Call for Chapter Proposals – Girls in Global Development: Theoretical Contestations, Empirical Demands

Call for Chapter Proposals
Girls in Global Development: Theoretical Contestations, Empirical Demands

Over the last several years scholars from the range of disciplines associated with girlhood studies have critiqued neocolonial assumptions embedded in international development agendas that exceptionalize poor, racialized adolescent girls in the Global South as ideal sites for intervention based on regimes of truth which authorize their potential to multiply investment, interrupt intergenerational poverty, and predict economic growth. Scholars have also critiqued how girls in the Global North are problematically positioned as “empowered” relative to girls in the South through affective appeals to (post)feminist (neo)liberal sensibilities that reinforce the status quo rather than disrupt geopolitical relations of power. By attending to the cultural production of girlhood(s), this interdisciplinary literature sheds important light on the ideological operations that enable the “girl-powering” of development. According to these arguments, all girls in a global system are variously targeted by a complex web of institutional actors including multinational corporations, bilaterial aid agencies, multilateral financial institutions, and transnational non-governmental organizations with uneven effects. Girls and their girlhoods in the context of global development as a transnational process are now the subjects of inquiry across a range of empirical sites, theoretical frameworks, and institutional domains, indicating the “coalescing” of “Girls in Development” as a distinctive body of discourses.

The editors of the proposed collection take as our starting point the need to map this theoretical and empirical terrain. We propose GID (Girls in Development) as an emergent knowledge paradigm and category of analysis for thinking about the production of girlhoods and girls’ lives transnationally that overlaps with and also diverges from the enduring, and contested, conventional paradigms for thinking about women, gender and global development: WID (Women in Development) and GAD (Gender and Development). A primary goal of the collection is to develop a critical genealogy of GID, map its theoretical and empirical scope, and address its possible futures.

This collection will consider the impact and implications of GID in a variety of geo-political locations. Taken together, contributions will define, refine, and frame what GID means presently and speculate about its future(s). We look to bring together disparate readings of GID as an analytic framework, while simultaneously investigating how GID informs development work and activism involving girls across global systems of power. We encourage inter/transdisciplinarity approaches and seek contributions that decenter the Global North while acknowledging the powerful role Western nations play in shaping global development paradigms, policies, practices, discourses. Finally, this collection will take a critical transnational feminist approach to GID. We see this collection as an opportunity to complicate normative assumptions about girls and girlhoods in global development discourses and practices beyond the increasingly hegemonic edict to “invest in girls” as “smart economics.”

Against this backdrop, the editors seek abstracts for chapters that examine and engage broad, interrelated, and mutually informing foci:

1. Conceptual analyses that historicize and theorize what we are calling GID (Girls in Development), particularly as this paradigm relates to WID and GAD (and WAD), and related concepts such as empowerment, agency, race, mainstreaming, and so on, including theorizations of GID futures.

2. Visual and textual analyses of “girlhood” as a constructed category produced within and through international development processes.

3. Empirical studies of girls’ lives and experiences as a part of global development processes (e.g. education, health, microfinance, post-conflict reconstruction and so on) in any geopolitical location.

Chapters should engage the multifaceted and complex experiences of girls in development and/or the production of girlhood(s) in these processes across a range of sites including digital or social media, film and television, marketing or consumption practices, fundraising and awareness raising campaigns as well as through funding mechanisms and development projects (e.g. workshops, trainings, school curricula, girls’ clubs, sports, etc.), development policies and practices at multiple (and interrelated) scales (local, national, transnational), across development sectors (e.g. education, health, micro-finance, political participation, etc.), and in any geopolitical location.

Possible topics for chapters include:

  • Historical research that attends to the legacies/reconstitution of colonialism in contemporary global development processes focused on girls and/or girlhoods.
  • Analyses of girlhood(s) in global development processes as constructed in film, television, and/or digital media.
  • Analyses of girlhood(s) as constructed in development policies, programs, etc. at any scale (local, national, transnational).
  • Examinations of adolescence as a gendered, racialized, and biosocial process in the context of global development policies and processes (e.g. constructions of “adolescence” in development discourse; examinations of how “adolescent” girls experience “adolescence”).
  • The intersections of specific social categories based on social location with girlhood(s) (e.g. class, caste, age, sexuality, dis/ability, ethnicity, linguistic community, nationality, indigeneity, religion, refugee or displaced person status, combatant, marital status, motherhood, migrant, etc.) in the context of global development processes.
  • Examinations of (in)visibilities produced by development discourses and processes (e.g. disabled girlhood; queer girlhood; transgirlhood; affluent/elite girlhood; pregnant schoolgirlhood; girl-motherhood).
  • Critical examinations of development discourses around girls’ rights, empowerment, leadership, agency, opportunity (e.g. Can these concepts be reclaimed for radical purposes?).
  • Critical examinations of the role of celebrity humanitarianism in girl-centered development agendas.
  • Critical examinations of girls’ activism and/or girl-driven social justice movements (e.g. “young feminism,” #youngfems) that focus on global development.
  • Analyses that attend to affect(s) in global development sites, processes, practices.
  • Elaborations of methodological innovations for researching girls, and girlhoods, in global development processes.

We welcome individual and co-authored abstracts and chapters from established and emerging scholars internationally, including graduate students and scholars outside traditional academic spaces.

Abstracts of 200-250 words (not including works cited) are due on April 30, 2018. We anticipate notifying selected contributions by May 15, 2018. Full length final chapter submissions of 6,000 – 8,000 words (including notes and references) are due on August 1, 2018.

Please submit chapter abstracts to the editors of the collection: Dr. Heather Switzer, Dr. Karishma Desai, and Dr. Emily Bent at girlsindevelopment2018@gmail.com with the subject line: Chapter Abstract.

This edited collection will be considered as part of a new blind peer-reviewed book series by Berghahn Press entitled, Transnational Girlhoods, edited by Claudia Mitchell (McGill University); Ann Smith (McGill University); Bodil Formark (Umea University); and Heather Switzer (Arizona State University).

Please find a link to this Call for Chapter Proposals here: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/4d83803a-4636-453f-93b9-c565e94ee020

Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature at University of Glasgow

Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature
University of Glasgow – School of Critical Studies
Salary: £42,418 to £49,149
Hours: Full-Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closes: 7 May 2018
Job Ref: 020893

Job Purpose

To undertake high-quality research and research supervision in Fantasy and Children’s Literature within English Literature in the School of Critical Studies in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in English Literature and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8, £34,520 – £38,833 / £42,418 – £49,149 per annum, depending on experience.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies. Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Apply here.

CFP – Storytelling and Trauma: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Storytelling and Trauma: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
6 to 7 October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Storytelling is inextricably linked to the history of human beings in a bewildering variety of oral and visual formats. Storytelling is a fundamental tool in recording personal, familial, communal and national narratives. But it can also be linked to a process of expressing and working through trauma, of breaking silence, of finding a voice for suffering and pain as witnessed in the growth of “communal digital storytelling” embodied, for example, in the rise of shared storytellings of trauma such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. The ability to tell other people about what has happened to you brings into focus the uses of storytelling as narrative therapy for traumatic experiences from childhood to adulthood as well as from the personal to the collective.

Storytelling and Trauma seeks to explore both Storytelling and Trauma with particular focus on the inter-relatedness of the two. Stories and images of trauma surround us all the time, to the point of almost desensitising us to the suffering of others and the empathy and compassion we should naturally feel. Storytelling and trauma forces us to face, confront and resolve the suffering and pain of others—a process that involves the acknowledging of the trauma/traumatic event, bearing witness and a working through the trauma and the disruption caused to and in their lives. Thus the response to Storytelling and Trauma engages all levels of human living and thinking, individually and collectively, locally and globally.

Bringing the two together implies an interdisciplinary engagement with a spectrum of disciplines, art forms, geographical and historical contexts as well as multi-lingual and multi-cultural perspectives. Our first global gathering aims to examine the dynamics of Storytelling and Trauma in all its permutations. We welcome and encourage interdisciplinary proposals from all disciplines, professions, NGOs, voluntary sector, artists, scholars, workers, professionals, musicians, to name a few. It is the aim of the conference meeting to provide an interdisciplinary nexus which binds all these layers of theories and practices together in a safe and respectful sharing space.

Unlike other conferences or gatherings, our Event proposes to step outside the traditional conference setting and offer opportunities for artists, photographers, practitioners, theorists, independent scholars, academics, performers, writers, and others to intermingle, providing platforms for interdisciplinary interactions that are fruitful and conducive to broadening horizons and sparking future projects, collaborations, and connections. We are excited to accept proposals for presentations, displays, exhibits, round tables, panels, interactive workshops and more. Below is an indicative but not exhaustive list of possible approaches, all of them residing at the point of connection between Storytelling and Trauma:

  • Oral / written / visual narratives of identity, belonging, im/migrations
  • Literary, artistic and filmic storytelling
  • Life writing genres (autobiography, memoirs, letters, ethnography, etc.)
  • Testimony as storytelling trauma: fiction vs. non-fiction, official history vs. reality
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Private and personal storytelling and trauma
  • Public, political, religious, activist storytelling and trauma
  • Social media: twitter, Facebook, Youtube
  • Trauma and memory
  • Writing trauma: healing and transformation
  • Healing: survival and resilience; forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Therapy
  • Abuse, bullying; the workplace
  • Dis/abilities
  • Sex and sexuality; rape, sex crimes, gender crimes
  • Empathy, allyship, solidarity, activism
  • Popular culture and media
  • Social justice and human rights: war, civil war, conflict
  • Violence, torture, and atrocity
  • Pedagogy, education, and social awareness
  • Digital spaces
  • Comics, graphic novels, animation
  • Young adult literature; children stories
  • Power, resistance, rebellion, revolution
  • Shame, taboo, and suffering
  • Wounding, loss, death, grief and mourning
  • Spectral spaces, haunted geographies, memorialization
  • Fake news

If you don’t see something here that you think belongs, please tell us! We are happy to entertain other ideas that examine the rich, generative and exciting space that these fields create.

What’s so Special About Progressive Connexions Events?
A fresh, friendly, dynamic, format – at Progressive Connexions we are dedicated to breaking away from the stuffy, old-fashion conference formats, where endless presentations are read aloud off Powerpoints. We work to bring you an interactive format, where exchange of experience and information is alternated with captivating workshops, engaging debates and roundtables, time set aside for getting to know each other and for discussing common future projects and initiatives, all in a warm, relaxed, egalitarian atmosphere.

A chance to network with international professionals – the beauty of our interdisciplinary events is that they bring together professionals from all over the world and from various fields of activity, all joined together by a shared passion. Not only will the exchange of experience, knowledge and stories be extremely valuable in itself, but we seek to create lasting, ever-growing communities around our projects, which will become a valuable resource for those belonging to them.

A chance to be part of constructing change – There is only one thing we love as much as promoting knowledge: promoting real, lasting social change by encouraging our participants to take collective action, under whichever form is most suited to their needs and expertise (policy proposals, measuring instruments, research projects, educational materials, etc.) We will support all such actions in the aftermath of the event as well, providing a platform for further discussions, advice from the experts on our Project Advisory Team and various other tools and intellectual resources, as needed.

An opportunity to discuss things that matter to you – Our events are not only about discussing how things work in the respective field, but also about how people work in that field – what are the struggles, problems and solutions professionals have found in their line of work, what are the areas where better communication among specialists is needed and how the interdisciplinary approach can help bridge those gaps and help provide answers to questions from specific areas of activity.

An unforgettable experience – When participating in a Progressive Connexions event, there is a good chance you will make some long-time friends. Our group sizes are intimate, our venues are comfortable and relaxing and our event locations are history-laden and suited to the event.

What to Send
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring together academics, professionals, practitioners, NGO’s, voluntary sector workers, in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, panels, q&a’s, etc.

300 word reviews of your proposed contribution (paper abstracts, proposals for workshops, collaborative works or round tables, overviews of artistic projects or any other relevant forms of participation you are interested in) should be submitted by Friday, 11 May 2018.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Advisory Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday, 25 May 2018.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday, 7 September 2018.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Storytelling and Trauma Submission

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Organising Chair: Cristina Santos: cristina@progressiveconnexions.net

Project Administrator: budapeststory@progressiveconnexions.net

Ethos
Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal for presentation.

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and fees.

Enquiries: budapeststory@progressiveconnexions.net

For further details and information please visit the conference website: http://www.progressiveconnexions.net/interdisciplinary-projects/health-and-illness/storytelling-and-trauma/conference/

CFP – Home in Children’s and Young Adult Literature From the Alpl to the WWW

Call for Papers
Home in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Alpl to the WWW
Conference venue: PH Steiermark / University College of Teacher Education Styria, Aula, Hasnerplatz 12, 8010 Graz
Conference date: Friday, November 23, from 14:00, to Saturday, November 24, 2018, 18:00

Home has always played an ambivalent part in children’s and young adult literature. In adventure stories, home can be a starting point and destination for a journey towards maturity and independence or a place to which young protagonists have to flee in order to make themselves a new home. In the English language, “home” is both a term to describe a location in which one feels “at home,” as well as the place from which one originates, whereas in the German language, the term “Heimat” has been subjected to racist and nationalist discourses that persist despite more recent attempts at reclaiming the concept.

In 2018, we commemorate the anniversaries of both birth and death of Austrian writer Peter Rosegger (1843-1918), whose work, set around the idyllic mountainous Alpl area of Styria, lends itself ideally for an analysis of the ideological connotations of the concept of home. Various positions can be found in and towards his work: a critical perceptiveness, a rejection of violence, a failure to distance himself from antisemitism, a rejection by the German nationals, and a posthumous appropriation by the national socialists. These coexisting discourses lend themselves for a critical analysis, as regards both Rosegger’s work for children and its role in learning contexts.

At this conference, we will set these critical results side by side with analyses of more recent texts for young readers that focus on constructions of home: realistic representations of topographical and social spaces that depict an oftentimes problematic home, the traumatic loss and imaginary recreation of old homes, or the difficulties of arriving and finding one’s place. While heroes and heroines of postapocalyptic dystopias create new homes to escape from oppressive regimes, fantasy protagonists fight dark powers that threaten the preindustrial landscapes they inhabit, and futuristic settings demonstrate how technology allows young people to build homes in virtual realities.

In order to analyse these and other facets of home in children’s and young adult literature and multimodal narratives, we would like to invite experts from the fields of children’s literature, history, cultural studies and literature education to submit proposals for 20-minute presentation or a poster.

Please submit 300-500 word abstracts for your presentation or poster in German or English by May 7, 2018. Please include a short bio of max. 100 words. Address both to oegkjlf@univie.ac.at with the subject line “Home conference 2018.” We will be in touch in early June; the programme will be made available towards the end of June 2018.

Organisers: German Academy of Literature for Children and Young Readers (Volkach, Germany), Department for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Research at the Goethe-University (Frankfurt/Main, Germany), KiJuLit-Centre for Research and Teaching of Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the PH Steiermark (Graz, Austria), and the Austrian Association for Research into Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Vienna, Austria)

Partners: Austrian Forum for Teaching Literature (Vienna, Austria)

CFP – Children, Youth, and International Television

This is a call for submissions to a collection critically examining children in international (i.e. non-American) television. Programs may include those targeted to children, or those targeted to adults but prominently featuring children. We invite submissions on programs from Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Australasia, Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East. These chapters will explore how international television has been a significant conduit for the public consumption of changing ideas about children and childhood, and will connect relevant events, attitudes, or anxieties within their respective countries of origin to an analysis of children or childhood in international programs. This volume will function as a companion to our collection Children, Youth, and American Television (Routledge, forthcoming). We welcome submissions from a range of disciplines and theoretical perspectives, including television studies, cultural studies, childhood studies, critical race studies, gender studies, sociology, and social history.

Please submit a 500 word abstract, current contact information along with a brief biography as attachments in Word to both Debbie Olson at debbieo@okstate.edu and Adrian Schober at beatles9@optusnet.com.au by 30 April 2018. The deadline for finished essays (which should not exceed 8,000 words, inclusive of references, using Chicago notes style) is 30 November 2018.

Debbie Olson has a PhD in English: Screen Studies from Oklahoma State University and is Assistant Professor of English at Missouri Valley College. She is the author of Black Children in Hollywood Cinema and has edited or co-edited several collections on children and media, including The Child in World Cinema (2018), Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg (2016), The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema (2015) and Children, Youth, and American Television (Routledge, forthcoming). She is the founder/editor-in-chief of Red Feather: An International Journal of Children in Popular Culture and Series Editor for Lexington’s Children and Youth in Popular Culture Series.

Adrian Schober, who has a PhD in English from Monash University, Australia, has published widely on the child figure in cinema and literature. He is the author of Possessed Child Narratives in Literature and Film: Contrary States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and co-editor (with Debbie Olson) of Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg (Lexington Books, 2016) and Children, Youth, and American Television (Routledge, forthcoming). He is also Senior Editor on the board of Red Feather: An International Journal of Children in Popular Culture and is on the advisory board for Lexington Books’ Children and Youth in Popular Culture Series.

Contact Info:
Debbie Olson, debbieo@okstate.edu
Adrian Schober, beatles9@optusnet.com.au

CFP – 2019 SHCY Conference: Encounters and Exchanges

SHCY 2019 Conference CFP: 26-28 June, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia
Conference Theme: “Encounters and Exchanges”
Proposal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Society for the History of Children and Youth invites proposals for panels, roundtables, workshops or papers that explore histories of children and youth from any place and in any era. We particularly encourage proposals for complete sessions, rather than individual papers, and we are particularly interested in proposals which explore a theme or idea across diverse chronological or geographical settings. We also strongly encourage panels, workshops and roundtables which propose innovative presentation styles, particularly those which show that they will promote discussion and interactive exchanges of ideas.

We also invite all proposals to consider how their work might build on the 2019 conference theme: “Encounters and Exchanges.” The theme invites reflection on the many ways in which relational interactions shape the experience and understandings of childhood and youth. Given the conference’s location, proposals might consider the significance of geography, nation, culture or place, but they could also conceptualise the theme more broadly. How do we understand personal relationships with parents, siblings and friends? How do states, schools and religious institutions interact with children and young people? How do larger forces like colonialism and empire shape the opportunities for encounters and exchanges between children across time and place? How do we encounter our own memories of childhood? How do particular theoretical frameworks or interdisciplinary studies invite deeper exploration of the conference theme?

Proposals which consider the potential of scholars of children and youth to make impactful exchanges beyond academia are also encouraged. What role can history play in developing government policy? How have/do historical experts approach the court room? What is the future of digital history, and other innovations which seek to present history in new ways and make it accessible to wider audiences? How can academic studies impact the school classroom—and vice versa? How do we write children and youth into national histories? How does history place itself in conversation with art, film and literature? What are the other exchanges and encounters you see as critical for the future of the history of children and youth?

The SHCY 2019 biannual international conference is especially focused on enabling the participation of people from across the globe, and is therefore mindful of keeping the conference costs very modest. Australian Catholic University is supporting the conference by funding some travel bursaries to assist students undertaking research degrees to attend the conference. These will be awarded based on merit and need. Please see the submission guidelines for further details.

Submission Guidelines

We will give priority to submissions of complete sessions (panels, workshops, roundtables etc.), and we encourage sessions with diverse national representation. Individual papers will also be considered, but we urge you to recruit members for complete sessions and to make use of the many networks in the history of childhood and youth, for example, H-Childhood.

Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and, in line with the conference theme, “Encounters and Exchanges”, we particularly encourage ample discussion time. As a minimum, fifteen minutes should be reserved for audience discussion. In lieu of formal discussants, the Program Committee suggests that complete panel session organizers identify Chairs who can facilitate engagement with the session audience.

Complete Session Proposals:

In order to be considered for the program, proposals must be received no later than Wednesday, 30 May, 2018. They should include the following information:

1. Session title and 100-word session summary
2. The session organizer’s name, department, institution, address, and e-mail address
3. The following information for all participants:
–Names and roles (eg. paper-presenter and/or Chair)
–department and institution
–address and e-mail address
4. 250-word abstract for each paper (or summary of each presenter’s contribution where the session is not structured around formal individual papers)
5. 1 page CV for each participant
6. Clearly identify any participants who wish to be considered for a student travel bursary, and for those people also supply:
–The title the degree you are completing
–The institution where you are enrolled
–Any other funds available to support your conference attendance (e.g. from your institution or other travel scholarships)
–An estimate of the cost of airfares between your home city and Sydney.
7. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for your session.

Individual Paper Proposals:

In order to be considered for the program, individual paper proposals must be received no later than Wednesday, 30 May, 2018. They should include the following information:

1. Name of presenter, institutional affiliation, address and email.
2. Title of individual paper
3. 250-word abstract of paper
4. 1 page CV for presenter
5. Clearly identify if you wish to be considered for a student travel bursary, and if so supply:
–The title the degree you are completing
–The institution where you are enrolled
–Any other funds available to support your conference attendance (e.g. from your institution or other travel scholarships)
–An estimate of the cost of airfares between your home city and Sydney.
5. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for your paper.

Proposals should be gathered into one MS Word document and sent as an email attachment to SHCYconference@acu.edu.au.

The Program Committee will finalize decisions no later than Wednesday, 15 August 2018 – at which time we will notify the delegates. The program schedule will be available in early 2019.

Direct queries to the Co-chairs of the program committee:
Shurlee Swain shurlee.swain@acu.edu.au
Nell Musgrove nell.musgrove@acu.edu.au
Tamara Myers tam410@lehigh.edu
Kristine Moruzi kristine.moruzi@deakin.edu.au

Cologne Summer School: Virtual Children’s Media in a Global Perspective

Cologne Summer School
Virtual Children’s Media in a Global Perspective | Globale virtuelle Kindermedienwelten
3 – 16 September 2018 in Köln
Universität zu Köln | ALEKI | Seminarräume 12 und 13

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Gabriele von Glasenapp, Dr. Felix Giesa, Dr. Andre Kagelmann

Research perspective
As literary channels of communication are increasingly digitalised and virtualised, the study of children’s and young adult literatue should be recalibrated towards a more encompassing concept of children’s and young adult culture and media studies. So far, however, this has been limited to isolated endeavours often limited in scope, lacking a more systematic approach. Further complications arise from the fact that many relevant products on the German market are translated from other languages.

While this “transnational flow” has well been recognised, its processual logics have yet to be charted in detail. Both aspects – a transnational flow and a transmedia expansion of narrative worlds – fundamentally alter the experiential worlds of children and young adults, including new practices of appropriation and consumption such as booktubes, online collections of solutions for computer games, or the integration of narrative computer games and social media. Existing academic work based on comparative transmedia and/or transnational paradigms provides first steps towards a more fundamental shift of perspective, paving the way for children’s and young adult culture and media studies.

These approaches form the bedrock of our summer school. Tracing the transdimensional quality of changing mediascapes, we propose a research design which combines perspectives from traditional philology, studies in children’s and young adult fiction and transmedia narratology as well as transnational and visual culture studies. The summer school thus aims to foster a deeper understanding of globalised virtual media worlds as targeted at children and young adults, and simultaneously, to sharpen the theoretical profile of studies in children’s and young adult literature research in an age of transnational media convergence. In this vein, it will bring together accomplished experts, excellent junior researchers and students.

We intend to synthesise and present our results in a basic handbook, to be published in both digital open access and print-on-demand mode. Compiled by means of a collaborative book sprint, six longer essays based on the keynotes will be complemented by around twenty shorter articles.

Confirmed keynote speakers so far include Prof.Dr.med. Benjamin Beil (Games Studies, UzK) and Prof.Dr. Michael Staiger (Visual Children’s and Young Adult Media, UzK). In addition, we are planning a full-day workshop with a transmedia artist.

Call for Applications
We invite applications from graduate and PhD students as well as excellent BA students doing (or planning) transmedia or transnational work on children’s and young adult media. While the general focus is within the humanities, the summer school aspires to a cover as broad a range of topics as possible, including aspects which have previously been neglected. We are thus not including a predefined list of possible topics.

Applicants are expected to provide proof of their academic excellence, and will have to submit a letter of motivation (one page), a CV and a detailed proposal (three pages) outlining their ongoing or planned project as relevant to the summer school. In accordance with the general profile of Cologne Summer Schools, there should be an equal number of national and international students. Participation is limited to twenty places. Conference languages will be English and German.

We might be able to cover travel expenses, contingent on funding. While accommodation will be organised privately by the participants, we will try to arrange couch-surfing options with Cologne students.

Please submit your application (Transcript of Records, Letter of Motivation, Curriculum Vitae and project proposal) by 30 April, 2018: Imke Pitro-Riedel (imke.pitro-riedel@uni-koeln.de). Successful applicants will by notified by the end of May.

The conference fee is 150,00€ (100,00 € for students of the University of Cologne).

Call for Chapters – Kids, Inc. to Andi Mack: The Disney Channel’s Tween Programming

Call for Chapter Proposals

“Kids, Inc. to Andi Mack: The Disney Channel’s Tween Programming” is a proposed interdisciplinary, multi-contributer volume examining the nature, history, and legacy of The Disney Channel’s programming for tweens from 1984 to present.

While The Walt Disney Company and its media texts (particularly its films) have been the subject of countless books and journal articles, little if any attention has been paid specifically to the Disney Channel, and particularly to its shows aimed at the tween market. When focus has been turned to the relationship between tweens and Disney, it has been almost exclusively production and distribution-based: how Disney markets to tweens, what tweens want to consume, and so on. This volume aims to build a picture of the “Disney Tween Universe” that is constructed on the Disney channel by examining, deconstructing, and interpreting the shows themselves.

What type of people make up the Disney tween universe – who is considered important within that universe? Does it exhibit racial and gender diversity? What types of stories are being told? How has that universe shifted over time? What, if any, changes have been made in the way Disney presents to tweens? Most importantly, what has this meant and continues to mean for tween audiences over the past 30+ years?

Submissions are welcomed that contribute directly to media studies, women’s and ethnic studies, feminist studies, sociology, psychology, history or related fields. Chapters should be both historical and deconstructive/interpretive in nature.

Please note that only live-action fictional programming is being considered, not animated programming or game shows.

Recommended topics/programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Disney Channel development timeline/history (moving from premium to basic cable)
  • Early Disney Channel tween programming (Kids Incorporated, Good Morning Miss Bliss, etc.)
  • The “Timberlake Era” (All-New Mickey Mouse Club, Flash Forward, etc.)
  • Late 90s Era (The Famous Jett Jackson, So Weird, etc.)
  • The “Raven Era” (Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, That’s So Raven, etc.)
  • The “Miley Era” (Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, etc.)
  • Early 2000s Era (Good Luck Charlie, Jessie, Austin & Ally, etc.)
  • The “Revival” (Liv and Maddie, Girl Meets World, Bunk’d, etc.)
  • The “Zendeya Era” (K.C. Undercover, Stuck in the Middle, Bizaardvark, Andi Mack, etc.)

Topics could cover programs individually, or deal with an Era as a whole construct.

You are invited to submit a Word document with a brief bio of the author(s) (no more than 250 words, including titles and affiliations), the title of the proposed chapter, and an abstract (500-800 words). Proposals should be submitted via email attachment to Dr. Christopher Bell (cbell3@uccs.edu) by May 1, 2018. Invited authors will need to submit full text by October 1, 2018. Final chapter length will be 5000-6000 words, and submitted chapters should not have been previously published, as the book will be peer reviewed.

CFP – Sociocultural Dimensions of Childhood

International Conference
Sociocultural Dimensions of Childhood
October 26-28, 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria
Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum
https://childhoodconference2018.wordpress.com/

The researches in the field of childhood recently attracted the attention of a wide range of specialists in the sphere of history, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, literature, legal studies, etc., resulting in the creation of an innovative interdisciplinary research cooperation. With the advancement of scholarly achievements, topics like age and life cycle, gender and family, social development and culture, human rights and children at risk, policies and social practices, become a central focus of interest. Crossing the methodological limits, scientists explore the historical, political, social and cultural development of children in the structures and contexts characteristic of different historical periods and geographical areas.

Guided by the belief that the study on childhood is one of the most important problems of the present day, the organizers aim to initiate a scientific dialogue within the framework of an international conference on the subject and to outline new perspectives for the analysis of historical and contemporary pictures of childhood at local, national, global, and intercultural level. The expectation is that such forum will accommodate research cases which will allow scholars to highlight this field and create conditions for its conceptualization in the new political, social and scientific contexts of our time. While discussions remain open to other topics, the conference intends to give rise to debates in several main thematic fields:

  • Childhood and Adolescence in European History, Politics and Culture;
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Childhood. Theoretical and Methodological Aspects;
  • In the World of Children;
  • Children Within and Outside the Family: Parents, Relatives, Coevals, Friends;
  • Children and Migration. Socialization and Acculturation of Immigrant, Emigrant and Refugee Children;
  • Experiences and Memory of Childhood. War, Violence, Trauma;
  • Childhood and Folklore;
  • Children’s and Teenage Subculture: Past and Present;
  • Representation of Children and Childhood in European Cinema, Art, Music, Photography, and Literature;
  • Good Practices and Educational Policies in Raising and Upbringing of Children;
  • Disadvantaged Children and Children at Risk;
  • Children and the Museum.

In a special panel dedicated to the role and functions of the museum for the education and upbringing of children, for the first time an ‘on-line’ dialogue with representatives of the museums in the country will be carried out; by means of interactive presentations the local and regional museums will present their ideas and accomplishments in the field of museum work.

The broad international and interdisciplinary academic dialogue within the conference will provide an opportunity for presentation of theses, exchange of thoughts and discussion on current issues of the European societies. This dialogue among established and highly qualified and motivated young and senior researchers will contribute to enhance knowledge transfer and scientific ideas. The hosting of the conference by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum in Sofia – one of the leading Bulgarian research institutions, will support international cooperation in the field of humanities and social sciences. We hope to inspire and produce an interdisciplinary scientific discussion and a broad public debate on issues related to the rearing, upbringing and growing-up of the contemporary younger generation.

We encourage submissions by both established scholars and young scientists/advanced postgraduate students.

Please submit a proposal in English that contains your full name, e-mail address, institutional and disciplinary affiliation, the title of your paper and an abstract of not more than 300 words. The language of the conference is English.

Please send your proposals to the Secretary of the Organizing Committee Assist. Prof. Violeta Periklieva, PhD (childhoodconference2018@gmail.com).

The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 31, 2018.

Participants will be informed about the acceptance/rejection of their proposals by April 15, 2018.

Further information on the programme, the terms of the conference, the paper requirements as well as the accommodation in Sofia will be sent by the end of June 2018.

The organizers intend to publish a collection of selected papers after the conference.

Note: There is no participation fee. Due to financial restrictions, we are strongly encouraging the future participants to search for potential financial support from their sending institutions as well as to take advantage of the programmes for inter-academic exchange. Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

CFP – Special Issue of Social Sciences: Childhood and Society

Special Issue of Social Sciences: “Childhood and Society”
Guest Editor: Prof. Michael Wyness
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

The “social” turn in childhood studies in the late 20th century has challenged a powerful orthodoxy within the social science, moving our understanding of childhood away from narrowed schooled and developmental models towards more diverse and globalised conceptions. Moreover, the rights agenda, the international focus on the exploitation of children and the recurring concerns of global child poverty have generated a more globalised frame within which we can make sense of children’s lives. This is a multi-faceted often contradictory field of study. Issues of protection elide with a global agenda of entitlements. At the same time, political concerns for children’s wellbeing have to compete with conceptions of childhood and practices with children that highlight their social agency. The structure/agency antinomy is a recurring theme within the social studies of childhood.

A second and associated theme within the field is the shift from a modernist 20th century version of childhood towards a post-modern 21st conception of childhood. Research identifies important continuities between the two conceptions. There is also a developing body of work that explores more nuanced differences between the two: the subtle move from a dependent and “becoming” status towards an emphasis on social agency and legal and institutional independence. Arguably, now there is greater recognition children’s important and sometimes vital social and economic contributions.

A third cluster of ideas on the social nature of childhood is the heightened significance of generational relations. Generation has a greater theoretical importance now in studies of children and childhood. While it does not compete with grand narratives on social class and gender, analyses of social differentiation and inequality have been refined by work that explores the contemporary nature of relations between adults and children. At the same time, the contemporary importance of generational relations is also a reflection of greater adult fears and anxieties over children’s welfare. Social studies of childhood have responded to these claims through analyses of the ways that children in concert with adults refine as well as challenge generational relations.

In this Special Issue, we invite empirical and theoretical papers that engage with these contemporary research themes. Childhood is fundamentally a multi-disciplinary field of study. We welcome submissions from sociology, anthropology, politics, policy studies, criminology and technology. More specifically, these broad themes may be articulated through the following focal points and questions:

  • Continuity and change between 20th and 21st century conceptions of childhood
  • Contemporary conceptions of childhood innocence
  • Is there a global childhood?
  • Family structures and inter-generational relations: theoretical and empirical work on children’s changing social relations
  • Marginalised children: when does deviance become agency?
  • Generational relations and inequalities
  • Childhood and digital peer relations
  • Are children’s voices currently being heard?

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