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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 looking for proposals that address any aspect of the convergence of Popular Culture and American Childhood and Youth. This work may come from disciplines as far-flung as media studies, education, literature, history, psychology, philosophy, film studies, gender studies, law, music, economics, sociology, and may reflect an equally broad range of methodologies. We will accept proposals of single papers, full panels, roundtables, and always enjoy experimental formats. Please submit abstracts for papers on any subject through the “Submit a Proposal” link on the conference webpage.

Additionally, in recognition of MAPACA’s 25th anniversary in 2014, we think presentations that deal with the concepts of “anniversaries” or “25” in relation to children and popular culture would be fun. These might include birthdays, aging or growing, “25 as the new 18,” contemplations on children’s pop culture over the past 25 years, thoughts on the study of childhood over the past 25 years, anniversaries in children’s pop culture… Please submit abstracts for papers on any subject through the “Submit a Proposal” link on the conference webpage.

Finally, we are soliciting suggestions for an online archive of “American Childhood Culture in 25 Artifacts.” We seek ideas for any sort of pop culture production that is notable for its influence on American Childhood or 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, and may come from any moment in American history. Submissions to “American Childhood Culture in 25 Artifacts” will be archived online at 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 the artifact and a 250-500 word explanation of the importance of the object to American Childhood to Patrick Cox at Attending the conference is not required to have your object include in this collection. If you propose an artifact for this collection, you may still also propose a regular paper for the conference.

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