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CFP: Childhood and Time - IX Conference of the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies

"Childhood and Time," a conference organized by Tampere University, the Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA, and the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies.

11-13 May 2020 at Tampere University, Finland

The theme of the 2020 conference, Childhood and Time, is deliberately broad and designed to invite scholars to discuss timely perspectives on childhood across a broad spectrum. We hope to inspire lively debates from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives about many aspects of how childhood and time interweave.

Individual abstract submissions for workshops and poster sessions as well as proposals for self-organised symposia are welcome. The maximum word count for an abstract is 350 words. Abstract submission opens on 1st November 2019 and closes on 15th January 2020. Notifications on acceptance will be sent by 15th February 2020.

For more information, please visit our website: https://events.tuni.fi/childhood-2020/

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Modern and postmodern conceptions of time and childhood
  • Children and childhood over time: histories of childhood and temporal structurings of childhood across time and spaces
  • Children and future, including social, economic, political and environmental problems and alternative futures
  • Age, development and notions of the normal in childhood related to time and the measurement of time
  • Time and temporality in children’s everyday life, including children’s experience and time, children’s conception of time, children’s time use, routines, schedules, celebrations, calendar time, children and nature times, and performativity of temporality in childhood
  • Children’s time, family time, institutional time and societal time, the management of time and regulation and surveillance of children through time
  • Children’s emotions, body, space, gender, class and time
  • Childhood and non-Western and Indigenous conceptualizations of time, such as Sami conceptions of time and ancestry or the Australian Indigenous notion of Dreamtime
  • The role of time and temporality across the life course, age and generation in the study of childhood
  • The politics, governance and commodification of time in childhood
  • Childhood in a digital age
  • Continuities and changes in childhood over time
  • Time and temporality in the rhetoric and politics of childhood


Keynote speakers: Prof. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Prof. John Potter and Prof. Kaisa Vehkalahti

Panel discussion: Prof. Erica Burman, Dr. Stephanie Olsen, Prof. Spyros Spyrou and Prof. Hanne Warming

The conference is organised by Tampere University, the Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA, and the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies.

The Conference on Childhood Studies is a well-established biennial multidisciplinary forum held since 2008.

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