6th Children’s Rights Research Symposium

6th Children's Rights Research Symposium - Children's Rights: theories and methodologies

In line with the four previous symposia (Liverpool 2013Cork 2014Antwerp 2015Leiden 2016 and Geneva 2017), we are delighted to host the 6th Children’s Rights Research Symposium (CRRS) for doctoral researchers and their supervisors on 4-5 October 2018. The symposium will be held at Queen's University Belfast and this year’s theme is Children’s Rights: theories and methodologies.

Despite the progress made in the field of children’s rights, there are those who believe that children’s rights have failed to secure a comprehensive intellectual base, and who criticise the apparent under-theorisation and conceptual foundations for such rights; there is need for a fuller theoretical justification. This reflects calls – particularly in Childhood studies – for more innovative methodologies to correspond with the messiness of children’s lived experiences.

Through a combination of paper presentations, poster presentations and plenary sessions, this year’s symposium wishes to focus attention on the theories which underpin children’s rights studies. We are thrilled to welcome Professor David Archard as guest speaker to explore and draw out these underlying theories, and look forward to examining how these theories relate to methodologies in the children’s rights literature across disciplines. We wish to examine how researchers traverse both theoretical frameworks and methodologies in the broad range of disciplines to which children’s rights pertain.

Call for Papers

We invite doctoral researchers from the children’s rights field to present on their research by submitting an abstract of no more than 250 words. Proposals should address the theoretical and conceptual framework utilised in the study, and how this has influenced chosen methodologies to make space for conversations between both theoretical and methodological frameworks and open up opportunities for reflexive consideration of the future of children’s rights studies. Deadline for submission is 31 May 2018.

Successful applicants will be contacted for an elaborated abstract of 1000 words following the review process.


  • July 31st: for all students to confirm their supervisor's attendance, together with the name of their attending supervisor.
  • 31st August: extended 1,000 word abstracts to include full references.



Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN)
c/o Centre for Children’s Rights Studies
University of Geneva, Valais Campus
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CH – 1967 Bramois (Sion)

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