Call for Abstracts: Special Issue on Children and Disasters
- Call for Abstracts: Special Issue on Children and Disasters
Children, Youth and Environments (CYE)
An upcoming special issue of Children, Youth and Environments will
advance scholarly and applied knowledge regarding the experiences of
children in disasters. This special issue will help scholars and
practitioners gain insight into the unique vulnerabilities and
special capacities of children by exploring what disasters do to
children and youth, what is done on their behalf, and what they do
Special issue authors will examine children's experiences in
disasters, while elucidating linkages between disasters and the
larger social, economic, political, and cultural contexts in which
these events occur. Here disasters are broadly defined as extreme
natural, technological, or intentional human-caused events.
Manuscripts that are international in scope and address the
consequences of disasters for children in the developed as well as
the developing world are encouraged. Innovative theoretical,
empirical, or methodological manuscripts from various disciplinary
perspectives will be considered for inclusion in the special issue.
Potential contributors should submit a one-page abstract to the
special issue editor, Dr. Lori Peek (lori.peek@...), by
September 15, 2006. After evaluation of the relevance of the
abstracts to the special issue, a number of authors will be invited
to submit full manuscripts to the journal for peer review.
Topics for this special issue may include examinations of questions
such as: What are the unique costs and consequences of disasters for
children and youth? What are children's experiences in disasters? How
do children's experiences differ from others around them? Are
children more vulnerable in disaster events? If so, in what ways? How
do children of different genders, age groups, ethnicities, social
class backgrounds, or religions experience and cope with disasters?
In addition to exploring children's vulnerability in disaster,
authors are encouraged to look at children's resilience.
Specifically, we are interested in views that see children not as
passive victims in disasters, but recognize that they have special
capacities and strengths that may help with their own recovery, as
well as the recovery of those around them. What have children done
for themselves to aid in their own post-disaster recovery? What have
adults done on children's behalf both prior to and following a
disaster to help reduce children's vulnerability? Based on empirical
research, what specific actions should be taken to help children
prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters?
Because disasters often damage or destroy the physical spaces in
which children live, manuscripts may also explore the ways that loss
of space and place may affect children's relationships and social and
emotional well-being. In particular, how does the loss of home,
school, play areas, and/or community impact children's recovery
following a disaster? Can those spaces be rebuilt or reestablished in
a just and sustainable manner? In what ways is it possible to
actively engage children in pre-disaster planning and post-disaster
For more information, contact: Lori Peek, Special Issue Editor,
Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, B-237 Clark
Building, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1784, USA; 970-491-6777
970-491-2191 (fax); lori.peek@....
Children, Youth and Environments is a peer-reviewed journal with a
multidisciplinary audience of researchers, policy makers, and
professionals in 143 countries