The Girls’ History and Culture Network Newsletter: Spring 2018

From the Editors
This special announcement is for our Call for Papers for the Girl History and Culture Network at SHCY 2019 Conference, 26-28 June, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia.

Please consider sending your conference proposals to the Girls’ History and Culture Network with the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY). We invite submissions for the upcoming biannual conference: “Encounters and Exchanges,” June 26-28, at Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia. The full CFP below encourages submissions through working groups:

All SHCY working groups and regional networks can submit two panel proposals for consideration by the program committee. As co-chairs of the Girls’ History & Culture Network, we invite you to send us individual paper proposals that we can organize into panels, workshops, roundtables, etc., or you can organize a panel and submit your proposal. If you’ve already submitted a session or paper, feel free to forward it to us to see if it might fit into a Girls’ History & Culture Network panel.

Any individual papers or panels not sponsored by our Network will be forwarded for consideration under the general call for papers. The advantage of sending your papers through the group is that our two panels are more likely to be accepted. We aim to assemble individual submissions into panels in order to increase the likely hood of acceptance.

Sessions last 90 minutes, with at least 15 minutes discussion, leaving some flexibility in what we put together (ex. 20 minutes for 3 panelists; 15 minutes for 4 panelists).

In order to submit our proposals for panels by the May 30, 2018 deadline, we would like to have proposals by May 28.

Feel free to contact us to discuss ideas concerning panels or the GHCN.

Please send your proposal to

Your co-chairs,

Miriam Forman-Brunell
Professor of History

Ashley E. Remer
Founder/Head Girl
Girl Museum


SHCY 2019 Conference CFP: 26-28 June, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia.
Conference Theme: “Encounters and Exchanges”
Proposal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

The Society for the History of Children and Youth invites proposals for panels, roundtables, workshops or papers that explore histories of children and youth from any place and in any era. We particularly encourage proposals for complete sessions, rather than individual papers, and we are interested in proposals which explore a theme or idea across diverse chronological or geographical settings. We also strongly encourage panels, workshops and roundtables which propose innovative presentation styles, particularly those which show that they will promote discussion and interactive exchanges of ideas.

We encourage all proposals to consider how their work might build on the 2019 conference theme: “Encounters and Exchanges.” The theme invites reflection on the many ways in which relational interactions shape the experience and understandings of childhood and youth. Given the conference’s location, proposals might consider the significance of geography, nation, culture or place, but they could also conceptualise the theme more broadly. How do we understand personal relationships with parents, siblings and friends? How do states, schools and religious institutions interact with children and young people? How do larger forces like colonialism and empire shape the opportunities for encounters and exchanges between children across time and place? How do we encounter our own memories of childhood? How do particular theoretical frameworks or interdisciplinary studies invite deeper exploration of the conference theme?

Proposals which consider the potential of scholars of children and youth to make impactful exchanges beyond academia are also encouraged. What role can history play in developing government policy? How have/do historical experts approach the court room? What is the future of digital history, and other innovations which seek to present history in new ways and make it accessible to wider audiences? How can academic studies impact the school classroom—and vice versa? How do we write children and youth into national histories? How does history place itself in conversation with art, film and literature? What are the other exchanges and encounters you see as critical for the future of the history of children and youth?

The SHCY 2019 biannual international conference is especially focused on enabling the participation of people from across the globe, and is therefore mindful of keeping the conference costs very modest. Australian Catholic University is supporting the conference by funding some travel bursaries to assist students undertaking research degrees to attend the conference. These will be awarded based on merit and need. Please see the submission guidelines for further details.

For the complete CFP, go to their site.

GHCN is your network. Send us any news, publications, announcements, conference notices, podcasts, blogs, CFP, etc., and we will share them with our community. We will be publishing this newsletter on a quarterly basis, with informal announcements sent out as emails or via social media.

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

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 and 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 and 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: and

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.

Child Poverty in Times of Crisis

CFP: Child Poverty in Times of Crisis

University of Salzburg, Austria, 25. & 26. August 2016

Keynote speakers:
Mario Biggeri (Florence) & Lucinda Platt (LSE)

The aim of this conference is threefold: (1) to discuss how different crises (like the recent economic downturn, political instability, natural disasters or (civil) war) affect child poverty; (2) to reveal the consequences such crises have on children living in poverty and their families as well as to show how they respond; and, finally, (3) to provide suggestions for international, national and local policy designs for the reaction to such crises. We are interested in bringing together empirical and theoretical papers and in discussing the normative and ethical issues attached to child poverty and related policy making.

The conference fee is 150 Euros (75 Euros for students) and covers the conference folder, coffee breaks, two lunches, the reception, the conference dinner and a guided city tour.

Please send your proposal (250 words) to until January 31, 2016.

Organised by the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at University of Salzburg (CEPR) and the Austrian chapter of Acadamics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP).

For more information please go to:

Conference Homepage:
ASAP Homepage:
CEPR Homepage:

Black Women and Girls’ Lives Matter

Hiphop Literacies: Black Women and Girls’ Lives Matter
The Ohio State University
Frank B. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, Main Campus
March 30-31, 2016

Call For Papers/Proposals/Performers:

The purpose of the Hiphop Literacies conference is to bring together scholars, educators, activists, students, artists, and community members to dialogue on pressing social problems.  This year our working conference theme is Black Women and Girls’ Lives Matter.  Participants of the Hiphop Literacies Conference join a community of those concerned with African American/Black, Brown and urban literacies, who are interested in challenging the sociopolitical arrangement of the relations between institutions, languages, identities, and power through engagement with local narratives of inequality and lived experience in order to critique a global system of oppression. Literacies scholars who foreground the lives of Hiphop generation youth see Hiphop as providing a framework to ground work in classrooms and communities in democratic ideals.

This movement converges with critical education/literacies and the current BlackLivesMatter modern civil rights movement “created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder.” ( BlackLivesMatter converges with other efforts to address the legacies of slavery that still oppress Black people in the United States of America: state-sanctioned killing of Black people, state-sanctioned poverty, hatred and oppression of queer people, the prison industrial complex, school-to-prison-pipeline, ineffective schooling and more.  This year’s conference illuminates issues in the struggle to engender the fight for racial justice, so that the needs of girls and women are fully addressed as we continue the fight to dismantle institutional racism and promote healing for collective empowerment of Black and Brown communities. 

Full details available in the downloadable PDF. Abstracts due December 1, 2015.

Nation and Childhood(s): The Cultural Politics of the Borders of Childhood

BORDERS -­‐ VIII Conference on Cultural Studies
December 3−4, 2015, University of Oulu, Finland

Nation and Childhood(s): The Cultural Politics of the Borders of Childhood

Zsuzsa Millei: SPARG, University of Tampere, Finland and The University of Newcastle Australia
Robert Imre: SPARG, University of Tampere, Finland and The University of Newcastle Australia
Kirsi Paullina Kallio: SPARG, University of Tampere, Finland

In this workshop we are examining the limits and possibilities of nationhood and what those limits and possibilities mean for childhood and the experiences of childhood.

Agency, choice, citizenship, independence, safety, security, precarity, relationality and the myriad of categories that we assume we can deploy to understand childhood and experiences of childhood are all bound by the “realities,” spatiality, sociality and politics of the nation. Childhood as we know it today emerged at the same time as modern nation states were created (Therborn, 1996). Since childhood was not only instrumentalized for continuous nation-­‐building projects but due to its futurity (Jenks, 2006) it became intimately intertwined with the future of the nation. These developments in turn shaped how children experienced their childhoods.

Their progenitor disciplines are rarely influenced by explorations of conceptions of childhood and experiences of childhood despite the fact that these could also be “suppliers of knowledge” about the social and political (Alanen, 2014, p. 3, Skelton, 2015). Researching childhood and nation therefore could be “a key to a more comprehensive understanding of society at large” (Strandell, 2010, p. 179) and could serve as a diagnostic tool for testing and grappling with how larger socio-­political processes are taking shape and continue to operate (Stephens, 1995).

We invite critical analyses of the ways that this nexus between concepts of nation and childhood, the categories surrounding childhood and the experiences of childhood operate in the contemporary world, and have operated in the past. The workshop focuses on any aspect of the cultural politics of shifting borders of childhood and the nation.

Paper proposals (max 300 words) should be sent to If you have any question, please email:
The deadline for the Call for Papers is 17 August 2015.

A workshop of two hours could contain four papers max. This way each presenter will get at least 30 min of time (out of which 15-­20 min are reserved for the actual presentation.
If you have any inquiries please address to

Paper proposals (max 300 words) should be sent to by the 17th of August 2015.

CFP: Child Displacement, Appropriation and Circulation

Workshop: Child displacement, appropriation and circulation: management techniques aimed at children and their families in environments of inequality and violence

1ª Bienal Latinoamericana de Infancias y Juventudes
Manizales, Colombia
17th-21st November 2014

In Latin America, such as in other regions of the world, armed conflicts, dictatorships, political repression, the devastation produced by wars and the development of diverse mechanisms of reproductive government (Morgan & Roberts 2012) have resulted in the displacement and/or separation of numerous children from their birth families. Either through national or international adoption, foster care, and institutionalization or through the appropriation and substitution of their identities, many children have been placed in family, cultural and/or national environments that are different from those of their birth environment. Aiming at different objectives according to the diverse socio-historical and political contexts, such usually coactive practices, in some cases unprecedented, were combined with governmentality techniques (bureaucratic and judicial procedures) and long-standing “life policies” (Fassin 2007) (customary ways of thinking and social ideas on the “protection” and “salvation” of children and their families and/or communities). These were extended and widely accepted thanks to “truth systems” (Foucault, 1978), anchored to (disciplinary) morality standards through which private reproductive behaviors and their public expressions can be governed.

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People & Things on the Move: Migration and Material Culture

People & Things on the Move: Migration and Material Culture

We seek papers for a workshop to be held May 13-15, 2015 dedicated to exploring the relationship between migration and material culture in the modern world (the 18th century to the present), sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. We welcome paper proposals from both academics (including advanced graduate students) and practitioners—historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, public historians, librarians, archivists, and museum curators—who are working on the intersection between migration and material culture in any region of the world. We hope that selected papers will be published as a special issue or forum for the American Historical Review.

Both migration and material culture have profoundly shaped societies and cultures across the globe in the modern era. This workshop will define migration broadly, to include intra-state, international and intra-imperial migration, as well as “forced” and “voluntary” migrations. Our use of material culture is also inclusive, embracing the objects that furnish domestic interiors, architecture, tools, books, toys, clothing, modes of transportation, musical instruments, dance, and even food. The precise relationships between migration and material culture have varied dramatically across time, space, and political and social context. Our goal is to analyze and thereby be able to explain the diversity of these relationships and experiences.

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SHCY Sponsored Sessions at AHA 2015

The Society for the History of Children and Youth Outreach Committee is soliciting proposals from SHCY members who would like to participate in a single-sponsored session at the American Historical Association Annual Conference, to be held in New York City, January 2-5, 2015. We are interested in possibly putting together two sessions. One would be a “state-of-the-field” session, and the other would focus on teaching the history of children and youth, and/or integrating children’s history into survey, methods, and education classes.

Please send a brief (500 words or less) proposal for your contribution to one of these panels, along with a one-page CV to Rebecca de Schweinitz ( by May 2, 2014. (Single-sponsored sessions appear on the regular AHA program and are held at the conference venue. Members who will be participating in other sessions at AHA are not eligible.)

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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Children and Childhood Network of SSHA: CFPapers or Session Proposals

We invite you to participate in the 39th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association by submitting a paper or session proposal to the Children and Childhood Network of the SSHA. The conference will take place November 6-9, 2014 in Toronto. For more information on the conference as well as the general call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: The deadline for full panel or individual paper proposals is February 14, 2014.

The association 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 2014 conference is “Inequalities: Politics, Policy and the Past,” though papers on other aspects of the history of children and childhood are also welcome. Complete panels must include at least 4 papers and presenters from more than one academic institution. 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 but need help gathering presenters. Among the topics we are especially interested in exploring are children as migrants; children and revolutions; indigenous children & youth, child labor and globalization; gendered experiences of childhood; and inequalities in children’s literature.

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SHCY Co-Sponsorship for AHA

Call for 2015 AHA proposals for SCHY Co-sponsorship

The Outreach Committee of the Society for the History of Children and Youth is soliciting panel proposals that focus on the history of children and youth for the 2015 American Historical Association Annual Meeting (Jan. 2-5, 2015 in New York City) for possible co-sponsorship.

Submit full panel proposals to Outreach co-chair, Rebecca de Schweinitz at no later than Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014. Panel organizers will be notified by Feb. 11th of the committee’s decisions. If accepted for co-sponsorship, organizers will be given instructions on submitting their proposal as a co-sponsored panel.

All members of co-sponsored panels must be current members of SHCY. Membership information can be found here.

SHCY may decide to single-sponsor panels approved for co-sponsorship but not accepted by the AHA program committee.

AHA call for proposals:

Theorizing Childhood: Citizenship, Rights, Participation

Call for Papers
Sociology of Childhood – Theorizing Childhood: Citizenship, Rights, Participation

The Research Network, Sociology of Children and Childhood hereby announces the mid-term symposium which will take place in Modena (Italy) from 21st to 23rd May, 2014. The organisation of the symposium will be undertaken at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

The focus of the symposium will be on theorizing childhood, in particular the areas of citizenship, rights and participation, exploring the different and various perspectives that can include these topics in the broader field of childhood studies and Sociology.

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SHCY Panels at the American Historical Association

Are you headed to the AHA in Washington D.C. in the new year? If so, be sure to check out SHCY co-sponsored sessions at AHA:

Please also note these other panels which may be of interest (or include papers of interest) to SHCY members:

The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000

CFP: The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000 (June 1-2, 2014. University of Minnesota Law School)

The study of the history of children, youth and childhood has grown dramatically in the last two decades, making age a new category of historical analysis.  The Law and the Child will focus on law’s central role in changing understandings of childhood and children’s experiences, considering among other things selfhood, family, market relations, society, and state.  Our hope is for a broad reach geographically and chronologically, from the Medieval World to the Twenty-First Century, and for papers that consider the multiple sources that intersect in the legal construction of childhood and in children’s lived legal experiences.  These include race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, psychology, dependency, agency, citizenship, and (il)legitimacy.  We also hope papers will address topics in both civil and criminal law.  The conference, one of a series begun in 2007, is intended to showcase the work of junior scholars working the field of legal history and to bring them into conversation with senior scholars.  It is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School and History Department, the American Society for Legal History, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, the Society for the History of Children and Youth, the Childhood and Youth Studies Across the Disciplines IAS Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and History Department, the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Chicago Department of History.

Interested participants should submit a proposal of no more than 300 words, in Word format, accompanied by a cv of no more than 3 pages to Barbara Welke at  All proposals are due by 6 January 2014.  Applicants will be notified by email no later than 17 February 2014 whether their proposals have been accepted for presentation.  No previously published work will be accepted, as the conference is designed to provide a forum for productive and supportive discussion of works in progress.

Accepted participants will be required to submit a full paper, in Word format, of no more than 10,000 words by 1 May 2014.  All papers will be pre-circulated on a password-protected website, and read by all participants.  A modest travel and accommodations budget will be provided for all presenters.

American Identities in Literature and Culture

American Identities in Literature and Culture
First Annual Graham Letters and Culture Symposium
Saturday, 5 April 2014 at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois

We invite individual proposals for papers from Blackburn College students and alumni—as well as graduate students, independent scholars, and academics from across the country and around the world—for the Graham Letters and Culture Symposium celebrating Roy Graham’s fifty years of service to Blackburn College. We welcome proposals across a wide spectrum of time or geography or topic; this year’s theme is the creating and contesting of American identities in film, print, and sound.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the symposium should submit 250-word proposals and a one-page CV to Dr. Ren Draya (, Professor of English & Communications, Blackburn College) and Dr. Ian Aebel (; Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Kingsville) by Friday, 13 December 2013. Presentations should be planned for twenty minutes. All prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Wednesday, 22 January 2014.

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The History of the Girl

CFP: Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences, special theme: The History of the Girl
Jinan, China, August 23-29, 2015

The Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences will be held in Jinan, China from 23-29 August 2015. One of the Specialised Themes focuses on the History of the Girl. The aim of this session is to bring together scholars working in the field and to identify common themes and differences in the history of the girl across the world. In order to establish some cohesion for the discussion the focus will be on girls aged from early adolescence to the early 20s. Paper proposals are welcome on all periods of time as well as from as wide a geographical span as possible.

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Children in Film

CFP: Children in Film
SWPCA/ACA, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Feb 19-22, 2014
Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2013

Proposals are now being accepted for the Children in Film Area of the 35th annual SWPCA/ACA conference February 19-22, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.( We welcome proposals that explore and interrogate the representations of children in Hollywood film, independent film, foreign film, and/or children’s film. Additional topics of interest concerning children in film or images of children in film may include, but are not limited to: coming-of-age; children of color; negotiations of racial/ethnic/cultural differences; negotiations by children of social, political, economic conditions; children’s relationships with adults, parents, siblings, or peers as represented in film; gender and children; sexuality and children; children of the Diaspora as portrayed in film; children and technology; the child body; ideology and the child; children’s education, and any other topic that explores the child image in film.

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Breaking the Chains: The Underground Railroad in Children’s Literature

CFP: Breaking the Chains: The Underground Railroad in Children’s Literature
NeMLA Convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 3-6 April 2014.

Proposals that examine the depiction and significance of the Underground Railroad in Canadian Children’s literature are welcome. Possible works include Underground Canada by Barbara Smucker (published in the US as Runaway to Freedom), Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Curtis, and A Desperate Road to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson by Karleen Bradford, among many others. Papers that examine this theme in American children’s literature are also invited.

Please address queries and/or  proposals (250-500 words) and  brief bio to Lesley Clement: Deadline: 30 September 2013.

Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies and Initiatives

Call for Papers:
The 10th Joint Area Centers Symposium: Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies and Initiatives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
April 10-12, 2014

Keynote Speaker: David Oswell, Department of Sociology, University of London
“After Our Children’s Image: Human Rights, Capital and the Common”

Papers are solicited for the following panels:

* Cross-cultural and historical perspectives on childhood and children
* Children and migration
* Child labor
* International adoption
* Homeless/street children
* Children and sexuality: child marriages, sexual abuse, sex slavery
* Children and war: victims, refugees, child soldiers; children and peacebuilding/conflict resolution
* Children’s rights

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Adoption: Crossing Boundaries

The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture announces: The 5th International Conference on Adoption and Culture

Adoption: Crossing Boundaries

March 27 – 30, 2014
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Call for Proposals: Due August 1/Single Paper Submissions Welcome

ASAC’s biennial conferences feature stories and histories of adoption as explored by writers, artists, and scholars across the disciplines, especially the humanities. Adoptions and the lives of adoptees always involve crossing boundaries, whether the boundaries of families, the boundaries of races, the boundaries of nations, the boundaries of aboriginal peoples and others, the boundaries of communities, the boundaries of law, or all of these borders. This conference takes up these themes and threads, and also encourages other kinds of boundary-crossing: boundaries between disciplines; between adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, and social workers; boundaries between creative writers, scholars, and activists. And we extend our topic across other boundaries by considering similar issues with regard to foster care and assisted reproduction.

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Religious “Others,” Schooling, and the Negotiation of Civic Identities

Call for Participation, Interdisciplinary Symposium
June 25-28, 2014
Hannover, Germany

The symposium will explore the relationship between hegemonic discourses of citizenship, religio-cultural belonging, and the negotiation of civic identities among religio-cultural minority youths in educational settings. The question of how non-dominant youths negotiate their civic identities as citizens in light of their coexisting religio-cultural identities has been at the center of a heated debate in many modern societies. The ongoing public concern about the resurgence of the religious – and here especially the religious ‘other’ – in the public sphere has led to the emergence of a public debate over how to handle the ‘religious’ in the institutions, civic society, and public sphere of ‘postsecular’ society. The symposium will explore how societal master narratives about secularity, religion/ the religious ‘other,’ and citizenship are instantiated in the everyday practices of schools and classrooms, and how students from religious minority groups in turn come to navigate their identities as citizens.

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Children’s Literature, Childhood Death, and the Emotions 1500-1800

CFP: 2 day symposium on Children’s Literature, Childhood Death, and the Emotions, 1500-1800 at University of Western Australia

Although historians from many disciplines have begun the work of documenting the histories of childhood and childhood culture, very little is known about the ways in which emotions relating to childhood were represented to children through the literature and accompanying images created for, about and, occasionally, by them. Currently the majority of work on children’s literature sits outside cognate historical studies. This symposium, co-hosted with the Children’s Literature Unit of Newcastle University, UK, will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to build links with children’s literature studies through an examination of material relating to the death of children. It aims to develop understanding of how children were taught about, experienced and taught to manage the powerful emotions associated with the death of children — siblings, friends, characters in texts or their own impending death — and how attitudes and responses to a range of emotions changed across time and place. In addition to materials specifically for children, sources of interest include diaries, journals, correspondence, teaching materials, medical treatises, drawings, samplers, ballads, legal papers, instructions for rituals and any other kinds of documents and materials that provide insights into children’s emotional reactions to childhood death and the emotions children’s deaths provoked in others. The symposium will demonstrate the value of putting information about children alongside texts for children.

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CHA Gathering at SHCY Conference 2013

Are you attending the SCHY conference in Nottingham? The History of Childhood and Youth Group of the Canadian Historical Association invites you to a gathering for Canadian scholars and any other interested colleagues. Please join us Tuesday, June 25 at 8 pm at The Victoria in Beeston (85 Dovecote Lane, roughly 1 mile from the University campus). For more information please contact Katharine Rollwagen at

CFP: Interpretations of Consumption and Youth Culture

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures invites essay submissions for a special issue addressing the many interpretations of consumption and their meanings in relation to youth texts and culture(s). We welcome essays that consider registers of race, class, gender, and disability. Essays should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length and prepared for blind peer-review.

Consumption is a vehicle through which we come to understand proprietary relationships with people, places, bodies, and identities. If food is the primary signifier when we think of consumption, how might we read metaphoric consumption (of capital, culture, and place, for instance) in light of notions of necessity and survival?

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CFP: Adoption and Disability

Co-editors Emily Hipchen and Marina Fedosik are seeking submissions for a
collection of critical essays exploring cultural meanings of adoption
through a combined lens of adoption and disability studies.

The overall ubiquity of the disability discourse in adoption culture is
hard to deny. It is explicit, for instance, in constructions of single
motherhood as psychopathology in the middle of the twentieth century in the
U.S.—an ideology that intensified social pressure on single mothers to
relinquish their children for adoption. It is also present in the cultural
perceptions of infertility as a physical impairment, which adoption can
remedy and conceal. It is employed within the context of the adoptee rights
movement by the searching adoptees that support their claims to the
knowledge of personal history by identifying with the debilitating
condition of genealogical bewilderment. Such pervasiveness undoubtedly
points to the importance of understanding how cultural ideas about
disability inflect meanings and functions of adoption, kinship, family.

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The Child in Post Apocalyptic Cinema

CFP: The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema

Filmmakers have been fascinated with images of an imagined apocalypse since the first sci-fi films of the early 20th century. Humanity’s search for a Utopian existence has always been accompanied by the fearful counter-imaginings of a monumental dystopian collapse of civilization, a vision that has risen in popularity in cinema during the past two decades. In post-apocalyptic cinema, children have occupied conflicting positions—as harbingers of disaster, such as Children of the Damned (1964)—or as symbols of survival and hope, as in The Children of Men (2006). Recent upcoming films like After Earth (2013) and World War Z (2013) add to the growing trend of post-apocalyptic films with significant child characters. Children are most often symbols of Futurity, as Lee Edelman has argued, but what is the child’s role in a cinema that wallows in the aftermath and widespread devastation of nuclear disaster, alien invasion, ecological collapse, human transformation (zombies or other mutant human forms), technological or cyber disasters, paranormal invasions and/or possessions, divine judgment or widespread pandemics? The child character in many post-apocalyptic films is often overlooked as a significant source of meaning, yet the post-apocalyptic child occupies a unique space within such narratives that oscillates between death and destruction, and faith and hope— symbols of the resilience of life.

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CFP: Education and Learning: Sociological Perspectives

Wednesday, 25th September 2013 University of Surrey

Keynote speaker: Heather Mendick, Brunel University

This one-day conference, supported by the British Sociological Association’s Education Study Group, will showcase the diverse and innovative range of research that is currently being conducted within the Sociology of Education. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical papers on any aspect of the sub-discipline, including, but not limited to:

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CFP: World History Association Conference

The 22nd Annual World History Association Conference
North Hennepin Community College (NHCC)—Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 26-29, 2013)

Call for Papers Deadline: March 31st, 2013

This year’s conference themes are: “Diasporas and Refugees in World History” and “Roads, Trails, and Rivers in World History.”
The World History Association eagerly invites proposals from students, scholars, and teachers around the world on topics related to the scholarly and/or pedagogical aspects of the conference’s themes, although proposals from any area of world history will be considered.

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CFP: Multi-cultural Toys Exhibition and Conference

Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, University of Greenwich with the Pollock Toy Museum Trust
June 3rd-8th, Exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich: Saturday June 8th One-day conference

Toys have existed throughout human history in a few basic formats, while children have always created their own playthings. For centuries, craftsmen have created objects for children, which were available for purchase in places such as India and China before they were in Europe. Yet despite contemporary political espousal of innovation and entrepreneurship, the range of toys for sale in mainstream consumer outlets rarely reflects the cultural diversity of twenty-first century Britain. Globalization is usually understood as the dominance of particular brands rather than as an opportunity for diversification and dissemination of local materials.

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Paupers in the Midst of Others. Orphans and Abandoned Children in Europe

International Workshop
Paupers in the Midst of Others. Orphans and Abandoned Children in Europe (18th – 20th centuries)

3rd – 4th October 2013
“Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania

In a world dominated by poverty, orphans and abandoned children hold a place apart given the alternatives open to them and the attitudes towards them. Over the centuries, the State, the Church, and individuals have created and financed special institutions, also providing their personal support on special occasions (religious holidays and feasts, public events etc.), in a more or less regular manner. But what were the norms these children and those around them had to respect in order to achieve a certain “official” ideal? Can we trace any change over the course of time when it comes to the welfare system intended for these disadvantaged children or acts of philanthropy? What kind of social policy did the State follow and did it differ from one country or region to the next? These are just a few of the questions that might arise from a discussion about the institutional issue. On another hand, we should also keep in mind that besides the rôle the authorities (whether ecclesiastical or civil) played, a complex social network was created around the child, with its own importance in shaping his or her future life. The world of the orphan or abandoned child is also a world where illegitimacy and family (or to be more precise the absence of family) created the premises for attitudes constructed, whether publicly or not, around words like shame, sin, and delinquency.

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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?

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Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization

Call for Chapters: Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meanings in Changing Times
Edited by Stuart Poyntz and Jacqueline Kennelly

We are seeking chapter contributions to this edited collection, to be published by Routledge in their Studies in Social and Political Thought series ( To indicate your interest in the collection, please submit an extended abstract of 750 words, describing your chapter’s key aims and how it fits within the edited collection’s goals, as described below. The deadline for extended abstract submissions is Friday, February 15th, 2013. If accepted, full chapters (7000-8000 words) will be due Friday, May 3rd, 2013 and may include limited visual components (photographs, drawings, etc). We would particularly welcome contributions from scholars located in and/or writing about the Global South.

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Symposium on Infancy, Adolescence, and Youth

Call for Papers: Symposium on Infancy, Adolescence, and Youth, Universidad Sergio Arbolleda, Bogota, Columbia, May 2-4, 2013. Proposals due January 31, 2013.

Convocatoria (español) para presentación de propuesta de ponencias al Simposio INFANCIA, ADOLESCENCIA Y JUVENTUD, MIRADAS INTERDISCIPLINARIAS que será desarrollado junto al II ENCUENTRO DE LAS CIENCIAS HUMANAS Y TECNOLÓGICAS PARA LA INTEGRACIÓN EN EL CONOSUR, de 2 a 4 de mayo de 2013, en la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia, en la Universidad Sergio Arboleda Bogotá – Colombia.

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SHCY Co-sponsorship at 2014 AHA Annual Meeting

Call for proposals: SHCY Co-sponsorship at 2014 AHA Annual Meeting

As an official American Historical Association affiliate, the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth can co-sponsor sessions at the AHA’s annual meetings. SHCY is pleased to have co-sponsored (with the AHA) three sessions at this year’s meeting, and to have been the single sponsor of a fourth panel. SHCY’s Outreach Committee is soliciting full panel proposals for possible co-sponsorship at the 2014 AHA meeting in Washington D.C. Co-sponsored proposals must meet the AHA guidelines and be accepted by the AHA program committee. (Co-sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance by the AHA.) The AHA call for papers can be found here:

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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

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Youth 2.0: Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media

Announcing: Youth 2.0 International and Multidisciplinary Workshop: Connecting, Sharing, and Empowering? Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media
University of Antwerp, Belgium, March 20-22, 2013

CFP Deadline for Paper Proposals: November 30, 2012

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SHCY Sessions at American Historical Association Meeting

SHCY will sponsor or co-sponsor four sessions at the upcoming American Historical Association meeting in New Orleans, January 3-6, 2013.

1. Freedom as Work, Freedom to Work: Childhood and the Meaning of Independent Labor in U.S. History
Friday, January 4, 2013
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
AHA Session 91

2. Many Lives, Many Places, Many Stories: Spaces of Childhood in Early Modern Spain
Friday, January 4, 2013
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
AHA Session 94

3. Fighting for the Future: American Social Reformers, Race, and Nineteenth-Century Institutions for Children
Friday, January 4, 2013
2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Society for the History of Children and Youth Session 3

4. Feeding Tomorrow’s Citizens: Conflicts and Negotiations over Food for Children in Twentieth-Century North America
Sunday, January 6, 2013
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
AHA Session 271

For full descriptions, visit: .

SHCY and the Berkshire Conference

SHCY is willing to assist in helping individual members to find a place on panels related to the history of children and youth at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians to be held in Toronto in May 2014. You can find the conference announcement at the Berks Conference website.

If you have an individual paper which you would be interested in having included on a panel please send your abstract (max 250 words), a short cv, and an indication of the conference themes to which you think it best relates to both Shurlee Swain at and Rebecca de Schweinitz at

The deadline for submissions to the Conference is January 13th, but for the purposes of putting panels together please submit by Dec. 14th.

Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture

Announcing: 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference: Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture
University of Southern Mississippi, IP Resort, Biloxi, Mississippi, June 13-15, 2013

CFP Deadline for Paper Proposals: January 15, 2013

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Panel Proposals for Upcoming SHCY Conference

Abstracts for panels, roundtable discussions, and research-in-progress workshops for the SHCY Sixth Biennial Conference (Nottingham University, June 25-27, 2013) are due Oct. 31.

The Program Committee invites scholars to submit proposals on any aspect of the histories of children and youth, from any place and in any era. Sessions that examine space and childhood in historically and geographically specific settings are encouraged.

The H-Childhood listserv provides a forum for seeking potential panelists with similar interests. Recent posts have solicited papers for panels on plasticine cities, childhood and urban segregation, childhood and religion, spaces inhabited by teenagers in the 1950s, children and technology, and more – all available in the September discussion logs.

For more information, see the Conference section of this website.

Children’s Literature and Media Cultures Conference

Announcing: 21th Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature on Children’s Literature and Media Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, August 10-14, 2013

CFP Deadline for Abstracts: October 1, 2012
For more details:

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Children in Film: Call for Papers

Announcing: 34rd annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference, “Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context”
Albuquerque, NM, February 13-16, 2013

CFP Deadline for the Children in Film area: November 10, 2012.
Submit abstracts to: SWTX Conference database
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Old Age and Death in Children’s Literature: Call for Papers

Old Age and Death in Children’s Literature in interjuli

Call for Papers Submission Deadline: September 15, 2012
Guidelines concerning formatting and editing standards will be sent out upon request ( and can be found at

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International Conference on The Child’s Room as a Cultural Microcosm

Announcing: International Conference on The Child’s Room as a Cultural Microcosm: Space, Consumption, and Pedagogy
National Museum of Education, Rouen, France, 8 – 10 April 2013

Call for Papers Submission Deadline: November 30, 2012
Submit to: Annie Renonciat (ENS Lyon, National Museum of Education/CNDP)

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CFP: Approaching War: Europe at Newcastle University, March 15-17, 2013

CFP: Approaching War: Childhood, Culture, and the First World War, 1880-1919
An International Leverhulme Trust Project

Deadline: September 1, 2012
Submit to:

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CFP Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities

Book Title:

Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities

Book Editors:

Miriam Forman-Brunell, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Rebecca Hains, Ph.D., Salem State University


Peter Lang Press
“Mediated Youth” series, edited by Sharon Mazzarella

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CFP: Deconstructing Dolls: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys & Play

Book Title:

Deconstructing Dolls: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys & Play

Book Editor:

Miriam Forman-Brunell, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City


Peter Lang Press
“Mediated Youth” series, edited by Sharon Mazzarella

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Conference: Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History

Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
November 29 to December 1, 2012


The emotional upbringing and education of children is a topic of acute
historical as well as contemporary concern for policy makers and politicians.
The main goal of this conference is to draw together new research in the
history of childhood and youth, in the history of education and the important
interventions from the emerging discipline of the history of the emotions. The
conference seeks to build a comparative history of the education of the
emotions through an exploration of formal and informal educational contexts of
the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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CFP: Children and War: Past and Present, 10-12 July 2013

Second international multidisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on 10-12 July 2013

Conference website:

Organized by the University of Salzburg and the University of Wolverhampton, in association with the United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

This conference is planned as a follow-up to the first conference, which took place at the University of Salzburg in 2010. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.
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Joint Conference of ISCHE, SHCY, and DHA

Announcing the Joint Conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE), the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY), and the Disability History Association (DHA)

Geneva, Switzerland, 27-30 June, 2012

Conference website:

Theme: Internationalization in Education (18th – 20th Centuries)

Call for Papers Deadline for submissions: 31st of October 2011