This page provides information on the 2015 Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood II Conference, held from May 8-10, 2015, at the University of Lethbridge.
We take great pleasure in announcing the second Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood conference, and look forward to continuing the conversations begun at the first conference in 2011, which drew together an international group of 125 scholars. We aim to build on the success of our first conference, and to exploit the synergies within the U of L’s newly established multidisciplinary Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS).
We therefore invite scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of academic disciplines (including the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, policy studies, social work, and education) to consider the state of child and youth studies, a vibrant and rapidly evolving field of inquiry.
- Appropriations of childhood.
- Is work the opposite of play?
- Does humanitarian aid help or harm children?
Proposals for papers on additional themes will also be welcome.
Three days of multidisciplinary panels with scholarly presentations on conference themes; poster sessions; several keynote events; practitioner sessions; and a film screening.
- Tim Gill, http://rethinkingchildhood.com
- Katie Hinde, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
- Jane Humphries, Professor of Economic History, All Souls College, Oxford
- Karen Wells, Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck University of London
Keynote Speakers - Bios
Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood, and an effective advocate for positive change in children’s everyday lives. For over 15 years his writing, research, consultancy projects, and other work has focused on the changing nature of childhood, children’s play and free time, and their evolving relationships with the people and places around them.
Katie Hinde, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Katie Hinde’s innovative work investigates how variation in mother’s milk and behavioral care influences outcomes from post-natal life into adulthood and inter-generationally. She is also interested in the organization of personality and temperament, and blogs at http://mammalssuck.blogspot.com.
Karen Wells, Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck University of London
Karen Wells is Programme Director for International Childhood Studies and Lecturer in International Development. She is the author of Childhood in a Global Perspective (Polity, 2009) and has published widely on children and visual culture. She is currently researching the life history narratives of children who have been fostered into the UK from overseas (privately fostered children) in collaboration with Children and Families Across Borders.
Jane Humphries, Professor of Economic History, All Souls College, Oxford
Jane Humphries’ recent book, Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution drew on a very large number of autobiographies by working men and used an innovative quantitative and qualitative methodology to illuminate aspects of children's lives which are inaccessible on the basis of more conventional sources. The monograph was awarded the Gyorgi Ranki Prize for an outstanding book in European Economic History by the Economic History Association in 2011 and provided the basis for a successful BBC4 documentary, ‘The Children Who Built Victorian Britain.’ The conference will feature a screening of this documentary and a discussion featuring Dr. Humphries.
18:00 - 21:00 Registration and Opening Reception
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 Opening Remarks
|9:15-11:15||FINDING THE AUTHENTIC VOICES OF YOUTH||BECOMING A PERSON: IDENTITY IN CHILDHOOD||CHALLENGING CHILDHOOD|
|Chair: Mary-Anne Shantz||Chair: Robin Bright||Chair: Steve Ferzacca|
The appropriation of the child reader in Battle Bunny
Considering representation and the ethics of appropriation when conducting research with young people: methodological approaches
The importance of digital tools: a child's perspective
Laura Teichert & Ann Anderson
Pre-school Trinidadian children's racial self-identification: the relationship between cognition and racial socialization
Emobodied reason and the rights of the child
Jennifer Carla Moule
Children and creative capacity: denaturalizing conceptions of creativity in schools
Children and youth's complex stories: a collective visual dialogue
The children's story museum: the design of spaces for interactive play and learning with children's books
A look to the gesture or to the word? Sex-differences in a gesture-word learning task in the second year of life
Afra Foroud & Janet Werker
Everyday workings of multicultural citizenship: youth negotiation of hegemonic citizenship
Working at living: negotiating dependency
"The place I was they would not let me write so I have lost all trace of them": Individuals, isolation and "innocence". Exploring the spaces of the 19th Century child migration
11:30 - 13:30: Jane Humphries - Film showing and Conversation
"The Children Who Built Victorian Britain"
|13:45-15:15||TRADING IN CONCEPTS OF CHILDHOOD AND BIRTH||EARLY CHILDHOOD IN THE CLASSROOM|
|Chair: Glenda Bonifacio||Chair: Amy Von Heyking|
The global/local production of childhood and child rights in Haiti
Early childhood teacher education at the University of Chicago lab school, 1896-1902
British industrial labour movements and the origins of modern adolescence
Elizabeth Massa Hoiem
The Young Wage-Earner: Trade Unions and Young Workers in Postwar Britain
The understanding of early childhood development that Alberta kindergarten teachers bring to their work when administering the EDI
Remembering childhood as teachers' identify work.
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break
|15:30-5:00||WHO SPEAKS FOR THE CHILD? CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN FOCUS||PLAYING WITH LEARNING|
|Chair: Carol Williams and Heidi Mac Donald||Chair: Sergio Pellis|
Orphanage dance shows: part of the solution or most of the problem?
Corporations as activists? Child labour eradication and corporate social responsibility in Latin America
Scientific experiences as a means of learning and play for all young children in early education settings
Play is the work of childhood: ECE’s colonizing childhood through notions of productive play
The challenges in protecting 21st Century children’s rights using 1980’s international law
Technologies of play: children, childhood and progress
18:30 - Drinks Reception
19:00 - Gala Dinner, Galt Museum
Keynote Speaker: Tim Gill
"From Protection to Resilience: Why and How We Should Reframe our Approach to Risk in Childhood"
8:00 - 9:15 Graduate Student Mentoring Breakfast
8:00 - 9:15 General Breakfast
9:15 - 11:00 iHUMAN Workshop: Moving the Mountain
iHuman Youth Society (Edmonton): Brianna Olson and Wallis Kendal
|11:15-12:45||NEGOTIATING YOUTHFUL SPACE||CHILDREN IN THE WILD||PRACTIONER WORKSHOP|
|Chair: Rob Wood||Chair: Jan Newberry|
Risky business: queer youth in informal educative spaces
Immigrant youth and the work of everyday multiculturalism
The construction of gender relations at youth work actions in Yugoslavia
Growing Up in Edmonton: Children’s Urban Play Within and Beyond the Boundaries of Structured Programs, 1930-
PearlAnn Reichwein & Paula Retamales
What would Plato do? The seriousness of a child (or rat or monkey) at play
Sergio Pellis & Louise Barrett
Building Brains and Futures
Making the Most of Play and Individual Differences in Education: Applications from the Montessori Method
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch and Keynote: Karen Wells
"Theorising Transnational Childhoods: Networks, Capital, and Social Reproduction"
|14:45-16:45||TELLING STORIES AND MAKING UP CHILDREN||CRITICAL INFLUENCES SYMPOSIUM||PRACTIONER WORKSHOP (14:45-17:00)|
|Chair: Elizabeth Galway||Chair: Janay Nugent|
The human- nature dilemma: interactions with natural space in Bridge to Terabithia
Why do we even call it YA anymore?: Crossover literature and adult readers
This Sport of Tormenting": Children and Animals in Eighteenth- Century English Prose
Sympathy for the big bad wolf: young Blackfoot readers respond to Western fairytales through their cultural lens
Critical Influences on Early, Family and Youth Literacy Policy in Diverse Communities
Working with Young Children and Families in Culturally Responsive Family Literacy
Challenges of North-South Collaborations in Developing Locally Informed Early Literacy Research and Policy in Emerging Countries
The Politics of Production: The Negotiation of Voice and Social Justice in Youth Programming
Practical advice for fostering healthy brain development
Robbin Gibb (14:45-15:45)
Bridging Cultures: Engaging Aboriginal Learners in Culturally Relevant Ways
17:00 - 18:00 - Poster Session
(Judges: Josephine Mills, Maria Madacky, Louise Barrett)
List of Poster Presentations
Sarah Dada: Best Side Story? Observable Differences in Children’s Play Across Lethbridge.
Jonathan Jarrett: Investment in infants and time-budget trade-offs in vervet monkey mothers.
Dan Konecny: Youth, Risk, & Discourse: Policy & Praxis.
Patrick McFarland: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives on the Etiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Antisocial Disorders in Adolescence.
Jessica Parker: Sexuality Equality of Parental Investment by Rural Zulu Women.
Joshua Semerjian: Growing up rural: the play-work of farm kids.
Celeste Sharpe: Creating the Poster Child: Representations of Childhood in Public Health Campaigns, 1945-1980.
Rae Ann Van Beers: Youth as Citizens or Puppets? Student Participation in Social Justice Projects.
Jon Doan, Kyle Jensen, Trishell Provost: Work coexists with play amongst rural Alberta's youth triathletes
18:30 - 21:00
Keynote: Katie Hinde with BBQ followed by live music
"Food, Medicine, & Signal: How Mother's Milk Shapes Infant Development"
We are offering a day trip to Waterton Lakes National Park on Sunday, May 10 Waterton is located in the Rocky Mountains and is a little over an hour away from Lethbridge. There a plenty of hiking trails and a little town with restaurants and gift shops If you could like to participate in this day trip, please click here.