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REMINDER: Time to register for the 2015 ACYIG Conference/Reduced hotel rates end after Feb. 2nd

We are really pleased with the groundswell of interest in the 2015 ACYIG Conference to be held March 12-15 at California State University, Long Beach! With over 60 presenters on topics as varied as child/youth architectures of play to the value of using child- and youth-centered ethnography to train teachers, the conference is shaping up to be one of our very best. Conference organizers are hard at work; Please look for an email posting the Preliminary Program for the conference around February 15th.

In the meantime, this is a reminder to please book your room(s) soon at the designated conference hotel, the Ayres Seal Beach Hotel. block of rooms has been held for our participants for the special price of $139 per night until February 2nd. To receive this reduced rate, call (562) 596-8330 and mention the conference code ACYIG before then.

Staying at the Ayres Seal Beach hotel is advantageous, because a free shuttle bus will leave this hotel each morning and head back to the hotel in the evening, providing you with transportation to our conference location on the California State University campus (about an 8 or 9 minute shuttle ride away).

And registering for the 2015 conference is also a snap at:

Thank you for registering for the Conference soon; the sooner folks register, the sooner we know how many will attend, and the better we can ensure space, food, and programming for all.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Rachael Stryker
Convener, ACYIG


Book Table for Authors at ACYIG Conference!

Dear Book Authors,

We have added an additional feature to the ACYIG conference, an area for authors to display their books.  If you have a new book you would like to share with conference attendees, please notify Cindy Dell Clark, so that space can be researved for you.



CFP – 3rd International Conference: International Childhood and Youth Research Network

Theory and Method in Child and Youth Research

June 10-12 , 2015
European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

We are pleased to announce the 3rd international conference of theInternational Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet) which isorganized by the Center for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, European University Cyprus.    

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Jo Boyden, Professor and Director of Young Lives, Oxford University
  • Dan Cook, Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University

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Seminar at UCLan – ‘Participation in the Corporate Parenting Agenda – Can a shift in the power relationship really happen?’

The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
University of Central Lancashire
Harrington Building, Room 338a

February 26, 2015 / 4-5:30pm

Participation in the Corporate Parenting agenda – Can a shift in the power relationship really happen?

Gavin Redhead
Children and Young Peoples Participation Officer, Children’s Services Department at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

There is increasing emphasis on listening to the ‘Voice of the Child’, especially those children and young people who are, or have been, involved in the care system. For many of these children and young people, the opportunities to influence life changing decisions are often dependent on the relationship with their key workers. This can often prove challenging, given the bureaucratic nature of care processes and procedures. If services are failing to even evidence that they are listening, how can they hope to demonstrate that what they are being told is having an impact and influencing the decisions that are being taken for those children and young people.

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New Book – Shirley Temple and the Performance of Girlhood by Kristen Hatch

Just released from Rutgers University Press ProductImageHandler.ashx
In the 1930s, Shirley Temple was heralded as “America’s sweetheart,” and she remains the icon of wholesome American girlhood, but Temple’s films strike many modern viewers as perverse. Shirley Temple and the Performance of Girlhood examines her early career in the context of the history of girlhood and considers how Temple’s star image emerged out of the Victorian cult of the child.

Beginning her career in “Baby Burlesks,” short films where she played vamps and harlots, her biggest hits were marketed as romances between Temple and her adult male costars. Kristen Hatch helps modern audiences make sense of the erotic undercurrents that seem to run through these movies. Placing Temple’s films in their historical context and reading them alongside earlier representations of girlhood in Victorian theater and silent film, Hatch shows how Shirley Temple emerged at the very moment that long standing beliefs about childhood innocence and sexuality were starting to change. Where we might now see a wholesome child in danger of adult corruption, earlier audiences saw Temple’s films as demonstrations of the purifying power of childhood innocence.
Hatch examines the cultural history of the time to view Temple’s performances in terms of sexuality, but in relation to changing views about gender, class, and race. Filled with new archival research, Shirley Temple and the Performance of Girlhood enables us to appreciate the “simpler times” of Temple’s stardom in all its thorny complexity.