UPDATE: [Cultural-Historical] Urban Childhoods - NYC Conference CFP

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Jennifer Griffiths
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Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: "Urban Childhoods"
 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
March 6, 2009
New York Institute of Technology Conference Facility
16 West 61st Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
11th Floor
New York, NY 10023
The New York Institute of Technology announces its fifth
interdisciplinary conference, “Urban Childhoods.” Scholars from a range
of disciplines are invited to interpret the theme broadly for this one-
day conference at NYIT's Columbus Circle campus.

The conference, as in past years, will draw scholars from around the
country and world for panel discussions, featured speakers, and lively
conversation. Keynote speakers, such as author Mark Kurlansky,
sociologist Saskia Sassen, and historian Kenneth T. Jackson, have added
to the depth of past conferences.

(Previous conference websites can be visited at
http://iris.nyit.edu/nycim and

Possible themes for papers:

•Children as conspicuous consumers and marketing targets for
the “Merchants of Cool”
•Children’s rights in urban centers, including issues related to human
trafficking and immigration, and disabilities.
•Safety and parenting choices
•Youth gangs, bullying, and bystanders
•Identity formation and encounters across cultures and class
•Playgrounds/sports/green space access
•Educational choices and politics, including admissions practices,
preschools, and nannies.
•Identity formation and encounters across cultures and class
•Papers related to the representation of urban childhoods in popular
culture and literary/artistic texts, including The Bowery Boys, Pixote,
Pretty Baby, Eloise, and Born into Brothels.

Please send a 500-word abstract and C.V. to Jennifer Griffiths at
jgriff02_at_nyit.edu by Jan 15, 2009.

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