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CFP: Childhood in the City (UK) (1/17/06; 8/30/06-9/1/06)
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Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference 2006
Call for Papers:
**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A SESSION AT A BROAD INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL CONFERENCE, NOT FOR A STANDALONE CONFERENCE**
Convenors: John Horton, Owain Jones, Peter Kraftl and Faith Tucker
In his seminal text The Child in the City, published in 1978, Colin Ward sought to "explore the relationship between children and their urban environment" and to speculate "about the ways in which the link between city and child can be made more fruitful and enjoyable for the child and the city" (p.vii).
Nearly three decades on, this call remains deeply relevant and poignant in at least three senses.
Second, because academic and policy research - including that carried out under the rubric of 'Children's Geographies' - which has foregrounded children and young people's urban experiences has too-often failed to engage, or contribute to, the broader concerns, approaches, theories and methods of contemporary Urban Studies. For instance, Children's Geographers have engaged little with a raft of recent major methodological and theoretical developments in urban geography which variously call for critical ethnographic, affective and (im)material urban geographies (Lees, 2002, 2003; Thrift, 2004; Latham and McCormack, 2004). The reverse is also true: urban geographers have engaged little with theoretical and methodological debates about children's and young people's geographies (Valentine, 1996; Matthews and Limb, 1999; Horton and Kraftl, 2005; Cloke and Jones, 2005). Child-centred perspectives have thus had a generally low profile in manifold contemporary debates about the live!
Third, because children and young people are at the heart of many contemporary - and, as yet, seldom thought through - urban experiences, debates and representations. At the heart of these under-theorised and under-researched debates are pressing issues of social justice in minority and majority world contexts. In a critical sense, then, the global commonalities and discordances between the varied urban experiences of children could extend debates about issues as diverse as participation, sustainability, exclusion and lifestyle.
In these contexts, this session will provide a forum for new collaborations and debates around the multiple geographies of childhood in the city. As a point of departure we would encourage research papers to be submitted on one or more of the following themes.
Social justice(s) and urban childhood(s)
Please submit abstracts for twenty minute presentation (Max. 200 words) to