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

CFP - Childhood History Symposium - Congress of the Americas - 2015

Conv. Simposio La infancia en la historia de las Américas y Caribe  55 ICA


SIMPOSIO La infancia en la historia de las Américas y Caribe, 26 (Área temática 4: Historia)

Coordinadores: (juventudinfancia@hotmail.com)

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - childhoods beyond the binary

Seeking two papers on the theme of childhoods "beyond the binary." How have individual children, groups of children, or theories of childhood, challenged the binaries of sex and gender in the past? How do the categories of age and gender intersect?

My paper will explore a manuscript memoir of a 19th-century American woman educator who chose to wear boys' clothes and be called by a boy's name during childhood. The paper will explore the boundaries of girlhood and boyhood in the antebellum era, and explore the possibiities for doing a trans* history of early American childhood.

CFP - Kansas City’s Golden Age? 1918-1941

The Kansas City Public Library and the History Department at the University of Missouri–Kansas City seek papers to be presented at a public conference in the spring of 2016. The conference will explore the rich history of Kansas City in the interwar period of 1918-1941, which has been characterized as an exciting period of growth, development, and cultural fluorescence — Kansas City’s “Golden Age”— even in the midst of rampant public corruption, economic depression, and strained relations among the races and sexes.

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - Cold War

I would like to create a panel on the relationships children and youth experienced during the Cold War. My own paper will focus on the ways children functioned as “cultural diplomats” during the Cold War and created international relationships through participation in art exchange programs, particularly Art for World Friendship. I welcome scholarship that does not focus on the U.S.

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - Institutionalization

Call for Panelists, SHCY Eighth Biennial Conference, June 24-26, 2015, in Vancouver, B.C.

Seeking two papers for a panel that will focus on institutionalized children’s relationships with and/or within institutions and institutionalized children’s relationships with the outside world.  Our current papers focus on relationships at an orphanage during the Civil War and relationships between girls and staff at an industrial school in the post-World War II decades.  Papers discussing other time periods are preferred.

Seeking Panelists - SHCY 2015 - Girls, Agency, and Belonging

I am seeking to put together a panel for SHCY 2015 that examines how new visual technologies and new materials shaped young female subjects’ self-perception, peer relations, social dynamics, and domestic roles during the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My own work looks at fan materials authored by movie-loving adolescent girls growing up in North America during the 1910s.