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 Pop Culture/Humanities Scholar for potential grant project

My organization is applying for an NEH grant to digitize and potentially create an app for greater access to some of our collection material.  I'm looking for someone who would be willing to consult with us regarding products for children/childhood in the form of television program(s) and advertising.

[Our project will relate to a specific show, Captain Noah and His Magical Ark, which aired from 1967-1994 in the Philadelphia market and cereal premiums/packaging--and other material--created by John Walworth in the 1950s -1970s.]

CFP: Seeking panelists for 2015 Society for the History of Childhood and Youth Conference

Dear Colleagues,

I am putting together a panel on the history of extracurricular activities for the June 1015 Society for the History of Childhood and Youth (SHCY) Conference in Vancouver.  My own project is a social history of ballet class in America.  Other proposed topics include chemistry sets in the US and Germany and the role of the extracurricular in late 19th century American high schools.  If you are interested in joining this panel, please email me directly at klapper@rowan.edu.

CFP: panel on Children, Material Culture, and Identity for 2015 SHCY

I am interested in organizing a panel on children, material culture, and identity for the 2015 SHCY in Vancouver. My own work is on "childhoods of memory" and the role of nostalgia in 19th and 20th century children's material culture. If you are interested please contact me directly at jbaxter@depaul.edu

I hope there are a few other's interested in material culture who'd like to share their work in Vancouver.

Many thanks,


Jane Eva Baxter, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology

DePaul University

Mona Gleason
Alysa Levene

Levene on Gleason, 'Small Matters: Canadian Children in Sickness and Health, 1900-1940'

Mona Gleason. Small Matters: Canadian Children in Sickness and Health, 1900-1940. Mcgill-Queen's/Associated Medical Services Studies in the History of Medicine, Health, and Society Series. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013. Illustrations. xiii + 207 pp. $95.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7735-4132-0.

Reviewed by Alysa Levene (Oxford Brookes University) Published on H-Childhood (June, 2014) Commissioned by Patrick J. Ryan

CFP: Preadolescent Children in the 1960s

I am interested in putting together a panel on the 1960s as seen through the eyes of American children for the 2015 SHCY conference.  My work examines how the multiple social, cultural, and political changes between John Kennedy’s inauguration in January 1961 and Richard Nixon’s resignation in August 1974 manifested themselves in the lives of preadolescent children.  Please e-mail if you are interested in putting something together; jrhodes@semo.edu

Joel P. Rhodes, Professor of History, Southeast Missouri State University

CFP: ChLAQ Special Issue on Genre and Black Literature

Although much critical attention to black American literature has until recently focused on social realism and vernacular expression, writers such as Victor LaValle and Charles Johnson have called for creative writers to experiment with a greater variety of genres. Scholars have also sought to explore the fuller range of black expression.

CFP Childhood and Popular Culture, live and online

Just a friendly reminder. The Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association is accepting submissions for our 25th Annual Conference until June 15. We are seeking papers, panels, roundtables and other formats on any topic at the convergence of childhood and popular culture. Please see our full CFP for more info.