Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

CFP: African Youth and Development, Urban Space, and Human Rights

The University of Texas Africa Conference
Development, Urban Space, and Human Rights

Venue: The University of Texas at Austin
April 3-5, 2015

We are now inviting scholars to submit conference papers and full panel proposals for the 2015 conference on Development, Urban Space, and Human Rights. The social, political, and cultural landscapes envisioned and created under the context of development highlight the historic and ongoing challenges that frame efforts to transform Africa’s development trajectory. The goal of this year’s conference is to generate interdisciplinary insights that can interrogate development paradigms and intervention practices as they relate to urban space and human rights in Africa.

What does development mean in the context of indigenous strategies of self-determination and global intervention? How do notions of development shape urban space and urban policies in Africa? In what ways have development strategies affected human rights? How do indigenous collectives and global activists define human rights and urban rights, and how can these definitions shift notions of development?

Some potential topics may include:

–        Development Debates

–        Narratives of development

–        Concepts of Under-Development, Urban Space, and Human Rights

–        African Development Strategies

–        Sustainable Development, Gender and Development

–        Entrepreneurship and Development, Insurgent Development Practices

–        Development and the aid industry

–        Human Rights Debates

–        Intervention in Human Rights, Border Issues

–        Rhetoric and culture of international human rights

–        Dependency and Human Rights Issues

–        Development, Intellectual Property and Struggle over Resources

–        Urban Space and Development Practices

–        Urban Planning and Development Strategies

–        Urban Rights, Rights to the City

–        Urban Informalization/Informality and Citizenship

–        Social Exclusion, Displacement, and Urban Marginalization

–        Africom and Intervention

–        NGO’s and MCC’s and Prospects for Development

–        Sanctions for Better or Worse (Zimbabwe, Sudan, etc.)

–        Education for Development

–        Children and Youth: development strategies for/impacts, rights and life prospects

As with all our previous conferences, participants will be drawn from different parts of the world. Submitted papers will be assigned to particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical location. Papers can also be submitted together as a panel. Additionally, selected papers will be published in book form.

This conference also has a commitment to professional development which will be fostered through workshops in writing, publishing, and conference presentation. The conference will also provide ample time for professionals from various disciplines and geographical locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback. Graduate students are especially encouraged to attend and present papers and will be partnered with a senior scholar to encourage their own growth as scholars.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is November 30, 2014. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation.

Please submit all abstracts to and Toyin Falola:


A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $150 for scholars and $100 for graduate students must be paid immediately upon the acceptance of the abstract. This conference fee includes admission to the panels, workshops, and special events, as well as transportation to and from the conference from the hotel, breakfast for three days, dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, and a banquet on Saturday evening.

It is expected that all participants will raise the funding to attend the conference. The University of Texas at Austin does not provide participants with any form of funding support, travel expenses, or boarding expenses. If the conference obtains outside funding this will be used to help subsidize graduate students’ accommodations on a competitive basis but it is not guaranteed.

Convened by: Professor Toyin Falola,

Coordinated by: Bisola Falola and Ben Weiss,


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CFP: Queer Friendship, ChLA 2015 Panel

CFP: Queer Friendship in Children’s and YA Literature (panel proposal)
Organizers: Sarah Sahn (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Kristen Proehl (SUNY-Brockport)

Children’s Literature Association Annual Convention
Richmond, VA, June 18-20, 2015
In response to the 2015 ChLA conference theme, “the high stakes of children’s literature,” we are looking for one or two additional paper proposals that explore the role of queer friendship in children’s and/or YA literature for a proposed panel. We are open to a diverse array of approaches to this topic, as well as a wide range of different texts and genres. Possible topics include friendships between gender non-conforming children; friendships between LGBTQ adolescents and youth; race, sexuality, and same-sex friendships; friendships that complicate or defy categories of romantic and platonic love; friendships across differences in age and generation; the politics of queer friendship; and other topics. Please send 100-150 word abstracts and short bios to Kristen Proehl ( and Sarah Sahn ( by November 20, 2014.

CFP: Theory and Method in Child and Youth Research

ICYRNetWe are pleased to announce the 3rd international conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet) which is organized by the Center for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, European University Cyprus.  

Dates: 10-12 June, 2015
Venue: European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Jo Boyden, Professor and Director of Young Lives, Oxford University
  • Dan Cook, Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University

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CFP: Childhood Studies Colloquium (Univ. of Auckland)

Childhood Studies Colloquium
14 November 2014     9.30am – 4.30pm
Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland

Keynote address: Making a difference – connecting rights, research and policy
Emeritus Professor Anne B. Smith, University of Otago

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Seal Beach Sunrise

2015 ACYIG Annual Conference

March 12-15, 2015 — Long Beach, CA
Hosted by California State University, Long Beach
Conference Hotel: Ayres Hotel Seal Beach

Keynote Speaker: Susan Terrio (Georgetown University)
Susan will speak about her widely touted research chronicling the experiences of undocumented children and youth in U.S. immigration custody, in advance of her new book Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody, to be published by the University of California Press in May 2015.

See our Conferences page for more information about registration, lodging, paper & session submission, and special events!