Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

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 westmank@ksu.edu.

CFP: Gender and Childhood Conference

Call for Papers

 

“Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood”

A Gender Studies Conference at the University of Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana

December 4-6, 2014

In recent years, there has been great interest in questions of gender and childhood, ranging from issues around boys wearing princess costumes to school; to Disney princess culture; to parents refusing to announce a baby’s biological sex; to pre-teen children coming out as gay, lesbian, and queer; to toy companies marketing toys by gender; to gender-related bullying, and more.

How are children gendered?  How do we account for transgender children? How have ideas about girls and boys changed historically?  How are children hailed as gendered consumers? How do schools inculcate ideas about gender? How do children’s books promote ideas about gender?  How do changing ideas about parenting relate to children’s gendering?

This conference seeks to explore issues of gender and childhood through multiple lenses and from a wide range of disciplines.  We welcome papers on gender and childhood in media, literature, history, anthropology, biology, architecture, philosophy, art history, sociology, education, and more.  We are especially open to interdisciplinary approaches.

Topics might include:

  • Representations of children in film, children’s books, adult books, TV shows, paintings, photography. etc.;
  • Childhood spectatorship and fandoms;
  • Gendered childhood spaces;
  • Gendered toys and games;
  • Ideologies of childhood sexuality;
  • Parenting books and gender;
  • Children and gay parents;
  • Sports and gender;
  • Children’s fashion;
  • Reality TV and children’s gender;
  • Children’s fiction and gender;
  • Transgender children;
  • Children’s own media and internet practices;
  • Journalism and childhood;
  • Gender and bullying;
  • Transnational gender identities;
  • Schooling practices.

Proposals should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper, a list of three keywords, and a brief biographical statement listing your title, the name of your college or university, and your areas of research and writing . Proposals for creative work – poetry, short stories, short films, will be considered.

Please indicate technology needs, such as powerpoint or DVD.

Proposals are due by May 1, 2014

Send proposals to:

https://notredame-web.ungerboeck.com/spa/spa_p1_authors.aspx?oc=10&cc=114020403651

Questions can be addressed to: Pamela Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, The University of Notre Dame, by email, with the subject line “Gender and Childhood”: Pamela.Wojcik.5@nd.edu

Conference call: Gender and Childhood

Call for Papers

 

“Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood”

A Gender Studies Conference at the University of Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana

December 4-6, 2014

In recent years, there has been great interest in questions of gender and childhood, ranging from issues around boys wearing princess costumes to school; to Disney princess culture; to parents refusing to announce a baby’s biological sex; to pre-teen children coming out as gay, lesbian, and queer; to toy companies marketing toys by gender; to gender-related bullying, and more.

How are children gendered?  How do we account for transgender children? How have ideas about girls and boys changed historically?  How are children hailed as gendered consumers? How do schools inculcate ideas about gender? How do children’s books promote ideas about gender?  How do changing ideas about parenting relate to children’s gendering?

This conference seeks to explore issues of gender and childhood through multiple lenses and from a wide range of disciplines.  We welcome papers on gender and childhood in media, literature, history, anthropology, biology, architecture, philosophy, art history, sociology, education, and more.  We are especially open to interdisciplinary approaches.

Topics might include:

Representations of children in film, children’s books, adult books, TV shows, paintings, photography. etc.;

Childhood spectatorship and fandoms;

Gendered childhood spaces;

Gendered toys and games;

Ideologies of childhood sexuality;

Parenting books and gender;

Children and gay parents;

Sports and gender;

Children’s fashion;

Reality TV and children’s gender;

Children’s fiction and gender;

Transgender children;

Children’s own media and internet practices;

Journalism and childhood;

Gender and bullying;

Transnational gender identities;

Schooling practices.

Proposals should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper, a list of three keywords, and a brief biographical statement listing your title, the name of your college or university, and your areas of research and writing . Proposals for creative work – poetry, short stories, short films, will be considered.

Please indicate technology needs, such as powerpoint or DVD.

Proposals are due by May 1, 2014

Send proposals to:

https://notredame-web.ungerboeck.com/spa/spa_p1_authors.aspx?oc=10&cc=114020403651

Questions can be addressed to: Pamela Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, The University of Notre Dame, by email, with the subject line “Gender and Childhood”: Pamela.Wojcik.5@nd.edu

 

CFP: Exploring change and continuity: readjustment, identity and child mobility in an interconnected world

Call for Papers

European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference (EASA)

Panel: Exploring change and continuity: readjustment, identity and child mobility in an interconnected world.

Convenors

Jorge Grau Rebollo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) email
Julia Vich Bertran (Maastricht University)  email

Short Abstract
This panel aims to analyze old and new forms of child mobility (International adoption, informal circulation…) in today’s interconnected world. We will discuss case studies that pose intellectual and political challenges concerning readjustment and the re-shaping of identities at different levels.
Long Abstract
Within the last decades, International Adoption has become a major issue in academic and political agendas. Not only due to the increasingly numbers of formalized adoption transfers between different countries, but also because of related geopolitical, intellectual and ethical implications. Thus, Transnational Adoptive Programs (TAPs) should not be analyzed just as linear chains that transfer children from a sending country to a receiving one, while transferring ideas/economic resources in the other direction as Howell (2006) proposes. Rather, specific sets of meanings, material and affective resources, and social practices circulate in both directions between sending and receiving countries, generating social and cultural change. This ongoing process of mutual readjustment does not just impact on particular individuals, but has much wider social and cultural repercussions such as the unique net of socio-cultural constructions that shape, consolidate, promote and transform a concrete TAP, or the impact that all those images have on the identity formation of young adoptees (Vich-Bertran, 2010).
This panel wishes to debate such connections, challenges and innovative ways by addressing questions as the role of representation and new digital media in conforming extended communities, Internet-based dual / group communication facilitating contacts over the distance, or the centrality of child mobility as a part of transnational relationships between countries and individuals.

Please, find all the call for papers info here:

http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/cfp.shtml

CFP: SSHA 2014

Call for Papers for the Children and Childhood Network of the Social Science History Association

We invite you to participate in the 39th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association by submitting a paper or session proposal to the Children and Childhood Network of the SSHA.  The conference will take place November 6-9, 2014 in Toronto.  For more information on the conference as well as the general call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: http://www.ssha.org <http://www.ssha.org/> . The deadline for full panel or individual paper proposals is February 14, 2014.  

The association particularly emphasizes interdisciplinary and transnational research, and the annual meeting provides a very supportive environment in which to present new work. The theme of the 2014 conference is “Inequalities: Politics, Policy and the Past,” though papers on other aspects of the history of children and childhood are also welcome. Complete panels must include at least 4 papers and presenters from more than one academic institution. Other formats, including roundtable discussions and book sessions, are also possible. Please do get in touch with the network chairs if you have an idea for a session but need help gathering presenters. Among the topics we are especially interested in exploring are children as migrants; children and revolutions; indigenous children & youth, child labor and globalization; gendered experiences of childhood; and inequalities in children’s literature.

Proposals can be submitted through the web conference management system athttp://conference.ssha.org <http://conference.ssha.org/> . If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process. Graduate students presenting at the conference may apply for a travel grant from the SSHA (http://www.ssha.org/grants<http://www.ssha.org/grants> ).

Let us know if you need any help making a submission or advice about a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact the Children and Childhood network co-chairs:

Emily Bruce: bruce088@umn.edu <mailto:bruce088@umn.edu>
Michelle Mouton: mouton@uwosh.edu <mailto:mouton@uwosh.edu>
Birgitte Søland: soland.1@osu.edu <mailto:soland.1@osu.edu>