The Childlife conference 2024 is inspired by the UN sustainable development goals, which address the need for increased action for a more sustainable future.
We invite you to come and enjoy three professionally interesting days at our campus, right in the middle of Oslo city centre. Please save these conference dates.
The conference is interdisciplinary and open to everyone who is interested in research on children and young people, their everyday lives and professional practices involving children (at preschool, school, health services, child welfare services and other welfare services).
As with the preceding Childlife conferences, the third international conference will cover a broad range of contemporary issues and perspectives concerning children and young people in everyday life and professional practices.
We hope to see you there!
We are happy to present the keynote speakers of the 2024 conference:
- Erika Burman (manchester.ac.uk), Professor of Education, Manchester Institute of Education, The University of Manchester, UK
- Michel Vandenbroeck (ugent.be), Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Ghent University, Belgium
- Friederike Kind-Kovács (tu-dresden.de), senior researcher at the Hannah-Arendt-Institute for Totalitarianism Studies at the TU Dresden, Germany
- Filip Maric (uit.no), Associate Professor, Department of Health and Care Sciences physiotherapy at UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Call for papers
Children and young people live diverse everyday lives. As in the preceding conferences, the third international Childlife conference invites contributions covering a broad range of contemporary issues and perspectives concerning children and young people in everyday life and professional practices.
For this conference, we are inspired by the UN sustainable development goals, which address the need for increased action for a more sustainable future. The consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly evident, resulting in extreme weather events and catastrophes. Social inequalities are increasing in many countries, resulting in poverty for many families with children.
The COVID-19 pandemic has, for some years and in various ways, affected the lives of children around the world. In Europe, we have seen a full-scale war, along with other wars around the world, resulting in thousands of children and families having to leave their homes and establish a new life in an unknown country.
Digitalization and social media also affect children’s everyday lives, representing both resources and challenges for children’s family life, participation and exclusion.
These complex conditions affect children and young people in various ways, but all children share the experience of living in an unsafe world with rapid changes. Similarly, these conditions also represent challenges for professionals and institutions engaged in children’s health, education, well-being and welfare, and their collaboration with children, young people and their families.
There is a need for research that, in various ways, provides knowledge about these challenges, and we need research about sustainability at local, national and global levels.
We invite contributions that address some of these themes. The concept of sustainability is used in a broad sense, and we welcome critical perspectives on sustainability.
We invite contributions such as:
- empirical studies on children and young people in everyday life: social, cultural, health and material diversity and inequality in children/young people’s worlds, around the globe
- empirical studies exploring the relationship between childhood and sustainability, providing perspectives for understanding sustainability
- studies and theoretical perspectives on interrelated aspects of children, childhood and sustainability
- theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to explorations of children’s lives and of professional practices involving children and young people
- studies of professional and interprofessional practices involving children, young people and their caregivers
- studies of higher education within professional and interprofessional practices with children and young people
Submit your abstract
The conference is organized by the interprofessional research group Childlife at Oslo Metropolitan University.
- October 2023: Call for papers.
- 1 March 2024: Deadline for submission of papers.
- 15 April 2024: Notification of acceptance,
Information on how to send in/upload your paper is soon to come.
About the host - the Childlife research group
The Childlife research group is a research group at Oslo Metropolitan University. The central aim of the group is to investigate the key relationships involved in the everyday lives of children, from birth to the age of 18 years.
An important ambition of the research group is to develop theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches and empirical knowledge that embrace the child within and across various institutional, social and cultural contexts.
About Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
OsloMet is a major Norwegian university, with around 21,000 students and 2,100 employees. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate education, in addition to PhD programmes, within the fields of education, health and welfare.