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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SHCY 2013: Plenary Session

Annmarie Valdes, 3rd year PhD Student at Loyola University recaps the Plenary Session on Day 1 of the conference. This session dealt with the ideas of spaces of childhood.

Plenary June 25, 2013: The Spaces of Childhood: A conversation on rooms as evidence

First I would say that a small blog post cannot fully address the many conversations this plenary will no doubt inspire—including conversations that will occur after the conference.

The presenters of this Plenary each gave a small talk on four key spaces of Childhood: the Library, Museum, School and Orphanage. Each of these spaces included a contextualized account of the arrangement of the space, both as physical space and how this space was a reflection of the cultural, social and economic reality of the world that each of these spaces were conceptualized and used. Although the presenters are careful to distinguish that how spaces are used may not follow the original intention of the space, as it was intended by architects/builders. They also underscore the interplay of power by local and/or regional actors in different regions that these spaces were found. How a particular community or particular individuals appropriate space is an interesting question and can be addressed in part by these micro-histories about space.

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SHCY 2013 recap: Spaces of Integration and Education

Annmarie Valdes, 3rd year PhD Student at Loyola University provides this summary of Session 3 on Spaces of Integration and Education

First Presenter: Francoise Hamlin

Anne Moody and her book Coming of Age in Mississippi. Ms. Hamlin presents an overview of Moody’s life and the personal conflicts about her own activism in her life. Specifically Ms. Hamlin situates Moody and her inner conflicts within the Civil Rights movement. The presenter gave a good account of her fame and her downward spiral—from activism and authorship—then the mental price she paid for her Civil Rights activism, but her trauma from Jim Crow was never repaired. By using the lens of trauma—one gains a nuanced understanding of the personal cost of the Civil Rights movement.

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Podcast: James Marten on SHCY and JHCY

Earlier this month James Marten, the new editor of the JHCY, spoke with Brian Shea, Public Relations and Advertising Coordinator for the journal division at Johns Hopkins University Press, about his new role and the challenges facing journals and associations. The full podcast is available here and below is the transcript of the interview.

Shea: Thank you for joining me today Jim. How excited are you to begin your term as editor of the journal?

Marten: Well I kind of want to get started and figure out the system. It’s a new kind of technology for me. Everything is done online, and while I’ve done lots of editing of anthologies and other things, this is a very different process and so I kind of want to get into the first issue or two and learn how to do it. So, yeah, I’m very excited. Personally it’s a challenge because it’s a new sort of thing, but also it’s a great service to the society so I’m quite excited.

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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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Guest Post: Simon Sleight on Thomas Kennington’s Homeless

Recently we asked SHCY member Dr Simon Sleight (King’s College London) to reflect on a source that he had found especially compelling in the writing of his new book, Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870–1914 (Ashgate). Here Simon offers his thoughts on a painting, which you can see either here or on the walls of Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia.

Thomas Kennington, Homeless, 1890
Thomas Kennington, Homeless, 1890

Homeless, helpless, a passive victim of the urban environment—this is a dominant image of youth at large in the late-Victorian city. Raised up from wet paving stones by a compassionate passer-by, this fallen child appears feeble, an object for pity and necessary rescue. The portrait’s tone is elegiac: the female figure is dressed in “widow’s weeds,” the garments of mourning, and the child’s limp posture and vacant gaze suggest that death may be near at hand. In the distance the grey gasworks, belching chimney and diagonal crane frame the location as industrial. Nature is a sparse commodity here; even the solitary tree in the painting is leafless, its lower branch snapped, its stone casing restricting room for future development. Nothing, we are invited to infer, can grow normally in this setting. No visual clue is given by the artist regarding the precise whereabouts of these characters. It could be any street in any industrial city of the Victorian era.

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Depictions of Bullying in Popular Culture

Bullying has been a hot topic in recent years in terms of education, social media, and garnering awareness and protection of all persons from bullying. While being bullied or picked on used to be considered something of a rite of passage of elementary and high school, it is now considered a serious offense and can result in school expulsion and criminal charges. The scope of bullying within popular culture has also changed radically; depicting scenes in television or movies regarding bullying is now considered offensive and come with a warning at the start of an episode.

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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

New Book: Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870-1914

From SHCY member Simon Sleight (King’s College London): Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870-1914. Ashgate Studies in Childhood, 2013.

From the publisher:
Baby booms have a long history. In 1870, colonial Melbourne was “perspiring juvenile humanity” with an astonishing 42 per cent of the city’s inhabitants aged 14 and under—a demographic anomaly resulting from the gold rushes of the 1850s. Within this context, Simon Sleight enters the heated debate concerning the future prospects of “Young Australia” and the place of the colonial child within the incipient Australian nation. Looking beyond those institutional sites so often assessed by historians of childhood, he ranges across the outdoor city to chart the relationship between a discourse about youth, youthful experience and the shaping of new urban spaces. Play, street work, consumerism, courtship, gang-related activities and public parades are examined using a plethora of historical sources to reveal a hitherto hidden layer of city life. Capturing the voices of young people as well as those of their parents, Sleight alerts us to the ways in which young people shaped the emergent metropolis by appropriating space and attempting to impress upon the city their own desires. Here a dynamic youth culture flourished well before the discovery of the “teenager” in the mid-twentieth century; here young people and the city grew up together.

“‘Marvellous Melbourne’, a precocious new world city of the late nineteenth century, is the site for this rich and acute study of how young people carved out their own spaces in the urban outdoors. Simon Sleight draws on a remarkable range of sources to illuminate the subversive perspectives of Melbourne’s youth. The book contributes to the burgeoning international scholarship on young people’s historical experiences, and is recommended reading for historians, geographers and sociologists alike.”—Stuart Macintyre, University of Melbourne, Australia

For more information, see the Ashgate website:

CFP: Early African American Children’s Literature

Early African American Children’s Literature: An anthology of original essays

African American childhood in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was a fraught proposition. On one hand, African Americans of all ages were infantilized by those in power. On the other hand, evolving constructions of childhood explicitly excluded African Americans: they were not cherubs dependent on motherly love, and they weren’t part of a private domestic sphere, and, the argument ran, they were never going to grow into self-sufficient adulthood. Perhaps it’s no surprise that we have not really thought about African American children’s literature in the years before 1900. Yet as scholars such as Caroline Lavender, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Courtney Wiekle-Mills, Robin Bernstein and others have shown, literature about childhood and aimed at children were rich sites for conveying—and rejecting—vital concepts of personal and national development that would translate into ideologies of race, class, gender, sexuality and citizenship.

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Job: Research Position at University of Manchester

University of Manchester, Humanities Research Associate
Institution Type: College / University
Location: United Kingdom
Position: Research Professional
Closing date: 4 June 2013
Reference: HUM-02695
Faculty / organisational unit: Humanities
School / Directorate: Arts, Languages and Cultures
Division: History
Salary: 29,541-36,298
Employment type: Fixed term (start date 1st August 2013 for a period of 24 months)
Hours per week: 1 FTE
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

This post is attached to the AHRC-funded research project, coordinated at The University of Manchester by Dr Peter Cave and Dr Aaron Moore.
This project investigates the experience of childhood, education, and youth in Japan between 1925 and 1945. It will record the memories of about 100 people who lived through this momentous period as children and adolescents, as well as examining surviving diaries of juveniles and other contemporary documents. These oral history and documentary records will be used to build up a picture of juvenile life and education in the period as experienced and remembered. The project examines: social and personal relationships of juveniles; the aims, content, and style of learning in schools; the development of consciousness (especially national consciousness) in juveniles; and the relationship of historical memory and consciousness to ideology and historical discourses.

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CFP: Encyclopedia of Youth Cultures in America

The Encyclopedia of Youth Cultures in America to be published by M.E. Sharpe, seeks authors for the following entries: B-boy, Beat Generation,bobby-soxers, Bohemianism, Boys Towns, Candy Stripers, Central European Youth Groups in America, Deaf Culture, Factory Girls, Fetish Subcultures, Freak Scene, Greasers, Grunge, Gymnasts, Hackers and Hactivism, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Youth Groups, Hipies, Hipsters, Homeless, Mod and Mod Revival, Muslim Youth Groups, Neo-Pagans, New Age, Otherkin, Pre-Schoolers, Psychobilly, Rednecks, Rockabilly, Rollerblading and Roller Derby, Runaways, Scandinavian American Youth Groups, Soldiers, Student Protest and Activism, Summer Camps, Tweeners, and Zoot Suiters.

Modest honoraria offered for entries from 500-3,000 words.

For information and inquiries, write Professor Simon Bronner at

Call for Guest Bloggers: SHCY Conference 2013

SHCY is looking for guest bloggers to write about their experiences at the biennial conference in June. Scholars and graduate students are invited to submit their views/takeaways about a particular panel, a series of panels, or a session discussion—anything that may be of special interest to the community. Selected submissions would be no more than 500-1000 words, and would be featured on the association website

For more information or to volunteer, please email us at info@shcy.localhost

Job: Adjunct Instructor at William Paterson University

For Fall 2013, the English Department at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, is seeking adjunct instructors to teach two sections of Introduction to Children’s Literature. One class is daytime, the other evening.

Electronic communication preferred. For consideration, please contact:

Dr. Ian Marshall
Chair, Department of English
William Paterson University
Wayne NJ 07470


Dr. Judith Broome
Chair, Curriculum Scheduling and Liaison to WPUNJ@Mercer
Department of English
William Paterson University
Wayne, New Jersey 07470

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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New Book: The Charleston Orphan House

From SHCY member John E. Murray: The Charleston Orphan House: Children’s Lives in the First Public Orphanage in America. University of Chicago Press, 2013.

From the publisher:
The first public orphanage in America, the Charleston Orphan House saw to the welfare and education of thousands of children from poor white families in the urban South. From wealthy benefactors to the families who sought its assistance to the artisans and merchants who relied on its charges as apprentices, the Orphan House was a critical component of the city’s social fabric. By bringing together white citizens from all levels of society, it also played a powerful political role in maintaining the prevailing social order.

John E. Murray tells the story of the Charleston Orphan House for the first time through the words of those who lived there or had family members who did. Through their letters and petitions, the book follows the families from the events and decisions that led them to the Charleston Orphan House through the children’s time spent there to, in a few cases, their later adult lives. What these accounts reveal are families struggling to maintain ties after catastrophic loss and to preserve bonds with children who no longer lived under their roofs.

An intimate glimpse into the lives of the white poor in early American history, The Charleston Orphan House is moreover an illuminating look at social welfare provision in the antebellum South.

For more information, see the University of Chicago Press website.

New E-book: Toys, Play, Culture and Society

New digitized version available for free on Scribd (search: Jean-Pierre Rossie) and on (see publications) of the book:

Rossie, Jean-Pierre (2005/2013). Toys, Play, Culture and Society. An Anthropological Approach with Reference to North Africa and the Sahara. Foreword by Brian Sutton-Smith, 256 p., 144 ill.

The black and white photographs of the 2005 version have been replaced by the original color photographs. At the same time some minor linguistic and formal adaptations have been made but the content remains unchanged.

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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Job: Children and Youth and Their Physical Bodies

Youth and Children’s Studies at the Brantford Campus of Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning July 1, 2013, subject to budgetary approval. The applicant’s research expertise and teaching abilities should centre on the performance and experiences of children and youth and their physical bodies. Preference will be given to applicants who conduct quantitative or qualitative research with young people, and whose research focuses on disability, health, play, or body image. A PhD in a related social sciences discipline (e.g., sociology, psychology, public health, kinesiology, etc.), is required.

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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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New Book: Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India

Ruby Lal, Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), xviii plus 229 pages. ISBN: 978-1-107-03024-4.

Publisher’s Description of Book:

In this engaging and eloquent history, Ruby Lal traces the becoming
of nineteenth-century Indian women through a critique of narratives
of linear transition from girlhood to womanhood. In the north
Indian patriarchal environment, women’s lives were dominated by
the expectations of the male universal, articulated most clearly in
household chores and domestic duties. The author argues that girls and
women in the early nineteenth century experienced freedom, eroticism,
adventurousness and playfulness, even within restrictive circumstances.

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CFAuthors: Social History of American Families

The statistics tell the story of the American family: According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 marked the milestone when blended families or
stepfamilies became the most common form of family in America; 2,100
new blended families are formed every day in this country; 41 percent
of unmarried couples living together have children living in the home;
over 65 percent of Americans are now a stepparent, a stepchild, a
stepsibling, a step-grandparent, or touched directly by a stepfamily
scenario. Moreover, the Pew Research Center reports interracial
marriages are on the rise in America—in 1980, 3 percent of married
couples were mixed race; today 1 in 12 couples are interracial

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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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Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare

Call for Papers: Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare
Special Issue of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

The editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, in conjunction with guest editor Deanne Williams, York University, extend a call for papers for B&L 9.2 (Fall 2014) on the topic of Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare.

In 2012, the United Nations celebrated the first “Day of the Girl Child,” highlighting the treatment of girls and young women as the key moral issue of our time. As the advancement of girls becomes a global economic, medical, and social priority, literary scholars are turning their attention to cultural representations of and by girls and to historical and philosophical conceptions of girlhood. This special issue of Borrowers and Lenders initiates a scholarly conversation on girls and girlhood in adaptations of Shakespeare, seeking papers that address the process of adapting Shakespeare for girl actors, readers, patrons or audiences; adaptations of Shakespeare’s “girl” characters; and girls’ responses to and appropriations of Shakespeare. We encourage contributions that range from Shakespeare’s contemporaries and Restoration theatre to contemporary authors, playwrights, visual artists and directors, as well those that engage with newer or non-canonical literary genres such as online and Web 2.0 Shakespeares; fanfiction and the graphic novel; autobiography, memoirs and life writing; Shakespeare for children; and international, multicultural and postcolonial adaptations.

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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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Member News: Children, Adults, and Shared Responsibilities

Children, Adults, and Shared Responsibilities: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, November 2012.

The book is a collection of essays by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars that underscores the significance of sustained and serious ethical, inter-religious, and inter-disciplinary reflection on children.

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Member News: Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Melissa R. Klapper’s Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from approximately 1890 to the beginnings of World War II.

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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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SHCY Biennial Article Award

Call for Nominations: Best Journal Article on the History of Children and Youth

Nominations are accepted from journals, editors, and self-nominations by authors. All are eligible for the award, except for current members of the prizes award committees and current members of the SHCY executive committee and officers.
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Grace Abbott Best Book Award

Call for Nominations: Best Book on the History of Children and Youth
Grace Abbott Best Book Award Published in Calendar Years 2011 or 2012

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 calendar years 2011 or 2012.
The award of a plaque and a check for $500 US will be presented at the 2013 SHCY Biennial Conference (June 25-27) at Nottingham University, United Kingdom.

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Member News: Home Front Girl

New book released from Chicago Review Press: Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing up in Wartime America

Kept from the early 1930s through the mid-1940s by a young Chicagoan and edited by her daughter, this diary provides a fascinating, detailed record of the life of an astute and witty teenage girl during the Great Depression and the lead-up to World War II. The only daughter of a working-class Swedish immigrant and his wife, this everyday girl describes her life growing up in the city—from pining for handsome boys in ROTC uniforms to her love for the Art Institute, Lake Michigan and, later, her campus life at the University of Chicago in the early 1940s. Along the way she ruminates about the daily headlines and major touchstones of the era: the Lindbergh kidnapping, FDR on the radio, Goodbye Mr. Chips and Citizen Kane, Garbo, Churchill, Hitler, war work, and Red Cross meetings. Poems, doodles, and drawings of the latest dress, outfit, or haircut accompany the entries. The diary is an entertaining and delightful read as well as a vivid account of a real American girl’s lived experiences.

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Young People’s Materials and Culture

Call for Papers: Journal of Graduate Research in Young People’s Materials and Culture (JGR)

Based at the University of British Columbia the Journal of Graduate Research in Young People’s Materials and Culture (JGR) is a peer-reviewed open-access e-journal publishing graduate student research in the areas of children’s and young adult literature, childhood studies, and cultural studies related to children and young people.
We are currently selecting manuscripts for our winter 2013 issue. Papers on any children’s or young adult genres are welcome as are papers that discuss other children’s materials such as film, virtual texts, or graphic novels.

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Negotiations of Gender in Early Childhood Settings

Call for papers Special issue: Negotiations of Gender in Early Childhood Settings

The International Journal of Early Childhood invites researchers with different theoretical and methodological perspectives to contribute to a special issue on children’s negotiations of gender and normality in early childhood education. This is in order to develop an international research-based conversation on this topic. We welcome researchers from different geographical areas to contribute to this special issue.

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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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Contribute Your News to the SHCY Website

Beginning in January 2013, SHCY will post member news monthly. News includes significant scholarly achievements, such as books published or reviewed, articles published, websites launched, awards for research or teaching, new syllabi, or press interviews (text, audio, or video).

Please send us your news! News is welcome about publications, awards, or interviews in any language.

Email: info@shcy.localhost
Tweet: @shcyhome

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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

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SHCY Outreach Grant Recipients

The Outreach Committee and Executive Committee announce the first set of $500 Outreach Grants. They go to:

The Childhood and Youth Studies Collaborative at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, to support faculty and students from other colleges and universities in the Upper Midwest to travel to Minneapolis and participate in a series of workshops and presentations throughout the spring semester 2013.
Applicants: Mary Jo Maynes, Kysa Hubbard, and Emily Bruce.

The University of North Texas Digital Scholarship Co-Operative to support “They leave me and I love them more”: A Symposium on the Legacies of Maurice Sendak” on April 26, 2013. The audience includes UNT faculty, students, and staff, and members of the community.
Applicant: Spencer D. C. Keralis.

Carolina Seminar, UNC-Chapel Hill, to support lecture by Margaret Peacock on Cold War Kids: Images of Soviet-American Childhood and the Collapse of Consensus, 1945-1968 (tentatively scheduled for late November 2012). The seminar theme is “Russia and Its Neighbors, East and West.” The audience is UNC-Chapel faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and the community.
Applicant: Jacqueline M. Olich.

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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Schiller Prize for Bibliographical Work on Pre-20th-Century Children’s Books

Schiller Prize for Bibliographical Work on Pre-20th-Century Children’s Books
Nomination Deadline: October 15, 2012
For more details visit the Bibliographic Society of America’s website.

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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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SHCY Outreach Grants

SHCY will distribute up to three $500 grants in any given academic year to help defray expenses for speakers, symposia, and conferences fully or partially devoted to the history of children and youth.

Possible uses:
—keynote speakers
—printed materials
—support for students attending the conference/event

Deadline: October 1, 2012, for events taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2013.

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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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Call for co-editor for multi-volume primary source reader on 18th century British and American families

We are looking for a third co-editor to help gather, transcribe, and analyze primary sources about family life in 18th century Britain and America. We have a substantial outline for the series and are in advanced negotiations with the publisher. Since we are both junior faculty, we would prefer a more senior scholar, preferably one with a background in 18th century American families.

For more information please contact Amy Harris.

Amy Harris
BYU History Department
2130 JFSB
Provo, Utah 84602
(801) 422-6408

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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Research Opportunity: 19th/early-20th c. British Children’s Hospitals

PhD Bursaries available from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 
Kingston University 
Deadline: 15 June 2012

Kingston University has announced it is making 14 fees-only PhD bursaries
available across arrange of subject areas within the Faculty of Arts and Social
Sciences, including History.

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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