Category Archives: Other opportunities

CFA: Open Board Positions (2) – ACYIG

At the end of this year, two of our colleagues –Aviva Sinervo and Heather Rae Espinoza — will be finishing their terms on the ACYIG Board. This is part of the Board’s planned rotation schedule, and I would like to thank Aviva and Heather for their leadership in supporting ACYIG over the years.

With these departures, there are now two open board positions to be filled. Per tradition, ACYIG conducts open board appointments whenever possible. The ACYIG Board appoints new board members from among a pool of candidates who have submitted letters of interest for open positions. Board appointments are two-year positions (with a possibility to renew for a third) and typically require attendance at the annual meeting of the AAA and one biennial ACYIG conference during one’s tenure.

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Call for Volunteer: Neos Copy Editor

Neos seeks a Copy Editor to join our volunteer staff for the October 2016 issue. The Copy Editor works under the Neos Editor, is in charge of reviewing all materials and final proofs, and must be able to meet deadlines with quick turn-around. Expected time commitment is approximately 2 hrs/wk from mid-September to mid-October (Oct issue) and mid-January to mid-February (Feb issue).

Applicants must be able to meet the following deadlines for this issue:

  • Receive materials from Editor between Sept 12 and Sept 23. Return all copy edited materials by Sept 30.
  • Receive proofs from Layout Editor (via Neos Editor) between Oct 3 and Oct 7. Return final list of edits by Oct 12.

If you are interested and available, please submit a writing sample via email of 1 page or less to the Editor, along with a brief description of your interest, skills, and experience. Applications will be accepted through Monday, September 5. You will be notified by Friday, September 9.


Call for Applications – Journal of Research in Childhood Education Associate Editor

unnamed (1)The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) seeks an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education (JRCE). ACEI seeks a highly respected education researcher for this position, which will be a volunteer, professional appointment within the field. Continue reading Call for Applications – Journal of Research in Childhood Education Associate Editor

New CRN_Lifecourse

The Association for Anthropology and Gerontology working together with the Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Interest Group (AALCIG) and ACYIG have now established a joint Collaborative Research Network (CRN) for those interested in exploring connections (e.g., physical, political, developmental, symbolic, etc.) between childhood/youth and adulthood/old age.

The group has several potential project in mind (for those of you who like a few outputs to go with your intellectual exchange), including a blog share, a conference, organizing panels for other conferences, sharing teaching resources like syllabi, and developing opportunities for publishing and collaborative research projects.

The central communication hub for plotting and schemeing will be our CRN_Lifecourse listserv. If you are interested in joining, please visit and complete the registration form.

CRN_Lifecourse is interested in strengthening the intellectual exchange among scholars whose primary research focus has been on one stage of the life course but who are interested in inter-generational relationships, longitudinal studies, autobiographies, life course transitions, and the category of age itself in ways that require broader conceptual frameworks. At the moment, funding, publication, teaching curriculums, and the sections and subgroups of professional groups reinforce and naturalize divisions between scholars interested in the life course. Ages end up like fieldsites, where the anthropologist is encouraged, for example, to specialize on the internal workings of a single village, rather than looking at a the larger area of settlements with which it shares relationships and ecological context. In contrast, the CRN_Lifecourse encourages the development of concepts that problematize terms like ‘stages of life,’ ‘generations,’ and ‘age,’ and encourages the proliferation of specific methods and strategies to help us better conduct life-course research. Finally, the membership of CRN_Lifecourse will critically engage with the ways old age and youth are sometimes pitted against each other (e.g., in competition for humanitarian aid or organ transplants), while at other times, they are lumped together (e.g., as unproductive, naive, care-dependent, vulnerable, or sacred). We hope to examine how such connections impact the ways societies evaluate the life course.

If you have questions (especially technical ones best handled off the listserv) contact Jason Danely (

Call for Nominations: 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

Deadline for Submission: 15 March 2016

The Jacobs Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth or contributing to one of the Jacobs Foundation’s thematic priorities. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.

The prize is endowed with 1 Mio. Swiss Francs, of which 900’000 Swiss Francs are for use in a research project and 100’000 Swiss Francs are for related costs, such as travel, networking, and dissemination. The prize has a global scope. It addresses scholars who have achieved major breakthroughs in understanding child and youth development and have the potential to advance the field by actively conducting research.Self-nominations cannot be accepted.

An international jury will choose the laureate from the pool of nominated candidates. The following individuals currently form the jury:

  • Professor Jürgen Baumert, Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, Germany
  • Professor Dorret I. Boomsma, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Professor Jere R. Behrman, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Professor Francesco C. Billari, Oxford University, UK
  • Professor Uta Frith, University College London, UK
  • Professor Kathleen Kiernan, University of York, UK
  • Professor Terrie E. Moffitt, Duke University and King’s College London, USA and UK

All documents pertaining to the nomination should be submitted online by 15 March 2016. To begin the online submission process, please visit

Detailed information can be found at Jacobs Foundation Research Prize.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible program manager Gelgia Fetz (

Project & Upcoming Conference – Childhood Studies in the Global South

Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South

The ‘Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South’ project seeks to bring together researchers exploring childhood and children’s lives in diverse contexts in the Global South to engage in theory development using the various empirical studies that have been produced on Southern childhoods as a starting point for dialogue and action.

The central questions of this project are:  

  1. How, if at all, do theoretical concepts relating to childhood research in the North transfer to various social, cultural and political contexts in the Global South?
  2. What are the key theoretical priorities for child-focused researchers working in diverse contexts in the Global South and why?/What theoretical concepts do childhood researchers focusing on Southern childhoods find most useful and why?
  3. How can these theoretical priorities identified by child-focused researchers working on Southern childhoods be better reflected in dominant discourses within the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies?
  4. What challenges exist which may prevent the incorporation of theories developed by academics focusing on Southern childhoods into more dominant discourses relating to childhood studies?

These questions will be addressed through two initiatives in particular:

  1. The organisation of a three-day workshop in January 2016 for childhood academics and researchers with various levels of experience working within diverse Southern contexts including those based within institutions in the South.

    Dates: 19-21 January 2016
    Venue: The University of Sheffield
    Note Deadline for Registration: 20th December 2015

  2. The development of a website which will host the following:
    • The Southern Childhoods Network which is a virtual network of childhood scholars, policy-makers and practitioners which seeks to facilitate dialogue, action and collaboration.
    • An online database of childhood researchers and academics focusing on the Global South.
    • A database of open access articles in English, French and Spanish with a particular focus on childhood and children’s lives in the Global South.
    • Webinars facilitated by key academics in the area of global childhood studies.

      Please visit our website

The project is managed by Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh at the University of Sheffield, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth and funded by the British Academy Rising Star Scheme.