Childhood and Materiality

Country: Finland

City: Jyväskylä

Abstr. due: 15.01.2018

Dates: 07.05.18 — 09.05.18

Area Of Sciences: Psychology; Sociology;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: University of Jyväskylä


Childhood and MaterialityWelcome to Childhood and Materiality, the VIII Conference on Childhood Studies in Finland! The Conference will be held on May 7- 9, 2018 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Confirmed keynote speakers:  - Leena Alanen (University of Jyväskylä) - Ivar Frønes (University of Oslo) - Nick Lee (Warwick University) - Ida Wentzel Winther (University of Aarhus) The theme of the 2018 conference, Childhood and Materiality, is deliberately wide-ranging and designed to invite scholars to explore materiality and childhood across a broad spectrum. We hope to inspire lively debates from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives about many aspects of childhood and materiality.

Topics include but are not limited to:

• Materialist methodologies, ontologies, ethics

• Historical perspectives on materiality and childhood

• Nature, animals, humans

• Sustainable development, mobility, migration

 • Economies, consumption, wealth, poverty

• Materiality in institutions 

• Policies and politics of materiality and childhood• Embodiment, expressive bodies, normativity, and child bodies

 • Material cultures in everyday life

 • Aesthetic matters, dis/orders of tastes and things

• Materiality in play and imagination• Digital technologies and environments 

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