Howe Lecture Theatre (room 080)
Queen Anne Court
University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College, Park Row
Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950
Edited by Hugh Morrison and Mary Clare Martin (Routledge, 2017)
This collection of essays takes a global approach to the neglected study of children and religion, from 1800 to 1950. The geographical contexts range from South Africa, Canada, India, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. A central focus is on how childhood and youth were shaped by religious organisations, rituals and experiences.
The book is divided into four main sections: missions, families and childhood, educational approaches and opportunities, literature and discourses, and religious communities and citizenship. Many chapters aim to recover the experiences of children, whilst also drawing on the perspectives of policy-makers, educators, publishers, youth workers, and ministers. The book uses diverse methodological approaches, and sources, including archival research, oral history, writing for children, and analysis of fund-raising literature.
The launch event on May 16th at the University of Greenwich includes a panel session with the editors and some chapter authors including Dr Debby Gaitskell (SOAS), Emily Manktelow (University of Kent), Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich), and Dr Hugh Morrison (University of Otago, New Zealand). There will be opportunities for debate with the audience on the diverse themes of the book, which include child abuse, adoption, material rewards, employment opportunities, youth movements, citizenship and play.
Discussion will be followed by drinks and refreshments in the beautiful environment of the Old Royal Naval College at Maritime Greenwich.