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Deadline approaching for upcoming seminar: Feminism and the politics of childhood: Friends or foes?

The deadline is approaching to register an expression of interest to attend the upcoming seminarFeminism and the politics of childhood: Friends or foes? as a non-presenting participant.

If you wish to participate in the workshop as a non-presenter, please send an expression of interest of no more than 250 words outlining relevant academic and/or community-based experience by30th September 2015 to (Subject line: PARTICIPANT Feminism and Childhood).

Participation in the seminar:

The seminar will be held on the 16th and 17th November 2015 at IOE UCL, London, and will bring together community-based and academic scholars and activists to unpack the intersections and perceived antagonisms between various forms of feminism and the politics of childhood, focusing on the ways that these fields attend to those positioned as women and as children.

The seminar is arranged to foster dialogue and participation amongst a small group of participants who work on seminar themes from within different paradigms, varying disciplines, and diverse contexts. Speakers will have 5 minutes to present their pre-circulated paper, with the bulk of the time set aside for discussion amongst both presenting and non-presenting participants.

We therefore ask that all selected participants commit to:

  • Pre-read all working papers (approximately 4,000 words each) and come prepared to discuss these papers.
  • Attend the entire 1½ day seminar (afternoon 16th Novemberand full day 17th November 2015).

Further information:

Key questions the seminar will address are:

  • How do we ensure the well-being of children and women, particularly in contexts where their interests may (appear to) be in conflict?
  • How might a conversation between feminism and the politics of childhood speak to these tensions?
  • What are the implications of theorising women and children together?

Confirmed papers:

  • Leena Alanen (University of Jyväskylä)

Feminist Studies – Childhood Studies: Towards a post-constructionist reconciliation

  • Priscilla Alderson (UCL Institute of Education)

‘Women and children first’?

  • Erica Burman (Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester)

A necessary struggle-in-relation?

  • Claire Houghton (The University of Edinburgh)

Domestic abuse and devolution: Power to all the people?

  • Berry Mayall  (UCL Institute of Education)

Women’s ideas about childhood, England 1900-1920

  • Erica Meiners (2015 Soros Justice Fellow, Northeastern Illinois University)

Defending Women: Child saving in the US carceral state

  • Geetanjali Misra (CREA, New Delhi)

Sexuality, gender, and the rights of girls and women in South and Southeast Asia

  • Ann Phoenix  (UCL Institute of Education)

“I have never called her mum”: Mothers and children defined and divided by children’s ‘best interests’

  • Geraldine Pratt (University of British Columbia)

Children and their migrant mothers: Rhetoric and politics in global neoliberalism

  • Rachel Rosen  (UCL Institute of Education)
    Jan Newberry (University of Lethbridge)

Love, labour and appropriation: Reconceptualising social reproduction with women and children in the frame

  • Rachel Thomson (University of Sussex)
    Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck College)

Pushing the envelope: Thinking through childhood and maternal studies

  • Ohad Zehavi (Tel Aviv University)

Becoming-woman, becoming-child, becoming-minoritarian

For more information, see

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UCL Grand Challenges

Call to Fill Three Open ACYIG Board Positions

Dear ACYIG Members,

At the end of this year, three of our colleagues – Cindy Dell Clark, Elisa Sobo, and myself –will be finishing their terms on the ACYIG Board. This means that I will be stepping down as ACYIG Convener. This is part of the Board’s planned rotation schedule, and I would like to publicly thank Cindy and Elisa for all of their help the last several years in supporting ACYIG. They have been a vital and active part of ACYIG’s success, and the Board can’t thank them enough!

I am also pleased to announce that Board Member, Lauren Heidbrink, has generously stepped up to become ACYIG’s Convener, starting January, 2016. Welcome to Lauren!

With these departures, there are now three open Board positions to be filled.

Per tradition, ACYIG conducts open Board appointments whenever possible. The ACYIG Board appoints new Board members from among a pool of candidates who have submitted letters of interest in open positions.

Board appointments are two-year positions (with a possibility to renew for a third) and typically require attendance at the annual meeting of the AAA and one biennial ACYIG joint conference during one’s tenure.

ACYIG Board member duties include: maintaining official interest group status with AAA; optimizing professional opportunities for members available via AAA; overseeing and growing professional presence within and outside AAA; and organizing the biennial ACYIG joint conference.

Right now, the ACYIG Board is looking for colleagues to apply for the following Board positions:

1)      Membership Coordinator [communicates with AAA to keep membership data up to date; manages the listserv and supervises the CRNs]

2)      AAA Liaison [coordinates with AAA to ensure ACYIG acts within AAA parameters and rules]

3)      Conference Co-coordinator for 2017 [works with conference partners to advertise conference and review/coordinate ACYIG panels; organizes review of ACYIG-sponsored AAA panel(s)]

If you would like to be considered for one of the three open positions above, please email one to two paragraphs to Dr. Rachael Stryker at by Sunday, November 1, 2015stating why you would like to become an ACYIG Board member and what you feel you can bring to the position. Please be sure to include your name, title, affiliation (academic or otherwise) and email/phone number so that we can respond to you, and clearly list the position that you are interested in.

The ACYIG Board will make decisions by November 15, 2015, and notify you soon after. Your duties as an ACYIG Board Member begin on January 4, 2016.

If you have any questions about ACYIG Board member duties or the open Board appointment process, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am very happy to answer them.

Again, thank you to all Board members present and future who make the difference for ACYIG!


Rachael Stryker
Convener, ACYIG

CFP – Journal of Playwork Practice

Journal of Playwork Practice aims to advance playwork research and practice by providing the first ever interdisciplinary platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice. The practice of playwork draws on a number of diverse disciplines for its theoretical and technical foundations, and we therefore encourage the submission of theoretical, empirical and methodological studies for peer-review from any discipline – please download the announcement please download the announcement here for further details.

JPP also includes a small practitioner section and welcomes contributions from playwork practitioners working in any context on the theory and practice of playwork, and original photo essays which illustrate specific aspects of playwork theory or practice.

We would be pleased to receive any questions via email

CFP – Reflecting on Changes in Teaching

Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special issue focusing on development and change in teaching topics and pedagogical practices over the last 25 years. What changes have you noticed or wondered about? Ordinarily, we accept only teaching-focused articles, but in this issue we will take a broader view. We invite submissions from long-time educators and those just starting out, and — from the other side of the desk — from current or former students. We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and short essays for the “Methods and Texts” section (1500-3000 words). DEADLINE: November 15, 2015.

Topics might include: 

  • Perspectives on “political correctness” and “trigger warnings”
  • Questions of diversity and difference
  • Connections between classrooms and communities
  • Reflections on change in literary canons or historical periodization or disciplinary boundaries
  • The status of interdisciplinary programs and teaching
  • The effects on teaching of “de-professionalization”: reliance on adjunct faculty, student debt, etc.
  • Changing relationships between and status of teaching and research
  • Technology in teaching
  • The purpose and uses of classroom assessment
  • Teaching controversies
  • Teaching social justice and/as activism
  • The role of internationalization, globalization, transnationalism.
  • The statuses of STEM, STEAM, and the humanities
  • Changing relationships between K-12 and the university

Past issues of Transformations include: Teaching and Religion, Teaching Popular Culture, Teaching Food, Teaching Feelings, Teaching Digital Media, and Teaching Sex.

Please familiarize yourself with the journal before submitting. Inquiries encouraged.

Visit our website to order past issues, or find us digitized in EBSCO. JSTOR is coming soon.

To submit an article, please visit and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article for submission to the editorial office. Inquiries welcome — write to Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors, All submissions are acknowledged via return email.

Invitation to ACYIG’s CRN_Mobilities

The Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Collaborative Research Network (CRN): CRN_Mobilities.

CRNs provide an opportunity for ACYIG members to develop and lead inter-disciplinary groups of scholars, practitioners, and students around specific thematic interests. Collaborative Research Networks may involve activities such as email groups, listservs, calls to action, op-eds, organizing conference panels, or other activities and communications contributing to scholarly issues relevant to ACYIG membership. We strongly encourage inter-disciplinary and international membership. Membership within CRNs is free and open to the public.

The focus of this new CRN is Global Mobilities. CRN_ Mobilities examines the actual and imagined movement of global children and youth, broadly conceived. We invite scholars, students and practitioners to share resources, links, and information that considers young people as agents of mobility and movements, and/or that examines the mobility of ideas about global childhood and youth. Potential topics include but are not limited to: migration and transnational identities, social media and social movements; young people’s influence on global flows of people, capital, ideas, and values; and popular discourse and representations of global children and youth.

To join this CRNs, please sign up here: You must be a listserv member to send and receive emails.

To post to the listserv, email:

General information about the mailing list is located at

We hope you will consider actively participating and proposing your own CRN today (Click here for more information!

Warm regards,

Michele Statz ( and Lauren Heidbrink (
Hosts of CRN_Mobilities