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Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth Conference

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  • Caitlin Cahill
    The following is a forwarded message. Please refer to contact information below. Call for Papers * * *Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth Conference* * *
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      The following is a forwarded message. Please refer to contact information
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      Call for Papers
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      *Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth Conference*
      * *
      Department of Geography, University of Durham
      17 - 18th July 2006


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      *Confirmed Keynote Speakers:*


      Professor Angela McRobbie, Goldsmith University of London
      Professor Gill Valentine, University of Leeds
      Dr Ruth Panelli, University of Otago


      *Themes*


      The emergence of 'new social studies of childhood' (James et al 1998) has
      led to much needed reconceptualisations of childhood and youth, placing
      greater focus on the social construction of age and on young people's
      agency. There has, however, been relatively little engagement with questions
      of embodiment, despite the major attention that this issue has received in
      work on gender, sexuality and ethnicity. An edited collection by Alan Prout
      ("The Body, Childhood and Society", 2000) begins to bridge this gap, as does
      work in geography by Gill Valentine, Tracey Skelton and Elizabeth Teather.
      However, there remains much scope for debate on different ways of
      conceptualising the embodiment of childhood and youth and for mapping a
      broader conceptual terrain, especially at a time when concerns about rising
      levels of obesity in industrialised countries have led to a major upsurge in
      political and media interest, directed mainly at finding 'pragmatic'
      solutions that, too often, are based on narrow understandings of child
      development. This conference invites speakers from across the humanities and
      social sciences to discuss how and why bodies of childhood and youth are
      contested, reflecting on the potential for gaining new insights from a range
      of theoretical perspectives. Possible themes include:


      - performativity and techniques of the body
      - landscapes and scales of embodiment
      - conceptualising and researching embodiment
      - disorderly bodies
      - gender and sexuality
      - abuse and the disciplining of bodies
      - race and ethnicity
      - political and media discourses of child and adolescent embodiment
      - emotion, affect and potentialities of the body
      - educating bodies
      - social inequalities, spatial disparities and health
      - resisting bodies
      - consuming bodies and the politics of food




      If you have any questions please contact the organizers:


      Kathrin H�rschelmann (kathrin.horschelmann@...) or Rachel Colls (
      rachel.colls@...), Department of Geography, University of Durham,
      Science Site, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, Tel: +44-191�3341800, Fax:
      +44�191-3341801


      *To submit a paper*, please send an abstract of 200 words to Kathy Wood (
      kathy.wood@...)


      Final date for submission of abstracts: 28th April 2006
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      *Additional information*


      Full Conference Fee �30 (including refreshments)
      Students/Unwaged �15


      Accommodation will be available at �33.62 plus VAT a night (more details to
      follow shortly via Durham Geography Department website (
      www.durham.ac.uk/geography/)


      Thanks
      Rachel Colls and Kathrin Horschelmann


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