Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and ChildhoodCall for Papers - âFun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhoodâ
A Gender Studies Conference at the University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
December 4-6, 2014
In recent years, there has been great interest in questions of gender and childhood, ranging from issues around boys wearing princess costumes to school; to Disney princess culture; to parents refusing to announce a babyâs biological sex; to pre-teen children coming out as gay, lesbian, and queer; to toy companies marketing toys by gender; to gender-related bullying, and more.
How are children gendered? How do we account for transgender children? How have ideas about girls and boys changed historically? How are children hailed as gendered consumers? How do schools inculcate ideas about gender? How do childrenâs books promote ideas about gender? How do changing ideas about parenting relate to childrenâs gendering?
This conference seeks to explore issues of gender and childhood through multiple lenses and from a wide range of disciplines. We welcome papers on gender and childhood in media, literature, history, anthropology, biology, architecture, philosophy, art history, sociology, education, and more. We are especially open to interdisciplinary approaches.
Topics might include:
Representations of children in film, childrenâs books, adult books, TV shows, paintings, photography. etc.;
Childhood spectatorship and fandoms;
Gendered childhood spaces;
Gendered toys and games;
Ideologies of childhood sexuality;
Parenting books and gender;
Children and gay parents;
Sports and gender;
Reality TV and childrenâs gender;
Childrenâs fiction and gender;
Childrenâs own media and internet practices;
Journalism and childhood;
Gender and bullying;
Transnational gender identities;
Proposals should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper, a list of three keywords, and a brief biographical statement listing your title, the name of your college or university, and your areas of research and writing. Proposals for creative work â poetry, short stories, short films, will be considered.
Please indicate technology needs, such as Power Point or DVD.
Proposals are due by May 1, 2014
Send proposals to:
Questions can be addressed to: Pamela Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, The University of Notre Dame, by email, with the subject line âGender and Childhoodâ: Pamela.Wojcik.email@example.com
Conference Location: South Bend IN, United States
Conference Starts: December 04, 2014
Conference Ends: December 06, 2014
CFP Submission Deadline: May 01, 2014
For more information, contact: Pam Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, Notre Dame