Call For Abstracts reminder – January 28, 2019

Hello everyone –

This is just a reminder that the call for abstracts for CONGRESS 2019 is still open until January 28th. The Children, Childhood, and Youth Research  Cluster has four sessions this year:

Session Title: Canadian Scholarship In Childhood And Youth: 21st Century Learning And Digital Technologies Among Children And Young People. Description: Digital technologies are increasingly becoming a fundamental part of the lives of children and adolescents in Canada. Yet, how these technologies are leveraged and experienced among children and their families remain an area to be explored. We invite papers with new empirically-based research using qualitative and/or quantitative methods that highlight the ways in which digital technologies are shaping childhood and youth and family life. In particular, we invite papers that can advance our understandings of how Canadian youth and their families are interacting with digital technologies (e.g. child agency, parental use and monitoring) as a learning tool and for leisure. We invite authors and researchers to submit articles that can also extend research into new research methodologies (e.g. time diaries on cellphones) that can contribute to a deeper understanding of the way children and families experience technology in 21st century classrooms and households. Participants should leave this session with a greater understanding of the interplay between childhood, family life and new emerging technologies. Organizers: Cathlene Hillier, Nipissing University,; Jessica Rizk, University of Waterloo

Session Title: Gender in/and Children’s Media Description: At the same time that a wider array of gender representations is entering mainstream media, including children’s media, we also see a steady popularity in explicitly and overtly gendered media products targeted at children. This session invites papers examining any aspect of children’s media vis-à-vis gender. Possible questions to be addressed include (but are certainly not limited to): Are the gender portrayals and constructions in children’s media changing, in any substantive way, over time? What do children’s media products reveal about our cultural constructions of childhood, adulthood, and gender? What do they reveal about who “we” think we are, as adults and cultural entities? Is there any indication that children are becoming more critical consumers of media? Is that possible or desirable? The definitions of “gender” and “children’s media” are left open to the interpretation of scholars who believe their work would fit within this session.Organizers: Fiona Nelson, University of Calgary, nelsonf@ucalgary.caResearch Cluster Affiliation: Sociology of Children, Childhood and Youth

Session Title: Intersections And Inequalities In Conceptualizing And Experiencing Childhood And Youth Description: Conceptualizations and experiences of childhood and youth are dramatically shaped by the privilege and discrimination that is embedded in social structures, institutions, processes, and relationships. Class, race and gender shape which young people are afforded the protections of childhood, for instance, and whose voices are recognized when embracing young people’s participation. Intersections of inequality shatter broad statements about childhood and youth, and draw attention to dramatic differences between young people’s lives. This session invites papers that engage with any intersections of privilege and discrimination in relation to childhood and youth, including gender, sexuality, dis/ability, race, religion, and class. Organizers: Rebecca Raby, Brock University,

Session Title: Research With Children Description: In what might be called the ‘participative turn’, some research in childhood studies has reframed children and childhood from OBJECTS of study to SUBJECTS, PARTICIPANTS or COLLABORATORS (Coyne & Carter, 2018; Woodhead & Faulkner, 2008). This shift is to recognize children’s capacities and competencies as informed research participants, often expressed in the statement “children are the experts of their own childhoods”. Research in childhood studies values children’s perspectives, investigating children’s views regarding their lived experiences and their ideas about a variety of phenomena and social dynamics. One of the primary ways the new social studies of childhood has worked to distinguish themselves from approaches customarily taken in traditional developmental psychology, medicine, classical quantitative sociology, and sociology that focuses on a top down approach to socialization has been their emphasis on centring children’s ‘voices’ and often engaging directly with children in the processes of research design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination. These approaches are often thought of as research being WITH or ALONGSIDE children, instead of ON, ABOUT, or FOR children. This approach has yielded many insights into children’s views regarding their own lived experiences and broader social dynamics. At the same time, it has also led to innovative theoretical insights that trouble the notion of children’s voice (James, 2007; Spyrou, 2018), children’s agency (Oswell, 2013), and the child subject (Wells, 2018). Research with or alongside children in Canada has been slower to occur for a variety of reasons, but such work is starting to take shape (Chen, Raby & Albanese, 2018). Organizers: Rachel Berman, Ryerson University,; Noah Kenneally, University of Toronto.

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