Summer Workshop Hosted by CHS nad

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Trajectories of youth history

An online symposium co-hosted by the Society for the History of Children and Youth and the Children’s History Society

June 22nd and 23rd 2022, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. GMT

This collaborative event explores the scholarly legacies of two significant moments in the emergence of youth history, each of which turns fifty in 2022. In May 1972, Ruskin College in Oxford hosted a pioneering event, Childhood in History: Children’s Liberation, under the guidance of the celebrated historian Raphael Samuel and the History Workshop collective. That same year, sociologist Stanley Cohen published his influential book, Folk Devils and Moral Panics: The Creation of the Mods and Rockers. Each enterprise helped establish frameworks for understanding the contemporary and historic significance of young people – a universal social demarcation until then receiving only sporadic scholarly attention.

Hosted over two half-day gatherings, ‘Trajectories of Youth’ seeks to reflect on the intellectual preoccupations of 1972, take stock of the development of the field since then, and capture a flavour of the pioneering histories of youth being written today. Organised around eight panels which seek to pay homage, challenge, extend and globalise the categories of analysis current half a century ago, invited speakers (at different career stages) will deliver 20-minute papers, followed by workshop-style discussion. The panel themes, Definitions, Activism, Gender, Moral Panics, Religions, Disability, Changing Environments, and Visual Culture, will highlight key aspects of the representation and experience of young people.  Anna Davin, a founder member and editor of History Workshop Journal will set the context of “Children’s Liberation” in 1972, and the event will end with reflections on “Where next?”

More information available here.