Category Archives: Training/Education

Child and Family Graduate Programs at Syracuse University

The CFS department at Syracuse University is seeking motivated graduate students for our M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs. Please see the attached flier (PDF) for more information and/or contact Deborah Golia, our Recruitment Specialist at 315.443.5555.

You can read more about our exciting programs and faculty research on our department website:

Neos highlights—Teaching Race Awareness in Young Children

Are you feeling inspired by the AAA Meeting to bring new texts and tools into your classroom? As you plan next semester’s classes, consider Richard Zimmer’s argument to include one of the classics: Mary Ellen Goodman’s Race Awareness in Youth Children. Check out Zimmer’s tips on how to use this text to get your students thinking critically about their own racial biases in the October 2015 issue of Neos (pp. 11-12):

Interested in writing for the February 2016 issue of Neos? Email this week with your submission (see for submission guidelines).

CFP – RU Childhood Studies Grad Student Conference

The Rutgers University – Camden Graduate Student Organization in Childhood Studies is pleased to announce our third graduate student conference, to be held 22-23 April 2016 in Camden, New Jersey. Graduate students and others at a similar stage of career in all disciplines who are engaged in research relating to children and youth are encouraged to submit proposals.

The title of this year’s conference is “Reimagining the Child: Next Steps in the Study of Childhood(s)”.

Since its inception, the field of childhood studies has pushed boundaries in academic approaches to children and childhood. It has challenged scholars to refigure children as active participants in society and constructors of their own life experiences, worked to give voice to young people in research, promoted the understanding of childhood as a socially-constructed category, and encouraged groundbreaking interdisciplinary methodology and analysis. We recognize, however, that innovative thinking about children and childhood is not limited to those scholars working directly in the field of childhood studies. The goal of this year’s graduate student conference is to bring together graduate students and other early-career scholars whose work represents a contribution to expanding academic understandings of and approaches to children and childhood.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Theorizations and discourses of childhood
• Representations of children in media
• Relationships between children and technology
• Considering children in approaches to human rights, ethics, and morality
• Children’s culture(s)
• Children as social agents
• Bringing children’s voices to academic study
• Children’s participation in research and as researchers
• Emerging and diverse perspectives on childhood in psychology
• Children and views of “the child” in politics and policy
• Geographies and histories of childhood
• Differences and parallels in diverse experiences of childhood
• Intersections of childhood with other social categories, such as gender, race, and disability
• Changing understandings of childhood and their implications for teaching and learning

Proposals are welcome from scholars in all fields, including sociology, anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, media studies, fine arts, political science, public policy, geography, psychology, and education. We are particularly looking for presenters engaged in interdisciplinary work.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to the conference chair, Julian Burton, at Include the words “conference abstract” in the subject line. Please include your name, current level of study, and affiliated institution in the body of your e-mail. Attach your abstract as a separate document containing no personally identifying information.

Deadline: 20 December 2015. Notifications will be sent to accepted presenters by 31 January 2016.

Further information will be made available on the Childhood Studies Rutgers Facebook page at and the event page at

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.

Open Day – MSc in Childhood Studies – Univ. of Edinburgh

Want to know more about the MSc in Childhood Studies, at the University of Edinburgh? There is an Open Day on November 18th 2015 especially for potential Postgraduate Students, where you (or those you work with) can learn more about opportunities at the University as well as about Childhood Studies in particular. For more information on the day, see Continue reading Open Day – MSc in Childhood Studies – Univ. of Edinburgh

Rutgers-Camden now accepting appplications for graduate study; funding opportunities available

Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden, NJ, USA

Applications now being accepted for Ph.D. and MA programs. Ph.D. application deadline: January 10, 2016 ( Up to 5 years’ funding available for PhD students, in addition to a number of fellowships and awards available to graduate students ( Continue reading Rutgers-Camden now accepting appplications for graduate study; funding opportunities available

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

Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Arnhold Symposium 2015 in New York City

When?            October 29 to 30, 2015
Where?          German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research, NY, NY

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, the German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research are pleased to invite all interested parties to the Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace 2015, at which critical scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines working on the complex relationship between education and armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa will gather in New York City to present their research.  Continue reading Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa