'Challenges in the History of Childhood'

On 16 January 2015, Helen presented a paper entitled ‘The Challenges of Engaging with Childhood under the Nazi Regime’ at a conference on ‘Challenges in the History of Childhood’, Queen Mary, University of London.

The conference aimed to bring together early career researchers and established scholars to discuss new approaches, methodologies and interdisciplinarity in the study of children. Because children from the past rarely speak to us directly, thinking about the history of childhood involves making meaningful connections between theory and practice, between ideal lives and lived experiences.

The conference was opened by Dr. Sian Pooley, who presented a paper on ‘Children’s Writing and Subjectivity in Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth-Century England’, and the keynote speaker was Dr. Hannah Newton, whose paper was entitled ‘Voices of Sick Children: Challenges and Solutions in the History of Childhood’.