Academic Research: Children's Studies

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The academic world is giving increasing attention to children and related academic social studies. Academic research and conferences are addressing a wide range of issues concerning children. Our reserch on fashiion is one small part of the overall academic effort.


Children of the World: Risk and Hope

"Children of the World: Risk and Hope Conference," April 5-8, 2001 Ohio University Center for International Studies.

"In their little worlds in which children have their existence, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice...." --Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"

Children worldwide face a myriad of challenges that threaten their existence. Whether they live in sprawling cities or small rural communities, in industrialized nations or developing ones, children are the most vulnerable victims of conflict, displacement, poverty, famine, exploitation, and abuse. Across the globe, children work in intolerable conditions as soldiers, prostitutes, sweatshop laborers, indentured servants, and migrant farmers. Their health is threatened by lack of access to clean water, adequate nutrition, and sanitation. Far too many children - 30,500 each day, 11 million each year - die from largely preventable causes. UNICEF estimates that more than 100 million children are living on the streets of the world's major cities. The abuse, exploitation, and poverty endured by children robs them of their health, education, growth - their lives. To change the current conditions of children's lives, we must look at the systemic causes that place them at risk. Whether in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas, or the Middle East, children and adolescents face many of the same challenges. Children are the future leaders of our world. The true measure of development must focus upon their well-being and protection.

In an effort to find solutions and to share stories of hope, the Ohio University Center for International Studies announces the "Children of the World: Risk and Hope" conference, April 5-8, 2001. Topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to): Child Labor, Child Soldiers, Early Childhood, Education, Gender, Health, Human Rights, Media, Poverty, Public Policy, Refugees, Street Children, and War. The first two days of the conference will be devoted to the African Girl Child and the other two days will address international children's issues. By bringing awareness about the issues affecting children, we hope to inspire action. Students, teachers, development practitioners, health care professionals, community activists, and others who work with children are invited to participate. Graduate students are encouraged to submit their work.

By February 16, please submit an abstract describing your presentation. The abstract should be one-page, single spaced, and should include a statement of the issue, your research methodology, and a summary of your findings. Include a cover sheet with the paper's title, author's name, institutional affiliation, address, phone number and email address. If you would like to organize a panel presentation, please send a one-page abstract for the panel and a cover page listing the above contact information for each of the panelists. Send all contributions to: Catherine Cutcher Center for International Studies Ohio University 56 E. Union Street Athens, OH 45701 Phone: (740) 597-1511 Fax: (740) 593-1837 Email: The selection committee will notify participants of successful submissions no later than March 2. Completed papers are due to panel discussants by March 23.

Academic Research

HBC has noticed considerable traffic to our site from scholars at universities around the world. Here are some of the universities that have used HBC. The actual list is much longer, but we do not constantly monitor usage at our site. This list only includes students and scholars that visit HBC from the their university network, not from their home computers. This is interwsting because many of these unibersties are institutions that we were not familiar with. We are also struck by the world-wide nature character of HBC usage from these different universities.


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