Over the next few months, we are looking to build up a resource for those of us involved in the teaching of childhood and youth studies, in whatever guise or disciplinary space, with an emphasis on the relationship between childhood and public life, children’s participation, childhood agency, and children’s politics. We ask for your assistance in creating an arts & hums reading/viewing list for childhood and youth studies students and researchers.
The Connectors Team reflect on our recent exhibition as ‘live methods’ and offer a summary of the work we’ve been doing during 2017
Dr Christos Varvantakis explores ‘coming of age’ tropes and temporalities in childhood play, and how ethics and anonymity are understood and enacted
A special issue that Melissa, Vinnarasan and me have edited for Contemporary Social Science,’Political activism across the life course‘ has just been published! The publishing of the issue rounds up a […]
Activism, citizenship, social consciousness and beyond: what are circuits of social action? Dr Nolas explores the what and when of childhood social action
As I am settling in Athens for fieldwork, I often find myself passing through a small charming park in Navarinou street, in Exarchia. I have undertaken some exploratory visits in […]
Melissa and Christos reflect on methods in multimodal ethnography to think about how these might relate to knowledge exchange
Christos Varvantakis and Melissa Nolas explore what it means to be an ethnographer and do ethnographic research, highlighting the value of play as a research method
Melissa Nolas shares an extract from her fieldnotes, where a reaction to a sarong in a window emblematizes the boundary work in ethnographic research
Melissa Nolas describes research encounters on the thresholds: fleeting feelings, conversations, and experiences on the way out the door
Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores messy emotions in everyday life, and calls for a new framework to recognise the value of emotion and affect in research
Vinnarasan Aruldoss reflects on how children’s experiences of public places impact everyday life, play, visiting friends, and navigating neighbourhoods
Food, a full plate of memory, and an anthropology of not paying attention: Christos Varvantakis explores the materiality of food in research settings.
Melissa Nolas explores some of the emotionality in fieldwork relationships of care and concern between researchers and participants
Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores the ways participants create symbolically private and public spaces through material practices
Melissa Nolas describes the use of postcards and polaroids as a cultural intervention to challenge the dominant cultural narratives of childhood