Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

CFP, Conf Funding, & Grad Awards: Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture

Popular Cultural Association/American Culture Association

Education, Teaching, History & Popular Culture 

Call for Papers

The Area of Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture is now accepting submissions for the PCA/ACA National Conference, New Orleans, LA, held April 1-4, 2015 at the New Orleans Marriott ( For detailed information please see

Educators, librarians, archivists, scholars, independent researchers and students at all levels are encouraged to apply.  Submissions that explore, connect, contrast, or otherwise address area themes of schooling, education, teaching (including preparing teachers/preservice teacher education), history, archival studies, and/or their linkages to popular culture from all periods are desired.   Sample topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Reflections/linkages between schooling and popular culture in the United States and internationally/multinationally;
  • The role of history in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education in the United States;
  • The use(s) of popular culture in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education in the United States;
  • How education has impacted pop culture/how popular culture has impacted education in the United States;
  • Representations of teaching and/or schooling in popular culture throughout history in the United States;
  • Using popular culture to subvert/supplement prescriptive curricula in schooling;
  • The impact/emergence of LGBTQ studies in schooling and education;
  •  Queering any of the area fields (education, schooling, history, archival studies, teaching, preservice teacher education, popular culture);
  • Developing means to re-integrate foundations of education into preservice teacher education;
  • Tapping into (or resisting) popular technology to improve instruction;
  • Exploring the intersections of social media, social identity, and education.

Deadline for proposals is November 1, 2014. To be considered, interested individuals should please prepare an abstract of between 100-250 words.  Individuals must submit electronically by visiting and following the directions therein.

Graduate students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their completed papers for consideration for conference award.  Graduate students, early career faculty and those traveling internationally in need of financial assistance are encouraged to apply:

Decisions will be communicated within approximately two weeks of deadline.  All presenters must be members of the American Culture Association or the Popular Culture Association by the time of the conference.  Any further inquiries can be directed to Dr. Edward Janak at  For additional information about the conference, please see

CFP: “In Relation: Children, Youth, and Belonging”

Society for the History of Children and Youth
Eighth Biennial Conference: “In Relation: Children, Youth, and Belonging”

June 24-26, 2015
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2014

The Program Committee invites proposals for panels, papers, roundtables or workshops that explore histories of children and youth from any place and in any era. We will, however, give particular attention to proposals with a strong historical emphasis and that bear on the theme of this year’s conference. Relationships are foundational to human lives and to children’s experience of the world. They might involve coercion and suffering, or agency and liberation. Domestic relationships with parents, caregivers, siblings, relatives, and pets shape young people’s sense of self, their experiences and their place in the world. Wider relationship circles, including those with peers and adult professionals such as teachers, doctors, police, and social workers, likewise affect young people’s position in the world in diverse ways. The complex effects of large-scale events and phenomena including colonization, imperialism, war, industrialization, urbanization, and disease epidemics, among others, have both direct and indirect effects on young peoples’ relationships that vary across time and cultural context. Virtual relationships facilitated by letter writing and, more recently, digital technology, provide young people with a distinctive window onto international connections and cross-cultural influences. Relations of power, often uneven and always nuanced by gender, race, class, sexuality, and (dis)ability, flow through all relationships that young people forge and encounter. Historical research that explores the varied meanings attached to the range of relationships young people experience usefully expands our understanding of both the past and present.

Foci for papers and sessions, for example, might explore:

  • theorizing relationality as a key concept in the history of children and youth, characterizing intimate as well as global relations
  • Indigeneity and relations shaped by colonization and imperialism, as well as Indigenous agency and resilience
  • the impact of large and small scale social change on young people’s relationships
  • relationships shaped by race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and (dis)ability
  • the challenge of historicising emotional aspects of relationships within families, communities and nations
  • intergenerational relations in the nature and flow of young people’s lives
  • the spatiality of relationships in homes, schools, institutions and other places
  • the role of travel, mobility, and migration in forging and maintaining relationships for young people
  • the fashioning and living out of childhood and youth as a dialogic or relational process.
  • Children, youth, and adult professionals

We strongly encourage, and will give priority to, submissions of complete panel sessions that incorporate international representation and global perspectives. Individual papers will also be considered. We also welcome proposals for non-traditional and experimental panel sessions that extend historical research in unusual directions (eg. research-in-progress workshops, methods and theory workshops, material culture explorations, etc.)

For more information, go to the conference website:

CFP: Girls and boys at play in multicultural urban contexts

Session at the Urban Sociology Mid-term Conference seeking papers…
Research Network 37 “Urban Sociology” Mid-Term Conference
Conference theme: “Public spaces and private lives in the contemporary city”
European Sociological Association
Lisbon, 19-21 November 2014
Session: “Girls and boys at play in multicultural urban contexts. Exploring difference in public space trough sportive and ludic experiences” 
Download more details on the conference, the session, contacts, and deadlines here:


CFP: Struggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today

“Struggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today”

12 September 2014 University of Helsinki, Finland

Call for papers and sessions

“Struggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today” is an international symposium organized by the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology in cooperation with South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council. The symposium seeks to address current issues concerning youth cultures across Africa from an interdisciplinary perspective, and warmly welcomes contributions from across the humanities and social sciences.

This symposium expands upon the themes in the previously advertised event “Struggle and Swagg: South African Youth Today” which will form one part of the symposium program.

“Struggle and Style” approaches youth as a flexible and often prolonged period of life; according to conventional measures, such as establishing an independent household, many Africans remain reluctantly “youthful” well into their 30s. Yet even by more basic measurements, Africa is experiencing a demographic “bulge” with approximately sixty per cent the population under 24 years of age. Subject to high levels of unemployment and relatively low levels of education, Africa’s youth are alternatively depicted as a “ticking time bomb” ready to explode if new opportunities are not made available, and a vital asset to be harnessed in rapidly developing economies.

It is in the cultural sphere that African youth are increasingly exercising their economic muscle and making their voices heard. Youth are the key producers of popular media and style, and the key market for information and communications technology. Youth culture, particularly popular music, has had an important economic and social impact on African society and the global African diaspora.

It is therefore necessary to understand African youth cultures from perspectives that move beyond the familiar narratives of youth as a social problem or youth as an undifferentiated statistical cohort. This symposium seeks to work towards more nuanced understandings of the cultural lives of young people in Africa, taking into account not just factors such as ethnic and class differences, but questions of consumerism, gender, globalization, media, migration, music, sexuality, spirituality, technology, pedagogy and urbanization.

We invite individual presentations (30 minutes including discussion) and complete sessions (90 minutes). Proposals (abstracts with approximately 250 words) with contact information should be submitted to by 21 July 2014. Notifications of acceptance will sent on 25 July 2014 by email. News and updates on the program will be available on the project blog (  We have confirmed two international keynote speakers, Alex Perullo (Bryant University, USA) and Benita Moolman (Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa).

The symposium organizers regret that they are unavailable to provide funds for the travel or accommodation costs of participants.

CFP: Literary Margins and Digital Media

The Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław in cooperation with the University of Wrocław invite young scholars (PhD candidates and postdocs), to take part in the SeminarLiterary margins and digital media to be held in Wrocław (Poland) on 15-17 April 2015.

Full information is available at:  and on