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Children and Childhoods Conference 2022

12th and 13th July, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

We are excited to announce the 5th 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. The conference continues our inclusive and open ethos and aims to bring together established academics, early career researchers, PGR researchers and students.

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



                    Identity, culture and belonging                       


                                    Relationships and friendships                       


                           Policy,intervention and evaluation                 

        Covid 19      

                         Migration and movement                    

       Sex and sexualities 

                        Rights, advocacy and participation               

      Intersectional childhoods

                Health,wellbeing and embodiment 


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 31st March 2022

Booking information to follow shortly

Full price ticket £130

PhD/Alumni ticket £65 (proof of student or alumni status required)

Keynote Speakers

Dr Alison Clark

What’s happened to time?: rethinking accelerated childhoods and children’s  relationships with place and materials


Dr Alison Clark is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, London and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of South-eastern Norway. Alison is an academic and an artist who developed the Mosaic approach, a visual, participatory research framework with Professor Peter Moss, first published in 2001. She co-founded the international Special Interest Group of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association on children’s perspectives in 2004.

Alison’s current research interests include slow pedagogies, young children’s rights, and early childhood environments. She is currently leading research about ‘Slow knowledge and the unhurried child’ funded by the Froebel Trust.

Alison has published widely in journal articles and books. She co-edited Understanding Research with Children and Young People (Clark, Flewitt, Hammersley and Robb, 2014) whilst teaching and researching at The Open University. Her recent chapter on ‘Towards a listening Early Childhood education and care system’ is downloadable here:

Transforming Early Childhood in England: Towards a Democratic Education, edited by Claire Cameron and Peter Moss and published by UCL Press. https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/128464


Helen Lomax

    Playful arts-based methods for child-centred research

and knowledge exchange during times of global crisis



Helen Lomax is Professor in Childhood Studies and Director of Research in the School of Education and Society (HudCRES) at the University of Huddersfield. She has a longstanding interest in the development of participatory, arts-based methods with children.

Helen leads a British Academy funded research project, Back Chat, a longitudinal qualitative study which prioritises hearing directly from children about the continuing impacts of the pandemic on their lives. She has led and co-led multi-disciplinary RCUK and EU funded projects on landscapes and wellbeing, children’s digital literacy and childhood wellbeing in contexts of disadvantage.

Helen’s publications include journal articles and book chapters on participatory visual ethics and child-centred research. She is currently writing a book on participatory, arts based research with children to be published by Policy Press.

Children and Childhoods Conference 2019

Children and Childhoods Conference team and keynotes

Visit the 2019 conference page here

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 is 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. ...

Dr Marianna Stella is a Lecturer in Education and Childhood at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Marianna’s main areas of focus are around development of educational practice, teacher training, Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), dyslexia, inclusive education and wi...

Dr Pallawi Sinha is a Lecturer in Childhood Studies. Pallawi is passionate about building dialogue and understanding on education and childhoods, particularly in indigenous, disadvantaged and marginalised contexts; ‘other’ epistemologies; difference; ecologies of learning; the e...

Nicki is a School Administrator in Social Sciences and Humanities, primarily focusing on research. She achieved her undergraduate degree in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies in 2021 at Essex University and has over 20 years office experience within the Public, Private and Char...