The Child in the World

The Child in the World will be a one day conference on 9 November 2013 held at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. Dr Karen Wells will be the keynote speaker.

The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to 13 March 2013.

• How have children’s lives been shaped by global processes and events, both past and present?
• How do children understand their place within the world and how has this sense of place changed or remained the same?
• How have children’s lives been shaped by experiences of global travel, of migration and displacement?

We invite contributions exploring these questions, particularly in relation to children’s everyday experiences of the global. We welcome papers which trace children’s voices and experiences via a range of methodologies and source materials, both tangible and intangible, such as the objects they use and own, the books and other materials they read, the programmes and films they watch, the technological equipment they have access to, the clothes they wear, the games they play, and the testimonials they themselves provide.

We encourage contributions from colleagues throughout the arts and social sciences, including in particular those working within the fields of childhood studies, geography, museum studies, children’s literature and culture. In addition to abstracts for 20-minute papers, we also welcome the submission of panels and of formats other than standard papers (such as lightning talks, posters or discussions).

Please send submissions by 13 March 2013 to

We plan to bring together written versions of the presentations to form the basis of a special issue in a relevant journal.
This conference forms part of an ongoing, AHRC-funded collaborative project between QMUL and the Museum of Childhood. For more information about the project, please go to: