March 7-9, 2019

Rutgers University-Camden

Camden, New Jersey


Welcome to the ACYIG 2019 Biennial Conference titled RETHINKING CHILD AND YOUTH MARGINALITIES: MOVEMENTS, NARRATIVES, AND EXCHANGES hosted by the Department of Childhood Studies, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, the Graduate School, Rutgers Global, and the Office of the Chancellor at Rutgers University-Camden. This conference is co-sponsored by the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG),  American Anthropological Association (AAA).



Aimee Meredith Cox

“Vulnerability, Legibility and the Courage to Transform: Lessons from the Field”

The city is a playground for some and site of labor, or even confinement, for others. Who is included in the category “city residents” no matter where they actually live, and who is automatically marked as an intruder or simply out of place?  Drawing on examples from her field work with young men of color in New York City and young Black women in Newark, NJ, anthropologist Aimee Meredith Cox, asks us to consider what it means for young people to continue to invest in the geographic and institutional locations that refuse to see and protect them, let along include them. And, what their sincere and courageous commitment to the collective might say about the responsibility of researchers and practitioners to transform the various contexts they occupy.

Aimee Meredith Cox is jointly appointed as an Associate Professor in the departments of African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and B.A. with honors in Anthropology from Vassar College. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Anthropology, Black Studies, and Performance Studies. Cox’s first monograph, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke 2015), won a 2016 Victor Turner Book Prize in Ethnographic Writing, and Honorable Mention from the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, given by the National Women’s Studies Association. She is the editor of the forthcoming volume, Gender: Space (MacMillan) and co-editor of a special issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America on art and knowledge production in the academy. Cox is also a former professional dancer. She danced on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively with Ailey II. Her next ethnographic project, Living Past Slow Death, explores the creative protest strategies individuals and communities enact to reclaim Black life in the urban United States.

Call For Papers (CFP)



Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) Biennial Conference
March 7-9, 2019
Rutgers University—Camden, NJ

 Co-Sponsored by: AAA Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, Department of Childhood Studies (Rutgers-Camden), and Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice (Rutgers-Camden)

 Marginality shapes the experiences of children and youth across communities, spaces, institutional sites, social identities or social systems. In this gathering, we are interested in critically engaging and exploring the following questions:

  • What are the different ways in which children and youth experience marginalization?
  • What social, political, cultural and economic factors contribute to the marginalization of children and youth?
  • What narratives and collective movements do young people construct around marginality and how does this differ from the ways in which their marginalization is represented by the media?
  • To what extent do young people identify with state-produced categories around their marginalization and/or how do they resist these categories?
  • How important is age to the construction of marginality particularly given the tendency to fetishizethe ‘neglected’ child while pathologizing the ‘juvenile’?
  • How does increasing state surveillance around children’s welfare affect the family lives of marginal children and youth?
  • In what ways do global efforts to improve marginal childhoods essentialize the child-figure and produce marginality as an ahistorical and universal condition? How do youth inscribe and/or create situated counternarratives to these “improvements”?
  • Given the conditions in which youth across the world feel increasingly disenfranchised, how can scholarship and advocacy on/with marginal youth be reframed to accommodate their state ofprecarity and promote greater justice?

To ensure a dynamic and engaging conference, we strongly encourage innovative presentation formats from all disciplines. All submissions should include: author/organizer name(s) and affiliation(s); title; 500-word abstract; three key words; and space or A/V needs. Further information for each type of submission are included below:

  1.  Individual Volunteered Paper: Individual paper presentations are 15 minutes long and will be grouped into organized sessions of related papers.
  2. Panel Session: This is a group of papers (no more than 4) submitted jointly for a single session. In addition to individual paper abstracts, submission materials must include a panel title, abstract, session chair, and discussant (optional). Panel sessions are 90 minutes in length.
  3. Roundtables: Roundtables typically raise a significant question to be discussed by multiple panelists, and offer unique opportunities for learning and exchange. In lieu of individual abstracts, roundtable proposals should include a single abstract identifying the targeted questions that panelists will address, and the names and affiliations of panelists. Proposals for roundtables should include at least 4 panelists. Roundtables are 90 minutes.
  4. Workshops: A workshop typically utilizes a structured, didactic format in which the organizer is a specialist and participants attend to learn the specialty. Workshops should be offered free of charge. Submissions should include the abstract, a short biography of the workshop leader, and any specific technology or space requirements. Workshops may be either 90 minutes or 3 hours.
  5. Performance/Other Presentation: We welcome innovative presentations (performance art, visual presentation, short-film, meet-the-author session, etc.) that relate to the conference theme. If you would like to propose a session in another format, provide a summary of the performance/presentation and any specific technology or space requirements. To discuss other possibilities, please email:

Submissions should be emailed to by Monday, December 3, 2018.


Conference Registration Rates:

Professional – $100

Graduate Students – $60

Conference Dinner, Friday, March 8, 2019 (optional) – $45


Deadline to Register is February 18, 2019

Conference Program

2019 ACYIG Program

Download the Program (PDF file)

Conference at a Glance

Thursday, March 7

  • Registration: will be held throughout the day12-1 p.m. Lunch1-2 p.m. Plenary Spotlight2:15-3:45 p.m. Session 1:
    • Cruel OptimismSexual Education and Youth NegotiationsMultimedia, Representation and Child VoicesYouth Panel
    4-5:30 p.m. Keynote Address5:30-7 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Music

Friday, March 8

  • Registration: will be held throughout the day8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast9:30-10:30 a.m. Youth Spotlight10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 2:
    • Education and Racial IdentityMeaning-Making: Children’s PerspectivesViolence and Geographies of ChildhoodYouth MovementsYouth Panel
    • Child Welfare in Institutional SettingsChildren and MigrationEducation and MigrationInternational Development, Global Childhoods, and Contested Regimes of Aspirational FuturesProfessional Development
    • Children’s Experiences of Health, Illness and DisabilityMethods in an Anthropology of ChildrenColectiva InfanciasTransformative childhood Studies: Collaborations in Healing, Justice, and CareYouth Presentation: Discussion with working children from MANTHOC in Lima, Peru (via Skype)
    12:15-2 p.m. Lunch2-3:30 p.m. Session 3:3:30-4 p.m. Coffee Break4-5:30 p.m. Session 4:6:30-8 p.m. Conference Dinner: “Taste of Camden” (Ticket holders only)

Saturday, March 9

  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast9-10:30 a.m. Session 5:
    • Shaping Citizens 1Children’s Responses to MarginalizationConceptions of ChildhoodImagined FuturesYouth Panel
    • Shaping Citizens 2African Youth RisingWorkshop: Children’s Educational GoalsRoundtableYouth Panel
    10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 6:12:15-2 p.m. Lunch Buffet: Summing up and Next Steps

Hotels, Travel, Parking


Holiday Inn Express Midtown – Philadelphia

1305 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tel: 215.732.4751

Conference Rate: $134/night

Reservation is first come first serve-20 rooms have been reserved.

To make reservations just click the link below:

Anthropology Of Children and Youth Rooms


Traveling from Philadelphia to Camden can be done via the PATCO.  If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express – Midtown, the PATCO is located just one block away at 13th and Locust.  It is a quick 10 minute train ride to campus.  You will exit at the City Hall (Camden) stop. Take the steps to 5th Street.  As you exit the stairs you will turn (towards the left) around to head towards Cooper Street.  Make a left on to Cooper Street to 4th Street (entrace to campus) and follow the path to the center of campus.  The Campus Center will be on your left.  The Campus Map below highligths the Campus Center and  walking directions from the PATCO are indicated with a red dotted line.

PATCO schedules and information can be found here.


For our guests, free and secure parking will be available in the Camden Technology Center Parking Garage located at 601 Cooper Street.  Guests should take a ticket as they enter the garage and bring ti with them for the day.  Before they leave for the day, they will need to present the ticket to the customer services staff at the parking lobby desk.  You will need to let them know the name of the event you attended and the tickets will be stamped/validated.

The campus map below highlights the parking garage, the PATCO, and the Campus Center in which all events will be held. Walking directions from the parking lot are indicated with a blue dotted line. Walking directions from the PATCO are indictaed with a red dotted line.

You’ll find that our campus is quite small, and easy to navigate. Safe travels to all!

View our campus map below or download a copy.

Campus Map 2


Things to Do

Philadelphia Restaurants

There are many wonderful restaurants in Philadelphia. Visit for a complete list.

As a reminder, there are serveral other events going on in Philadelphia the same time as this conference, so making your dinner reservations early is encouraged.


Fado Irish Pub Philadelphia ($$)
1500 Locust St.
“Irish pub serves traditional fare with solid beer lineup, lots of nooks & crannies, DJs on weekends”

Indeblue ($$)
205 S. 13th St.
“Modern & traditional Indian fare plus a tasting menu, vegetarian eats & brunch served in sleek digs.”

Good Dog Bar ($$)
224 S. 15th St.
“Hip bar serving craft beer & signature blue-cheese burgers on 3 pooch-themed floors”

Jose Pistola’s ($)
263 S. 15th St.
“Creative Mexican fare spiced with choice of salsa & discounted margarita pitchers during happy hour.”

Little Nonna’s ($$)
1234 Locust St.
“Traditional Italian dishes delivered in a homey trattoria setting with an open kitchen & a garden.”


Red Owl Tavern ($$)
433 Chestnut St.
“Industrial/rustic American restaurant & upscale deli near Independence Hall & other sights.”

Jones ($$)
700 Chestnut St.
“Family-friendly eatery/lounge where American comfort-food staples are served up in a retro setting.”

La Colombe Coffee ($)
100 S. Independence Mall W #110
“Trendy cafe serving house-brand artisanal coffee, pastries & snacks in a sleek space”

Morimoto ($$$)
723 Chestnut St.
“Omakase & other Japanese creations emerge from an Iron Chef in a sleek, color-changing setting.”

City Tavern ($$)
138 S. 2nd St.
“A reconstructed Colonial tavern where servers in period dress deliver old-fashioned American fare”

Amada ($$$)
217-219 Chestnut St.
“Iron Chef Jose Garces puts a modern spin on tapas at this contemporary Spanish spot with warm decor.”


Ishkabibble’s ($)
337 South St.
“Cheesesteaks, hoagies & more plus a lemonade/grape juice fusion drink served from a takeout window.”

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen ($$)
700 S. 4th St.
“Famous Philadelphia delicatessen establishment for more than 80 years.”

Twisted Tail ($$)
509 S. 2nd St.
“Philadelphia charcoal bistro offers innovative, Southern-inspired comfort food with daily live Blues music, and some of Philadelphia’s best bourbon selections”


Trio ($$$)
2601 Pennsylvania Ave
“Triple-story BYOB restaurant serving Thai-Asian fusion cuisine indoors or on the outdoor deck.”

La Calaca Feliz ($$)
2321 Fairmount Ave.
“This contemporary Mexican cantina serves creative takes on traditional cuisine amid whimsical decor.”

Pizzeria Vetri ($$)
1939 Callowhill St.
“Bustling, industrial-style space serving Neapolitan pizza from its custom-built oven, plus drinks.”

Sabrina’s Cafe & Spencer’s Too ($$)
1804 Callowhill St.
“Relaxed New American cafe with a devoted following for its breakfast & brunch offerings.”

McCrossen’s Tavern ($$)
529 N 20th St.
“European & American fare paired with craft beer in a brick-lined gastropub that also serves brunch.”

South Jersey Restaurants


The Market Place at Garden State Park, nestled along the Route 70 corridor at the intersection of Haddonfield Road, offers great places to dine and shop.  The Market Place has the feel of a modern downtown area, but is just minutes away from the hotel.  Enjoy dining in the warm summer breeze on a patio or in the welcoming atmosphere of a bistro.

Caffe Aldo Lamberti
2011 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

BRIO Tuscan Grille
Market Place at Garden State Park, 901 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

The Cheesecake Factory
931 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Chili’s Grill and Bar
1906 W. Route 70, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2050 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar
923 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Kabuki Japanese Cuisine
Market Place at Garden State Park, 929 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Mikado Japanese Cuisine
2320 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Red Hot & Blue
2175 Route 70, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002


Haddon Avenue which runs right through the heart of Collingswood’s downtown area has a variety of eclectic restaurants from an old-school soda fountain and diner to a chic Asian bistro. Just a short drive from the Cherry Hill hotels, Collingswood’s quaint town, that melds the past with the present, is sure to please even the most discriminating palate.

Bistro di Marino
492 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Sabrina’s Café
714 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

The Kitchen Consigliere
700 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Sapori Trattoria Italiana
601 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
706 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

618 Collings Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

The Pop Shop
729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

El Sitio Grill & Café
729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

L’Oceano Ristorante
833 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

Villa Barone
735 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Circles Thai
8 Powell Lane, Collingswood, NJ 08108

612 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

Tortilla Press
703 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

Rexy’s Restaurant and Bar
700 Black Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08059

608 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

Camden Restaurants

Just a short walk from campus, you can dine overlooking the Philadelphia skyline at The Victor Pub, enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere at Hank’s Grille, or grab a bite at Market Street Pizzeria.

The Victor Pub
One Market Street, Camden, NJ 08102

Hank’s Grille
201 Market Street (corner of 2nd and Market), Camden, NJ 08102

Market Street Pizzeria
1 Market Street, Camden, NJ 08102