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Empowering children by transforming norms

UPCOMING EVENTS

CHILDISM AND HISTORY

Wednesday March 27th, 2024, 9:00 - 10:30 US ET

Online via Zoom (join below)

Purpose

Patriarchy in the form of adultism is deeply rooted in history. Across a diversity of times, places, cultures, and social systems, adulthood (in similar ways to masculinity, Whiteness, heterosexism, and so on) has come to represent a normative humanity. This colloquium is the start of a project that aims to develop childist readings of history that both deconstruct its embedded adultism or age biases and lift up ways that children and adults have sought children's structural empowerment.

To this end, the colloquium explores possible connections between historical research and the critical lens of childism. While historical research has increasingly attended to children’s lived experiences, agency, and voices, it also needs to examine the underlying structural norms by which children are marginalized and/or empowered in the first place.

 

Presenters respond to the following questions:

  • Can the lens of childism be helpful for historical research? That is, can placing children at the center of inquiry change broader understandings of history and/or historical scholarship?

  • What, if anything, might distinguish childist approaches from other work in the history of childhoods?

  • What might childism offer to historical research that complements other critical perspectives such as feminism, anti-racism, disabilities studies, and decolonialism?

Program (in US ET)

9:00 - 9:10 am: Introduction (John Wall)

9:10 - 10:00 am: Panel Presentations (10 minute each)

  • Anna Mae Duane, Professor of English, University of Connecticut, United States, with expertise in 19th century US literature and race (website)

  • Sivan Balslev, Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, with expertise in modern Iranian childhoods and gender (website)

  • Elena Jackson Albarrán, Associate Professor of History and Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University, United States, with expertise in Latin American and Cold War childhoods (website)

  • Julie Reuss, Postdoc in Modern History, University of Bayreuth, Germany, with expertise in kinship, sexuality, and deviance in the Federal Republic of Germany (website)
  • Ishita Pande, Professor of History, Co-Convener of Global History Initiative, Queens University, Canada, with expertise in age and sex in post/colonial South Asia (website)

10:00 - 10:30 am: Open Discussion

PAST EVENTS

CHILDISM AND DECOLONIALITY IN EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH

Wednesday January 24th, 2024, 9:00 - 10:30 US ET (15.00 - 16.30 CET)

Online via Zoom (join below)

This is the first colloquium organised as part of the Childism Institute's project 'Childism and Decoloniality in European Educational Research'. It will address the relevance of age as an analytical category in research developments at the intersection of coloniality, racism and education. There will be short presentations by Tanu Biswas, Annette Hellman, Serena Iacobino and Elsa Roland, and Emiliano Macinai, followed by an open discussion.

Program (in US ET)

9:00 - 9:20: Introduction - Default Addressees of Pedagogy at the intersection of adultism and coloniality, Tanu Biswas (University of Stavanger)

 

The colloquium begins by introducing the shared interest of the presenters in advancing age-critical dimensions in educational research, especially at the intersection of diverse understandings of coloniality. The presentation will discuss the idea of children as ‘default addressees of pedagogy’ and the need for research cooperations that can contribute to age-inclusive transformations in educational relationships. 

9:20 – 9:40: Reflections on childism and decoloniality from a Foucauldian and intersectional perspective, Serena Iacobino (KU Leuven) and Elsa Roland (University of Brussels)

 

This presentation takes as its starting point Michel Foucault's genealogies of childhood, scattered throughout his work, and made more complex by contemporary Foucauldian studies, in particular Silvia Federici's feminist research and Anne Laura Stoler's postcolonial studies. The genealogies and concepts of these various authors will enable us to produce an original methodological framework from an intersectional perspective. Indeed, since the 1990s, intersectionality has been used in various ways: the question is how we want to think about intersectionality with reference to Foucauldian analytical frameworks and their critics. From this point of view, thinking about an 'intersectional childhood', as a method and a praxis, helps to modify debates about childhood in different geographies and temporalities, in order also to highlight its agentivity.

 

9:40 – 10.30: Open Discussion and Conclusion
 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

CHILDISM AND DECOLONIALITY IN EUROPEAN EDUCATION RESEARCH

Thursday November 16, 2023, 15.00 - 16.30 CET (11:00am - 12:30 pm US ET)

Online via Zoom

 

Conveners of the project Childism and Decoloniality in European Education Research, warmly welcome you to the project’s first open meeting. This meeting is open for those who want to get to know more about this project. In the meeting the co-conveners will discuss:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://stavanger.zoom.us/j/6078250046?pwd=dEl3Rk1HNUJsVUFJOGFrQjZtSlhUQT09

 

Meeting ID: 607 825 0046

Password: 766532

 

Best,

 

Tanu Biswas (University of Stavanger), Annette Hellman (University of Gothenberg),  Serena Iacobino (KU Leuven), Elsa Roland (University of Brussels) and Emiliano Macinai (University of Florence)

CHILDISM AND DECOLONIALITY IN EUROPEAN EDUCATION RESEARCH

Thursday November 16, 2023, 15.00 - 16.30 CET (11:00am - 12:30 pm US ET)

Online via Zoom

 

Conveners of the project Childism and Decoloniality in European Education Research, warmly welcome you to the project’s first open meeting. This meeting is open for those who want to get to know more about this project. In the meeting the co-conveners will discuss:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://stavanger.zoom.us/j/6078250046?pwd=dEl3Rk1HNUJsVUFJOGFrQjZtSlhUQT09

 

Meeting ID: 607 825 0046

Password: 766532

 

Best,

 

Tanu Biswas (University of Stavanger), Annette Hellman (University of Gothenberg),  Serena Iacobino (KU Leuven), Elsa Roland (University of Brussels) and Emiliano Macinai (University of Florence)

MOVING FORWARD WITH THE CHILDISM INSTITUTE

Friday September 27, 2023, 10:00-11:30 am US ET

Online via Zoom

 

After three years of transnational colloquia and other events, it is time to rethink how childism can be developed and critiqued in new ways. To this end, anyone interested childist theory, practice, and/or activism is invited to help think together about the following questions:

 

  1. How can theories and practices of childism better engage with work in childhood studies, critical childhood studies, critical children’s rights, and other critical approaches to understanding young people?

  2. Where might childism make deeper inroads into broader scholarship (in, e.g., history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, law, and so on)?

  3. What would it take to develop more effective childist public activism (e.g. in voting rights, juvenile justice, education, and so on)?

  4. How are or could be children and young people better included in childist work?

  5. What are the best ways for the Childism Institute to use its limited resources over the next three years (e.g. more colloquia, broader collaborations, developing teaching resources, new publications, funding, and so on)?

 

This will be a brainstorming type of conversation, so bring your creativity and ideas. All are welcome to listen and/or contribute.

2022-2023
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TROUBLING RESEARCH ETHICS

Friday April 21, 2023, 9:00-10:30 am US ET

Online via Zoom, Transnational Childism Colloquium

 

This colloquium explores the possibilities for a broadly (though not necessarily explicitly) childist approach to thinking about research ethics, that is, one that deconstructs prevailing adultist biases and tries to imagine more child-responsive research ethics for the future.

There are two presenters: Afua Twum-Danso Imoh of University of Bristol (UK), and Anna Sparrman of Linköping University (Sweden). These are preceded by an introduction by Tanu Biswas of University of Stavanger (Norway), and followed by short responses by Karin Murris of University of Oulu (Finland) and Peter Kraftl of University of Birmingham (UK).

CHILDISM AND DECOLONIALITY

Thursday February 9, 2023, 9:00-11:00 am US ET

Online via Zoom, Transnational Childism Colloquium

 

This colloquium explores the intersection of adult subordination of the young and colonial subordination of the ‘non-Western’ subject, along with a corresponding intersection of child and decolonial liberation. 

 

There will be two panels: Panel 1 on “’The Child’ and Coloniality” with presentations by Toby Rollo (Lakehead University) and Lucia Rabello de Castro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro); and Panel 2 on “Politics and Education” with presentations by Tanu Biswas (University of Stavanger) and Erica Burman (University of Manchester). There will be plenty of time for open discussion.

Mary E. John, Child Marriage in an International Frame: A Feminist View from India

NEW BOOKS SERIES (with CCYSC: Critical Childhoods
and Youth Studies Collective)

November 11, 2022, 6:00 pm IST (India), online.

Discussants:

Samita Sen, University of Cambridge

Ravinder kaur, IIT Delhi

Madhu Mehra, Director, Partners for Law in Development

Chair: Janaki Nair

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A CONVERSATION ABOUT COP 27:
TOWARD CHILD AND YOUTH CLIMATE JUSTICE?

November 10, 2022, 9:00-10:30 am US ET, online via Zoom.
 

While COP (Conference of Parties) 27 is taking place in Egypt, this panel of childhood scholars and young activists discusses how well the international community is responding to the climate concerns of children and youth. Discussion focuses on COP 27 as well as a range of relevant documents such as the COY (Conference of Youth) 17 "The Global Youth Statement.

2021-2022
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CHILDIST APPROACHES TO LAW

April 29, 2022, online via Zoom. Transnational Childism Colloquium.
 

This colloquium brought together legal and childhood studies scholars to create new synergies that lay the groundwork for a new field of childism and law. Presenters were Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Rebecca Stern, Pernilla Leviner, Hiroharu Saito, Karl Hanson, Aoife Daly, Thoko Kaime, Nate Walker, Hedi Viterbo. Each addressed the following questions: (1) What critiques might a childist perspective make of the study and practice of law? (2) What solutions can childism offer for developing more child-responsive legal structures? (3) What conclusions might be drawn about how different senses of childism as discrimination and empowerment can be productively combined.

CHILDISM AND FEMINISM

February 25 2022, online via Zoom. Transnational Childism Colloquium.

 

Panelists critically interrogate the generative tensions and possible synergies between feminism and childism.

 

How can feminism contribute to rethinking the empowerment of young people? How could childism borrow from and contribute to feminist scholarship and struggles to dismantle neo-colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism and heteropatriarchy? What tensions emerge between feminist and childist visions of critical scholarship and a more just world? How can feminist intellectual and activist histories inform ongoing movements to empower children?

MINI-CONFERENCE ON JOURNAL SPECIAL
ISSUE

January 20, 2022, online via Zoom.

This mini-conference workshopped five articles for an upcoming special issue of the journal Children and Society on the theme of "Childism."

 

Presenters were Erica Burman, Manchester University, UK;  Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, University of Wroclaw, Poland and Macarena Garcia, Pontifical Catholic University, Chile; Marek Tesar, University of Auckland, New Zealand; Britta Saal, Independent Scholar, Germany; and Julie Faith Parker, General

Theological Seminary, United States.

Paul Klee
Angelus Novus

CHILDISM AND PHILOSOPHY

December 10, 2021, online via Zoom. Transnational Childism Colloquium.

This colloquium brings together a diversity of perspectives to develop conceptual clarity about what could and should be meant by the term childism. What does the notion of childism mean? How could childism contribute to better understandings of human beings and relations? How is childism a challenge to the discipline of philosophy itself?

2020-2021
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CHILDISM AND THE FUTURE OF
DEMOCRACY

May 21, 2021, online via Zoom. Transnational Childism Colloquium.

 

Co-organized with the Department of Child Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

This colloquium explores some of the pressing challenges to democracy today and stimulates a discussion around how we can build a more child-responsive democracy for the future. How does childism help address
challenges like populism, authoritarianism, migration, the climate, and the pandemic?

RACISM AND CASTEISM IN LIGHT OF
CHILDHOODS

March 26, 2021, online via Zoom. Transnational Childism Colloquium.

 

Co-organized with the Critical Childhoods and Youth Studies Collective (CCYSC), India

 

Four panelists introduce us to how structural racism and casteism intersect with the marginalization of childhoods. How may childism be related to global anti-discrimination/privilege-critical movements? What can it learn from them? And what can it contribute?

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INAUGURAL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

June 11, 2020 online via Zoom.

The first meeting of the Childism Institute Advisory Board, to plan mission, projects, and organization.

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