Saturday, February 26, 2011

You're Invited to PrivacyCampTO2

Check out this great, upcoming opportunity to learn about and discuss privacy issues affecting children and youth in Canada. The EDGE Lab is running the second PrivacyCampTO at Ryerson March 19th, sponsored by with Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Mozilla Foundation, Ryerson Digital Media Zone and the Ryerson New Media Program.

This year, the one-day unconference will focus on children, youth, people with disabilities and privacy. Everyone is welcome: educators, techies, policymakers, students, academics, librarians and anyone else interested in digging into these issues. As an unconference, the day will be planned organically, online, partially in advance and partially live at the event, by all participants. You can read up about last summer's PrivacyCamp ( and add your ideas for this edition on the wiki (

Registration is at and is $10. Those unable to pay will be accommodated, and all funds raised will be donated to the GimpGirl Community (

This is a wonderful opportunity for iSchool students to share their substantial knowledge of privacy issues as they relate to information rights, information technologies, child/youth advocacy, usability/accessibility, regulatory implications, etc. It would be great to have a strong presence and participation from the student body and faculty, so be sure to spread the word!

I encourage all of you to think about signing up to do an interactive presentation or "speed geek" (as explained here) - to get into the practice of presenting your ideas, linking your theoretical work to praxis/community outreach, and helping to shape the discussion. I'd be happy to help out with brainstorming or coordinating as needed, so just give me a shout if you're interested.

Monday, February 14, 2011

CFP: Graduate Student Forum at the Multiple Childhoods/Multiple Perspectives Conference

Via the Exploring Childhood Studies email list, a call for participation in an upcoming Graduate Student Forum, which will be held in conjunction with the Multiple Childhoods/Multiple Perspectives conference in Rutgers this coming May (2011). Here's the ad, reposted:
Multiple Childhoods/ Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in Childhood Studies. May 19-21, Philadelphia.

Graduate Student Forum: Charting the Course

After the Exploring Childhood Studies Conference (2010), the graduate students of the Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, were energized by the enthusiastic interest in our growing field, but also impressed by the need and desire for more venues of communication across disciplines to explore and interrogate Childhood(s) and Childhood Studies. Our search for such interactions is ongoing. The Multiple Childhoods/Multidisciplinary Perspectives Conference (MC/MP) is an opportune space for once again engaging and advancing this dialogue amongst graduate students from diverse disciplines joined in an interest in one overarching field of Childhood Studies.
In this spirit, we are pleased to host and solicit participants for a Graduate Student Forum at the MC/MP Conference. This event will also be an opportunity for emerging scholars in this growing field to reach across disciplinary divides, share experiences, discuss their research, and get a better sense not only of where the field of Childhood Studies is going but of the people who will be taking it there.
The Forum will address the themes outlined below, emerging from the main conference, in a roundtable format.

--Doing multidisciplinary studies--how, why, perils, pitfalls and rewards.
--Exploring Childhood Studies--an ongoing discussion, what is this new field, where does it come from, what does it entail now, and where are we as emerging scholars going to take it.
--Interrogating “the child” -- who is a child? when is a child? age, development, society, culture?
--other topics you care to propose related to the overall theme of Multiple Childhoods/ Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in Childhood Studies

To participate, please submit a statement on any one of the above themes, no longer than two double spaced pages to Martin Woodside: with the subject line “Charting the Course” no later than  February 26, 2011.

The Forum will take place at the MC/MP Conference on May 19th. Participation in these discussions will be limited to 40 people. However, the Forum will be followed by a less formal gathering of all graduate students attending MC/MP during happy hour at the Palomar Bar! And this will be immediately followed by the Conference opening reception, also at the Hotel Palomar.

For any further questions please contact Anandini Dar ( or Patrick Cox (

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sleeping Beauty revisited

©Warwick Goble, Sleeping Beauty

Thanks to Marie for bringing this article to my attention - from the Paris Review, a very timely (given our topic and chat on Monday) article about revisiting Sleeping Beauty - the fairy tale, the Disney picture book - and the various issues it raises, vis-a-vis feminist analysis, regressive politics of contemporary versions, transgressive readings/interpretations of the story, and some pretty clever comments overall. Here's the link to the original, and a short excerpt:

Sleeping Beauty is often cited these days as the ultimate antifeminist tale: a princess waits a hundred years for prince to rescue her, and then marries him in helpless gratitude. This is partly because of the Disney version (1959), which tries to recast the tale as a celebration of romance and marriage. Here the fairy says nothing about a hundred years; it is romantic love, not time, that will defeat the spell:
Not in death, but just in sleep
The fateful promise you will keep
And from this slumber you shall wake
When true love’s kiss the spell shall break.
The word love did not appear in the Grimms’ tale. Though the overt lust of earlier versions was removed, what remained was still unmistakeably erotic. To ensure their story is entirely hormone-free, however, Disney established love at the beginning: the two are sweethearts before Beauty ever pricks her finger. She thus cannot sleep for a hundred years, so the whole point is a little lost. She goes to sleep, and then he wakes her up.

The article has also given me an idea, though I'll have to think on it a bit more - if Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate anti-feminist tale, in part due to her profound and extended state of passivity (asleep - dead - passive), does this change the way we think about the Princess and the Pea: who in refusing to sleep in a sense refuses to be passive?? Not sure about this one - just a thought!