H-Childhood is an edited network focused on the history of childhood and youth. Subscriptions to H-Childhood are free. The H-Childhood network is co-sponsored by the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) and H-Net.

Recent Network Content

ANN: Call for Nominations - Grace Abbott Book Prize - 2019


The Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) is pleased to call for nominations for the best book published in English on the history of children, childhood, or youth (broadly construed) published in 2019. The winner will be announced in mid-summer 2020.

Query re Senior Scholastic

I'm looking for some background information on a journal for highschoolers -- Senior Scholastic.  I know it was being published in the 1940s and still published in the 1970s.  Anyone know of a source for encyclopedia-type info that can be used to situate articles from this publication?

CFP: C19 2020 Panel, "Childhood Studies and Disability Studies: Charting Confluences" (Aug. 22)

Childhood Studies and Disability Studies: Charting Confluences

This panel seeks to interrogate the intersection between disability studies and critical childhood studies in the long nineteenth century. The emergence of figures of disability in the nineteenth century coincides with new conceptions of childhood. Socially constructed and coded through developmental  models, these social formations are intimately related.

CfP: International Workshop on The Politics of Family Secrecy

International Workshop at University of Copenhagen, April 23 – 24, 2020 
Call for Papers
Illegitimate children, adoption, queer sexuality, mental illness, incest, family violence, treason, venereal disease, drug addiction, alcoholism, suicide… Every family has a skeleton in the closet or so the saying goes.