CLELE – May Issue now online

Children’s Literature in English Language Education Ejournal

Volume 3 Issue 1 of the peer-reviewed CLELE journal is now freely available for download:

This issue contains, apart from the Editorial, the articles:

‘Who Are You? Racial Diversity in Contemporary Wonderland’

‘Making the Match: Traditional Nursery Rhymes and Teaching English to Modern Children’

…as well as academic book reviews, recommended reads, and a recommended venue. 

Please do pass the link on to anyone who might be interested in reading the journal and perhaps also submitting an article.

CFP- The Great Outdoors?

Call for Papers


9th and 10th September 2015
Centre for Children & Youth, and Institute of Health & Wellbeing
University of Northampton

Organising committee:

John Horton, Faith Tucker, Michelle Pyer

Keynote speaker:

Professor Owain Jones (Bath Spa University)


This conference marks 15 years since the publication of Matthews et al.’s (2000) ‘Growing up in the countryside: children and the rural idyll’. This anniversary represents a timely moment for reflection on the state of research into children, young people and families in, and in relation to, ‘rural’ and ‘natural’ spaces. We suggest that this anniversary should prompt consideration of the complex ways in which rural and natural spaces have changed over last two decades, recognising the multiple, shifting ruralities and natures which constitute the everyday lives of children, young people and families in diverse international contexts. We also call for continued critical reflection upon the categories of ‘natural’ and ‘rural’ which are perhaps too-often conflated, sentimentalised and idealised in relation to childhood, youth and families.

In a context of growing policy/practitioner concern about the value of outdoor, natural and rural spaces (e.g. for education, play, health and well-being) and on-going conceptual/critical reflections upon ideas/norms about nature and countryside (e.g. via wonderfully rich theorisations of landscape, materiality, vitalities, human-nonhuman interactions, emotions/affects), we invite papers which focus on children, young people and families in relation to the following topics:

  • Managing natural and/or rural environments for children, young people and families;
  • Play and learning in natural and/or outdoor spaces;
  • Rural change and livelihoods in the Global South;
  • Health and wellbeing in natural and/or outdoor spaces;
  • Friendships, relationships and belonging in rural and/or natural environments;
  • Innovative concepts and research methods for exploring rural and/or natural spaces;
  • Community social norms and surveillance in rural and/or natural areas;
  • Participation, activism and citizenship in natural and/or outdoor spaces;
  • Concepts of rural idyll, nature deficit disorder and the great outdoors;
  • Changing contexts of policy and service provision for rural spaces;
  • Rural mobilities, economies and housing

Abstracts (c.200 words) should be emailed to: by 15th June 2015.

Further information:

Location: The conference will be held at Sunley Conference CentreUniversity of Northampton.

Conference registration: standard fee £160, postgraduate students £90.  Fee includes lunch on both days and conference dinner on 9th September.  Accommodation can be booked at Sunley Conference Centre (  Please note that there is an additional charge for accommodation.

Conference website:

Twitter: @CCYNorthampton #ccyevent


MA in Children, Youth and International Development

This innovative interdisciplinary programme, based at Brunel University London, is one of the first worldwide to cater specifically for those working, or interested in working, in the field of children, youth and international development. Taught by highly motivated, internationally recognised, research-active staff, it has been running since 2009, and has attracted students from diverse disciplinary and occupational backgrounds and almost 50 different countries.

The course is designed to equip students with the conceptual understanding and breadth of knowledge required to critically evaluate policy and practice in the area of children, youth and international development. It also develops the skills necessary to design and undertake research relating to children, youth and development. Former students have progressed to careers with government, international organisations and NGOs as well as doctoral study.

The full time course requires attendance two days a week across two terms (September to April), followed by 6 months spent preparing for, researching and writing a dissertation. During term 2, options include a work placement or participation in an academic exchange with the Norwegian Centre for Child Research in Trondheim.

The course commences in late September. We do not operate strict application deadlines, but it is advisable for international applicants to apply early as it can take several months to secure a UK study visa. Discounts are also available for applicants with first class degrees from UK universities and to graduates of Brunel University.

Further details, are available on the Brunel website For further information, email

CFP – Special Issue of *Jeunesse* on Mobility

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures invites essay submissions for a special issue addressing mobility in relation to youth texts and culture(s). We welcome essays that consider registers of race, class, gender, and disability. Essays should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length and prepared for blind peer-review. Continue reading CFP – Special Issue of *Jeunesse* on Mobility

Workshop June 10 — After the Iron curtain: Poor parenting and state intervention in cross cultural perspective

A one-day workshop at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Wednesday, 10th June, 10-5pm

Across many contemporary societies, the quality of parenting is increasingly seen as imperative, not only for the well-being of individual children, but for the health of communities as a whole. This kind of parenting – increasingly endorsed by both parents and policy makers – has been termed ‘concerted’, ‘intensive’, or even ‘paranoid’ by researchers, pointing to the ‘more’ than the basic childcare that many mothers feel they should do for their children.
The opposite of this is ‘poor’ parenting or ‘unfit’ parents – defined not so much by an approach, as the absence of it. Poor parenting is most often tied to expectations of poor outcomes, where children are seen as being at risk of neglect or maltreatment. Intervention by the state is aimed at ensuring children be saved from such parents, either through training, or by placing children in settings that provide more appropriate care. Since much of the social science research on the topic has been done in what’s called ‘Euro-America’, however, the explanatory framework usually draws on elements of capitalist market economies and social stratifications, such as class, poverty, gender inequality and race. Continue reading Workshop June 10 — After the Iron curtain: Poor parenting and state intervention in cross cultural perspective

CFP: Special issue of JCEPS – “Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools”

Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools

The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies 
Special Issue: December 2015

Guest Editors: Debbie Sonu, Hunter College, City University of New York & Julie Gorlewski, State University of New York at New Paltz 

Chief and Managing EditorProfessor Dave Hill, Research Professor of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England

The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) and guest editors Debbie Sonu and Julie Gorlewski are seeking manuscripts for a special issue that is scheduled for publication in December 2015.

This special issue, entitled “Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools,” aims to feature the work of established and emerging scholars from a variety of disciplines who explore school reform and schooling experiences from the standpoint of children and youth in public and private K-12 institutions from any socio-economic, cultural, or geographic location within the United States.  Continue reading CFP: Special issue of JCEPS – “Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools”

Roundtable – Young Children’s Rights in Wales and England: What Next After the Election?

Young Children’s Rights in Wales and England: What Next After the Election?

Round table discussion

Wednesday 24 June 2.00-4.00 pm
Seminar room, Social Science Research Unit SSRU,
18 Woburn Square
UCL Institute of Education London WC1H ONR

Contributors to include:

  • Dr Jacky Tyrie
  • Sian Sarwar (Cardiff)
  • Prof Berry Mayall (London)
  • Chair: Prof Priscilla Alderson

The aim is to bring together professionals (academics, policy makers, advocates, educators, students, and third sector organisations) from England and Wales to discuss the present state of young children’s rights and look to future developments in research, policy and practice. Continue reading Roundtable – Young Children’s Rights in Wales and England: What Next After the Election?