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Spotlight on Scholarship – A New ACYIG Feature
We are excited to announce a new feature at ACYIG – Spotlight on Scholarship!
If you or someone you know has published in the anthropology of children and youth, please consider submitting that article for the Spotlight on Research feature. This feature will not only provide scholars an opportunity to share their research but also help ACYIG bring attention to the work being published in regard to childhood and adolescence.
Our first author is José Enrique Hasemann Lara. His article, “Care in Ruination: Accessing Children’s Critiques of Health Through Playwriting,” explores what writing plays with children can tell us about their perspective on their worlds.
Dr. Lara holds a Ph.D. in anthropology (UCONN, 2021) and an M.A. in applied biocultural medical anthropology (USF, 2011), and M.P.H. in global communicable diseases (USF, 2011). His past research has focused on public health, inequality, racialization, and the unequal distribution of access to public goods in the urban landscapes of Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela, Honduras.
Please visit the Spotlight on Scholarship page to find out more! If you are interested in sharing your work, please visit our author guidelines page and submit your work today.
NEOS Spring 2022 Issue is Here!
The newest Co-Editors of NEOS are pleased to share the Spring 2022 Issue (Volume 14, Issue 1), focused on Global South research and childhoods. The issue features two collections of commentaries and articles. It also features a new section on equity and furthering key conversations in child and youth studies. We hope readers enjoy this important set of pieces from brilliant scholars and authors in and beyond anthropology.
We are grateful to all authors, NEOS Editorial Team members, and reviewers who worked to make this issue possible! If you are interested in volunteering for ACYIG or NEOS, please complete the Volunteer Form.
NEOS is the flagship publication of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). All articles within this bi-annual, refereed publication are open access. Please disseminate widely. Thank you!
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Open Positions for Grad Student Representatives on ACYIG Board
The Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group is recruiting two graduate student representatives to join the board for the 2022-2023 year.
Join a team of anthropologists who are passionate about supporting and promoting global anthropological perspectives on childhood and youth.
The two student representatives will work together and with the Board to create networks and opportunities for graduate students interested in the study of childhood and youth. Additionally, the two representatives will hold the following specific responsibilities:
Grad Student Representative for Media Content
Responsibilities: Attend all board meetings. Contribute to digital media content and marketing strategies–including website. Take control of social media digital content, posting and keeping things updated. Supervised by the Communications chair.
Grad Student Representative for Operations
Responsibilities: Attend all board meetings. Take meeting minutes, and send to Convenor. Organize the ACYIG invited session at the AAA meetings each year. Organize a graduate student event at the AAA meetings each year (mixer, meetup, mentoring session, etc.) Supervised by the Convenor.
If you are interested in either of these positions, please send your CV and a short paragraph detailing your interest, including which position you are interested in, and qualifications to the Convenor, Elise Berman, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 28th January 2022.
ACYIG at the 2021 AAA
(1-0571) ACYIG Invited Session: Highlighting Language through Repair Practices in Children’s Interactions (Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group)
Executive Session – Roundtable / Townhall (Virtual)
Executive Program Committee
4:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Matthew Burdelski (Osaka University)
Aliyah Morgenstern (Sorbonne Nouvelle University)
Pauline Beaupoil-Hourdel (Sorbonne University)
Alexander M. Thomson (UCLA)
Shannon Ward (UBC)
Lilit Ghazaryan (UCLA, organizer)
Jan David Hauck (London School of Economics and Political Science, organizer)
Candy Goodwin (UCLA, chair)
John Lucy (University of Chicago)
(5-3700) “You wouldn’t understand, you are white”: Racial Sincerity and ACT (Anti-racist Clinical Training) through Performance and Film
Late Breaking – Roundtable / Town Hall (Virtual)
Executive Program Committee
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Jasmine Blanks Jones
For access to the current draft of the program visit the 2021 AAA Annual Meeting Preliminary Program.
Call for Chapters for an Edited Volume: Kids in Cages: The History, Politics, and Lived Experiences of Child Migrant Detention
We would like to invite you to submit a chapter proposal for an edited volume tentatively titled Kids in Cages: The History, Politics, and Lived Experiences of Child Migrant Detention (see description below). Should you be interested in participating, please send a title, abstract, and author bio by August 1, 2021. Should the abstract be accepted, we would notify you by mid-August and would expecting to receive drafts for review by November 1, 2021 and finalized chapters byJanuary 15, 2022. The expectation is that the project will be published with NYU Press, who has shown considerable interest in the volume.
The detainment of migrant children has recently become well-documented in news media, with viral images of “kids in cages” being attributed to the Trump administration. However, the migration of children to the United States is not new, nor is their detainment. In this volume, we seek to provide greater context to the history and current realities of child migrant detention.
The “surge” of children migrating alone since 2012 became a reminder of our precarious understanding of this population in the social, legal, and political immigration discourse of the United States. It also became clear that our social, legal, and political remedies are vastly inadequate at best and cruel at worst. When and how did the detention of immigrant children become the norm? What has been the evolution of legal remedies and its connection to American politics? What has been the impact on immigrant families in the United States that endured the detention and forced separation from their children? Who profits and how much has the detention of children increased? What has been the response of the American public to the detention of immigrant children over the decades?
In this volume, we will bring together interdisciplinary work that explores the practice of detaining migrant children. We hope to address the longer history of child migration to the United States, with a particular focus on the government interventions throughout the decades. We would like to include insight into the political and activist battles surrounding child migrant detention. Finally, this volume seeks to provide accounts of the impact of detention on children, their families, and their communities.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: Child migration history, law, and policy; Emergence of the unaccompanied minor in American immigration; Historical accounts of child migrant detention; Psychological and developmental impacts of detention on children and families; Political battles over child migration detention; Ethnographic or narrative accounts of child migrant detention; Activism around child detention; Analysis of the Flores settlement and other policy; Detention as violence; Criminalization of migrant children in and through detention; Media representations of child migrant detention; Ethics of detention; Experience of practitioners working with detained children; Analysis of nonprofit and for-profit detention structures.
Manuscripts should not be previously published.
Please submit inquiries and abstracts for consideration to Emily Ruehs-Navarro, PhD (email@example.com) and Lina Munoz-Caswell (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 1, 2021.
Seeking Chapter Submissions for COVID Play Academic Volume
Two folklorists will be editing a multidisciplinary academic volume on COVID Play and are seeking submissions for chapters. We are particularly interested in a range of cultural voices that address the play of children, youth, or adults in a variety of countries during the pandemic. Topics of interest include: resilience, creativity, and resourcefulness in play during this time, COVID related themes in play, use of public playgrounds and public spaces during the pandemic, and creative uses of online play and techno mischief. Send expressions of interest to Dr. Anna Beresin email@example.com, and Dr. Julia Bishop firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Anna Beresin is professor of psychology and folklore in critical studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US. She serves as co-editor of the International Journal of Play.
Dr. Julia Bishop is research associate in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield in the UK where she studies children’s folklore, past and present. She is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Play.
Upcoming talk by Dr. Amy Brainer April 23rd, 12pm (EST)
Intimate harm, intimate healing: Thinking more globally and intersectionally about queer youth and Covid-19
Impacts of Covid-19 on queer youth have been profound. We must think about these impacts in ways that are locally rooted and global in scope, as the pandemic itself has been. This talk will concentrate on three areas where harm has occurred: carceral and immigration systems; loss of basic material security; and the family as a site of care and oppression that is underserved by current models of activism. These are a small number of the many areas that require attention and healing. Thus, the talk will move quickly from presentation to dialogue so that other participants can share their work and insights.
Bio: Amy Brainer is associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and coordinator of LGBTQ+ Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is the author Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, for which she received the Ruth Benedict Book Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology. Her current research follows queer and trans individuals and couples as they navigate marriage-based immigration to Taiwan and the United States.
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