CfP: Childhood Delinquency - East-West

posted by Katalin Teller on 2010/09/27 11:18

[ Call for Papers ]

On 12 and 13 March 2011, The Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin is hosting a two-day conference on the History of Juvenile Delinquency in the 19th and 20th Centuries: East-West Comparisons. Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2010.

The conference organisers are Heather Ellis and Lily Chang. We hope to bring together scholars working in a variety of fields, including history, sociology and literary studies to explore the ways in which concepts of childhood, youth and delinquency have been shaped by particular cultural contexts. How have attempts to define and problematize child and youth behaviours differed between Eastern and Western cultures? Have children and childhood been imagined differently in East and West?

Paper topics include:

  • Definitions of juvenile delinquency
  • Cross-cultural constructions of children, childhood and youth
  • Delinquency as a Western/Eastern construct
  • Generational relations
  • Educational systems
  • Governmental and legal responses
  • Young people and revolution
  • Young people and war
  • Gender and delinquency
  • Class and delinquency
  • Race and delinquency
  • Sexuality and delinquency
  • Portrayals of delinquency in art or in the media

We welcome proposals for both panels and individual papers. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Please ensure that your name, affiliation and email address are included with your abstract. We hope to publish a selection of papers in the form of a journal special issue.

Registration forms will be available for downloading on the conference website:

Contact: Heather Ellis, Centre for British Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Mohrenstr. 60, D-10117 Berlin, Germany. Phone: 00493031164895, Email:


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