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The Society for the History of Children and Youth invites its members to organize standing SHCY regional networks (or) standing SHCY field working-groups.


SHCY regional networks or area specific working-groups are intended as long-term projects established under SHCY auspices with a defined focus or approach to the historical study of childhood and youth. The idea comes from the membership of the Society over many years of discussion. They may be defined geographically, by nation states, by languages; by various groups, institutions, or discourses (girlhood, education, race, psychology); by conceptual or methodological focal points (popular culture, social movements, governmentality, demography, oral history); or by period (early-modern, Victorian, post-WWII, etc.).

SHCY regional networks or area-specific working-groups will receive priority treatment when establishing roundtable, panels, or other sessions at our biennial conferences. They will have access to SHCY website for posting content (a website that receives many thousands of discrete visitors each month). Such groups and networks may propose special issues for the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Recognition as a standing network or working group may help our members work collaboratively to win grants, hold regional or topically specific colloquium, produce edited collections, and even advance academic programming in the study of childhood and youth at our Universities and Colleges.

We hope member-created regional networks and working-groups will serve as a basis for the diversification of our conferences, journal, and other activities. We also hope they further our effort to cross linguistic, regional, and period boundaries in the field of childhood and youth history. If members pursue them avidly they may become yet another way SHCY fosters a culture of open exchange and voluntary association necessary to pursue our mission.


Step 1: Discuss your idea and gather interest with colleagues in your regional, topical, period, or theoretical area. Read the relevant SHCY by-law – below.

Step 2: Come up with a name, a chair or co-chairs, produce a statement of purpose for your network or working-group. Gather c.v.’s and consider immediate steps or activities you would like to do together.

Step 3: Send to SHCY President your statement of purpose, name the chair or co-chair with a 300-500 word prospectus about your plans. Proposals should include the c.v.’s of 3 to 5 colleagues committed to the project, and may name other interested scholars.

Step 4: SHCY President will present proposals for regional network or area working-group establishment to the Executive Committee for evaluation; and will communicate the Executive’s response back to the applicants.

Step 5: Once approved, begin working and producing scholarly goods in collaboration with others. Continue to consult with SHCY officers and conference organizers.


Section 1: Any SHCY member may propose for approval by SHCY Executive Committee a standing working-group or regional network of the Society.

Section 2: SHCY working groups and regional networks would report to SHCY Executive Committee, and will share the following features:
A – a chair or co-chairs.
B – a statement of purpose.

Section 3: Participation in the working-groups’ or networks’ activities ordinarily will require SHCY membership. Specific practices will be developed in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Section 4: Funds raised by the working-groups or networks (outside of SHCY membership) will be accounted for, dispensed, and held by the groups or networks.