Monday, September 10, 2012

Write On! Global participation of children

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)
From Tali Gal of the School of Criminology at the University of Haifa and Benedetta Faedi Duramy of Golden Gate University School of Law comes a call for book chapters for their forthcoming edited volume Promoting the Participation of Children and Youth across the Globe: From Social Exclusion to Child-Inclusive Policies.  Proposals are due October 31; submission details are below. 
The authors describe the book as follows:
'The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired advocates and policy makers across the globe, injecting children’s rights terminology into various public and private arenas. Children’s right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their lives is the acme of the Convention and its central contribution to the children’s rights discourse. At the same time the participation right presents enormous challenges in its implementation. Laws, regulations and mechanisms addressing children’s right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their lives have been established in many jurisdictions across the globe. Yet these world-wide developments have only rarely been accompanied with empirical investigations. The effectiveness of various policies in achieving meaningful participation for children of various ages, cultures and circumstances have remained largely unproven empirically. With the growing awareness of the importance of evidence-based policies it becomes clear that without empirical investigations on the implementation of children’s right to participation it is difficult to promote their inclusion in decision making.
How do children experience various fora of decision-making? To what extent do children feel that they are able to express their views freely and that their viewpoints are given due weight, in accordance with their age and maturity? What kind of representation do they regard as empowering and effective? How important do children consider their ability to influence the outcome of the process? Who do they want to be present in decision making mechanisms? These are some examples of child-centered investigations toward effective child participation that the various chapters of this book aim at describing. Other chapters may consider outcome variables focusing on the opinions of parents, professionals and family members regarding the way decision-making processes include children.
The overall goal of the book is to identify practices that promote child-inclusive decision making processes that allow children of various ages and other characteristics to engage in meaningful dialogue with others toward the achievement of optimal decisions. The book aims to provide a wide range of empirical data collected from various arenas and different localities. Child-participation in schools, child-protection processes, restorative justice mechanisms, family disputes and courts may be discussed in the various chapters through data collected from different countries, cultures and samples, creating a mosaic of child-participation mechanisms and their level of success.'
Interested?  Submit a proposal of 500 words, describing the main topics covered in the chapter, chapter structure, and an overview of the relevant sources.  Include a biographical sketch of 50-60 words identifying where you earned your highest degree, current affiliation and position, current research interests, and an email address.  You'll hear back by February 1, 2013.  If your proposal is accepted, the editors expect a full (7,000-10,000 word) chapter by November 30, 2013 for winter 2014 publication.  There's the possibility of a four-day writing retreat in May or June of 2013 to exchange drafts with other authors.
Send submissions to:
► Assistant Professor Dr. Tali Gal, School of Criminology, University of Haifa:
► Associate Professor Dr. Benedetta Faedi Duramy, Golden Gate University School of Law: