New Book Release: ‘Children as Caregivers’ by Jean Hunleth

In Zambia, due to the rise of tuberculosis and the closely connected HIV epidemic, a large number of children have experienced the illness or death of at least one parent. Children as Caregivers examines how well intentioned practitioners fail to realize that children take on active caregiving roles when their guardians become seriously ill and demonstrates why understanding children’s care is crucial for global health policy.

Using ethnographic methods, and listening to the voices of the young as well as adults, Jean Hunleth makes the caregiving work of children visible. She shows how children actively seek to “get closer” to ill guardians by providing good care. Both children and ill adults define good care as attentiveness of the young to adults’ physical needs, the ability to carry out treatment and medication programs in the home, and above all, the need to maintain physical closeness and proximity. Children understand that losing their guardians will not only be emotionally devastating, but that such loss is likely to set them adrift in Zambian society, where education and advancement depend on maintaining familial, reciprocal relationships. View a gallery of images from the book.

Children as Caregivers: The Global Fight against Tuberculosis and HIV in Zambia (Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies, March 2017) is now available for purchase online through multiple retailers, including Rutgers and Eurospan. An online art gallery of the children’s drawings is also available through Flickr, and helps illustrate the children’s caregiving throughout the book.

NEOS February 2017 issue now available!

The February 2017 issue of Neos is now available for your reading pleasure at

Some highlights:

New Book Release: ‘Crying for Our Elders’ by Kristen Cheney

Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS, is now shipping from the University of Chicago Press. Click HERE to access an order form for 20% off the list price. Then click on FILES and choose the EU or the US order form.

CfP – One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare

Download the OCMH Conference flyer announcement for full details.
Call for papers deadline: January 15, 2017

One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare is a multidisciplinary conference geared for child welfare practitioners, policy makers and administrators alike. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is serving as Lead Community Sponsor of the conference, to be held at the beautiful and historic University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Opening the conference is acclaimed author, professor, and foster parent, Cris Beam. Cris’ book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2013 and is a must-read for those working in the child welfare system.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Transcending Adversity, closing the conference will be Dr. Robert Anda, co-principal investigator and co-founder of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This groundbreaking 17,000 patient study tracked the effects of child abuse and childhood trauma on health throughout the lifespan, and is clearly one of the most influential pieces of research of our time.

Obtain further details of the conference online.

Job Positions (2)—Department of Child and Youth studies at Brock University, Canada

The Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University is inviting applications for the following 2 positions:

Position 1: Welfare and Well-being of Children and Youth

The Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University invites applications for a a probationary (tenure track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2017. The position is subject to budgetary approval. Continue reading Job Positions (2)—Department of Child and Youth studies at Brock University, Canada

CfP—Children and Childhoods Conference 2017

The call for papers for our Biennial International Children and Childhoods Conference is open. Papers are invited that theoretically and empirically engage with a broad range of disciplines reflecting the diverse nature of contemporary childhood studies.

18th and 19th July, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

Continue reading CfP—Children and Childhoods Conference 2017

Neos highlights—Interdisciplinary Action on Pediatric Injury

Applied anthropologists often work in fields that have not been adequately explored through ethnographic or qualitative methods. See how researcher Nazia Hussain comes to understand the impact of anthropology within the field of injury prevention in “Positioning Anthropology at the Intersection of Pediatric Injury and Motor Vehicle Collision: A Need for Interdisciplinary Action,” pp. 9-10 of the October 2016 issue of Neos (

Associate Professor/Assistant Professor, Human Rights – Binghamton University

Job Description:
The Department of Human Development in the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) at Binghamton University seeks to fill a tenured position at the associate professor or tenure­ track position at the assistant professor level in human development to begin Fall 2017. We seek a scholar whose research interests are in the area of human rights as it pertains to communities that are marginalized or disenfranchised within the context of the US and/or internationally. Preference will be given to candidates who examine inequality globally and adopt a comparative perspective. Areas of interest could include: immigration and migration, law, political economy, the state, transnationalism, displacement, refugees, health and migration, disability studies, environment/sustainability, gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, indigenous and/or Native American theory, and genocide/political violence. Continue reading Associate Professor/Assistant Professor, Human Rights – Binghamton University

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