CSCY 6th International Conference “The Social, the Biological and the Material Child”

Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th July 2016

Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Sheffield, S7 1NQ, UK.

This conference explored the social, biological and material dimensions of childhood and children’s everyday lives.


The plenary speakers were:

Professor Alan Prout, University of Leeds, UK

Professor Nigel Thomas, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Professor Spyros Spyrou, European University, Cyprus


It is now a decade since Prout (2005) argued that to fully understand childhood, researchers need to attend both to its biological and social aspects, and the interconnections between these.  We therefore invited papers that engage, theoretically and empirically, with biological, social, cultural, material and/or immaterial dimensions of children’s everyday lives and/or which explore these in relation to contemporary or historical childhoods.  Themes covered by the call included:

  1. childhood, place and spatiality
  2. childhood and health
  3. digital childhoods
  4. embodiment and childhood
  5. the non-human, material and post human child
  6. research methods for exploring the biological/social/cultural/material or immaterial in childhood students, and the intersections between these
  7. cross and inter-disciplinary approaches to childhood research
  8. cross-cultural and historical constructs of childhood.

(Prout, A. 2005. The future of childhood. London Routledge/Falmer).

Over 100 delegates attended the conference and it had a wide international representation with delegates coming from:  University Catolica de Santos Brazil, Maynooth University, Flinders Unviersity, Aalborg University, Univesity of Turku, University of Auckland, University of Otago,  University of Lille, King’s University College,  University of Geneva, Linkoping University, European University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing normal University of China, The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College Israel, William Paterson University of New Jersey, etc.

The conference dinner was held at Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield.

kenwood hall restaurant












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