[csaa-forum] CFP for Special Issue on the History of Sexuality of Childhood and Youth

Paul Magee paul.magee at canberra.edu.au
Wed Oct 31 14:03:49 CST 2007

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Historical Sociology

The History of Sexuality of Childhood and Youth


Few other topics manage to raise anxiety to the same extent in our  western
culture than our fear over a child?s proximity to the sexual  realm.
Prevailing discourses on the sexual child manifest ambivalence  at best, and
at worst exemplify something approaching moral panic. As  a result, the
historical, cultural and ideological underpinnings of  such discourses are
often rendered invisible. We believe that a  critical deconstruction of
historical discourses, stories and material  objects can illuminate the
complex and often contradictory assumptions  upon which such cultural
narratives are built.

This special issue of Historical Sociology on the history of  sexuality of
childhood and youth is intended to illuminate these  historical traces and
their resonances. We recognize that this is a  challenging empirical
endeavor since the status of children, both  historically and
contemporarily, make it difficult, if not impossible,  to know what children
and youth were doing or thinking with regard to  their sexuality. With this
in mind, this issue seeks to offer insight  into historical discourses
produced about children and the material  consequences of such adult

The editors are seeking papers which provide examples of the  historical
origins of the problematization of the sexuality of youth  and childhood. We
welcome work that draws on cross-disciplinary as  well as comparative
scholarship, and encourage authors who are  exploring continuities between
the past and present.  Finally, since  the majority of work done on
sexuality and the young tends to focus on  adolescence, the editors
especially encourage contributions from  scholars whose focus is on the
pre-adolescent age group.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

Medical Intervention and Pathologization
Sex Education 
Reform Movements 
Advice Manuals or Parent Training
Religious Mandates 
Legal Reform Permissive or Sex Positive Discourses
Psychoanalytic Discourses
Developmental Psychology
Children¹s/Adolescent Literature
Biological Discourses
The management of girls¹ sexuality
Queer Youth 
Colonial/Neo Colonial Relations
Feminist Movements 
Cross cultural comparison

Abstracts are due no later than January 20, 2008

Accepted Papers will be due no later than June 2, 2008

Please email abstract submission to: R. Danielle Egan  degan at stlawu.edu

Any questions or quires should be addressed to either R. Danielle Egan
(degan at stlawu.edu) or Gail Hawkes ghawkes at une.edu.au.

R. Danielle Egan 
Associate Professor and Chair Gender Studies Program
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617 USA
 001 315 229 5120 

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