Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

CFP: Young People’sMigration Within and Throughout Asia

Call for Papers: Young People’s Migration Within and Throughout Asia
*International Workshop Series: The Emotions of Migration*

*Workshop 2
Young People¹s Migration Within and Throughout Asia: Managing Emotions,
Identities and Relationships *

Date: 19 August 2014 to 20 August 2014

York Centre for Asian Research and the Children¹s Studies Program
(Department of Humanities) York University, Toronto Canada

*Call for papers*: Workshop 2 calls for empirical research papers ­
historical and contemporary- on children and young people¹s emotional
experiences of migration within and throughout Asia. Papers should focus on
mixed feelings of (but not limited to) elation, loneliness, hope,
frustration, confusion, relief, fear, freedom and disappointment in the
migration process.

There is a preference for participant-centred research in South and
Southeast Asia prioritizing the following themes:

1. Migration for work and marriage in a historical context (especially
in plantations and estates)
2. Contemporary experiences of moving for work, marriage and school ­
managing mixed feelings
3. Left Behind ­ adjusting to absence and creating and maintaining

*Submission and Funding: *Please submit contact details and paper abstract
(maximum of 300 words) by*April 4th 2014 to *Dr. Kabita <>.

Successful applicants will be notified by late-April and are required to
send in a complete draft paper (6000 ­ 8000 words) by July 8, 2014. Partial
or full funding will be granted to successful applicants. Participants are
encouraged to seek alternate funds for travel from their home institutions


CFP: AAA Panel on Youth and Social Change

Dear ACYIG colleagues,

We are organizing a panel for this year’s AAA meeting in December in Washington, DC. A tentative title is “Unsettling the Trope of Change: Negotiations with ‘Tradition’ among Contemporary Youth.” Papers on this panel will draw on research with youth (broadly defined) to  unsettle the common dichotomy between change and tradition.

Here we provide a sense of our motivation for this panel, but please excuse the unfinished nature of this description — we thought it would be better to not delay any longer in soliciting interest among ACYIG members.

In our research (Bonnie’s in India, Mindy’s in Mexico and the US), we both work with youth and teens who are generally the first generation in their families to attend school and to plan for (or are currently in) higher education. They have grown up with the goal of producing very different adult identities within society than those of their parents. However, we continue to see unexpected continuitieswith “traditional culture”that do not fit with a Euro-American model of individualization in Late Modernity. We see them often prioritize their family roles and maintain a strong sense of familism, despite simultaneously aiming for such modern economic identities that in the West link to the loss of familism.
While we tend to situate our own research within a context of social change, we realize that we need to unsettle this anthropological trope to enable a more nuanced understanding of growing up, in order to theorize how young people embrace these seemingly conflicting local and global ideals for personhood.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining our panel (email: We will need abstracts by the end of March, but need to hear from you soon if you are thinking about submitting with us so that we can plan accordingly.

Thank you for your interest!

Bonnie Richard (UCLA) & Mindy Steinberg (UCLA


AAA annual meeting – ACYIG CFP and session sponsorship info

113th  AAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers and ACYIG Sponsorship Instructions

This year’s AAA meeting will be held in Washington DC (December 3-7). The theme is Producing Anthropology (see below).

April 15 is the proposal deadline for all sessions, individual paper and poster presentations, media submissions and special events via

As ACYIG members, there are two special things to keep in mind:

1.      When submitting, be sure to select ACYIG as your second review section. All ACYIG members should do this.

2.      In addition, if you are organizing a session and would like ACYIG sponsorship for your session (which means that your session becomes one of two sessions chosen to receive the “Organized by ACYIG” tagline and an endorsement from the executive board program committee), please alert ACYIG by Tuesday April 1 (please email your materials as one document or pdf file to You should send:

a.       Session organizer names, affiliations, and contact information

b.      Session title

c.       Session abstract (250 words or less)

d.      Names/affiliations of confirmed participants & their paper titles

To prepare to submit your sessions to ACYIG for sponsorship, we encourage you to use the listserv to publicize ideas and solicit collaborators. Send out a draft abstract and invite interested colleagues to contact you; submit ideas on hot topics around which you’d like to see others organize sessions (or installations); and/or offer up your own proposal to see if anyone would like to include it in a panel they already have organized. Some ideas we’ve heard being floated for sessions or installations include: princess pornography; ethno-theories of education; child iconography; developmental science; digitizing childhood; production of child health; and learning gender.

Remember, as per the AAA Meetings Website, “In  addition to the familiar, productive formats of individual papers, organized  panels [etc. the AAA now welcomes] Installations—performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic  roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other  alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression.” As you plan, then, feel free to be creative! Be aware, also, that double sessions are no longer allowed.

More from the AAA Meetings Website: “Producing Anthropology, the 2014 annual meeting theme, offers a provocation to examine the truths we encounter, produce and communicate through anthropological theories and methods. What are our epistemological commitments to the ways we make scientific knowledge today? What impact does our epistemic convictions and predilections have, intended or not? What goals do we want to set for ourselves? What partnerships should we build? What audiences should we seek?  And how will the truths we generate change as we contend with radical shifts in scholarly publishing, employment opportunities, and labor conditions for  anthropologists, as well as the politics of circulating the anthropological  records we produce?”

CFP: “Children’s everyday life and technology” CSCY conference Sheffield 1-3 July 2014

Call for papers

Children’s everyday life and technology: technological practices and methodological discussions

Technologies are part of children’s everyday life. They have altered how children engage with their physical and social surroundings. This development has been both praised and cursed. While being ‘plugged in’ is often discussed as a major health and wellbeing threat due to the increase of cyber bullying, sexual abuse and more time engaged in sedentary activities, other studies bemoan children’s loss of creativity, face-to-face contact and environmental literacy. In contrast, technologies can also enrich children’s lives by overcoming physical, socio-economic or cultural barriers. Children can maintain relationships with friends and family members located in different cities or overseas, explore virtual landscapes with children from different backgrounds around the world or positively change disabled children’s learning and communication experience. Some of these discussions have been lately connected to a critical engagement with ‘digital citizenship’ and inequalities in access.

Technologies are also used as research tools for gaining new insights in children’s mundane everyday life. Studies followed children with a GPS tracker, videoed children’s way to school, used facebook as a discussion forum and phones to respond to daily surveys. All in all, opportunities to make use of quickly changing technologies in research projects as well as for researching children’s technological practices are diverse.

This session aims to bring researchers together who are interested in children’s daily engagement with technologies and/or the use of technologies in research projects for unpacking children’s mundane everyday life in different contexts and places.

Papers can focus on, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Children’s place and meaning making through, with and against technologies
  • Children’s (changing) everyday engagement with technologies or their fluid movement between virtual or real worlds
  • Theoretical lenses available for thinking about children’s everyday life and technology
  • Reduction or increase of social and physical disadvantages due to (in)accessibility of technology (sedentary lives, easier participation on society, …)
  • Critical and ethical reflections on the use of technologies in research projects

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words by 7th March to
Acceptance of the papers will be confirmed by email and they will be included in the conference programme ( Please feel free to contact me with any queries you might have.

CFP: Sites of Memory in Children’s Literature

CFP: Sites of Memory in Children’s Literature, MLA 2015 (Vancouver, BC)

Remembering, remembrance, memory, and forgetting shapes children’s literature: authors’ personal memories of childhood that inform their texts or are preserved in cross-written texts or memoirs; larger cultural memories adults wish to pass down to future generations; and events, incidents, and topics elided or “forgotten” in the canon. Indeed, the genre of children’s literature relies on the remembrance, reinterpretation, or revision of past works. This panel invites papers considering all aspects of memory in children’s and young adult literature (historical, literary, nostalgic, patriotic, personal, repressed, traumatic, etc.) as well as papers that explore how literary memory shapes the canon of children’s and YA literature through intertextuality, another site of memory.

Topics prospective panelists might wish to address include, but are not limited to:

·      Adult memories of childhood mined from archives, letters, diaries, memoirs, libraries, school classrooms, or childhood reading practices

·      Cultural and historical events remembered, forgotten, elided, or revised in works of children’s and young adult literature

·      The role of remembrance and nostalgia in canon formation: forgotten texts that are making a comeback (e.g., Henty’s novels in the homeschooling community) or texts that should be remembered

·      How intertextuality functions to challenge, negotiate, or reinterpret ideas of youth, children’s literature, and/or YA literature

·      Genre: historical, theoretical, or institutional practices of remembering and forgetting what constitutes children’s literature

·      Traumatic memories: how they’re represented in individual works as well as how they’re presented to younger readers

·      Iconic texts about remembrance: anything to do with war, but also “holiday” books and texts about important historical events

Please send 500-word proposals by March 15 to Karin Westman at