[H-verkko] CFP: 5th Biennial SHCY Conference 'Children and Youth at Risk and Taking Risks: Historical Inquiries in International Perspective'

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5th Biennial SHCY Conference 'Children and Youth at Risk and Taking
Risks: Historical Inquiries in International Perspective'

CFP: Children and Youth at Risk and Taking Risks: Historical
Inquiries in International Perspective

Sponsored by: The Society for the History of Children and Youth

Location: University of California, Berkeley, July 10-12, 2009 

Deadline for Proposals: February 15, 2009

The Society for the History of Children and Youth is pleased to
announce that its 5th Biennial Conference 'Children and Youth at Risk
and Taking Risks: Historical Inquiries in International Perspective'
will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, July
10-12, 2009.

The Program Committee invites proposals from all those who study
childhood from a historical perspective, regardless of discipline,
country of study, or era. 

The conference theme refers not only to children and youth who are
deemed dependent or deviant, but to young people who are creative,
active makers of history, who step beyond the bonds of tradition,
defy age restrictions, challenge accepted norms and institutions, and
help create new cultural practices, values, and sensibilities. Direct
engagement with the conference theme is encouraged, but not required,
of submissions.

We are especially eager to make this an international,
interdisciplinary, interactive conference that will reflect the most
exciting work on the history of childhood.  In addition to panels
presenting original research findings, we hope to include sessions on
teaching and pedagogy, public history practice, new modes of
presenting historical work, scholarly controversies, the historical
context of contemporary issues, and updates on new scholarship in
specific areas.

Along with proposals for sessions featuring formal papers, the
Program Committee welcomes proposals and presentations that do not
follow the traditional format.  We encourage proposals that offer
innovative approaches to presenting and discussing scholarship,
including discussions and roundtables, pre-circulated papers, and
workshops, as well as sessions featuring audio and visual resources.

We strongly prefer proposals for complete sessions, and encourage
those new to the field to seek out co-panelists through H-Childhood.
However, in an effort to facilitate the participation of newcomers,
we will consider individual papers.

We encourage session organizers to create diverse panels and urge
organizers to include papers that cross national and other
categorical boundaries. Rather than a series of nation-based or
regionally-specific conversations, we want to create a space for
truly comparative, cross-cultural exchange.

The Conference Theme

The conference theme of risk and risk taking refers not only to young
people who are “troubled” or “endangered,” but to children and youth
who take active risks in creative ways. Thus proposals might look at
young people as political actors, as active contributors to
historical change, as defiers of cultural norms and traditions, and
as creators of new sensibilities.

Possible topics include: 
- The Construction of Childhood and Youth as At-Risk and Risk-Taking
Stages of Life
- Discourses of Risk and Risk Taking: Legal, medical, pedagogical,
psychological, and sociological
- Shifts in the Forms, Functions, and Cultural Meaning of Risk
- Creative Risk Taking: Risk taking as a challenge to cultural norms,
traditions, institutions, and age restrictions
- Risk Factors Over Time: Poverty, neglect and abuse, malnutrition,
environmental risks, health and developmental problems, migrant
status, family disruption, war and natural disaster, peer pressure,
trafficking, child work, and consumption
- Contexts Influencing Risk and Risk Taking: Age, class, environment,
gender, race and ethnicity, religion
- Resilience in Children
- Efforts to Protect Children from Risk and Risk Taking

Submission Procedures

Proposals must be submitted electronically no later than Midnight,
Eastern Standard Time, February 15, 2009.

All proposals must include the following information:
- A complete mailing address, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation
for each participant;
- An abstract of no more than 500 words for the session as a whole;
- A prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation (for
paper sessions and, if you wish, for roundtables -- panels and
workshops do not allow for individual presentation abstracts); and
- A vita of no more than 500 words for each participant.

Note: All individuals who are on the program must be members of SHCY
at the time of the conference.
Please submit the proposal as email attachments to the program
committee chair, Steven Mintz, at sm3031 at columbia.edu, for

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Kaisa Vehkalahti
<kaisa.vehkalahti at nuorisotutkimus.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 15.02.2009
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