Proseminar 2 (3 credits) – required for all doctoral students in the first year of study
Monday/Wednesday 4:20 – 5:40 pm
Dr. Lauren Silver

The proseminar in Childhood Studies is a year-long investigation into some of the important issues, concepts and debates that surround the study of children and childhood today. We will explore various changing and nuanced definitions of “the child,” ethical dilemmas in working with children, the history of western childhood and global childhoods, race, class gender and sexuality, children’s literature, schooling, the manipulation of images of childhood and the children’s agency in helping to form or to combat those images. Although over the year the course will necessarily bring together multiple perspectives, the first half of the proseminar will focus more closely on disciplines from the Humanities.


Children and Violence (3 credits)
Monday 6:00 – 8:50 pm
Dr. Anthony Wright

This course will explore an interdisciplinary range of texts focused on childhood, youth, and various forms of violence that shape young bodies and lives.  Following the work of medical anthropologists, students will approach violence not as an aberration from social order, but rather as a constitutive condition of it.  Social orders are forged and maintained through violence—from spectacular forms of physical brutality to subtle forms of psychological violence.  Sites of violence to be explored include: colonial and post-colonial governments; national school systems; global markets; war and other international conflicts, etc.


Children’s Geographies (3 credits)
Tuesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Dr. Kate Cairns

What is the space of childhood? Where (and how) are children ‘out of place’? What do children’s everyday movements and place-based identities reveal about contemporary dynamics of culture, capitalism, and globalization? This course engages with the field of children’s geographies to examine childhood as a social and spatial construct. We will explore key theoretical and methodological debates surrounding the study of space, place, and movement in children’s lives. Spanning multiple spatial scales (e.g., the body, city, nation) and processes (e.g., surveillance, representation, migration), we will examine how geographical insights can shed new light on key debates in childhood studies. Particular attention will be paid to ways in which children’s geographies are shaped by relations of power (e.g., age, race, class.