Two PhD positions in social anthropology/anthropology of childhood

Applications are invited for two PhD positions at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich. The positions are part of the SNSF Starting Grant “Saving Brains? Applying Ethnography to Early Childhood Interventions in the Global South.” The first position entails research in an East African setting, the second in a Latin American setting.

Please apply if you are interested in one of these regions, childhood studies, international development, global health, and in doing ethnographic research.

Job posting: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Childhood and Critical Disability Studies

The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University—Camden, New Jersey, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Childhood and Critical Disability Studies expected to commence on September 1, 2024. To view the complete position description, including minimum qualifications required, and to apply, please visit

The Department of Childhood Studies seeks an outstanding scholar whose research and teaching interests address topics and practices regarding childhood and disability with a focus on intersecting systems of oppression in either domestic and/or global contexts. We are particularly keen on receiving applications from those who center racial justice in their scholarship and teaching. We value research quality, the demonstrated appreciation for multidisciplinary approaches to the study of childhood and disabilities, and an eagerness to continue the department’s mission of expanding childhood studies at the BA, MA and PhD levels.

Applicants must have earned their Ph.D. in Disability Studies, Education, Childhood Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, African-American Studies, Gender Studies, Latinx Studies, Media Studies, or a related field, and have a demonstrated promise of research and teaching excellence. The duties of a tenure-track assistant professor include engaging in an active research program, teaching two courses per semester (four courses per academic year) in the area of Childhood Studies, supervising MA and Ph.D. students, contributing to our innovative graduate program, and generally participating fully in the life of the department.

Rutgers University and the Department of Childhood Studies is committed to fostering diversity within its community. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our program including, but not limited to: Black, Indigenous and people of color, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.

Established in 2007 as the first doctoral 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.

Candidates may learn about the campus and the Department of Childhood Studies at and by contacting Dr. Susan Miller, department chair.

Applications must include: a cover letter indicating the ways in which the applicant’s research adds to the department’s strengths and focusing on how their teaching and research may enhance a multidisciplinary program, a current CV, a personal statement that speaks to the academic, professional, and/or institutional work the candidate has undertaken to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, an example of published scholarship or a substantive writing sample, and have at least 3 letters of reference uploaded to the application portal. Applications received by December 1, 2023 will receive the fullest consideration.

2023 ACYIG Book Prize Call for Nominations

The Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) is pleased to announce our inaugural Book Prize competition. The ACYIG Book Prize Committee will award $300.00 to an anthropologically-focused book published in 2022-2023 that is cutting-edge, well-written, and contributes significantly to our understanding of children and youth.

Those nominated (self-nominations accepted) must be members of ACYIG. Nominations should be accompanied by four copies of the book, and a letter from the nominator (no longer than 500 words) addressing the book in terms of: (1) originality; (2) relevance to the anthropology of childhood and/or youth; (3) potential for significant impact on the field. No edited volumes or textbooks will be considered.

The awardee will be chosen in Fall 2023, and the Book Prize Committee review of the winning volume will be included in the Spring 2024 edition of NEOS, the flagship publication of ACYIG.

Nomination Letter Deadline: Monday, September 25, 2023

Committee confirmation email will be sent by: Monday October 9, 2023

Books must be sent to Prize Committee by: Monday, October 16, 2023

  • Please send nomination letter by email to

Ida Fadzillah Leggett, AYCIG Book Committee Chair         

  • Within the nomination confirmation email, nominators will receive instructions on where to send four copies of the book.
  • The ACYIG Book Prize winner will be announced in Fall 2023.

Questions? Please email Ida Fadzillah Leggett at

Latest Spotlight on Scholarship: Adrian Craney on young people leading positive social change in Fiji and Solomon Islands

The ACYIG is delighted to present our latest Spotlight on Scholarship: Aiden Craney’s Youth in Fiji and Solomon Islands: Livelihoods, Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Image showing young people holding climate protest signs in front of an ocean with canoes
Young climate activists campaigning for an Advisory Opinion on the climate crisis from the International Court of Justice in Suva, July 2023. Image courtesy of Greenpeace Australia Pacific



Spotlight on Scholarship

Latest Spotlight on Scholarship: Kathrine van den Bogert shares about Girls Who Kick Back; her new ethnography on street soccer, gender and Muslim youth in the Netherlands

The ACYIG is delighted to present our latest Spotlight on Scholarship: Kathrine van den Bogert’s Street Football, Gender and Muslim Youth in the Netherlands: Girls Who Kick Back.

Image showing teenage girls of varying ethnic background, some wearing hijabs, playing soccer
Image credit: Shutterstock

Spotlight on Scholarship

Find out how to submit your work to the Spotlight on Scholarship