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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Apr  17

SHCY 2014 Outreach Grants

SHCY is pleased to announce that the following Outreach Grants have been awarded for 2014:

$500 Grants
Catherine Jones (University of California, Santa Cruz)
“The Slave Girl in the Archive: A Tale on Paper and Glass,” workshop and talk by Mary Niall Mitchell (University of New Orleans), June 4, 2014, UC Santa Cruz.

Mary Hatfield (Trinity College, Dublin) and Riona Nic Congail (St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra)
“Twenty Years A-Growing: An International Conference on the History of Irish Childhood from the Medieval to the Modern Age,” June 9-10, 2014, Dublin City University.
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$1500 Grant
Michael Grossberg (Indiana University) and Barbara Young Welke (University of Minnesota)
“The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective,” June 1-2, University of Minnesota.
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Apr  09

Guest Post: José Pacheco dos Santos Júnior on the Documents of the Labor Court in Brazil

José Pacheco dos Santos Jr. is graduate student (master’s degree) in Economic History at University of São Paulo (USP-Brazil) and researcher at the Laboratory of Social History of Labor in the State University of Southwest Bahia (LHIST / UESB). His research interests are: History of Childhood and Youth, History of Law, Economic History and Social History of Labor, with an emphasis on child labor in the twentieth century, labor laws and Labor Court in Brazil at the time of the civil-military dictatorship. He has a research grant from Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).

On October 9th, 1967, Uady Bulos, lawyer and representative of Roberto Ramos, a Brazilian single minor boy, visited the office of the Labor Court in Vitória da Conquista (Bahia, Brazil), and recorded a labor complaint against his customer’s workplace, a Regional Radio Station. Bulos claimed that the young man was unjustly suspended services for five days, under the allegation that he had gone to the company in a condition of drunkenness on a Sunday. The failure of the employer to comply with the Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT), that guaranteed the payment of minimum wage for workers, was also recorded in the initial papers of the lawsuit by the young worker’s lawyer.

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Mar  05

Special Issue of WSQ: CHILD

Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose: WSQ Special Issue, Spring 2015: CHILD

Guest Editors: Sarah Chinn and Anna Mae Duane

Children have always been fraught subjects for feminist scholarship. Women are alternately infantilized and subsumed in service of children. Indeed, nowhere are women’s rights more assiduously attacked than around the question of their biological capacity to bear and raise children. Our concerns in this issue of WSQ, though, are children and childhood themselves: representations of children, children’s experiences, and children’s place in the world.

Recent scholarship in childhood studies has taken on core assumptions around children, especially children’s innocence and their removal from the realm of work and financial gain. And yet children play a crucial role in the global economy. As consumers, children represent an immense market. As producers and workers, children manufacture goods of every kind. Children constitute a significant stream of bodies for trafficking networks of domestic and other kinds of labor, including sex work. And children tried as adults populate prison systems around the world, especially in the United States.

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Mar  03

Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood

“Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood”: A Gender Studies Conference at the University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
December 4-6, 2014

In recent years, there has been great interest in questions of gender and childhood, ranging from issues around boys wearing princess costumes to school; to Disney princess culture; to parents refusing to announce a baby’s biological sex; to pre-teen children coming out as gay, lesbian, and queer; to toy companies marketing toys by gender; to gender-related bullying, and more.

How are children gendered? How do we account for transgender children? How have ideas about girls and boys changed historically? How are children hailed as gendered consumers? How do schools inculcate ideas about gender? How do children’s books promote ideas about gender? How do changing ideas about parenting relate to children’s gendering?

This conference seeks to explore issues of gender and childhood through multiple lenses and from a wide range of disciplines. We welcome papers on gender and childhood in media, literature, history, anthropology, biology, architecture, philosophy, art history, sociology, education, and more. We are especially open to interdisciplinary approaches.

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Feb  20

Call for Nominations: Grace Abbott Book Award

The Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) is pleased to call for nominations for the best book published in English on the history of children, childhood, or youth (broadly construed) published in 2013. The award consists of a plaque and a check for $500. The winner will be announced in mid-summer.

Nominations are invited from publishers, editors, scholars, and self-nominations by authors. Current members of the SHCY award committee, the executive committee, and officers of the society are ineligible.

Nominations must be postmarked by April 30, 2014. Send a copy of the book, physical or electronic, to each of the book award committee members at the following addresses:

E. Wayne Carp (Chair)
Pacific Lutheran University
Department of History
12180 Park Ave. South
Tacoma WA 98447-0003

Ishita Pande
Department of History
49 Bader Lane
Watson Hall, Room 212
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Steven Mintz
Executive Director, Institute for Transformational Learning
414 O. Henry Hall
601 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

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