(Re)Examining Historical Childhoods: Literary, Cultural, Social An Australasian Society for the History of Children and Youth Symposium

December 12-13, 2016

Melbourne, Australia

Deakin University



In this inaugural Australasian Society for the History of Children and Youth symposium, we are keenly interested in bringing together scholars of the history of children and childhood to consider new perspectives, new methodologies, and new cross- disciplinary frameworks that will enrich the field. We invite proposals for panels, papers, or roundtables that explore histories of children and youth from any place and in any era.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of the histories children and childhood in the media, film, literature, music and popular culture
  • The ‘difficult’ histories of children and youth
  • Histories that consider children’s agency and voice
  • Children and their relation to space, place, and the built environment
  • Education and the histories of children and youth
  • Material culture and the commemoration of children’s heritage
  • Histories of ‘girlhood’ and ‘boyhood’
  • Cross-cultural and Indigenous experiences of childhood across time
  • Histories of childhood and public policy



Paper and panel proposals are due no later than 15 May 2016. They should include the following information in a single document and should be sent to the conference convener Kristine Moruzi ( Notifications of acceptance will be made by 15 June.


  1. Name of presenter, institutional affiliation, address and email.
  2. Title of individual paper
  3. 250-word abstract of paper
  4. Brief bio (max 50 words) for presenter
  5. Audio-visual requirements


Other members of the programme committee are:

Kate Darian-Smith, University of Melbourne

Margot Hillel, Australian Catholic University

Nell Musgrove, Australian Catholic University

Carla Pascoe, University of Melbourne