Call for Papers - Special Issue on Youngsters: On the Cultures of Children and Youth


Following the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People’s inaugural international conference, Youngsters: On the Cultures of Children and Youth, this special issue seeks to publish full papers (6,000-8,000 words), commentaries, and forum pieces (1,500-2,000 words) based on work presented at the conference or new work that intersects with
conference themes.

Youngsters, the first conference of its kind in North America addressed children’s and youth cultural studies as an interdisciplinary field of scholarship and community engagement. While scholars have been producing exciting work in this field for decades, that work has found itself positioned most often under the umbrella of other disciplines, including children’s literature, education studies, sociology, media studies, or cultural studies itself. Youngsters created a forum to showcase and discuss the astonishing breadth of
interdisciplinary scholarship in children’s and youth cultural studies, and in this special issue of Jeunesse, “On the Cultures of Children and Youth,” we seek to feature the best of this work.

We welcome work from an array of disciplines, fields, and historical periods, including work deploying a wide range of methodologies and theoretical approaches.

Themes and topics may include:

  • Queer Youth Cultures
  • Writing Indigeneity
  • Youth Media Engagements
  • Vulnerabilities and Dis/locations
  • Trans Childhoods
  • Kinder Gardens: The Child in Ecocriticism
  • Sonic Youth
  • The Child and Imperialism
  • Cyberliving
  • Mediated Belonging
  • Rethinking Methodological
  • Approaches to First Nations Child and Youth Studies
  • Canadian Youth Culture During and After World War I
  • Being (Sexual) and Time
  • Creative Youth/Media/Agency
  • The Equality Project: Unpacking Networked Surveillance at School, at Play and on Social Media
  • Theorizing Girlhood
  • Iconic Gender Scripts
  • Employment Prospects
  • Paradoxes of Development
  • Rights and Resistance
  • Channeling Youth
  • Mental Wellness

Submission Guidelines

Articles and commentaries (short commentaries, positions, statements about the field of
children’s and youth cultural studies) may be submitted directly through the Jeunesse
website ( or as attachments in Word or RTF format to: by 11:59pm CST on May 1, 2017.

Contributions are also sought for the "Forums” section in Jeunesse. These pieces are dedicated to discussions of themes, issues or problems related to the study of young people’s texts and cultures and offer multiple perspectives on one topic. If you are interested in organizing a forum piece for this issue, please query the editors at

Further information about submission guidelines is available at:

Inquiries may be directed to Larissa Wodtke, Managing Editor: