Children and Youth Studies Caucus
Children & Youth Studies Caucus: logo created by Megan Montague Cash.

The Children and Youth Studies Caucus joins scholars who engage in interdisciplinary perspectives on the individual experiences, social conditions, and rights of children and youth in both historical and contemporary contexts. Children and Youth Studies aims to understand the complex experiences and conditions of young people in global, national, and local settings.

CFP for Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus Sponsored Panel at ASA 2020

Please submit a proposal or spread the word!

Sponsored by the Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association, this panel considers the ways children and childhood have been produced as a tactic for suppressing resistance and revolt within marginalized communities. We seek papers that explore the social, political, economic, institutional, and/or historical forces that have shaped and produced childhoods in efforts to manage, exploit, and oppress marginalized populations. Drawing on the conference theme “Creativity Within Revolt,” we are also interested in papers that examine ways that children participate in, disrupt, and respond to the conditions that shape childhood, finding ways to resist within and even revolt against systems designed to harm them. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-incarcerated children and the juvenile justice system

-the infantilization of populations that result in the metaphorical production of childhood - childhood as a temporal category that attaches to particular bodies and communities -historical and contemporary institutionalization of children

-how gender and sexuality are permitted to be inhabited and embodied in childhood

-how race, ability, gender, sexuality, religion, and national origin shape state-sanctioned productions of childhood

-performances of childhood

We welcome papers that approach these issues informed by indigenous, critical race, queer, feminist, ecocritical, anthropological, historical, sociological, and/or literary methods. We also welcome papers that can speak to these issues from the positions of activism and praxis.

Please send a short bio and 300 word abstract of your proposed paper to Mary Zaborskis ( by January 26, 2019.



2019 Meeting Announcements:

The Children and Youth Studies Caucus has compiled a list of panels related to childhood and youth at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

We are also sponsoring a Mentoring Breakfast at 8am on Friday, Nov. 8.

Hawai'i Convention Center Restaurant TBD (we will email participants with precise location)

This session offers a mentoring opportunity within the field of Childhood and Youth Studies. This event is open to graduate students, emerging scholars, senior scholars, independent scholars, and professionals in careers outside of academia. Participants will be paired with senior faculty members and potentially professionals outside of academia. Mentorship groups will be created in advance, so please email Patrick McCreery at by Nov. 3 with your name, academic/professional affiliation, and research interests.

Mentors: Brigitte Fielder, Patrick McCreery, Beth Marshall, Philip Nel.

This session will be organized on site. The mentors will cover the costs of the mentees' breakfasts.

You're invited to our Business Meeting at 8am on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Hawai‘i Convention Center Meeting Room 326 A

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