Childhood Publics & the Child’s Gaze, Seminar 1: Gazing at Childhood in the Public Sphere

Childhood Publics and the Child’s Gaze is a three-part seminar series dedicated to thinking about the various aspects of children’s photography. In each of the three seminars, different speakers address the archival, aesthetic, ethical, legal, and technical challenges and opportunities that children’s photography creates in research and practice. 

The first seminar recording, ‘gazing at childhood in the public sphere’, features Melissa Benn, author and journalist, Liam Berriman, Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex, and Ioanna Noula, Research Manager at the Internet Commission and visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. They discuss the journalistic practices of representing children and children’s issues, digital practices of putting children’s photographs online, and the regulatory context in which these different practices happen. They also talk about the infrastructures and affordances that give rise to public visualizations of the child. The first seminar was chaired by Zoe Walshe. 

To connect with the Children’s Photography Archive on social media, the CPA is on Instagram and Twitter @ChildPhotoArch

You can also listen to the seminar recording on SoundCloud.

The speakers referred to several works during the session, including:

Melissa Benn

Liam Berriman 

Ioanna Noula

*Jon Haidt’s work was also mentioned in the panel discussion.

The seminar series is organized by Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, Brenda Herbert, Zoe Walshe (all Goldsmiths, University of London) and Elina Moraitopoulou (Hamburg University/Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and the Children’s Photography Archive. The events are part of the Sociological Review Seminar Series and have been funded by the Sociological Review Foundation.

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