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School of Geography

The Child in the World

One Day Conference

Saturday 9 November 2013 10.00 – 17.00

A one-day international conference organised as part of an AHRC-funded collaborative project between Queen Mary, University of London and the V&A Museum of Childhood.

This conference will explore the ways in which children imagine, understand and engage with the wider world.

  • How have children’s lives been shaped by global processes and events, both in the past and present? 
  • How do children understand and imagine their place within the wider world? How does this vary over space and time? 
  • How have children’s lives been shaped by experiences of empire, migration and conflict? 
  • How do children engage with the wider world through participation and citizenship?

Keynote speaker
Karen Wells, ‘The child in the world: violence and gendered transitions to adulthood.’
Karen Wells (Birkbeck, University of London) works on childhood and globalisation, and visual cultures of childhood. She is the author of ‘Childhood in a Global Perspective’ (Polity, 2009).


We plan to bring together written versions of the presentations to form the basis of a special issue in a relevant journal.

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