***Program is subject to change***


DAY 1: THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011

7:45 a.m.  Registration/Check-In Opens (Markin Hall Atrium)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Morning Refreshments (Markin Hall Atrium)

8:45 a.m.  Opening Remarks by University of Lethbridge President Mike Mahon (Markin Hall Atrium)


9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions:

Conceptualizing Childhoods I (Room M1035):

  • An Impotent Elite: How the Colonial State's Definitions of Childhood Enabled Control Over Land and Revenue in Nineteenth-Century India
    Dr. Emma Alexander-Mudaliar (University of Winnipeg)
  • From Toddlers to Teens: Colonizing Childhood in the 20th Century
    Dr. Natalie Coulter (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • How Street-Food Participates in the Construction of Adolescence
    Marie-Pierre Julien (Strasbourg University)
  • Chair: Dr. Jan Newberry (Anthropology Department, University of Lethbridge)

Nation, Colony, Difference (Room TH204):

  • "Exceptional Children" and the Making of the Nation: Two Cases of Chinese Children Entering Canada
    Dr. Sara Dorow (University of Alberta) and Dr. Dale Ballucci (University of New Brunswick)
  • Labour, Latinidad and the Anthropomorphic Imaginary of Handy Manny
    Dr. Sean Brayton (University of Lethbridge)
  • The Shkid Republic: Ethical Principles of the "Morally Defective" as Defining Points of Soviet Childhood
    Dr. Elena Krevsky (Grant MacEwan University)
  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Helstein (Kinesiology Department, University of Lethbridge)


10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break and Poster Presentations (Markin Hall Gallery)

  • Sex and Sexuality Education in Queer YA Novels, Robert Bittner (University of British Columbia)
  • The Relationship Between Children and Animals Represented in Korean Picturebooks, Hyeon-Kyeong Kim (Sungkyunkwan University)
  • Discovering Nell's Childhood: Gendered Vulnerability and Archetypal Empowerment in Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, Heidi Hakimi-Hood (Midwestern State University)
  • Evaluating Aboriginal Head Start Using Indigenous Methodologies: An Analysis, Lynne Robertson (University of Alberta)
  • Examining and Mapping Mortality Patterns in the Epidemic Emergence of Poliomyelitis in Southern Ontario, Canada (1900-1937), Heather Battles (McMaster University)
  • An Absolutely True Gothic Indian Vampire Story: Examining Adolescence in Drew Hayden Taylor's The Night Wanderer and Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Amy Bright (University of Victoria)
  • Increasing Children's Opportunities for Physical Activity: A Collaborative Knowledge-Exchange Approach, Bethan Kingsley (University of Alberta)
  • The Eroticization of Childhood: Responsibilities in Private and Public Life, Professor Verônica Regina Müller (Universidade Estadual de Maringá)
  • Tourism and Child Sexual Exploitation, Thabit Alomari (University of Lethbridge) 


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions:

Ethics and the Child (Room M1035):

  • Challenges in Doing Research with Children in Canada: Research Ethics Issues
    Dr. Cornelia Schneider (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • Child Sexual Abuse Therapy and the Problem(s) with "Victims"
    Anne-Marie Grondin (Queen's University)
  • Children in Politics: Child-Adolescent Rights Conferences in Brazil
    Professor Verônica Regina Müller (Universidade Estadual de Maringá)
  • Chair: Dr. Steve Ferzacca (Antropology Department, University of Lethbridge)

Oportunity, Achievement, Success (Room M1040):

  • Childhood Defined by Lost or Denied Opportunities: The Impact of Utility in Child Welfare and Primary Education Practice
    James Reid (University of Huddersfield)
  • Parent Involvement and High School Engagement, Academic Achievement, Attendance, Attitude Towards School
    Dr. Carmen Phillip Mombourquette (University of Lethbridge)
  • Factors Essential to the Successful Transition from School to Work: A Study of the Economic Disadvantaged Youth in Hong Kong
    Dr. Steven Sek-yum Ngai (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Chair: Dr. Janay Nugent (History Department, University of Lethbridge)

Childhood and War I (Room TH204):

  • Place, Space, Memory: Growing Up in an East Coast Port (1939-1945)
    Dr. Barbara Lorenzkowski (Concordia University)
  • Save the Children: The Paratextual Apparatus of a Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Humanitarian Discourses of Child Soldiery
    Jessica Roberts (Queen's University)
  • Hero or Victim? Representations of Boy Soldiers in Children's Literature from the First World War
    Dr. Elizabeth Galway (University of Lethbridge)
  • Chair: Dr. Amy Shaw (History Department, University of Lethbridge)


12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote Panel Luncheon (Students' Union Ballroom) "Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood: A Conversation About the Current State of Childhood Studies"

  • Professor Mavis Reimer: Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood; Director of the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg
  • Dr. Patrizia Albanese: Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Mona Gleason: Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Chair: Nicholas Hanson (Drama Department, University of Lethbridge)


3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:

Agency, Rights, and Identity (Room M1035):

  • The Changing Face of Adoption: Are Children Now a Commodity?
    Dr. Kathleen Kufeldt (University of New Brunswick; former Chair in Child Protection, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • The Child's Right to a Cultural Identity in Transnational Adoptions
    Dr. Xiaobei Chen (Carleton University)
  • Growing Up: Stories of Adolescent Resilience in the Face of Chronic Illness
    Jennifer Thannhauser (University of Lethbridge)
  • Chair: Dr. Natalie Coulter (Communications Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University)

The Materials of Childhoods (Room M1040):

  • Kindergarten and the Material Culture of Childhood
    Dr. Larry Prochner (University of Alberta) and Jennifer Drefs (University of Alberta)
  • The Role of Cultural Objects as Tools to Mediate Learning in an Intercultural Preschool Program
    Dr. Anna Kirova (University of Alberta) and Kelly Hennig (ABC Headstart Edmonton)
  • "Ain't Gonna Study War No More": Protesting War Toys, Promoting Non-Violent Play
    Dr. Rachel Goossen (Washburn University)
  • Chair: Dr. Amy von Heyking (Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge)


7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Meet and Greet Social (The Owl Acoustic Lounge, Downtown Lethbridge)


DAY 2: FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. Check-In/Registration Opens (Markin Hall Atrium)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Morning Refreshments (Markin Hall Atrium)


9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions:

Conceptualizing Childhood II (Room M1035):

  • Kainaiwa Traditional Practices of Childhood Development
    Dr. Deborah Pace (Alberta Health Services)
  • You Too, Professors, Were Children Once
    Kate Pendlebury (University of Pittsburgh)
  • The Child Star of Oz
    Sarah Sahn (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Chair: Nicholas Hanson (Drama Department, University of Lethbridge)

Childhood and War II (Room TH204):

  • Winnicott as Witness: Mapping the Visual Landscape of Childhood in Wartime
    Professor Lisa Farley (York University)
  • "Doing Their Little Bit": Canadian Children and the First World War
    Dr. Susan Fisher (University of the Fraser Valley)
  • Spaces of Possibility: Canadian War Guests' Letters Home
    Dr. Lee Talley (Rowan University)
  • Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Galway (English Department, University of Lethbridge)


10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break & Poster Presentations (Markin Hall Gallery):

  • Exploring Thai Children's Play Experiences Through Participatory Photography, Son Truong (University of Alberta)
  • Competence and Culpability: Mapping the Moral Landscape of Saraguro Childhood, Jennifer Jenson (University of Lethbridge)
  • Comparison of Boys' and Girls' Life Courses in the Streets of La Paz, Bolivia, Robin Cavagnoud (Institut Francais D'Etudes Andines)
  • "He's cross because he has to wear that pink stuff . . .": Coloured Representations of Gendered Childhoods in Picturebooks, Lucia Gomes (Porto University)
  • The Landscape of Urban Childhood in Ukraine in the Early 1990s: Invented and Discovered, Viktoriya Yakovlyeva (University of Alberta)
  • Student Perspectives of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments, Kimberlee Brooks (University of Lethbridge)
  • Women Specific Senior Secondary Curricula: Social and Educational Impacts on Young Women and Their Academic Self Concept, Auburn Phillips (University of Lethbridge)


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:

Mapping the Body (Room M1035):

  • Extreme Limitations: Childhood and Gender
    Dr. Dayna Daniels (University of Lethbridge)
  • From Adolescent to Alien: Girls as Monsters in Children's Literature
    Dr. William Thompson (Grant MacEwen University)
  • Chair: Dr. Michelle Hogue (Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, and First Nations Transition Program Coordinator, University of Lethbridge)

Risk and Resilience (Room M1040):

  • Children and Conflict in Kyrgyzstan
    Dr. Jacqueline Olich (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Raising Healthy Children: Moral and Political Responsibility for Childhood Obesity
    Megan Purcell (University of Alberta)
  • The Resilient Child: Human Development and the Limits of the Imaginable
    Dr. Jennifer Henderson (Carleton University) and Dr. Keith Denny (Carleton University)
  • Chair: Dr. Robert Wood (Sociology Department, and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Lethbridge)


12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break

12:35 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Roundtables for Graduate Students and Keynote Mentors (Room M1030)


1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:

The Mind and the Child (Room M1035):

  • Psychiatrized Children and Abjection
    Dr. Brenda LeFrancois (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Shaindl Diamond (University of Toronto)
  • Exploring Family Members' Perceptions of Youth with Intellectual Disabilities and Choice in the Family Context
    Robyn Saaltink (Queen's University)
  • Accentuating the Negative: Are Lonely Children Hypersensitive to Rejection?
    Professor Louise Barrett (University of Lethbridge) and Dr. Pamela Qualter (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Chair: Dr. Peter Henzi (Psychology Department, University of Lethbridge)

Girlhood and "Coming of Age" (Room M1040):

  • Open Doors: Girls and Gender Relations in the '70s
    Professor Leslie Paris (University of British Columbia)
  • Coming of Age in Samoa in the Manner of a Girl
    Dr. Paul Vasey (University of Lethbridge)
  • Landscapes of Girlhood: British Conceptions of Canadian Girls
    Dr. Kristine Moruzi (University of Alberta)
  • Chair: Dr. Heidi MacDonald (History Department, University of Lethbridge)

The Child of Fantasy (Room TH204):

  • Digital Natives and New Geographies of Belonging: Discussions about Youth and New Media in an Interdisciplinary Studies Course
    Katherine Bell (Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford)
  • The Fantastic Harry Potter Generation: Nostalgia and Genre Anxieties in Lev Grossman's "The Magicians".
    Heather Cyr (Queen's University)
  • Chair: Dr. Maria Ng (English Department, University of Lethbridge)


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Film Screening and Discussion by University of Lethbridge Alumnus Desmond Kamara (Room TH204):

  • Screening of The Kids of St. Michael's (directed by Robert Cornellier with Desmond Kamara, 2008): Summary: Desmond Kamara returns with a team to Sierra Leone to follow up on former child soldiers they filmed in a 2001 documentary film. This film examines the successes, the failures, and the personal stories of former child soldiers and those who try to help them. (Produced by Simon Girard Productions of Montreal in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency).
  • Chair: Josephine Mills (Art Department, and Director/Curator, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery)


6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Gala Keynote Event (Galt Museum, Downtown Lethbridge)

  • Cocktails, Dinner, and Keynote Address by Professor Allison James - "Childhood Studies: Perspectives and Prospects for the 21st Century": Allison James is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield, Editor of Children and Society, Member of Advisory Council for the Center for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence, Cyprus College, and Vice President for the International Childhood and Youth Research Network (elected 2008-11). She has worked in the sociology/anthropology of childhood since the late 1970s and has helped pioneer the theoretical and methodological approaches to research with children which are central to the new childhood studies. Her talk explores the current state of childhood studies internationally and considers some directions for its future development.



DAY 3: SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011

8:15 a.m.  Registration/Check-In Opens (Markin Hall Atrium)

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Morning Refreshments (Markin Hall Atrium)


9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Concurent Sessions:

Childhood in the Classroom (Room M1040):

  • Multiple Childhoods in the Context of Ontario's French-Speaking School System: School Experience and Friendship
    Professor Nathalie Belanger (University of Ottawa)
  • Reading Fictional Childhoods: Conversations with Early Childhood Teachers
    Dr. Sandra Chang-Kredl (Concordia University)
  • The Landscapes of Early Childhood Care and Education in Indonesia
    Dr. Jan Newberry (University of Lethbridge)
  • Chair: Dr. Lance Grigg (Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge)

Early Childhood Play Behaviour: A Panel Presented by the Early Childhood Play Behaviour Writing Group. Dr. Lawrence Bruya (Washington State University) and Antonio C. Malkusak (Abundant Playscapes, Inc.) (Room M1035):

  • The Evolution of Life Skills from Play Behaviour
  • The Play Garden Experiment: Play Facilitation and Observations of Pure Play
  • The Loose Parts System
  • Chair: Dr. Sergio Pellis (Neuroscience Department, University of Lethbridge)


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Keynote Address by Perry Nodelman and Presentation of Poster Award (Room PE261)

  • Professor Perry Nodelman, "Writing for the Childhood Police: An Academic's Adventures in Children's Publishing": Perry Nodelman is Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipeg and the author of numerous scholarly publications including The Hidden Adult: Defining Children's Literature (John Hopkins 2008). He is also a noted children's author of works such as the fantasy The Same Place But Different, its sequel A Completely Different Place, a comic satire Behaving Bradley, and most recently Not a Nickel to Spare: The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen, a novel about the Christie Pits Riots in Toronto in 1933 in Scholastic Canada's Dear Canada series. His talk will explore how his experiences as an author changed his ideas about what children's literature is and about how it functions, with a special focus on how the "children" imagined as readers by people in publishing help to shape both specific books and what gets published generally.


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. BBQ Lunch and Aboriginal Dance Performance by Young Medicine, featuring Ecole St. Mary's Dance Troupe (Markin Hall Atrium and Patio)


12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Practitioner Workshops I, II, and III (Held consecutively, room M1035):

  • Session I: Cyberbullying: Promoting Online Citizenship in the 21st Century - moderated by Dr. Robin Bright and Dr. Mary Dyck

    This workshop will consider the following questions: What is cyberbullying (IM, cellphones, facebook, gaming, chat rooms)? Who is involved? Where does cyberbullying occur? Why do students cyberbully? What is the impact of cyberbullying? What can we do as friends, peers, student teachers, adults, police, and communities to tackle cyberbullying? How can we teach online citizenship and personal responsibility? 

  • Session II: Brain Development in Children and Teens - moderated by Dr. Robbin Gibb

    In this workshop we will explore how the environment affects brain development in children and teens. We will discussion the science of epigenetics and how both positive and negative early experience modulates brain development and developmental outcomes for youth. We will discuss practical approaches for improving developmental trajectories. 

  • Session III: Traditional Perspectives on Aboriginal Youth moderated by Tanya Pace Crosschild, Executive Director of Opokaa'sin Early Intervenion Society

    Aboriginal youth have a higher rate of suicide, incarceration, and alcohol/drug abuse, as well as a greater high school drop-out rate than any other subgroup population. The odds of dying a violent death before age eighteen are twenty times higher than the general population. Looking at intergenerational effects of dispossessed parenting and historical trauma, this workshop examines traditional practices of working with Aboriginal youth as a means of guiding our children back to the 'Red Road'.


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:

The Romantic Child (Room M1040):

  • Between the "Abyss of Idealism" and the Hard Wall of "Reality": Lessons of the Wordsworthian Child
    Dr. Markus Poetzsch (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • "I am Cruel Hungry": Fraught Relations Between Aunt, the Caught Child, and Mother 
    Carmen Derkson (University of Calgary)
  • Empowering Young Imperialists Through Christianity: Mary Martha Sherwood's Little Henry and His Bearer Boosy
    Kathryne Dycus (Texas Christian University)
  • Chair: Dr. Kiki Benzon (English Department, University of Lethbridge)

Interpreting Childhood Scripts: Historic Sources and Children's Voices (Room M1060):

  • "You will want to know how I like it here, I don't like it one bit. Would just as soon be in jail." The Voices of 19th Century Canadian Boys and Girls at Elite Boarding Schools
    Kathryn Bridge (University of Victoria)
  • Can the Girl Guide Speak? The Perils and Pleasures of Looking for Children's Voices in Multi-Sited Historical Research
    Dr. Kristine Alexander (University of Western Ontario)
  • Reading Between the Lines: Searching for Children's Agency in Foster Parent Plan Correspondence
    Dr. Tarah Brookfield (Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford)
  • Chair: Dr. Jacqueline Olich (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Methods (Room M1090):

  • Authentic Voices? Using Youths' Diaries to Study the Transition to Adulthood in Depression Era Canada
    Dr. Heidi MacDonald (University of Lethbridge)
  • Children and Well-Being in Germany 2010: Results from a Recent Survey
    Dr. Sabine Andresen (Bielefeld University)
  • Risks and Rewards: An Anthropological Perspective on Researching Canadian Children
    Gabriel Asselin (University of Alberta)
  • Chair: Dr. Louise Barrett (Psychology Department, University of Lethbridge)