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Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus

The American Studies Association’s Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus invites all interested 2008 ASA conference attendees to attend the following four events, to be held at the annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 16-19, in the Albquerque Convention Center.

1) Caucus-Sponsored Panel

Disability & Youth Culture: “Mental Defective” Embodiment, Special Education, and the Brain
Friday, Oct. 17, 2:00-3:45, Taos Room

Chair: Michael Bérubé (Pennsylvania State University, University Park Main Campus (PA))

Mona Gleason (University of British Columbia (Canada))
Navigating the Pedagogy of Failure: Medicine and Education Encounters the Disabled Child in English Canada, 1900-1960

Beth Ferri (Syracuse University (NY)), *David John Connor (City University of New York, Hunter College (NY))I was the special ed. girl: Urban Working-class Young Women of Color

Julie Passanante Elman (George Washington University (DC))
Normative Neurology: Disability and Teen Sexuality in the Decade of the Brain

Commentator:  Michael Bérubé

2) Related Panel of Interest

At the Crossroads of Children’s Studies and American Studies: Intersections, Possibilities, Challenges
Saturday, Oct. 18, 10-11:45, Tijeras Room

Chair: Carol J. Singley (Rutgers University, Camden (NJ))
Presenter: Anna Mae Duane (University of Connecticut (CT))
Presenter: Paula S. Fass (University of California, Berkeley (CA))
Presenter: Lucia Hodgson (University of Southern California (CA))
Presenter: Caroline F. Levander (Rice University (TX))
Presenter: Karen Sánchez-Eppler (Amherst College (MA))

3) Related Panel of Interest

Coloring Outside the Lines: Performing Race in Children’s Books
Saturday, Oct. 18, 12:00-1:45, Santa Ana Room

Chair: Cecelia Tichi (Vanderbilt University (TN))

Jennifer A. Hughes (Emory University (GA))
The Right to Laugh: Children, Race, and Humorous Publication in Antebellum America

Michelle H. Martin (Clemson University (SC))
Performing Race, Performing Music & Black Identity: The Sad-Faced Boys of Arna Bontemps

Philip Nel (Kansas State University (KS))
The Black Cat in the Hat: Seuss and Race in the 1950s

4) Annual Business Meeting of the Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus

Thursday, Oct. 16, 11:45-1:15, Nambe Room

For further information or to join our caucus, please visit our website at http://www.theasa.net/caucus_youth/
or e-mail the caucus organizers, Bill Bush (william.bush@tamuk.edu) and Adam Golub (agolub@fullerton.edu).

Caucus-related events at 2007 ASA:

1) Business Meeting of the Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus

WHEN? Saturday, Oct. 13, 12-1:30, Rm. 501

2) “Childhood and Youth Studies: Surveying an Emerging Interdisciplinary Field.”

“Breakfast of Champions” Roundtable Panel for Graduate Students, co-sponsored with the ASA Students’ Committee

Panel Participants:

Paula Fass, UC-Berkeley; Myra Bluebond-Langner, Rutgers University; William Bush, UNLV

WHEN?  Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 AM, Salon CD.

3) Keywords in the Historical Study of Children and Youth

Chair: Lynne Vallone, Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers U.

Panel Participants:

“Character”:  Jay Mechling, American Studies, U. of California, Davis

“Innocence”: Leslie Paris, History, U. of British Columbia

“Consumer Culture”:  Daniel Thomas Cook, Department of Childhood Studies,

Rutgers U.

“Politics”: Julia Mickenberg, American Studies, U. of Texas-Austin

Comment: Lynne Vallone, Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers U.

WHEN? Friday, Oct. 12, 2-3:45, Rm. 412

4) Forty Years of Juvenile Justice Studies in North America: Revisiting Anthony M. Platt’s _The Child Savers_ (1969, 1977)

Chair: Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Chicana/o Studies, U. of California, Davis

Panel Participants:

Anthony M. Platt, School of Social Work, California State U., Sacramento

Mary Odem, Women’s Studies and History, Emory University

Tamara Myers, History, U. of British Columbia

Geoff Ward, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern U.

William Bush, History, U. of Nevada-Las Vegas

Comment: The Audience

WHEN?  Friday, Oct. 12, 8-9:45, Rm. 412

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Call for Papers—Exploring Childhood Studies, A Graduate Student Conference

Call for Papers—Exploring Childhood Studies, A Graduate Student Conference
Department of Childhood Studies
Rutgers University, Camden

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CFP: Rock Music and Youth Identities in Soviet Bloc

Call for Papers: “Rocking the Bloc: Rock Music and Youth Identities in
the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe”

Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic
Studies (AAASS) are planning a series of panels on the theme, “Rocking
the Bloc: Rock Music and Youth Identities in the Soviet Union and
Eastern Europe.”  The panels will take place during the AAASS 40th
National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, November 20-23, 2008.
Panelists will be invited to take part in the publication of a book on
rock music and youth identity in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. 

Contributions by graduate students and junior and senior scholars are
welcome.  We hope to involve scholars from a number of disciplines as
well as scholars from the region. 

Interested participants should submit titles of their presentations,
brief summaries of presentations (100 words maximum), and curriculum
vitas to Dr. William Risch, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia
College and State University, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by December 31, 2007.

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CFP: What is Childhood Studies at New York University, May 2008


What is Childhood Studies- and how do we teach it in the classroom?

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association

New York University

New York City

May 22-24, 2008

“Childhood” has become a hotly contested subject in academic discourse. 
Its growth in popularity parallels the emphasis over the last half
century in the field of cultural studies to give voice to the
“voiceless.”  Childhood & Children’s Studies now occupy an important
place in academia, as illustrated by the fact that York University in
Toronto and Rutgers University have both recently added degree granting
Children’s Studies programs.  In this seminar, a potential syllabus for
a first year undergraduate course “Introduction to Children’s Studies”
will be looked at - and a series of constructivist activities will be
used for each week of the syllabus- to illustrate ways of engaging
student activity and critical thought in both small seminar and large
lecture style classrooms.  Participants in this seminar are asked to
read the /United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child/
(available at http://www.unicef.org/crc/) in advance and come to the
seminar with an activity designed to help teach some aspect of the
convention.  At the completion of the workshop each participant will be
given a copy of each of the seminar’s activities, in addition to a copy
of each of the activities designed by the other 14 participants. Please
note that this is a workshop for all teachers, not only those in
childhood studies,  since many of the activities used in this workshop
can be adapted and used to cover other areas of cultural studies.  The
seminar is being taught by Stephen Gennaro. Stephen Gennaro is a
cultural historian of youth and media.  He has over 10 years of teaching
experience at all levels from nursery school to undergraduate and has
been developing curriculum for public school boards and private
institutions for close to 15 years. Stephen is currently teaching in the
Children’s Studies Department at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Interested parties please contact:

Stephen Gennaro
Children’s Studies,
Division of Humanities
76 Winters Lane
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

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NYT Review of Chudacoff, Children At Play

Domininque Browning writes in the NYT about Howard Chudacoff’s new book, _Children at Play: An American History_:

“In a fascinating and provocative survey, ‘Children at Play: An American History,’ Howard P. Chudacoff traces the evolution of the ways in which children have amused themselves since colonial times. Using letters, diaries and literature as his sources, he examines adults’ attitudes toward play, as ‘the devil’s workshop,’ or as the work of childhood. At the same time, he shows what children have doneto amuse themselves—either in spite of the adults or abetted by them. You would think that child’s play is a spontaneous and natural affair. Quite the opposite. It has long been shaped by a convergence of many forces—from styles of clothing to the design of houses to social revolutions—and by simple demographics like the proportion of children to adults at any given time.”

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CFP: American Play: Sports, Games, Entertainment, and Fantasy in American Culture


Announcement Expires On: 01/15/2008



A special international conference jointly sponsored by the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association (http://www.hbg.psu.edu/hbg/research/maasa) and the Great Lakes American Studies Association (http://www.ohiou.edu/glasa) in Rochester, New York, USA, in cooperation with the Strong National Museum of Play(r).

Date of Conference: April 4-5, 2008
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: December 14, 2007
Electronic Submission: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Location: Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York (http://www.strongmuseum.org) USA.
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency Rochester
Contact: Professor Simon J. Bronner, American Studies Program, The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898 USA, 717-948-6039 (o), 717-948-6724 (fax), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Proposals for papers and presentations are invited for a special conference addressing the theme of “American Play: Sports, Games, Entertainment, and Fantasy in American Culture” to be held at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, April 4-5, 2008. Play is conceived broadly in this call and proposals are invited that explore and expand the definition and application of play in American Studies. The organizers are especially interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on play across the life span, including adulthood and old age; cultural meaning of play and entertainment in theme parks, film, literature, television, advertising, and political protest; uses of fantasy in new media and technology, including video gaming and the Internet; material and visual culture of play, including toys, furniture, dress and the body, costuming, sports, and board games, for adults as well as children; the topography of play, including parks, stadiums, playgrounds, and gyms; play in consumer culture, including intertextual connections between merchandise and film, music, advertising, and television; relationships between play and work, and the idea of leisure and recreational industries as they have historically emerged in the United States and its border regions, especially in Canada; verbal play, including humor, speech, jokelore, and legendry; intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and age in sports and recreation; the ethnography of play behavior, especially controversial traditions such as pranks, hazing, gestures, and “extreme” sports; comparative cultural analyses of games, sports, and entertainment in the United States and other countries.

Proposals for individual papers and presentations (15-30 minutes for each presentation, depending on the number of presenters in a session) should include one sheet with title, name and affiliation of author, and 150-300 word abstract. Another sheet should include a brief CV or biographical statement with full contact information of the presenter, including email. Proposals for panels, roundtables, and workshops should include a summary of the panel’s concept and a list of participants and special roles (chair, discussant, respondent). Send materials by email BEFORE DECEMBER 14, 2007 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Proposals will be evaluated by a program committee composed of representatives from the sponsoring organizations of the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association and the Great Lakes American Studies Association, and notices will be sent to presenters in February 2008.

Publication of papers from the conference will be encouraged. Presenters will be invited to submit papers for a special issue subject to peer review in the American Journal of Play, edited by Dr. Jon-Paul Dyson. The American Journal of Play is intended to increase national awareness and understanding of the critical role of play in learning and human development and the way in which play illuminates the cultural history of the United States.

The setting of the Strong National Museum of Play is significant for this conference because it is the first and only major museum in the world devoted to the study and interpretation of play. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York (already home to the National Toy Hall of Fame(r) and the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, and other play-related artifacts) nearly doubled in size in 2006 to 282,000 square feet after a $37 million expansion. Attendees at the conference will have an opportunity to tour the collections of the museum in addition to having the benefit of free admission to the exhibitions. To encourage family participation, the Strong National Museum of Play will extend a 50 percent discount to family members accompanying attendees (an adult needs to accompany visitors under 17). Rochester is also an attractive destination for American Studies students and scholars because of famed material and visual cultural institutions, such as the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Genesee Country Village and Museum, Susan B. Anthony House, Mount Hope Cemetery, and the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester. Significant nearby attractions include the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, Corning Museum of Glass, Hill Cumorah-Mormon Historical Site, Sonnenberg Gardens Mansion State Historic Park, and the Jell-O Gallery. The setting of the Strong National Museum of Play is also significant in its representation of the collaboration of public heritage professionals, academic institutions, and community scholars that has been a priority of the sponsoring organizations. The organizers especially want to encourage opportunities for exchanges among public and academic sectors and lively discussions among participants on the theme of play. It is a theme, the organizers want to emphasize, that merits interpretive work characteristic of American Studies as play affects significant aspects of American life and letters, including public policy, education, family and human development, environment, and media.

For more information, contact Simon J. Bronner at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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