Seen but not Heard? The Spatial, Emotional and Material Sites of Childhood and Youth from Antiquity to Modernity (18-20/01/2017)

University of Sussex

In recent years the study of childhood and youth has taken on fresh momentum across the humanities and social sciences. Centres for childhood and youth have been established in numerous universities in Britain and abroad – including the ‘Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth’ at Sussex – which offer the space to conduct cross disciplinary conversations about this distinct life phase. This conference seeks to showcase exciting new research from this fast developing field, by exploring the variety of ways in which past experiences of childhood and adolescence can be understood and examined. We are particularly interested in locating the voice of the young person and examining sites of childhood and youth from their perspective.

The conference will bring together scholars with an interest in childhood and youth from across disciplines, from the early modern period up to the present, and from a range of geographical locations. The boundaries of childhood and youth can be flexibly interpreted. By showcasing research from across disciplines, time and space, we hope to facilitate a discussion of both the challenges and possibilities of research on childhood and youth.

Keynote speakers:

Pamela Cox, University of Essex

Colin Heywood, University of Nottingham.

Laura King, University of Leeds.

University of Sussex

18-20 January 2017

Seen but not Heard? The Spatial, Emotional and Material Sites of Childhood and Youth from Antiquity to Modernity (18-20/01/2017)