Deadline approaching for upcoming seminar: Feminism and the politics of childhood: Friends or foes?

The deadline is approaching to register an expression of interest to attend the upcoming seminarFeminism and the politics of childhood: Friends or foes? as a non-presenting participant.

If you wish to participate in the workshop as a non-presenter, please send an expression of interest of no more than 250 words outlining relevant academic and/or community-based experience by30th September 2015 to (Subject line: PARTICIPANT Feminism and Childhood).

Participation in the seminar:

The seminar will be held on the 16th and 17th November 2015 at IOE UCL, London, and will bring together community-based and academic scholars and activists to unpack the intersections and perceived antagonisms between various forms of feminism and the politics of childhood, focusing on the ways that these fields attend to those positioned as women and as children.

The seminar is arranged to foster dialogue and participation amongst a small group of participants who work on seminar themes from within different paradigms, varying disciplines, and diverse contexts. Speakers will have 5 minutes to present their pre-circulated paper, with the bulk of the time set aside for discussion amongst both presenting and non-presenting participants.

We therefore ask that all selected participants commit to:

  • Pre-read all working papers (approximately 4,000 words each) and come prepared to discuss these papers.
  • Attend the entire 1½ day seminar (afternoon 16th Novemberand full day 17th November 2015).

Further information:

Key questions the seminar will address are:

  • How do we ensure the well-being of children and women, particularly in contexts where their interests may (appear to) be in conflict?
  • How might a conversation between feminism and the politics of childhood speak to these tensions?
  • What are the implications of theorising women and children together?

Confirmed papers:

  • Leena Alanen (University of Jyväskylä)

Feminist Studies – Childhood Studies: Towards a post-constructionist reconciliation

  • Priscilla Alderson (UCL Institute of Education)

‘Women and children first’?

  • Erica Burman (Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester)

A necessary struggle-in-relation?

  • Claire Houghton (The University of Edinburgh)

Domestic abuse and devolution: Power to all the people?

  • Berry Mayall  (UCL Institute of Education)

Women’s ideas about childhood, England 1900-1920

  • Erica Meiners (2015 Soros Justice Fellow, Northeastern Illinois University)

Defending Women: Child saving in the US carceral state

  • Geetanjali Misra (CREA, New Delhi)

Sexuality, gender, and the rights of girls and women in South and Southeast Asia

  • Ann Phoenix  (UCL Institute of Education)

“I have never called her mum”: Mothers and children defined and divided by children’s ‘best interests’

  • Geraldine Pratt (University of British Columbia)

Children and their migrant mothers: Rhetoric and politics in global neoliberalism

  • Rachel Rosen  (UCL Institute of Education)
    Jan Newberry (University of Lethbridge)

Love, labour and appropriation: Reconceptualising social reproduction with women and children in the frame

  • Rachel Thomson (University of Sussex)
    Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck College)

Pushing the envelope: Thinking through childhood and maternal studies

  • Ohad Zehavi (Tel Aviv University)

Becoming-woman, becoming-child, becoming-minoritarian

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UCL Grand Challenges