Extended CFP – Conference on Childhood Studies

Conference on Childhood Studies
Values of Childhood and Childhood Studies
May, 7–9th, 2014
Oulu, Finland

NB The deadline for the submission of proposals is 20 January 2014. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of proposals in February 2014.

The Finnish Society for Childhood Studies invites submissions for an international conference to be held in Oulu May 7–9th, 2014. The multidisciplinary conference on childhood studies has established itself as the venue for research on children and childhood in Finland. The focus of the sixth conference will be on values – the values of childhood as well as the values in and valuation of childhood studies.

The keynote speakers are:
– Professor Alan Prout (Sociology of childhood, University of Warwick)
– Professor Pia Christensen (Anthropology and Childhood Studies, University of Leeds)
– Professor Eva Johansson (Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger)
– Professor Astri Andresen (Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen)
– Development Manager Mikko Oranen (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Oulu)

The conference offers space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for researchers who work with children. We welcome papers that respond to the main theme from different viewpoints including but not limited to:

– Ethical questions and values in childhood research
– Methodological challenges in childhood research
– Health and equality in childhood
– Childhood and moral values
– Childhood in plural societies
– Northern childhoods
– Historicising the values of childhood
– Gendered values of childhood
– Languages of childhood
– Values in education
– Contested and conflicting values of childhood
– Institutional and individual values of childhood
– Vulnerable childhoods
– Children’s participation
– Other viewpoints

Sessions will be arranged either in English or in Finnish. A proposal can be submitted for:
– Individual paper presentation: 20–30 minutes including discussion.
– Self-organised sessions: groups may propose to organize a full session of 90 minutes including presentations (3–4 individual papers and discussion, or round table discussion).
– Poster presentation: sessions will be set up for conference participants to interact with poster presenters.

Please submit abstracts for presentations electronically through the conference website (http://childhood2014.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/submit-online/). The abstract should contain the following information:
– the title of the presentation
– the type of presentation (individual paper/ self-organised session/ poster)
– the name/s and institution/s of the presenter/s
– mailing address and E-mail address
– a 250-word abstract
– audiovisual requirements, and
– up to five keywords.

Important dates:
January 20th 2014: Deadline for submission of abstracts
February 15th 2014: Notification of acceptance of papers
March 15th 2014: Final date for registration with reduced fee
April 15th 2014: Final date for registration

We warmly welcome you to Oulu!
Scientific Committee and Organizing Committee

For further information, see the conference pages: http://childhood2014.wordpress.com/ <http://childhood2014.wordpress.com/>

Inquiries: child2014@oulu.fi

Funded PhD Studentships at Loughborough University, UK

Applications are invited for funded postgraduate research studentships in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University.

Applications are invited for funded studentships in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University. Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by a £6 million annual investment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. Comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major university league tables, the University was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for six years running.

In human geography, we have led intellectual agendas in ‘Children, Youth and Families <http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/geography/research/crics/childrenyouthandfamilies/> ’ research, and have developed distinctive contributions to knowledge on ‘Migration, Identity and the State’ <http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/geography/research/crics/migrationidentityandthestate/> . Inter-disciplinarity, and a commitment to the co-production of knowledge with non-academic partners, are hallmarks of our work, giving geographical research at Loughborough a meaningful role in contemporary debates about social and environmental futures

Before submitting an application, you must contact the School to discuss your proposal and ensure that it relates to School staff expertise. Please feel free to email or ring any member of human geography staff who you think could oversee your work.  We are a friendly bunch and more than happy to chat to you about your application. Details of how to apply can be found here:http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHU100/phd-studentships/. For enquiries about the application process, please contact Sandie Duddle (S.E.Duddle@lboro.ac.uk).

Funding and eligibility

The studentships are open to graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines and who are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £13,726 per annum for a period of three years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Note: International (non EU) students may apply but due to funding restrictions will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. Non UK applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements, details available here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/index.htm

The candidate will be expected to register for 1st April 2014.

Closing date for applications: Monday 3rd February 2014. 

Call for Papers: The War On Boys?

Volume 8 of Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies will include a special issue dedicated to “The War On Boys?“.

Guest editors: Máirtín Mac an Ghaill (Newman University, UK), Chris Haywood (Newcastle University, UK) and Jonathan A. Allan (Brandon University, Canada).

In 2013, Christina Hoff Sommers released a second edition of The War Against Boys, and shortly after, Michael Kimmel released Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era. Both of these books attest to a shift in perspective about masculinity, not just in the academy, but on the ground, in the city, in the classroom, in the boardroom, in the factory. Boys and men, we are told, are under attack. The University Campus has become a breeding ground for discussions of “men’s issues” and “men’s rights,” both of which often focus on the figure of the Boy who will become a Man in an inhospitable and feminizing world. Our intended special issue poses a narrow, but nonetheless open, question: How do we, as scholars of boyhood, masculinities, and gender, think about the “war on boys” and what does that “war” look like? How can critical perspectives including but not limited to intersectional feminist theories, critical race theory, crip theory and disability studies, and queer theory help us disentangle the remarkably complex and nuanced nature of boyhood in this war?

The full call for papers is at http://bit.ly/1fZgkLp
More on Thymos: http://bit.ly/REKA2m
Preliminary inquiries and abstracts are welcome. Full manuscripts are dueMarch 15, 2014.
APA-styled manuscripts should be sent to both AllanJ@brandonu.ca anddiederikjanssen@gmail.com

Special Issue “Contemporary Developments in Child Protection”

The following Special Issue will be published in Social Sciences
(http://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci, ISSN 2076-0760),
and is now open to receive submissions of full research papers and
comprehensive review articles for peer-review and possible publication:

Special Issue: Contemporary Developments in Child Protection
Website: http://www.mdpi.com/si/socsci/child_protection/
Guest Editor: Professor Nigel Parton
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2014


The last forty years has witnessed increasing public, political and
media concern about the problem of child maltreatment and what
to do about it. This is now evident in most jurisdictions and is
receiving serious attention from many international and trans-national
organisations. While the (re)discovery of the problem in the USA in
the 1960s was particularly associated with the ‘battered baby
syndrome’ this has now broadened to include: physical abuse,
sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, abuse on the internet, child
trafficking, sexual exploitation, and to effect all children and young
people and not just young babies. Similarly the focus of attention has
broadened from intra-familial abuse to abuse in a whole variety of
settings including schools, day care, the church and the wider
community. There has also been a broadening of concern from not
simply protecting children and young people from serious harm but
to also prevent the impairment of their health and development and
to ensure that they are able to grow up in circumstances which are
consistent with the provision of safe and effective care so that all
children can achieve the best outcomes.

In the process the laws, policies, practices and systems which have
been developed to try to identify and prevent child maltreatment
have become much more wide-ranging and complex and have
themselves been subject to continual criticism and review. Social
workers, health and education workers, the police and other criminal
justice workers as well as members of the wider community are all
seen to have key roles to play in both protecting children and young
people and assessing and monitoring actual and potential perpetrators.

While these issues have been subject to often heated and high profile
media and political debate they have not received sustained analytic
and research based attention in the social sciences. The issue of child
protection is often seen as somewhat marginal to a whole range of
social science disciplines.  The purpose of this Special Issue is to try
and act as something of a corrective to this. It encourages the
submission of papers from a wide range of disciplines including law,
sociology, politics, criminology, psychology, anthropology, education,
social work, social policy and gender studies as well as contributions
which are cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary.


*  Child abuse
*  Child protection
*  Child maltreatment
*  Public protection
*  The role of state, family and community
*  Family support
*  Social surveillance
*  Risk to children

You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline.
Submitted papers should not have been published previously,
nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also
encourage authors to send us their tentative title and short
abstract to the Editorial Office (socsci@mdpi.com) for approval.

This Special Issue will be fully open access. Open access (unlimited
and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more
frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is
supported by the authors and their institutes.
More information is available at http://www.mdpi.com/about/openaccess/.

The Article Processing Charges (APC) will be waived for well prepared
manuscripts. However, a fee of 250 CHF may apply for those articles
that need major editing and formatting and/or English editing.
For details see: http://www.mdpi.com/about/apc/.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript:
Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission
and editorial system at http://www.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload/.

Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760) is an international, peer-reviewed,
quick-refereeing open access journal (free for readers), which publishes
works from extensive fields including anthropology, economics, law,
linguistics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology,
sociology and so on. Social Sciences is published by MDPI online quarterly.

MDPI publishes several peer-reviewed, open access journals listed at
http://www.mdpi.com/. The Editorial Board members, including several
Nobel Laureates (http://www.mdpi.com/about/nobelists/), are all leading
active scholars. All MDPI journals maintain rapid, yet rigorous, peer-
review, manuscript handling and editorial processes. MDPI journals have
increased their impact factors, see “2012 Newly Released Impact Factors”,

In case of questions, please contact the Editorial Office at:

CFP: Law and the Child Conference

The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000


June 1-2, 2014
University of Minnesota Law School,
229 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Note: Because of the holidays we will be accepting proposals until January 6

The study of the history of children, youth and childhood has grown dramatically in the last two decades, making age a new category of historical analysis.  The Law and the Child will focus on law’s central role in changing understandings of childhood and children’s experiences, considering among other things selfhood, family, market relations, society, and state.  Our hope is for a broad reach geographically and chronologically, from the Medieval World to the Twenty-First Century, and for papers that consider the multiple sources that intersect in the legal construction of childhood and in children’s lived legal experiences.  These include race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, psychology, dependency, agency, citizenship, and (il)legitimacy.  We also hope papers will address topics in both civil and criminal law.  The conference, one of a series begun in 2007, is intended to showcase the work of junior scholars working the field of legal history and to bring them into conversation with senior scholars.  It is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School and History Department, the American Society for Legal History, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, the Society for the History of Children and Youth, the Childhood and Youth Studies Across the Disciplines IAS Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and History Department, the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Chicago Department of History.

Interested participants should submit a proposal of no more than 300 words, in Word format, accompanied by a cv of no more than 3 pages to Barbara Welke atwelke004@umn.edu.  All proposals are due by 6 January 2014.  Applicants will be notified by email no later than 17 February 2014 whether their proposals have been accepted for presentation.  No previously published work will be accepted, as the conference is designed to provide a forum for productive and supportive discussion of works in progress.

Accepted participants will be required to submit a full paper, in Word format, of no more than 10,000 words by 1 May 2014.  All papers will be pre-circulated on a password-protected website, and read by all participants.  A modest travel and accommodations budget will be provided for all presenters.

Connectors Study: 2 Research Fellow positions at the University of Sussex with fieldwork in Greece and India

Two exciting research fellow positions that have just opened up at the University of Sussex to join the Connectors Study research team on an international, five-year, cross-cultural study on children’s participation in public life funded by the European Research Council. Please feel free to forward this email to your students, colleagues, and anyone else you think might be suitable and interested in applying for the roles.

The role particulars and further information can be found at the links below

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/413 (Greece)

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/414 (India)

Limited Term Appointment

The Childhood and Social Institutions Program at Kings University College at
Western University in Ontario, Canada invites applications for a 1-year
limited-term appointment.

Information about the College and the Program are available at

The main responsibility of the appointment is teaching a 3-3 load in the
historical, cultural, and social study of childhood.  The Program has a
particular need in the area of childhood, discourse, and representation.

To apply please send a letter of interest and a c.v. to:

Dr. Alan Pomfret

CSI Program Coordinator


Inquiries to the same.

Children, Youth and Environments Vol. 23, No. 3, 2013 is now available online

The new issue of the Children, Youth and Environments Journal includes nine articles from the U.S.A., Canada, Sweden, and Turkey on various topics, including travel to school, outdoor play, sense of place, perceptions of neighborhood safety, and use of urban parks and nature.

See below for the detailed table of contents.  The issue is available at:  http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=chilyoutenvi

You will find access and subscription information on:  http://www.colorado.edu/cye/cye-journal/subscription-information

Please, 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