CAMDEN – Burgeoning scholars in childhood studies will share their latest research this spring at a graduate student conference at Rutgers–Camden, home of the nation’s first doctoral program in this multi-disciplinary field.
On Friday, April 9, 36 international presenters, who were selected from more than 100 applicants, will discuss their research at the daylong conference. Diverse topics to be addressed include discourse during summer camp; the stereotype of the Jewish American princess; family-friendly vampires; migration issues in rural China; and the role of kids’ food in children’s peer culture.
The conference, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature keynote speaker Myra Bluebond-Langer, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Rutgers–Camden, where she founded the Rutgers Center for Children and Childhood Studies. The author of the books In the Shadow of Illness: Parents and Siblings of the Chronically Ill Child (Princeton University Press, 1996) and The Private World of Dying Children (Princeton University Press, 1978), Bluebond-Langner edits a book series in childhood studies for Rutgers University Press.
According to Rutgers–Camden PhD candidate Ines Meier, this conference aims to showcase emerging research in an emerging field. “Childhood studies is a young field. Our goal is to make the field, and this conference, truly interdisciplinary. We’re pleased to see people presenting from different disciplines and from different nations,” notes Meier.
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers–Camden, the conference is open to the public and costs $15, which includes light breakfast, lunch, and reception. For more information or to register, call (856) 225-6211 or visit http://clam.rutgers.edu/~childgso/conference/index.html.
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