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This symposium will provide a scholarly forum for a discussion of the lived experiences of children and the construction of modes of childhood in the context of the British world. The organisers are particularly interested in locating children, childhood and youth in a broader social context and in acknowledging young people as active historical agents.

South Asian Childhoods: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives Conference

This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for scholars studying diverse childhoods in South Asia. We also aim to enrich our understandings of contemporary children’s lives through historical perspectives.

History of Education Prizes

Here is a complete list if the 2012 Canadian History of Education Association prizes.



Special Education History wins Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to HCYG co-chair Jason Ellis for winning the 2012 Cathy James Memorial Dissertation Prize at the CHEA biennial meeting in Vancouver. Ellis's thesis written in the History Department at York University is entitled, "“‘Backward and Brilliant Children’: A Social and Policy History of Disability, Childhood, and Education in Toronto’s Special Education Classes, 1910 to 1945.” 


CFP: Childhood and Youth proposals wanted

Douglas College is hosting an international conference in association with BC Studies on the theme: Transforming British Columbia, May 2-4, 2013. They welcome paper proposals that explore all aspects of the cultures of childhood and young people in British Columbia and the transnational Pacific Coast.


Sponsored Panels at CHA

HCYG  is interested in sponsoring panels related to the history of children and youth at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the CHA to be held at the University of Victoria, June 3-5 2013.


Child Studies Job at Carleton University

The Child Studies Program in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor, to commence on July 1st, 2013.


New HCYG Email List via Google Groups

Do you want to stay up to date on HCYG news and announcements? Do you have a CFP or conference to advertise? Do you have questions and discussion topics for other researchers and instructors working on the history of children and youth? If so, join our new e-mail listserv HCYG_CHA via Google Groups. E-mail Tarah Brookfield at for an invite.


Strong-Boag's Fostering Nation Honoured

Veronica Strong-Boag has won the 2012 Canada Prize (Social Sciences) for her book Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage (WLU Press, 2011). Considered a “benchmark for outstanding scholarly work,” the Canada Prize, worth $2,500 in each category, is awarded annually by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS).


The Traffic in Babies Wins Two Prizes

Congratulations to HCYG member and former chair, Karen A. Balcom. Her 2011 monograph The Traffic in Babies:  Cross-Border Adoption and Baby-Selling between the United States and Canada, 1930-1972 was recognized for its scholarly achievement by organizations in Canada and the United States.


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