The William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to announce our fourth Request for Proposals (RFP) on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice. This purpose of the RFP is to help us better understand how research evidence is acquired, interpreted, and used in policy and practice that affect youth. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is April 3, 2012.
We are delighted to invite you to attend a conference this April in Chicago.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF; http://contemporaryfamilies.org/) and the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium (http://www.childpolicyuniversityconsortium.com/).
The theme of the conference is "Crossing Boundaries: Public and Private Roles in Assuring Child Well-Being." More information and registration is available online (http://contemporaryfamilies.org/conference/2012-conference-program.html) but here are a few highlights:
* This is a small, intimate conference, with numerous opportunities to network with other scholars who conduct policy-relevant research and to engage in thought-provoking dialogue about new research findings.
* On Friday, there will be a series of plenary sessions, with engaging panelists and audience discussion on topics such as: disparities in maltreatment risk and system response and innovative approaches to prevention and intervention, as well as speakers such as: Jill Korbin, John Eckenrode, and John Fluke, to name just a few!
* The first session focuses on Illinois' new differential response approach to child welfare, including speakers from DCFS and national experts.
* A Friday evening reception at the Jane Addams Hull House museum features a keynote address by Dorothy Roberts of Northwestern University on "The Politics of Racial Disparities in Child Welfare."
* On Saturday morning, Vivian Tseng, Vice President for Programs at the William T Grant Foundation will deliver a keynote address about the process through which research evidence informs policy and practice affecting youth. Several experts from CCF will also run workshops to help you build your skills in interacting with the media.
* There are also opportunities for you to share your research in a refereed poster session (more info at
http://www.contemporaryfamilies.org/conference/2012-conference-call-for-papers-poster-session.html). Poster submissions from a range of disciplines and on a variety of topics (including beyond the conference theme) are welcome.
The conference will be Friday, April 27th and Saturday morning, April 28th at the Crowne Plaza Metro hotel in downtown Chicago (on the West edge of the Chicago downtown loop).
For those of you who aren't familiar with Consortium, it is comprised of about two-dozen of the leading child and family policy centers and programs across the country. The Consortium fosters both research and engagement by sharing strategies for conducting policy-relevant research, facilitating scientific collaboration around child and family policy, and fostering effective translation between research, practice, and policy.
For those of you who aren't familiar with CCF, they are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families. CCF's members include demographers, economists, family therapists, historians, political scientists, psychologists, social workers,
sociologists, as well as other family social scientists and practitioners.
We invite you to participate in the 37th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association by submitting a paper or session proposal to the Children and Childhood Network of the SSHA. The conference will take place November 1-4, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information on the conference as well as the general call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: http://www.ssha.org. The deadline for full panel or individual paper proposals is March 1, 2012.
The association particularly emphasizes interdisciplinary and transnational research, and the annual meeting provides a very supportive environment in which to present new work. The theme of the 2012 conference is “Histories of Capitalism,” though papers related to the conference location of Vancouver or other aspects of social science history are also welcome. Please see a preliminary list below of session ideas generated at last year’s C & C network meeting. Complete panels must include at least 4 papers and presenters from more than one academic institution. Other formats, including roundtable discussions and book sessions, are also possible.
Proposals can be submitted by means of a web conference management system athttp://conference.ssha.org. If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process. Graduate students presenting at the conference may apply for a travel grant from the SSHA (http://www.ssha.org/grants).
Let us know if you need any help making a submission or advice about a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact either of the Children and Childhood network co-chairs:
Birgitte Søland: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Bruce: email@example.com
Possible panels suggested at the 2011 C&C network meeting:
• youth, parents, and the market (contact Emily Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• children’s social capital
• indigeneity and youth
• globalization of child labor
• surrogacy/reproductive technologies
• child placement in histories of capitalism
• disability, the medicalization of childhood
• children and consumerism
• international adoption
• roundtable on pedagogy: teaching the history of childhood
• queer childhoods
Section on Children and Youth