Date of release: Monday, May 8, 2017

A new book looking at the study of children and religion from 1800 to 1950 in global context launches at the University of Greenwich this month.

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950 (Routledge, New York, 2017) is edited by Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich) and Dr Hugh Morrison, (University of Otago). It launches on Tuesday 16 May at 5.30pm at the Greenwich Campus, followed by drinks and refreshments.

Mary Clare, Principal Lecturer and Research Lead in the Department of Education and Community Studies, says: "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, while 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 includes a panel session with the editors and some chapter authors. These include Dr Debby Gaitskell (SOAS), and Dr Emily Manktelow (University of Kent). Professor Helen May, (University of Otago, New Zealand) will give a very brief overview of the book.

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.

The event takes place in Queen Anne Court, room 080, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9LS. It is preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Children's History Society at 3.30pm (also room 080), with the Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation. Drinks and refreshments will follow in Queen Anne 075.

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Discussion will be followed by drinks and refreshments. The event is free to attend, but please register here.

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