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Deadline approaching for upcoming seminar: Feminism and the politics of childhood: Friends or foes?

The deadline is approaching to register an expression of interest to attend the upcoming seminarFeminism and the politics of childhood: Friends or foes? as a non-presenting participant.

If you wish to participate in the workshop as a non-presenter, please send an expression of interest of no more than 250 words outlining relevant academic and/or community-based experience by30th September 2015 to (Subject line: PARTICIPANT Feminism and Childhood).

Participation in the seminar:

The seminar will be held on the 16th and 17th November 2015 at IOE UCL, London, and will bring together community-based and academic scholars and activists to unpack the intersections and perceived antagonisms between various forms of feminism and the politics of childhood, focusing on the ways that these fields attend to those positioned as women and as children.

The seminar is arranged to foster dialogue and participation amongst a small group of participants who work on seminar themes from within different paradigms, varying disciplines, and diverse contexts. Speakers will have 5 minutes to present their pre-circulated paper, with the bulk of the time set aside for discussion amongst both presenting and non-presenting participants.

We therefore ask that all selected participants commit to:

  • Pre-read all working papers (approximately 4,000 words each) and come prepared to discuss these papers.
  • Attend the entire 1½ day seminar (afternoon 16th Novemberand full day 17th November 2015).

Further information:

Key questions the seminar will address are:

  • How do we ensure the well-being of children and women, particularly in contexts where their interests may (appear to) be in conflict?
  • How might a conversation between feminism and the politics of childhood speak to these tensions?
  • What are the implications of theorising women and children together?

Confirmed papers:

  • Leena Alanen (University of Jyväskylä)

Feminist Studies – Childhood Studies: Towards a post-constructionist reconciliation

  • Priscilla Alderson (UCL Institute of Education)

‘Women and children first’?

  • Erica Burman (Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester)

A necessary struggle-in-relation?

  • Claire Houghton (The University of Edinburgh)

Domestic abuse and devolution: Power to all the people?

  • Berry Mayall  (UCL Institute of Education)

Women’s ideas about childhood, England 1900-1920

  • Erica Meiners (2015 Soros Justice Fellow, Northeastern Illinois University)

Defending Women: Child saving in the US carceral state

  • Geetanjali Misra (CREA, New Delhi)

Sexuality, gender, and the rights of girls and women in South and Southeast Asia

  • Ann Phoenix  (UCL Institute of Education)

“I have never called her mum”: Mothers and children defined and divided by children’s ‘best interests’

  • Geraldine Pratt (University of British Columbia)

Children and their migrant mothers: Rhetoric and politics in global neoliberalism

  • Rachel Rosen  (UCL Institute of Education)
    Jan Newberry (University of Lethbridge)

Love, labour and appropriation: Reconceptualising social reproduction with women and children in the frame

  • Rachel Thomson (University of Sussex)
    Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck College)

Pushing the envelope: Thinking through childhood and maternal studies

  • Ohad Zehavi (Tel Aviv University)

Becoming-woman, becoming-child, becoming-minoritarian

For more information, see

Supported by:

UCL Grand Challenges

The Age of Criminal Responsibility

Centre for Evidence & Criminal Justice Studies (University of Northumbria)
Sydney Institute of Criminology (University of Sydney)

Wednesday 23 September 2015, 4th Floor Corporate Hub and Harvard Lecture Theatre, School of Law, Northumbria University 11.00-18.00

On Wednesday 23rd September the Centre for Evidence & Criminal Justice Studies (University of Northumbria) and the Sydney Institute of Criminology (University of Sydney) will co-host a 1 day conference on ‘The Age of Criminal Responsibility’ at Northumbria University in Newcastle. The aim of this conference is to encourage debate and discussion on the current age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales which is set at 10 years. This conference will provide a forum for exploring the latest research and developments in understanding the challenges facing young people in conflict with the law. Continue reading The Age of Criminal Responsibility

Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Arnhold Symposium 2015 in New York City

When?            October 29 to 30, 2015
Where?          German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research, NY, NY

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, the German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research are pleased to invite all interested parties to the Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace 2015, at which critical scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines working on the complex relationship between education and armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa will gather in New York City to present their research.  Continue reading Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

Symposium on Wellbeing and the Life Course

Please  download the flyer for more info on a forthcoming Symposium including Jo Boyden and Charles Watters as speakers.

Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South

The ‘Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South’ project seeks to bring together researchers exploring childhood and children’s lives in diverse contexts in the Global South to engage in theory development using the various empirical studies that have been produced on Southern childhoods as a starting point for dialogue and action.

The central questions of this project are:  

  1. How, if at all, do theoretical concepts relating to childhood research in the North transfer to various social, cultural and political contexts in the Global South?
  2. What are the key theoretical priorities for child-focused researchers working in diverse contexts in the Global South and why?/What theoretical concepts do childhood researchers focusing on Southern childhoods find most useful and why?
  3. How can these theoretical priorities identified by child-focused researchers working on Southern childhoods be better reflected in dominant discourses within the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies?
  4. What challenges exist which may prevent the incorporation of theories developed by academics focusing on Southern childhoods into more dominant discourses relating to childhood studies?

These questions will be addressed through two initiatives in particular:

  1. The organisation of a three-day workshop in January 2016 for childhood academics and researchers with various levels of experience working within diverse Southern contexts including those based within institutions in the South.

    Dates: 19-21 January 2016
    Venue: The University of Sheffield

  2. The development of a website which will host the following:
    1. The Southern Childhoods Network which is a virtual network of childhood scholars, policy-makers and practitioners which seeks to facilitate dialogue, action and collaboration.
    2. An online database of childhood researchers and academics focusing on the Global South.
    3. A database of open access articles in English, French and Spanish with a particular focus on childhood and children’s lives in the Global South.
    4. Webinars facilitated by key academics in the area of global childhood studies.

      The website will be launched by the end of September 2015.

The project is managed by Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh at the University of Sheffield, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth and funded by the British Academy Rising Star Scheme.