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terça-feira, 5 de junho de 2012

Call For Abstracts: Proposed Special Issue on Children and Childhoods in Latin America

Childhood’s Today (ISSN1753-0849)

Much of the theorizing and methodological development of the interdisciplinary field of Childhood Studies has been primarily developed within the Global North. Whether the concepts of agency, participation and rights as understood by Northern academics are useful to comprehend the lives of children in the Global South is yet to be investigated. In this sense it is important to not only question the specific constraints and potentialities that southern children face, but also address the similarities between their childhood experiences and those of their counterparts in the Global North. To say that children and childhood changes over time and context, is rather obvious. But how these changes effect children’s childhoods is still worth enquiring, especially from a Latin American perspective.

Therefore, the editors of this special issue of Childhood’s Today are looking for papers that will enable us to assess how research on Latin American childhoods and children can contribute to, and challenge, the field of Childhood Studies. This special issue will consider articles focusing on, but not exclusively, how State interventions affects children’s lives; children’s work or child labour; children’s rights; theoretical, ethical and methodological issues on researching with children; ethnographical accounts of children’s lives, including how religion, ethnic, economics and politics shape childhoods.

The editors of this proposed special issue of Childhood’s Today are Dr. Flávia Pires, Professora Adjunta at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Brazil) and Visiting Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth (CSCY), the University of Sheffield (UK) & Christiane Falcão, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology from University of St. Andrews, MA. in Anthropology from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) and MA. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands).

Please submit abstracts of between 300 and 500 words to both Flávia Pires (ffp23279@gmail.com) and to Christiane Falcão (cf45@st-andrews.ac.uk) by July 31st, 2012. Abstracts and articles must be submitted in English.

As Childhoods Today seeks to provide an international forum designed exclusively for the publication of articles by postgraduate students (i.e. those studying for the MA, M.Phil. or PhD), as well as those who have recently completed their PhDs in the field of Childhood Studies, only postgraduate taught and research students and those who have been awarded their PhDs in the past one year will be eligible to submit to this special issue. We particularly welcome contributions from students from the southern countries.

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