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 […]
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
Melissa Nolas explores how the use of photography and anonymous portraits helped to overcome some of the challenges in the ethics of representation
Christos Varvantakis reflects on walking practices and embodied encounters with green space and the environment
Early in the research we provided each child with an inexpensive digital photographic camera to use as part of the data production. The idea was that children would make pictures […]
Christos and Melissa reflect on ‘configuring matters’ as a research method to help rethink popular social science representations of relationships
The concept of play has attained an undisputable place in childhood scholarship where the naturalisation and orthodoxy is hardly been questioned in theory and practice until recently (see Cook, 2016). […]