CFP – Childhood and Youth Network SSHA 2016

We invite you to participate in the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association by submitting a paper or session proposal to the Childhood and Youth Network of the SSHA. The conference will take place November 17-20, 2016 in Chicago, IL. For more information on the conference as well as the general call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: The deadline for full panel or individual paper proposals is February 20, 2016.

The association particularly emphasizes interdisciplinary and transnational research, and the annual meeting provides a very supportive environment in which to present new work. The theme of the 2016 conference is “Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World,” though papers on any other aspects of the history of childhood and youth are also certainly welcome. Complete panels must include at least 4 papers and presenters from more than one academic institution. Other formats, including roundtable discussions and book sessions, are also possible. Please do get in touch with the network chairs if you have an idea for a session but need help gathering presenters.

Proposals can be submitted by means of a web conference management system at If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process. Graduate students presenting at the conference may apply for a travel grant from the SSHA (

Let us know if you need any help making a submission or advice about a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact the Childhood and Youth network co-chairs:

Emily Bruce:
Anna Kuxhausen:
Ataçan Atakan:

Possible themes suggested at the 2015 Childhood and Youth network meeting include:

  • child refugees
  • girlhood in comparative perspective
  • postcolonial theory in childhood studies
  • childhood illness in graphic memoirs
  • adoption
  • childhood and the history of emotions
  • parenting and experts in an interdisciplinary world
  • children in revolutions; childhood and war
  • youth and disability
  • queer childhoods
  • performativity and childhood
  • children’s literature
  • state-child relations
  • childhood and religion
  • race, class and childhood