Towards an Anthropology of Childhood and Children: Ethnographic Fieldwork Diversity and Construction of a Field
March 9-11, 2011 - University of Liege (Belgium)
Coordinated by Élodie Razy, Charles-Édouard de Suremain, Véronique Pache
For decades, childhood and children were considered as a ‘small subject’ (Lallemand & Le Moal 1981). It is thus justified to wonder: ‘where have all the babies gone?’ (Gottlieb 2000) or: ‘why don’t anthropologists like children?’ (Hirschfeld 2003). Whereas interdisciplinary research centres and networks, Cultural Studies, courses, projects, and meetings on the theme multiply, we propose a critical overview of anthropological accounts on childhood and children. The conference will present how this field developed in social and human sciences according to different academic traditions.