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Call for Papers

Early Childhood in Developing World Contexts International Conference
7-8 April 2011
University College Cork, Ireland

A two-day international conference on global childhoods will be held at University College Cork on the 7th and 8th April, 2011. The overall aim of the conference is to deepen understanding of children’s lives in developing country contexts, drawing attention to early childhood development in the majority world and the importance of including local traditions, culture and knowledge in professional practice. Current discourses on early childhood in a global context will be examined and debated. In particular, the conference will explore the localised contexts of childhood and challenge the euro-centric perspective which current research and practice largely offers. Researchers, policy makers and practioners will come together to build on their experiences and knowledge and to contribute to current debates on appropriate policies and professional practices in Early Years Care and Education.

Papers and posters are invited, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:

  • Challenges of child labour
  • Children living with HIV/AIDS
  • Gender roles and practices in early years
  • Child migration
  • Early years care and education in developing countries
  • The role of early years in achieving Millennium Development Goals

Abstracts and queries should be sent to, following this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract.

Papers: 300 word abstracts should be submitted by December 3 2010.

Posters: 100 word abstracts should be submitted by December 3 2010

For presenters who wish to be considered for subsequent publication a draft paper should be submitted by January 28 2011.

Organising Committee: Deirdre Horgan, Shirley Martin, and Jacqui O’Riordan
School of Applied Social Studies, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork

CFP – Early Childhood in Developing World Contexts International Conference