Children and Childhood Studies (CCS) focuses on the societal, cultural, and political forces which shape the lives of children and young adults and the concepts of childhood and youth. CCS research draws equally from the humanities and the behavioral and social sciences. Papers in this area examine the impact of popular culture on children, youth, and childhood, representations of children and youth in and the construction of childhood through popular culture, and the roles children and young adults take on as influencers and creators of popular culture.
We are are soliciting contributions for an online archive of “American Childhood Culture in 25 Artifacts.” We’re looking for any pop culture production notable for its influence on American Childhood or that has been an important feature in the landscape of American Children’s Culture. These might include toys, documents, TV shows, movies, items used daily, books or magazines, art work, architecture, policy, electronics or electronic games, clothing, food items… They may come from any moment in American history. Submissions to “American Childhood Culture in 25 Artifacts” will be archived online at H-PCAACA (https://networks.h-net.org/h-pcaaca) least two weeks before the conference as the centerpiece of some (hopefully) lively pre-conference online discussion. This will be followed up by a special roundtable at the MAPACA 2014 conference in Baltimore including some of the contributors and curators of the collection.
To propose an artifact, please send an image of it and a 250-500 word explanation of the importance of the object to American Childhood to Patrick Cox at email@example.com by October 17, 2014. Attending the conference is not required to have your object included in this collection. In fact, one of it’s aims is to extend participation in MAPACA beyond those able to travel to Baltimore that weekend!