Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

Extended CFP – Conference on Childhood Studies

Conference on Childhood Studies
Values of Childhood and Childhood Studies
May, 7–9th, 2014
Oulu, Finland

NB The deadline for the submission of proposals is 20 January 2014. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of proposals in February 2014.

The Finnish Society for Childhood Studies invites submissions for an international conference to be held in Oulu May 7–9th, 2014. The multidisciplinary conference on childhood studies has established itself as the venue for research on children and childhood in Finland. The focus of the sixth conference will be on values – the values of childhood as well as the values in and valuation of childhood studies.

The keynote speakers are:
– Professor Alan Prout (Sociology of childhood, University of Warwick)
– Professor Pia Christensen (Anthropology and Childhood Studies, University of Leeds)
– Professor Eva Johansson (Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger)
– Professor Astri Andresen (Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen)
– Development Manager Mikko Oranen (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Oulu)

The conference offers space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for researchers who work with children. We welcome papers that respond to the main theme from different viewpoints including but not limited to:

– Ethical questions and values in childhood research
– Methodological challenges in childhood research
– Health and equality in childhood
– Childhood and moral values
– Childhood in plural societies
– Northern childhoods
– Historicising the values of childhood
– Gendered values of childhood
– Languages of childhood
– Values in education
– Contested and conflicting values of childhood
– Institutional and individual values of childhood
– Vulnerable childhoods
– Children’s participation
– Other viewpoints

Sessions will be arranged either in English or in Finnish. A proposal can be submitted for:
– Individual paper presentation: 20–30 minutes including discussion.
– Self-organised sessions: groups may propose to organize a full session of 90 minutes including presentations (3–4 individual papers and discussion, or round table discussion).
– Poster presentation: sessions will be set up for conference participants to interact with poster presenters.

Please submit abstracts for presentations electronically through the conference website ( The abstract should contain the following information:
– the title of the presentation
– the type of presentation (individual paper/ self-organised session/ poster)
– the name/s and institution/s of the presenter/s
– mailing address and E-mail address
– a 250-word abstract
– audiovisual requirements, and
– up to five keywords.

Important dates:
January 20th 2014: Deadline for submission of abstracts
February 15th 2014: Notification of acceptance of papers
March 15th 2014: Final date for registration with reduced fee
April 15th 2014: Final date for registration

We warmly welcome you to Oulu!
Scientific Committee and Organizing Committee

For further information, see the conference pages: <>


CFP: Law and the Child Conference

The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000

June 1-2, 2014
University of Minnesota Law School,
229 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Note: Because of the holidays we will be accepting proposals until January 6

The study of the history of children, youth and childhood has grown dramatically in the last two decades, making age a new category of historical analysis.  The Law and the Child will focus on law’s central role in changing understandings of childhood and children’s experiences, considering among other things selfhood, family, market relations, society, and state.  Our hope is for a broad reach geographically and chronologically, from the Medieval World to the Twenty-First Century, and for papers that consider the multiple sources that intersect in the legal construction of childhood and in children’s lived legal experiences.  These include race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, psychology, dependency, agency, citizenship, and (il)legitimacy.  We also hope papers will address topics in both civil and criminal law.  The conference, one of a series begun in 2007, is intended to showcase the work of junior scholars working the field of legal history and to bring them into conversation with senior scholars.  It is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School and History Department, the American Society for Legal History, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, the Society for the History of Children and Youth, the Childhood and Youth Studies Across the Disciplines IAS Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and History Department, the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Chicago Department of History.

Interested participants should submit a proposal of no more than 300 words, in Word format, accompanied by a cv of no more than 3 pages to Barbara Welke  All proposals are due by 6 January 2014.  Applicants will be notified by email no later than 17 February 2014 whether their proposals have been accepted for presentation.  No previously published work will be accepted, as the conference is designed to provide a forum for productive and supportive discussion of works in progress.

Accepted participants will be required to submit a full paper, in Word format, of no more than 10,000 words by 1 May 2014.  All papers will be pre-circulated on a password-protected website, and read by all participants.  A modest travel and accommodations budget will be provided for all presenters.

CFP: Seeking Panels for Sponsorship by the Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus, American Studies Association

Call for Panels: Sponsorship by the Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus of the ASA

The Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association invites submissions of childhood-and-youth-themed panels for consideration. The caucus will select two panels for sponsorship.

In 2014, the ASA meets in Los Angeles, CA, from November 6-9. The theme title is “The Fun and the Fury: Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Post-American Century.” (Read the entire description of the meeting
theme here:

There is much in this theme that resonates with childhood and youth studies. A few possible approaches to explore:

-Discipline, rebellion, and agency
-Youth, athletics, money, and work
-Games, hobbies, and productivity
-“Edutainment,” consumption, and learning
-Images and visions of idyllic and threatened childhoods, and their interplay

If you would like your panel to be considered for caucus sponsorship, please submit your proposal—a panel abstract, abstracts for each paper, and short bios for each participant, including the chair/commentator—by January 16. Send your materials to Rebecca Onion ( and Nicholas Syrett (

The ASA’s submission deadline is January 26. We will let you know well before the deadline whether your panel has been chosen for sponsorship, so that selected panels can append that information to their application. You will be responsible for submitting your panel proposal to the ASA.

Please contact Rebecca Onion ( or Nicholas Syrett ( with questions.


The Call for Papers is now open for IUAES2014, an IUAES inter-congress, taking place in Chiba City, Japan, 15th to 18th May 2014.

Please visit the website to view the list of accepted panels and propose your abstracts directly to specific panels:

Please note that panels may be either closed or open: closed panels will not receive proposals from the general public, but are composed of previously agreed presentations, that will need entering online via a specific link given to the panel convenors, who will send it on to their contributors.

Open panels will have a link on the panel page allowing visitors to the website to propose their papers directly to the panel.

Please keep in mind also that delegates may only make one presentation. Delegates may also convene one panel, plenary session, or roundtable; or be discussant in one panel, plenary session, or roundtable.

The deadline for paper submissions is January 9th, 2014.

CFP: Pain, Illness, Trauma and Death in Childhood

CFP: Pain, Illness, Trauma and Death in Childhood

University of Greenwich, Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, with
the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past and the London Network
for the History of Children

1st February 2014, Maritime Greenwich Campus, London SE10 9LS, Queen Anne
075, Queen Anne 063.

Call for Papers

Pain, illness, trauma and death are intrinsic to the shaping of childhood
and to the experience of being a child. In the past, pain could be perceived
as beneficial, either in forming character or bringing the subject closer to
God. In the present, the enormous popularity of łmisery memoirs˛ raises
questions as to why the theme of abuse has such resonance in the twentieth
and twenty-first century western world.
Topics include, but are not restricted to:
–Contributions from history, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, literary
studies, psychology, philosophy, geography or health studies;
–Pain, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, including that inflicted
by children
–Discipline and punishment
–Analysis of the ways changing patterns of illness shaped the experience of
–Methodological approaches (such as the history of the emotions) or
different sources (such as visual or material culture)  for analysing the
experiences of children and their carers
–Childrenąs experiences of war, including the First World War
Please e-mail abstracts of 250-300 words to The
conference is free, but registration (via this e-mail address) is required.
Deadline 31st December 2013.
Dr Mary Clare Martin, Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, Faculty
of Education and Health, University of Greenwich

Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation
School of Education
University of Greenwich
Avery Hill Campus

University of Greenwich, a charity and company limited by guarantee,
registered in England (reg no. 986729).  Registered Office: Old Royal Naval
College, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9LS