Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World Symposium

Announcing: Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World: Historical Perspectives
King’s College London, July 19, 2013

CFP Deadline for Proposals: December 31, 2012 to Dr. Shirleene Robinson and Dr. Simon Sleight

Symposium Aims and Themes

Although it is a comparatively recent field of study, the history of young people is a burgeoning field of inquiry, with the potential to illuminate many social and cultural aspects of the past. Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World will provide a scholarly forum for discussion of the lived experiences of children and the construction of modes of childhood in the context of the British World. We are particularly interested in locating children, childhood and youth in a broader social context and in acknowledging young people as active historical agents.

Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World takes place on 19 July 2013. The symposium’s London location provides an ideal site to reflect on the historical reach and limitations of the British World and to place young people’s experiences into transnational context. It is hoped the symposium will establish research networks and a basis for further investigation and discussion. The conference organisers will aim to publish a selection of conference papers in 2014.

While other submissions are welcome, papers might potentially address themes such as:

  • Regulation and childhood
  • Children’s spaces
  • Ego histoire and archives of childhood
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the history of young people
  • Images of children
  • Literary childhoods
  • Violence and childhood
  • Urban and rural childhoods
  • Intersections between race and childhood
  • Indigenous childhoods
  • Gender and childhood
  • Childhood and trauma
  • Narratives of childhood
  • Parent-child relations

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should include:
– Paper title
– 250-word abstract
– Biography of 50-100 words
– 2-page CV

Deadline: 31 December 2012; notification of acceptance: 14 January 2013

Submissions should be sent to: Dr. Shirleene Robinson and Dr. Simon Sleight

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