Children and Childhoods Conference 2024

10 July 2024
11 July 2024
9.30 AM5.00 PM

Ipswich Campus, University of Suffolk
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We are excited to announce the 6th biennial Children and Childhoods Conference!

Building on a successful legacy, we invite papers that theoretically and empirically engage with children’s lives, across disciplines, reflecting the diverse nature of childhood studies. The conference continues our inclusive and open ethos and aims to bring together established academics, early career researchers, and postgraduate students.  

This year, in response to the grave repercussions of the recent pandemic, ongoing civil wars, globally, and the ever-growing inequalities, we seek to build dialogue on the ways to move forward towards a transformative future for children. Accordingly, the overarching theme for 2024 is 'Children and Future-making'.

We welcome traditional presentations, pre-formed panels of speakers, workshops and posters as well as any alternative modes of presentation (say, performance, film or photography).

Please send 250-word abstracts for a 20-minute presentation, 500-word abstracts for panels and workshops, and 150-word abstracts for posters or alternative presentations to:

Kindly include in your submission your name, email address and institutional affiliation. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 15th April 2024.

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Conference Topics

Topics covered by this call include but are not limited to:

  • Children ‘in’ or ‘of’ war

  • Global and Peripheral Childhoods

  • (Dis)abling Childhoods

  • Migration and Mobilities

  • Identity, Belonging and ‘Otherness’

  • Contemporary Families

  • Children’s Relationships and friendships

  • Children’s Rights, Voice and Participation

  • Politics of Childhoods and Children’s Political Lives

  • Transformative and Sustainable Education

  • Social and Culturally-sustaining Pedagogy

  • Policy, Intervention and Evaluation

  • Children’s Digital Lives and Images of Childhood

  • Health, Wellbeing, and Embodiment

  • Sex and Sexualities

  • Costs of Childhood

  • Children’s Geographies and Climate Change

  • Researching Children’s Lives

Keynote Speakers

Spyros Spyrou

Children as future-makers in a pluriversal world: From defuturing to other possible worlds and ways of being.

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Karen Wells

Optimism of the will: children and future-making.

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Children and Childhoods Conference Team

Dr Pallawi Sinha

Pallawi is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies and is passionate about building dialogue and understanding on education and childhoods.

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Dr Marianna Stella

Marianna is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Education.

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Xiaorong Gu

Xiaorong is a Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the University of Suffolk.

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Carolyn Leader

Carolyn is a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.

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Maureen Haaker

Maureen's research centres on constructions of the body, reproductive politics, and subjectivity.

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