The National School of Arts has been chosen to host the next biennial conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY), at its North Sydney campus, 26-28 June, 2019.
The SHCY is the premier international association for scholars examining the history of childhood. It promotes research about childhood, youth cultures, and the experience of young people across diverse times and places, and fosters study across disciplinary and methodological boundaries.
SHCY members include leading scholars from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania, making it a truly global organisation. The Society’s biennial conferences showcase the work of esteemed scholars in the field and provide opportunities for researchers at all stages of their careers, including early career researchers and higher degree research students, to present their work to a specialist international audience.
The 2019 conference at ACU will be the first time the SHCY’s biennial conference has been held in the southern hemisphere. The conference has previously been held at universities such as Rutgers, the University of British Columbia, the University of California (Berkeley), and the University of Nottingham, so yet again the National School of Arts at ACU finds itself in prestigious company in hosting this event.
The SHCY’s decision to award the 2019 conference to ACU is recognition of the contributions that ACU researchers have made to the history of childhood and youth , especially Professor Shurlee Swain. Professor Joy Damousi (Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne and currently working on the history of child refugees in Australia) has recognised the significance of the SHCY decision to award its Biennial Conference to ACU, by sponsoring a prize for an outstanding research paper by a postgraduate student.
National Head of Arts, Professor Michael Ondaatje, commented: "ACU’s rapidly rising profile in the humanities and social sciences is beyond dispute, and this conference provides further evidence of this fact. Our historians continue to lead the way with socially engaged research of high quality that has impact and makes a difference – locally, nationally and internationally".
The 2019 SHCY Conference promises to be an intellectually rich event which will showcase the best of ACU to leading scholars from around the world.