Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century

University of Pittsburgh
April 6-7, 2018

The past decade has witnessed an array of new forms of public and global interest in marginalized children, whether the incredible rise in the visibility of lesbian, gay, and transgender children, the international migrations of refugee children from Latin America and the Syrian conflict, or the over-incarceration and detention in the United States of undocumented and African American children. In a moment when the marginality of childhood and the child’s function as a signal of futurity are being refigured by these global and historical events, this conference seeks papers that reach across the many disciplines that study children to produce new ways of thinking that make sense of and respond to the complexity of their lives.

This two-day conference will explore how to conceptualize, theorize, and approach research on children and childhood in the rapidly changing context of the twenty-first century.

Co-sponsors from the University of Pittsburgh include The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, the Children's Literature Program, The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Center, and the Provost's Year of Healthy U.

Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.

Conference Chair
Julian Gill-Peterson
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Pittsburgh