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NEOS February 2018 Edition now available!

  • The February 2018 issue of Neos is now available for your reading pleasure at

    Some highlights:

    • Methods and Ethics regarding mobile cultures
      (Pauline A. Duncan (U Edinburgh) and Maureen Fin (U Edinburgh))
    • Childhood, Play, and Funds of Knowledge in the Classroom (Tori K. Flint (U Louisiana, Lafayette))
    • Childhood and Restorative Justice in the United States (Amanda J. Reinke (Georgia College))
    • Childhood and Empathic Aid: Educating Others about Child Suffering (Sara E. Lahti Thiam (Case Western Reserve U))
    • New board member introductions
    • NEW BOOK AND FILM ANNOUNCEMENTS Let us know what you think! Share your reactions in a Letter to the Editor at [email protected].


PhD studentships in Literature and Creative Writing

Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is delighted to announce funding for a number of PhD studentships in Literature and Creative Writing, made available as part of the University’s Research Excellence Academy. Continue reading PhD studentships in Literature and Creative Writing

Jeunesse – winter issue now available!

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to announce that the 2015 Winter Issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is available.

The following sections are open access:

– Editorial, “For the Record,” by Mavis Reimer

– Forum on Keywords in the Cultures of Young People, with essays by Elizabeth Marshall, Derritt Mason, and Tyler PollardLouise SaldanhaKristine AlexanderAwad IbrahimLisa Weems, and Natasha Hurley

– Review essays by Robert BittnerDaniel BrattonChristina Fawcett, and Melissa Li Sheung Ying

Articles in this issue include:

– “Postnational Possibilities in Two YA Novels about Taiwan: The American Trace” by Emily Murphy

– “Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers as Board Book: From the Matter of Materiality to the Way That Materiality Matters” by Michelle Ann Abate

– “Gregor the Overlander and A Wrinkle in Time: Father Lost, Father Found” by Chantel Lavoie

– “Representations of Happiness in Comedic Young Adult Fiction: Happy Are the Wretched” by Nerida Wayland

Housed in the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) and produced with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.

More information on how to submit papers and how to subscribe can be found on our website:

To recommend Jeunesse to your institution’s library, download our form.

AAA Panel CFP – Ethics, IRB, vulnerable pops

Panel:  Ethical and Practical Complexities: Navigating the IRB to Conduct Ethnographies with Vulnerable Populations

Call for Papers: AAA 2016
Minneapolis, MN
November 16-20, 2016
Theme: “Evidence, Accident, Discovery”


Anthropologists face unique challenges in obtaining IRB approval to conduct research with vulnerable populations, particularly (but not limited to) people with mental illnesses or who are undergoing mental health treatment.  Beyond the basic challenges of collecting data while remaining sensitive to the needs of the populations work with, we also face the complexities of satisfying IRB requirements in ever-changing ethnographic environments and maintaining participant confidentiality in clinical settings.  Due to the sensitive nature of mental illnesses, anthropologists also participate in extra screenings in order to ensure the safety of the participants.

Consistent with this year’s AAA theme, “Evidence, Accident, Discovery”, this panel highlights questions for anthropologists conducting mental health and other disability research.  First, how anthropologists face challenges in obtaining IRB approval for our research and how we obtain high-quality data while adhering to high ethical standards?  In the case of uneven balances of power between ethnographer and participant, the panel asks how we can envision our relationships with vulnerable people and populations? This panel also examines the obligations that anthropologists have to our participants, from prevention of harm during the course of research to ensuring the results of our research also do not cause harm, and perhaps can be used to reduce vulnerability.

Papers relevant to this panel might discuss IRB requirements to conduct ethnographic research among people with mental illnesses; whether ethical obligations to participants with mental illnesses differ from those we might hold to other participants; and the challenges of complying with IRB while in the field.

Abstracts are limited to 250 words, and are due to Shir Lerman ([email protected]) and Olivia Marcus ([email protected]) by March 5, 2016.

CFP for ASA 2016 (Durham, UK) – Living histories, making futures: Temporality and young lives

ASA 2016 conference – Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth

University of Durham, UK, 4-7 July 2016

Living histories, making futures: Temporality and young lives


Sarah Winkler-Reid (Newcastle University), Ditte Strunge Sass (Mahidol University International College), Camilla Morelli (University of Bristol)

Short Abstract

This panel examines the temporal dimensions of young lives, both in terms of how young people construct their life-trajectories and future selves; and how they experience, discuss, reflect and mobilise personal local, national or global histories and memories.

Long Abstract

Children and young people often symbolise both hope and anxiety in public discourses about the future. Since the 1990s, an increasing number of anthropologists have sought to study children and young people in their own right, rather than as adults-in-the-making or societal symbols. However, as scholars have noted, this leads to a tendency to disconnect young people from the generational relations in which they are embedded (Cole 2004), while on the other hand, the focus on the ‘now-ness’ of youth action can overlook the temporal dimensions of experience (Ansell et al 2014). This panel considers how different temporalities intersect at the level of childhood and youth. It examines how children and young people prepare the ground for their future selves and life-trajectories by mediating between desires, hopes and aspirations for the future on one side; and the social and political-economic constraints informed by previous generations on the other. What are the aspects of continuity and transformation in this process? How can we understand young people’s learning as both an act of creativity, and as the result of past actions and collective histories?

We invite papers that examine the temporal and political dimensions of young lives. Both in terms of the future, as children and young people’s actions, efforts and choices shape the trajectories of their own lives and of society at large; and to the past, by examining how they experience, discuss, reflect and mobilise personal, local, national or global histories and memories.

Please follow this link to submit a paper:

Journal of Playwark Practice – new issue just released

Second issue of 2015 now out

Journal of Playwork Practice (JPP), published in association with Common Threads, is the first academic journal in the playwork field and provides an international platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice.  The journal is available as a print journal with an online version.

You can follow the journal on Twitter at @jpp_journal.

Send this email onto your library and recommend that they subscribe. A 3 month online trial for libraries is available or to subscribe, contact Turpin Distribution email: [email protected].

For information about submitting a paper to Journal of Playwork Practice, please email [email protected]

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Editorial (free to read)
Shelly Newstead

Engaging children in activities beyond the classroom walls: a social–ecological exploration of Australian primary school children’s enjoyment of school play activities 
Brendon Hyndman, Barbara Chancellor

The Possible Futures for Playwork project: a thematic analysis 

Pete King

Preliminary development of a new method for exploring the acceptability of playwork interventions with children: the Day Reconstruction Method – Child version (DRM-C) 
Rebecca Jenkin, Ian Frampton, Mathew White, Sabine Pahl, Niky Dix

Practice: searching and re/searching 
Jennifer Cartmel

There’s no full stop after playwork: co-creating space on an adventure playground 
John Fitzpatrick, Bridget Handscomb

The efficiency of playwork as a universal service 
Ross Podyma

Assessing play sufficiency in Wrexham, Wales 
Mike Barclay, Ben Tawil

Early reflections from the Play Works project 
Tilean Clarke

Janet Dalglish, MBE (1919–2007) 
Ute Navidi

New play opportunities in a Papua New Guinean school 
Kym Simoncini, Victoria Carr Sue Elliott, Elisapesi Manson, Lalen Simeon; Joros Sawi

 Book Reviews

Job opening – Professor in Child Studies, historical emphasis

Appointment as professor in Child studies with a historical bearing

Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, invites applications for an appointment as Professor in Child Studies with a focus on children and childhood from a historical perspective. The application must be received at latest January 28, 2016. Please see attached announcement for further details:

Child Studies carries out unique research combining a focus on children’s agency and their social interactions with a critical and theoretical awareness of the shifting meanings of childhood in time and place. We welcome all applicants who are interested in developing their research on children and childhood with a historical bearing in a multi- and transdisciplinary environment.

If you have questions, please contact me, Karin Zetterqvist Nelson ([email protected]) or my colleague Asta Cekaite ([email protected]), at Child studies:

CFP: 2016 SCCR conference in Portland, Oregon

Dear colleagues,
I would like to invite you to consider attending the 2016 SCCR conference detailed below. We have invited several prominent scholars, Paul Harris, Catherine Panter-Brick and Barbara Rogoff, whose work is predominantly child focused. We hope to see you there!

Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference
February 17-20, 2016

Call for submissions

The deadline of November 1st for submissions of papers, posters and panel proposals for the Society for Cross Cultural Research conference in Portland, Oregon is fast approaching! Visit the SCCR website at
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