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March 26th 2012

Perspectives on Contemporary Legend 2012

Göttingen (Germany) Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 June, 2012



The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research is pleased to announce that the 2012 conference will be held in Göttingen on the above date under the auspices of the Encyclopedia of the Folktale (Enzyklopädie des Märchens), an institute of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. The conference will take place in the Old University Library (Paulinerkirche), Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen.

As usual, the meeting will be organized as a series of seminars at which the majority of attendants will present papers. Concurrent sessions will be avoided so that all attendants can hear all papers. Proposals for special panels, discussion sessions and other related events are encouraged. All presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for discussion.

Proposals for papers on all aspects of "contemporary," "urban," or "modern" legend research are sought as are those on any legend or legend-like tradition that circulate actively at present or have circulated at an earlier historical period. To submit a proposal, please forward a title and abstract (250-300 words) by 1 February 2012 to:

Enzyklopädie des Märchens
Friedländer Weg 2
37085 Göttingen

See also the society website 

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February 29th 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Children’s Media Conference’

Sheffield (UK) 4th – 6th July 2012

Deadline for abstracts: 16th March 2012 

The research strand of the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) is a crucially important part of this annual event, which attracts over 800 children’s media professionals to Sheffield every year. The content shared during the research sessions is always received favourably by delegates and the strand’s role is to provide insight and thought provoking research to the children’s media community.

The CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee is delighted to announce this year’s call for papers to be presented at the 2012 Children’s Media Conference between the 4th - 6th July.

The Conference theme for 2012 is “Ahead of the Game”.  Not all sessions will address this theme, but all session producers will be asked to consider how they can make their content relevant to it. We welcome submissions on the following themes relating to children aged 0-14 years:

• Co-viewing across any media platform and how it might be changing
• Alternative means of consuming AV content
• Micro-transactions by parents for children
• The speed of intense playground trends and crazes (FADs)
• The connection between learning, play and media
• Explorations of gender preferences
• Explorations of children’s consumption of technology

Submission Process and Deadlines:

1. Please submit a 600-word abstract detailing the research including where appropriate objectives, methods, timings, hypothesis and outcomes.
2. Submit your entry to by 16th March 2012.
3. Submissions will be reviewed by the CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee. The committee members are from a variety of backgrounds; Research industry, academia, client-side and agencies. Successful applicants will be notified by 9th April 2012.
4. If you are selected, research sessions will take place on the Thursday 5th July – through the day, and will all be repeated to maximise their potential audience, on Friday 6th.

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February 26th 2012

Visions and Voices of Childhood:

Rutgers University, Camden (NJ) (USA) 21st/22nd May 2012





The Rutgers University-Camden Childhood Studies Graduate Student Organization (GSO) invites submissions for paper presentations for its second formal graduate student conference to be held AS ABOVE. Graduate students from all disciplines who are engaged in research relating to children and childhood are encouraged to submit proposals.


As the field of childhood studies continues to grow, old and new debates and concepts continuously impact the study of children and childhood. Representations and interpretations of children's lives and perspectives have become central to these debates. This conference proposes an open, broad definition of children's visions and voices. Both the theoretical debates surrounding visions and voices and the application of such concepts are encouraged.


Topics can include, but are not limited to: 


  • Representations of children across all media (literature, film, television, internet, etc.)
  • The theoretical concept of "the child's voice" in qualitative and quantitative research
  • Children's development
  • Rights of children - Globalization and children
  • Children's involvement in research
  • Ethical and methodological considerations for the child's voice
  • Visual literacy and children
  • Children and religion
  • Statistical representations of children
  • Children's health
  • Race, class, and gender in the study of children
  • Geographies and histories of childhood


We invite proposals from all disciplines-education, literature, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, political science, history, public policy, criminology, philosophy, medicine, religion, film studies, cultural studies, and the arts - as well as multi-disciplinary scholarly work.


SUBMISSION: 250-word abstract plus cover letter with name, current level of graduate study, affiliated university, and email address to . Include the words "conference abstract" in subject line, and include name on the cover letter only.


DEADLINE: December 15, 2011. Accepted presenters will receive notification by February 1, 2012. Contact Matthew Prickett at if you have questions about the conference, or visit


Visit the Department of Childhood Studies here:


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October 2nd 2011

Children, Violence, Community and the Physical Environment



Abstracts are being sought for a special issue of Children, Youth and Environments on the above topic edited by guest editor Kevin Lalor.

All papers should concern themselves with aspects of place. They should make clear how children enact their lives in particular places and how specific place-related characteristics affect their (right to) safety.

For example topics and more information, see: 




September 26th 2011

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference


Final Call for Papers

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, New York, 24-28 Feb 2012

Geographies of the Life Course

We are seeking to organize a number of sessions that individually and collectively examine the spatiality of different phases of the life course and that foster dialogue and debate about life histories and life paths.  The broad aims of the session/s are to enable a detailed sharing of methodological and ethical issues arising from quantitative and qualitative engagement with time in the study of the life course, between geographers working on childhood, adulthood and older age.   Besides work on discrete phases of the lifecourse this session is also interested in research issues and methods involving the structures and sequences of events and transitions throughout an individual’s life, stressing intergenerationality (Vanderbeck, 2007) and intersectionality (Valentine, 2007).  We welcome papers that examine a variety of traditional and non-traditional methodological approaches to study the life course (from narrative to GIS), as well as papers that deal with ethical conundrums of life course research, including participation, privacy and authenticity.

If you are interested in participating in this session, please submit a 250 word abstract to Nancy Worth, Susan Lucas and/or Irene Hardill at, or no later than September 26th.  Please provide us with the names of all authors and the AAG PIN for the corresponding author.


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August 8th 2011

Folklore and Fantasy

University of Chichester (UK) 13th – 15th April 2012


The Folklore Society and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy are calling for papers for the above conference.

Many folktales are closely related to the fantastic – through subject matter, content and impulse. Folklore often deals with the fantastic, or turns to the supernatural to provide explanations for extraordinary events. Similarly, folklore has long been a major source of inspiration for fantasy literature, from authors like Kevin Crossley-Holland and Angela Carter and graphic novelists like Neil Gaiman and Bill Willingham who take on and re-present traditional stories, to authors like Lloyd Alexander Susan Cooper, Kate Thompson who draw on established tropes, to authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Susanna Clarke and Terry Pratchett who invent their own folk traditions.

This three-day conference will explore, investigate and celebrate the relationship between folklore and fantasy. We welcome papers on all aspects of folklore and fantasy from the medieval to the modern and the post-modern.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Folklore of the fantastic

  • Invented Folklore in Epic Fantasy
  • Graphic novels
  • Urban Legends
  • Superstitions
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • Monsters, Bogies and Boggarts
  • Real and invented folk history
  • Medieval and Modern Travellers’ Tales
  • Folklore in Children’s Literature
  • World Folklore in American Fantasy
  • Celtic folklore in Popular Culture
  • Folklore on the Stage or on the Screen
  • The Commodification and ‘Disneyfication’ of Traditional Stories
  • Folklore in Art

 Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to enquiries@folklore-society.comand to







May 3rd 2011

Challenging Leisure: the 10th Biennial ANZALS conference

University of Otago, Dunedin (New Zealand) 6th – 8th December 2011

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) are calling for papers on the above event which will take place at the Commerce Building at the University of Otago.

To help democratise the conference and develop synergises a variety of people from around the world have already volunteered to convene a diverse array of themed sessions. In addition, the conference committee welcomes the submission of papers which might not fit into one of the themed sessions, with further sessions to be developed in line with the nature of the papers received. Consequently, this is a call for anyone interested in potentially presenting a paper at the conference on issues related to leisure, recreation, tourism, travel, hospitality, events, and/or sport to submit abstracts for their papers to either a themed session or to the conference in general. Details of the themed sessions are available on the conference website. If you do not think your paper is appropriate for one of the themed sessions please submit your abstract directly to the conference organising committee ( who will review your abstract and allocate it to an appropriate session.

Themed panels include: Exploring gender and leisure; Risk and leisure; and Animals in the leisure experience, among many others.

Abstracts for the general conference call for papers (limited to 250 words) should be submitted as an attachment to Please ensure that abstracts include all author names, institutions and an email contact for the lead author. Any special presentation equipment (e.g. slide projector) required should be noted in the email in which the abstract is submitted. Abstracts for any of the themed sessions should be emailed to the convener of the appropriate session.

For more details see the conference website

April 28th 2011

Magic is Might: exploring the cultural Influence of the Harry Potter books and films

University of limerick, Ireland 23rd – 24th July 2012

The Department of Sociology and the Interaction Design Centre (Department of Computer Science and Information Systems) at Limerick University are calling for papers for the above international academic conference exploring the cultural Influence of the Harry Potter books and films.

The Harry Potter series has become a publishing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of children and adults all over the world. The stories created by J.K. Rowling have inspired extensive multidisciplinary academic discussion, ranging from cultural and literary analyses, sociological and philosophical interpretations, design practices, to recognised medical publications.

Conferences have taken place that focused on the impact that the novels have had on the world and their educational contribution and edited collections have been produced centering on themes of philosophy, religion, sociology, and critical analysis, to name just a few. The characters' relationships, the political and social systems, and cultural commentaries woven into Rowling’s writing are just some examples of what makes the Harry Potter series an exciting framework for academic discourse in a number of areas.

This two-day event will feature twenty 15-20 minute presentations on papers relating to popular culture and the Harry Potter series. We will encourage intensive and lively discussion and debate around the papers over the two days in this intimate setting. Wizards, muggles, established academics and postgraduate students are invited to submit papers. Post conference, full papers will be put together into a collection that will be available online.

Suggested Topics include but are in no way limited to:

- Society (both Wizard and Muggle) and its portrayal
- The Law and the Criminal System
- Government and Politics
- Gender
- Race
- Class
- Prejudice
- Relationships (sexual, friendship, the family etc…)
- Human and Non-Human Rights (werewolves, goblins, house elves, centaurs, ghosts, Aragog, etc…)
- Bodies and Embodiment
- Education
- Conformity and Deviance
- Socialisation
- Sexuality and the Erotic
- Media, Technology and Design
- Fashion, Music and the Arts

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April 20th 2011

Youth in Motion: Spatializing Youth Movement(s) in the Social Sciences

 University College London (UCL) (UK) Thursday 16th June 2011

The UCL Youth Geographies Research Group (YGRG) is calling for participation and papers for the above event to take place at the Department of Geography at University College London (UCL) on Thursday 16th June 2011.

Social science research frequently implicates movement(s) when examining the nature, meaning and experience of space and place. Exploring movement(s) itself/themselves can be as revealing of human lives as the sites in and across which they are located. Focusing on the perspectives of youth, this workshop aims to explore the ways in which young people define, experience, initiate or resist movement(s), and the ways that we as social scientists understand/research them. Taking notions of movement, motion and mobility in their broadest senses and at a variety of scales, we extend the reach of the workshop to encompass discussion on themes such as;

-young bodies and corporeality
-spatial freedom and restriction
-travel and migration
-emotional and developmental transition
-youth subjectivities and narratives in flux
-socio-economic and cultural inequalities of participation and engagement
-contested spaces of belonging and exclusion

Rather than structuring the workshop around paper sessions, we are keen to foster open discussion and critical engagement with key conceptual and methodological questions relating to research on youth movement(s). The day will include a keynote panel discussion and interactive sessions where all participants will be encouraged to share aspects of their work. We are therefore eliciting submissions in the form of short (five minute) position papers concisely outlining a personal research project, question, problem or theme, coupled with key questions to be discussed by workshop participants. Position paper submissions are not a prerequisite to attend, but we would encourage prospective participants to do so in the interest of generating vibrant discussion.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to Caitlin O’Neill Gutierrez at c.o’ or James Esson at no later than 5pm on Monday 9th May 2011.


April 11th 2011

Children and Youth in a Changing World

KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa (India) 26th – 30th April 2012

The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences will be holding the above international multi-disciplinary conference in 2012 at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT University)

The conference will examine childhood cross-culturally and historically to gain the richest and best informed perspective for looking at children in the present and moving forward. The overall aim of the conference is to offer a common platform for anthropologists in academia, government organisations, non-governmental organisations and agencies working on and with children from different parts of the world to address various issues relating to children and childhood.
The conference is also open to non-anthropologists such as, but not limited to, aid workers, medical personnel, representatives of national, international and NGO intervention programs, as well as those working with immigrant, refugee and displaced communities. The conference will examine childhood cross-culturally and historically to gain the richest and best informed perspective for looking at children in the present and moving forward.

 More information contact Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera by emailing
To download a pdf document from the union with more details click [here]

April 4th 2011

Child Labour in the Past


University of Cambridge (UK) 30th September – 2nd October 2011

The Society for the Study of Childhood (SSCIP) in the Past is calling for papers for their 5th International Conference to be held at the McDonald Institute at the University of Cambridge from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2011.

As in previous years, the SSCIP 2011 International Conference will include papers on recent research into any aspect of children and childhood in the past, and a special themed session. Papers may address childhood in the past in general, or the theme in particular.

In 2011, the themed session will be on children and work. The aim of the themed papers will be to bring together scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines who are studying any aspect of children and work in the past - children as economic contributors, children as slaves, elite children taking on adult roles, children as carers, children as consumers, the impact of working in childhood on children and society. The aim will be to advance cross-cultural knowledge and understanding of childhood and children in the past, and in particular to evaluate the varying nature and impact – social, economic, cultural, medical – of work performed by or for children in the past. Archaeology, history, literature and other sources will be explored. In providing this opportunity for scholars of childhood to present their work to an international, interdisciplinary audience, the SSCIP International Conference aims to generate new perspectives on existing knowledge and to stimulate new avenues of research for the future.

Offers of papers for this conference should be addressed to: Dr Carenza Lewis, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3ER

See also the society website

March 3rd 2011

Monitoring Parents: Science, evidence, experts and the new parenting culture

University of Kent 13th & 14th September 2011:

The Centre for Parenting Culture Studies and the Kent Centre for Law Gender & Sexuality are calling for papers for the above conference to be held at the University of Kent (UK) on the 13th and 14th September 2011.

The conference aims to provide an opportunity for for inter-disciplinary discussion of empirical and theoretical work that explores the increasing advance of a ‘science’ of child-rearing. Proposed themes may include 'The scientisation of everyday childcare: feeding, discipline, sleeping, crying, playing, watching TV, reading, daycare choices'; The relationship between schooling and the ‘home environment’; and 'Brain-based understandings of adolescent behaviour'.

Abstracts of around 250 words should be sent to Dr Ellie Lee by April 1st 2011

See the CPCS website for more details [here]. 

February 23rd 2011

The Centre for the Study of Play & Recreation: Launch Event


University of Greenwich 17th May 2011

The University of Greenwich, London (UK) is calling for papers and presentations for an event to launch The Centre for the Study of Play & Recreation to be held at the university on May 12th 2011.

The centre is calling for multidisciplinary papers or presentations on any aspect of play or recreation, either as academic research, or as a form of social practice and community engagements. Topics could include 'Recreation & Games'; 'Toys & Links with anufacturers'; and 'Playwork & Volunteering'.

Proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to by 17th March 2011.

For more details click [here].








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