Amherst College to Host Conference on Childhood and Youth Feb. 9

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

January 22, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College will host a conference titled “Generation: A Conference to Celebrate the Launch of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni House. The gathering—which will feature discussions of children in wartime, religion and adolescence and the history of children with disabilities, among other issues—will mark the inaugural issue of the new publication Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (JHCY). The event is free and open to the public.

Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, JHCY is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal addressing the history of childhood and youth cultures and the experience of young people across diverse times and places. B
ased in the Five Colleges, the journal is co-edited by Brian Bunk (History, University of Massachusetts Amherst), Laura Lovett (History, University of Massachusetts Amherst), Karen Sánchez-Eppler (American Studies and English, Amherst College) and Martha Saxton (History and Women and Gender Studies, Amherst College). Jon Pahl (History, Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia) is book review editor and Hamilton Cravens (History, Iowa State University) is chair of the editorial board.

The first issue of the
JHCY includes essays by Paula Fass, Jacqueline Bhabha, Alcinda Honwana and Pamela Reynolds. A special section titled “Defining the Field: Nations and Childhoods” explores the different implications of childhood studies in different national contexts with essays by various experts. Another cluster of essays address age as a category of analysis. Each issue will publish contributions on some aspect of material culture and some aspect of policy relevant to children and youth.

The emerging field of scholarship devoted to the history of young people has seen a growth that merits the kind of intellectual forum that the journal provides. Over the past 25 years, the history of children and youth has grown in prominence within the humanities and social sciences. The JHCY publishes articles from historians and scholars employing a range of methodologies and perspectives on children and young people. As an international journal, it also creates links between scholars working in a variety of time periods and geographic contexts and has already received submissions from scholars working in the United States, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Great Britain, Germany, Mongolia and Turkey. In addition, the journal’s website (http://www.umass.edu/jhcy) has attracted visitors from at least 23 different nations, including China, Italy, Brazil, Ethiopia and Japan.

JHCY has received major support from the UMass vice provost for research, graduate dean’s office, history department and College of Humanities and Fine Arts; the dean of faculty’s office and the English department at Amherst College; and the Five College/Graduate History Program and Five College Childhood Studies Faculty Seminar.

For information about subscription and submission of articles, please contact jhcy@history.umass.edu, or visit the publication’s Web sites at www.umass.edu/jhcy and www.press.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_the_history_of_childhood_and_youth.

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