Conference on Childhood Studies 2016 - Turku, Finland - 6th-8th June 2016



Everyday life is often neglected as self-evident and ordinary part of mundane life. Yet, it is comprised of numerous practices and structures which influence people’s well-being, determine their status in the society and guide their choices even affecting the future generations. Children are particularly dependent on the frameworks of everyday life while simultaneously they construct the everyday life and the world around them in a fundamental way. What are the building blocks of everyday life in childhood? How does childhood define everyday life? How has childhood changed over time?

The Conference on Childhood Studies focused on both established routines as well as changes in everyday life. The aim was to observe the relationships between childhood and everyday life as a multilayer phenomenon. The ordinary building blocks of everyday life, such as food, hygiene and sleep, are central for children’s wellbeing, but everyday life is also comprised of various spaces, social relationships, as well as temporal and physical movement. Furthermore, everyday life is built on and shaped by a number of informal and formal institutions, which not only help one to adapt to the everyday life, but are also adaptable themselves.

Children influence the course of the daily life by creating their own customs and spaces in it. Since everyday practices are not freed from values, they evoke a lively and passionate discussion within and between various childhood institutions. Customs and habits associated with everyday practices have been proven to be bound to class and culture but also to be changing and historic. At the same time as everyday routines have an obvious link to children's health and well-being, they also have a strong cultural system of codes and history. Similarly, we challenged the attendees to reflect on what they think are the material and cultural elements of children's everyday life today.

The call for papers (for oral and poster presentations, workshops and symposiums) ended on 15th March 2016. In total, we received 237 abstracts!

We welcomed papers that related to the main theme Childhood in Everyday Life from different viewpoints. These abstract topics included but were not limited to:

  1. equality and inequality
  2. well-being and health
  3. food and eating
  4. play, sports and leisure time
  5. social relations
  6. consumption and market economy
  7. upbringing and education
  8. protection and safety
  9. mobility and segregation
  10. class, ethnicity and culture
  11. change and continuity
  12. history and future
  13. technology
  14. media
  15. disability
  16. diversity
  17. special childhoods or special needs
  18. some other viewpoint