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Children and Childhoods Conference 2017

Children and Childhoods Conference 2017

18th and 19th July, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

Hosted by

Department of Children, Young People and Education

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We are excited that the call for papers for our Biennial International Children and Childhoods Conference 2017 is open. We invite papers that theoretically and empirically engage with a broad range of disciplines reflecting the diverse nature of contemporary childhood studies.

The conference aims to bring together established academics, early career researchers, PhD candidates and students. Topics covered by this call could include but are not limited to:

  • International development
  • Migration and movement
  • Identity, culture and belonging
  • Rights, advocacy and participation
  • Humanitarianism
  • Health, wellbeing and embodiment
  • Methodologies
  • Education
  • Family formations
  • Disabilities
  • Sex and sexualities
  • Therapeutic care and interventions

Keynote speakers

Afua Twum-Danso Imoh

Afua Twum-Danso Imoh is a Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood at the University of Sheffield. She holds a PhD from the Centre of West African Studies at the University of Birmingham which focused on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Ghana. Since completing her PhD, her research has focused on the changing nature of parent–child relationships, the impact of cultural values such as reciprocity, respect, and responsibility on universal children’s rights standards, and the impact of globalization on the concept of childhood. Her work has been published in a number of edited collections as well as in peer-reviewed journals. She is the co-editor of two edited volumes: Childhoods at the Intersection of the Global and the Local (published by Palgrave in October 2012) and Children’s Lives in an Era of Children’s Rights: The Progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa (published by Routledge in December 2013). She is member of the Centre for the Study of Childhood at the University of Sheffield and one of the series editors of Palgrave Macmillan’s Childhood and Youth Series.

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Katherine Runswick-Cole

Katherine Runswick-Cole is Professor of Critical Disability Studies & Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has published extensively in the field of critical disability studies.  Much of her research has focused on the lives of disabled children, young people and, more recently, on working in coproduction with people with learning disabilities in research about their lives (humanactivism.org). Recent publications include: Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies: critical approaches in a global context (With Curran, Palgrave, 2013); Approaching Disability: Critical Issues and Perspectives (With Mallett, Routledge, 2014); Re-thinking Autism: disability, identity and diagnosis (With Mallett and Timimi, Jessica Kingsley, 2016) and the Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies (With Curran and Liddiard, Palgrave, 2017). You can follow her on Twitter at: @k_runswick_cole

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Registration for the 2017 conference is now closed.  The next conference is in planning for July 2019.

Previous years and feedback

Children and Childhoods conference July 2015

Visit here to view the 2015 conference page.

Children and Childhoods conference July 2013

Visit here to view the 2013 conference page.

Selected feedback

"A friendly conference with lots of interesting presentations"

"Aspirational and thought provoking"

"Enjoyable and informative"

Conference dinner

We have booked a local restaurant, Bistro on the Quay.  Menu choices are unconfirmed, but should include: starters - 1 fish, 1 veggie, 1 meat & 1 soup, main  - 2 meat, 1 veggie and 1 fish, Dessert - 4 choices,  plus 2 glasses of wine per person.


There are a number of hotels within easy walking distance of the conference location.

Children and Childhoods conference team

Sarah was appointed Head of the Graduate School in 2021. Prior to this role she was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities for three years. She is an Associate Professor of social policy specialising in Childhood Studies and has twenty years of...

Sarah was a Senior Lecturer in Childhood in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Sarah began her career as a Registered Nurse at the Leeds General Infirmary. Subsequently, she graduated from the Open University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and began a career in teaching...

Career Overview Jessica began her career with an ESRC studentship to study Quantitative Sociology at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex after completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminology. After completing an MA in Social Research ...