Children and Childhoods Conference 2015

14 and 15 July 2015, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

Conference programme| now available

Hosted by

Unit for the Study of Childhood and Youth, UCS

We are excited to announce that the call for papers for our biennial international Children and Childhoods Conference is open. We invite papers that theoretically and empirically engage with a broad range of disciplines reflecting the diverse nature of contemporary childhood studies.

The conference aims to bring together established academics, early career researchers, doctoral candidates and students. Topics covered by this call could include but are not limited to:

  • Identity, Culture and Belonging
  • Methodologies
  • Disabilities
  • Sex and Sexualities
  • Family Formations
  • Health, Embodiment and Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Young People
  • Rights, Advocacy and Participation

We welcome traditional presentations of 20 minutes with additional time for questions, pre-formed panels of speakers and posters; as well as alternative modes of presentation including artistic performance, film, photography and other creative and static exhibits.

Please send 250 word abstracts for a 20 minute presentation, 500 word abstracts for panels and 150 word abstracts for posters to:|

The deadline for submissions is Friday 27 February 2015.

Please direct any questions regarding abstracts to:|

Please direct any other queries regarding the conference to:|

We look forward to welcoming you.

The Conference Team

Allison Boggis, Jessica Clark, Sarah Coombs, Sarah Richards

Feedback from the 2013 Conference

"Today was fantastic.  It made me realise that all over the world, people are experiencing all sorts of issues regarding children and childcare.  I learned so much today.  Thank you UCS Team, you are amazing!"

"Very interesting.  Good to have such a broad range of presenters and participants, and very supportive organisation.  Enjoyed the dinner on the Sunday, it extended the event in a sociable way"

"It was a great experience, everything was perfect!  Congratulations to all"



  • for more information on the unit for the study of childhood and youth please follow this link
  • Details of our previous Children and Childhoods Conference held in 2013 are available here.