CFP – 2nd Childhood Studies Colloquium “What does Childhood Studies mean for research, policy and practice?”

The 2nd Childhood Studies Colloquium will be held in Dunedin on 20th and 21st October 2015 on the theme What does Childhood Studies mean for research, policy and practice? 

Children and young people deal with a vast range of widening inequalities in their social and physical environments. Researchers from many disciplines, practitioners, policy makers and activists often work individually to improve the life of our young citizens. While children and young people’s economic, social, cultural and physical wellbeing lie at the heart of such efforts, debates continue about what working under the umbrella term of ‘Childhood Studies’ actually means theoretically and practically to address the pressing issues facing children and young people in the 21st century.

This colloquium will provide an opportunity reflect on how we conceptualise and put childhood studies into diverse practices. Critical reflections on, and discussions about, the ways forward to improve and contribute to all aspects of children and young people’s wellbeing here in Aotearoa and across the globe lie at the heart of the colloquium. 

This interdisciplinary colloquium will be of relevance and interest to a wide range of participants including academics, researchers, students, advocates, policy makers and practitioners. 

The colloquium follows on from the very successful 1st Childhood Studies Colloquium held in Auckland in November last year. The 2015 Colloquium is being co-hosted by the University of Otago Children and Young People as Social Actors Research Cluster, the Children’s Issues Centre and the organisers of the 1stColloquium. We are grateful to the University of Otago Humanities Divison for their generous financial support for this event. The 20th anniversary of the Children’s Issues Centre will also be celebrated at the Colloquium. 
Our three keynote speakers will be making the following presentations: 
  • Professor Nigel ThomasProfessor of Childhood and Youth Research, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England: Recognition, capability and children’s participation in society: A new move in childhood studies?
  • Associate Professor Affrica TaylorGeographies of Education and Childhood, University of Canberra, Australia: What does the more-than-human turn mean for childhood studies research?
  • Alison Cleland, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland; Chair, Action for Children and Youth AotearoaSocial justice for Aotearoa’s children: A child rights framework.
We look forward to receiving your abstract by 3 July at
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Any inquiries should be directed to the Children’s Issues Centre – Ph: (03) 479 5038    Email: