CFP: The Child and Citizenship

A symposium to be held at Texas A&M University
27 March 2015
Sponsored by the Critical Childhood Studies Glasscock Humanities Seminar and the Texas A&M Department of English

Keynote Speaker:  Courtney Weikle-Mills, University of Pittsburgh

300-word proposals are invited for 15-minute papers to be presented at a one-day interdisciplinary symposium on “The Child and Citizenship.”  Papers may contemplate the child as future citizen (e.g., efforts within such forums as literature, pedagogy, public health, or character-building endeavors on the order of Scouting to shape the citizens of tomorrow) or as present citizen (e.g., children engaged in activities such as work, charitable endeavors, or social protest movements).  Proposals focusing on any culture or time period are welcome.

Sample approaches include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Children and national identity
  • Children and political rights/theory
  • Educating children for citizenship
  • Children and immigration
  • Historical and/or global understandings of children in society
  • Consumerism and the child citizen
  • The gendering of the child citizen
  • Childhood, citizenship, and race
  • Children’s literature (or other media) and citizenship

Please submit abstracts to organizers Lucia Hodgson ( and Claudia Nelson ( on or before 1 December 2014.