Colloquium 2024: Children and politics


09:30-09:45 Welcome – Helen Sunderland (University of Oxford)

09:45-11:15 Political Violence
Jack Hodgson (University of Roehampton) Youth Activism and the Political Martyrdom of Christopher Seider in Colonial Boston
Julie Partsch (University of Oxford) Children of the Struggle: Experiences of Secrecy, Social Ostracisation, and Community by Children of Anti-Apartheid Activists in the 1950s-1960s
Lucy Newby (Manchester Metropolitan University) “I didn’t join ‘cos of a bitterness in my heart, I joined because I didn’t like being alone.” Teenage paramilitarism, youth politics and the popular imagination during the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1969-1998

11:35-12:35 Keynote Paper: Arathi Sriprakash, Claire Stewart-Hall, and Alice Willatt (University of Oxford) Reparative Histories of Schooling

13:35-15:05 Democratic Practices
Anna Bocking-Welch (University of Liverpool)Young Petitioners in Twentieth-Century Britain
Helen Sunderland (University of Oxford) “Town Council” in their “Teens”: Young People and Local Democracy in Postwar Britain
Kit Kowol (Queensland Parliament, Brisbane) “Dear Mr Wilson, I am very sorry the Conservatives are getting all the votes. I am only ten or I would vote for you myself.”: Children writing to politicians in Modern Britain

15:25-16:55 Organised Activism
Björn Lundberg (Lund University) Youth against Apartheid: Youth Organizations and the formation of an Anti-Apartheid Movement in Sweden, 1960–1968
Victoria Cain (Northeastern University) The Double Age of Privacy: Sexual Politics of American Adolescence, 1967-1992
Rosie Walters (Cardiff University) “It’s like, do you really wanna go to Girl Up or do you wanna go to Tesco?”: Girls, ambivalence and activism in school feminist clubs

16:55 Close – Helen Sunderland (University of Oxford)

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