Recent scholarship on the history of empire has turned to the study of children and childhood. In addition to a rich body of work on Age of Consent legislation in India, a number of edited volumes have appeared which consider the construction of childhood and particularly girlhood in imperial spaces. Yet these collections rarely include work on colonial Africa, and are particularly bereft of studies of Sub-Saharan Africa.

New work by Corrie Decker and Abosede George has paved the way for a deeper consideration of childhood in African history. This panel will explore issues of childhood, girlhood and boyhood, coming of age practices, and age as an historical category. While the focus is primarily historical, papers from other disciplines (including literature, anthropology, etc.) are welcome as long as they consider issues of space and time.

If you are interested in participating, please email me at [email protected] as soon as possible. Proposals must be received by March 8.