7th International Child and Teen Consumption Conference, 27 - 29th April 2016 - Aalborg University

Conference program: 

The programme of the conference is available here

Over 90 papers were presented at the conference and there were several papers submitted for the PhD Workshop.






Scientific commitee: 

David Marshall University of Edinburgh, UK

Daniel Cook Rutgers University, New Jersey, US

Stephen Kline Simon Fraser University, Canada

Anna Sparrman Linköping University, Sweden

Valerie-Ines de la Ville University of Poitiers, France

Brian Young Young Consumers (Editor)

Lydia Martens Keele University, UK

Barbro Johansson University of Gothenburg, Sweden



Aalborg University hosted the 7th Child and Teen Consumption conference.

27 - 29 April 2016


For the 7th Child and Teen Consumption Conference the theme was: ‘Child and Teen Consumption: Cultural Contexts, Relations and Practices’. Understanding child and teen consumption demands insight into the settings and ways in which consumption takes place and the conference focussed on the significance of relations, contexts, and practices.

As consumers, between peers, parents, markets, and media, children and teens navigate in contested fields. Being part of consumer society, on the one hand, means taking part in ubiquitous consumption, on the other hand it means experiencing or encountering messages about economic crises, bio hazards, environmental threats, and overconsumption.

Children’s and teens’ experiences of consumption come in many forms and shapes. Traditions for childrearing, cultural ideals for good childhood and family patterns, traditions for inviting to child participation, habits and routines coupled with impulses from markets, media and consumers, locally and globally, all set the frames for child and teen consumption. During the Child and Teen Consumption Conference in 2016 the focus was on how we can understand the contexts, relations and practices in which child and teen consumption is embedded.

Whether this involves mundane or out-of-the-ordinary consumption in Western societies, children’s consumption in developing or emergent markets, in former Communist settings or in societies with a growing movement of contested consumption or in virtual worlds, the way child and teen consumption plays out is fascinating to investigate. New theoretical and methodological approaches along with new empirical studies are sought as to how child and teen consumption can be understood and explored, particularly through the voices of children and teens themselves, but also through their parents, markets, institutions, media and through historical perspectives.

The conference was as always interdisciplinary, inviting contributions from anthropology, cultural studies, history, consumer studies, marketing, media, policy, sociology, economy, psychology, childhood studies, tourism studies, etc.

**NEW** Call for Papers - Special Session session  « Children’s and teenagers’ food practices in contexts of poverty and inequality »

Dr Rebecca O’Connell, Senior Research Officer, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Wendy Wills, Reader in Food and Public Health, University of Hertfordshire

A PhD workshop took place on the 26 April 2016.


Keynote speakers:

Professor Linda Price,

Underwood Family Professor of Marketing
Eller College of Management
University of Arizona



Professor Allison Pugh,

Professor of Sociology
University of Virginia



Professor Anna Sparrman,

Professor of Childhood Studies
Linköping University



The following tracks on child and teen consumption were suggested, but other ideas for special sessions and tracks were welcome:

  • Historical and social contexts in consumption
  • Consumption practices
  • Part of the family: Parent/child negotiations and socialization
  • Childhood autonomy: Independent consumers and co-producers of culture
  • Children as consumers of places and spaces
  • Earning money, spending money, saving money
  • Virtual worlds: the role of (social) media and digital media literacy
  • Advertising and its new interactive forms
  • Branding and marketing
  • Food, health and well-being
  • Gender, ethnicity and inequality
  • Political consumption, anti-consumption and resistance
  • Sustainability, food waste and environmental concerns
  • Globalization and regional differences
  • New risks: obesity, overconsumption and debt
  • Reinventing methodologies
  • Theorizing child and teen consumption


Important dates:

Submit abstract: 30 September  2015

Application for PhD workshop: 1 November 2015.

Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2015.

Submission of final version of abstract: 15 January 2016.

Early bird registration deadline: 15 February 2016.


Submitted abstracts can be max 1000 words and must contain a brief abstract of 50 words.

Submitted abstracts must present original work, and must explain use of methods and theory and the contribution of the work.

The conference language will be English.

CTC 2016 website: www.ctc2016.aau.dk

Thank you for coming to Aalborg in 2016!

Conference contributors: 

The organizing committee:

Malene Gram

Anette Therkelsen

Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt

Pernille Hohnen

Julie Skibsted Larsen

Maxine Johnson