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
www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/research/childintheworld/conference/index.html
or www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

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.

Where
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
www.museumofchildhood.org.uk
Saturday 9 November 2013
10.00 ­ 17.00

 

CFP: Race, Crime, and Children

CFP:  Race, Crime, and Children. Special Winter Issue Red Feather Journal 

In the wake of the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, the young African American teenager killed as he was walking home in suburban Florida, the intersections of youth, crime and race have been brought to the forefront of public discourse and media scrutiny. In this discourse,  American youth,  and particularly young people of color, are frequently romanticized, demonized and/or criminalized.  Red Feather Journal seeks to provide a forum for dialogue among scholars about the intersections of race, crime, children, and the media. How do cultural junctures like Trayvon Martin’s murder and racial profiling bring to the fore popular notions about childhood itself? What part does race play in constructions of, and cultural discourse about, childhood in a global context? Red Feather Journal  invites the submission of  scholarly articles from a variety of disciplines that explore these issues.

International submissions are encouraged.

Red Feather Journal adheres to the MLA citation system. Authors are welcome to submit articles in other citations systems, with the understanding that, upon acceptance, conversion to MLA is a condition of publication. Red Feather Journal is indexed through EBSCO host and MLA bibliography.

Interested contributors please submit the paper, an abstract, and a brief biography (with full contact information) as attachments in Word to [email protected]

Deadline for submissions for the Special Winter issue is November 30, 2013.

Debbie Olson
www.redfeatherjournal.org
University of Texas at Arlington
Department of English

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!

Sincerely,

Rachael Stryker
Convener, ACYIG

Job Posting: Assistant & Associate Professor, Childhood Studies

*ASSISTANT and ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CHILDHOOD STUDIES*.

The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University気amden, New Jersey, USA invites applications for two positions:  Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and
Associate Professor (tenured) of Childhood Studies to commence on
1stSeptember 2014.

Building on the strengths of its established, internationally recognized
program, the Department seeks outstanding scholars whose research interests
and projects address the lives or contexts of children and childhood from
an interdisciplinary perspective.  All areas in the social sciences and
humanities are welcome, including interdisciplinary fields such as
performance studies, gender studies and disability studies. The
disciplinary affiliation of an applicant is of less importance than the
quality of his/her research and the demonstrated appreciation for
multidisciplinary approaches to the study of children and childhood.  We
are particularly interested in receiving applications from those whose work
addresses the following areas, broadly conceived, and can speak to both
national and transnational contexts: children’s sexualities, literacies,
media, health behavior, geographies and disabilities.  We seek applicants
with experience supervising doctoral students and interest in contributing
to leadership roles within the department.

Established in 2007 as the first doctoral-granting granting program in
childhood studies in the USA, the Department graduated its first Ph.D.
students in May 2013. Childhood Studies offers a robust, multidisciplinary
curriculum for BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees.  The Department has hosted
several major international conferences, sponsors an array of lectures and
symposia, and annually welcomes visiting scholars from around the world. It
enjoys an active faculty and graduate student body whose work often
integrates scholarship with social engagement.

Rutgers University Camden, a beautiful, urban campus expanding to
accommodate the growth of Southern New Jersey, is located just across the
Delaware River from Philadelphia.  Rutgers is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  The University and our Department
seek to attract an active, culturally diverse faculty of the highest
caliber.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates can learn about the campus and the Department of Childhood
Studies at http://childhood.camden.rutgers.edu/ and by contacting
Department Chair, Dr. Lynne Vallone. Applications should include a cover
letter indicating the ways in which their research adds to the Departmentケs
strengths and focusing on how their teaching and research may enhance a
multidisciplinary program, along with a CV and no more than two
publications for the Associate Professor position and one for the Assistant
Professor position.  Applicants to the Assistant Professor position should
forward three letters of recommendation while applicants to the Associate
Professor position should forward a list of at least three potential
referees.  Applications — electronic submissions are encouraged–should be
sent to [email protected] or to Dr. Lynne Vallone, Department of
Childhood Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 405-407
Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102 USA.  The positions will remain open until
filled, but completed applications received by 7 November 2013 will receive
fullest consideration.

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 http://www.cufund.org/giving-opportunities/fund-description/?id=7365  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–

Editors
Children, Youth and Environments
A Journal of Research, Policy and Applications
University of Colorado
http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye/

CFP – Panel: “25 Years of Children’s Rights in Africa”

Please find below a symposium abstract submitted by myself and Dr. Samuel Okyere (University of Nottingham) to the organising committee for next year’s ASAUK conference in Sussex (Sept. 2014).

We are now inviting people to submit abstracts for individual papers to this panel. This must be done through the ASAUK website:http://www.asauk.net/conferences/asauk14.shtml

If this is not applicable to you I would appreciate it if you could forward this to any of your contacts who may be interested in this call.

Below is our panel abstract:

25 Years of Children’s Rights in Africa:
Assessing the Impact of the CRC and the ACRWC

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) will both be celebrating their 25th anniversaries in November 2014 and July 2015 respectively. The CRC was hailed as a significant milestone in the promotion of children’s rights at the global level, just as the ACRWC was also lauded for its ambition to offer correctives and fill any gaps left by the CRC with respect to the rights of African children. The CRC in particular has made notable progress in informing amendments to constitutions as well as leading to the introduction of children’s rights acts into the legislative framework of a significant number of countries in Africa and elsewhere. Yet, expectations that the CRC and ACRWC would have a positive and significant impact on the lives of African children have not necessarily been realised. Overall, progress of the two international treaties has been constrained by a number of factors. Most notably, the CRC stands accused of attempting to impose Western ideals on African societies, while the ACRWC has paradoxically witnessed poor ratification by African countries including some which were involved in its formulation.

As both international treaties approach their 25th anniversaries, the panel aims to take stock of their progress and the impact they have had on the lived experiences of children in various social, cultural, economic and political contexts across sub-Saharan Africa. Papers adopting sociological, anthropological and social policy perspectives will be particularly welcomed.

Best Wishes,

Afua


Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood/Editor of Childhoods Today

Department of Sociological Studies,
The University of Sheffield,
Elmfield,
Northumberland Road,
Sheffield,
S10 2TU,
UK
Tel: (+ 44 114 22) 26444
Fax : (+ 44 114) 2768125
Email: [email protected]

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)ucsc.edu.

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

Features 

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)ucsc.edu. 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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