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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.

Oct  30

First Girls’ History and Culture Network Newsletter, Fall 2017

From the Editors

This inaugural issue of the Girls’ History & Culture Newsletter includes news provided by members of the newly-organized Girls’ History & Culture Network (GHCN). Established under the auspices of the Society for the History of Children & Youth, the GHCN seeks to foster conversation, communication, and collaboration among scholars, museum professionals, teachers, activists, students, and others interested in girl-focused research, teaching, publishing, pedagogy, policy, politics, etc. It is with these goals in mind that the Newsletter draws upon familiar categories — publications, conferences, exhibits, podcasts, activism, teaching, blogs, etc. — to organize information about relevant professional activities we expect will be useful to current members and of interest to potential Network participants.

We fully anticipate adding, splicing, and consolidating sections in response to the changing needs and desires of the GHCN membership. We very much welcome your suggestions, submissions, as well as participation in the production of the Newsletter and other GHCN initiatives. By sending this newsletter on to others you will be contributing to the goals of The Girls’ History & Culture Network.

Your co-chairs,

Miriam Forman-Brunell
Professor of History

Ashley Remer
Founder/Head Girl
Girl Museum

Network News

Launching the Girls’ History and Culture Network

From the founding of the Society for the History of Children & Youth (SHCY) in 2001 to our most recent conference in 2017, scholars and graduate students have energetically presented historically-grounded, girl-focused scholarly research. We have participated in panel discussions on the history of girlhoods, girls’ cultures, and the lived experiences of girls from international, intersectional, and interdisciplinary perspectives.
In so doing, we have contributed to the development of Girls’ Studies, history and other fields, while also furthering the mission of SHCY. This past summer, SHCY’s launch of the “Network and Working Groups Initiative” provided those of us interested in girls’ history and culture with an unprecedented opportunity to establish organizational space and an intellectual presence.

The newly-established Girls’ History & Culture Network aims to:

  • foster conversation, communication, and collaboration among scholars, museum professionals, teachers, activists, students, and others interested in girl-focused research, teaching, publishing, pedagogy, policy, politics, etc.
  • increase professional recognition of the historical significance of girls and girlhoods within Children’s Studies, Youth Studies, the field of history, and across disciplinary and geographical boundaries
  • promote the use of historical analysis and methods within Girls’ Studies scholarship
    increase public awareness of the significance of girls in history, cultures, and societies
    create and circulate girl-centered papers and web materials, newsletters, pamphlets, statements, digital and audio recordings, and guest edit special issues of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
  • sponsor girls’ history and culture panels, business meetings, receptions, field trips, presentations, workshops, roundtables, lectures, mentoring sessions, activism, “mini conferences,” etc.
  • generate networking opportunities with other girl-focused interest groups
    increase the diversity of SHCY membership to include more scholars, museum professionals, teachers, activists, students, and others interested in girls’ history and culture

To those ends, The Girls’ History & Culture Network seeks to provide members with opportunities to:

  • communicate with others via a designated content-sharing portal on the SHCY website (already in the works)
  • receive priority when establishing roundtables, panels, or other sessions at SHCY biennial conferences
  • propose special issues for the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
    produce edited collections, and advance academic programming for the study of girls and female adolescents
  • work collaboratively to win grants, hold regional or topic-specific colloquia
    co-curate digital exhibits and engage in other collaborations with Girl Museum (the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girls and girlhood)


    We invite all scholars, students, library and museum professionals, teachers, activists, and writers to join The Girls’ History & Culture Network (GHCN). Participation is open to SHCY members. If you are not yet a member—or if your membership has lapsed—please join the Society for the History of Children and Youth by clicking here: membership covers a two-year period—includes a 24-month subscription (including the online version) to the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, access to the SHCY members’ directory, and eligibility to present at the biennial conferences.

    After joining SHCY, send an email to to be added to GHCN membership list.


    Wendy Rouse, Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. New York University Press, 2017.

    Her Own Hero

    At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women’s self-defense movement. It is nearly impossible in today’s day and age to imagine a world without the concept of women’s self defense. Some women were inspired to take up boxing and jiu-jitsu for very personal reasons that ranged from protecting themselves from attacks by strangers on the street to rejecting gendered notions about feminine weakness and empowering themselves as their own protectors. Women’s training in self defense was both a reflection of and a response to the broader cultural issues of the time, including the women’s rights movement and the campaign for the vote. Perhaps more importantly, the discussion surrounding women’s self-defense revealed powerful myths about the source of violence against women and opened up conversations about the less visible violence that many women faced in their own homes.

    Through self-defense training, women debunked patriarchal myths about inherent feminine weakness, creating a new image of women as powerful and self-reliant. Whether or not women consciously pursued self-defense for these reasons, their actions embodied feminist politics. Although their individual motivations may have varied, their collective action echoed through the twentieth century, demanding emancipation from the constrictions that prevented women from exercising their full rights as citizens and human beings. This book is a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to one of the most important women’s issues of all time.

    To order and to read the Intro, click here.

    Wendy Rouse, Ph.D Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, San Jose State University

    Emilie D. Zaslow. Playing with America’s Doll: A Critical Analysis of the American Girl Doll Collection. Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.

    Playing with America's Doll

    This critical account of the American Girl brand explores what its books and dolls communicate to girls about femininity, racial identity, ethnicity, and what it means to be an American. Emilie Zaslow begins by tracing the development of American Girl and situates the company’s growth and popularity in a social history of girl power media culture. She then weaves analyses of the collection’s narrative and material representations with qualitative research on mothers and girls. Examining the dolls with both a critical eye and a fan’s curiosity, Zaslow raises questions about the values espoused by this iconic American brand.

    To order the book or just a chapter and read the Intro click this link:

    Emilie Zaslow, Ph.D
    Associate Professor
    Communication Studies
    Co-Director, Dyson Women’s Leadership Initiative
    Pace University

    Kristine Alexander, Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s. University of British Columbia Press, November 2017.

    Guiding Modern Girls

    Across the British empire and the world, the 1920s and 1930s were a time of unprecedented social and cultural change. Girls and young women were at the heart of many of these shifts. Out of this milieu, the Girl Guide movement emerged as a response to modern concerns about gendfer, race, class, and social instability. In this book, Kristine Alexander analyzes the ways in which Guiding sought to mold young people in England, Canada, and India. It is a fascinating account that connects the histories of girlhood, internationalism, and empire, while asking how girls and young women understood and responded to Guiding’s attempts to lead them toward a “useful” feminine future.

    For more information and a sample chapter, click here.

    Kristine Alexander, PhD. Canada Research Chair in Child and Youth Studies Assistant Professor of History Director, Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS) Co-Editor, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, The University of Lethbridge.

    Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia. University of California Press, June, 2018.

    Forcing the Ideal Educated Girl

    For more information and ordering, click here.

    Dr. Shenila Khoja-Moolji
    The Alice Paul Center for Research on
    Gender, Sexuality and Women
    The University of Pennsylvania

    Mary Jo Maynes [with Ann Waltner], “Young Women, Textile Labour, and Marriage in Europe and China around 1800” in A History of the Girl: Formation, Education and Identity. Edited by Mary O’Dowd and June Purvis (Palgrave, 2018)

    Silk spinnery workforce at Jurjurieux in southern France, ca. 1900. 
Original source: Photograph by Claudius Corne issued as a postcard entitled “Personnel interne de la Maison C.J. Bonnet, á Jujurieux (Ain). <a href=” />


    A Report on the 2017 Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

    by CORINNE FIELDS, Ph.D University of Virginia

    The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference held at the University of Virginia in March, 2017, brought together more than 150 people from 70 institutions to consider the experiences of black girls from the seventeenth century to the present in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The conference was organized by LaKisha Simmons (University of Michigan), Abosede George (Barnard College), and Corinne Field (University of Virginia). More than 20 presenters offered scholarly papers, artwork, and films exploring broad themes such as pleasure, play, kinship, trauma, healing and activism.

    Through conversations that bridged disciplines, regions, and time periods, participants considered how to place black girls’ history in a diasporic framework, what “blackness” has meant in different times and places, and how various people define what it means to be a girl. For the keynote panel, activists from the US and South Africa reflected on youth, justice, and girlhood.

    Participants were Beverly Palesa Ditsie, co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Organization of Witwatersrand (GLOW), South Africa; Phindile Kunene, former member of the Young Communist League and South African Student Congress; Janaé Bonsu, National Public Policy Chair of the Black Youth Project (BYP) 100; Denise Oliver-Velez, former member of the Young Lords and the Black Panther Party.

    Round table participants including LaKisha Simmons (left), an assistant professor of history and women’s studies at the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Photos credit: Michael Bailey

    In a wide-ranging and frank conversation moderated by Claudrena Harold, University of Virginia, panelists talked about the factors that pull girls and young women into activism early in life, the challenges they face, and the strategies upon which they can draw to create change. As part of the conference program, students in grades six through twelve from Charlottesville city schools presented a documentary film that they produced under the direction of Abigail Akosua Kayser, a Ph.D. student in the Curry School of Education, with the collaboration of City of Promise, UVA Arts Mentors, and Light House Studios. The students interviewed local black women leaders about how black girls can overcome challenges and stereotypes. An Undergraduate Symposium enabled students from Harvard University, Amherst College, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia to present paintings, poetry, and scholarly research.

    A special reception following this event brought together undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The conference concluded with a reading by novelist Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow. Sponsored by the NEA Big Read and the Jefferson Madison Regional Libraries, this event enabled a panel of local high school students to ask Jones questions about the novel, her writing strategies, and her future projects. Simmons and Field will be editing an anthology of essays developed by the presenters at the conference as well as a special issue of the Journal Women, Gender and Families of Color. The History of Black Girlhood Network continues as an informal collaboration among scholars. Those interested in joining should email Corinne Field.

    • A video of the keynote panel is available here
    • View a trailer of the film Black Girlhood: Access and Assets
    • Read more about The History of Black Girlhood Network in The Chronicle for Higher Education.

    REBECCA R. NOEL, of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, presented “Girls Deformed and Reformed by School: Spinal Curvature, Female Exercise, and Healthy Schooling in 19th-Century Britain and the United States” at the 2017 Society for the History of Childhood and Youth conference at Rutgers University — Camden. This presentation traced worries about spinal curvature among female students in Britain and the United States, both in physicians’ and educators’ discourse and in educational practice. It also explored how girls themselves responded to such programs.

    Beginning in the late eighteenth century, European physicians developed increasing interest in child health. Orthopedics formed one area of focus, and spinal curvature received special attention. By the 1820s, British and American physicians concluded that school in particular was causing spinal curvature in girls.

    This explanation recast an ancient fear that the scholarly lifestyle, in teachers and students, inevitably led to ill health. Concerns about scholarly frailty had taken many forms over the centuries: weakness, melancholy, dyspepsia, neurological derangement, and, starting in the early nineteenth century, pulmonary consumption. Spinal curvature was the first scholarly symptom to apply uniquely to girls and women. Boston physician John Collins Warren advised the American Institute of Instruction in 1830 that half of the educated women he knew, but none of the men, had curved spines. Warren and others blamed how schools and parents treated girls’ bodies. With increasing modern conveniences, middle-class girls pursued advanced education instead of taxing physical housework. After school, though, girls headed into their houses for sedentary needlework and similar duties. But boys (again not including the poor) ran and played after school, mitigating the health effects of their long hours at the desk. In response to this problem, educators instituted mechanical manipulations and exercise programs designed to straighten out their female students.

    Noel’s work on girls is part of her research on schooling and health. Her article “‘No Wonder They Are Sick, and Die of Study’: European Fears for the Scholarly Body and Health in New England Schools Before Horace Mann” appears in the Paedagogica Historica Special Issue on Education and the Body (online August 2017, print March 2018).

    MADELEINE DOBSON, of Curtin University, recently presented Appreciating the Emotional Ties Young Girls Share with Their Media at the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia. She also presented, Hayley’s Story: Exploring a Junior Primary Student’s Relationship with Media, at the Digitising Early Childhood International Conference in Perth, Western Australia.

    Madeleine Dobson Ph.D., B.Ed. (ECE/Hons.)
    Lecturer, School of Education
    Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University
    Western Australia.

    MIRIAM FORMAN-BRUNELL, University of Missouri-Kansas City, is presenting “Girls’ Economies and Girlhood Cultures: Working, Performing, Playing,” at the Midwestern Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, in St. Louis, MO, Oct 18-22, 2017. Forman-Brunell is also the Girls’ Culture/Girlhoods Area Chair for the MPC/ACA. This paper draws upon the Introduction to Girls’ Economies & Girlhood Cultures: On the Borders of Work and Play, a scholarly collection co-edited with Diana Anselmo, featuring the work of a number of GHCN members.


    KATHRYN GLEADLE is organizing the workshop, “Girlhood, Travel and Global issues: A Multi-Disciplinary Workshop’. University of Oxford, 14 March 2018.

    , SUNY Canton, will be presenting her paper, “The Hackett-Lowther Unit With the French Army at Compiégne; or, the Historical Counterparts to Edna Brooks’ Khaki Girls.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 28-31, 2018.

    The Khakhi Girls of the Motor Corps

    MARY JO MAYNES, is co-organizer of the research circle “Subjects, Objects, Agents: Young People’s Lives and Livelihoods in the Global South” based at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change at the University of Minnesota. They will be holding a conference in May 2018. Click here for more information.

    SCHY 2019
    It’s not too early to start networking with partners, plan papers, organize panels, and develop presentations for the next biennial SHCY conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, in June 2019


    Children’s Victorian Library Collection Unveiled in Orkney

    Maria Cowan, 12, her 10-year-old sister Clara, and their young cousin Isabella Bremner began producing their own library in 1864, sometimes with the help of other children. They named it Minervian Library and it is held at Orkney Library and Archive. A selection of the short stories, fairytales, poems, plays and newspaper articles is now on display in the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall. The exhibition was a collaborative venture between Orkney Archives, Orkney Museum and Kathryn Gleadle. Kathryn Gleadle is also co-authoring with Beth Rogers, “’A Library of Our Own Compositions’: The Minervian Library and Girlhood Creativity in Victorian Orkney.”

    Click to read the article published by BBC News.

    Classical Girls’ at Girl Museum

    What was life like for a girl in Classical Greece and Rome? Classical Greece and Rome are often called the birthplaces of Western history. During the period from 500 BCE to 250 CE, these civilizations flourished – bringing about achievements in fields like art, medicine, and philosophy that continue to influence us today. Evidence about young girls during this time can readily be found. Yet many museums do not include their stories. In this exhibit, we bring the girls of Classical Greece and Rome to life – showing how their daily lives were similar and different, both from each other and from our modern lives. Travel back with us and discover the surprisingly complex lives of girls.

    Visit the exhibition here.

    Contact Ashley E Remer for more information about Girl Museum as well as possible partnerships and collaborations.

    Podcasts & Blogs

    Pirouettes from the Past

    Listen to Melissa Klapper’s podcast, Pirouettes from the Past, tracing the history of ballet in America. The latest episode examines the history of dance recitals. Click here to listen to this episode along with previous instalments.

    Girl Speak

    GirlSpeak, produced by Girl Museum, is a monthly podcast about girls’ history, art, and culture. We explore topics like how girls are represented in art and museums, mythological stories and folktales, our favorite stories about awesome girls, and special topics related to our exhibitions and programs.

    Listen to our newest episode to celebrate the International Day of the Girl called ‘Girls in the Museum’. GirlSpeak is available at iTunes and

    LA Review of Books BLARB

    LA Review of Books BLARB
    The ‘New’ Muslim Woman: Fashionista and Suspect
    by Shenila Khoja-Moolji

    From the notorious Pepsi commercial and H&M’s video promoting their recycling project, to the cover of Vogue Arabia and CR Fashion Book, women donning the hijab are acquiring greater media visibility than ever before. On the face of it, this is a welcome development. For decades, feminist scholars and activists have been working towards disrupting the trope of the Muslim women as silent, submissive, and somehow uniquely oppressed. The growing prevalence of these new images hints at the potential to re-shape imaginations and open up possibilities for Muslim women, particularly in the West. Unfortunately, the reality is that these images are actually limiting and oppressive. Read more here.

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Oct  27

Last Minute Search fo Co-Panelist for UK Children’s History Society (Deadline Nov. 1)

Karen Balcom posted the following call for panelists on H-Childhood:

Hello –

I am making a last minute effort to form a panel for the Children’s History Society conference at the University of Greenwich in June 2018. Theme of the Conference is Children and Youth on the Move. My paper would be on Greek adolescents and young adults in the 1950s who were relinquished for adoption by their parents in Greece, and then adopted by Aunts and Uncles in the US as a way to facilitate migration to the US. I’m looking for other schoalrs treating adoption as migration, or exploring other modes of child migration esp. in the immediate aftermath of WWII.

The call for papers is at: Deadline is Nov. 1st.

Contact me:

Thanks! Karen

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