Geographies of Children, Youth and Families potentials and pitfalls of a transdisciplinary field

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Oak Alley, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Louise Holt, Stuart Aitken
Chairs: Louise Holt


In this panel session, we discuss the current state of scholarship about geographies of children, youth and families in a variety of international contexts. A starting point for this discussion is the lack of ‘child’, ‘children’, or ‘youth’ in the AAG drop down topic list. We examine the different institutional frameworks and networks which have led to a more cohesive and clearly defined and identifiable field of study or a more diffuse and open scholarship in different contexts (particularly comparing the UK and North America). The panel will reflect upon the challenges and potentials afforded by the different institutional frameworks, such as the journal Children’s Geographies and the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group of the RGS/IBG. Key scholars will be asked whether they identify as Geographers of Children/Youth and/or Families. We question what the response is from students and other scholars if we do identify as Geographers of Children, Youth and/or Families, and wonder if there is a pressure not to identify our research in these terms in the current neoliberal framing of research quality and success.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Louise Holt Loughborough University 20
Panelist Peter Kraftl University of Birmingham 20
Panelist Nancy Worth University of Waterloo 20
Panelist Stuart Aitken San Diego State University 20
Discussant Cindi Katz CUNY Graduate Center 20

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