Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation

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First announcement and Call for Papers for an International Conference:

Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation

(5th-7th September, 2012)

The University of Central Lancashire is proud to host the second international conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network (

The first conference was in Nicosia in May 2008, on the theme ‘Child and Youth Research in the 21st Century: A Critical Appraisal’, and was attended by delegates from all over the world. The 2012 conference will take place in Preston, in North West England, and will be on the theme ‘Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation’.

The international research conference is aimed at researchers (both new and experienced), policy-makers and practitioners from all around the world. It will take place side by side with an international gathering of children and young people, currently being planned around broad themes of participation and citizenship. Shared plenary sessions, and a series of smaller workshops, will create spaces where children, young people and adults can come together and engage in dialogue.

Research and policy papers are invited on the following sub-themes:

  • Spaces, places and institutions of childhood
  • Inter-generational relationships
  • Public and private domains
  • Global and local
  • Inclusion and exclusion
  • Family and lifespan
  • Culture and context
  • Work, play and leisure
  • Mobilities and borders
  • Transitions and disruptions
  • Conflict and peace
  • Citizenship and rights
  • Responsibility and dependency
    • Public perceptions and attitudes

Cross-cutting themes are expected to include, for example, power, gender, abuse and exploitation.

 Confirmed plenary speakers are:

  • Libby Brooks (Columnist, The Guardian, UK)
  • Jim Davis (Good Childhood Advisor, The Children’s Society, England, UK)
  • Allison James (Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Berry Mayall (Professor of Childhood Studies, Institute of Education, University of London, UK)
  • Kavita Ratna (Director-Communications, Concerned for Working Children, Bangalore, India)
    • Harry Shier (Education Adviser, CESESMA, Matagalpa, Nicaragua)

Other plenary speakers may be added nearer the date.

Preston is surrounded by beautiful country, including the Lake District, the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde coast. The town was at the heart of the industrial revolution and the struggle for democracy in the 19th century, and since 2002 it has been England’s newest city. This conference will coincide with Preston Guild, a unique civic celebration which has taken place every twenty years since the Middle Ages.

Full details of conference fees and booking arrangements will be announced in January 2012.

Abstracts (up to 150 words) are invited to be submitted by 5pm on 31st March 2012. Decisions will be notified on 30th April 2012.

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