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Survey from the AAA's Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group

Survey from the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group

Have you taken the ACYIG/NEOS survey yet? If your work intersects with the Anthropology of Children/Youth, we want to hear from you about how the American Anthropological Association's Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group & its publication NEOS can best support you. 

Panelist sought for 2020 Cultural Studies Association Conference - Cultural histories of children’s bodies

We are soliciting proposals for papers to fill out a panel tentatively titled “Cultural histories of Children’s Bodies” for the 18th annual meeting of the Cultural Studies Association which will convene in Chicago on May 28-30th, 2020.   If interested, please email an abstract to ryan.bunch@rutgers.edu by Dec 5th.  

Additional information about the conference can be found here: https://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/conference-960395.html

Childhood Corporal Punishment During the Hellenistic Period

I'm seeking to understand the nature of childhood corporal punishment under Hellenism -- anything pertaining to attitudes, prevalence, and practices. (Somewhat related, I'm also interested in childhood corporal punishment in the Roman Empire among peoples for whom the rules and culture of patria potestas did not apply.) I'd be thankful for suggestions for primary and/or secondary sources, as well as any ideas that might be helpful. Thank you.

Benjamin Abelow, M.D.


Historical Studies in Education / Revue d'histoire de l'éducation - The autumn 2019 issue is now online! Le numéro d'automne 2019 est disponible!


James Miles, "Historical Pageantry and Progressive Pedagogy at Canada’s 1927 Diamond Jubilee Celebration," 1–26.

Bruce Curtis, "Colonization, Education, and the Formation of Moral Character: Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s A Letter from Sydney," 27–47.

Gerald Thomson, "The Determination of the Intellectual Equipment Is Imperative: Mental Hygiene, Problem Children, and the History of the Provincial Child Guidance Clinic of British Columbia, 1932–1958," 48–78.

Sites of Girlhood

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ANN: Fass-Sandin Article Prize in English - 2019 - Call for Nominations

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