Children, Youth, Media and Leisure in Global Conflict Zones

Abstract due: April 2, 2017

This panel seeks to carve out new pathways into the subject of children, media, leisure, and conflict zones. Abstracts are sought that critically interpret how children and youth use, play with, produce, interpret and/or are influenced by media in conflict zonesAbstracts should come from or be framed from the “voice”, or perspective of children and youth and connect how their respective media uses and practices impinge on the constructions of their culture, civic and national identity, intergroup attitudes, political opinions, and/or peace and conflict related self-efficacy levels, behaviors and practices. To that effect, papers might examine the media uses and associated daily lives — past and/or present — of among others, Afghani, Central African, Bosnian, Cambodian, Colombian, Congolese, Indian, Liberian, Libyan, Nepalese, Nigerian, Rwandan, Syrian, Sri Lankan, Sudanese, or Zimbabwean girls and boys. Papers that explore these uses and practices as they relate to the lives of those among these populations who have been (forcibly-) migrated, are borderlands children, have been born due to the uses of rape as a weapon of war, and/or whom, through them, have become child mothers, are particularly encouraged. Likewise, papers that explore these topics as they pertain to, in particular, Asian and African populations, are especially encouraged.

Abstracts, and so papers, may conceptualize children/childhood or youth from a biological, legal, constructed, and/or subaltern perspective. They may either be modern or historical in focus. Media analogous analyses of non-formal education, arts, music, dance, and leisure practices and spaces are encouraged. The goal of the panel will be to foster a critical transdisciplinary merger of these varied disciplinary approaches.

If interested, and for any questions, please email Yael Warshel at

The following information should be emailed by April 2, 2017:

1) your name, affiliation, and contact details.

2) information about through where you read this call (which listserv, etc.)

3) an up to 250 word abstract fitting the above panel theme.

Lastly, please note: if your panel abstract is accepted for participation in this “oral presentation panel session”, at the time of the AAA formal deadline for submitting the panel in its entirety, all accepted panelists will be required to (1) be a registered AAA member, (2) register with the conference, and (3) upload their abstract into the Online system, at which time the panel will appear.

Yael Warshel
Rock Ethics Institute, Telecommunications, Comparative and International Education, and Middle East studies
The Pennsylvania State University