CFP: Centuries of Childhood, DCU 2018


 Centuries of Childhood

A conference on the history of children and childhood in Ireland and beyond

Hosted by the School of History and Geography, Dublin City University

Saturday, 16 June 2018

This conference’s name references Centuries of Childhood, the title of the 1962 English translation of Philippe Ariès’s  L’enfant et la vie familiale sous l’Ancien Régime, the book that helped to launch the history of children and childhood as an academic discipline. The conference builds on previous initiatives in Ireland to foster this area of historical enquiry, such as the foundation of the History of Irish Childhood Research Network in 2014, in order to provide a fresh forum for researchers to discuss topics and themes related to the history of children and childhood (including adolescence) over the centuries both in Ireland and beyond its shores.

Suggested topics and themes might include but are not limited to:


Children and their families  •  Educating children and youth  •  Medicine and children’s health

Children’s culture / youth culture  •  History of children’s literature  •  Sport and leisure

Legislation relating to children and adolescents  •  Child abuse and child welfare

Gender and childhood  •  Migration and emigration  •  Churches and children

Children and childhood in folklore  •  Archaeology of childhood

The impact of war or civil unrest on children and youth


Papers are welcomed from all disciplines and from both established scholars and new researchers.

Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers or proposals for panels on specific themes, together with a 100-word biography, should be emailed to:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 January 2018


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