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Mid-Atlantic Popular &
American Culture Association

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Children and Childhood Studies

Area chairs

Patrick Cox (Rutgers University)
Brandi J. Venable (Rutgers University)

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.

Call for papers: 

We are currently hosting an online archive and discussion in collaboration with H-PCAACA title “American Childhood in 25 Artifacts” It can be found here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/1378... It features a crowdsourced collection of artifacts for American children’s pop culture and insights from a very wide wide range of scholars. The online discussion is open to all and will be followed by a special roundtable discussion of children’s popular culture at the MAPACA 2014 conference in Baltimore including some of the contributors and curators of the collection (http://mapaca.net/conference/2014/sp...).

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