A summer reading and viewing challenge…

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.

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Experimenting with ‘live methods’

The Connectors Team reflect on our recent exhibition as ‘live methods’ and offer a summary of the work we’ve been doing during 2017

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Photo/Stories from the field: To part with one’s dolls

Dr Christos Varvantakis explores ‘coming of age’ tropes and temporalities in childhood play, and how ethics and anonymity are understood and enacted

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Political activism across the life course: Special issue for Contemporary Social Science

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 […]

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What do we mean by ‘circuits of social action’? (A first stab of many, no doubt…)

Activism, citizenship, social consciousness and beyond: what are circuits of social action? Dr Nolas explores the what and when of childhood social action

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A Very Particular Kind of Park

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 […]

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On transitions, change and continuity…

This time five years ago I was busy drafting job descriptions for the recruitment of those strangers that would eventual make up the wonderful team of colleagues that have been […]

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Making connections under the banyan tree and other such spaces

Melissa and Christos reflect on methods in multimodal ethnography to think about how these might relate to knowledge exchange

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Photo/stories from the field: portrait of an ethnographer

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

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Photo/stories from the field: inside out

Melissa Nolas shares an extract from her fieldnotes, where a reaction to a sarong in a window emblematizes the boundary work in ethnographic research

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Photo/stories from the field: do you obey your husband?

Melissa Nolas describes research encounters on the thresholds: fleeting feelings, conversations, and experiences on the way out the door

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Photo/stories from the field: encountering emotions in the field

Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores messy emotions in everyday life, and calls for a new framework to recognise the value of emotion and affect in research

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Photo/stories from the field: the traffic, fear, and the city

Vinnarasan Aruldoss reflects on how children’s experiences of public places impact everyday life, play, visiting friends, and navigating neighbourhoods

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Photo/stories from the field: lunch encounters and ethnographic distractions

Food, a full plate of memory, and an anthropology of not paying attention: Christos Varvantakis explores the materiality of food in research settings.

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Photo/stories from the field: those books of fieldwork and parenting you know don’t exist

Melissa Nolas explores some of the emotionality in fieldwork relationships of care and concern between researchers and participants

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Photo/stories from the field: the curtain as a signifier of ‘private’ and ‘public’ in the research space

Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores the ways participants create symbolically private and public spaces through material practices

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