How It Works


“Thinking Through Childhood” creates an opportunity for scholars to share their work with an informed community. Together these moderated posts and comments offer an exciting prospect of the field, mapping new lines of inquiry, illuminating trends, and highlighting new methodologies. In their posts, scholars can think out loud about some of the pressing questions driving their current work. Posts can take a variety of forms and come from different stages of the research process. Contributors can think broadly and theoretically about the discipline. For example, posts can explore some of the assumptions that undergird the discipline or how childhood studies intersects productively with other critical approaches. Or, posts might take on more specific projects, such as offering insights into overlooked writers, texts, or archives. Length is flexible, though posts are typically about 1000 words.

The BUZZ: New Essays in Critical Childhood Studies” is a blog that alerts scholars to recent essays in critical childhood studies appearing in journals with a broader scope, such as J19 and American Literature, or journals with an intersecting focus like Disability Studies Quarterly and Legacy. Authors post brief descriptions of their work in which they present the essay’s important claims, highlight relevant scholarly conversations, and/or suggest avenues for future inquiry.

“CCS Chronicle” is a review blog authored by Lucia Hodgson. Along with reviewing articles and books in the field, Lucia also writes about notable panels and conference papers, new archives and collections, and current political events examined through the lens of critical childhood studies.


“CCS Forum: In the Classroom” provides a platform for the exchange of questions and ideas related to teaching childhood studies in the college classroom. A community-building project, this moderated discussion forum offers a space where we can support each other in our teaching and where we can share and respond to the particular challenges and opportunities of childhood studies in the classroom.


Here, scholars can find and post CFP’s, grants and fellowships, and jobs, as well as announcements about upcoming events, such as panels or talks, that might be of interest to childhood studies scholars.


This feature offers exciting possibilities for collaborative work including building bibliography and identifying pertinent archives and repositories. 

Supporting graduate students is essential to this scholarly community, and this feature also provides a space dedicated to their professional development. We envision it growing through collaboration–a place where the site’s community of scholars can offer ideas that will best serve the professional and intellectual growth of graduate students.


  • Submit a post for the “Thinking Through Childhood” or “The BUZZ” blogs
  • Like or comment on a post
  • Subscribe to get email notifications about new posts
  • Participate in “CCS Forum: In the Classroom” by posting a question, idea, or teaching resource 
  • Share on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms,
  • Use our hashtag: #CritChildStudies

Contact Allison Giffen and Lucia Hodgson at