The Militarization of Childhood: call for papers

Posted: September 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

Again from H-Net, on a serious and troubling subject:


In its various manifestations, the campaign to end child soldiering has brought graphic images of militarized children to popular consciousness. In the main, this has been a campaign that has seemed to speak to African contexts without as much reflection on the myriad ways in which the lives of children are militarized in advanced (post)industrial societies. This call for papers is for an edited volume addressing the multifarious ways in which childhood is militarized. Papers adopting novel approaches to the issue of child soldiering and other such explicit enactments of militarism are welcome, as are contributions examining the underinterrogated and everyday ways in which children’s lives are militarized in less scrutinized contexts and settings.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

Everyday militarism and childhood Feminist and postcolonial readings of the militarization of childhood Comparative historical analysis of the militarization of childhood Military public relations campaigns targeted at children ROTC and other military and paramilitary youth programs War pedagogy Militarized video gaming Combat role-playing Critical (re)readings of child soldiering Militarization of children as a techne or enabling condition of war Normalization of violence Impact of ‘war footing’ patterns of social life Weaponization of children Critical (re)readings of ‘victimization’ Timetable:
Submission of abstracts for consideration: 1 November 2009 Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2010 Deadline for final draft of papers (7000 to 8000 words, inclusive of notes): 30 June 2010

Reviews and revisions: July to October 2010

Final revised versions to publisher: 1 November 2010.

Abstracts should be submitted via email to Marshall Beier at Potential contributors are encouraged to be in contact in advance of the deadline for submission of abstracts. Please circulate this call for papers to colleagues who may be interested in contributing to the volume. Apologies for cross-posting.

J. Marshall Beier, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
McMaster University
Kenneth Taylor Hall 508
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4M4
Tel: (905) 525-9140 ext.23888
Fax: (905) 527-3071

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