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?

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging into this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

CFP – Special Issue of IRCL: Curating National Histories (Updated)

Paper Call for a Special Issue of International Research in Children’ Literature: Curating National Histories

Canonical, national, classic: all these terms imply quality with regard to children’s literature, but too often these labels ignore the forces of privileging a dominant group’s work over all others. Because the reifying of children’s literature means longer shelf-life, sales, and interest, the public curation of a nation’s children’s literature matters. An increase in global migration (for both economic and political reasons), shifting international relationships, and isolationist and nationalist movements around the world suggest that now is a useful moment to focus on the question of the composition of national children’s literatures. How are such histories compiled, and who has a stake in the creation, promotion, and maintenance of the idea of a national history of children’s literature? What voices are left out? Are there ways that non-dominant groups can usefully intervene in the curation process ensuring that a national children’s literature represents the nation? Guest editors Dr. Lucy Pearson, Dr. Aishwarya Subramanian, and Professor Karen Sands-O’Connor invite abstracts for papers on the theme of the curation of national histories of children’s literature. We are particularly interested in papers that consider how or if non-majority groups within a nation find space/place within the national conversation about children’s literature, and how different stakeholders (publishing, education, award committees, museums and archives) play a role in the creation and marketing of alternative voices in the national children’s literature story.

Papers will normally be 5000-7000 words in length; we may consider shorter submissions where these represent scholarship in emerging areas.

Abstracts due: 1 March 2018; completed papers 1 September 2018, publication July 2019.

Abstracts (300 words) and a short bio (150 words) should be submitted to IRCL.National.Literatures@gmail.com.

CFP – Retrenching/Entrenching Youth: Mobility and Stasis in Youth Culture Representations on Screen

Conference Call: Retrenching/Entrenching Youth: Mobility and Stasis in Youth Culture Representations on Screen
University of Liverpool
4 – 5 June 2018

Confirmed Keynotes:
Professor Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Timothy Shary, Southern New Hampshire University
Professor Karen Lury, University of Glasgow

In recent years the expansion of free trade, globalization and freedom of movement, has facilitated the emergence of immigrant youths who view themselves as transnational citizens (Maira 2004). Often travelling as tourists, migrant workers or students, these young people seek to live in different countries, experience new cultures, see new places, form new communities and/or find adventure. This freedom of movement has been reflected in young people’s films such as Love, Rosie; The Dreamers; An Education; What If; The Fault in Our Stars; Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants; The Inbetweeners Movie; Call Me By Your Name; Copenhagen; Bekas; Una Noche; Twilight: New Moon; Pitch Perfect 2; Pitch Perfect 3; Everything is Illuminated and Eurotrip; in television programmes such as Gossip Girl (season 4); Gilmore Girls (season 5); One Tree Hill (season 9); Degrassi: The Next Generation (Season 8) and Skins (season 2); as well as in Netflix series like Gilmore Girls (“A Year in the Life”).

The flow of media, goods and people across national borders and the formation of online communities have seen youth culture embedded within both national and global trends and happenings. Yet, As Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas, and Mark Miller note, “the growth of transnational society has given rise to novel challenges” (17). The strain of these challenges has been seen in both the Brexit and Trump campaigns and surprised victories, with immigration and tighter border control serving as a central issue in both campaigns. While in the British referendum and the American presidential election young people more commonly voted to remain in the European Union and against Trump and his values, this generation now faces tightening borders and heightened nationalism. In this conference, we aim to explore how contemporary youth culture has been shaped by these and other earlier developments such as, the global financial crisis, the increased visibility of terrorism in the West, and the intersecting ways in which industrial, economic, social, cultural and political factors have affected the representation of young people’s stasis and mobility on screen. Papers, panels and workshops are invited on but not limited to:

  • Youth Culture and (Trans)National Identity
  • Beyond Borders: Youth Culture and Online Communities
  • Travel in Contemporary Youth Film and Television
  • Youth Culture and the Media
  • Youth Literature and Travel
  • Group Commitment and Boundaries among Young People
  • The Changing Landscape of Borders and Youth Culture
  • Youth Culture and Brexit
  • Youth Culture and Trump
  • Youth Culture in the European Union

Please send queries and abstracts of 250-350 words, along with a brief bio of no more than 100 words, to katherine.whitehurst@liverpool.ac.uk by 18 March 2018. The conference chairs are Dr. Yannis Tzioumakis and Dr. Katherine Whitehurst at the University of Liverpool. Conference details can be obtained at: https://commsmedialiverpool.wordpress.com.

CFP – Edited Collection: Essays on John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert

Edited Collection: Essays on John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
Katherine Ellison
Contact: keellis@ilstu.edu
Deadline: 500-1,000 word abstracts due by July 1, 2018

Abstracts are solicited for an edited collection on the collaborations of John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert, philologists, medievalists and early modernists, and cryptologists who worked as a duo on a number of groundbreaking projects from the eight volume Text of the Canterbury Tales to the Waberski Cipher. The goal of this volume is to survey the diverse body of work the two scholars created together across their careers, giving equal attention to their literary and cryptology expertise as well as their contributions to early composition and writing studies, linguistics, archival studies and bibliography, and educational theory. We are also interested in essays that analytically discuss the scholars’ personal lives and both private and professional relationships, for example with William and Elizebeth Friedman, George Fabyan, Elizabeth Wells Gallup, John Dewey, etc. As Chair of the University of Chicago English department, editor of Modern Philology, President of the Modern Language Association, and second-in-command of the Military Intelligence Division, section 8 (MI-8) during WWI, Manly’s institutional influences were wide, and Rickert led alongside him, often without deserved acknowledgement. This volume will bring together multiple perspectives on their careers and contributions to a wide range of fields, acknowledging a century of evolving scholarly reception of and speculations about their projects and collaborations.

We seek essays on all of the following topics, as well as intersections and influences not here identified:

  • the history of the highly reputable journal, Modern Philology, which Manly edited from 1908-1930;
  • Manly and Rickert’s training of students in paleography and influences on the future of that study;
  • the 8-volume Text of the Canterbury Tales and work in Chaucer studies;
  • contributions to scholarship on Shakespeare, including but not limited to their work toward debunking the Shakespeare-Bacon theory;
  • pedagogical materials in teaching beginning researchers and students archival and bibliographical methods;
  • pedagogical materials concerning composition and writing studies, including but not limited to The Writing of English (1919) and The Writer’s Index (1923);
  • pedagogical materials in the teaching and anthologizing of literature, such as Contemporary British Literature (1921), Contemporary American Literature (1922), and New Methods for the Study of Literature (1927), and the influences of their methods on the future of literary theory, particularly formalism, theories of authorship, and canonization and classification;
  • cryptology work on particular ciphers and development of methodologies;
  • general impact on early twentieth-century intelligence and military strategy;
  • creative writing projects, like Rickert’s The Reaper (1904), The Folly (1906), The Golden Hawk (1907), numerous short stories, and influences on fields like children’s literature;
  • institutional reform efforts for changing public and higher education; for example, ensuring equity in education, strengthening the interaction of the sciences and the humanities, or developing the English Studies model, which integrates rhetoric, writing, linguistics, literary studies, and the other disciplines of language;
  • the contexts of Manly and Rickert’s work within Midwestern Social Darwinist, Progressive, and agrarian Populist politics;
  • reformation of the functions of the Modern Language Association;
  • influences on models of collaborative scholarship and authorship;
  • Manly and Rickert’s actual teaching of and interactions with students; for example, Rickert was well known for her experimental teaching of contemporary literature, which she published in 1927 as New Methods for the Study of Literature.

Abstracts of 500-1000 words, with citations in Chicago style, should be sent via email to Prof. Katherine Ellison, Department of English, Illinois State University, at keellis@ilstu.edu by July 1, 2018. Please send original proposals not under consideration in other venues.

CFP – Ancient Literature, Shahnameh “Epic of Kings,” and the Child

Ancient Literature, Shahnameh “Epic of Kings” and the Child
The First International Conference
10 May 2018, Mashhad, Iran
Organized by Dr. Khaleghi Mutlagh, world-renowned scholar and researcher of Shahnameh, professor at University of Hamburg, and managing director of Ferdowsi Foundation, and Professor Kanani, researcher and director of Ferdowsi Foundation

The Shahnameh, also transliterated as Shahnama, is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran.

Possible topics for this conference include:

  • Familiarity of children with the literature of their homeland
  • Familiarity of migrant children with literature of their parents’ homeland
  • Rewriting of ancient literature for children

Abstracts and articles plus a biography of max. 100 words should be sent to: bonyadeferdowsi@gmail.com.

Abstracts are due on 28 February 2018, and articles are due on 30 March 2018.

Those being selected will be guests of Ferdowsi Foundation for two days, and the selected articles will be translated for publication in international magazines and presented to related academic centres.

For more information, please visit the Ferdowsi Foundation website: http://bonyadferdowsitous.ir/.

Inquiries can be sent to Masoumeh Mousavian: masoomemoosavian12@gmail.com.

CFP – Special Issue of Belas Infieis: Translation Studies and Children’s Literature

Call For Papers
Translation Studies And Children’s Literature

The consolidation of Translation Studies as a field of scholarly research, in the 1980s, is contemporary to the publishing of two pioneering works regarding children’s literature and translation: Gita Klingberg’s Children’s Fiction in the Hands of the Translators and Zohar Shavit’s Poetics of Children’s Literature, both from 1986. From then on, in Brazil and abroad, important events have taken place and numerous works have been dedicated to this subject, including monographs, theses, dissertations, articles, and books. Some of the themes that have arisen in the most recent events and publications are: (1) history of translation for children; (2) translating picture books and multimodality; (3) adaptations for children; (4) problems in translating cultural elements; (5) translation and morals; (6) the translator’s voice; (7) the child reader’s image; (8) the double addressee in translation of children’s literature, among others. Following up these advances, and aiming at cooperating with the consolidation of this field in Brazil, we invite researchers to present contributions in the form of articles, reviews, translations and interviews that discuss some of the above-mentioned topics, or others regarding translation and children’s literature.

Editors:
Professor Álvaro Faleiros, Ph.D – University of São Paulo, Brazil
Professor Germana Henriques Pereira, Ph.D – University of Brasília, Brazil
Lia Araujo Miranda de Lima – Ph.D student; University of Brasília, Brazil

Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2019

All contributions must be sent only through the system of Revista Belas Infiéis: http://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/belasinfieis

For further information, please check the “Author Guidelines”: http://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/belasinfieis/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

CFP – Selling Childhood (MLA 2019)

Call for Papers
Modern Language Association Convention
Chicago, IL
January 3 – 6, 2019

Selling Childhood

Arguably, Western culture has been selling the concept of childhood from its inception. In the eighteenth century, figures like John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau persuaded their peers to buy the new idea that childhood constituted a distinct phase of human development.

Selling childhood quickly expanded from the realm of ideological persuasion to the one of consumer capitalism. After all, if childhood constituted its own unique period in the human life cycle, then it had unique material needs. During the nineteenth century, a large and lucrative industry of books, clothes, toys, and household items emerged to cater to the new specialty market of children.

By the dawn of the twentieth century, childhood was being sold in a myriad of ways: as nostalgia, as political rhetoric, and—amidst the rise of postwar youth culture—as coolness.

In the new millennium, the selling of childhood has reached a scale that is unprecedented in human history. Throughout Western culture, young people occupy the vanguards of material, popular, and consumer culture. Furthermore, after centuries of childhood commonly being sold as innocence, it has increasingly been marketed as sexiness.

Of course, during all of these eras, childhood has been sold not simply figuratively, but literally: via child labor, child trafficking, and child exploitation.

This guaranteed panel session examines the long, rich, and complicated history of selling childhood in the West. In so doing, it brings together past and present notions of this concept as an ideological, cultural, and, of course, capitalist commodity. How have Western concepts of childhood been regarded as transactional, from an intellectual, economic, historic, and/or socio-political standpoint? How has childhood been packaged, marketed, and sold over the centuries? Just as importantly, who has been buying it? Finally, how have technological developments—from photography and television to computers and smart phones—both helped to facilitate and provided sites of resistance to this phenomenon?

In considering responses to these and other questions, this panel invites examinations from a wide array of disciplines, including literature, popular culture, education, philosophy, childhood studies, economics, comics studies, media studies, age studies, sociology, cultural studies, political science, and history.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • the selling of childhood as a highly raced, classed, gendered, and sexualized construct
  • the commodification of children’s literature and childhood culture
  • the role that technology has played in the way that childhood has been marketed, commodified, and consumed: photography, film, radio, television, computers, the internet, smart phones, YouTube, etc.
  • the use of children and childhood to sell products, ideas, and political agendas
  • marketing, advertising, and packaging intended for children
  • child trafficking
  • the selling of childhood as nostalgia to adults
  • modes of resistance to selling childhood—how have individuals, groups, movements, cultures, and even young people themselves questioned, challenged, and even outright rejected this phenomenon
  • the hegemonic promotion of specific understandings of childhood in certain time periods, cultures, nations, regions, and communities
  • children and consumerism; the child consumer
  • the relationship between selling and exploiting childhood
  • the longstanding use of child characters in comics as a means to sell newspapers
  • the radically different ways that childhood has been intellectually, economically, and culturally sold over the centuries: as innocence, as coolness, as sexy, etc.
  • child labor
  • shifting ideological understandings of childhood and their battles for ascendency

Send 500-word paper proposals and a 2-page CV by March 1, 2018 to Michelle Ann Abate, abate.30@osu.edu. Accepted panelists must become members of MLA by April 1, 2018.

CFP – Sesame Street at 50 (MLA 2019)

Call for Papers: Sesame Street at 50 (MLA, 2019)
Deadline: March 15, 2018

In 1969, Sesame Street made its debut on PBS in the U.S. It has since become not just an American institution, but an international one — broadcast in 150 countries, and in over 30 languages. This show — as cross-media and transnational phenomenon — is thus an ideal subject for the Modern Language Association’s textual transactions theme, as it invites us to think transnationally about “intellectual, artistic, and pedagogical work.” This panel invites papers on Sesame Street as a site of transaction — creative, cultural, educational. Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  • How the programme’s many international iterations interact with the original concepts and their particular audience.
  • The show’s many political initiatives, both within and beyond the U.S. Since the first international co-productions in 1972 (Brazil’s Vila Sesamo and Mexico’s Plaza Sesamo), co-productions throughout the show’s history have promoted many social justice initiatives through Sesame Workshop International, including the introduction of HIV positive muppet Kami in the South African version (Takalini Sesame), and the Kosovo co-production (Rruga Sesam/Ulica Sezam) that supported the peace process between Albanian and Serbian children.
  • How Sesame Street’s many changes in the past five decades respond to the media landscape it inhabits. Sesame Street now has a popular YouTube channel, and as of 2016 its first-run episodes air on HBO, not PBS.
  • How the Muppets’ comic mode of engagement often upends the concept of a distinct audience constituted solely of child viewers, and challenges protectionist discourses around what are considered “appropriate” media texts produced for young audiences. While the history of Sesame Street has situated the Muppets as part of a public mandate geared at preschool children (Davis; Reimer), the parodic, vaudevillian, and often subversive humor that characterizes the Muppets (Abate; Schildcrout) have been central features throughout the history of Sesame Street’s programming.
  • How Sesame Street inhabits a dynamic position within popular culture, particularly how characters have been remixed and/or deployed politically (for example, Bert and Ernie and marriage activism).
  • Sesame Street‘s role as a surrogate caregiver, especially via its recognition of the complex emotional lives of children. Beginning with the death of Will Lee (the actor who played Mr. Hooper) in 1983, Sesame Street has been a leader in children’s television for dealing with serious subjects: death, down syndrome, autism, loss and grief following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, children with incarcerated parents, children in military families coping with a parent’s deployment.

If accepted by the MLA, the panel will convene at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, which will be held from January 3 to 6, 2019.

Send 1-page abstract and 2-page CV by March 15, 2018 to Philip Nel (philnel@ksu.edu) and Naomi Hamer ( Posted in calls for papers

CFP – Special Issue of Feast: Consuming Children

Call for contributions: academic papers and creative writing

Food is a powerful and versatile force in children’s literature, standing in for familial love, sexual relationships, deprivation and excess, denial, shame and control. For Consuming Children, Feast is seeking academic papers and creative writing that explore the use of food and its significance in Children’s Literature. The editors are particularly interested in pieces that examine the tension between children as consumers and children as consumables, recognising that the figure of the child can perform as both actor and goal in food-related transactions. Taking the broadest possible definition of children’s literature/culture, they are particularly interested in papers that respond to social issues encouraging articles and creative writing on topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Empirical or archival research presenting children’s perspectives on food
  • Children as consumers of food
  • The relationship between food and the commodification of children/childhood
  • Representations of disordered eating in children’s literature/culture
  • Representations of food (in)security and inequality in children’s literature/culture
  • Representations of children’s control or lack of control over consumption
  • Food as reward/denial of food; issues of childhood and food as pleasure/punishment
  • Illustrations and other visual representations of food in children’s books

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 6PM 12 MARCH 2018 for full academic articles of 5000–6000 words or pieces of creative writing of up to 3000 words.

For further information regarding academic submissions please contact Sarah Hardstaff: sflh2@cam.ac.uk

For further information regarding creative writing submissions please contact: info@feastjournal.co.uk

CFP – Remix, Reconcile, Remediate, Represent: New Research Snapshots from the Field of Young People’s Cultures

The Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP) is holding a research symposium at Ryerson University on March 9, 2018. This symposium will include presentations by leading scholars in the field of young people’s cultures, and provide opportunities for graduate students (and recent grads) to workshop and receive feedback on their research.

The day will include both thematic presentation panels (with 20-minute papers) and work-in-progress roundtables featuring shorter presentations around key research questions and research in progress (10 minutes each) with time for discussion, feedback and dialogue.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Remixes, remediations, and adaptations of literary and other young people’s texts
  • Digital fan cultures of young people including remixes, fan art, and fan fiction
  • Cross-media representations of Indigeneity in young people’s texts and cultures
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action with a focus on young people
  • Remixing and remediating queer youth cultures and 2SLGBTQ+ texts
  • Critical race theory and youth activism
  • Remediations of young people’s texts through comics and graphic narratives
  • Research snapshots from new research about/with young people
  • Dynamic takes on key terms: Remix, reconcile, remediate, represent

Please submit an abstract (300 words), bio (100 words), and your preference of presentation format (20-minute research presentation or 10-minute talk about research questions/work in progress). We especially welcome submissions from graduate students and new scholars.

This is a great opportunity to discuss your research and network with emerging and established scholars in the interdisciplinary field of young people’s cultures. If you are interested in participating as a discussant or panel chair, please be in touch with the organizers via naomi.hamer@ryerson.ca.