June 16-18, 2020

Child and Teen Consumption:
Inequality and Identity in Consumer Markets,
Media and Industries

An international, interdisciplinary conference

Since 2004, the Child and Teen Consumption (CTC) conference has convened biannually to address the issues, theories, research methods and practices of children and teens in relation to the consumer cultures they inhabit and co-construct. Previously held in Scandinavia, France, Italy and Scotland, CTC 2020 is being hosted by the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA, USA. CTC brings scholars, practitioners and industry members together to investigate the variety of ways that commercial goods, media and new marketing technologies impact the lives of young people. The conference strives to incite dialogue and debate to yield new insights regarding the complex interactions between child and teen consumption practices, youth industries, government bodies and social action.

The theme for the 9th Child and Teen Consumption Conference focuses on Inequality and Identity in Consumer Markets, Media and Industries. The inequalities and unevenness of a deeply stratified world necessarily shape how goods and media are consumed and, for that matter, produced. Issues of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexuality, geography, age, disability and national origin inform how children and young people partake in consumer media culture, the availability of and pathways to that participation, and the quality and meaning of those practices. We appreciate that “consumption” manifests as multiply articulated and variegated, as do social constructions of the “child” or “teen.”

Call for Papers

Expected deadline to submit paper proposals is November, 2019.