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Performing Childhoods Conference

The Performing Childhoods conference aims to bring experts, activists and practitioners together to shed light on how the realities of different and diverse childhoods have been and are currently performed and practiced in light of, for example:

  • COVID‑19,
  • (neo)colonialism,
  • global warming,
  • natural disasters,
  • the refugee crisis and austerity,
  • changing mobilities,
  • social media,
  • and terrorism in different parts of the world.

This interdisciplinary conference examines the ethics, politics and nature of representations/orchestrations of childhoods, as well as what makes the performance and performativity of childhoods particularly compelling, pervasive and or problematic in the current age.

This conference will be a hybrid conference that allows people placed in New Zealand to attend in person and for internationals to attend online via Zoom.


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Abstract submission

Please submit a 200-word abstract of your contribution and a 100-word biography for each presenter by 31 August 2021. Please send us your abstract as a Word document, and use your surname as the document title. Please clearly indicate the title of your presentation, the time frame and nature of your presentation (e.g. 20 minute spoken presentation with Powerpoint), as well as your full name (first name, surname) and institutional affiliation (if relevant).

Please send your abstracts or any enquiries to:

Theme administrator

Date Wednesday, 24 November 2021 - Friday, 26 November 2021
Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Audience Public,Staff
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Conference
LocationOtago Business School, University of Otago, 60 Clyde St, Corner of Clyde Street and Union Place East, Dunedin 9054.
Contact NameThe Performance of the Real Research Theme

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