BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
The Myth of International Protection
My research investigates the ethics of international engagement, resilience to all forms of violence, and how we engage with conflict, adversity and peace. With more than twenty years of experience working with the United Nations, various protection-focused international NGOs and policy think-tanks, I now teach and write on these topics, integrating practical experience with academic theory, a version of applied research and academic activism. My current research project, Balancing on the Margins, incorporates both my study of resilience and the practice of yoga and meditation. Through ‘observant participation’ and engaged ethnography in the place I now call home, I am working with young migrants, volunteers and human rights activists to promote well-being and acceptance of oneself and others.
Finding Our Way: A study of unaccompanied minors and volunteer support in Annecy
Lake Aid is delighted to announce the publication of Claudia Seymour’s report ‘Finding Our Way: A study of unaccompanied minors and volunteer support in Annecy’.
Applied researcher and academic, Claudia Seymour, spent 7 months interviewing unaccompanied minors, Lake Aid volunteers, associations and local government actors, in order to build a picture of life in Annecy for both the children and the people that help them. Claudia notes: “Migration has become such a polarized political issue, yet this report is, above all, a story about the humanity that brings us together.”
Human Security Focus in the Congo and Liberia
From Geneva: Giving insights from Liberia and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), this episode focuses on Reconsidering Resilience: How young people in conflict contexts cope with violence, and what we learn from them. The framework has three parts: resilience with human agency, social safety in conflict countries, and meaning attribution.
NO WOMEN NO PEACE
Julie Billaud is a legal and political anthropologist who has held positions in the United Kingdom (University of Sussex), France (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and Germany (Humboldt University and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) prior to joining the Graduate Institute, Geneva in 2019. She is the author of Kabul Carnival: Gender Politics in Postwar Afghanistan (2015, Pennsylvania University Press).
ANTHROPOLOGIES AND SECURITIES IN THE PANDEMIC
Workshop 3 summary with Claudia Seymour
In this short audio, Claudia shares her thoughts and reflections with Samira and Lene on the main topics discussed during the Workshop
Interview with Dr Claudia Seymour- Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Today I am very excited to speak with Dr. Claudia Seymour, an applied social researcher with over 20 years of experience, working primarily in conflict-affected environments. Her research specializations include youth, child protection, resilience to armed violence, children’s disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, and young people’s engagement with violence.
In the fourth episode of the SOAS Humanitarian Hub Podcast, Jake Tacchi talks with Dr. Claudia Seymour about her book: ‘The Myth of International Protection, War and Survival in the Congo’.
Dr. Seymour’s book presents a highly engaging, and very readable, amalgamation of her own experiences working within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)as a child protection adviser, alongside her subsequent PhD research. We discussed many themes that arose from the book, as well as the difficulties of moving between humanitarianism and academia.