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The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth

The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth will be hosted at the University of Nottingham. The theme of the conference will be 'Space and Childhood in History'.

The Program Committee invites scholars to submit proposals for formal panels, roundtable discussions, and research-in-progress workshops on any aspect of the histories of children and youth, from any place and in any era. Of particular interest are sessions that examine and compare how space and childhood are mutually constitutive in historically and geographically specific settings.

The call for papers is inspired by the French political philosopher Henri Lefebvre who posits that for any person, including children and youth, there is a dynamic rather than a static relationship between a physical place, its social make-up, and childhood as an ideal or imagined condition. The production of space, as Lefebvre famously insisted, happens in the physical world, the social world, and the imagined world. Scholars are asked to investigate space not just as a backdrop for the lived experiences of children but as a tangible, social, and discursive construction, which shapes and is shaped by the lives and experiences of children. The committee prefers proposals for complete sessions and panels that incorporate international representation and global perspectives but individual papers will also be considered.

Session guidelines

Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes. At least fifteen minutes should be reserved for audience discussion. This may mean fewer - or shorter -formal papers, entertaining comments from the audience rather than scheduling a formal commentator, etc.

Submitting proposals

In order to be considered for the program, proposals must be received no later than October 31, 2012. They should include the following information:

  1. Session title (or title of individual paper) 
  2. The session organiser’s name, department, institution, address, and e-mail address 
  3. The following information for all participants:
    - Names and roles (paper-presenter, chair, discussant, etc.)
    - department and institution
    - address and e-mail address
  4. 250-word abstract for each paper 
  5. 2-pp. CV for each participant 
  6. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for each session or paper.

All parts of the proposal should be gathered into one PDF document and sent as an email attachment to The program committee will finalise decisions no later than January 31, 2013.

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