Monday, July 12, 2010

(Another) CFP Alert: The Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood

"Childhood Map" ©2009 by Joe Beale at ghost blog

Via the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) website, another CFP for yet another fantastic looking conference on topics related to children's culture & media studies. This one seeks to explore a wide range of issues that will help map the state of child studies in Canada, as well as examine our ever changing notions & understandings of childhood(s). Here's the description from the conference website:
The landscape of child studies has changed. The Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood is meant to engage scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of academic disciplines and institutions to consider the state of child studies in Canada. Beginning in the last decade of the 20th century, disciplines long dedicated to the study of the child and childhood have been revitalized, while those whose attention to childhood had waned significantly since mid-century are newly engaged with the central problematic of what the child and childhood represents. Figured in the plural, childhoods pose a significant crossroads for theoretical and empirical work on the nature of being human and development broadly construed, and childhood as an experience, as a social category, as an artistic and literary construct, as a category for historical and demographic analysis, as a category of personhood, and as a locus for human rights and policy interventions. Considering childhoods of the past, present and future , scholars will present research results, policy approaches, and theoretical paradigms that are emergent in this re-engagement with the child and childhoods. Bringing together divergent networks of expertise organized around childhoods, this conference offers the opportunity for new research collaborations and the scholarly dissemination of innovative research.

Venue: University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Date: Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7, 2011

Conference Format:

* Two days of multidisciplinary scholarly panels on conference themes
* Three separate keynote events
* A film night
* One day of poster and practitioner sessions
Conference themes include: Definitions of Childhood; Indigenous Theories of Childhood; Gender and childhood; Globalization; Technology; Adolescence; Empowerment; Health, Disability, and Risk. Keynote speakers include Dr. Allison James (University of Sheffield, Director of Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)) and Dr. Mavis Reimer (University of well as the Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood and Director of the CRYTC).

To participate in the conference you'll need to submit a 300-500 word proposal/abstract 300 and 500 words through conference website (see links on left hand side) by October 1, 2010. Multidisciplinary panels are welcome. Graduate students are encouraged to contribute posters on current research (there's even a prize attached).

Impressively, the conference will also include a series of practitioner workshops devoted to the following topics: Digital bullying; Brain development; and Changing family contexts.

Find out more (or submit an abstract) here, or by emailing childhoods [at]

1 comment:

Joe Beale said...

Hi, just noticed this. Glad you like my map :-) Thanks for the credit and best wishes,