Given the current political climate, there is a crucial need to examine how illegality is experienced across geographic contexts for undocumented immigrant communities. According to Hiemstra (2010), “labeling a person ‘illegal’ is a subtle yet powerful tool for creating, marking and magnifying perceived difference and exclusion” (p. 78). While the federal political and legal landscape is characterized both by enforcement through a record number of deportations andinaction on comprehensive immigration reform, states and localities have also begun to engage in their own vastly different immigration policy making and enforcement (Zuniga and Hernandez-Leon, 2005; Martos, 2010; Varsanyi, 2010; Varsanyi and Provine, 2012). Some localities have expanded rights for undocumented immigrants, as is the case in states like California and Illinois, both of which are traditional immigrant gateways. While others have become much more restrictionist, as is the case in places such as Tennessee and Georgia, which are considered new immigrant destinations.
Panel organizers: Fina Carpena-Méndez (Oregon State University)
Aleksandra Wierucka (University of Gdansk)
Youth making and unmaking hope in Latin America’s New Ruralities and beyond
Climate chaos, ecological disasters, failed rural livelihoods promoted by neoliberal models of development, exclusionary and authoritarian politics are the conditions in which peasant and indigenous youth in Latin America give meaning to their daily experiences and shape their life trajectories. Both schools and migration that were imagined as sources of hope have often had contradictory roles or failed to deliver on their promises for a better future for rural populations. Facing Euro-American modernity’s imperative of severing the threads of tradition and the constant emergence of new forms of practice and knowing, we explore ethnographic work on peasant and indigenous youth’s struggles to produce spaces of hope through the active generation of alternatives to a consumer-dependent society, new livelihood strategies, sustaining inter-generational relations and cultural identities, migration, social justice advocacy and beyond.
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The past decade has witnessed an array of new forms of public and global interest in marginalized children, whether the incredible rise in the visibility of lesbian, gay, and transgender children, the international migrations of refugee children from Latin America and the Syrian conflict, or the over-incarceration and detention in the United States of undocumented and African American children. In a moment when the marginality of childhood and the child’s function as a signal of futurity are being refigured by these global and historical events, this conference seeks papers that reach across the many disciplines that study children to produce new ways of thinking that make sense of and respond to the complexity of their lives.
This two-day conference hosted by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies Program, and the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh will explore how to conceptualize, theorize, and approach research on children and childhood in the rapidly changing context of the twenty-first century. Affirming a conceptual and methodological “play” across fields, a mode of intellectual curiosity and unsettling of boundaries, we invite participants to reimagine the place of the child and childhood in their home discipline, and to reimagine their home discipline through the figure of the child and childhood. There will also be several meet the author book panels featuring scholars with recent monographs on children and childhood. Continue reading CfP—Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century, University of Pittsburgh, April 6-7, 2018
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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.
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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
Oxford Brookes University will host the 10th Biennial AAGE Conference on the theme Culture, Commitment and Care across the Life Course. This two-day conference is organized in partnership between the Association of Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course and members of ACYIG, and will focus on bridging themes between youth and old age, intergenerational relationships, and life course development from anthropological perspectives. It is of particular interest to students, scholars, and professionals interested in new perspectives on ageing and care in social gerontology, anthropology, sociology, social work, medical humanities, childhood studies, and public health.
Papers are being sought to round out the panel being proposed for the ACYIG 2017 Conference, titled “Hearing Children’s Voices in the Household Context.” Please email your 500-word abstract by Monday, November 28th, if you are interested in being included on the panel.
Panel Title: Hearing Children’s Voices in the Household Context
Co-Organizers: Aviva Sinervo and Christine El Ouardani
While there has been a move in the anthropology of childhood away from prioritizing the study of the household as the central institution involved in the socialization and wellbeing of the child, households continue to be key sites within which children learn about social norms, roles, and power dynamics that reflect the larger social organization of the communities within which they are embedded. At the same time, children’s narrations of—and contributions to—household dynamics and processes have often been left out of work on kinship and the economy of households that explores the structure and interaction of the family” across cultural contexts. In this panel, we aim to theorize the household as a nuanced space of interaction where children’s voices can help us to illuminate some of the domestic practices and perspectives that become obscured in simply relying upon adult accounts and/or the ethnographer’s own observations of family life. In doing so, we aim to pay close attention to the mechanisms that generate a household’s coherence or destabilization, and the ways in which other institutional contexts may compete with or replace the household as an important sphere within a child’s life.
Some of the questions this panel might explore include: Who composes the unit of the household and how is this unit constructed? What might distinguish the “household” from the “family”? How do households affect children’s identities? How do children’s self-positionings affect the dynamics within their households? What methodological approaches allow us to capture the complex negotiations that occur at the household level? In what ways does a focus on “voice” provide a helpful lens for interrogating the roles of children within households vis-à-vis a range of other actors? How do children’s perceptions of their households differ from public perceptions of those same households? How are children’s perspectives on households shaped by larger political, economic, emotional, and discursive factors? What can children’s voices add to our understanding of the household as a mundane but complicated sphere of social reproduction for all its members?
Papers are invited that take up these questions and ethnographically investigate how children make sense of their belonging to and participation in households. Please send a 500 word abstract by November 28th to Aviva Sinervo (asinervo [at] sfsu.edu) and Christine El Ouardani (Christine.elouardani [at] csulb.edu).
ACYIG: 2017 Conference Panel
“Children and Youth as Emotional Suspects”
CALL FOR PAPERS
While there is always present in different historical periods forms of emotional regime (Reddy 2001), emotion is now being instrumentalized , managed, and incited in new ways within liberal democratic states. Contemporary developments in neuroscience, biology, and computer science have articulated with regimes of accumulation increasingly focused on capitalizing the social (Davies 2015), on connection, on emotion, and on the body (Rose 2007, Grosz 1995, Kraftl 2015). Continue reading CfP: ACYIG 2017 Conference, “Children and Youth as Emotional Suspects”