CFP: Young People, Borders & Well-being

4th International Conference on Geographies of Children, Young People and Families

Young People, Borders & Well-Being

San Diego, California

January 12-15, 2015 

Call for Sessions, Papers and Posters:

Located on the US/Mexico border, the conference has a theme of young people, borders and well-being. We encourage delegates to explore the bordered contexts of children and young people — childhood, adulthood, intergenerational relations, politics, mobility/staying put, ethnicities, citizenship, education, labor, play, engagement and activism, etc. – in terms of the ways that they promote well-being and geographies of hope.

The conference is also open to innovative sessions that focus on experimental themes, methodologies, presentations and performances.

In addition to plenaries, special events, receptions and a banquet, the conference will comprise two and a half days of paper and poster sessions in three separate meeting rooms.

The deadline for submission to the conference program (organized sessions, papers or posters) is Friday, August 1 2014. Submissions should be received by this date.

Proposals and enquiries can be submitted to Stuart C. Aitken ( or Thomas Herman ( For sessions, papers or posters, please send abstracts of no more than 250 words. Include your affiliation and contact information. If you are organizing a session, please send the names and affiliations of participants. Each session is 100 minutes (1 hour 40 minutes), which can be divided into a variety of different formats (4 papers with discussion is suggested).

Conference Registration:

Fees for ‘early-bird’ bookings received by Friday, September 26, 2014:
$250 standard rate
$125 student rate

Fees for bookings received after Friday, September 26, 2014:
$275 standard rate
$140 student rate

The delegate registration fee includes access to all conference sessions, evening receptions and the conference banquet. The fee does not include accommodation or any pre-conference workshops/symposia. Bookings for this event are non-refundable.

Conference Hotel Rooms:

$119 special conference rate (mention the International Children’s Geographies Conference to get the special rate)

Conference Venue and Hotel: Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Further details of the conference are available via the following web link:


New Book: Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State

Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State:
Care and Contested Interests

Lauren Heidbrink

Announcing the very timely publication of a new book on unaccompanied children and detention, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests. Written by anthropologist Lauren Heidbrink, this compelling ethnography draws on U.S. historical, political, legal, and institutional practices to contextualize the lives of children and youth as they move through federal detention facilities, immigration and family courts, federal foster care programs, and their communities across the United States and Central America.


New MA in Vulnerabilities and Protection at the University of Sheffield

The Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield is pleased to announce the launch of a new MA in Vulnerabilities and Protection starting  in September 2014.

The aim of the programme is two-fold:

1) To examine vulnerabilities, violence and protection across the life course in national and cross national contexts from different disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, social policy and social work.

2) To enable students to explore real life examples of ways in which theory and policy influence and inform practice.

These aims will be achieved by examining at both national and cross-national levels and all stages of the life course:

  1. the social construction of vulnerabilities, violence and protection;
  2. the impact of contemporary socio-economic, cultural and political dynamics on perceptions and patterns of vulnerabilities, violence and protection;
  3. the policy and practice responses of statutory, voluntary and community agencies in various contexts to the issues of vulnerabilities, violence and abuse experienced across the life course. 

Please download the flyer for more info: MA Vulnerabilities & Protection flyer


Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden, now accepting applications for graduate study for 2015; funding available

Applications now being sought for Ph.D. and MA programs. Ph.D. application deadline: January 5, 2015. Funding available.

The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey USA (, opened its doors in September 2007 as the first Ph.D. granting program in Childhood Studies in North America. In addition to the Ph.D., the multidisciplinary program offers BA and MA degrees. Graduate students in the program (, come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them an impressive array of educational and life experience. The Masters of Art program continues to grow and produce new and innovative leaders in their field.

With three new full-time faculty joining the Department in Fall 2014(, the program is poised to bring innovation and growth to the already vibrant department and field of childhood studies (
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2015 entering doctoral class; applications for the Masters of Arts program are accepted year-round.Deadline for applications for doctoral study is January 5, 2014Funding is available on a competitive basis for qualified applicants .

Visit the Graduate Admissions website

Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden, welcomes 3 new faculty members in 2014

The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University—Camden, New Jersey,  USA,  is excited to welcome three new full-time faculty members to the program, beginning in Fall 2015, who will build upon and extend an already vibrant program in the interdisciplinary study of childhood and children’s lives

·        Sarada Balagopalan, PhD International Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, New York University. Dr. Balagopalan joins the department as Associate Professor from the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi. Her work on postcolonial childhoods foregrounds the tension between children’s work and schooling as a key site where discourses of colonial modernity, the ‘developmental’ nation-state, late capitalism and current transnational efforts around children’s rights play out. One of the founding editors of  contemporary Education Dialogue, Dr. Balagopalan has published widely on pedagogy, ethnography, globalisation and feminism. Her book,Inhabiting ‘Childhood’: Children, Labour and Schooling in Postcolonial India(Palgrave), is forthcoming in 2014.
·        Meredith Bak, PhD in Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Bak examines the relationship between children and new media from the nineteenth century to the present. She is at work on a book manuscript examining the role of pre-cinematic visual media in cultivating children as modern media spectators, Her work has been published in Early Popular Visual Culture and is forthcoming in Theory of Science. She joins the department as Assistant Professor from Franklin & Marshall College. Before completing her PhD, Dr. Bak worked in museum education and as a teaching artist in New York City public schools.
·        Kate Cairns, PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto. Dr. Cairns joins the department as an Assistant Professor after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the interplay between discursive constructions of youth and childhood and young people’s subjectivity formation focusing on the way that children and youth are constructed as the promise of collective futures. Combining insights from education, feminist theory, cultural studies, and cultural geography, Dr. Cairns has published widely on schooling, arts education, food and consumption in venues such as Ethnography and Education, Journal of Consumer Culture, Gender and Education.