The theme of the biennial Childhood Conference in 2021 is Childhood and Time. The theme is deliberately broad and designed to invite scholars to discuss timely perspectives on childhood across a broad spectrum. We hope to inspire lively debates about how childhood and time interweave from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
The conference is organised by Tampere University, the Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA, and the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies.
Due to the current situation with the Covid-19, the conference will be held online as a virtual conference. Having the conference online will also help to reduce the environmental costs of attending a conference (i.e., carbon footprint associated with air travel), as well as to minimize costs and alleviate barriers hindering participation due to various travel related obstacles.
Keynote speakers: Prof. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Prof. John Potter and Prof. Kaisa Vehkalahti
Panel discussion: Prof. Erica Burman, Dr. Stephanie Olsen, Prof. Spyros Spyrou and Prof. Hanne Warming
Individual abstract submissions for workshops and poster sessions as well as proposals for self-organised symposia are welcome.
Please, submit your abstract of no more than 350 words by 17th January 2021. Notifications on acceptance will be sent by 15th February 2021.
NOTE: If you submitted your abstract last year, it is still accepted, but you have to update submission anyway (either as it was or as a modified version). You can also withdraw your submission from the conference. You’ve been sent email concerning the submission. If you have submitted more than one abstract, you receive a separate e-mail for each of them. E-mails include update links to each submission.
Topics include but are not limited to:
• Modern and postmodern conceptions of time and childhood
• Children and childhood over time: histories of childhood and temporal structuring of childhood across time and spaces
• Children and future, including social, economic, political and environmental problems and alternative futures
• Age, development and notions of the normal in childhood related to time and the measurement of time
• Time and temporality in children’s everyday life, including children’s experience and time, children’s conception of time, children’s time use, routines, schedules, celebrations, calendar time, children and nature times, and performativity of temporality in childhood
• Children’s time, family time, institutional time and societal time, the management of time and regulation and surveillance of children through time
• Children’s emotions, body, space, gender, class and time
• Childhood and non-Western and Indigenous conceptualizations of time, such as Sami conceptions of time and ancestry or the Australian Indigenous notion of Dreamtime
• The role of time and temporality across the life course, age and generation in the study of childhood
• The politics, governance and commodification of time in childhood
• Childhood in a digital age
• Continuities and changes in childhood over time
• Time and temporality in the rhetoric and politics of childhood
The pre-conference workshops take place in Tampere on the 9th of May 2021 and extend explorations on the theme: ‘childhood and time‘.
2 November 2020: Abstract submission opens
17 January 2021: Deadline for abstract submission
15 February 2021: Notification of acceptance
15 February 2021: Registration opens
14 March 2021: Registration deadline for those with a presentation or poster
26 April 2021: Registration closes
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