Critical Childhood Studies Seminar

A Glasscock Center Three-Year Seminar (2012-2015)

Critical Childhood Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on figurations of the child in the humanities. The field embraces the study of social constructions of childhood, children’s literature and culture, the child in legal theory, the social agency of the child, the child’s experience across national and historical boundaries, and child development theories in the social sciences, among other topics. The Seminar’s ongoing activities include regular meetings of faculty, graduate students, and members of the larger community to discuss topics in childhood studies scholarship, as well as a discussion series aimed primarily at undergraduates and focused on issues relating to childhood in popular culture. Developing projects assisted by the Seminar include a volume of essays growing out of a June 2012 symposium on “The Image of the Child in Chinese and American Children’s Literature” held in Qingdao, China, co-sponsored by various Texas A&M entities (including the Glasscock Center) and Ocean University of China, as well as a symposium and related volume.

Seminar Co-Director
LUCIA HODGSON | Assistant Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University

Seminar Co-Director
CLAUDIA NELSON | Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M Univeristy


 

Activities 2014-2015

Spring 2015

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
“In Praise of Failure: The Hunger Games and 20th Century Political Philosophy”
Oona Eisenstadt | Fred Krinsky Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College
Location: Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
For more information please contact Dr. Claudia Nelson.

Friday, 27 March 2015, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Symposium on “The Child and Citizenship”
Courtney Weikle-Mills | Associate Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh
Program, abstracts, and online registration form may be found at here.
Please register by March 23, 2015.
Location: 435 Liberal Arts, Arts and Humanities (LAAH)
For more information please contact Dr. Claudia Nelson.

Monday, 20 April 2015, 4-5:30 p.m.
Critical Childhood Studies Seminar
“Loss, Amputation, and the Impossibility of the Heavenly Child after the Civil War”
Dr. Sarah Chinn| Hunter College
Location: Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
For more information, please contact Dr. Lucia Hodgson


PAST ACTIVITIES

Fall 2014

Monday, 22 September 2014, 9-10 a.m.
First Meeting of the Semester
Location: Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
For more information please contact Dr. Lucia Hodgson.


 

Activities 2013-2014

Spring 2014

Saturday, 1 March 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
453 Liberal Arts and Humanities Building, Texas A&M University
“Childhood in the Humanities”
The Glasscock Critical Child Studies Seminar, with the support of the TAMU Department of English, will be hosting a one-day symposium on “Childhood in the Humanities.” Speakers come from Baylor, Southern Arkansas, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-San Antonio, and Texas State Universities in addition to Texas A&M, and from English; film studies; history; parks, recreation, & tourism sciences; philosophy; and women’s & gender studies. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided to registered participants and attendees. Late registrations will be accepted, but for planning purposes, we would appreciate receiving your registration by 23 February. Questions may be directed to Claudia Nelson.
Symposium Flyer →

Monday, 17 March 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Membership Meeting
311 Glasscock Building, Texas A&M University
For more information, please contact Dr. Lucia Hodgson.

Friday, 4 April 2014, 12-1:30 p.m.
Meeting with Visiting Scholars
308 Glasscock Building, Texas A&M University
For more information, please contact Dr. Lucia Hodgson.

Fall 2013

26 September 2013, 4-5:15 p.m.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
“The Hunger Games: A Call to Teens for Violent Political Action?”

All are welcome to join the Critical Childhood Studies Seminar for an informal discussion about violence in The Hunger Games. The shared text will be, “Panem in America: Crisis Economics and a Call for Political Engagement” by Bill Clemente from the collection, Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, edited by Mary F. Pharr, Leisa A. Clark, and Donald E. Palumbo (McFarland, 2012). The article is available online through Evans Library or you can get a copy by contacting Lucia Hodgson (luciahodgson@tamu.edu). Coffee, tea and pastries will be served.

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Activities 2012-2013

Spring 2013

7 February 2013, 4-5 p.m.
“African American Childhood in the Digital Age”
Moira Hinderer, the Diaspora Pathways Archival Access Project Manager & Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Africana Studies and the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, will give a talk about what her archival work can teach researchers in childhood studies. Dr. Hinderer is the project manager of the recently launched online database http://morgue.afro.com/AfroArchon which provides digitized access to the archives of the Afro American Newspaper, founded in 1892. Her talk will be of particular interest to scholars in childhood studies, American literature and culture, Africana studies, and digital humanities.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

26 February 2013
Spring 2013 Discussion Series
“What is Childhood Studies?”
Child Stars: Are the human rights of child actors(infants to seventeen-year-olds) in US film, television, and advertising routinely violated?
Room 2501, Memorial Student Center

Monthly CCS Seminar meetings (dates TBD)
Monthly undergraduate discussion series, “What is Childhood Studies?” (dates TBD)

Monday, 18 March 2013, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm
Join us for a preliminary discussion about a collaborative Childhood Studies / Digital Humanities project. Prospective graduate students of the English doctoral program will be visiting to find out more about Childhood Studies at TAMU. Light lunch will be served.
Liberal Arts and Humanities Building (LAAH), Room 535

Tuesday, 19 March 2013, 7-8:15 pm
What is Childhood Studies? Discussion Series
“The Politics of Child Homicide: Warped Media Coverage, Racial Disparity, and Political Fallout”
CCS and the English Department’s Honors students extend a warm invitation to faculty, staff, and students to join in a discussion of Tayari Jones’s Leaving Atlanta and the politics of child homicide. The event will feature Jones’s Leaving Atlanta as a backdrop to discussions of the political fallout of child homicides and the disparity in media coverage between homicides of black and white children.
Memorial Student Center, Room 2406B

Tuesday, 2 April 2013, 7 pm
Author Tayari Jones will be speaking about her book, Leaving Atlanta at the Bryan Civic Auditorium. For more information about Brazos Valley Reads, visit http://www.english.tamu.edu/brazos-valley-reads.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 1-5 pm
Department of English Future of the Field Symposium
“The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities”
This half-day symposium will bring together the editor, Anna Mae Duane (University of Connecticut), and three of the contributing authors of a forthcoming essay collection, The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities, to be published in May 2013 by the University of Georgia Press. Participating authors include Karen Sánchez-Eppler (Amherst College), John Wall (Rutgers University-Camden), and Lucia Hodgson (Texas A&M University). There will be two sets of two 30-minute talks each followed by a 30-minute roundtable that engages panelists and audience in a discussion about the emerging interdisciplinary field of childhood studies. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served.
Mayo-Thomas Room, Cushing Library

9 April 2013
Second Annual Critical Childhood Studies Symposium
“Childhood Studies and the Humanities”
This symposium will bring together the editor, Anna Mae Duane (University of Connecticut), and three of the contributing authors of a forthcoming essay collection, The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities, to be published in spring 2013 by the University of Georgia Press. Participating authors include Karen Sánchez-Eppler (Amherst College) John Wall (Rutgers University-Camden), and Lucia Hodgson (Texas A&M University).
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

Thursday, 25 April 2013, 6-8 pm
What is Childhood Studies? Discussion Series
“After Newtown: Will More Police in Schools Make Children Safer?”
Discussion series focused on the role of police officers and other security measures in the school system.
Memorial Student Center (MSC), Texas A&M University

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Fall 2012

Thursday, 6 September 2012, 4-5:30 p.m.
CCS Seminar Monthly Meeting
The Critical Childhood Studies group will hold its first organizational meeting of the semester to discuss activities for the 2012-2013 academic year. The meeting is open to group members and anyone interested in learning more about Critical Childhood Studies.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

Wednesday, 26 September 2012
“What is Childhood Studies?” Undergraduate Discussion Series
Memorial Student Center

Thursday, 4 October 2012, 4-5:30 p.m.
CCS Seminar Monthly Meeting
Workshop: “Nineteenth-Century American Childhood Studies”

Join us for an introduction to the work of two important scholars in the field of Nineteenth-Century American Childhood Studies: Karen Sánchez-Eppler (Amherst College) and Anna Mae Duane (University of Connecticut). Sánchez-Eppler and Duane will be visiting Texas A&M in the spring to participate in the second annual Critical Childhood Studies Symposium (9 April 2013). Two doctoral students from the Department of English, Shawna McDermott and Kate Ozment, will give brief presentations on the scholarship of Sánchez-Eppler and Duane and then guide a discussion of their work. All are welcome and no reading is required. For more information and optional reading materials, contact Shawna McDermott.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 6:45-8 p.m.
“What is Childhood Studies?” Undergraduate Discussion Series
Memorial Student Center, Room WW-2504

Thursday, 1 November 2012, 4-5:30 p.m.
CCS Seminar Roundtable: Outcomes of the First China-U.S. Children’s Literature Symposium

This Critical Childhood Studies roundtable will focus on outcomes of the first China-U.S. Children’s Literature Symposium held on 2-3 June 2012 at Ocean University of China in Qingdao, an event sponsored and supported by the Glasscock Center, Ocean University of China, Texas A&M University and the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University. Outcomes include an edited collection of essays and a second China-U.S. Children’s Literature Symposium to be held in 2014. Please join us to hear a discussion with Dennis Berthold and Claudia Nelson, symposium participants and Professors in the Department of English; Kelly Kleinkort, Assistant Director of International Partnerships and Programs and Director of the Confucius Institute; Hongfeng Deng, Visiting Scholar and Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute; and Meng Gang, Visiting Scholar at the Confucius Institute.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 7-8 p.m.
“What is Childhood Studies?” Undergraduate Discussion Series
“Child Soldiers Around the World: People under 18 in Armed Conflict”
Memorial Student Center, Room WW-2504

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