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

International Journal of Play: CFP for forthcoming Special Issue

Histories of Play

The universality of children’s play crosses times, places and cultures — and histories of play offer unique perspectives on children and their worlds, and the wider societies they inhabit. This special issue examines the histories of play across historical periods, exploring (but not limited) to such topics as:

CFP: Motherhood, Childlessness, and the Care of Children from Slavery to Emancipation

As part of an international research network funded by an AHRC network grant entitled ‘Mothering Slaves: Comparative Perspectives on Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies’ we invite proposals for 20 minute papers for a conference to be held at the University of Reading, 19-21 April 2016.

NOTE NEW SESSION ROOMS for the SHCY 2015 Biennial Conference, UBC, Vancouver, June 24-26, 2015

Dear Delegates to the upcoming SHCY Conference at UBC in Vancouver:

Please note that important changes to conference session rooms are in effect.  Other conference details, including session slots, remain the same as our last program iteration in late May. The final program can be accessed here.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee:

Mona Gleason (mona.gleason@ubc.ca)

ANN: New Book on German orphanage and boarding school for girls in late Ottoman Beirut

German Religious Women in Late Ottoman Beirut. Competing Missions by Julia Hauser offers a critical analysis of the German Protestant Kaiserswerth deaconesses’ orphanage and boarding school for girls in late Ottoman Beirut as situated within the larger field of educational development in the city.

ANN: Open Anthropology - issue on youth

Open Anthropology, the digital journal of the American Anthropological Association, is offering a theme-issue on "Approaching Youth in Anthropology" for its June 2015 issue. It includes articles previously published in a variety of AAA journals.

"Approaching Youth in Anthropology" is open access for six months (it launches today, June 9).