2017 News and Events

Call for Papers: Children and Youth on the Move
University of Greenwich, London, 21-23 June 2018

In 2015, a shocking photograph of Alan Kurdi – one of the many Syrian child refugees drowned whilst crossing the Mediterranean – seared public and political consciousness around the world. Related to the concept of youthful displacement, that of mobility , requires interrogation for all historical settings and eras. The conference seeks to expand understandings of young people’s historical movements in all their forms and in relation to individual development (intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical). We anticipate that it will again offer a platform for school-age scholars to reflect on the ways they respond to history.  Themes might include:

spatial movement: forced and voluntary migrations and removals, refugees, evacuation, child soldiers, child transportees and slaves, fleeing, escaping, settlement and resettlement, ‘third culture kids’; movement and the body: ability and impairment, dance, physical education and sport, ritual movement in religion, sickness; leisure and lifestyle: travel, transport, vacations, sociability, visiting, trips to museums and heritage sites; emotions: altered emotional or spiritual states (‘being moved’); social and geographical mobility: movement and work, education, housing, welfare; sources on the move: literary narratives, moving images, correspondence, archival objects; politics: intellectual/cultural movements, marching, demonstration

Children and Youth on the Move, the second biennial conference of the Children’s History Society, will be hosted from 21-23 June at the spectacular riverside campus of the University of Greenwich, a world heritage site Abstracts of 300 words maximum, with a 2-page CV, should be submitted to M.C.H.Martin@greenwich.ac.uk and simon.sleight@kcl.ac.uk  by 1 November 2017. Panel submissions featuring three papers of 15-20 minutes apiece should be submitted by the organiser. Applicants will be notified in January 2018.

For other CHS activities, see https://twitter.com/histchild and https://www.facebook.com/histchild/

Co-Directors Mary Clare Martin and Simon Sleight


The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth: Special Issue on Ireland , Vol. 9.2

(Spring 2016).

Guest editors: Sarah-Anne Buckley, Marnie Hay, and Ríona Nic Congáil.

The study of the history of childhood is a new field of research in the Irish context and it

is developing rapidly.The essays in this special issue reflect the interdisciplinary

approaches that scholars are now taking to the study of Irish childhood in the past.


Editor’s Introduction

James Marten

Guest Editors’ Introduction

Sarah-Anne Buckley, Marnie Hay, Ríona Nic Congáil


Object Lesson

“A Work of National Importance”: Child–Adult Dynamics in Bailiúchán na Scol/The

Schools’ Collection, 1937-1939

Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn



Placeless Dead? Finding Evidence for Children in the Irish Landscape

Emer Dennehy


“This iniquitous traffic”: The Kidnapping of Children for the American Colonies in

Eighteenth-Century Ireland

James Kelly


Childhood and the Early Irish Novel

Anne Markey


Schooling the National Orphans: The Education of the Children of the Easter Rising


Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid


“For whose benefit these burdens must be taken”: Children, Employment, and Training in

Northern Ireland, 1921-1939.

Georgina Laragy


Immigrants, Aliens, Evacuees: Exploring the History of Irish Children in Britain during

the Second World War

Jennifer Redmond


Constructing the Child in Need of State Protection: Continuity and Change in Irish

Political Discourse, 1920s-1990s

Karen Smith

Children and the Irish Revolution: a one-day symposium



This one-day, multidisciplinary symposium explores children’s engagement with the Irish Revolution from the perspectives of History, Literature, and Education. Joe Duffy, presenter of Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1 and author of Children of the Rising (Hachette Books Ireland, 2015), will make the opening remarks.

VENUE: Dublin City University, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra

DATE: Saturday, 27 February 2016.

TIME: 9:45 am

REGISTRATION FEE (includes tea/coffee & lunch): €25 (waged) / €15 (student/unwaged)

HOW TO BOOK: Places are limited and may be reserved by emailing – childrenandtheirishrevolution@gmail.com

For information on the full programme of speakers see:



The V & A Museum of Childhood ‘

Exhibition – On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants

An exhibition telling the heart-breaking true stories of Britain’s child migrants who were sent to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries between 1869 and 1970. An estimated 100,000 British children were sent overseas by migration schemes, which were run by a partnership of charities, religious organisations and governments, and claimed to offer boys and girls the opportunity of a better life in Britain’s Empire overseas. Many migrants never saw their homes or their families again.

Featuring detailed first-hand stories, photography and personal items which belonged to child migrants, as well as video and audio which recount this period of history. There will also be a series of specially commissioned folk songs by leading British musicians including John McCusker, Julie Matthews and Boo Hewerdine that capture the reality of child migrants’ lives, which visitors can listen to at certain points in the exhibition.

V & A Museum of Childhood- On Their Own

The collection of music commissioned to accompany the exhibition is available on iTunes and full review is available here: The Ballads of Child Migration

Oxford University Centre for the History of Childhood – 2015 Colloquium


A one-day interdisciplinary conference on ‘Juvenile Delinquency in the 19th and 20th Centuries: National and Transnational Perspectives’

Conference Organizers: Professor Laurence Brockliss and Dr Heather Ellis

The conference will discuss recent work on the national and transnational history of juvenile delinquency and youth justice in different parts of the world with a particular focus on how ideas and understandings of delinquency have travelled across regional and national borders and been accepted, rejected or adapted in new geographical and cultural contexts.

Venue: Summer Common Room, Magdalen College, High Street, Oxford

The cost of attendance will be £50 for those who wish to take lunch in the New Room, Magdalen. This will be a very ample buffet lunch with wine as in previous years. For those simply wishing to attend the colloquium, there will be a charge of £15 to cover administration costs and tea and coffee. Cheques should be made out to ‘Dr L W B Brockliss, History of University’ and sent to Laurence Brockliss at Magdalen College, Oxford, OX14AU.

See http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/research/centre/centre-for-the-history-of-childhood/seminar-programme-and-colloquium-2014-2015.html 

Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature 2015 Conference 

Theme: Constructing childhoods and texts for children.

Date: Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April 2015.

Venue: dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire.

Conference Schedule 

Registration Fees:

€50 (waged – to include coffee, wine reception and ISSCL membership for 2015);                               €30 (student/unwaged – to include coffee, wine reception and ISSCL membership for 2015).


Friday 10th April

1-1:45pm:            Registration.

1:45-2pm:            Opening Remarks. Anne Markey, President of the ISSCL.

2-3:30pm:            Panel 1a – The Irish Classroom.

Chair: Ciara Ní Bhroin, Marino Institute of Education.

  1. Jane O’Hanlon, Poetry Ireland: Children’s literature in the classroom: perceptions of learning.
  2. Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra: “Of an elevating character”: An tAthair Pádraig Ó Duinnín and his works for schoolchildren.
  3. Jones Irwin, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra: Aesthetic-Ethical-Religious: Developing a curriculum for children in community national schools.

Panel 1b – Picture Books.

                                    Chair: Patricia Kennon, NUI Maynooth.

  1. Ewa Kleczaj-Siara, The University of Technology and the Humanities in Radom: bell hooks’s [sic] children’s picture books and the politics of resistance.
  2. Melissa Flynn, TCD: Irony, the postmodern picture book and the child reader.
  3. Claudia Mendes, University of Cambridge: Children in Roger Mello’s ageless picture books.

3:30-4pm:            Coffee.

4-5:30pm:            Panel 2a – Adapting Adult Texts for Children.

                                    Chair: Jane Carroll, University of Roehampton

  1. Abigail Moller, TCD: Reynard the Fox.
  2. Jessica Lim, TCD: Recreating old classics of the nursery: Charles Lamb and “adult” fiction in the Godwins’ Juvenile Library.
  3. Simone Herrmann, University of Siegen: Robinson Crusoe’s neglected centuries: 20th– and 21st-century transformations of the British Robinsonade.

Panel 2b – National Identity.

                                    Chair: Marnie Hay, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

  1. Anne Markey, TCD: The History of Harry Spencer (1794): Adapting Henry Brooke and Arthur Young for the Irish child reader.
  2. Sylvie Kleinman, TCD: Heroes and history in the “Irish story” for children: Exploring national identity, images and icons in texts for the young in Ireland, ca 1795-1875.
  3. Brian McManus, TCD: Irish apes, Irish fairies and Irish heroes: The conflict between text and image in H.T. Kavanagh’s “Darby O’Gill and the Good People”.

5:45-7pm:            Keynote Lecture. Maria Nikolajeva, University of Cambridge: Navigating fiction: Cognitive-affective engagement with place in children’s literature.

Chair: Anne Markey, TCD.

7-8pm:                    Wine Reception.

Saturday 11th April

9:45-11:15am:  Panel 3 – Constructing Childhoods.

                                    Chair: Áine McGillicuddy, DCU.

  1. Jane Suzanne Carroll, University of Roehampton: Material cultures of Victorian childhood.
  2. Olga Springer, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen: Ending where you started: The motif of the journey in Tove Jansson’s Moomin books.
  3. Rebecca Long, TCD: Narrative power: Children constructing childhood.

11:15am-12pm: Coffee/ AGM of the ISSCL.

12pm-1:30pm:  Panel 4a – Folklore and Fairy Tales.

                                    Chair: Róisín Adams, TCD.

  1. Ciara Ní Bhroin, Marino Institute of Education: From superstition to enchantment: T. Crofton Croker’s Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland.
  2. Catherine Ann Cullen, TCD: Remaking the magic: Máiréad Ní Ghráda’s Irish versions of the Ladybird “Well-loved Tales”.
  3. Ríona Nic Congáil, University of York / St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra: From flower fairies to burning babies: International fairy tales and twentieth-century Irish-language women’s writing.

Panel 4b – Television and Theatre.

                                    Chair: Nora Maguire, ISSCL.

  1. Anne Malewski (University of Roehampton): Which way is up: Representations of growth in This Is England.
  2. Kate Harvey (NUI Galway): Constructing childhoods through interactive theatre: the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, 2014.
  3. Karl Peters, TCD: Samuel Beckett and “Waiting for Elmo”.

1:30-2:30pm:     Lunch (not provided).

2:30-4pm:            Panel 5a – Children’s Publishing in Ireland.

                                    Chair: Anne Markey, TCD.

  1. Ciara Boylan, TCD/CICE: “Hast thou Children? – Instruct them”: Constructions of Irish childhood in the improvement literature of Abigail Roberts (1748-1823).
  2. Róisín Adams, TCD: Patairín agus Patarún and the evolution of Irish-language children’s literature in the Irish Free State.
  3. Laura Dooley, DCU: Reproducing the past without representing the present? Contemplating the history of and history in publishing for children in Ireland.

Panel 5b – Gender and Sexuality.

                                    Chair: Marian Thérèse Keyes, dlr LexIcon.

  1. Ciara Gallagher, TCD/CICE: Jack-a-Dandy and the General: Explorations of gender and childhood in the work of Elizabeth Lysaght.
  2. Sinéad Moriarty, University of Roehampton: Suffer Little Children: physical hardship and the construction of the male child in British whaling stories for children.
  3. Sarah Pyke, University of Roehampton: Spinning stories, crafting selves and reading against the grain: Two LGBTQ adults recall their childhood reading.

4-4:15pm:            Closing remarks

Modernism’s Child, University of Sussex, UK

A one-day conference on the subject of Modernism’s Child being held through the Sussex Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. The conference will be held on 20th April 2015 with a submission deadline of 1st March. Further details can be found on the website: https://modernismschildconference.wordpress.com/

Childhood, Culture and the First World War

The online digital resource on Childhood, Culture and the First World War, which emerged from the Approaching War conferences, is now available at:  http://www.fww-child.org.uk/

History of Irish Childhood – Overview and Interview by Dr. Patrick J. Ryan

CHILDHOOD: History and Critique (CHC) is a series of interviews, commentary, and happenings in historical studies of childhood presented by Dr. Patrick J. Ryan, Kings University College at Western University, Canada.

See http://shcyhome.org/2014/12/chc-episode-3-ireland-reading-childhood-comparatively/ 

Call for Papers: Irish Women and Children in the First World War

Newry and Mourne Museum is planning to hold a one-day conference on Friday 6 March 2015 to focus on “Irish Women and Children in the First World War”. The Museum is currently inviting proposals for papers. Proposals could cover, but are not limited to, the following: involvement in fundraising and voluntary work; nursing; women’s employment in munitions, etc.; domestic economy; fashion; suffrage; the Easter Rising; youth organisations; anti-conscription; bereavement, etc. National, regional and local perspectives are all welcome. Proposal abstracts, for twenty minute papers, should be no longer than 300 words. They should be sent to robert.whan@newryandmourne.gov.uk by 12 January 2015.

The abstract should be submitted as a Word attachment and include: (1) The title of the paper; (2) Institutional affiliation (if any); (3) Your professional status – academic, doctoral student, independent scholar/other; and (4) your contact details, including email address. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 16 January 2015. A volume of essays drawn from the conference papers may be published at a future date. The conference will be held at Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal’s Castle, Castle Street, Newry.

DIT School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences invites you to a reception to mark the publication of

The Government of Childhood

Discourse, Power and Subjectivity by Karen Smith (Palgrave, 2014)

to be launched by Fergus Finlay, CEO, Barnardos Ireland

6:30 pm (for 7pm) Thursday November 27, 2014

St. Laurence’s Church
, DIT Grangegorman Campus, 
Dublin 7.

Children, childhood and Irish society, 1500 to the present

Maria Luddy & James Smith, editors

Studies of Irish children’s literature are relatively numerous in Ireland, and yet the study of children and childhood, and the concepts associated with these words, is really just beginning in this country. Addressing this lacuna, this book is a significant contribution to the field of childhood studies. This extensive collection examines how attitudes to children have changed in Ireland over the past half millennium. The contents are informed in part by the emergence of Children’s Studies as an area of critical inquiry within interdisciplinary cultural studies. What, if anything, is new about how childhood is currently understood in Ireland? How has the understanding of Irish childhood changed over time? And how do earlier conceptions of Irish childhood feed into and/or inform more recent conceptualizations? Reflecting the interests of historians, literary critics and the discipline of social work in an attempt to cross-reference how children and childhood have been understood in the past and how certain attitudes and concepts evolved over time, this volume generates considered and important answers to these questions.

This collection of essays is available in leading bookshops. For further information, see http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1224

Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature 2015 Conference 

Theme: Constructing childhoods and texts for children.

Date: Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April 2015.

Venue: dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire.

Call for Papers

In Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), John Locke articulated a perceived link between his construction of childhood and texts for children by advocating the use of pleasant, easy reading material in the moral and social formation of the child. In the centuries that followed, approaches to childhood have varied and multiplied, and children’s literature has both reflected and resisted those changes. Proposals are invited on the overall theme and associated topics in the context of both Irish and international literature for children, and also in relation to print and other media. Papers in both the Irish language and English language will be most welcome. Cuirfear fáilte roimh chainteanna as Gaeilge agus as Béarla.

Possible topics include but are not confined to:

  • Theoretical approaches to childhood and their influence on children’s literature;
  • Children’s literature in the classroom;
  • Translation of texts for children;
  • Adaptations and retellings of adult texts for children;
  • Image and the visual in texts for children
  • Childhood in film and drama for children;
  • Constructing childhood through new media;
  • The history of publishing for children.

Proposals of 300 words maximum should be sent to Anne Markey, ISSCL President.

Email: amarkey@tcd.ie

Subject line should read “ISSCL Proposal” to arrive no later than Monday 15h December 2014.

For further information on the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, see http://www.isscl.com

Deadline Extended for SHCY2015 Proposals!

2015 Conference: CFP Society for the History of Children and Youth Eighth Biennial Conference

Date: June 24-26th, 2015
Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Proposal Submission Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2014 (FINAL)

Description: “In Relation: Children, Youth, and Belonging”

For further information see http://shcyhome.org/2014/10/deadline-extended-for-shcy2015-proposals/

CFP – The Lion and the Unicorn – Children’s Rights and Children’s Literature

Call for submissions on Children’s Rights and Children’s Literature for a Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn

Guest Editors: Lara Saguisag, College of Staten Island-City University of New York; Matthew B. Prickett, Rutgers University-Camden

We are seeking papers that investigate the intersections between the histories, theories, and practices of children’s rights and children’s literature. In response to the ratification of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) in 1989, advocates and scholars have debated the necessity and revealed the complexity of defining and implementing children’s rights across the globe. Critical discourse on children’s rights, however, has not yet fully examined the role that children’s literature plays in shaping, promoting, implementing and interrogating children’s rights. This special issue invites scholars to explore the connections between the institutions of children’s rights and children’s literature.

Essays should be sent to guest editors Lara Saguisag and Matthew B. Prickett at LU.RightsIssue@gmail.com by May 31, 2015. Submissions should be 15-20 pages (4000-6000 words). Accepted articles will appear in issue 40.2 (2016) of The Lion and the Unicorn.

For further information see https://networks.h-net.org/node/18732/discussions/40062/cfp-lion-and-unicorn-childrens-rights-and-childrens-literature


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