Call for Papers: Pain, Illness, Trauma and Death in Childhood
Deadline date: 31 Dec 2013
1 February 2014 University of Greenwich, Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, with the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past and
the London Network for the History of Children Maritime Greenwich Campus, London, United Kingdom
Pain, illness, trauma and death are intrinsic to the shaping of childhood and to the experience of being a child. In the past, pain could be perceived as beneficial, either in forming character or bringing the subject closer to God. In the present, the enormous popularity of “misery memoirs” raises questions as to why the theme of abuse has such resonance in the twentieth and twenty-first century western world.
Topics include, but are not restricted to:
Contributions from history, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, literary studies, psychology, philosophy, geography or health studies
Pain, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, including that inflicted by children
Discipline and punishment
Analysis of the ways changing patterns of illness shaped the experience of childhood
Methodological approaches (such as the history of the emotions) or different sources (such as visual or material culture) for analysing the
experiences of children and their carers
Children’s experiences of war, including the First World War
Please e-mail abstracts of 250-300 words to email@example.com.
The conference is free, but registration (via this e-mail address) is required.