Call for Papers

The theme of the 2021 conference, Childhood and Time, is deliberately broad and designed to invite scholars to discuss timely perspectives on childhood across a broad spectrum. We hope to inspire lively debates from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives about many aspects of how childhood and time interweave. For a broader description of the theme look Theme.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Prof. John Potter and Prof. Kaisa Vehkalahti

Panel discussion: Prof. Erica Burman, Dr. Stephanie Olsen, Prof. Spyros Spyrou and Prof. Hanne Warming

We also pilot a virtual extension of the conference to reduce the environmental costs of attending a conference (i.e., carbon footprint associated with air travel), as well as to minimize costs and alleviate barriers that hinder participation in the annual conference due to various travel related obstacles. Please see more information on the online conference here.

Individual abstract submissions for workshops and poster sessions as well as proposals for self-organised symposia are welcome. Please, submit your abstract of no more than 350 words by –. Notifications on acceptance will be sent by –.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Modern and postmodern conceptions of time and childhood
  • Children and childhood over time: histories of childhood and temporal structurings of childhood across time and spaces
  • Children and future, including social, economic, political and environmental problems and alternative futures
  • Age, development and notions of the normal in childhood related to time and the measurement of time
  • Time and temporality in children’s everyday life, including children’s experience and time, children’s conception of time, children’s time use, routines, schedules, celebrations, calendar time, children and nature times, and performativity of temporality in childhood
  • Children’s time, family time, institutional time and societal time, the management of time and regulation and surveillance of children through time
  • Children’s emotions, body, space, gender, class and time
  • Childhood and non-Western and Indigenous conceptualizations of time, such as Sami conceptions of time and ancestry or the Australian Indigenous notion of Dreamtime
  • The role of time and temporality across the life course, age and generation in the study of childhood
  • The politics, governance and commodification of time in childhood
  • Childhood in a digital age
  • Continuities and changes in childhood over time
  • Time and temporality in the rhetoric and politics of childhood

The post-conference workshop for early-career researchers will take place in Tampere on — and provide extend explorations on the theme: ‘childhood and time

Abstract submission


Please, submit your abstract of no more than 350 words by –. Abstracts should be in English.