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CFP: Writing the History of Youth in the Modern World, 1800 to the present

Submission deadline: February 24, 2017

Conference date(s):
May 26, 2017

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Conference Venue:

Department of History, University of Sheffield
Sheffield, United Kingdom

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The lives and experiences of young people have long been a topic of historical interest. This conference seeks to explore how historians understand and represent youth in the modern world, and encourages reflection on the different ways of writing the history of young people. With a growing amount of work in the field, this conference will provide a space for scholars to reflect on current approaches, reinterpret and re-evaluate older approaches and structures, present work that moves beyond the urban experiences of youth, or that adopts transnational approaches, and to question how the lives of young people relate to wider histories.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • The spaces and places inhabited by youth
  • Regional or local histories of young people
  • Youth organisations
  • The experiences and histories of marginalised or underrepresented youth
  • Reflections on methodologies or sources
  • Identities of young people
  • Sex and relationships
  • The young person as a consumer

Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes are invited for any topic related to the history of young people in the modern period, loosely defined from 1800- present. Relevant proposals from outside of the discipline of history are also welcome. Abstracts of 300-350 words should be sent to Sarah Kenny ( by Friday 24th February 2017.

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