Youth and Development in the Post-colonial World panel proposal for Society for the History of Children and Youth conference in GalwayJune 2021.

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Dear all,

I am looking for co-panelists to put together a proposal for the Society for the History of Children and Youth conference in Galway in June 2021.

The panel will be on the relationship between youthhood or boyhood and the national development of the post-colonial world.

My paper will be on mobilisations of youth and the national development of India, 1947-1962. This paper could be combined with ones on the relationship between youthhood or boyhood and technical education, physical education, community development, welfare experiments, youth camps, cadet corps, five-year plans etc. in the global south between the 1940s and 1970s. Below is a proposed session title and a draft summary of the proposal.

If you are interested, please contact me ASAP off-list at t.wilkinson@lse.ac.uk. The proposal submission deadline is Friday 31 October 2020.

Proposed title: Youth and the Task of National Development in the Postcolonial World

The task of socially and economically developing the newly established nation-states of the post-colonial world often fell to young people. The history of how these spaces negotiated citizenship and imagined the futurity of the nation-state in addition to shaping the post-childhood passage to adulthood remains largely unexplored. This panel seeks to explore the welfare experiments, programmes, and mobilisations of youths in the global south for the purposes of development between the 1940s and 1970s. It will address the following questions: How were youths mobilised for the purpose of national development in the post-colonial period? and along what lines of post-colonial nationalism? What was the relationship between youth and the imagining of the nation-state? How did youths respond to these programmes and exercise agency? Can these mobilisations be judged a success or failure? How did the youth become a category in the domain of development policy?