Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

CFP: Childhood and Popular Culture, live and online!

The Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association is accepting submissions for our 25th Annual Conference until June 15. We are seeking papers, panels, roundtables and other formats on any topic at the convergence of childhood and popular culture. Please see our full CFP for more info.

Can’t make it to Baltimore in November? You can still participate via our online collaboration with H-PCAACA, “American Childhood in 25 Artifacts.” Let’s do a little digital scholarship! Please submit your artifact for this collection by Oct 10.

CFP: Research Initiative on Young Children in Refugee Families

Call for Papers: Research Initiative on Young Children in Refugee Families

Submission deadline: May 30, 2014

The Migration Policy Institute’s (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy is launching an interdisciplinary research initiative to examine the circumstances and well-being of young children in refugee families. While young children account for about one-fifth of U.S. refugee arrivals each year and many U.S.-born children live with refugee parents, research on refugees in the United States has largely focused on adults and their access to employment and social services. Less is known about the children of refugees and the risk and protective factors that promote their healthy development and academic success. The goal of the MPI research initiative is to encourage and support research on young children (birth to age 10) who are themselves refugees or who are the U.S.-born children of resettled refugee parents (i.e., the second generation).

As part of this work, MPI is soliciting papers by both established and young scholars working in forced migration, child development, education, public health, demography, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, economics, public policy, and other relevant fields. Papers documenting how these children are faring in the United States are welcomed, as are those offering comparisons between young children of refugees in the United States and other countries of resettlement, and those that shed light on the pre-resettlement experiences of first-generation refugee children resettled in the United States.

Support for this project has been provided by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD).

Paper Topics

The project’s broad areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, the topics below. Suggestions for other topics are welcomed and encouraged.

  • The living circumstances and well-being of young children of refugees, including family structure, housing conditions, caretaker human capital and employment, family income and poverty, and food security.
  • Geographic patterns of resettlement, including geographic isolation/concentration, residential segregation, secondary migration from initial resettlement locations, quality of early care and education as well as elementary education in receiving communities, and availability of health and social services.
  • Physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes for young children in refugee families, refugees’ children with disabilities, physical and mental health of parents and other members of the extended family as they relate to caretaking, child health insurance coverage, health-care utilization, and utilization of mental health services.
  • Cognitive and socioemotional development of young children of refugees, their experiences in early care and education, preparation for school, and early experiences as well as achievement in school.
  • Educational progress and, for English Language Learners (ELLs), language acquisition and maintenance of home language.
  • Examination of the capacity, effectiveness, and changing roles of refugee resettlement agencies and other public and private institutions that integrate refugees and their children.
  • Climate of reception for refugee families, including discrimination, perceived discrimination, and their effects on identify formation and child/family well-being.
  • Evaluations of programs and interventions for young children of refugees, including programs specifically for refugees and their children and programs serving children of refugees as well as other children.
  • Studies of children in refugee families in the United States as compared to other countries of resettlement.
  • Predeparture living circumstances and experiences of refugee children later resettled in the United States, including access to formal education, health services, refugee camp experiences, and trauma exposure.

In all topic areas, papers that draw on data obtained through quantitative or qualitative methods with a national, local, or international comparative focus are welcomed.

Research Symposium and Publication

Selected papers will be presented at an interdisciplinary research symposium for scholars of this topic, hosted by MPI and FCD in November or December 2014, and subsequently widely disseminated as MPI publications. Authors will be expected to work with MPI staff both before and after the symposium to edit and finalize papers for publication.

Timeframe for Paper Proposals

All submissions must be made by May 30, 2014, with final drafts of selected papers due in September 2014.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit the following:

  • Preliminary title
  • Abstract up to 500 words
  • Brief description of data sources (qualitative or quantitative)
  • Brief description of population studied (age range, country of origin, and receiving country) and, if applicable, any comparison populations
  • Current CV or brief biography indicating any current affiliations for each author*

*Papers with multiple authors will be considered.

Honorarium: An honorarium of $2,000 will be offered for completed papers presented at the symposium.

Submit paper proposals and any questions electronically to:
Kristen McCabe
Migration Policy Institute

Correction – AAA Abstracts deadline 5pm EST!!

Hello again from ACYIG! Seems the time info we had for the AAA meeting registration deadline was in error – the AAA website says that the deadline is 5 pm Eastern, so we’d best go with that.

AAA registration deadline – choose ACC (ACYIG) as second review section

Lots of great ACYIG sessions are coming together – you won’t want to miss this year’s meetings! So this is one last reminder that (A) when you submit your proposal, choose ACC as the second review section (the AAA hasn’t yet updated their system to reflect our name change…), and (B) Tuesday, April 15th at midnight EASTERN TIME is the last possible moment that you can register to get on the program. As per AAA rules, there is absolutely no recourse if you miss the deadline for registering. This year’s AAA program chairs explain:

“Anyone who has not registered will be automatically dropped from the system. Session proposals will go to Section reviewers without unregistered names attached to it. There are no exceptions to this rule (because we can’t add people to the system…they do it through the registration process). Session organizers need to hound listed participants for roundtables and panels to register or they’ll end up with a broken session that goes to Section Program Chairs for review and it will be weighed against proposals with a complete set of participants. AAA will reimburse anyone registered for a session that is not accepted to the program.”

Happy Spring,

from ACYIG


Childhood Studies and Popular Culture conference

The Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association invites you to participate in the 25th annual MAPACA conference. Papers in this area examine the impact of popular culture on children and childhood, as well as the role of children and young adults as influencers and creators of popular and American culture.

We are interested in papers and presentations on any topic at the convergence of Popular Culture and American Childhood. In addition, in recognition of MAPACA’s 25 anniversary in 2014, we’d love to have papers or other presentations that deal with the concepts of “anniversaries” or “25” in relation to children and popular culture. These might include birthdays, aging or growing, “25 as the new 18,” contemplations on children’s pop culture over the past 25 years, thoughts on the academic field of the past 25 years, major anniversaries in children’s pop culture (child star birthdays, anniversaries of notable films, TV shows or toys…)

We will also be curating an online collection and pre-conference discussion titled “American Childhood in 25 Artifacts.” Keep an eye out for a separate Call for Contributions to this collection coming soon.

Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome. Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts. The deadline for submission is June 14, 2014. This year’s conference will be in Baltimore, MD, Nov. 6-8, 2014. For the complete call as well info on how to submit a proposal, please see Please direct any questions about the Children and Childhood Studies area to area co-chairs

MAPACA welcomes proposals on all aspects of popular and American Culture. For a list of MAPACA’s other areas and area chair contact information, visit Subject Areas General questions can be directed to

Thanks, and see you at the Harbor!

Patrick Cox and Brandi J. Venable

Area Co-Chairs, Children and Childhood Studies

Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association