Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem will speak at the second Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood Conference, which will be held May 8-9 at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. The conference is hosted by the multidisciplinary Institute for Child and Youth Studies and will address three themes:
- Appropriations of childhood
- Is work the opposite of play?
- Does humanitarian aid help or harm children?
In her talk, “British Industrial Labor Movements and the Origins of Modern Adolescence,” she will discuss how early labor laws engendered new conceptualizations and legal definitions of childhood and adolescence.
From the abstract: Historians agree that modern adolescence is the product of industrialization and first occurs among wealthier youth, whose protracted schooling and leisure constitutes a transitional period. Prior to a shared discourse of adolescence...