues from children’s rights to youth sexual and reproductive health. Her work takes an explicitly child-centered approach that considers how children experience and respond to the various hegemonic institutional and structural elements of global and local development practices. 

  • Kristen Cheney (2017) - Crying for our elders: African orphanhood in the age of HIV and AIDS - The University of Chicago Press
  • Kristen Cheney (2007) - Pillars of the Nation: Child Citizens and Ugandan National Development - The University of Chicago Press

  • Kristen Cheney (2013) - Youth and the City in the Global South - Ethnos, 78, 569-570
  • Kristen Cheney (2009) - T.R. - African studies quarterly, 11, 101-103 - [link]
  • Kristen Cheney (2009) - T.R. - Journal of Anthropological Research, 65

  • Kristen Cheney (2007) - Global Rights Discourse, National Developments, and Local Childhoods: Dilemmas of Childhood and Nationhood in Uganda, East Africa - Presses universitaires François Rabelais

  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - Executive Summary of the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy - International Institute of Social Studies

  • Kristen Cheney (18 oktober 2015) - De Bulgaarse adoptie-industrie - Interview

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  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - Childhood-A Global Journal of Child Research (Journal)

  • Kristen Cheney (2018) - Let’s Make Families Stronger, Not ‘Better’ Orphanages, for Children - Hague Talks: Is There Justice for Children whose Rights have been Violated?
  • Auma Okwany, Kristen Cheney & A (Annah) Kamusiime (2018) - Adolescent Participatory Research: A Proactive Approach to Violence affecting Young People - VAC Conference - Children and Youth facing Violence in Africa: What do we know? What can we do?
  • Kristen Cheney & Auma Okwany (2018) - Overcoming the Adult Gaze in Participatory Research with Young People - Contemporary Childhood Conference - Children in Space, Place and Time
  • Kristen Cheney (2015) - “Feeling 'Blue': exploring the influence of pornography and sexualized media on young people's sexual identity formation in eastern Africa” - American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
  • Kristen Cheney & A Sinervo (2015) - Children as objects of humanitarian intervention: NGO commodification of disadvantaged childhoods - American Anthropological Association NGO and Nonprofit Interest Group conference “NGO-graphies”
  • Kristen Cheney (2015) - ‘Feeling Blue’: studying the effects of children’s exposure to pornography and other sexually explicit media - Child Sensitive Social Policies conference, ‘Tracking child rights in Africa through research’
  • Kristen Cheney & A Okwany (2015) - Promoting Youth-Led Participatory Research: overcoming presumptions and prejudices - 3rd international conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network
  • Kristen Cheney (2015) - Feeling 'Blue': exploring the influence of pornography and sexualised media on young people's sexual identity formation in Eastern Africa - Population Policies and Interventions Masters course
  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - Why does the post-2015 development agenda need to pay more attention to children’s issues? - International Development Studies Lecture Series
  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - Manning Up Women or Resisting Pornification? Interrogating Daily Sexism and Misogyny - Discussant for IS Academie Education and International Development lecture series event
  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - ‘Addicted to Orphans’: The Orphan Industrial Complex and Donor Influence in Uganda’s Child Protection System - Keynote Speaker for Symposium on 'Children, Young People and Development'
  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - Waithood and Restricted Futures: focusing on the involvement of youth in the development of SRHR programmes - Partos Symposium on Youth Research and Development
  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - 'Addicted to Orphans': Donor Influence in Uganda's Child Protection System - Young Lives and Globalization in Africa
  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - Blood Binds: confronting the moral and political economies of orphanhood and international adoption in Uganda - Doing Politics – Making Kinship: Back towards a Future Anthropology of Social Organisation and Belonging
  • Kristen Cheney & Auma Okwany (2013) - Neocolonialism and Homophobia in Uganda - Development Research Seminar/Sexuality Research Initiative series
  • Kristen Cheney (2013) - Rendering Invisible Children Visible: New Media, 'Spectacular Humanitarianism', and the Problem with Youth Activism in Kony 2012 - American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
  • Kristen Cheney (2013) - Recontextualizing the NGO as Fieldsite: Questions from the Field [Roundtable] - The Future of NGO Studies conference
  • Kristen Cheney (2013) - A Multidisciplinary Approach: Anthropological Perspectives - Human Rights for Development (HR4DEV) international training programme 2013
  • Kristen Cheney (2013) - ‘Baby come back’: inter-country adoption, globalization, and crises of social reproduction - 4th International Conference on Adoption Research / ICAR4
  • Kristen Cheney (2013) - Theorizing intercountry adoption in the global economy of childhood - Society for Psychological Anthropology/Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group joint meeting
  • Kristen Cheney (2012) - Children as ethnographers: Reflections on the importance of participatory research in assessing orphans’ needs - International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Inter-Congress on ‘Children and Youth in a Changing World’
  • Kristen Cheney (2012) - Seen but Not Heard: African Orphanhood as Lived Experience - American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
  • Kristen Cheney (2012) - “Blood Always Finds a Way Home": AIDS Orphanhood and the Transformation of Kinship, Fosterage, and Children’s Circulation Strategies in Uganda - AEGIS Thematic Workshop: Children & Migration in Africa: an Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Kristen Cheney (2012) - Adoption and the Contradictory Significance of ‘Blood’ in the Era of AIDS Orphanhood - Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth 4th International Conference, ‘Celebrating Childhood Diversity’
  • Kristen Cheney (2012) - ‘Giving Them a Better Life’?: Poverty, Inequality, and the Circulation of Children in Difficult Circumstances - Children and Youth Studies program lecture
  • Kristen Cheney (2011) - Killing Them Softly? Conflicting Protectionist and Empowerment Models of Children’s Rights and their Consequences for African AIDS Orphans - Columbia University Human Rights Seminar
  • Kristen Cheney (2011) - HIV/AIDS Orphanhood, Vulnerability, and the Conundrum of Humanitarian Intervention in Africa - Towards an Anthropology of Childhood and Children conference
  • Kristen Cheney (2011) - Locating Neocolonialism, ‘Tradition’, and Human Rights in Uganda’s ‘Gay Death Penalty’ - American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
  • Kristen Cheney (2011) - Rethinking Humanitarianism Involving Children - American Anthropological Association Childhood Interest Group (AAACIG) joint meeting with the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR)
  • Kristen Cheney (2011) - Locating Neocolonialism, ‘Tradition’, and Human Rights in Uganda’s ‘Gay Death Penalty’ - African Studies Center Seminar
  • Kristen Cheney (2010) - Children as Ethnographers of Childhood: the benefits of participatory research with African AIDS orphans - The Doors of Perception: Viewing Anthropology through the Eyes of Children conference
  • Kristen Cheney (2010) - Whose ‘Best Interests?’ Revisiting African Orphan Circulation and Children’s Rights in the Age of HIV/AIDS - American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

  • Kristen Cheney & Auma Okwany (2017) - Childhood in Africa (Journal)
  • Kristen Cheney (2015) - Global Studies of Childhood (Journal)
  • Kristen Cheney (2014) - Childhood-A Global Journal of Child Research (Journal)
  • Kristen Cheney (2011) - AnthropoChildren: Perspectives ethnographiques sur les enfants et l’enfance (Journal)

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