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CFP: Deadline for submissions to Interdisciplinary Child and Teen Consumption conference in Edinburgh is September 30

The Child and Teen Consumption conference is coming to Edinburgh in April
2014 – and the submission deadline has been extended till September 30.
Keynote speakers are Gary Cross, Sonia Livingstone, Patti Valkenburg and
Agnes Nairn.

Full details are available from the conference website:

Announcement from Girlhood Studies Interdisciplinary Journal

Girlhood Studies is happy to announce that our latest issue coincides with a new Tribute to Jackie Kirk page on Berghahn’s Girlhood website.

For more information:


ACYIG Book Fair contributions

Dear ACYIG Members,

Mark your calendar! We are excited to announce that this year’s ACYIG Organization Meeting and Book/Social Hour will be held at the AAA Meetings on Saturday, November 23, 2013: 7:00pm – 9:30pm in Williford A at the Chicago Hilton. The first hour is devoted to interest group business and the second hour will include the Social/Book Hour with light refreshments. (Suggested donation: $5.)

If you are interested in displaying your book(s) during the Book/Social Hour, please contact Lauren Heidbrink at: [email protected] by Saturday, October 12th . This will confirm your space and give you time to work with your publisher to secure copies of your book for sale. Should you have any questions, please let me know.

Warm regards,


Lauren Heidbrink, MA/MS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Social & Behavioral Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
NATIONAL LOUIS UNIVERSITY | 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603 Tel/fax: 312.261.3409
[email protected]


The Child in the World Conference

the child in the world

A one-day international conference organised as part
of an AHRC-funded collaborative project between
Queen Mary, University of London and the V&A
Museum of Childhood.

For full conference details and speaker biographies, go to

How to book
Contact [email protected] or 020 8983 5205.
The registration fee is £40 (£20 concessions). Spaces are limited so please
book by 1 November 2013.

V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Saturday 9 November 2013
10.00 ­ 17.00


Save the Date: ACYIG Organizational Meeting and Social/Book Hour at AAA Meetings

Dear ACYIG Members,

I hope that everyone is having an excellent summer. We now have scheduling details about the ACYIG Organization Meeting and Social/Book Hour during the 2013 AAA Meetings in Chicago. Please save the date!

The ACYIG Organization Meeting and Social/Book Hour will take place at the American Anthropological Association Meetings on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

The Organization Meeting will take place from 7:00-8:15 PM, and the Social/Book Hour will take place from 8:15-9:30 pm. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Both events will take place at the Chicago Hilton. The room is Williford A.

Please note! If you have recently published a book and would like to promote it at this year’s Social/Book Hour, please contact Lauren Heidbrink at: [email protected]  Lauren will post more calls for participation in the Book Hour in the coming weeks.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago!


Rachael Stryker
Convener, ACYIG

New Issue: Children, Youth and Environments Journal

The new issue of the Children, Youth and Environments Journal includes ten articles from the U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, and Norway, mostly focused on school grounds and playgrounds.

See below for the detailed table of contents.  The issue is available at:

Subscribing to the CYE Journal is easy: make a (tax-deductible) $35 payment via a secure online transaction on  Complete the form  and enter “For CYE Journal” in the comment field. Forward the electronic acknowledgement that you’ll receive to: [email protected]. You will get access with a user name and password.

Individual subscriptions are for one full year of unlimited access to three new issues and all back issues from 1984 onwards. The fee for students is US $15.00 upon submission of proof of status (current student card or letter from advisor).

We hope that you will share this announcement with appropriate professional networks, listservs, and interested others.

Louise Chawla

Fahriye Sancar

Willem van Vliet–

Children, Youth and Environments
A Journal of Research, Policy and Applications
University of Colorado

Call for Contributions to the October 2013 ACYIG Newsletter

ACYIG is now soliciting contributions for the October 2013 issue; the deadline for submission is Monday, September 16th, 2013. All material should be sent to Newsletter Editor, Aviva Sinervo at asinervo(at)

Please consider the following types of submissions:

Columns (1000 words or less, including references)

“Methods & Ethics in the Anthropology of Childhood,” in which members explore the methods and ethics associated with doing research on, or with, children

A “Childhood & _____________” column (you fill in the blank!), in which members discuss a topic of interest to their research

“My Favorite Ethnography of Childhood,” in which members discuss their favorite classic or contemporary ethnography of children or childhood and why

“My Experiences/Intersections with Interdisciplinary Research on Children,” in which members investigate the value, pitfalls, and lessons associated with combining anthropological research with that of other disciplines to study children


Letters to the Editor (200 words or less)

New Book Announcements

Professional Opportunities
*Job announcements
*Research Opportunities
*Grants/Prizes Available
*Calls for Papers/Abstracts
*Conference Announcements

Member News/Professional Updates
*Recent Appointments
*Grants Received
*Prizes Awarded
*Any other achievements or publications that members would like to announce

Photos from Fieldwork (with caption of 30 words or less)

For inquiries and expressions of interest, and to make submissions, please contact Newsletter Editor, Aviva Sinervo at asinervo(at) Specific formatting guidelines are available upon request.

CFP: Journal Autrepart: “The child in development policies and programmes”

“The child in development policies and programmes”
Issue #72 of the journal Autrepart
Charles-Édouard de Suremain and Doris Bonnet (Guest Editors)

This special intends to examine the construction of the child as a
specific subject/object in development policies and programmes, based on
research and field work conducted in developing countries. It aims to
analyse the systems of representations, discourses and practices of
development projects involving children in various social, cultural and
demographic contexts. It seems crucial, at a time when they are mobilised
by a number of development projects, to discuss the notion of child—and,
by extension, that of childhood.

The first question in this call relates to the multiplicity of children
figures created by development policies and programmes, particularly in
the last two decades. Obvious examples of these figures include children
affected by AIDS, malnourished children, working children, children
victims of abuse, torphan children… but also to child soldiers, the wizard
children, or even the “vulnerable children” of the international
organizations. What do these figures have in common and what
differentiates them? What and who justifies the existence of these
figures? Can or should children be categorised based on the status they
have—or are given—in the society they belong to, on a specific development
projet at a given time, or in reference to the criteria defined by
international organisations such as the World Health Organization, the
International Labour Office, or United Nations International Children’s
Emergency Fund? Particular attention will be paid to the adverse effects
of this categorisation trend, including the stigmatisation of the
concerned children at the local level.

The second question we wish to address is the segmented nature of
development projects and the lack of a comprehensive vision of the child.
The rationale of development projects provided to donors implies
“targetting” specific populations. One project, for instance, is
interested in the education of children political refugees while another
focuses on the vaccination of children under two years in a marginal
neighbourhood of a large city. But doesn’t this approach generate a
multiplicity of unrelated projects? Doesn’t the lack of a comprehensive
vision of the child as a social agent reduce the impact of the often
costly actions implemented “for the child’s sake”? And doesn’t the
establishment of “children’s rights” making universal rights mandatory,
imply a change in the goals of development projects?

The third question contributors may focus on is that of the participation
of children in development projects—or rather their lack of participation.
While it is difficult to work on children as a research object, it is
possibly even more difficult to work with children and for children as
social subjects/actors. And there is no escaping the fact that most
development projects avoid considering children’s participation in their
design and implementation. This is the case, for example of the projects
seeking social reintegration for street children and child soldiers. Are
the leeways of children bounded solely by those laid down by the adults?
With the possible exception of children too young to talk, aren’t the
children the agents of their own lives, in one way or another? Don’t
children transform, in their own way, the projects of which they are the
“beneficiaries”? The aim is here to delineate the contours and limits of
the “participation” of children in development projects, beyond slogans
that are more or less ideological.

The discussion has methodological implications, as working for children
requires determining how it is possible to work on and with them. It also
has theoretical consequences as it raises the issue of the child as an
actor, as well as the outlines and limits of the concepts of agency and
empowerment applied to childhood. It finally has operational effects on
the development projects concerning children. A project is all the more
“acceptable” that it is understood and appropriated by the population
whose life it is supposed to improve.

Autrepart invites for this issue contributions from the various
disciplines of social sciences. The relationship between the outcomes of
development projects, the research carried out, the methodology and the
concepts used must be analysed in the light of specific cases. This is why
the proposed contributions will clearly specify the characteristics and
organization of the society to which the child belongs.

Proposal (title and abstract not exceeding 150 words) must be sent to the
journal Autrepart before 15th september 2013

The articles selected have to be submitted by 15th november 2013

Book reviews on the topic of this issue must be sent to the journal
Autrepart before 15th December 2013

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