[Foucault-L] Childhood Studies Grad Student Forum

The graduate students of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers
University-Camden are pleased to invite you to a conversation about
Childhood Studies. The Grad Student Forum of the The Multiple
Childhoods/Multidisciplinary Perspectives Conference (MC/MP)
http://www.camden.rutgers.edu/multiple-childhoods/ will bring together new
and emerging scholars engaged in the study of children and childhood who
wish to connect across disciplinary boundaries, share experiences, discuss
their research, learn where the field of Childhood Studies is going, and
meet the diverse range of fellow scholars around the world who will be
taking it there!

The majority of the conference will consist of traditional papers, panels,
keynotes, and posters, so the Forum will be composed of roundtable
discussions amongst the participants. Each discussion will be on one of the
topics described below. The topics stem from the conference theme and are,
we believe, core to the field of Childhood Studies but applicable for anyone
studying children and childhood from any disciplinary or multi-disciplinary
perspective. The Forum discussions will address the following themes:

--Doing multidisciplinary studies--how, why, perils, pitfalls and rewards.
--Interrogating “the child” -- who is a child? when is a child? age,
development, society, culture?
--Exploring Childhood Studies--an ongoing discussion, what is this new
field, where does it come from, what does it entail now, and where are we as
emerging scholars going to take it.
--other topics you care to propose related to the overall theme of Multiple
Childhoods/ Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in
Childhood Studies

To join the conversation, please send a 1-2 page written statement on one of
the above topics. Statements will be circulated amongst participants in
advance of the Forum and will serve as springboards for the roundtables. This
statement is neither a formal paper nor an abstract for a paper
presentation. It should provide other participants a preliminary glimpse
into what you would like to discuss with fellow researchers: what particular
aspects of the above topics interests you most; how do you approach or even
begin to address some of the questions or related issues; what are some of
your own experiences of, and questions about, the topic you’d like to have a
conversation about. Roundtables will be moderated by a graduate student who
will (hopefully!) ensure fruitful debate, conversation, and discussion
emerging from the thoughts in the statements.

To participate, please submit a 1-2 page statement on any one of the above
topics by March 26, 2011 to Martin Woodside: mlwoodside@xxxxxxxxx, with the
subject line “Charting the Course.”

The Forum will take place at the MC/MP Conference at The Hotel Palomar,
Philadelphia, on May 19th, and will be followed by a less formal gathering
of all graduate students attending MC/MP during happy hour at the Palomar
Bar! And this will be immediately followed by the Conference opening
reception, also at the Hotel Palomar.

For any further questions please contact Anandini Dar (
anandini@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) or Patrick Cox (ptcox@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx).

We look forward to your interest!
Graduate Student Forum Committee.

Patrick Cox
PhD Student
2010-2011 David K. Sengstack Fellow
Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2010 ChLA Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Award Recipient

"In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible
--Albert Camus

"Don't let your studies interfere with your education."
--Colonel Henry Rutgers

"the jUdges of nOrmalitY are present everywhere."
--Foucault, of course

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