20 de julho de 2011

Adolescent Ambassadors

March 23 - 24, 2012
Workshop at the GHI

German Historical Institute

Washington DC

Adolescent Ambassadors 
20th Century Youth Organizations and International Relations

This workshop seeks to add to the burgeoning historiography on non-state actors in international relations by focusing on youth and youth organizations. Parallel to the proliferation of inter- and transnational organizations around the turn of the century, Western scientists invented the concept of adolescence to demarcate an intermediate period between childhood and adulthood. The contention that adolescence was an unstable life phase, a developmental stage marked by extreme vitality and insecurity, persuaded policymakers across borders to establish domestic institutions designed to shape, educate, and improve an allegedly erratic youth. But...

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International Conference: Child Labour in the Past

The 2011 Fifth International Conference of theSociety for the Study of Childhood in the Past
Child Labour in the Past Children as economic contributors and consumers

University of Cambridge
Friday 30th September - Sunday 2nd October 2011

The 2011 Autumn conference of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past will be held in the University of Cambridge from Friday 30th September - Sunday 2nd October, when the theme will be Child Labour in the Past.  As in previous years, the conference will include sessions addressing the conference and on other aspect of recent research into of children and childhood in the past.

In 2011, the themed sessions will bring together scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines including History, Archaeology, Literature, Sociology and Anthropology to consider different aspects of children and work in the past, including children as economic contributors, children as consumers, the impact on children and society of working in childhood, and changing attitudes to working children. The aim will be to advance cross-cultural knowledge and understanding of childhood and children in the past, and in particular on the nature and impact of work performed by, or for, children in the past.

Speakers are attending from three continents and papers will range across the world from prehistory to the modern day, with a particular focus on the nineteenth century.

In providing this opportunity for scholars of childhood to present their work to an international, interdisciplinary audience, the SSCIP Conference aims to widen knowledge and generate new perspectives on existing knowledge about childhood in the past and to stimulate new avenues for future research.

To find out more and to register for the conference, visit www.sscip.org.uk or contact Dr Carenza Lewis at crl29@cam.ac.uk : McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3ER

CFP: Special Issue African Identities: Contemporary Youth Cultures in Africa

Late Modernity, Locality and Agency: Contemporary Youth Cultures in Africa

More than a decade and half ago, Donal Cruise-O’Brien (1996) had declared that the African youth were ‘a lost generation.’ This fatalistic summation of the fate of the African youth was perhaps for good reason. The enormous socio-economic and cultural forces surrounding the lives of young people in Africa were [and still are] simply daunting. And at the very core of this seemingly insurmountable socio-economic atmosphere are the pervasive unjust protocols of postcolonial regimes under which most African youth live. Indeed, more recent scholarship suggests that there is no respite yet for the African youth (See Abbink, Jon and Ineke Van Kessel 2005 & Alcinda Honwana and Filip De Boeck 2005). On account of the inclement socio-economic and political circumstances surrounding young people in the continent, what we are now witnessing across the entire continent is what Mamodou Douf (2003) describes as the “dramatic irruption of young people in both the domestic and public spheres,” putting young people at the very heart of the continent’s socio-economic and political imagination (Durham 2006).

But the challenges facing African youth are not peculiar to them. All over the world, the new sociology of youth points to a growing concern about the ramifications of globalization, late modernity and general global social and economic restructuring for the lives and futures of young people. But amidst the lingering fears of the future of the young, scholars have also called for a deep reflection and rethinking of young people’s own resilience and agency in the midst of these turbulent times. This special issue of African Identities, tentatively entitled Late Modernity and Agency: Youth Cultures in Africa, seeks to reflect on the varied contours of youth responses to social change in Sub-Saharan Africa. While young people in Africa continue to face extraordinary social challenges in their everyday lives, what are the unique ways in which they have reinvented their circumstances to keep afloat in the midst of seismic global social changes? Papers are solicited on a wide range of topics on the African youth that may unravel young people not only as victims but also as active social actors in the face of a shifting global modernity. The themes may include amongst others,

- African Youth and Globalization
- Late Modernity and Social Change
- Youth and Media—Film, Television, Video, Internet, etc
- Hip-hop, Club Cultures and other forms of Popular culture
- Mobility and Social Media
- Gender and New Economies of Youth
- Democracy, Power and Youth Activism
- Youth and Conflict in Africa
- New Subjectivities and Agency
- Neo-Pentecostalism as Subculture
- The Informal Economy and Invented Pathways
- Lifestyles and Identity Constructions
- New Spatial Politics in Public and Domestic Spaces

Abstracts of not more than 500 words (including name, position, institutional affiliation, and email contact) may be sent to P.UGor@bham.ac.uk no later than September 30th, 2011. This special issue of African Identities will be published in the summer of 2012.

Paul Ugor, PhD
Newton International Fellow
Centre of West African Studies
University of Birmingham, UK.
Dr Paul Ugor
Centre of West African Studies
College of Arts and Law
University of Birmingham, UK
Email: p.ugor@bham.ac.uk

19 de julho de 2011

Education and International Development: Why research matters

29 and 30 September, 2011

IS Academie research group on Education and International Development
University of Amsterdam

In this seminar on Education and International Development: Why research matters, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in the field of education and international development will get together to share and discuss current and ongoing research insights, to exchange evidence coming from the field and to build future research agendas. The seminar is oriented towards scholars, students, practitioners and policy-makers operating in the education and development field, but is also open to a broader audience. Please feel free to further distribute this invitation.
Please note that the deadline for subscriptions is August 26th 2011.


CFP Postscript: special edition on Children in Theory

To the degree that it is a social construction, childhood, as an idea, carries with it any number of assumptions and associations. Conversely, as a objective developmental period, childhood is interpreted in wildly different way within different contexts. Postscript: A Journal of Graduate Criticism and Theory invites articles for consideration for our Spring 2012 issue, a special edition on the theme "Children in Theory". This issue will examine childhood from a multitude of perspectives. We welcome submissions from any humanities discipline on any aspect of children and childhood. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-literature or art for children
-representations of children
-care and discipline of children
-the education or instruction of children
-violence toward children
-the perspectives of children themselves
-the displacement of children
-childhood and class
-childhood and gender
-childhood and race

Articles should be between 3000 and 5000 words, reviews should be approximately 1000 words. Please send a Word file, with no identifying details, to the editor at postscript@mun.ca. Please also include on a separate document a brief (300 word) abstract, as well asyour contact information.
The deadline for consideration in this issue is November 1, 2011.