1 July 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Melbourne Campus (St. Patrick's) will host the historical studies conference Childhood (Re)discovered this week. The conference aims to address issues about childhood of interest both to historians and practitioners or campaigners seeking to defend the rights of young adults and children.
Over 20 Australian and international speakers will meet to discuss the emerging area of the history of childhood, with selected papers being published in a special issue of the Australian Historical Studies journal in 2009.
The Childhood (Re)discovered conference builds on the work of the organisers, ACU Professors Margot Hillel and Shurlee Swain, who received an ARC Discovery Grant for a project entitled Child-Race-Nation-Empire which investigated the development of child-rescue history across the former British Empire. Professor Swain was also recently awarded an ARC Linkage grant to study care homes, childhood and the ‘Forgotten Australians’ [link].
Conference papers will cover a wide range of topics including the freedom of Australian children living in Carlton in the 1950s, representations of Kurdish children in Turkish mainstream media, child abuse and Indigenous child removal.
“This conference aims to relate history to contemporary concerns around childhood,” said ACU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Professor Gabrielle McMullen. “It is a truly interdisciplinary gathering which addresses important issues of social justice.”
Australian Catholic University (ACU) established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.