CFP – Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics

We invite you to participate in the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association by submitting a session proposal or paper to the Childhood and Youth Network of the SSHA. The conference will take place in Phoenix on November 8-11, 2018. For more information on the conference as well as the general call for proposals, please see the SSHA website: The deadline for full panel or individual paper proposals is February 16, 2018.

The association particularly emphasizes interdisciplinary and transnational research, and the annual meeting provides a very supportive environment in which to present new work. The theme of the 2018 conference is “Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics” though papers on any other aspects of the history of children and childhood are also certainly welcome. Some possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Children, Youth, and Political Movements 

  • Youth Empowerment, Resistance, and Activism 

  • Children and Conflict 

  • Child Rights and Governance 

  • Indigenous Childhoods and Children 

  • Children and Globalization 

  • Child Migrants and Refugees 

  • Children and the Environment 

  • Children and the Media 

  • Turning Points in Childhood History 

  • Youth and Commodification 

  • Spaces of Childhood
  • Children and Familial Relationships
  • Child Labor
  • Institutions/Institutionalization of Childhood
  • Schooling and Education

We especially encourage complete panels, which should include at least 4 papers and presenters from more than one academic institution and discipline. Other formats, including roundtable discussions and book sessions, are also possible. Please do get in touch with the network chairs if you have an idea for a session but need help gathering presenters.

Proposals can be submitted by means of a web conference management system
 at If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process. Graduate students presenting at the conference may apply for a travel grant from the SSHA (

If you have any questions, please contact the Children and Childhood network co-chairs:

Emily Bruce:
Elizabeth Dillenburg:
Mateusz Świetlicki: