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

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.

CFP: Revista Angelus Novus

Call for papers: "History of Childhood and Youth",  a special volume of  Revista Angelus Novus, an electronic journal of graduate students in Economic History and Social History of University of São Paulo, Brazil.
The deadline for sending the essay is December 15.
We will accept essay in English.


Contributions are sought for an interdisciplinary collection of essays to be edited by Allison Levy and published by Ashgate Publishing Co. in the new book series, Cultures of Play, 1300-1700 (see http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=5166; series editor Bret Rothstein). Dedicated to early modern playfulness, this series serves two purposes. First, it recounts the history of wit, humor, and games, from jokes and sermons, for instance, to backgammon and blind man’s buff.

CFP: Consuming/Culture: women and girls in print and pixels

Abstracts are due on 1 October 2014 for the Consuming/Culture: women and girls in print and pixels conference to be held at Oxford Brookes University on 5 and 6 June 2015.  The conference is sponsored by Oxford Brookes University, the University of East Anglia, and Arcadia University.

Further information can be found at http://openbrookes.net/consumingculture/ 

SHCY panel(s) on Childhood/Children and the Law

We are seeking paper proposals for a panel (or panels) on the legal history of children and childhood for the upcoming (June 24-26, 2015) meeting of the Society for the History of Children and Youth in Vancouver, BC.  In keeping with the theme of the meeting (“In Relation”), we are looking for papers that investigate the ways that children’s relationships with parents, siblings, spouses, or other relatives have been produced, regulated, or (de)recognized through the law.  Our own work is on the history of child/minor marriage in colonial India and the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Unite