113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Temporalities and Childhood

Presiding Officer: 
Markus Bohlmann, Seneca College

Western childhood has been conceived as a time of bliss and innocence. It is supposed to be a carefree time of enjoying life at its best. Yet this perspective has little to do with the lived experience of those cast to inhabit childhood. Its apparent timelessness stems from an adult nostalgia for a lost time that is to be regained through children. This panel explores various concepts of time ascribed to and policed within the binary ‘time zones’ of childhood and adulthood. What are their mechanisms? What are their promises? What are their pitfalls? How could the child-adult binary be re-conceived from perspectives on times? What alternatives to the linear teleology of ‘growing up’ are to be gained? What does story-telling offer to the child and to the adult in terms of temporalities? This panel answers such questions, amongst others, in papers on literature and theory.

Closed (not accepting submissions)

Associated Sessions

Topic Type: 
Special Session