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Call for Self Nominations: ACYIG Board Position of Student Representative

Dear ACYIG Members,

At the ACYIG Organizational Meeting in DC last week, it was announced that the ACYIG Advisory Board recently voted by acclamation to add a seventh member position to the Board.

This position is titled, STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE. Whoever serves in this position is charged with liaising with ACYIG graduate and undergraduate student members to communicate ideas, policies, and concerns from students between members and the ACYIG Advisory Board.  Continue reading


ACYIG 2015 Conference: Reminders and Travel Tips

The buzz is on about the 2015 conference of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, if the recent AAA meetings were any indication!   This is a reminder of the deadline for submitting a proposal:  January 10, send to  The call for papers can be found here.

Also a couple of travel tips to make this conference even more affordable than it is already.  If you live within reach of Jet Blue Airlines, they have very attractive prices for flying into Long Beach Airport (LGB), an airport especially close to the venue, California State University at Long Beach.  Also, if you would like to find a roommate with whom to share a room, contact Aviva Sinervo at  Aviva’s communications committee is helping to put people in touch with others seeking to share a room.

See you in Long Beach!

Documentary screening “Play no matter what!”

Anthropology of Children and Youth Seminar

Documentary ‘Play no matter what!’ and the concept of Social Circus

Kim van Haaster, Director and producer of documentaries at Kim van Haaster Audiovisuele Producties

Monday December 15, 2014 10:30-12:00
VU University, Amsterdam, room Z-009(Metropolitan)

Kim van Haaster will introduce the concept of Social Circus that is closely related to the topic of the documentary ‘Play no matter what!’. The documentary was shot in Romania in 2013. After the screening there is time for questions.

Synopsis: Rachitoasa is the hilly hometown of Alexandra and Noni, two Romanian teenagers at the age of fourteen. There is not much else to do in Rachitoasa but to go school, work the land, help out in the household, or hang out on the streets. But one glorious day a bunch of funny looking, foreign people come to live in their village and stay a while. They turn the abandoned and rundown school building down the road into a colorful place for them to play! Ash and Jolien and the two teenagers become friends and hand-in-hand they play and figure out what they are good at and what is valuable in life. Playing is the most powerful way of learning, no matter the circumstances.  

Please also note the date and time of the other upcoming seminar:
Friday 16 January: 10.30-12.00

VU University is located at a 10-minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Zuid railway station. The Metropolitan Building is located opposite the University’s main building, across the tramway. Tram stop ‘De Boelelaan / VU’ is served by tram lines 5 and 51.

Feel free to communicate information of this seminar to other people who might be interested.

Could you confirm your participation in the 15 December seminar to us?

New Book: Orphans & Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire


by Nazan Maksudyan
Syracuse University Press (2014)

Book Description
History books often weave tales of rising and falling empires, royal dynasties, and wars among powerful nations. Here, Maksudyan succeeds in making those who are farthest removed from power the lead actors in this history. Continue reading

CFP: Children & Forced Migration

Seeking contributions for an edited volume on Children and Forced Migration: Durable Solutions during Transient Years.

Editors: Marisa O. Ensor (, and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak ( Shot 2014-12-06 at 2.00.52 PM

The proposed book project is conceived as a follow up to our successful volume Children and Migration: At the Crossroads of Resiliency and Vulnerability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), to be included in Palgrave’s recent series on “Studies in Childhood and Youth”.

Download the full call for submissions for more information.