All SHCY members receive the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Published three times a year, it features scholarly research and critical book reviews.

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Aug  31

“The Century of the Childhood” Webinar by Jim Marten at the National Humanities Center

Jim Marten will lead a webinar for the National Humanities Center on “The Century of the Childhood.”

Date: October 24, 2017

See more at http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/webinars/

Aug  30

Grace Abbott Book Prize 2016

The Society for the History of Children and Youth is pleased to announce that 2016 Grace Abbott Book Prize has been awarded to David Pomfret’s Youth and Empire: Trans-Colonial Childhoods in British and French Asia (Stanford UP).

The prize committee of Anna Mae Duane, Helle Strandgaard Jensen, and Sabine Fruhstuck wrote:

Youth and Empire is remarkable for its ambitious, innovative approach to youth and childhood. Its transnational scope and deft theorizing of how childhood functions (both symbolically and materially) in colonial enterprises offers rich food for thought for scholars working across the field. This study stepped into the role of what the Grace Abbott Prize winner should do: offer new and exciting directions for the field to pursue.”

Sincerely,

P. Ryan
SHCY President

Aug  30

JHCY Best Article Prize for 2016

From James Marten, JHCY, editor

The JHCY Best Article Prize selection committee (MJ Maynes, Rebecca Friedman, and Birgitte Soland) has selected the winner and one honorable mention for Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth Best Article Prize for 2016. The winner receives a certificate and $250.

Winner:
Sarah Walters: “’Child! Now You Are’: Identity Registration, Labor, and the Definition of Childhood in Colonial Tanganyika, 1910-1950”

Sarah Walters’ exceptionally well written article manages the trick of being both conceptually sophisticated and absolutely accessible to non-specialist audiences. Her article traces child labor in colonial Tanganyika over the first half of the 20th century and argues that the variations in and ambiguity of definitions of childhood had many repercussions, including the institutional inability to implement child labor legislation. At the same time, Walters explains, this lack of a singular definition of childhood meant that children could exert themselves and claim agency over their own economic futures by working and increasing their financial security. This complex view of colonial processes is one of the most impressive aspects of this multifaceted research piece. By using evidence from the archives including inspection reports, legislative debates, newspapers, and anthropological investigations, Walters aptly challenges the notion that western definitions of childhood were imposed on colonial subjects wholesale; rather what we find is the degree to which children and youth in colonial Tanganyika were able to act as somewhat autonomous agents, using western-oriented definitions and rules to their own advantage. In addition to its historical originality, this scholarship will be useful and stimulating to any reader intrigued with wider present-day discussions about empowerment, agency, and the politics of development and also about human rights – including children’s rights.

Honorable Mention:
Susan Miller: “Assent as Agency in the Early Years of the Children of the American Revolution”

This excellent article on children’s participation in the group Children of the American Revolution, which was affiliated with the Daughters of the American Revolution, does a marvelous job of offering complex and creative ways of approaching the question of agency in childhood studies. In particular, Miller complicates dichotomous understandings of agency by suggesting that there is a “continuum from opposition to assent” when it comes to children asserting themselves, rather that imagining agency as a simple matter of having it or not having it.

Jul  12

SHCY needs your feedback!

The Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) invites you to participate in a survey designed to inform our efforts to advance the production and dissemination of historical research on childhood and youth.

This questionnaire is written for any researcher or professional engaged in historical work on childhood and youth across disciplines, topics, regions, periods (etc.). We hope to better understand your backgrounds, interests, and preferences regardless of whether you are a SHCY member or have previously attended our events.

The survey can be completed with any hand-held device or computer with an internet connection. It takes about 10 minutes – depending on how much you wish to write. Link to it at: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cwMWJSdqqFyFqoB

A small amount of your time will help us do better than guessing after or projecting our own limited experiences upon what we know is a very diverse group of people.

Jun  29

Call for Papers: History of Education Society 50th Anniversary Conference

Theme: Celebration, Commemoration and Collaboration
When: November 10-November 12, 2017
Where: Winchester, United Kingdom

Registration is now open! Details can be found on this registration form

In 2017 as the History of Education Society (UK) celebrates 50 years of scholarship and international collaboration, we look forward to welcoming colleagues, friends, and those new to the field, to historic Winchester. It is time for celebration to recognise the distance travelled in the development of ideas, theories and practice in the history of education. It is also a time for looking forward to what the next fifty years may hold. Proposals are welcome for formal papers, workshops, symposia and posters on the themes of celebration, commemoration and collaboration.

We encourage authors to think creatively within the themes and to identify new directions. Proposals may include spatial, material and sensory methodologies, international, transnational, imperial and colonial perspectives using a range of sources, interpretations and theoretical approaches.

Postgraduate students are welcome to submit full proposals on conference themes. In addition, there will be a dedicated session for students to present 10 minute work in progress papers on their current research. A limited number of bursaries will be available, more details to follow.

Proposals should address aspects of commemoration, celebration and/or collaboration in the following:

  • Education as public history
  • Mapping the field
  • Institutional histories
  • Personal and political histories of education
  • Formal and informal education
  • Archives and objects

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to the Centre for the History of Women’s Education at the University of Winchester: CHWE@winchester.ac.uk

The first call for papers closes March 31st, while the second call for papers closes July 31st. Please state which strand(s) your paper addresses.

Jun  29

Call for Papers: Children and Youth on the Move

What: Children and Youth on the Move Conference

Where: University of Greenwich, London, 21-23 June 2018

In 2015, a shocking photograph of Alan Kurdi – one of the many Syrian child refugees drowned whilst crossing the Mediterranean – seared public and political consciousness around the world. Outside London’s Liverpool Street Station, as well as at transport hubs in Berlin, Gdańsk, Hamburg and Rotterdam, commuters collected newspapers detailing the toddler’s terrible fate from stands located near bronze statues of children hauling suitcases and clutching teddy bears, public memorials recalling the years of the kindertransport and an earlier phase of traumatic displacement. Such global uprooting composes a tough and longstanding feature of the experience of childhood and youth. From the Dust Bowl to the Great Trek; from slave ship voyages to the passages of child convict transportees; from border journeys from Afghanistan to Pakistan, or South to North America; from the more contemporary era backwards in time to the great migrations of the pre-modern world: trails of youthful footprints criss-cross the globe.

Albeit deeply significant, however, the practice and concept of youthful movement encompasses more than transnational journeying and displacement. The related concept of mobility – described by geographers as a ‘hallmark of modern times’ (Uteng and Creswell, 2008) – requires interrogation for all historical settings and eras. Children and Youth on the Move, the second biennial conference of The Children’s History Society, seeks to expand understandings of young people’s historical movements in all their forms. In addition to considerations of movements across borders or thresholds, we welcome assessments of movements big and small, individual and collective, localised and global, permanent and temporary, desired and feared, acted out by and acted upon. We will reflect on movement in relation to individual development (intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical), as well as associated cross-cultural implications. Offering a forum for historical reflections from established and upcoming historians of children, childhood and youth, we also anticipate that our conference will again offer a platform for school-age scholars to reflect on the ways they respond to history.

We invite panel contributions (especially long chronological and/or geographically diverse in collective scope) as well as individual papers on topics related to the conference theme. These might include:

  • Forced and voluntary migrations and removals
  • Kinetic abilities and impairments
  • Young people’s independent mobilities
  • Skills in movement and their social function: dance; running; gymnastics, and more
  • Sociability and popular culture
  • Altered emotional or spiritual states (‘being moved’)
  • Ritual movement in religious communities
  • Social mobility in history
  • Youthful holidays/vacations
  • Mobilisations of youthful discourse
  • Child evacuees, refugees and soldiers
  • Mobile young workers, and associated fears of idleness
  • Engagement with modes of transportation: animals; sail; rowing; bicycles, and more
  • Disease and its impact: quarantine; fleeing infection
  • Moving images of and/or by youth
  • Constructions of ‘natural’ youthful energy, and associated conflicts
  • Young people’s physical engagements with heritage sites and museums
  • Literary representations of movement including narrative arcs and bildungsroman
  • Correspondence and shared cultures
  • Movement, lifestyle and economic wellbeing: nomads; ‘moving house’; temporary accommodation; homelessness
  • Marching and demonstration
  • Transnational childhoods and ‘third culture kids’
  • Migration for education: boarding school and its rituals
  • Escapes and pursuit: slavery; prison and institutional breakouts
  • Welfare: settlement, resettlement and entitlement
  • Intellectual and cultural movements and their impact
  • Future trajectories for researching the histories of young people

For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a 2-page CV, to both M.C.H.Martin@greenwich.ac.uk and simon.sleight@kcl.ac.uk by 1 November 2017. Panel submissions featuring three papers of 15-20 minutes apiece are also encouraged, and should be submitted collectively by the panel organiser. Please state your contact email address on the abstract. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in January 2018.

Please note that our definitions of children and youth are flexible, reflecting the multiple constructions through time of these social categories. We expect the selection process to be competitive, and hence we will prioritise papers directly addressing the overall conference theme as well as one or more sub-themes.

We are delighted to announce that the conference will be hosted at the spectacular riverside campus of the University of Greenwich, a world heritage site. Further details will follow regarding accommodation options, travel arrangements and conference-related activities. If you are based in or around London and would like to join the conference organising committee, or volunteer during the conference itself, please email M.C.H.Martin@greenwich.ac.uk and simon.sleight@kcl.ac.uk to express your interest.

In the meantime, keep up to date with the activities of The Children’s History Society and developments within the field on Twitter and Facebook:

https://twitter.com/histchild and https://www.facebook.com/histchild/

Warm regards,

Co-Directors Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich), Dr Simon Sleight (King’s College London), and members of the conference organising committee.

Jun  28

The SHCY invites members to organize regional networks (or) field working-groups.

WHY CALL FOR REGIONAL NETWORKS & WORKING-GROUPS?
SHCY regional networks or field-specific working-groups are a means for researchers to engage in long-term projects under SHCY auspices with a defined focus or approach to the historical study of childhood and youth. They may be defined geographically, by nation states, by languages; by various groups, institutions, or discourses (girlhood, education, race, psychology, etc.); by conceptual or methodological focal points (popular culture, social movements, governmentality, demography, oral history, etc.); or by period (early-modern, Victorian, post-WWII, etc.).

We hope member-created networks and working-groups will allow scholars to create spaces for their extraordinarily diverse interests at our conferences, within our journal, and through other activities. If members develop them avidly, they may enhance the relevance of our events and publications for specific regional and field connections and collaborations, while maintaining the Society’s commitment to serve as a larger umbrella for international, interdisciplinary exchanges in the history of childhood and youth.

WHAT BENEFITS MIGHT NETWORKS & GROUPS PROVIDE?
SHCY regional networks or SHCY field-specific working-groups will receive priority treatment when establishing roundtable, panels, or other sessions at our biennial conferences. They will have access to SHCY website for posting content (a website that receives many thousands of discrete visitors each month). Such groups and networks may propose special issues for the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Recognition as a standing network or working group may help our members work collaboratively to win grants, hold regional or topically specific colloquium, produce edited collections, and even advance academic programming in the study of childhood and youth at our Universities and Colleges.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS FOR STARTING A SHCY NETWORK OR WORKING-GROUP?
Step 1: Discuss your idea and gather interest with colleagues in your regional, topical, period, or theoretical area. Read the relevant SHCY by-law (Article V) below and at http://shcyhome.org/about/

Step 2: Come up with a name, a chair or co-chairs, produce a statement of purpose for your network or working-group. Gather c.v.’s and consider immediate steps or activities you would like to do together.

Step 3: Send to SHCY President your statement of purpose, name the chair or co-chair with a 300-500 word prospectus about your plans. Proposals should include the c.v.’s of 3 to 5 colleagues committed to the project, but may name other interested scholars.

Step 4: SHCY President will present proposals for regional networks or area working-groups to the Executive Committee for evaluation; and will communicate the Executive’s response back to the applicants.

Step 5: Once approved, begin working and producing scholarly goods in collaboration with others. Continue to consult with SHCY officers and conference organizers.

Sincerely Yours,
Patrick Ryan
SHCY President
pryan2@uwo.ca

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Relevant SHCY By-Law:

Article V

Section 1: Any SHCY member may propose for approval by SHCY Executive Committee a standing working-group or regional network of the Society.

Section 2: SHCY working groups and regional networks would report to SHCY Executive Committee, and will share the following features:
A – a chair or co-chairs.
B – a statement of purpose.

Section 3: Participation in the working-groups’ or networks’ activities ordinarily will require SHCY membership. Specific practices will be developed in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Section 4: Funds raised by the working-groups or networks (outside of SHCY membership) will be accounted for, dispensed, and held by the groups or networks.

Jun  14

Fass-Sandin Best Article Prize (English) for 2017 Awarded!

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brian Rouleau who has been awarded the 2017 Fass-Sandin Best Article Prize (English) for his article: ” ‘In Praise of Trash’: Series Fiction Fan Mail and the Challenges of Children’s Devotion.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 9 (Fall 2016): 403-423.

The prize committee was unanimous in their selection of Dr. Rouleau’s article and their citation reads:
“Brian Rouleau’s article ” ‘In Praise of Trash’: Series Fiction Fan Mail and the Challenges of Children’s Devotion” is the winner of SHCY’s 2016 Fass-Sandin Prize for Best Article in English. Rouleau’s deeply researched article draws on neglected archival materials to explore children’s responses to the series literature generated by Edward Stratemeyer’s literary syndicate. By analyzing young readers’ letters to the authors of these series, Rouleau not only addresses the reception of children’s genre literature by the intended audience but also demonstrates that the children sometimes had an effect on future story elements and plots. Children sometimes appreciated but also sometimes resisted the gender norms and imperialist tropes embedded in the various series. By recovering their voices, Rouleau presents a model for how scholars can interrogate the interaction between writers and even young readers. This lively, well-written article thus contributes to the scholarship of reader reception as well as the history of children’s literature during the early twentieth century.”

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