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Mar  20

SHCY 2019 Conference CFP

SHCY 2019 Conference CFP: 26-28 June, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia.

Conference Theme: “Encounters and Exchanges”

Proposal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

The Society for the History of Children and Youth invites proposals for panels, roundtables, workshops or papers that explore histories of children and youth from any place and in any era. We particularly encourage proposals for complete sessions, rather than individual papers, and we are particularly interested in proposals which explore a theme or idea across diverse chronological or geographical settings. We also strongly encourage panels, workshops and roundtables which propose innovative presentation styles, particularly those which show that they will promote discussion and interactive exchanges of ideas.

We also invite all proposals to consider how their work might build on the 2019 conference theme: “Encounters and Exchanges.” The theme invites reflection on the many ways in which relational interactions shape the experience and understandings of childhood and youth. Given the conference’s location, proposals might consider the significance of geography, nation, culture or place, but they could also conceptualise the theme more broadly. How do we understand personal relationships with parents, siblings and friends? How do states, schools and religious institutions interact with children and young people? How do larger forces like colonialism and empire shape the opportunities for encounters and exchanges between children across time and place? How do we encounter our own memories of childhood? How do particular theoretical frameworks or interdisciplinary studies invite deeper exploration of the conference theme?

Proposals which consider the potential of scholars of children and youth to make impactful exchanges beyond academia are also encouraged. What role can history play in developing government policy? How have/do historical experts approach the court room? What is the future of digital history, and other innovations which seek to present history in new ways and make it accessible to wider audiences? How can academic studies impact the school classroom—and vice versa? How do we write children and youth into national histories? How does history place itself in conversation with art, film and literature? What are the other exchanges and encounters you see as critical for the future of the history of children and youth?

The SHCY 2019 biannual international conference is especially focused on enabling the participation of people from across the globe, and is therefore mindful of keeping the conference costs very modest. Australian Catholic University is supporting the conference by funding some travel bursaries to assist students undertaking research degrees to attend the conference. These will be awarded based on merit and need. Please see the submission guidelines for further details.

Submission Guidelines

We will give priority to submissions of complete sessions (panels, workshops, roundtables etc.), and we encourage sessions with diverse national representation. Individual papers will also be considered, but we urge you to recruit members for complete sessions and to make use of the many networks in the history of childhood and youth, for example, H-Childhood.
Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and, in line with the conference theme, “Encounters and Exchanges”, we particularly encourage ample discussion time. As a minimum, fifteen minutes should be reserved for audience discussion. In lieu of formal discussants, the Program Committee suggests that complete panel session organizers identify Chairs who can facilitate engagement with the session audience.

Complete Session Proposals:

In order to be considered for the program, proposals must be received no later than Wednesday, 30 May, 2018. They should include the following information:

1. Session title and 100-word session summary.

2. The session organizer’s name, department, institution, address, and e-mail address.

3. The following information for all participants:

  • Names and roles (eg. paper-presenter and/or Chair)
  • Separtment and institution
  • Address and e-mail address
  • 4. 250-word abstract for each paper (or summary of each presenter’s contribution where the session is not structured around formal individual papers).

    5. 1 page CV for each participant.

    6. Clearly identify any participants who wish to be considered for a student travel bursary, and for those people also supply:

  • The title the degree you are completing
  • The institution where you are enrolled
  • Any other funds available to support your conference attendance (e.g. from your institution or other travel scholarships)
  • An estimate of the cost of airfares between your home city and Sydney.
  • 7. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for your session.

    Individual Paper Proposals:

    In order to be considered for the program, individual paper proposals must be received no later than Wednesday, 30 May, 2018. They should include the following information:

    1. Name of presenter, institutional affiliation, address and email.

    2. Title of individual paper.

    3. 250-word abstract of paper.

    4. 1 page CV for presenter.

    5. Clearly identify if you wish to be considered for a student travel bursary, and if so supply:

  • The title the degree you are completing
  • The institution where you are enrolled
  • Any other funds available to support your conference attendance (e.g. from your institution or other travel scholarships)
  • An estimate of the cost of airfares between your home city and Sydney.
  • 6. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for your paper.

    Proposals should be gathered into one MS Word document and sent as an email attachment to

    The Program Committee will finalize decisions no later than Wednesday, 15 August, 2018 – at which time we will notify the delegates. The program schedule will be available in early 2019.

    Direct queries to the Co-chairs of the program committee:
    Shurlee Swain
    Nell Musgrov
    Tamara Myers
    Kristine Moruzi

    Feb  28

    SHCY Survey Report 2017

    From July through September 2017, the Society for the History of Children and Youth circulated a survey through global electronic networks. The 229 scholars who completed the questionnaire reside on all continents (save Antarctica). They reported working across the cycle of academic life from graduate school through retirement. Among them, 115 are current SHCY members; 114 are not members. Sixty-seven attended the 2017 conference at Rutgers- Camden, but a majority (162 persons) did not.

    The survey was designed to gather information about those researching childhood and youth historically. What were they doing; what did they want? This report offers an analysis of our findings, and it outlines how the society is responding to them. The main-body of the report summarizes who works in the field and what interests them. Then, it provides an assessment of the three primary ways the Society engages scholars: our conferences, our journal, and our website.

    Please find the full survey report here.

    Feb  15

    CFP: SHCY sponsored panels at the PCB-AHA meeting in Santa Clara, California, August 2-4, 2018

    CFP: SHCY sponsored panels at the PCB-AHA meeting in Santa Clara, California, August 2-4, 2018
    Deadline: March 2, 2018

    The Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) is hoping to sponsor 2 panels for the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association meeting in August 2018. Any area within the history of children and youth is welcome. For more information about the conference, please visit the associated website. The PCB-AHA especially welcomes involvement by junior and non-tenure-track faculty, and graduate students. Anyone can participate as long as s/he is an AHA member at the time of our conference, regardless of affiliation or location.

    If you’re interested please submit a proposal by email to with SHCY PCB-AHA proposal in the subject line by March 2, 2018.

    Following the PCB-AHA guidelines, proposals must include a contact person; a title and 250-word abstract of the panel, paper, or roundtable; the title and brief description of each presentation; a one-page C.V. (including the email address and affiliation) of each participant; and any AV requests.

    Feb  15

    Reminder CFP: Childhood and Youth Network of the Social Science History Association – Deadline February 16

    CFP: Childhood and Youth Network of the Social Science History Association
    “Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics”
    Phoenix, AZ; November 8-11, 2018
    Submission Deadline: February 16, 2018

    We invite you to participate in the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association by submitting a session proposal or paper to the Childhood and Youth Network of the SSHA. The conference will take place in Phoenix on November 8-11, 2018. For more information on the conference as well as the general call for proposals, see the SSHA website: The deadline for full panel or individual paper proposals is February 16, 2018.

    The SSHA particularly emphasizes interdisciplinary and transnational research, and the annual meeting provides a very supportive environment in which to present new work. The theme of the 2018 conference is “Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics” though papers on any other aspects of the history of children and childhood are also certainly welcome. Some possible topics include (but are not limited to):

    Children, Youth, and Political Movements
    Youth Empowerment, Resistance, and Activism
    Children and Conflict
    Child Rights and Governance
    Indigenous Childhoods and Children
    Children and Globalization
    Child Migrants and Refugees
    Children and the Environment
    Children and the Media
    Turning Points in Childhood History
    Youth and Commodification
    Spaces of Childhood
    Children and Familial Relationships
    Child Labor
    Institutions/Institutionalization of Childhood
    Schooling and Education

    We especially encourage complete panels, which should include at least 4 papers and presenters from more than one academic institution and discipline. Other formats, including roundtable discussions and book sessions, are also possible. Please do get in touch with the network chairs if you have an idea for a session and need help gathering presenters.

    Proposals can be submitted by means of a web conference management system. If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process. Graduate students presenting at the conference may apply for a travel grant from the SSHA.

    If you need help making a submission or advice about a proposal or have any questions, please contact the Childhood and Youth network co-chairs:

    Emily Bruce:

    Elizabeth Dillenburg:

    Mateusz Świetlicki:

    Dec  11

    CFP: Child Rights Governance, Future Special Issue of Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research

    Original PDF attached below.

    Guest Editors
    Anna Holszcheiter, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    Jonathan Josefsson, Department of Child Studies, Linköping University, Sweden
    Bengt Sandin, Department of Child Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

    In this special issue of Childhood we would like to explore the origins, logics and effects of child rights governance. Almost three decades after the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the human rights of children have gained hegemonic status in policy making and influenced a wide range of political and social practices as well as knowledge production on children and childhood. Children’s rights have become an instrument, not only to protect and emancipate children from oppression, but also to govern, regulate and control children and define appropriate types of childhoods.

    With this in mind, we would like to take a critical view of how children’s rights are used and have been integrated into national and global political systems of governance over children and childhood. From a state-centric perspective, the concept of governance can be associated with the analysis of state power and its ability to interact with and steer a constantly widening array of non-state actors in the exercise of political authority and the crafting and implementation of policies. Alternative notions of governance, though, embrace a horizontal perspective on politics in which political and social authority is dispersed among different types of actors and political decisions emerge from the interaction between states, international agencies, civil society organizations and social networks. Governance in modern society is tainted with a number of tensions that arise as a result of this reconfiguration of the exercise of systems of governing.

    Aims and Scope

    In this issue, we seek contributions that study forms and processes of child rights governance. With child rights governance we refer to how children’s rights, and the principles and institutions associated with the idea of children’s rights, through different historical legacies and contemporary political challenges increasingly have become part of the mechanism, systems and instruments that are commonly associated with the notion of governance.

    We welcome empirical and theoretical contributions that adopt historical perspectives and scrutinize the practical implications of the ”hegemonic” status of the CRC and competing children’s rights concepts as main points of reference in national and international policy-making. The Special Issue will therefore also incorporate analyses of child rights governance in regions of the world where the CRC is a contested legal framework or adopted in ways that considerably stretch the meanings of children’s rights. Consequently, we are interested in how dominant ideas and legal and political frameworks associated with children’s rights also forge the identity of children as subjects and objects of governance and how the idea that children are rights-holders becomes institutionalized and instrumentalised in the governance of childhood.

    Possible themes for papers include, but are not limited to: regimes of children’s rights in a comparative perspective; international politics of children’s rights before and after 1989; new forms of governance of national children’s right institutions/children’s ombudspersons; children’s rights in NGO policies and international relations; children’s rights in the EU’s external policy; governance of childhood and children’s representation through parents and third parties; the nature and limits of State responsibility for children; governance and the politics of apology; children’s rights and the management of migration; post-colonial theory and the governance of children’s rights; governance of family policy and children’s rights in an era of authoritarianism.


    • Submission of 300 words abstract in English by ,15 January 2018.
    • Papers by invitation only by 1 July 2018 (detailed information about paper submissions will be sent with the invitation).
    • Abstracts should be sent electronically to the Managing Editor, Karen Ekberg:
    • Please include author’s(s) name(s), and affiliation(s) and all relevant contact information.
    • Anticipated publication date for the Special Issue: August 2019

    For enquiries contact
    Anna Holszcheiter:
    Jonathan Josefsson:
    Bengt Sandin:

    Call-Child Rights Governance

    Dec  05

    Call for Submissions: INCS Richard Stein Essay Prize

    Richard Stein Essay Prize

    Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

    We are delighted to announce the naming of the INCS Essay Prize in honor of Richard Stein, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon, for his role as a principal founder of INCS and for his long and crucial service to developing and nurturing our organization. His books and articles as well as his teaching at Harvard, Berkeley, and Oregon have focused on the connections among Victorian literature, history, visual culture, and other arts. In 1985 he recognized something we now take for granted: the need for a collaborative organization devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the nineteenth century.

    INCS 2017 Essay Contest

    Guidelines and Eligibility

    Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) invites nominations and submissions for its Richard Stein Essay Prize. The $500 award recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship on any nineteenth-century topic.

    Articles that appeared in print in a journal or an edited collection in 2017 are eligible; if the date of publication is not 2017, but the essay appeared in 2017, it is eligible. Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be “in print” and are thus eligible.

    We encourage INCS members to submit their own work and to nominate essays written by other INCS members. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be 2017 members of INCS. If potential contestants have forgotten to join INCS during 2017, they may do so within a grace period of one month. Authors joining INCS on or after Jan. 1, 2018 in order for their 2017 essay to be eligible must specify that their membership count for 2017, rather than 2018. Membership is always for the calendar year.

    The winning essay will be announced at the 2018 INCS conference in San Francisco, California from March 1-4, 2018. The winner will be invited to assemble a panel for the 2019 INCS conference in Dallas, Texas.

    Please send an electronic copy of the nominated essay (PDF preferred) to Professor Narin Hassan, Georgia Institute of Technology, at no later than January 21, 2018. In the case of an essay that appeared only online, a durable link is acceptable in lieu of a PDF. For more details about the essay competition, the conference, or the organization, we invite you to visit the INCS website: Specific questions about the 2017 Richard Stein Essay Prize may be directed to Narin Hassan at

    Dec  01

    Call for Submissions: Neil Sutherland Prize for the Best Scholarly Article Published on the History of Children and Youth

    Call for Submissions: Neil Sutherland Prize for the Best Scholarly Article published on the History of Children and Youth. Purpose: This award honours the pioneering work of Neil Sutherland in the history of children and youth by recognizing outstanding and innovative contributions to the field. The prize will be awarded by the History of Children and Youth Group in conjunction with the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Historical Association.
    Eligibility: Articles published in English or French in scholarly journals and books between January 2016 and December 2017 will be eligible for consideration. There are no restrictions on time periods or national/international context. Award winners will demonstrate originality of scholarship and clear contribution to the study of the history of young people.
    Submission of articles: Please submit a PDF copy of the published article by January 15, 2018 to Jamie Trepanier, Co-Chair, History of Children and Youth Group ( Please write “Sutherland Prize” in the subject line of your email. Self-nominations welcome.


    Appel à candidatures pour le Prix Neil Sutherland pour le meilleur article publié dans le domaine de l’histoire de l’enfance et de la jeunesse. Objectif: Le prix Neil-Sutherland en histoire de l’enfance et de la jeunesse, commémorant l’œuvre du professeur Neil Sutherland, vise à récompenser le meilleur article paru dans ce domaine. Le prix sera décerné par Le Groupe d’histoire de l’enfance et de la jeunesse dans le cadre de la Réunion Annuelle 2018 de la Société Historique du Canada.
    Conditions d’admissibilité: Des articles publiés en anglais ou en français dans des revues et des ouvrages scientifiques entre Janvier 2016 et Décembre 2017 seront admissibles aux fins d’examen. Il n’y a pas de restrictions quant aux périodes de temps ou quant au contexte (national / international). Les lauréats seront récompensés pour le caractère innovant de leur recherche et pour leur contribution significative à l’étude de l’histoire des jeunes.
    Consignes de la mise en candidature: soumettre une copie PDF de l’article publié au plus tard le 15 janvier 2018 à Jamie Trepanier, Co-président, Groupe d’histoire de l’enfance et de la jeunesse ( Veuillez s.-v.-p. inscrire « Prix Sutherland » dans le titre de votre courriel. Possibilité de présenter sa propre candidature.

    Nov  01

    Job Ad: King’s University College Childhood and Social Institutions Probationary Tenure-track Position

    King’s University College at Western University, a Catholic Liberal Arts College, invites applications for a probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs, effective July 1, 2018 (subject to budgetary approval). Candidates should hold a Ph.D., or be near completion.

    The Childhood and Social Institutions Program at King’s University College is a four-year undergraduate program dedicated to the study of childhood and youth through discursive, contextual and experiential lenses. The program is committed to the idea that children are social actors, that childhood is a cultural construction, and is an historically embedded discourse. More on the program can be found at

    Successful applicants for this position will ideally have research, expertise and training around childhood advocacy and/or the participation of children and young people in any of the social institutions within which childhood takes place: the school, the family, the legal system, aspects of political engagement in governmental and non-governmental organizations, etc., although other areas of interest may be considered.  We are open to the consideration of applications with a research focus on childhood from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to, anthropology, childhood studies, education, geography, history, media studies, philosophy, political science, or sociology. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three academics willing to write a letter of reference, a teaching portfolio (including teaching evaluations) and all relevant publications, in a single PDF file to The letter of application should be addressed to Dr. Sally McNamee, Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Programs. All materials should be sent electronically to the above address by December 31, 2017. Queries about the position may be sent to

    King’s University College is committed to Employment Equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The King’s University College website is

    King’s University College is committed to recognizing the dignity and independence of all and seeks to ensure that persons with disabilities have genuine, open and unhindered access to the College’s employment opportunities. If you require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at for assistance.

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