Neos February 2016 Issue Now Available!

The February 2016 issue of Neos is now available for your reading pleasure at

Some highlights:

CFPs from Bank Street Occasional Paper Series

Call for Papers

Two Call for Papers opportunities:

Life in Inclusive Classrooms:
Storytelling with Disability Studies in Education ››

Life in Inclusive Classrooms seeks to draw attention to the use of storytelling as a critical strategy for creating a new, expanded conversation about inclusive classrooms and school communities. We are seeking essays that explore how disability, inclusion, and exclusion feel to those who are inside “inclusive” classrooms.

Manuscripts Due: March 15, 2016


Queering Education: Pedagogy, Curriculum, Policy ››

Rather than assuming that gayness has been “normalized,”  this issue of the Occasional Paper series takes as its premise that the full inclusion and engagement of LGBTQ youth and families is dependent on work still to come. It will open a new discourse on queer issues.

Letter of Intent Due: December 30, 2015

Report: experiences of children born into LRA captivity

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of a field note by the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) titled “We Are All the Same: Experiences of children born into LRA captivity”.
This note documents the views, experiences and hopes of 29 children born into the captivity of the Lord’s Resistance Army and now living in the urban centre of Gulu. As an often overlooked category of survivors, it offers nuanced findings as to the children’s lived experiences and makes key recommendations to ensure their inclusion and redress in transitional justice.
Also, researcher Beth Stewart reflects on the process of documentation and the questions raised by the children who participated in blog on JRP’s website here:
For comments or questions regarding this publication, please email or
Oryem Nyeko

“The Stress Along the Way”: Medicalization and Transit Migration

by Kristin Yarris and Heide Castañeda

This month, Youth Circulations features a series of conversations between two migration scholars, Heide Castañeda (University of South Florida) and Kristin Yarris (University of Oregon). In this series, Drs. Castañeda and Yarris creatively and critically examine representations of the circulation of Central American and Mexican migrants through what they describe as “a zone of transit” in Western Mexico. Their research is funded by The Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and is a collaboration with Dr. Juan Manuel Mendoza of the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa. Continue reading “The Stress Along the Way”: Medicalization and Transit Migration

Study childhood at University College London

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children and young people?

Are you seeking to develop further understandings of childhood and the status of children?

Come and study childhood at University College London (UCL) Institute of Education!


Download the flyer to see details about our:

Come to the Open Evening on Monday 21st March 2016 from 17.00 to 19.30 to find out more.


Jeunesse – winter issue now available!

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to announce that the 2015 Winter Issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is available.

The following sections are open access:

– Editorial, “For the Record,” by Mavis Reimer

– Forum on Keywords in the Cultures of Young People, with essays by Elizabeth Marshall, Derritt Mason, and Tyler PollardLouise SaldanhaKristine AlexanderAwad IbrahimLisa Weems, and Natasha Hurley

– Review essays by Robert BittnerDaniel BrattonChristina Fawcett, and Melissa Li Sheung Ying

Articles in this issue include:

– “Postnational Possibilities in Two YA Novels about Taiwan: The American Trace” by Emily Murphy

– “Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers as Board Book: From the Matter of Materiality to the Way That Materiality Matters” by Michelle Ann Abate

– “Gregor the Overlander and A Wrinkle in Time: Father Lost, Father Found” by Chantel Lavoie

– “Representations of Happiness in Comedic Young Adult Fiction: Happy Are the Wretched” by Nerida Wayland

Housed in the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) and produced with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.

More information on how to submit papers and how to subscribe can be found on our website:

To recommend Jeunesse to your institution’s library, download our form.

Seminar – Cartographies of Child Poverty in Policies and Programmes in Kenya

Friday 19 February 10.30-12.00
W&N building, 6th floor, room WN-P656, this is behind the main building
VU University Amsterdam

Cartographies of Child Poverty in Policies and Programmes in Kenya: Locating Children’s Voice at the Interstices of Competing Representations

Elizabeth Ngutuku (Eliza)

PhD Researcher
International Institute of Social Studies


Policies and programmes for child poverty and vulnerability harbour specific constructions on child poverty as well as poor children.  These constructions may affect children’s subjective experiences and elide the voices of children. Despite this possibility, these interventions have often been perceived as natural and the norms they harbour are often invisible. The proposed one year research in Kenya intends to problematize and denaturalize these dominant constructions as embedded in policies and programmes.  Elizabeth Ngutuku will map these competing representations against the perspectives and lived experience of children. In so doing, she intends to locate children’s voices, while aware that these perspectives might go beyond the articulated as they might be contained in the unsaid as well as hidden in the processes of silencing.

Note that our March meeting will take place on Tuesday 15 March 10.30-12.00. We will have the pleasure of a presentation of Dr Clarice Cohen from Brazil. If you are interested in presenting at one of our seminars yourself, please contact the Network chair: Dr Sandra J.T.M. Evers,

VU University is located at a 10-minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Zuid railway station. Tram stop ‘De Boelelaan / VU’ is served by tram lines 5 and 51. W&N Building is located behind the main building:

Feel free to communicate information of this seminar to other people who might be interested.

Could you confirm your participation in the 19 February seminar to us?

AAA Panel CFP – Ethics, IRB, vulnerable pops

Panel:  Ethical and Practical Complexities: Navigating the IRB to Conduct Ethnographies with Vulnerable Populations

Call for Papers: AAA 2016
Minneapolis, MN
November 16-20, 2016
Theme: “Evidence, Accident, Discovery”


Anthropologists face unique challenges in obtaining IRB approval to conduct research with vulnerable populations, particularly (but not limited to) people with mental illnesses or who are undergoing mental health treatment.  Beyond the basic challenges of collecting data while remaining sensitive to the needs of the populations work with, we also face the complexities of satisfying IRB requirements in ever-changing ethnographic environments and maintaining participant confidentiality in clinical settings.  Due to the sensitive nature of mental illnesses, anthropologists also participate in extra screenings in order to ensure the safety of the participants.

Consistent with this year’s AAA theme, “Evidence, Accident, Discovery”, this panel highlights questions for anthropologists conducting mental health and other disability research.  First, how anthropologists face challenges in obtaining IRB approval for our research and how we obtain high-quality data while adhering to high ethical standards?  In the case of uneven balances of power between ethnographer and participant, the panel asks how we can envision our relationships with vulnerable people and populations? This panel also examines the obligations that anthropologists have to our participants, from prevention of harm during the course of research to ensuring the results of our research also do not cause harm, and perhaps can be used to reduce vulnerability.

Papers relevant to this panel might discuss IRB requirements to conduct ethnographic research among people with mental illnesses; whether ethical obligations to participants with mental illnesses differ from those we might hold to other participants; and the challenges of complying with IRB while in the field.

Abstracts are limited to 250 words, and are due to Shir Lerman ( and Olivia Marcus ( by March 5, 2016.