A Call For Papers
Society for the History of Children and Youth
XI Biennial International Conference
“Challenges, Interruptions and Opportunities”
National University of Ireland Galway
23-26 June 2021
Proposal Submission Deadline: 31 October 2020
Few people pass through childhood without facing some form of challenge or interruption, whether caused by family breakdown, race or gender discrimination, or global conflict and health crises. Yet children and youth not only shoulder the disruption imposed on them by the adult world, but, frequently, they are the ones who are challenging the power structures. Throughout history, children and youth have found themselves at the intersection of conflict, disjuncture, and societal change – challenges that have directly impacted their experience of childhood, but that have also created opportunities for change. In the past year alone, young people have both made the choice to walk out of their classrooms to protest against the lack of action on climate change and been forced out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Society for the History of Children and Youth invites proposals for panels, roundtables and papers that explore how children and youth have encountered challenges, interruptions, and opportunities in different historical eras. In this regard, our definitions of children and youth are flexible, reflecting multiple constructions through time. Panels that address diverse chronological or geographical settings are particularly welcome. Speakers will be invited to participate either online or in-person, and we fully understand given the current conditions due to Covid-19 that this may change for individuals throughout the year. We therefore encourage panels, workshops and roundtables that promote innovative presentation styles and participation. Themes We invite panel contributions as well as individual papers on topics related to challenges, interruptions and opportunities. Panels and papers might reflect on themes such as:
Agency in childhood
The experience of conflict
Resistance and resilience
Colonialism and post-colonialism
Folklore and language questions
Work and recreation
Children’s health and wellbeing
Effects of economic disruption on children/childhood
Any other relevant themes related to the history of childhood and youth more broadly.
We will give priority to submissions of complete sessions (panels, workshops, roundtables etc.), particularly those that offer diverse national representation. Individual papers will also be considered, but we encourage you to recruit members for complete sessions and to make use of the many networks in the history of childhood and youth, for example, H-Childhood. Sessions will last 90 minutes, including a minimum of fifteen minutes reserved for audience discussion. In lieu of formal discussants, the Programme Committee suggests that complete panel session organisers identify Chairs who can facilitate engagement with the session audience. When submitting their abstracts, participants should indicate flexibility regarding onsite or virtual attendance. Complete Session Proposals: To be considered for the program, proposals must be received no later than Friday 31 October 2020. They should include the following information:
1. Session title and 100-word session summary.
2. Whether the panel wishes to present in person or online.
3. The session organiser’s name, department, institution, address, and e-mail address.
4. The following information for all participants: ○ names and roles (e.g. paper-presenter and/or chair) ○ department and institution ○ address and e-mail address
5. 250-word abstract for each paper (or summary of each presenter’s contribution where the session is not structured around formal individual papers). Include contact email address and Twitter handle if applicable.
6. 1-page CV for each participant.
7. Clearly identify any participants who wish to be considered for a student travel bursary, and for those people also supply: o the title the degree you are completing o the institution where you are enrolled o any other funds available to support your conference attendance (e.g. from your institution or other travel scholarships) o an estimate of the cost of airfares between your home city and Galway.
8. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for your session if presenting in person. If presenting online, please state time zone/s for the panel for scheduling purposes. Individual Paper Proposals: To be considered for the program, individual paper proposals must be received no later than Friday 31 October 2020.
They should include the following information:
1. Name of presenter, institutional affiliation, email address and Twitter handle (where applicable).
2. Whether you wish to present in person or online.
3. Title of the individual paper.
4. 250-word abstract.
5. 1-page CV for presenter
6. Clearly identify if you wish to be considered for a student travel bursary, and if so supply:
o The title the degree you are completing.
o The institution where you are enrolled
o Any other funds available to support your conference attendance (e.g. from your institution or other travel scholarships)
o An estimate of the cost of airfares between your home city and Galway. 9. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for your paper, whether in person or online. If presenting online, please state the time zone for the panel for scheduling purposes.
Certain flexibility is expected on the part of virtual participants with regards to the participation in the 10 minute live Q & A following their pre-recorded presentation. Also, as indicated, virtual participants should indicate their time zone as to avoid presentations and live Q & A scheduled between midnight and 6am. There will be a dedicated AV person assigned to the conference to prevent technical issues and participants presenting online will receive further supports and information closer to the time.
Proposals should be gathered into one MS Word document and sent as an email attachment to SHCYconference2021@gmail.com
The Programme Committee will finalise decisions no later than 1 January 2021 – at which time we will notify the delegates. The program schedule will be available in February 2021. The Global Covid-19 pandemic has presented several challenges to conferencing, NUI Galway operates under the strict guidance of the Irish government and we ask delegates to await further instruction on how we propose to meet prior to making any travel plans.
All attendees and presenters are required to join the SHCY in order to participate in the conference. SHCY membership contributes to funding the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (included in membership), the Society’s prizes and the contributions to the website and regional activities. https://www.shcy.org/membership/
On behalf of Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and the conference organising committee.