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Child studies



Founded in 1988, Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit at the Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University in Sweden. The main focus of research is on children and childhood. The faculty, as well as all doctoral students have been recruited on a nationwide basis from history, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, social work, and related fields. New doctoral students are accepted about every other or every third year. Until now, we have published between 40-50 doctoral dissertations (cf, list of Dissertation Abstracts), plus published many books, book chapters, and articles.


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20-21 oktober

Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies
3rd annual meeting, Linköping University

Convenors: Roger Klinth, Linköping University and Helena Wahlström Henriksson, Uppsala University
Location:  Linköping University, Tema Barn, Room TemCas, house TEMA


10-11 november

WORKSHOP Compensating the past: international approaches to redress schemes for historical child abuse


Since the 1990s, historical institutional child abuse has received political attention in a number of established Western democracies. The emergence of financial redress schemes in some countries/states/regions has provided a basis for care-leaver advocates, researchers and inquiry commissions to argue for the implementation of such reparations elsewhere. But what lessons could be learnt from implemented financial redress schemes? Do they achieve what they aimed to achieve? What political negotiations have marked the implementation of financial redress schemes, and what have the consequences been for victims? Conversely, what characterizes the political process in countries/states/regions where victims, thus far, have been denied financial redress? These questions will be discussed at an international exploratory workshop organised by Tema Barn at the Museum of Work in Norrköping November 10-11. The workshop will pioneer in assembling prominent scholars in the field to give presentations addressing 10 countries. If you are interested to attend the workshop, please sign up before October 26 by emailing to Johanna.Skold@liu.se


Adadoptionoptive parents are model parents

A good parent should be self-sacrificing, happy and have a lot of time for their children. These are the findings of a study based on how adoptive parents are described in investigation reports prior to international adoption.


The Department Board meets (Tue Dec 06 01:00:00 CET 2016)
Dissertation - Jonathan Josefsson (Fri Jan 20 01:00:00 CET 2017)
Final Seminar - Sofia Littmarck (Tue Feb 07 01:00:00 CET 2017)

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