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CFP - Regarding Children and Young People in the 21st Century

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Deadline date: 
31 Mar 2017

Bangor Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth
Regarding Children and Young People in the 21st Century
28 – 30 June 2017

A collaboration between the Schools of Education, Law, Social Science and Healthcare Science at Bangor University, our conference is an exciting opportunity for cross-disciplinary debate and discussion about contemporary childhood and youth in national and international contexts.

The overarching theme for the conference - Regarding Children and Young People in the 21st Century – invites responses to the recent observations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (June 2016) that the UK has an “intolerance” of childhood and a “disregard” towards its young people in general.

It is now nearly 30 years after the ratification of the UNCRC, during which time there has been a concurrent burgeoning of the international field of Childhood and Youth Studies alongside a prevalent emphasis on the agency and participation of children and young people. We would like the conference to offer a space for reflection and debate about where "we are up to" and "where to next" for children and young people in 21st century society within the broad contexts of Rights, Health, Education and the Law.

We invite proposals for papers, panels or poster presentations that respond the conference theme of Regarding Children and Young People and which engage with (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Listening to the voices of children and young people
  • The "Best Interests" Principle and its practical implications
  • The Rights of Refugee Children
  • Youth Justice
  • Child and adolescent mental health and well-being
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Child and youth engagement (research, community projects, advocacy)
  • Perceptions, constructions, and portrayals of children and young people
  • Children and young people on the margins (culture, language, identity)
  • Educational experiences of children and young people (informal and formal)

Presentations need not be limited to these topics and we also welcome presentations relating to the lives and experiences of children and young people across other contexts. The content of the papers should concern current issues in research and/or practice and we welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners as well as students.

Paper submissions can be made in one of three formats:

Presentations may be submitted in English or in Welsh.

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2017