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Recent Network Content

Kids' Stuff in Contemporary Horror Films

The latest installment of American Childhoods presents a romp though childhood in horror films just in time for Halloween. In Kids Stuff in Contemporary Horror Films, horror scholar Karen Renner wonders why toys are so often so scary, and suggests the answer may lie in Freud's theory of the uncanny and show a haunted, rather than a cherished, view of childhood and the past. 

Last Minute Search fo Co-Panelist for UK Children's History Society (Deadline Nov. 1)

Hello -

I am making a last minute effort to form a panel for the Children's History Society conference at the University of Greenwich in June 2018.  Theme of the Conference is Children and Youth on the Move.  My paper would be on Greek adolescents and young adults in the 1950s who were relinquished for adoption by their parents in Greece, and then adopted by Aunts and Uncles in the US as a way to facilitate migration to the US.  I'm looking for other schoalrs treating adoption as migration, or exploring other modes of child migration esp. in the immediate aftermath of WWII.

Call for 1-2 panelists for global youth mobilities panel at "Children and Youth on the Move" Conference--London, June 21-23, 2018


Looking for 1-2 panelists for "Children and Youth on the Move" conference, convened by the Children's History Society, which will take place at the University of Greenwich, London, June 21-23 2018 (htt

TOC: Girlhood Studies (Vol. 10, Issue 2) - Technologies of Nonviolence

Dear Colleague,

Devoted to "technologies of nonviolence," this special issue of Girlhood Studies examines how this notion might lead to a reimagining of both urban and rural spaces as sites of networked resistance and transformation for girls and young women.

Volume 10, Issue 2

Technologies of Nonviolence: Reimagining Mobile and Social Media Practices in the Lives of Girls and Young Women.

Guest Editor: Laurel Hart

CFP: International Conference of Literary Juvenilia

Call for Papers

The Sixth International Conference of Literary Juvenilia is to be held in Durham University, UK from 5–8 July 2018  (at St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, DURHAM DH1 3RJ), University of Durham, UK.

Conference Title: 'Minority Voices: Writing by children and adolescents from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.'