CFP: Pain, Illness, Trauma and Death in Childhood

CFP: Pain, Illness, Trauma and Death in Childhood

University of Greenwich, Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, with
the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past and the London Network
for the History of Children

1st February 2014, Maritime Greenwich Campus, London SE10 9LS, Queen Anne
075, Queen Anne 063.

Call for Papers

Pain, illness, trauma and death are intrinsic to the shaping of childhood
and to the experience of being a child. In the past, pain could be perceived
as beneficial, either in forming character or bringing the subject closer to
God. In the present, the enormous popularity of łmisery memoirs˛ raises
questions as to why the theme of abuse has such resonance in the twentieth
and twenty-first century western world.
Topics include, but are not restricted to:
–Contributions from history, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, literary
studies, psychology, philosophy, geography or health studies;
–Pain, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, including that inflicted
by children
–Discipline and punishment
–Analysis of the ways changing patterns of illness shaped the experience of
–Methodological approaches (such as the history of the emotions) or
different sources (such as visual or material culture)  for analysing the
experiences of children and their carers
–Childrenąs experiences of war, including the First World War
Please e-mail abstracts of 250-300 words to The
conference is free, but registration (via this e-mail address) is required.
Deadline 31st December 2013.
Dr Mary Clare Martin, Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, Faculty
of Education and Health, University of Greenwich

Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation
School of Education
University of Greenwich
Avery Hill Campus

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