Children and Politics: Centre for the History of Childhood Colloquium – CONFERENCE

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Date / time: 24 June, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Magdalen College Oxford & online

Children and Politics: Centre for the History of Childhood Colloquium - CONFERENCE


Children and Politics Colloquium

Monday 24th June 9.30am-5pm

Centre for the History of Childhood | Magdalen College Oxford and online

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9.30 Welcome – Helen Sunderland (University of Oxford)

9.45-11.15 Political Violence

Jack Hodgson (University of Roehampton) Youth Activism and the Political Martyrdom of Christopher Seider in Colonial Boston
Julie Partsch (University of Oxford) Children of the Struggle: Experiences of Secrecy, Social Ostracisation, and Community by Children of Anti-Apartheid Activists in the 1950s-1960s
Lucy Newby (Manchester Metropolitan University) “I didn’t join ‘cos of a bitterness in my heart, I joined because I didn’t like being alone.” Teenage paramilitarism, youth politics and the popular imagination during the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1969-1998
11.35-12.35 Keynote Paper: Arathi Sriprakash, Claire Stewart-Hall, and Alice Willatt (University of Oxford) Reparative Histories of Schooling

1.35-3.05 Democratic Practices

Anna Bocking-Welch (University of Liverpool) Young Petitioners in Twentieth-Century Britain
Helen Sunderland (University of Oxford) ‘“Town Council” in their ’Teens’: Young People and Local Democracy in Postwar Britain
Kit Kowol (Queensland Parliament, Brisbane) “Dear Mr Wilson, I am very sorry the Conservatives are getting all the votes. I am only ten or I would vote for you myself.”: Children writing to politicians in Modern Britain

3.25-4.55 Organised Activism

Björn Lundberg (Lund University) Youth against Apartheid: Youth Organizations and the formation of an Anti-Apartheid Movement in Sweden, 1960–1968
Victoria Cain (Northeastern University) The Double Age of Privacy: Sexual Politics of American Adolescence, 1967-1992
Rosie Walters (Cardiff University) “It’s like, do you really wanna go to Girl Up or do you wanna go to Tesco?”: Girls, ambivalence and activism in school feminist clubs

4.55 Close – Helen Sunderland (University of Oxford)


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Image: Youth March for Integrated Schools, Washington, DC, 25 October 1958. Records of the National Park Service, Photograph 79-LM-D-9: