Category Archives: Calls for Papers: Conferences

CfP – One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare

Download the OCMH Conference flyer announcement for full details.
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.

Obtain further details of the conference online.

CfP—Children and Childhoods Conference 2017

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

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CfP: Culture, Commitment and Care across the Life Course, Oxford UK 08-09 June 2017

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.

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CfA: Hearing Children’s Voices in the Household Context

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] and Christine El Ouardani (Christine.elouardani [at]

CfP: ACYIG 2017 Conference, “Children and Youth as Emotional Suspects”

ACYIG: 2017 Conference Panel
“Children and Youth as Emotional Suspects”

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”

CfP – Childhoods in Motion: Children, Youth, Migration, and Education Conference

Childhoods in Motion: Children, Youth, Migration, and Education Conference

March 3-5, 2017 | UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Co-Sponsored by: UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration AAA Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, Council on Anthropology and Education

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CfP – Evil Children: Children and Evil, Portugal 2017

We invite people from all disciplines, professions and vocations to come together in dialogue, to provide a space and a level of legitimacy for a subject, or subjects that is traditionally seen as unimaginable, a socially taboo and even associated with pathology, by providing a forum for ideas and arguments that might otherwise not receive adequate attention and discussion. The ultimate goal is in a sense to expose the current topic to the light of day for examination of the intellectual, the emotional and the personal. Continue reading CfP – Evil Children: Children and Evil, Portugal 2017


This is an update to a previous post from July.

The abstract submission deadline for the 6th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators has been extended to October 15, 2016.  If you develop and use indicators to measure the status of child wellbeing at the local, national, regional, or international levels, we encourage you to join us in Montreal,
Canada on June 28-30, 2017!

This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and child advocates from around the world to share and discuss innovations in research methods and the latest research findings on child indicators as well as implications for policy and practice. Learn more about the abstract submission process and to make an online submission.