Seeking panelists for 10th European Social Science History Conference, Vienna, Austria, 23-26 April 2014.
Panel:(Re)Constructing Childhood in South-Eastern Europe (18th - 20th centuries)
Time has passed and social history has made a new and important step forward in South-Eastern Europe and, with it, childhood history as well. Starting from demography, family history, education or other paths of historical research, this domain has grown significantly in the last few decades. Still, although important by their content, the contributions might seem sparse and for this reason the present panel aims to bring together all those who made from childhood history their main research field. Two issues will guide the discussion on this subject:
1) discovering and defining childhood starting from the way it was seen and shaped by the three main social actors: the State, the Church and the society / community. Their norms, programs and ideals were intended to transform the child into a citizen and a respectable member of a social group. But how these ''imagined'' childhoods interacted with the reality and, most of all what was the family and the society's response? Can we hear and discuss the child’s' voice (either as a pupil, delinquent, orphan etc.) ?
2) resemblances and differences between East and West in childhood history. As it's a well known fact that many countries were at one point a part from an empire (Ottoman Empire, Habsburg Empire, Russian Empire) and that they were also influenced by a certain cultural model of their time (mainly French and German) it will be important to see how childhood was lived in between these cultural heritages and the national background.
An interdisciplinary approach will be more than welcomed in a (re)construction of childhood in this geographical space and that it's why we encourage not only historians, but also ethnographers, anthropologists and other specialists to apply and send us their proposals. We must add that for the present panel we will use the larger sense of the term South-Eastern Europe, that includes: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and the European part of Turkey.
Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words, a Curriculum Vitae and the contact details (affiliation, e-mail address). Please send your proposal both to:
Luminiţa Dumănescu, Centre for Population Studies, ''Babeş-Bolyai'' University, Cluj, Romania: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicoleta Roman, ''Nicolae Iorga'' Institute of History, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania: email@example.com
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