CFP – Engaging Children

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Engaging Children
2nd International Conference of the Child Friendly Asia Pacific Network
Surakarta City, Indonesia 30 June – 2 July 2011


The 2nd Child Friendly Asia Pacific International conference, through the generous support of the Indonesian governments Ministry for Woman’s Empowerment and Child Protection will be held in Surakarta City, Indonesia in late June. The focus of the conference will be on engaging children including supporting the role of children as active citizens and working with children to evaluate the quality of their environments. In addition to formal conference presentations delegates will have the opportunity to meet and engage in hands-on research activities with local children in the city, take field trips, be a dinner guest of the Minister of Woman’s Empowerment and Child Protection and enjoy a cultural night with the Mayor of Surakarta City.

Keynote speakers over the three-days include:
Dr. Judith Ennew, Researcher with the NGO Knowing Children, Bangkok, Thailand, and co-author Children as Active Citizens
Professor Roger Hart, Co-Director, Children Environments Research Group, City University of New York and author of the seminal UNICEF publication Children’s Participation
Professor Karen Malone, Researcher, University of Western Sydney, CFAP Network Chair
Professor Ricardo Henriques, State Secretary of Social Welfare and Human Rights, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Professor Economics Science at Universidade Federal Fluminense

In addition to the main program and presentations child friendly city delegates from across the globe a special two-day symposium on Children and Risk in Natural Disasters will be chaired by Dr Julie Rudner and Dr Kumi Tashiro with panel members from Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand speaking on current activities in these countries to support children during and in the recovery of natural disasters. An executive meeting for CFAP as well as a special session on the CFAP accreditation program that will include panel presentations from key staff in regional UNICEF offices will also be held. There will be opportunities for delegates to present papers and a call for abstracts is now open. If you would like to present please send a 200 word abstract of your paper, paper title, identification of themed session to participate in and your contact details to by May 20, 2011. Themed sessions include: Engaging children’s views or Planning for and with children, and the special symposium session: Children, Risk and Natural Disasters.

Conference Fee: $500 AUD (includes field trip, all lunches and dinners on both nights)

If you would like to only participate in the conference please send your contact details so you are on the mailing list to receive further information:

Endah Sri Rejeki ( or Karen Malone (

CFP – Special Issue of Global Studies of Childhood: Bridging Theory and Practice: Partnerships and Collaboration in Childhood Services

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Journal: Global Studies of Childhood (
SPECIAL ISSUE: Bridging Theory and Practice: Partnerships and Collaboration in Childhood Services

Partnerships and collaborations between the professions, families and communities are an increasingly important dimension of policy landscapes internationally. Across a range of disciplinary fields whose practitioners work with and on behalf of children, there is an expectation that professional knowledge and service are at their most effective when there is meaningful collaboration with stakeholders.

This has important implications for pre-service education and professional development, as well as for the day-to-day working lives of practitioners working to support children in family and community settings, education, allied health services and the social service sectors. It also raises significant questions about the ways in which partnerships are established and maintained, as well presenting a range of challenges and opportunities pertaining to the future of professional engagement with stakeholders.

This special issue of Global Studies of Childhood ( will make a critical contribution to understanding the ways in which practitioners engage with children, families and communities in a variety of contexts. This will involve describing and interrogating current projects, as well as problematizing the issues around partnerships and collaborations. For example, papers may consider the tensions around policy rhetorics that invite partnerships and then are selective in their application of the initiatives to suit personal or political imperatives.

Contributors might consider the following issues and questions: Is collaboration with stakeholders’ projects currently an essential element in the process of educational reform? When partnerships and collaborations are instigated, what is the impact on professionals, teachers, children as well as parents? In what way is practice and policy in a given area shaped by the voices of a variety of stakeholders? In what ways can professional educators and/or practitioners work with communities to meet children’s needs?

Contributors are advised to read the How to Contribute guidelines on the GSCH website before submission:

Submissions are due by 30 September, 2011 and should be submitted via email to the Guest Editor: Esther Chan (

May 31, 2011 – expression of interest with 300 word abstract
September 30, 2011 – Manuscript submission
October – November 2011: Selection Review process
December 2011: Feedback to authors
January 31, 2012: Final papers due
Publication March 2012

CFP – Education and Childhood ESSHC 2012

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Call for papers
9th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 11-14 April, 2012 / Network Education and Childhood

The Network on Education & Childhood of the European Social Science History Conference invites papers for the next conference, which will take place from 11-14 April 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. The Education and Childhood Network is interested in proposals concerning the history of children, childhood and education from various perspectives, in different domains and in all historical periods. Both theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches are welcome.

In order, however, to stimulate and continue debates in the field of the history of education and childhood, we especially invite papers which from a historical perspective examine the conceptualization and theoretical reflection on the notions of ‘childhood’ as a phenomena as well as comparative perspectives on children and childhood (between nations, class, gender, ethnicity) and different ways of approaching children’s perspective and child perspective in historical research. Topics can include for example: childhood and globalization; children, sexuality and sexual abuse, institutions for children; the history of child psychiatry, politics of childhood and welfare, health, adoption, fostering, child care professions and welfare systems; early childhood development; children, disability and special education; children, childhood and consumption, autobiographical approaches.

If you are interested in organizing a panel, please send a proposal, including a short outline of the theme and the proposals of the participants, to the network chairs of Education and Childhood. Proposals for papers, also those possibly included in an organized panel, should be submitted in the regular procedure of registration. In arranging sessions and panels, the possibility to coordinate these with other networks will be explored. The network chairs may combine session proposals with single paper proposals or interact with other networks to find possible solutions.

To propose a paper it is necessary to follow procedures formulated at the ESSHC website The deadline for paper and panel proposals is May 1, 2011 (including pre-registration).

Network coordination:
Bengt Sandin,
Annemieke van Drenth,

CFP – Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations

Call for papers for the 33rd IBBY Congress
Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations

There are two central themes to this congress, both relating to the impact of globalisation.

The first theme is translation: the translation of children’s literature and stories between one language and another, and the translation of stories between one medium and another (for example, books, films, theatre and electronic formats).

The second theme is migration: the migration of people between one country and another with the consequent creation of diaspora, and the migration of cultures and ideas.

Topics and themes for consideration:

  1. Diaspora as a theme in literature for children and young people: The impact of migration on children’s and young people’s literature and storytelling
  2. Children’s and young people’s literature and national identity
  3. The migration of children’s and young people’s authors and illustrators
  4. The translator as mediator in literature for children and young people
  5. Translation of texts for children and young people on the internet, including pirate translations
  6. Translating children’s and young people’s books into and from minority languages
  7. The publishing industry and translations for the young reader
  8. Picture books on the theme of migration
  9. Poetry for children and young people on the theme of migration and as a means of exploring cultural identity and cultural exchange
  10. Theatre and Storytelling: migration and translation in performances for children and young people
  11. Bilingual storytelling and dual language texts for children in multicultural and bilingual education
  12. Digital Storytelling: gathering, creating and sharing stories in transit with children and families in migrant communities
  13. The impact of graphic novels in electronic book formats: interactivity between the content, styles and techniques of graphic novels/comic strips and electronic games
  14. The relationship between and impact upon children’s books and their film adaptations
  15. The integration of digital books with traditional books in independent reading for pleasure
  16. The impact of commercial digital and electronic entertainment technologies on traditional and electronic book format and content
  17. Globalised cultural exchanges in children’s literature: social networks’ role and use in promoting children’s reading and writing for pleasure
  18. New literacies for children and young people in migrant and immigrant communities
  19. The adaptation and transition of fairytales and folk tales across cultural, linguistic and media boundaries
  20. The globalisation of literature for children and young people, the emergence of a new aesthetic in literature for children and young people
  21. Unique and unusual programmes to promote reading for pleasure, e.g. museums, galleries and shrines: the impact of children’s book centres and authors’ museums; reading champions: the use and impact of positive adult role models to promote children’s books and reading

Submissions must be made through the online form available on the IBBY Congress 2012 website.

An abstract (in English) of your proposal, not exceeding 500 words, and a summary (English or Spanish), not exceeding 60 words, must accompany your application.

The papers will be presented at parallel sessions lasting 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.

The closing date for submissions is Thursday 30 June 2011. For more information, please visit –

The New Tween Heroine in The Chronicles of Narnia and Coraline: Rewriting Discourses of Identity through Cross-media Narratives

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CRYTC is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Naomi Hamer, who teaches in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Hamer will be delivering a lecture entitled, “The New Tween Heroine in The Chronicles of Narnia and Coraline: Rewriting Discourses of Identity through Cross-media Narratives,” on March 9, 2011. This event will take place at 12:30PM in 1L04.

Dr. Hamer recently completed her doctorate in cross-media texts and the literacies of tween girls, at the Centre for Research on Children, Youth and Media at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Her research focuses on cross-media adaptation, franchising and audience cultures, and questions relating to gender and sexuality in texts for children and young people.

CFP – Special Issue of American Periodicals on Children and Periodicals

American Periodicals is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on children and periodicals, guest-edited by Courtney Weikle-Mills. The journal is devoted exclusively to scholarship and criticism relating to American magazines and newspapers of all periods. It includes essays on all aspects of American periodicals, from the earliest 18th-century magazines to the 21st-century ‘zines and e-journals.

Writers for the special edition might address:

  • periodicals and/or periodical pieces aimed at children
  • representations of children or childhood in periodical literature
  • serialized children’s works
  • child-authored or edited periodicals (including amateur works)
  • child contributors and/or correspondents
  • child readers of periodicals
  • visual images of children in periodicals
  • the editorial policy, financing, production, illustration, circulation, and/or design of children’s periodicals
  • children’s pages or columns in periodicals with a broader readership
  • the role that periodicals might play in excavating or understanding children’s culture
  • the circulation of ideas and assumptions about children and childhood through periodicals

Professor Weikle-Mills would be delighted to speak to scholars about the possible fit of their work with the special issue. She can be reached at Completed essays will be due October 15, 2011 to the same address. All submissions should conform to the style of American Periodicals (see and will undergo peer review in keeping with the procedures of the journal. The issue will appear in the fall of 2012.