Welcome to the official website of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group. Check out our latest blog, catch up on announcements, peruse our various resources, and see how you can get involved!
by Jean Hunleth
by Kristen Cheney
It is often assumed that social research is the domain of experts—and that those experts are necessarily adults. Most research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) is adult-led and adult-centered, not only ignoring young voices but denying diversity amongst young people. Information about young people’s sexuality therefore often remains insulated within their peer groups, preventing innovation in ASRHR programming. This too often leads to a deficit or pathological perspective on adolescence in ASRHR research and intervention.
ISS departs from this premise in our latest youth participatory research project, Adolescents’ Perceptions of Healthy Relationships. The APHR project is funded by the Oak Foundation, with the objective to inform their child abuse prevention programming through greater attention to the broader societal, structural factors that provide an enabling environment for the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The project is led by ISS’ Kristen Cheney and involves Auma Okwany as East Africa lead researcher. Continue reading Who are the ‘Experts’? Coproducing knowledge with adolescents in Bulgaria and Tanzania
The Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) is currently soliciting the following volunteer positions. All positions are open to accept joint appointments between two individuals. Joint appointments are required for positions indicated in plural. Open until filled.
The February 2019 issue of Neos is now available for your reading pleasure at http://acyig.americananthro.
- “Parenting and solidarity in research on (im)migrant youth” by Andrea Dyrness (U of Colorado, Boulder) – pp. 4
- “Childhood and divergent experiences of armed conflict in Nepal” by Krista Billingsley (U of South Florida) – pp. 8
- “On Hopes, Dreams, and Tensions: Youth Perspectives on Combining Digital Literacy and Cultural Resurgence” by Amy C Mack, Rob McMahon, and Herman Manyguns (U of Alberta) – pp. 15
Let us know what you think! Share your reactions in a Letter to the Editor at [email protected].
by Aurora Chang and Espiritu*
Espiritu, an undocumented college student, narrates her journey of hyperdocumentation – the excessive production of documents, texts, and papers in an effort to compensate for undocumented status or feelings unworthiness – through her own drawings. Her story is one among so many that need to be told.
Doing research, or storytelling, in this age of post-truth feels entirely demoralizing and … necessary. In a time when any utterance of text is suspect, it can be downright frightening at most and risky, at least, to document anything. When we see powerful leaders spewing personal beliefs and emotions in lieu of facts and evidence, and people embracing this approach to the world, what are we left with? But the irony of all of this is that right when we find ourselves discouraged to speak is the same time when we must bring our stories to the forefront because they are most threatened. We must also find and provide outlets for young people to share their stories – telling our truths is still the best defense against despair.
Espiritu’s big, round, enveloping eyes are dark brown, almost black. Her shiny hair, done up in the most precise tresses, hangs easily below her waist. Soaking wet, she is maybe one hundred pounds. There is a shyness to her toothy smile and an eagerness for knowledge that is palpable. An unaccompanied minor, she hyperdocumented her way through high school, community college and then to a prestigious four-year university on full scholarship. “Hyperdocumentation” is a term I use to define the excessive production of documents, texts, and papers in an effort to compensate for undocumented status or feelings of unworthiness – something I experienced and continue to experience as a once undocumented immigrant myself.
* Espiritu is a nom de plume.
…read more on youthcirculations.com
by Elena Jackson Albarrán
Latin American youth leaders come to the U.S. every summer to gain skills to take back to their home countries. Over the twentieth century, American nation-states cultivated children and youth as cultural diplomats to promote capitalist-oriented development under the guise of hemispheric brotherhood. But upending the historical flow of knowledge production, this generation is prepared to engage and to defend their local realities and traditions.
A Virtual Reunion
From Panama, Nathanael—Natha, for short—leaned into his headset microphone, his face projected on the wall of a Miami University classroom bursting beyond capacity: “You all have a beautiful campus, wonderful working infrastructure, and incredible access to resources,” he affirmed. The Ohio students nodded—they’ve been told this since first setting foot on Miami’s campus. Indeed, institutional lore attributes an oft-repeated quote to Robert Frost, who hailed it as “the most beautiful campus that there ever was.” “We don’t have that here in Panama,” Natha emphasized, “but we do have ideas for social and political change.”
Roger chimed in to the virtual session from Ecuador, affable but pressing: “We have great projects going on, but our resources are constantly imperiled. Find ways to partner with us so that we can work together to effect change at the local level.” A political science major at the Universidad Central de Ecuador, Roger is also a member of the Colectivo Nueva Democracia, which encourages political engagement premised on fomenting cultures of dialogue and consent among emerging young leaders from differing political ideologies. On the side, he’s developing an app to promote eco-tourism in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
…read more on youthcirculations.com
CFP: RETHINKING CHILD AND YOUTH MARGINALITIES: MOVEMENTS, NARRATIVES, AND EXCHANGES
Conference information is now available! Click here to visit the conference website, access registration, and view details.
Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) Biennial Conference
March 7-9, 2019
Rutgers University—Camden, NJ
Co-Sponsored by: AAA Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, Department of Childhood Studies (Rutgers-Camden), Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice (Rutgers-Camden), and The Graduate School (Rutgers-Camden)
Here are some other exciting conference highlights:
- Three professional development sessions: Publishing in an academic journal, Publishing a book manuscript; Navigating the job market
- Youth-led panels: Camden and Philadelphia activism, LGBTQ+ narratives and experiences, visual and multi-media arts, social entrepreneurism, youth Radio & creative writing
- Community experiences: Youth-led discussion of Camden-based documentary at Hopeworks, https://hopeworks.org & Stedman Gallery exhibit tour: Camden: Past, Present and Future, which features artwork from children & youth (sign-up onsite at conference)
- Optional “Taste of Camden” conference dinner Friday evening ($45)
Call for Submissions – February 2019 Issue (for Call as a PDF click here)
Dear ACYIG Members,
ACYIG is now soliciting submissions for the February 2019 issue of Neos. We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis between Monday, December 17, and Monday, January 7. The final deadline for submission is Monday, January 7, 2019. If possible, please notify me of your intent to submit by the start of the rolling period (December 17), so that I can identify peer reviewers in a timely manner.
We accept two types of submission: Peer-Reviewed Articles and Features. Details for each can be found in the following.
Please refer to the General Submission Guidelines (in particular the section on How to Prepare a Submission) and Author Agreement for Publication on our website for more detailed information. All material should be sent to [email protected].
I welcome your inquiries and expressions of interest, and look forward to receiving your submissions!
Victoria Holec, Editor
Neos: A Publication of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group http://acyig.americananthro.org/neos/