Call for Presentations

Childhood: Exploitation and Danger

The Childhood Project: 5th Global Meeting

Friday 24th July – Sunday 26th July 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference project seeks to investigate and explore all aspects of childhood. Despite our tendency to view childhood as the time of innocence and ease, the reality can be quite different.  But cross-culturally and historically, childhood can be seen as the time of danger, exploitation, powerlessness, and fear.  Spanning first world through third world countries, a careful look at childhood reveals challenges and difficulties. In examining children through multiple and dialogic prisms (disciplinary, historical, cultural, social) we hope to promote deeper understandings of the challenges children face as well as the ways in which their experiences reveal marginalization and problematic treatment at the hands of both the adults charged with their care and their larger social settings. We encourage submissions on the nature of childhood, including, but not limited to the ones listed below.

This year’s main theme: Childhood: Exploitation and Danger

Child Sexuality and Gender Issues:
Issues around sexual abuse, consensual sex, rape, child fashions that sexualise, ethics of posting nude child photos on Facebook and social media, cultural practices that allow child brides, child development and sense of sexual identity, gender reassignment, legal frameworks,

Children as Perpetrators and Victims of Violence:
Bullying, school shootings, hazing, relationship between violent imagery and child perceptions of acceptable behaviour, clinical and therapeutic case studies, children’s perceptions of violence, children and the criminal justice system, ownership models of the adult/child relationship

Child Labour:
Legal frameworks, case studies of business models that rest on child labour and barriers to implementing non-exploitive alternatives, case studies of businesses that transitioned away from child labour, effects of child labour on workers, families and communities, how children relate to work

Children and War:
Effects of war on child psychology and general health, approaches to helping children cope with war and loss, children as combatants, children’s views of war and violence

Portrayals of the Dark Side of Childhood in the Arts and Media: 
In film, television, literature, videogames, graphic novels, photography, music, folk tales, etc., children and technology/ children and advertising

Social Efforts to Advocate for Children:
NGOs that work in the area of child welfare, Governmental agencies that work in the area of child protection

The Case For/Against Special Protection(s) for Children:
General perspectives on the legal, ethical, theological basis for children’s rights,” children with disabilities,

Children and Relationships:
The dynamics of children’s relationships with their family, peers, community and social institutions, the relationships children establish with animals and nature

Child/Adolescent Boundaries:
Drawing lines, changing responsibilities

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:
Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 3rd April 2015. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 12th June 2015. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: CHILD5 Proposal Submission.

All abstracts will be at least double blind peer reviewed. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Wendy Turgeon:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.