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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Settler Colonial Studies

For a Special Issue on
Children and institutions in settler colonial contexts

Abstract deadline
31 January 2023

Manuscript deadline
30 June 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Felicity Jensz, University of Münster, Germany
[email protected]

Rebecca Swartz, University of the Free State
[email protected]

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Children and institutions in settler colonial contexts

This special issue of Settler Colonial Studies will examine children’s interactions with and experiences of institutions in settler colonial contexts globally and within different empires. Articles will introduce institutions that shaped children’s lives in these spaces, and then focus on specific case studies within particular settler colonies. We aim to bring together a diverse range of scholars working on different settler colonial settings. We are interested in the ways that children have shaped and been shaped by institutions both secular and religious. Across the range of articles, we wish to provide a broad understanding of how conceptualisations of children were mobilised to further settler colonial ideologies and aims. We seek contributions that focus on children of both ‘colonised’ and ‘coloniser’ populations to understand the wide range of experiences that children had in these contexts. We encourage authors to use a variety of sources including those that represent children’s voices, institutional documentation and reports, photographs, popular media and governmental archives, amongst others.  Some institutions and practices that could be examined by authors include, but are not limited to:

  • Orphanages
  • Adoptions
  • Education (day schools, boarding schools etc)
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Mental health, hospitals and healing
  • Unaccompanied Migration/Emigration (govt/institutionalised)
  • Labour programs

Taken together, these articles will enhance our understanding of how institutions aimed to fulfil settler colonial expectations through the shaping of children. A focus on age will illustrate how settler colonialism was experienced differently within societies and was seen as a tool for the management of particular populations. Articles will be published in a special issue of Settler Colonial Studies, edited by Felicity Jensz and Rebecca Swartz. Please send abstracts to both  [email protected] and [email protected] and include ‘Settler Colonial Studies abstract’ in the subject line of the email.

Timeline:

  • 31 Jan 2023: Abstracts of 200-250 word and a short bio due.
  • Mid-February: Authors informed of decision
  • 30 June 2023: Full papers due for peer-review
  • Late 2023: Expected Publication date

Submission Instructions

Please send abstracts to both  [email protected] and [email protected] and include ‘Settler Colonial Studies abstract’ in the subject line of the email. We will inform you in mid-February of our decision to ask for full papers, which will be due 30 June 2023. The expected publicaiton date of the Special Issue is late 2023.

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