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 (rld@byu.edu) 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.)

Africa Focus: a Primary Source Collection

Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent brings together an array of primary source materials related to the study of forty-five different countries. The collection features still images (photographs and slides) and audio recordings only, providing rich non-written sources for study and teaching. There are two search options: a thematic or subject search and a guided (more advanced) search.

For a complete website review, see Children & Youth in History. The website is available at http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/AfricaFocus.

Ukiyo-e: a Search Engine for Japanese Woodblock Prints

Ukiyo-e is a dynamic research tool where researchers can search through over 213,000 Japanese woodblock prints from 1700s-present. There are two search options: by keyword or by image (upload or paste an image URL). John Resig, the site creator, has created this tool to address the need for “easily finding similar prints across multiple collections simultaneously.” This extends to unifying artist names, which often vary across collections or change, and translating the Kanji names. Resig lists all of the collections (museum, university, library, gallery, and private) that are searchable through the site.

A keyword search for “children” results in 1,183 unique images. An option called “Compare Prints” allows viewers to see different iterations of similar images, a huge help in seeing the changes in renderings over time. The site is clean and easy to navigate, providing as much information as possible about the prints as well as links to the collections in which they are housed.

The site is available at ukiyo-e.org.