CFP – Youngsters: On the Cultures of Children and Youth

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20-22 October 2016
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
Unceded Coast Salish Territory–Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations
Confirmed Keynotes
  • Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Professor, Chair of Modern Media and Culture, Brown University)
  • Steven Bruhm (Robert and Ruth Lumsden Professor of English, Western University)
  • Dr. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Author, Activist, and member of the Alderville First Nation)

The Association for Research in the Cultures of Young People invites proposals for an inaugural conference in the field of children’s and youth cultural studies.  While scholars have been producing exciting work in the field for decades, that work has found itself positioned most often under the umbrella of other fields, including children’s literature, education studies, sociology, media studies, or cultural studies itself.  This conference seeks to establish itself as a biannual event to draw together scholars from these diverse fields to showcase and discuss the astonishing breadth of interdisciplinary scholarship in children’s and youth cultural studies.

We therefore welcome approaches to the study of childhood and children’s and youth cultures from an array of disciplines, fields, and historical periods, including work deploying a wide range of methodologies and theoretical approaches. Themes and topics may include:

  • The Racialization of Childhood Media Darlings
  • The Spoils of Childhood Child’s Play
  • Children’s and Youth Spaces Tender Travellers
  • The International Child Theory’s Children
  • Youth Labours Youth Subcultures and Scenes
  • Methodologies of Child and Youth Reproduction and/as Ideology
  • Archiving Young People The Problems and Futures of Sex-Ed
  • Criminal Youth and Child Perpetrators Animated Childhoods
  • Indigenous Youth Cultures Out of the Mouths of Babes
  • Pedagogy and Its Discontents Sonic Youth: Where Sound Meets Subculture
  • Cultures of Risk Baby Cultures
  • Queer and Trans Childhoods Kinder Gardens: The Child in Ecocriticism

Submission Guidelines
Individual Submissions:

All individual proposals must be submitted by email to [email protected] by 11:59pm PST on January 15, 2016. Please use the following format for the subject line of your email: “Proposal Last Name First Name” (eg. Proposal Woodson Jacqueline). Please assist us by attaching a single document in .DOC, or .DOCX format only with the following information in exactly the order listed below:

  • Paper Title.
  • Name; institutional affiliation; position or title; degrees and granting institutions; email address; and phone number.
  • Abstract of the content and rationale of the paper: up to 300 words. (Presentation time for papers is 20 minutes maximum)
  • Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of presenter.
  • Indicate any audiovisual needs or special accommodations.

Panel Proposals:
Final panel proposals, including proposals for no more than three individual presenters (formatted as above) are due by no later than 11:59pm MST on January 15, 2016. Papers not accepted by panel organizers may be resubmitted to the general call for consideration provided they meet the above deadline. Please respond to all submissions in a prompt and courteous manner. Please use the following format for the subject line of your email: “Panel Last Name First Name” (eg. Panel Rowling J.K.). Please assist us by attaching a single document in .DOC, or .DOCX format only with the following information in exactly the order listed below:

  • Panel Title.
  • Name; institutional affiliation; position or title; degrees and granting institutions; email address; and phone number
  • Copy of the panel proposal (up to 150 words).
  • Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of organizer.
  • Indicate any audiovisual needs or special accommodations.
  • Three proposed papers & related information formatted as above under “Individual Submissions”

The Conference Review Committee is open to considering creative panel submissions, and would ask that those interested in submitting such a proposal contact the Committee directly at [email protected] prior to submission.