How to Get Involved

The CCS Project offers a digital space for scholars in the field of critical childhood studies to share their research and publications, to promote cfps and other opportunities, and to participate in a lively and growing scholarly community.

  • Join the Critical Childhood Studies C19 Cluster
  • Submit an idea for one of our blogs
  • Like or comment on a post
  • Subscribe to get email notifications about new posts
  • Share on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms,
  • Use our hashtag: #CritChildStudies

Contact Allison Giffen and Lucia Hodgson at


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.

Talking Books | Reading Childhood showcases interviews with authors of new monographs in the field of critical childhood studies. Taking a variety of forms including podcasts and videos, this feature offers exciting insights into new scholarship. In addition, interviewers have the opportunity to connect with scholars whose work they want to engage. We especially encourage graduate students to participate.

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.


We post links to new books and articles of interest. We welcome ideas for this feature, including your own work of course!


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.