MO-TRAYL Workshop on youth-centricity in transnational research with Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
On 21 November 2019, the MO-TRAYL team organized a workshop with Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh on youth-centricity in transnational research. Aside from the MO-TRAYL researchers, workshop participants included researchers working with youth and in the field of globalization and development.
Afua Twum-Danso Imoh is an interdisciplinary scholar and a lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood at the University of Sheffield. She obtained her PhD in African Studies from the Centre of West African Studies at the University of Birmingham, and has focused on children’s rights with a regional focus on Ghana and Nigeria throughout her academic career. She has explored the construction of childhood, parent-child relationships, child-rearing practices, and the impact of local and global forces on the lived experiences of children.
Since MO-TRAYL focuses on mobile youth, the aim of the workshop was to explore what it means for a young person to grow up transnationally and to be confronted with different understandings of childhood (e.g., at school, at home, during trips to Ghana). The discussion centered around both theoretical and methodological considerations when doing research with transnational youth.