Call for papers: Mapping the landscapes of childhood

Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood will be held May 5-7, 2011 at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.

Conference Themes and Questions (from the call)

Definitions of Childhood: invented or discovered: Who gets to define childhood? What counts as a good childhood? A “normal” childhood? How have been childhoods defined in various media (art, literature, social science, science)? By what measures? And at what historical junctures?

Indigenous theories of childhood: What alternate models of childhood and development exist? How can they be found? Interpreted? Shared? What is therole of the child and childhood in other societies? What rights, and responsibilities do they have?

Gender: How do the categories of gender and child overlap, extend, elaborate or contradict one another? How do sex, gender and sexuality shape the experience of childhood? What are the policy effects of concerns about boys at risk or girls at play?

Globalization: How do global models of childhood interact with local conceptions? Do global educational standards contradict or support local sovereignty? What are the effects of migration, diaspora, refugee status on childhood? How does globalization affect the commoditization of childhood?

Empowerment: What are the social and policy implications for a child-centred approach to human rights? How can we understand child agency in terms of violence and the law? What can empowerment mean for the very young child?

Keynote Speakers

Patrizia Albanese (Centre for Children, Youth and Families, Ryerson University)

Mona Gleason (University of British Columbia)

Allison James (Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield)

Perry Nodelman (Professor Emeritus, University of Winnipeg)

Mavis Reimer (Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood and Director of the

Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg)

Richard Tremblay (Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment, University of Montreal).

Deadline for submissions: Oct 1, 2010. See conference website for more information.

Conference call: Migration to integration: An Opportunity agenda for cities

First International Cities of Migration Conference, The Hague (Netherlands), October 3 – 4, 2010. Program to include:

Networking reception and dinner hosted by the Municipality of The Hague
Opening keynote speaker: At home in the city
Plenary speaker: Why cities matter
International city leaders panel: Strategies for city success
Marketplace of good Ideas: Integration in practice
Debate: Migration and the media: friend or foe?
Integration town hall: Understanding the opportunity agenda
Closing keynote: The City of tomorrow

Cities of Migration is led by the Maytree Foundation in Canada, with international partners in Germany (Bertelsmann Stiftung), the United Kingdom (Barrow Cadbury Trust), New Zealand (Tindall Foundation) and Spain (Fundacion Bertelsmann).

Detailed program (to date). For more information, visit the conference website and/or contact

A little bird told me (last in the series): Top 10 tweeps on immigrant, refugee children and youth ends its top ten series with the Top 10 tweeps on issues specific to immigrant and refugee children and youth. Thanks to all for suggestions via DM, comments left here or by email to me directly.

  1. ~ “CRIN is a global network coordinating and promoting information and action on child rights”. CRIN stands for Child Rights Information Network.
  2. ~ “Founded in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized”.
  3. The woman behind People for Education.
  4. ~ “Protecting the rights of refugee and immigrant children in the United States”. But not just tweets about US.
  5. ~ The Right to Play movement.
  6. ~ “Conceive ideas. cultivate leadership. connect youth”.
  7. ~ “online web portal for newcomer youth between the ages of 18-24, designed to serve as an enriching and interactive online experience”.
  8. ~ Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. News on migrant children’s rights and global movements to support child rights.
  9. ~ “Advocating for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and displaced women, children and youth”.
  10. ~ 2 days before the “official” G20 Summit, this organization will bring together women and girls from around the world to Toronto. No doubt migration, refugee and racism will be among top issues. Cool website too, with lots of useful information.

A little bird told me IV: Top 10 research tweeps

Tweeps on social/public policy research, but also tweeps I follow to research immigration, settlement, diversity, multiculturalism and etc. Again, listing does not imply endorsement. Official bios in quotes, with any comments of my own following.

  1. ~ “CPRN (Canadian Policy Research Networks) is a leading socio-economic think tank based in Ottawa with a non-partisan approach to policy engagement and analysis”.
  2. ~ “ResearchImpact is Canada’s knowledge mobilization network, connecting university researchers with community and government organizations”. Research SnapShots – nifty one- to two-pagers on a range of topics, including immigration/settlement.
  3. ~ “Tracking government and non-government public policy reports from Canadian institutions. Run by @ottawacarl”. Current and quick info on latest research, policy and other reports.
  4. ~ “York University’s researchers are developing new knowledge that provides insight into the scientific, economic, social, and cultural issues affecting our world”.
  5. ~ “Introducing advanced research to the world”. Interesting and fun.
  6. ~”The leading, global business research and membership association”.
  7. ~ “ is a web site of legal information for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario”.
  8. ~ “Manager, Marketing & Communication”. Short, quick quips and tweets about local (Ottawa) and international events of interest and recent initiatives. Some personal tweeting and other unrelated to or outside of scope of interest.
  9. ~ “The OECD Development Centre works on innovative solutions to the global challenges of development, reducing poverty and encouraging equality”.
  10. ~ “TVO’s BIG IDEAS is a weekly broadcast showcasing lectures, talks, symposia and other manifestations of public intellectual life”.