The University of Sheffield’s Centre For the Study of Childhood and Youth presents its 3rd International Conference from July 6-8, 2010. The theme is Childhood and Youth in Transition, and this is the first call for papers.

In the context of global social, political and economic changes the conference this year will explore the ways in which these broad shifts are having an impact on ideas of childhood and youth and on children’s and young people’s everyday lives. Themes for exploration might include:

  • UNCRC and its aftermath – changes in law and policy
  • Children and young people’s changing citizenship
  • Technological change, new media and consumption
  • Environmental change and children’s futures
  • Economic recession and child poverty
  • Transitions in the life course for children and young people in relation to school and work
  • Health, well-being and the body

This year we also welcome suggestions for small symposia around specific themes. If you wish to organise a symposia, please contact Allison James(

Plenary speakers:

Professor David Buckingham (Institute of Education, UK)
Professor Martin Woodhead (Open University, UK)
Professor Irene Rizzini, (International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood, Brazil)


Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to the conference administrator, Dawn Lessels, by January 31, 2010 (


The conference will once again be held in the 4* Kenwood Hall Hotel. This beautiful Victorian Hotel is set in 12 acres of stunning grounds, yet is only a mile from the City Centre. For those choosing to stay at the hotel it also offers free access to the gym, sauna and swimming pool. Wi-fi is available throughout the conference venue.

The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday evening (July 7).

A welcome wine reception and poster session will be held on Tuesday evening (July 6) at Kenwood Hall and opportunities will be available for delegates to participate in the Children’s Film Festival held in Sheffield.

Conference Fees:

£250 Full Conference (includes conference fee, all lunches/teas and coffees – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)

£180 Day rate (includes conference fee, 1 lunch, teas/coffees)

£200 Self-funded PhD student (includes conference fee, all lunches/teas/coffees- Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)

£30 Conference dinner (includes meal, wine and transport)


This is available at the Kenwood Hall Hotel at a special discounted rate of £79 per night (Bed and Breakfast). Dinner at the Kenwood will also be available at a reduced rate of £20. Other alternative accommodation is also available nearby. All room and dinner bookings should be made directly with the hotels. Details about this can be found on the conference registration form.

Please note that places are limited at this conference so early booking is recommended.

The conference registration form and further details can be found at

CFP – Childhood and Youth in Transition Conference