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SHCY Seeks Digital Childhoods Editor


SHCY Seeks Digital Childhoods Editor

Applications due by September 15, 2023


The Executive Committee of the Society for the History of Children and Youth invites applications for a position as Digital Childhoods Editor. This is a new position that the Executive Committee envisions as follows:

– Solicit, edit, and publish short non-peer-reviewed pieces tied to articles published in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth in a digital magazine we are currently calling Digital Childhoods (though we are open to other suggestions)

– Solicit, edit, and publish other short pieces related to the history of childhood and youth, especially when they are timely or related to issues in the field.

– Develop other avenues of publication in Digital Childhoods per editor’s interests.

We imagine this online magazine to be comparable to companion sites like The Panorama, which is affiliated with the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic; the Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians; the blog of the History of Education Society; or the VHD-Journal, magazine of the German Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker. The magazine will be linked from the main webpage, whose primary function will remain as a repository for information related to the running of the Society: conferences, the JHCY, membership, announcement of awards, etc., and will remain the responsibility of Will Holub-Moorman, current digital fellow. 

The editorship comes with a stipend of $1,500 per annum.

The ideal Digital Childhoods editor might be an advanced doctoral student or early career scholar specializing in a topic related to the history of childhood and youth, who can bring a global perspective to the project. Strong writing skills required and some public history writing experience preferred.  The editor will have the opportunity to build and expand networks with scholars across the globe, and to establish a public profile for themselves in the fields of digital humanities and histories of children and youth.

Start date is negotiable but ideally the new editor(s) would be ready to take on responsibility in October 2023. The term for the editorship is approximately three years and can be extended. We are open to considering joint applications from two or three editors who would oversee Digital Childhoods collaboratively.

Statement of interest and applications (including relevant experience) should be addressed to the SHCY President, Nick Syrett (syrett@ku.edu) by September 15, 2023.