Event: ‘Children, sexuality, sexualisation’ – Call for chapters (April)

This is a call for chapters for a potential edited collection on :

“Childhood, Sexuality and Sexualisation”

(editors: Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose and Danielle Egan)

Deadline: 5 April 2012

If successful, this collection will be the first academic volume that brings together groundbreaking scholarship on the sexual cultures of children and young people living in new sexually saturated societies.

It will offer a range of new research findings directly foregrounding the experiences of children and young people’s sexualities across a range of sites and spaces. It will also unpack the socio-historical, cultural and policy contexts of the sexualisation debates.

Collectively the chapters not only complicate and contextualise the assumptions in popular texts and governmental reports over the ‘sexualisation of the child’, but identify new pressures facing tweens and teens as they negotiate their own and others’ sexual identities, relationships and cultures. Key questions that this edited volume engage with include:

– Do the contemporary sexualisation debates constitute a renewed crisis of childhood? How is this aged, gendered, raced and classed?

– What are the theoretical and methodological challenges in researching young sexualities in an era of ‘sexualisation’?

– How are children and young people negotiating global sexualised cultures in locally and culturally specific ways?

– What can the history of regulated young sexual cultures, relationships and identities tell us about how to engage in the contemporary and changing sexual/ised landscape?


Submissions that are in dialogue with the aims of the collection and the key questions above are welcome: also, scholars from diverse theoretical and disciplinary fields, including those working across a range of regional, national and transnational contexts.

Contributions are therefore welcome from critical social psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians and cultural studies scholars who are engaged with empirical research projects on children, childhood, sexuality and sexualisation. We especially welcome chapters which foreground the perspectives and experiences of children and young people themselves.

ABSTRACTS: An abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography of no more than 50 words should be emailed to: Dr Emma Renold (renold@cf.ac.uk ) no later than the 5 April 2012.

Final decisions on the selection of abstracts will be no later than 30th April 2012.

Full chapters will be between 6000-7000 words and further details regarding time frames will be provided when the book contract has been finalized and agreed.


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