CSCY Postgraduate Summer School 15-16 July

5th International CSCY Summer School for Postgraduate Students

Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 July 2015
ICOSS, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, UK

This exciting two day international summer school is for post-graduate students working in the area of childhood and youth. The workshops and networking sessions will be of interest for students about to embark on research and for those who are preparing their dissertations.


Professor Allison James, Sociology: ‘Personalising children’s lives: reflections on childhood research’

Professor Kate Pahl, Education: ‘Co-production in practice: the processes and practices of research without a map’ Continue reading CSCY Postgraduate Summer School 15-16 July

Intellectual Forum Seminare at the V&A Museum of Childhood (London, UK): The use of objects in workshops with children: Perspectives from museum practice and academic research

Intellectual Forum Seminar
The use of objects in workshops with children: Perspectives from museum practice and academic research
Thursday 26th March
5pm – 6.30pm
The Summerly Room at The V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA, United Kingdom
– Dr Tessa Whitehouse (QMUL School of English& Drama) will talk about the use of objects in her current Creativeworks funded research project ‘Making Friends’. The project is in partnership with Codasign and Stoke Newington School. Tessa’s workshops include the use of creative technologies in object-exploration and object-making with children in participatory research.
– Dr Carolyn Bloore (Formal Learning Officer, V&A Museum of Childhood) and Madeleine Hoare (Schools Officer, V&A Museum of Childhood) will talk about their use of objects in the primary school teaching sessions that are offered to school groups visiting the museum. They will focus on puppetry.
Do join us to consider these practices and perhaps to share your own experiences of using objects in workshops with children. Please rsvp to: 

​The museum is hosting this discussion as part of its AHRC funded ‘Child in the World’ programme in collaboration with The School of Geography at Queen Mary, The University of London. The evening will be chaired by Lamees Al Mubarak, Collaborative Doctoral Award Researcher.

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Field School on “NGO Networks and Perspectives on Child Migration: Examining Perceptions of Root Causes”

Call for Students!  Placements available in the NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala, June 1-26, 2015.

Positions are available for anthropology, public health, and clinical students interested in building research skills!  More information and the application can be found at  Admission on a rolling basis with an April 1 deadline.  Email with questions.

NGO Networks and Perspectives on Child Migration:  Examining Perceptions of Root Causes

The NGO Networks group will work to explore occupational perspectives on child migration and its causes drawing from among diverse sectors of Guatemalan society.  The project will be developed in collaboration with local NGOs to investigate views of precipitating factors for the migration of Guatemalan children, with particular focus on programming strategies to improve educational and future employment opportunities.  The NGO Networks group will explore legal and policy approaches to migration used within Guatemala.  By bringing together community, NGO, and legal perspectives, the group will consider human rights and occupational outcomes for Guatemalan migrant children.

CFP AAA 2015 – Making Parents

Call for Papers: American Anthropological Association Meetings
Denver, CO, USA November 18-22nd 2015

Making parents:
Assisted reproduction and parenting culture in contemporary society

Organisers: Dr Charlotte Faircloth (University of Roehampton) and Dr Zeynep Gurtin (University of Cambridge)

Panel Discussant: Professor Marcia Inhorn (Yale University)

Whilst ‘Parenting Culture’ and ‘Assisted Reproductive Technologies’ are now well-established subfields of anthropological scholarship, so far, the common threads between these two bodies of work have not been significantly explored. Taking ‘reproduction’ as the locus of this comparison, this panel will showcase novel contributions from scholars working in either field who are interested in creating such connections. In particular, we seek papers exploring the ways contemporary cultures of parenthood create an appetite for these technologies, just as technologies simultaneously contribute to shaping those very cultures.  Continue reading CFP AAA 2015 – Making Parents

CFP – (Re)constructing childhood? State priorities, young people’s responses

Call for Panelists for ASA Meetings

The focus of this panel is on how children experience state presence in their everyday lives, the meaning they attribute to it, and how they respond to and navigate these experiences.

While the focus of the papers will be on young people (“children”, locally defined), the topic will be approached through research that situates children within the immediate setting of household and proximate social relations, as well as within the political economy. Preference will be given to papers that provide a generational and/or historical context for understanding both continuity and change in children’s experiences and responses.

Together, the papers in this panel will move beyond paradigms that problematize young people on one hand, or romanticize their agency on the other. Instead, the papers will contribute to our understanding of the different ways that young people from diverse material realities experience and engage with state presence, and they will explore the significance of young people’s everyday responses and actions.

Please email statement of interest by March 5, if possible. Email abstract by March 10 to Kirsten at

CFP – Child Participation in Academic Research: Ethical and Practical Issues

Call for Papers – PhD Students

The University of Nottingham Postgraduate Children and Childhood Network is delighted to be hosting a research conference at the University of Nottingham on Friday the 15th of May, 2015. Reflecting the recent substantial growth in research on and involving child participation, the conference will serve as an excellent opportunity for PhD students involved in research with children to explore this critical and topical theme. The conference seeks to explore the extent to which children and young people should be involved in research that impacts on their lives, and the ethical and practical issues that arise when researchers undertake this style of research. We are interested in how these issues permeate the entire research process, from initial design to dissemination, and therefore welcome papers from PhD researchers at all stages.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
·         Procedural and situated ethical issues in researching with children
·         Methodological problems and dilemmas
·         Experiences of using participatory/innovative methods
·         Working with ‘gatekeepers’
·         The positionality of the researcher

In addition to presentations by PhD researchers, the conference will feature a keynote lecture on the conference topic by Associate Professor Ellen Townsend (Psychology, University of Nottingham).  The conference will also include an expert panel of academics with extensive track records in research on various aspects of children’s lives. The conference will be a prime opportunity to network with PhD students from across the UK.

Abstracts (up to 250 words) are invited for submission by Midday on Tuesday 17th March.
Brief proposals for poster presentations are also welcome by this date

Presentations will last for 15 minutes and will be followed by opportunities for questions and discussion.

The conference is open to all current PhD candidates working on research involving children across all academic disciplines.

Please email your abstract and the title of your paper to: with your name, institutional affiliation and role.

For more information about the conference and the Postgraduate Children and Childhood Network, please visit our website at: 

Monthly Seminar – “Children and Land Grabs”

Children and Land Grabs:
Development, Social Reproduction and the Future in a Nature Park in Senegal

Davide Cirillo, University of Padova & VU University Amsterdam.

Since 2008, the sharp raise of commodity prices resulted in an energy and food crisis, and pressure on market supply chains. International organizations reacted by placing agriculture, both for energy and food production, at the centre of their political agendas. The resulting development model is one that insists on private capital investment to fuel production on ‘underexploited’ and ‘potential arable’ land. Continue reading Monthly Seminar – “Children and Land Grabs”

ACYIG’s NEW Collaborative Research Networks

The Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) is excited to announce the launch of Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs). Modeled after Law and Society’s research networks, CRNs provide an opportunity for ACYIG members to develop and lead inter-disciplinary groups of scholars, practitioners, and students around specific thematic interests. Collaborative Research Networks may involve activities such as email groups, listservs, calls to action, op-eds, organizing conference panels, etc.  Continue reading ACYIG’s NEW Collaborative Research Networks