A look at our 2016 conference


It’s one month to go! November 1 is the deadline for abstracts for the Children’s History Society conference Children and Youth on the Move,  University of Greenwich, London, 21-23 June 2018. If you’re considering submitting an abstract, take a look at our 2016 conference ‘Horrible Histories? Children’s Lives in Historical Context’ at King’s College London, 16-19 June 2016.

With the call for papers asking why ‘sorrow rather than joy characterises much scholarship on children and childhood,’ over one hundred researchers gathered to discuss the challenges of childhood across the world, from Africa, and Japan and China, to Mexico and North America, and closer to home in Europe. You can still take a look  exciting range of titles and abstracts can  paper titles and abstracts online.

‘History is usually adults adults adults.’ This comment came from young researchers from London schools, who challenged this trend with their excellent presentations on the history of child migrants. You can listen to their presentations, along with a selection of other papers from the conference, on Soundcloud.


Discussion also took place on Twitter, with at least thirty conference delegates joining an online list to connect online before the conference, and keeping those unable to attend up to speed using the hashtag #histchild2016. You can check out this Storify of the conference summed up in 100 tweets, or this blog on one graduate student’s experiences.

Abstracts and panel proposals have already begun to arrive for Children and Youth on the Move next June – but there’s still time! The call for papers is still live, until 1 November 2017, and if you’d like to find fellow panellists, this blog will explain how Twitter might be able to help. If you have a quick question, you can easily get an answer on our Twitter feed.

And finally… if you want to help out, we are looking for volunteers!




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