Bankstreet Occasional Papers 31: Art & Early Childhood

Art & Early Childhood: Personal Narratives & Social Practices


Art & Early Childhood: Personal Narratives & Social Practices

Young children are explorers of their worlds—worlds filled with unfamiliar things, first experiences, and tentative explanations.

Occasional Papers
This issue of Occasional Papers invites readers to join a dialogue that questions long-standing traditions of art in early childhood–traditions grounded in a modernist view of children’s art as a romantic expression of inner emotional and/or developmental trajectories. The essays seek to re/imagine the idea of the child as art maker, inquire about the relationships between children and adults when they are making art, and investigate how physical space influences our approaches to art instruction.
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Essays by Bronwyn Davies, Beth Olshansky, Edith Gwathmey & Ann-Marie Mott and many more…

CFP: First Latin-American Biennial on Childhood and Youth, Manizales, Colombia

Call for Papers.

Child displacement, appropriation and circulation: management techniques aimed at children and their families in environments of inequality and violence

1ª Bienal Latinoamericana de Infancias y Juventudes

Manizales, Colombia

17th-21st November 2014

In Latin America, such as in other regions of the world, armed conflicts, dictatorships, political repression, the devastation produced by wars and the development of diverse mechanisms of reproductive government (Morgan & Roberts 2012) have resulted in the displacement and/or separation of numerous children from their birth families. Either through national or international adoption, foster care, and institutionalization or through the appropriation and substitution of their identities, many children have been placed in family, cultural and/or national environments that are different from those of their birth environment. Aiming at different objectives according to the diverse socio-historical and political contexts, such usually coactive practices, in some cases unprecedented, were combined with governmentalitytechniques (bureaucratic and judicial procedures) and long-standing “life policies” (Fassin 2007) (customary ways of thinking and social ideas on the “protection” and “salvation” of children and their families and/or communities). These were extended and widely accepted thanks to “truth systems” (Foucault, 1978), anchored to (disciplinary) morality standards through which private reproductive behaviors and their public expressions can be governed.

In many cases, these kinds of “critical” events (Das 1995) made visible the socio-cultural schemes that facilitated these practices of child displacement and the separation of children from their birth families. In other cases, it made it possible to get to know the historical depth of informal practices of “child circulation”, which families carried out in order to deal with the rearing of their children, as well as “vertical transfer” mechanisms, through which certain children were separated from their birth families to make them available for adoption.

In this context of analysis, this Workshop aims to:

– Contribute to the knowledge of the proceedings, explanations, moral values and legal procedures used in order to carry out and justify the separation and movement/displacement of children from their birth environments and their placement in alien filiations relationships and other socio-family realities, through diverse forms of violence (wars, practices of social engineering or reproductive governmentality).

– Deploy a comparative approach that combines theoretical discussions from the field of childhood, family and reproductivegovernmentality studies with ethnographic findings from diverse spatio-temporal contexts, in order to analyze the modalities that characterize the diverse practices of legal/illegal/coercive/voluntary/regulated circulation, as well as those of appropriation and child removal through identity substitution.

– Analyze the transnational dimension of such practices, since many children from populations devastated by to natural disasters, extreme poverty or wars are displaced to high-income countries. This practice both depends on and deepens the inequality between those who give and those who receive, a situation that, through international legislation on inter-country adoption (The Hague, 1993), has turned some countries into “providers” of children and youth to various destinations in order to fulfill different tasks.

– Analyze the diversity of actors, organizations and organisms that take part in one way or another in the deployment of these techniques, as well as deepening the analysis of notions of childhood, family, maternity, kinship, protection and rights, which function as the basis and support of such techniques.

– Deepen the processes of construction of demands of truth and justice that have been promoted in recent years by various social organizations and human rights bodies from a range of countries.

-Invigorate and expand knowledge on the modalities that have characterized the practices of child responsibility transfers, as well as deepen the debate with respect to the forms of current public policies aimed at protecting the right to personal intimacy, family living and child identity, and debates brought about the right to know one’s “

We encourage those who are interested in participating to send a title, abstract (of no more than 250 words) and a short cv until July 14 to:

Carla Villalta: or Diana Marre:


CFP: ‘Border crossings’: Transitions of children and youth in times of crisis

‘Border crossings’: Transitions of Children and Youth in Times of Crisis paper session

4th International Conference on Geographies of Children, Young People and Families, San Diego, California: January 12-15, 2015

Session organiser: Helena Pimlott-Wilson (Loughborough University)

Session Theme
Global transformations are rapidly altering young peoples’ experiences of growing up (Jeffrey, 2010).   The recent economic crisis has placed pressure on national economies and labour markets throughout the world; yet, the impacts of restructuring have been uneven within nations.  In particular, the impact on children and youth is noteworthy (see Edwards and Weller 2010) as young people navigate present challenges and look towards the future.  This session aims to raise questions about the way in which the current economic downturn affects both the current lived experiences of children and youth, and their transitions in education, employment, housing and relationships.  The session conceives the over-arching conference theme of ‘borders’ in a variety of ways; including those that are abstract, experiential, imagined and tangible. While the border might be a point in time such as leaving home or seeking paid work, it might also be events of economic change, or be existing or new kinds of borders that emerge or loom as a result of such change, such as borders of poverty, partnership dissolution and un/employment.

This session aims to bring together research exploring the transitions of children and youth in austere times from a variety of (inter)national contexts.  The session aims to consider the breadth and depth of such economic change as experienced by children and youth in relation to the frontiers of the past, present and future. It will focus on how children and youth cope during such turbulent times, and how they draw on the past, present and future to do so.  It will examine how experiences, perceptions and understandings of the future and futurity according to children and youth have been shaped by recent economic changes, and likewise how they feel about the future in relation to past and on-going events.

This session will explore all aspects of transition for children and youth in the context of economic crisis.
Topics prospective contributors might wish to address include, but are not limited to:

• dimensions of the education-to-work transition including earnings, job security, occupational attainment and working conditions;

• housing and domestic transitions;

• critical approaches to aspirations;

• employment, unemployment and job insecurity (past, present and future)

• coping strategies during, and experiences of, economic change;

• changing understandings of the markers of adulthood;

Being Involved
Please send your title and abstract of a maximum of 250 words by Friday 17th July 2014 to Helena Pimlott-Wilson ( Thank you

Conference: Play, Self-activity, Representation and Development

Conference: Play, Self-activity, Representation and Development

Thursday 26 Jun to Saturday 28 June, 2014

Organised by Canterbury Christ Church University and the International Froebel Society

A valuable experience for academics, teachers, educators, leaders, play workers, and early years practitioners.

We are writing to invite you to book your place for the conference: Play, Self-activity, Representation and Development.

Please find below a copy of the conference programme and abstracts:

The standard day fee £65 covers:

  • day refreshments;
  • lunch;
  • the delegates’ package;
  • access to all sessions on your selected day.

To book your place, please visit the conference webpage:

Questions and queries about the event can be addressed to:

Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues or contacts who might be interested in attending the event.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Organising Committee of the 6th Biennial Conference of the International Froebel Society


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‘Children, Young People and Changing Urban Spaces’ conference at the University of Northampton, UK

‘Children, Young People and Changing Urban Spaces’
3rd and 4th September 2014
Centre for Children and Youth, University of Northampton, UK

A conference on Children, Young People and Changing Urban Spaces will be held at the University of Northampton, UK on 3rd and 4th September 2014.  The conference will bring together new, multidisciplinary research exploring the lives, issues and experiences of children, young people and families in diverse, international urban contexts.  A keynote speech will be given by Tracey Skelton (National University of Singapore).

Further information about the conference, and details of how to register, can be found here:

Professor of Childhood or Youth Studies

Professor of Childhood or Youth Studies

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Salary:  Negotiable Professor Scale
Location:  Ormskirk
Hours:  Full Time
Duration:  Permanent

Full Details:

About us

Edge Hill is a dynamic university with a clear sense of direction, a forward-thinking culture and significant resources to invest in its future. The University seeks exceptional individuals to join our intellectually stimulating, creative and inclusive community set in the outskirts of a pleasant market town, with easy access to nearby cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences is the largest in the University with a developing postgraduate portfolio and buoyant applications to its diverse portfolio. As part of its on-going success and growth it is continuing to expand the Faculty of Arts and Science team and wishes to appoint outstanding individuals who bring with them innovative and creative ideas and are enthusiastic about being part of a team that leads the way at a national and international level in the field.

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a Professor of Childhood Studies. You will provide research leadership in the area of Childhood Studies along with a commitment to excellent teaching. Professors are expected to provide research mentoring to early career researchers and other staff who request mentoring. In addition to providing active support for colleagues in the development of their own research profiles, you will be expected to contribute to teaching in your specialist area and make a strong contribution to the development and delivery of taught course provision and undertake doctoral supervision.

About you

You will have an established national or international reputation as a scholar in the area and a strong research and teaching profile. With a successful track record in research income generation, you will be experienced in supervising doctoral students and an ability to contribute to the research mentoring of staff as appropriate across the faculty. Experience of contributing actively to the further development of their discipline through professional networks will also be important.  You will be a highly effective communicator and an excellent team player who is wholly supportive of other colleagues.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy, you may wish to contact the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor George Talbot at

Ref:  EHP0022-0514
Closing Date:  25 Jun 2014
Date Posted:  29 May 2014
More Information

Please send completed applications by e-mail to or to Human Resources, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP.

An Equal Opportunities employer.

Edge Hill University
Times Higher University of the Year – shortlisted 2007/8, 2010/11, 2011/12