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The Department of Childhood Studies puts the issues, concepts and debates that surround the study of children and childhoods at the center of its research and teaching missions. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the Department of Childhood Studies aims both to theorize and historicize the figure of the Child and to situate the study of children and childhoods within contemporary cultural and g

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Uncle Bobbie's Presents: bell hooks Symposium 09/12/2022

On Saturday, September 24, the country’s leading scholars, writers, activists, and cultural workers will spend the day honoring the legacy of bell hooks. Four panels will explore hooks’ ideas, writing, and personal impact through rich, honest, and accessible discussions.

Uncle Bobbie's Presents: bell hooks Symposium Join us for a day of discussion celebrating the life and teachings of bell hooks


Check out this fantastic opportunity to share your research!!! Abstract deadline November 14

EOI_ViewpointCG_Rushton_Dunlop.docx Intergenerational learning and dialogue and Children’s and Young People’s Climate Crisis Activism: principles, priorities, and approaches


Join us for the launch of our Centering Black Childhoods speaker series! We put scholars, activists and communities in conversation to uplift and center Black children's ways of knowing, playing, dreaming and loving, in order to create new, more just futures. This series features Dr. Camika Royal in conversation with Gaylene Gordon and Shakira King on Wednesday, March 9, 6-7:30pm over zoom. More details at
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PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Child Research (220693) | NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology 02/10/2022

Opportunity for a paid, 4 year PhD position in child research at NTNU in Trondheim Norway, check out details at

PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Child Research (220693) | NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology Job title: PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Child Research (220693), Employer: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2022


We're disappointed to announce that the upcoming book talk by Dr. John Wall, scheduled for November 12th, has been postponed. New date TBD soon, keep watching this space for updates!


We're so thrilled to welcome Dr. Crystal Webster for a talk on her new book 'Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children
in the Antebellum North'. Join us Monday, November 15th, 4:20-5:20 PM EST on zoom

About the book:
Beyond the Boundaries is a history of Black
childhood in the U.S. during historical periods and in geographic regions experiencing the profoundly
fraught shift from slavery to freedom. In this talk,
Crystal Webster will focus on the uses of Black
children's labor. As part of gradual emancipation,
whites indentured Black children, extending the
exploitation of Black, unfree labor specifically
through children. Webster's child-centered
framework exposes both the centrality of Black
children as historical subjects in the process of
emancipation in the North, as well as their unique
forms of resistance to the exploitation of their labor.

Atlanta Hub | | Tampere Universities 10/19/2021

We're so excited to have our very own Kat Martin, Halle Singh and Dr. Dan Cook presenting alongside other fantastic panelists at the 'Socialism, Capitalism, and Childhood: Material Lives and Mutual Imaginations' conference to be held on October 20-21. Check out the full program at

Atlanta Hub | | Tampere Universities Atlanta Hub Socialism, Capitalism, and Childhood: Material Lives and Mutual Imaginations 20-21 October 2021   Programme A conference held at Georgia State University and online, October 20-21, 2021 *All times are given in Eastern Standard Time* Wednesday, October 20 8:30-9:00 Arrival and welcome on...


This is tomorrow, we hope to see you there!


When these three postwar military brats and former Jr./High School classmates met for lunch in Philly in 2017, they discussed their shared experience as German born adoptees for the very first time. Hear their adoption / reunification testimonies in conversation with students at Davidson College:


Join us in welcoming our visiting scholar Dr. Flávia Pires, associate professor at Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, for a talk on 'The Politics of Children in Brazil'. Tuesday, October 5, 12:45-1:45 PM EST
Zoom link:

About the talk: Through drawing on a comprehensive ethnographic
research undertaken in three different settings between 2008-2020, this paper will focus on the contemporary politics
of childhood in Brazil. This research focused on the Programa Bolsa Família, a cash transfer program set in place to
alleviate poverty, increase school attendance and improve health of the population, especially children. This program
and others implemented by left wing governments have been under attack since the 2016 coup which toppled Dilma’s
presidency. The talk concentrates on the difficulties Brazilian children and their families are facing under a neo-fascist
government linked to armed forces, with a liberal economic agenda, and in a chaotic pandemic moment.

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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hillary Steinberg, postdoctoral fellow at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, for a talk entitled “Tragic or Triumphant: Constructing the Sick Child Through Charity.”

Join us on Tuesday October 19th 12:45-1:45pm
in Artis Building 101, 329 Cooper Street, Camden or over zoom:

About the talk:
When we picture a child in the hospital, we think of a sad but hopeful bald child in a bed next to a celebrity as a slow soft song swells in the background. In this presentation, I establish the cultural perception of the "sick child" from qualitative data collected in a major children's hospital. I argue that the microsociological process of gift-giving reflects the perceptions of the giver. Further, these gifts structure the Child, a white, upper middle class, gender conforming, school-age child who has “beaten” cancer as an apolitical recipient. However, the Sick Child is not obtainable for patients and the incongruence causes harm to pediatric patients.


Call for papers for a peer-reviewed, edited volume on 'Teaching with Fairy Tales'. Proposals are due on October 15, 2021, more details on the topic and timeline below:

cfp | call for papers Teaching with Fairy Tales is a collection of essays that discuss the many ways to use fairy tales and folklore in classrooms at all levels. We are soliciting contributions of chapters focusing on classroom uses for fairy tales and/or folklore in any field. While lessons for any level of education ar...

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: COVISION Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 09/01/2021

via Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group

A webinar on Children’s Images Online: Exploring Ethical Issues in Participatory Research Projects on September 15th, 13.00 - 14.00 (Irish Time)

Come and join a conversation on the ethics of using images of children, within and from participatory research with children.
A critical conversation including:
▪ Simon Bateson, Co-director Froebelian Futures and Early Childhood Research Associate, University of Edinburgh
▪ Ahmed Fasfous, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bethlehem University (Palestine)
▪ Marlies Kustatscher, Lecturer in Childhood Studies / Deputy Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland(CERES), University of Edinburgh
▪ Irene Rizzini, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and President of the International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at PUC-Rio
▪ Rabab Tamish, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Bethlehem University (Palestine)
▪ Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy, University of Edinburgh

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Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: COVISION Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. The COVISION project is funded by the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council, the project will explore the creative and innovative ways children have been responding to changes during the pandemic, and how their initiatives may help other children, particularly addressing their sense o...

Social reproduction theory revisited 07/29/2021

Check out this new paper co-authored by our very own faculty member Kate Cairns! It revisits social reproduction in education through feminist traditions, in an approach that attends to the work of students and teachers as the contested labour of social reproduction.

Social reproduction theory revisited (2021). Social reproduction theory revisited. British Journal of Sociology of Education. Ahead of Print.

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So excited to see our grad students presenting at the MAPACA 2021 conference, to be held virtually in November! 🎉 More about it at


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