Conference: Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
18-19 July 2013
Australian National University
Theatre 1 and 2, Hedley Bull Centre (Building no. 130)
Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives provides an interdisciplinary platform for scholars and NGO representatives who work in the areas of childhood and education in South Asia. In response to adult speculation and debates around political, social and economic development, we invite critical interrogation of changing conceptions of childhood. While there is increasing theoretical and development interest in children in South Asia, children’s experiences and perspectives are still underrepresented in political, social and economic debate. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to foreground children’s experiences in light of changing conceptual discourses of childhood in historical and contemporary South Asia. While acknowledging the ways children are situated within structures of power, the conference will focus on South Asian children’s stories and agency.
We will explore children’s interactions with institutions of modernity, social constructs and social structures—including age, gender, family, class, community and caste—that often marginalise children in multiple ways. We aim for a convergence of innovative ideas around childhood, recognising that this category is contested and raises important dilemmas for interdisciplinary studies.
The conference offers a forum within these two days to identify and develop convergences, conflicts, and aspects that may have been overlooked by one discipline, but explored in another. Our inclusion of historical and contemporary scholarly perspectives aims to contextualise and historicise issues. A significant objective of the conference will be to highlight the methodological implications of research into the perspectives and experiences of children.
Sponsored by: ANU South Asia Research Institute; Australia-India Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts; and the ANU Gender Institute.
Program details and registration can be found at http://archanth.anu.edu.au/events/childhoods-in-south-asia.
For more information please contact: Dr. Zazie Bowen (email@example.com) or Jessica Hinchy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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