CFP: Fragile Subjects: Childhood in Literature, Arts and Medicine (Conference, Finland 19-20 August 2015)
The conference addresses the idea and historicity of childhood; its changing meanings and notions in modernity and postmodernity. Of particular interest are child figures that emerge in literature, arts and medicine – yesterday and today.
The conference consists of key note lectures and parallel sessions. We invite papers and presentations (30 minutes, including discussion) that discuss the following or related questions:
- How has modern childhood been constructed in different cultural and scientific discourses? What are the changes and continuities?
- What kind of child figures can be found in fiction, visual culture, media, and life narratives?
- How are intersections of gender, class, race, and ethnicity played out in constructions of childhood?
- Fears and threats, joys and pleasures connected to contemporary or past childhoods?
- How should we understand the role of the child sciences?
- In what ways has the mind of the child gained attention in both medicine, particularly the “psy” disciplines, and in arts?
- What is the role of childhood in constructions of adulthood?
The language of the conference is English. Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) using the web form http://congress.utu.fi/abyss/ by November 30, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 15, 2015.
Registration and the payment of conference fee 70 EUR by April 30, 2015. After April 30, the conference fee is 100 EUR.
The conference is organized by the Academy of Finland interdisciplinary research project, entitled Fragile Subjects: Childhood in Finnish Literature and Medicine, 1850s-2000s