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. But we are especially interested in sessions that examine and compare how space and childhood are mutually constitutive in historically and geographically specific settings. Our call, inspired by the French political philosopher Henri Lefebvre, 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. We ask scholars 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. Although committee prefers proposals for complete sessions and panels that incorporate international representation and global perspectives, individual papers will also be considered.
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.
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 organizer’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 James Marten. The program committee will finalize decisions no later than January 31, 2013.
Direct queries to the co-chairs of the program committee:
James Marten, Marquette University, firstname.lastname@example.org
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