CFP: Mobile Geographies of Learning at AAG 2016

112th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
San Francisco, California
March 29 – April 2, 2016

“Mobile Geographies of Learning”
Organizers: Jennie Germann Molz, College of the Holy Cross, USA;  Zsuzsa Millei, SPARG, University of Tampere, Finland
This session explores how education, learning and place making in educational spaces intersect with transnational mobilities, performances of national and global citizenship, and digital technologies.  We ask what kinds of knowledge, subjectivities, and geographies emerge as learning becomes more mobile and interconnected. For example, new technologies that support mobile and remote learning enable parents, teachers, and children to tap into the educational potential of global travel. From Herodotus to the 18th-century Grand Tour to contemporary study abroad and gap year programs, ‘travel has been pursued for the sake of knowledge’ (Adler 1989, p. 1382). This assumed affinity between global travel and education has inspired a range of alternative educational practices such as roadschooling and worldschooling.

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2016-2017 SRCD Policy Fellowship

SRCD is seeking applications for upcoming Policy Fellowships for 2016-2017. There are two types of Fellowships: Congressional and Executive BranchBoth provide Fellows with exciting opportunities to come to Washington, DC and use their research skills in child development outside of the academic setting to inform public policy. Fellows work as resident scholars within their federal agency or Congressional office placements. Continue reading 2016-2017 SRCD Policy Fellowship

Position Announcement- Anthropology, Marquette University

The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2016. Applicants are expected to teach sections of Cultural Anthropology and Introductory Anthropology (4-field), as well as other courses relevant to the candidate’s areas of interest and attractive in a multi-disciplinary context. Relevant areas of research include, but are not limited to, human rights, health and development, global environmental change, refugee displacement, food and water security, conflict and post-conflict societies, humanitarian crises, disaster management, global crime, and human trafficking. Continue reading Position Announcement- Anthropology, Marquette University

Position Announcement – Human Development at Sonoma State University

The Department of Anthropology at Sonoma State University is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Human Development to join our faculty in August 2016. We are interested in candidates who take a cross-cultural approach to the human lifespan. Teaching and/or research specializations are open, but might include: conceptions of self and identity development, ethnopediatrics, ethnogeriatrics, the role of education (formal and informal) in development, and diversity (race/ethnicity, sex/gender, age, disability, etc.) across the lifespan.

The posting can be found at with the position number 104036.


CFP: 2016 SCCR conference in Portland, Oregon

Dear colleagues,
I would like to invite you to consider attending the 2016 SCCR conference detailed below. We have invited several prominent scholars, Paul Harris, Catherine Panter-Brick and Barbara Rogoff, whose work is predominantly child focused. We hope to see you there!

Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference
February 17-20, 2016

Call for submissions

The deadline of November 1st for submissions of papers, posters and panel proposals for the Society for Cross Cultural Research conference in Portland, Oregon is fast approaching! Visit the SCCR website at
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Call for chapters on rural childhoods and the visual

We are developing an edited book with Rutgers University Press with the working title Visual Encounters in the Study of Rural Childhoods.The edited collection looks at rural childhoods from around the world with an emphasis on participatory and creative research practices. The development of the book comes out of a recognition that despite the growing interest in childhoods and spatiatality (including an interest in rurality), there is a paucity of critical (and practical) research that maps out both conceptually and methodologically the shifting influences on the lives of rural children, and that foregrounds the perspectives of children (present and past) themselves. This volume brings together two areas of study, children’s rural geographies, and visual studies (through for example, photographs, maps, picture books, films, art, and digital spaces), and in so doing considers questions such as the following: How does the visual romanticize, eroticize, or reflect rural childhoods? How are visual methodologies redefining rural childhoods and the associated social value systems (and vice versa)? We are particularly interested in work that takes up issues of rural childhood in diverse global contexts.  Continue reading Call for chapters on rural childhoods and the visual

CFP: Children in Popular Culture

Red Feather Journal (, an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal of children in popular culture.

Red Feather Journal seeks well-written, critical articles for the Fall 2015 issue (deadline October 31, 2015) on any aspect of the child in popular culture.  Some suggested topics include: children in film, television, the Internet; children in popular literature or art; the child in gaming, cosplay, cons, or fan cultures; children and social media; childhood geography or material culture; or any other aspect of the child in popular culture. Continue reading CFP: Children in Popular Culture

Guatemalan youth navigate life and labor in Los Angeles

By Stephanie L. Canizales

Americans often associate factory work—and the violence and exploitation of manufacturing industries—with distant nations like China, Vietnam, India, and Cambodia. While stories of workers “transported like pigs,” trapped behind barred windows and locked doors, and protected from death by suicide nets trigger broad concern, they tend to ultimately be cast off as the problems of “foreign” societies.

The Emmy Award-winning documentary Made in L.A. brought the narrative of garment worker exploitation back to U.S. soil, but the film focuses on the experiences of adult women. My research thus addresses a critical and unexamined space of inquiry: It moves beyond media attention and scholarship on garment workers abroad or adult laborers in the U.S. to center on the experiences of garment working immigrant youth. This project uncovers the conditions these young people encounter and the ways labor exploitation affects the long-term integration of unaccompanied immigrant youth. 

Youth at work

Since 2012, I have conducted research with Guatemalan Maya young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. Most arrived alone in the U.S. between four and 19 years ago. Although violence and poverty push some youth to emigrate, others migrate because years of violence and poverty have led to political insecurity as well as broken educational and occupational structures. In other words, for some the primary motivation is less immediately about violence or poverty than it is the lack of education and job opportunities in Guatemala. Some youth are further motivated by the desire to prevent the replication of their own suffering in the lives of their younger siblings.

Read more at the Youth Circulations Blog…