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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:
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?
Where might childism make deeper inroads into broader scholarship (in, e.g., history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, law, and so on)?
What would it take to develop more effective childist public activism (e.g. in voting rights, juvenile justice, education, and so on)?
How are or could be children and young people better included in childist work?
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.
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.
Samita Sen, University of Cambridge
Ravinder kaur, IIT Delhi
Madhu Mehra, Director, Partners for Law in Development
Chair: Janaki Nair
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.
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
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.
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?
CHILDISM AND THE FUTURE OF
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
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?
EXPLORING CHILDISM ACROSS DISCIPLINES
Seven internationally renowned speakers investigate the possibilities and limits of the lens of childism across diverse research disciplines. Central questions: 1. Are there aspects of your research field that could already be described as “childist”? 2. What, if anything, could the concept of childism further contribute to your field? 3. What might be this concept’s limitations, flaws, or needs for revision?
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.