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Call for Papers: The Tamar Golan Africa Centre at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev invites paper proposals- "The Child in Africa: Changing Prospects and Possibilities in Political, Social and Cultural Landscapes Over Time" A Conference to be held at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel May 14-15, 2014 The lives of children are testimony to the broader histories and political processes that have characterized African communities and societies over time, but children and childhood are not often the focus of research in the continent. This conference aims to deepen our understanding of children's lives, experiences and prospects in Africa of both the past and present. We seek to understand how children have lived and experienced broader changes in social, political, and economic frameworks. How has the meaning and definition of childhood changed over time, and what kind of long-term continuities can we identify in the prospects and challenges children face? What are the ongoing needs of children across the continent? What are the rights and opportunities children enjoy, and what areas can we identify as needing more attention? We seek to understand how children themselves have shaped social, cultural, and economic realities across time. The conveners would like to invite papers from a wide range of fields. A broad and multi-faceted approach will encourage and foster dialogue across areas of geographic, periodic and disciplinary specialization. The conference will focus on children in Africa from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives, including history, sociology, political science, anthropology, cultural studies, and legal studies. A possible list of topics of interest might include: * Education and opportunity for children in Africa * Changing cultural notions of childhood over time * Children and migrations * Children and work * Child-centered cultures in Africa * The legal rights of children in Africa * Children's play in African contexts * Children and changing family structures * Peer groups among children in changing social and cultural contexts * Violence against children * Humanitarian aid, international organizations and children in Africa * Cultural representations of children in Africa * Children's empowerment and disempowerment over time * Children's health issues in Africa * Development schemes and children * Children and technology * Children and the rural-urban divide All those interested in participating should submit abstracts of up to 300 words and a c.v. by November 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 31, 2014. Full papers must be submitted by April 15, 2014. Proposal submissions and inquiries please contact: Ayala Kuriel - firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> CFP PDF<http://africaafrica.org/sites/default/files/images/cfp_the_child_in_africa_bgu_israel.pdf> [http://www.africaafrica.org<http://www.africaafrica.org]www.africaafrica.org<http://www.africaafrica.org> --