CFP: 1st New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium

Aotearoa’s trials and tribulations of UNCRC’s ‘play grounds’ in the past 25 years

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

Keynote address:
Emeritus Professor Anne B. Smith, University of Otago

Call for papers and participation

The aim of this colloquium is to bring researchers from across the social sciences, humanities and education together to begin a critical conversation about the past, present and future of childhood studies in Aotearoa New Zealand. The first hui coincides with the 25th anniversary of UNCRC and critically reflects on its trials and tribulations. The organisers welcome contributions from any disciplinary perspective and encourage postgraduate students to participate.


We invite 5-10 minute theoretically-informed presentations. All presentations will be delivered to the entire audience to facilitate and encourage an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. We encourage work-in-progress, and critical thinking about children and childhood in light of 25 years of UNCRC, in order to foster new ideas and conversations and to mobilise innovative interdisciplinary research in Aotearoa.

Abstract submission

Abstracts should be emailed to the organisers by 20th October 2014. Please include in your name, email, affiliation, title of your paper and an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a very brief biographical note outlining your disciplinary relationship with childhood studies. Acceptance will be notified by 30th October 2014.


Dr Christina Ergler, University of Otago      [email protected]

Dr Marek Tesar, University of Auckland
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