(This work first appeared in its original form on BLISS on September 26, 2018. This is an updated version. Read the original here with photos)
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.
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.
ACYIG Convener – more info to follow. Term: Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2021.
ACYIG Student Representative – duties of the student representative include liaising with ACYIG graduate student and undergraduate student members to communicate ideas, policies, and concerns between members and the ACYIG Advisory Board. Term: Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2021.
ACYIG Conference Coordinators – duties include working with conference partners to advertise the conference and review/coordinate ACYIG panels, and assists with review of ACYIG-sponsored AAA panel(s). Term: Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2021.
Neos Editor – duties include working with the ACYIG communications team and Neos assistant editors to publish Neos twice a year (October and February). We are looking for a highly organized and detail-oriented individual with leadership experience to continue the role of Neos Editor. This position involves creating and distributing a call for submissions, soliciting and managing peer reviews, coordinating the Neos volunteer team, establishing issue outlines, maintaining digital repositories, and communicating with various ACYIG and Neos partners and stakeholders about feedback on any given issue and general procedures related to Neos. This position will receive training and guidance from the current Neos editor prior to and, if needed, throughout the first production. Term: May 1, 2019 to Apr 30, 2021.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:
Neos Copyeditors – duties include copy-editing both article and feature submissions for the bi-annual publication of Neos (October and February). We are looking for one or two individuals with great time management, orientation to detail, and proficiency in Chicago Style as modified by AAA. Timelines for the production of Neos are very short, and fast turnaround is required. This position reports to the Neos Editor. Term: May 1, 2019 to Apr 30, 2021.
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.
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.
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.
New Submission Process: To submit an article or feature, please use this form. For any questions about the submission process or about the form, please email the Neos Editor at [email protected].
We accept two types of submission: Peer-Reviewed Articles and Features. Details for each can be found in the following.
Co-edited by Kristen Cheney and Aviva Sinervo (SFSU), containing chapters from up-and-coming childhood and development studies scholars, and covering most regions of the world, the volume critically considers how transnational charitable industries are created and mobilized around childhood need by exploring how humanitarian interventions for children in difficult circumstances engage in affective commodification and objectification of disadvantaged childhoods. The authors argue that, though these processes can help achieve the goals of donors and aid organizations, they can also perpetuate the conditions that organizations seek to alleviate—thereby endangering the very children they intend to help.