CFP for Gender & Childhood Conference Proposal Due 5/1/2014

full name / name of organization: 
Gender Studies at University of Notre Dame
contact email: 
Pamela.Wojcik.5@nd.edu

Call for Papers

“Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood”
A Gender Studies Conference at the University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
December 4-6, 2014

In recent years, there has been great interest in questions of gender and childhood, ranging from issues around boys wearing princess costumes to school; to Disney princess culture; to parents refusing to announce a baby’s biological sex; to pre-teen children coming out as gay, lesbian, and queer; to toy companies marketing toys by gender; to gender-related bullying, and more.

How are children gendered? How do we account for transgender children? How have ideas about girls and boys changed historically? How are children hailed as gendered consumers? How do schools inculcate ideas about gender? How do children’s books promote ideas about gender? How do changing ideas about parenting relate to children’s gendering?

This conference seeks to explore issues of gender and childhood through multiple lenses and from a wide range of disciplines. We welcome papers on gender and childhood in media, literature, history, anthropology, biology, architecture, philosophy, art history, sociology, education, and more. We are especially open to interdisciplinary approaches.

Topics might include:

Representations of children in film, children’s books, adult books, TV shows, paintings, photography. etc.;
Childhood spectatorship and fandoms;
Gendered childhood spaces;
Gendered toys and games;
Ideologies of childhood sexuality;
Parenting books and gender;
Children and gay parents;
Sports and gender;
Children’s fashion;
Reality TV and children’s gender;
Children’s fiction and gender;
Transgender children;
Children’s own media and internet practices;
Journalism and childhood;
Gender and bullying;
Transnational gender identities;
Schooling practices.

Proposals should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper, a list of three keywords, and a brief biographical statement listing your title, the name of your college or university, and your areas of research and writing . Proposals for creative work – poetry, short stories, short films, will be considered.

Please indicate technology needs, such as powerpoint or DVD.

Proposals are due by May 1, 2014

Send proposals to:

https://notredame-web.ungerboeck.com/spa/spa_p1_authors.aspx?oc=10&cc=11...

Questions can be addressed to: Pamela Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, The University of Notre Dame, by email, with the subject line “Gender and Childhood”: Pamela.Wojcik.5@nd.edu

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian