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: Girlhood Studies (Vol. 7, Issue 2) - A Girl's Education

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Girlhood Studies has been published by Berghahn Journals. This issue of GHS, broadly based, however accidentally, on the theme of a girl’s education, also includes reviews of two books, both by leading authors in the area of girlhood studies in the US. As this issue of Girlhood Studies goes to press, we are excited to announce that starting with Volume 8, we will be publishing three issues a year instead of two.

Seeking panelists - SHCY 2015 - Premodern childhoods

Seeking panelists for SHCY 2015: "Where are the Children? Sources and methods for the study of premodern childhoods"

We are seeking one or two papers for a proposed panel exploring sources and methods for the study of premodern children and child-adult/child-child relations for the 2015 SHCY conference in Vancouver (http://shcyhome.org/conference/).

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - Government and Diplomacy

We are looking for one or two more presenters for a panel at the SHCY conference in Vancouver, June 2015.

Our panel will be on children's relationships with the federal government and diplomacy. 

The two current papers deal with children’s letters to President Eisenhower revealing aspects of the gendered and racial experiences of children during the Cold War and children's roles as "cultural diplomats" in art exchange programs during the post-WWII period.

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - Family and Institutions

I am seeking panelists for the SHCY conference in Vancouver, June 2015.

Questions of familial relationships and sense of belonging are complex when dealing with children who were being raised in institutional settings, who frequently had living relatives.  I propose a panel that looks at these questions from various perspectives. 

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - Globalising History & the British world

Seeking one paper on the theme of children, childhood and youth in the British world between 1800 and 1950. Children and young people, both British and Indigenous, were central to the imperial project, burdened with its hopes and anxieties. This panel will seek to connect both the national and the international by further interrogating this network of young subjects in the making across the British world. In what ways was childhood contingent on national factors?

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - Child welfare projects in Asia

I am seeking one or two panelists for the SHCY meeting in Vancouver next June.

The proposed panel will consider child welfare projects in Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries, paying particular attention to the relationship between Western aid workers, local caregivers, and the children under their care. We are interested in questions of authority and power in child welfare projects, as well as how children responded to the different aid workers in their lives.