About The Network

The Dis/located Children Network is a wide-ranging project bringing together scholars interrogating the experiences of children and young people at the margins of society or who otherwise do not or cannot conform to normative ideals around childhood. In 2015, the sub-theme of ‘Children in/and care’ will be adopted across all events, with each event focusing on a particular dimension of this topic.

This wide-ranging project uses the umbrella term ‘Dis/located children’ to bring together scholars interrogating the experiences of children and young people at the margins of society or who otherwise do not or cannot conform to normative ideals around childhood.

The primary aim of the project is to encourage interaction between scholars working in different disciplines with the goal of creating high-quality, interdisciplinary research that benefits the lives of children today.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To create an interdisciplinary research concentration under the theme of ‘Dis/located childhoods’
  2. To provide a space for scholars in a range of disciplines to meet and make connections with the goal of benefiting from different disciplinary perspectives and to establish strong and meaningful networks
  3. To foster collaborative research across disciplinary boundaries, leading to high quality research publications and research bids.

To meet these broadly-defined aims, in 2015 the team leaders will convene a number of events to provide a space for sharing research and networking. To provide focus to the year’s activities, the sub-theme of ‘Children in/and care’ will be adopted across all events, with each event focusing on a particular dimension of this topic.

‘Care’ is an encompassing term that can incorporate the fulfilments of both the physical and practical needs of children as well as the emotional investments that parents and societies have in their children.

Over four workshops, we seek to interrogate what ‘care’ means and has meant at different times and places; how ‘care’ has been realised in the services that are provided for children, as well as how it has informed ideas around childhood and childcare; and the impacts and outcomes of that care on the lives of children and their outcomes as adults.

 If you would like to join the network, please contact Katie Barclay, Clemence Due and Dee Michell at dislocatedchildren@gmail.com, with a short introduction to you and your research. If you would like to present a short paper at one of our forthcoming workshops, please indicate this.

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