Mechanization and the Child

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
JOCPC: Journal of Children in Popular Culture
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JOCPC is now accepting article submissions for the Fall 2023 issue focusing on the broad theme of the mechanized child. We have kept the theme open-ended and invite works across a wide range of disciplines where researchers are exploring representations of the intersection between the child figure, childhood and mechanization. This may include robotics, automatons, cyborgs, AI, VR, and other emerging technologies, both historical and future forward, real and fictional, and how these are used by, to, on and for children. Born alongside new and emerging technologies, children have an innate fluency with new technologies that often leave their adult counterparts behind, reinforcing the notion of children as symbols of futurity. The theme of mechanization and the child also includes screen and literary texts. Contributors are invited to explore both high and low-tech forms of mechanization.  


JOCPC is an open-access, online, international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholars and professionals to interrogate representations of the child in popular culture. The journal facilitates an international dialogue among scholars and professionals through vigorous discussion of the intersections between the child, the conception of childhood, and any other interactions with the child in the context of popular culture.


JOCPC invites critical and/or theoretical examination of the child to further our understanding of the circulation, consumption, and representation of the child throughout a variety of mediums within popular discourse. All disciplines are welcome and international submissions are encouraged.


Submissions are to be between 5,000 and 9,000 words, including notes.


The journal is also accepting reviews for books, films, and television. Contact for more information and review submissions.