Child in the World seminar: Conflict and Migration in Museums (3 December 2013)

Conflict and Migration in Museums

Is there a danger, when migration becomes a contentious topic of political debate, that museums retreat from dealing with the inevitable conflicts that arise in developing relationships with migrant communities and representing their lives? This seminar, drawing on lessons learnt in the UK, France and Australia, opens up debate on how to use conflict constructively.

Date: 3 Dec 2013
Time: 17.30 – 19.00
Place: V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA

17.30 – 17.50 Museum as Conflict Zone: A ‘social justice’ approach, where the museum is seen as a site for dialogue and debate is being adopted by museums across the world. Undoubtedly such democratic processes create new spheres of conflict and resistance. Citizens, formerly kept quiet under hidden linkages of domination, inevitably become animated. Based upon recent work Object: Working through Conflict in Museums, Dr Bernadette Lynch explores the implications of building relationships with migrant communities with whom embracing conflict becomes a necessity.

17.50 – 18.10 Neo-colonialist representations, silencing and re-appropriations in National Museum of the History of Immigration, France: Dr. Sophia Labadi charts the conflicting processes and decisions at play in the translation of the aims of the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, Paris (CNHI) into the museography and interpretation of the collections. She critiques the usages made of this heritage space, particularly its unauthorised occupation by illegal workers for four months from October 2010 to January 2011. The CNHI is the only national museum dedicated to celebrating the positive contributions of migrants to France.

18.10 – 18.30 Migration, politics and museum audience: Representing ‘boat people’ in Australia: Dr Eureka Henrich focuses on the representation of refugees who arrive by boat, a highly politicized issue in Australia. Museums are under pressure to attract a wide audience, develop relationships with migrant communities and present ‘plain facts’ – tasks which may be incompatible with each other and with curators’ desires to challenge dominant representations of migrants. Henrich explores the implications of how curators and others have negotiated these conflicts through reference to Australia’s rich history of migration exhibitions including how children’s objects and drawings have been used to elicit empathy.

18.30 – 19.00 Panel discussion


Dr. Bernadette Lynch lectures and publishes widely, advising internationally on democratic practice and public participation in museums. She has worked on high-profile action research projects across the UK. These include publishing the influential report Whose Cake is it Anyway? on the impact of engagement and participation and heading a museum partnership project/ publication on working through issues of conflict as central to democratic engagement in the cultural sector.

Dr. Sophia Labadi is a Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Director of the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent and a consultant for international organizations. She previously worked for UNESCO and the 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and participated in the strategic planning and drafting of the 2009 UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity. Her latest publication is ‘UNESCO, Cultural Heritage and Outstanding Universal Value’ published in 2013 by AltaMira.

Dr Eureka Henrich is an early career historian at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College, London. Her doctoral research, presently being converted into a book, tracked how migration histories have been exhibited in Australian museums. This covered the period from the establishment of the first museum of migration in the world in Adelaide in 1986 to the present day. Her article, ‘Museums, history and migration in Australia’ was published by History Compass, Oct 2013.

This seminar is part of the AHRC Collaborative Award Programme, The Child in the World: Empire, Diaspora and Global Citizenship involving Queen Mary University of London and the V&A Museum of Childhood.

To book a free place please email: or ring 020 8983 5205

For further details email Eithne Nightingale on

Children’s Literature Position at Rowan University

Position:  Assistant Professor, Specialist in Children’s Literature
Department: English

The English Department at Rowan University has a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor of children’s literature.  We are seeking broadly trained candidates prepared to teach courses in children’s literature and young adult literature as well as a foundation course for English majors, survey courses in U.S. literature and/or British literature, and seminars in area(s) of expertise.  A 3/3 teaching load is guaranteed for the first two years and can be renewed annually with evidence of continuing scholarship.  Course load will sometimes be split between the Glassboro and Camden campuses.  No Composition.  Departmental and university service is expected.  Initial interviews will be conducted at MLA.   The position begins September 1, 2014.

1)   Ph.D. in English, completed by September 1, 2014
2)   Evidence of excellence in teaching
3)   An active research agenda


Candidates should submit a letter of application and acurriculum vitae to the Chair, Joseph L. Coulombe, using the Technomedia Applicant Tracking System:

The deadline is November 4, 2013.  Dossiers should be submitted only upon request.

General Information:
Rowan University is a comprehensive public institution that values high-quality teaching, scholarship, and service.  While our current enrollment is more than 11,000 students, our classes are small (20-30 students).  Research is supported by the university through travel support, internal grants, and load adjustment, although faculty are expected to pursue external funding as well.  Salary is competitive, and faculty positions fall under the State of New Jersey & AFT Collective Bargaining agreement.  Rowan University ranks in the top tier of universities in the region.  Less than 20 miles from Philadelphia, the area offers a variety of attractive urban, suburban, and rural living options.  For more information about Rowan University and the English Department, please visit  All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity.

Global Summit on Childhood CFP

2014 Global Summit on Childhood

There’s still time to submit your proposal!

Proposals now due
5 November 2013


The Association for Childhood Education International’s upcoming Global Summit on Childhood (10-13 April 2014 – Vancouver, Canada), will explore diverse perspectives on childhood from different cultural, historical, social, and economic contexts, in order to advance our understanding of the childhood experience.

Do you have any stories, research, recommendations, or experiences you would like to share with a passionate and engaged audience of fellow researchers, educators, practitioners, and advocates who support children and childhood? If so, please submit your proposal today! 

The Global Summit on Childhood seeks to feature sessions from a variety of subject areas, including:

  • Worldviews on Childhood
  • Childhood in Your Country or Community
  • Child Perspectives on Childhood
  • Childhood in a Changing World
  • Childhood From Perspectives of Identity and Ability

DEADLINE EXTENDED! We have recently extended the deadline for proposals to Tuesday, the 5th of November. You have only a few more weeks to submit your proposal.

Download Proposal Form 

To attend the Global Summit on Childhood, 
register here. We try to keep registration rates as reasonable as possible. We hope this facilitates your attendance. Please be sure to check out our special student and team rates.

For more information, contact Yvette Murphy at



CFP: Seeking One Additional Essay for Collection: “The War of My Generation:” Youth Culture and the War on Terror

I am seeking an additional essay to complete a collection of essays under contract with Rutgers University Press entitled _”The War of My Generation:” Youth Culture and the War on Terror_. This collection examines how children and adolescents have been imagined as subjects in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and during the subsequent war on terror in its domestic and foreign policy manifestations. Essays already accepted examine cultural products aimed at young people (video games, novels, children’s books) and how young people have been imagined as subjects (students who should/shouldn’t encounter specific images of the war, potential military recruits, etc.). Other essays explore how young people have responded to the attacks and wars.

In response to a suggestion by an external reviewer, I am seeking an additional essay that explores young people’s engagement in acts of memorialization and/or protest. I am interested in essays that address one or more of the following questions, though I’m of course open to other approaches as well:

-How have young people engaged in the memorialization of the September 11 attacks or the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars? What do their actions at memorial sites, their participation in memorial ceremonies, or their creation of new ways/sites of remembering tell us about how young people engage with the critical questions of citizenship during the War on Terror?

-How have young people supported or protested the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? What do their actions tell us about how young people imagine the role of the United States in the world, the place of the military in society, and the obligations of citizenship during the War on Terror?

-How do young people’s acts of memorialization and protest draw upon/intersect with/revise earlier protest traditions — anti-Vietnam protests, sit-ins, and teach-ins, divestment movements, and so on?

Essays should be no longer than 9.000 words, and I would like to submit the final draft of the collection to the press in January.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss ideas.


Dave Kieran
American Studies
Franklin & Marshall College
David Kieran
American Studies Department
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17603

Conference at the V&A Museum of Childhood

The Child in the World
One-day conference at the V&A Museum of Childhood
9 November 2013

This conference has been convened as part of the AHRC ‘Child in the
World’ collaborative programme between the MoC and Queen Mary. It will
explore the ways in which children imagine, understand and engage with
the wider world. The keynote lecture will be given by Karen Wells
(Birkbeck) on ‘The child in the world: violence and gendered
transitions to adulthood.’ Further information, including the
conference programme and speaker biographies, is available at: