CFP Due 22 Aug 2019

Childhood Studies and Disability Studies: Charting Confluences (C19 2020)

Please consider submitting an abstract for this proposed panel for the 2020 C19 conference in Coral Gables, FL from April 2-5, 2020.

Childhood Studies and Disability Studies: Charting Confluences

This panel seeks to interrogate the intersection between disability studies and critical childhood studies in the long nineteenth century. The emergence of figures of disability in the nineteenth century coincides with new conceptions of childhood. Socially constructed and coded through developmental  models, these social formations are intimately related.

We are looking for papers that explore these confluences. For example, papers might explore: 
• the interrelatedness of disability and childhood as refracted through race, gender, sex, and class
• literary and cultural representations of cognitive disability and their relation to child development
• childhood innocence and the romanticization of disability
• the disabled and children as related subjects of discipline and institutionalization

Please send a 250-word abstract and short CV to Allison Giffen and Lucia Hodgson at by Thursday, August 22nd