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Children and Childhoods Conference 2019

Children and Childhoods Conference 2019

16th and 17th July, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

Hosted by

Centre for the Study of Children and Childhood (CSCC)

We are excited to announce the 4th Biennial Children and Childhoods Conference at the University of Suffolk. Building on a successful legacy, we invite papers that theoretically and empirically engage with a broad range of disciplines reflecting the diverse nature of contemporary childhood studies. This conference is particularly special as we celebrate 25 years of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Suffolk and the formal launch of our new Centre for the Study of Children and Childhood (CSCC). The conference continues its inclusive and open ethos and 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:

  • Methodologies
  • Migration and movement
  • Identity, culture and belonging
  • Rights, advocacy and participation
  • Families
  • Health, wellbeing and embodiment
  • Education
  • Intersectional childhoods
  • Relationships and friendships
  • Disabilities
  • Policy, intervention and critique
  • Sex and sexualities

We welcome traditional presentations of 20 minutes, pre-formed panels of speakers, and posters; as well as alternative modes of presentation including performance, film, photography etc.

Please send 250 word abstracts for a 20 minute presentation, 500 word abstracts for panels and 150 word abstracts for posters to: uoschildhoodspapers@uos.ac.uk Please include in your submission your name, email address and institutional affiliation.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 15th March 2019

Registration is now closed.

 Conference programme and abstract booklet now available


Keynote Speakers

Day 1 - Heather Montgomery

Heather Montgomery is a Reader in the Anthropology of Childhood at the Open University. She did her PhD at Cambridge which she wrote on the lives of young prostitutes in Thailand.  Her book on this work, Modern Babylon? Prostituting Children in Thailand was published in 2001. She also writes more generally on the role of children in anthropology, examining how children and adolescents have been portrayed and analyzed in ethnographic monographs over the last one hundred and fifty years. An Introduction to Childhood: Anthropological Perspectives of Children’s Lives was published by Blackwell’s in 2008. She also researches on the history of childhood and is the co-author of Childhood and Violence in the Western Tradition.


Day 2 - Tom Cockburn

Tom Cockburn is currently Professor of Social Sciences and Head of Department at the Department of Social Sciences at Edge Hill University. He has worked also at the Universities of Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University. Over the past twenty years he has undertaken research into children and young people with various charities and government organisations. He has published on a wide variety of issues concerning children and young people, including citizenship, rights, drug use, sports participation and far right political action. His single authored book for Palgrave MacMillan entitled Rethinking Children’s Citizenship: Theory, Rights and Interdependence explored theories of children’s citizenship. His recent edited collection Theorising Childhood: Citizenship, Rights and Participation for Palgrave MacMillan was published in 2018.




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 July 2017

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Visit here to view the 2017 conference page.

Genealogy - an Open Access Journal by MDPI


Click here to view information about the special issue of Genealogy, 'Children and Childhood through A Genealogical Lens'



Visit here to view selected feedback for the most recent conference in July 2017.

Children and Childhoods conference team

Sarah is Associate Dean for research in the School of Social Science and Humanities. Sarah is an Associate Professor in social policy specialising in childhood. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in higher education and international primary education. At the Universit...

Career Overview Sarah began her career as a Registered Nurse (adult), working in a number of specialisms including medicine, haematology, oncology and care of older people. She maintains links with the nursing profession by remaining on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regist...

Emily joined the University in September 2012, and acts as the School Coordinator for Social Sciences and Humanities. She holds an undergraduate degree in German Studies, and has over 20 years of office experience within the Public and Charitable sectors.  ...