The Childhood and Youth Network of the Social Science History Association invites you to participate in their annual meeting by submitting a session proposal or paper to the Childhood and Youth Network of the SSHA. The conference will take place in Washington, DC between November 19-22, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, only steps from the U.S. Capitol and a short walk from the Smithsonian Museums. For more information on the conference, please see the SSHA website. The deadline for full panel or individual paper proposals is February 16, 2020.

The association particularly emphasizes interdisciplinary and transnational research, and the annual meeting provides a very supportive environment in which to present new work. The theme of the 2020 conference is “Politics, Society, and the Economy: The Past and Today” though papers on any other aspects of the history of children and childhood are also certainly welcome. Some possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Children as political agents
  • Youth activism
  • Ideologies of childhood
  • Child migrants and refugees in literature and film
  • Childhood and the environment
  • Children’s literature of atrocity
  • Archive stories and questions of silence
  • Children on the move
  • The politics of schooling
  • Children as political subjects
  • Teaching childhood and youth
  • Toys, play, and material culture
  • Child policies in the United States
  • Children, youth and political movements

Proposals can be submitted by means of a web conference management system at If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process. Graduate students presenting at the conference may apply for a travel grant from the SSHA.

If you have any questions, please contact the Children and Childhood network co-chairs:
Elizabeth Dillenburg:
Mateusz Świetlicki:
Kristine Alexander:
Brigitte Søland:

CFP: Politics, Society, and the Economy: The Past and Today