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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Adrian Schober at email@example.com 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.