Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

CFP: Re/framing Slavery, Contemporary Child Labor & Rights, and Abolition and Emancipation across Time and Space


Re/framing Slavery, Contemporary  Child Labor & Rights, and Abolition and Emancipation across Time and Space: A Conference in Honor of Professor Paul E. Lovejoy

DATE: May 22-May 24, 2014
VENUE: Jaria Hotel, No. 1 Levender Street, East Legon-Accra, Ghana

During the past half-century or so, the study of slavery and debt-bondage, abolition and emancipation, and very recently child labor in the contemporary era, all related to the political economies of states and societies, has engendered a great diversity of fields that are marked by increasingly refined questions and perspectives. In this regard, one recent focus has been on contemporaneous abuse of the body and labor of the child, the woman, and the poor across the globe, both in industrialized and non-industrialized countries. This call for papers in honor of Professor Paul E. Lovejoy of York University, Toronto, Canada, will re/frame some of the issues that inform topics in the constituencies of unfree labor across time and space.

A prolific scholar, Lovejoy has been an uninterrupted incandescent light in the field of slavery, debt-bondage, and abolition in Africa. Another plank of his work is the ways that slavery configured the African Diaspora and the broader Atlantic basin. Problematizing child labor in Africa and the African Diaspora in historic and contemporary times, Lovejoy is among scholars who continue to chart new pathways by asking ever more piquant questions in the field that relate research to life and wellbeing. Some of his perspectives on child labor have found a niche in recent works by other scholars who show that postslavery labor, in so many ways defined by the ongoing epoch of unidirectional globalization and its economic tentacles, has paradoxically increased systemic inequalities and actually expanded the charted frontiers of pre-abolition forms of child labor. With child labor, human and sex trafficking, and modern slavery documented to be rife worldwide, the United Nations, governments, NGOs, etc. are making great efforts applying research, teaching, information dissemination, policing, and so on to end them. It is well to note that Lovejoy and his Harriet Tubman Institute are actively partnering organizations such as Alliance and UNESCO to cast light on and curb unfree labor worldwide

We invite you to come to this international interdisciplinary conference, contribute a paper, and engage in discussions with diverse scholars in honor of Professor Lovejoy’s prodigious contributions to research, teaching, and activism in the field. The proposed conference, among others, seeks to refurbish and rethink staple conclusions; provide syntheses of emergent historiographies; offer seamless refinements to extant theories and paradigms; furnish new empirical and theoretical perspectives on structures/features and agencies of slavery and debt-bondage, abolition and emancipation; and examine the political economy of contemporary child labor and modern slavery as well as proffering recommendations to curb them. Plenary speakers will include eminent scholars and peers of Professor Lovejoy.

Announcement ID: 208402

REMINDER: The Deadline for Submissions for the 2014 ACYIG Joint Conference is December 2nd

2014 ACYIG Conference Will be Held in Charleston, South Carolina, February 12th-15th

The ACYIG Board cordially invites ACYIG members to join scholars from the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Division of International Psychology (Division 52) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR) at next year’s Fifth Annual Meeting of ACYIG.

The conference will be held from February 12 to February 15, 2014 at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC. Some may remember that ACYIG held its joint meetings with SCCR in Charleston in 2011—it was an extremely popular conference, and we look forward to returning to this wonderful venue.

Submitting Abstracts:

Anyone who would like to have work considered for inclusion within an ACYIG poster session, paper session, symposium, panel discussion, or conversation hour at the conference may submit an abstract of the work (200 words maximum) by Monday, December 2, 2013. Please note that if you wish to submit any abstracts for consideration by the SCCR, the deadline is earlier—November 11, 2013.

A link to descriptions of the five possible presentation formats as well as submission forms are available at the SCCR 2014 conference page:

Registration Information

Conference registration rates are:

Members: $130 by 13 January 2014, $140 after 13 January 2014
Non-members: $140 by 13 January 2014, $150 after 13 January 2014
Retirees: $80 by 13 January 2014, $85 after 13 January 2014
Students: $50 by 13 January 2014, $60 after 13 January 2014

Banquet (all are invited): $55

The conference hotel, which is conveniently located within walking distance of boutiques, eateries, and historic landmarks, has a block of rooms for conference attendees at the rate of $154/night that you may access online via:

You should not need a login code but may use “SCCR” without quotation marks if necessary. You may also call (843) 722-0600 or (877) 756-2121 and mention “SCCR” if you prefer.

Please feel free to share information about the 2014 conference with interested others and to contact Elisa Sobo ( or Rachael Stryker ( if you have any questions. You may also direct inquiries to

We look forward to seeing many of you in Charleston!

CFP: Teaching Persepolis: A Roundtable Discussion (ChLA 2014)

Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Annual Convention, “Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s and Young Adult Literature Then and Now,” University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC,June 19-21, 2014

In March 2013, Chicago Public School officials generated controversy when they removed Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, from inclusion in 7th grade curriculum and classrooms. Over the past decade, however, Persepolis has increasingly appeared in college-level courses, such as freshman composition, religious studies, women’s and gender studies, and children’s/YA literature, among others. For the upcoming ChLA conference, I am interested in forming an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on different pedagogical approaches to teaching Persepolis in the undergraduate classroom; I also welcome submissions about the inclusion and/or exclusion of Satrapi’s novel from secondary school curriculum and related controversies. I encourage submissions from scholars and educators across a variety of disciplines and fields, including English, children’s/YA literature, world literature, secondary education, women’s and gender studies, rhetoric and composition, and others. Presenters will offer short papers and contribute to a discussion about the role of Persepolis in the classroom. Please send a 250-word abstract and a short bio or CV to Kristen Proehl, Assistant Professor of English, SUNY-Brockport,, by Dec. 15, 2013.

Global Summit on Childhood CFP

2014 Global Summit on Childhood

There’s still time to submit your proposal!

Proposals now due
5 November 2013


The Association for Childhood Education International’s upcoming Global Summit on Childhood (10-13 April 2014 – Vancouver, Canada), will explore diverse perspectives on childhood from different cultural, historical, social, and economic contexts, in order to advance our understanding of the childhood experience.

Do you have any stories, research, recommendations, or experiences you would like to share with a passionate and engaged audience of fellow researchers, educators, practitioners, and advocates who support children and childhood? If so, please submit your proposal today! 

The Global Summit on Childhood seeks to feature sessions from a variety of subject areas, including:

  • Worldviews on Childhood
  • Childhood in Your Country or Community
  • Child Perspectives on Childhood
  • Childhood in a Changing World
  • Childhood From Perspectives of Identity and Ability

DEADLINE EXTENDED! We have recently extended the deadline for proposals to Tuesday, the 5th of November. You have only a few more weeks to submit your proposal.

Download Proposal Form 

To attend the Global Summit on Childhood, 
register here. We try to keep registration rates as reasonable as possible. We hope this facilitates your attendance. Please be sure to check out our special student and team rates.

For more information, contact Yvette Murphy at



CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on Childhood Studies. Values of Childhood and Childhood Studies. May, 7–9th, 2014. Oulu, Finland

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

The Finnish Society for Childhood Studies invites submissions for proposals 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:
December 31th 2013: 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: