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International
Network for Interdisciplinary
Research on Children Born of War
(INIRC)
NEWS!
Templates re. research projects, country overviews
are now available on the membership pages  - to access, please register.

(05/2013) INIRC mwmber meets Member ofGerman Parliament to talk about Children Born of War, May 15 2013. Report of the meeting here.

(04/2013) New Book! Children of the Occupation: Japan's Untold Story by Walter Hamilton. The book examines the lives and stigmatization of children fathered by men from the American, Australian, and other Allied forces that occupied postwar Japan.
See also:

http://www.childrenoftheoccupation.com/Welcome.html


(03/2013) Workshop Für Deutsche mit einem Amerikanischen Elternteil For the German children of a U.S. citizen parent 5. April 2013, 16:00—19:00, US-Generalkonsulat Frankfurt, more information here.

(03/2013) Filmreportage in Kinoformat und Lesung Paul Schmitz liest im Büllinger Pfarrheim: "Kriegskind: Die spannende Suche nach dem amerikanischen Vater", Donnerstag, 21. März 2013, um 20 Uhr im Büllinger Pfarrheim, Arnold-Ortmanns-Platz 1.

(03/2013) Studienaufruf. Besatzungskinder. Further information here.

(02/2013) For information on the project
Projekte > Aufwachsen in Westfalen 1945-1965 > Besatzungskinder see here.


(01/2013) Brown Babies Germany's Forgotten Children - Henriette Cain by Bernice Bennett Featured Host in History,

(01/2013) Gefährliche Helfer Sexuelle Gewalt durch UN-Soldaten, Film von Pagonis Pagonakis und Marcel Kolvenbach, ARD, 14.1. 2013, 23.30.
 
(12/12) Workshop “Lebensverläufe von Kindern des 2. Weltkrieges“
Partizipation und partizipative Methoden in der Entwicklung einer international vergleichenden Studie, GESIS-Leibniz Institut für Sozialwissenschaften,
Köln, Januar 23-25. 2013. Participation by invitation only.

(11/2012) Article on children born of rape in Germany WWII "VATER?
UNBEKANNT!"
, "Familien Journal" der katholischen Bistumszeitung "Kirche+Leben" in Münster.

(11/2012) New publication! Monika Diedrichs: Kinderen van Duitse militairen in Nederland 1941-1946.

(10/2012) Reports from the Vienna conference on "Besatzungskinder", September 27 2012 here .
and here.

(08/2012) New publication! Paul Schmitz: Die Suche nach meinem amerikanischen Vater.

(06/2012) Conference "Besatzungskinder", Vienna, 27.9. 2012. More information here!

(05/2012) New publication! Philipp Kuwert und Ingvill C. Mochmann: Kriegstraumatisierungen aus interdiziplinärer Sicht II, 6 Jg., Heft 2, Mai 2012.

(05/2012) New publication! Sabine Lee:
Kinder des Krieges . Vergessene Sekundäropfer einer veränderten Kriegslandschaft im 20. Jahrhundert? In Trauma und Gewalt, 6 Jg., Heft 2, Mai 2012.

(05/2012) Breitengrad - die Auslandsreportage Kinder des Krieges – Wenn der Vater zu den Feinden gehörte, Reportage am Maifeiertag, 1. Mai 2012, 13.05 Uhr

(04/2012) New publication! Mochmann, Ingvill C. Children: "Born of War - Individual Destinies Between Societal and International Responsibilities", REPLIKK, spring 2012, p.32-39

(04/2012) Workshop "Children Born of War", Wolfson College, Cambridge, 13-14 April 2012.

(03/2012) New publications! The Legacy of War Time Rape: Mapping Key Issues and Concepts here.

(01/2012) Warlovechild.org breaks the silence about a blind spot in Dutch-Indonesian history with a successful crossmedia project which deals with the secret children fathered by Dutch servicemen and Indonesian women during the decolonization-war between the Netherlands and Indonesia (1945-1949). All information is now accessible to an international audience with an online English version at www.warlovechild.org.

(12/201) Call for Papers: War Children in the Post-war: A West-East perspective on child policies, child experiences and war childhood remembrance cultures in Europe since 1945.

(11/2011) New publication! Philipp Kuwert und Ingvill C. Mochmann: Kriegstraumatisierungen aus interdiziplinärer Sicht I, 5 Jg., Heft 4, November 2011.

(10/2011) SRSG on children and armed conflict opens conference organised by PRIO and INIRC on the legacy of war time rape and children born of war in Oslo, October 27-28 2011.

(09/2011) Programme "Brown Babies", Arte.

(07/2011) Conference announcement: The lost childhoods of wartime, September 7-9 September 2011, University of Reading, UK.

(05/2011) New publications: Lars Westerlund (ed.) Vol. 1 Children of German Soldiers and Vol 2. Children of Foreign Soldiers-

(05/2011) Radio programme "Deutsche Väter - Kriegskinder trafen sich in Belgien", Deutschlandfunkt, 9.5. 2011,
(http://ondemand-mp3.dradio.de/file/dradio/2011/05/09/dlf_20110509_0822_3bb2197e.mp3)

(04/2011)  INIRC Newsletter No. 1 2011 now available.

(04/2011)  Workshop "'Lebensborn'-Kinder in der DDR. Erinnerungen im Spannungsfeld zweier Diktaturen"
11. Mai 2011, TOPOI-Haus der Freien Universität Berlin

(02/2011) Exhibition in Gent, Belgium opening April 1st 2011 Kuckuckskind – Kriegskinder 1940-1945 .

(12/2010)  INIRC Newsletter No. 3 2010 now available.

(12/2010) Researcher searching for children born of war in the GDR. Further information here.

(10/2010)  Press conference in the German Parliament hosted by SPD:  Vater gesucht - Ein bis heute andauerndes Tabu des Zweiten Weltkrieges.

(07/2010) New article! Ingvill C. Mochmann and Sabine Lee: The Human Rights of Children born of War: Case Analyses of Past and Present conflicts, Historical Social Research, Vol. 35, 2010, No. 3. 268-298.

(06/2010) Interview with Ingvill C. Mochmann in Deutschlandfunk June 11th 2010.

(06/2010) Researcher searching for Polish children born of war. Further information in German and  Polish.

(04/2010) The European war child associations have established an joint association called BOW i.n. (Born of War International). Here more information.


more news here














Keywords: children born of war, war children, Kinder des Krieges, Kriegskinder, Besatzungskinder, Wehrmachtskinder

Throughout history there have probably always been children born during and after conflicts and wars where the father has been a member of an enemy, allied or peacekeeping force and the mother a local citizen.

Although, information exists from research teams, organisations, individuals etc. who have been concerned with this topic there is still a big gap in information and knowledge.

The aim of this interdisciplinary and international research network on children born of war thus aims at bridging this gap by:

Collecting  data and information on children born of war across time and nations and thereby expanding the evidence base.

 
 Gathering research results, literature and on-going research on children born of war and promote collaborative research projects on the topic.

 Developing recommendations of best practices to secure the rights of children born of war in co-operation with NGO‘s and governmental organisations.
 

 Developing medical therapies focusing on the special needs of children born of war.


It is our hope that by addressing these issues at the societal and political level and advice national and international organisations we can promote the needs and rights of children born of war. 


Photo: Conference "Besatzungskinder in Österreich und Deutschland", Vienna, Austria, September 27 2012 at the Diplomatische Akademie Wien.  

Photo of a returned child solder (with the Lord's Resistance Army)

and her child fathered by an LRA father (she returned in 2008).

With courtesy of CPA's photo galery.

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