Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century

April 6, 2018 - 10:00am - April 7, 2018 - 5:30pm

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program; the Children's Literature Program; the Humanities Center; the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; and the Provost's Year of Healthy U


Contact: Julian Gill-Peterson, at

This two-day conference will explore how to conceptualize, theorize, and approach research on children and childhood in the rapidly changing context of the twenty-first century. Affirming a conceptual and methodological “play” across fields, a mode of intellectual curiosity and unsettling of boundaries, the conference will focus on three areas: Queer, Trans* and Gender Variant Childhood Studies; Critical Race and Black Childhood Studies; and Global Childhood Studies. Scholars with recent monographs will also participate in meet the author book sessions.  Plenary speakers include:

  • C.J. Pascoe, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon, author of the award-winning book Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School (2007). Pascoe will present on new research on homophobia, childhood, and digital media. Her lecture will be titled:"Taking Young People Seriously: Inequalities in Contemporary Childhoods" (scheduled for Friday 12:30 at the Wyndham hotel ballroom, Lytton Ave.)
  • Lauren Silver, Associate Professor of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University and author of System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation (2015).
  • Rebekah Sheldon, Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University-Bloomington, who will lead a seminar on her book The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe (2016).

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