Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nodelman & Reimer to Speak at Conference in Alberta in May 2011

The landscape of child studies has changed. The Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood is meant to engage scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of academic disciplines and institutions to consider the state of child studies in Canada.

Conference Structure:

  • 3 days of concurrent panels
  • 2 poster sessions
  • 5 keynote speakers featuring:
Dr. Patrizia Albanese: Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
Dr. Mona Gleason: Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia
Dr. Mavis Reimer: Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood; Director of the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg
Dr. Allison James: Editor of Childhood and Society; Director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield; Vice-President of the International Child and Youth Research Network (Elected 2008-11)
Dr. Perry Nodelman: Professor Emeritus, University of Winnipeg3 practitioner sessions:
Digital Bullying, moderated by Dr. Robin Bright and Dr. Mary Dyck
Early Brain Development, moderated by Dr. Robbin Gibb
Traditional Perspectives on Aboriginal Youth, moderated by Tanya Pace Crosschild

University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Date: Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7, 2011

Conference Description: Beginning in the last decade of the 20th century, disciplines long dedicated to the study of the child and childhood have been revitalized, while those whose attention to childhood had waned significantly since mid-century are newly engaged with the central problematic of what the child and childhood represents. Figured in the plural, childhoods pose a significant crossroads for theoretical and empirical work on the nature of being human and development broadly construed, and childhood as an experience, as a social category, as an artistic and literary construct, as a category for historical and demographic analysis, as a category of personhood, and as a locus for human rights and policy interventions. Considering childhoods of the past, present and future, scholars will present research results, policy approaches, and theoretical paradigms that are emergent in this re-engagement with the child and childhoods. Bringing together divergent networks of expertise organized around childhoods, this conference offers the opportunity for new research collaborations and the scholarly dissemination of innovative research.

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