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Journal of Playwark Practice – new issue just released

Second issue of 2015 now out

Journal of Playwork Practice (JPP), published in association with Common Threads, is the first academic journal in the playwork field and provides an international platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice.  The journal is available as a print journal with an online version.

You can follow the journal on Twitter at @jpp_journal.

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Editorial (free to read)
Shelly Newstead

Engaging children in activities beyond the classroom walls: a social–ecological exploration of Australian primary school children’s enjoyment of school play activities 
Brendon Hyndman, Barbara Chancellor

The Possible Futures for Playwork project: a thematic analysis 

Pete King

Preliminary development of a new method for exploring the acceptability of playwork interventions with children: the Day Reconstruction Method – Child version (DRM-C) 
Rebecca Jenkin, Ian Frampton, Mathew White, Sabine Pahl, Niky Dix

Practice: searching and re/searching 
Jennifer Cartmel

There’s no full stop after playwork: co-creating space on an adventure playground 
John Fitzpatrick, Bridget Handscomb

The efficiency of playwork as a universal service 
Ross Podyma

Assessing play sufficiency in Wrexham, Wales 
Mike Barclay, Ben Tawil

Early reflections from the Play Works project 
Tilean Clarke

Janet Dalglish, MBE (1919–2007) 
Ute Navidi

New play opportunities in a Papua New Guinean school 
Kym Simoncini, Victoria Carr Sue Elliott, Elisapesi Manson, Lalen Simeon; Joros Sawi

 Book Reviews

Job opening – Professor in Child Studies, historical emphasis

Appointment as professor in Child studies with a historical bearing

Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, invites applications for an appointment as Professor in Child Studies with a focus on children and childhood from a historical perspective. The application must be received at latest January 28, 2016. Please see attached announcement for further details:

Child Studies carries out unique research combining a focus on children’s agency and their social interactions with a critical and theoretical awareness of the shifting meanings of childhood in time and place. We welcome all applicants who are interested in developing their research on children and childhood with a historical bearing in a multi- and transdisciplinary environment.

If you have questions, please contact me, Karin Zetterqvist Nelson ( or my colleague Asta Cekaite (, at Child studies:

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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CFP – Journal of Playwork Practice

Journal of Playwork Practice aims to advance playwork research and practice by providing the first ever interdisciplinary platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice. The practice of playwork draws on a number of diverse disciplines for its theoretical and technical foundations, and we therefore encourage the submission of theoretical, empirical and methodological studies for peer-review from any discipline – please download the announcement please download the announcement here for further details.

JPP also includes a small practitioner section and welcomes contributions from playwork practitioners working in any context on the theory and practice of playwork, and original photo essays which illustrate specific aspects of playwork theory or practice.

We would be pleased to receive any questions via email

Invitation to ACYIG’s CRN_Mobilities

The Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Collaborative Research Network (CRN): CRN_Mobilities.

CRNs provide an opportunity for ACYIG members to develop and lead inter-disciplinary groups of scholars, practitioners, and students around specific thematic interests. Collaborative Research Networks may involve activities such as email groups, listservs, calls to action, op-eds, organizing conference panels, or other activities and communications contributing to scholarly issues relevant to ACYIG membership. We strongly encourage inter-disciplinary and international membership. Membership within CRNs is free and open to the public.

The focus of this new CRN is Global Mobilities. CRN_ Mobilities examines the actual and imagined movement of global children and youth, broadly conceived. We invite scholars, students and practitioners to share resources, links, and information that considers young people as agents of mobility and movements, and/or that examines the mobility of ideas about global childhood and youth. Potential topics include but are not limited to: migration and transnational identities, social media and social movements; young people’s influence on global flows of people, capital, ideas, and values; and popular discourse and representations of global children and youth.

To join this CRNs, please sign up here: You must be a listserv member to send and receive emails.

To post to the listserv, email:

General information about the mailing list is located at

We hope you will consider actively participating and proposing your own CRN today (Click here for more information!

Warm regards,

Michele Statz ( and Lauren Heidbrink (
Hosts of CRN_Mobilities

CFP – New book series: “Worlds in Motion”

Berghahn Books are excited to announce the launch of a brand new series, Worlds in Motion, edited by Noel B. Salazar, University of Leuven, in collaboration with ANTHROMOB, the EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network.

We invite new proposals for this interdisciplinary book series that aims to feature empirically grounded studies from around the world, exploring how people, objects and ideas move across the planet. With a special focus on theory as well as methodology, the series will consider movement as both an object and a method of study.

If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please take a look at the proposal submission guide on our website – 

Workshop: History of Children and Childhood – Current State of Knowledge, Future Challenges



History of Children and Childhood – Current State of Knowledge, Future Challenges


The overall aim of the workshop is to map out the current research field of the history of children and childhood and to identify the key issues that engage childhood historians today. Moreover, the workshop sets out to identify and examine the kind of challenges the future holds for childhood history. Historiographic discussions will be encouraged, as will discussions of the role of theoretical perspectives in historical studies of children and childhood. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary dimension of history of children and childhood will be highlighted and reflected on.

The workshop will mainly concentrate on modern history of children and childhood. Global perspectives and international comparisons are important contributions to a research field that largely have been defined by studies from a North-American continent and European countries. Furthermore, discussions about the relevance of using historical knowledge of children and childhood for the understanding of today’s situation as well as using current knowledge of children and childhood in the exploration of historical events and situations are welcomed.

At Child Studies the historical perspective represents an important part of the overall interdisciplinary approach. The workshop is organized as a part of a search process for a new professor and a call for a new professor at Child studies, with a historical bearing, will be announced during the fall of 2015.

For more information:

If you wish to participate, please contact Karin Zetterqvist Nelson ( or Josefin Frilund ( Places at the workshop are limited, so the quicker the better!