Childhood Studies at the American Studies annual meeting in November, 2013

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Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus, American Studies Association
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The Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) is soliciting papers to form into panels for the next annual meeting of the ASA in Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2013. The theme of next year's meeting is "Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent" (full CFP is here:

The Caucus encourages scholars working at the intersections of childhood and American studies to submit proposals that interrogate the conference theme in relation to their research. Papers might consider a variety of issues in relation to the theme: student debt, notions of children's indebtedness to parents, cultures of debt surrounding childrearing, class and children's experiences, impacts of the recent (or previous) recessions on children's culture, etc.

As we receive paper submissions, we will unite scholars working on similar issues into coherent panels, solicit chairs and/or commentators, and select two panels to sponsor for the program. Our goal is to increase the presence of childhood studies in the American Studies Association.

Those interested should submit an abstract (max. 500 words) and a brief bio (2 sentences) to Rebecca Onion ( and Nick Syrett ( by January 1st. Please also feel free to email with questions.

Rebecca Onion
Postdoctoral Fellow
Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science

Nicholas Syrett
Associate Professor of History
University of Northern Colorado