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CfP: Conference on Global Childhoods by National Law University, Odisha [Feb 14-16, 2024]: Submit by June 30

CfP: Conference on Global Childhoods by National Law University, Odisha [Feb 14-16, 2024]: Submit by June 30

National Law University Odisha and the International Society for Child Indicators are organizing a Conference on Global Childhoods: Critical Perspectives Promoting Theoretical, Empirical and Policy Understandings, from October 14 to 16, 2024.

About NLUO

The National Law University Odisha (NLUO) was established in 2009 by Act IV of 2008 of the State of Odisha. The University is located in the city of Cuttack, where the seat of the Orissa High Court is also situated.

About ISCI

The International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) is an international organisation that is home to researchers, data users, child advocates, and policymakers. It has made considerable advances in developing and using indicators to measure the well-being of children and adolescents.

About the Conference

The 9th ISCI International Conference will focus on three aspects. Firstly, there will be critical analyses of whether government policies and programs have succeeded in promoting the well-being of children. Secondly, there will be an assessment of the rate of progress in Odisha, India and other countries in terms of the SDG goals to be achieved by.

Thirdly, there will be deliberations on changes in policies and programs for better results by incorporating the voices of children in consonance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognising the Right of Participation of children relating to decisions affecting them.

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The 9th International Conference of ISCI being held in Asia will provide an added platform for the voices of children in the Asian region. Children are not merely future citizens of a country. The contemporaneous presence of children is as important as their future potential as adults.


Abstracts are invited from academicians, researchers, policymakers, child advocates, data collectors and others working in the field of child wellbeing from any country. 

Themes and Sub-themes

  • Essence of Childhoods
    • Universalism of Values vis-à-vis Cultural Relativism
    • Childhoods in Countries with Varying Economic Status
    • Socio-Cultural Understandings of Childhood
    • Legal Understandings of Childhood
    • Psychological Understandings of Childhood
    • Gendered Childhoods
    • Childhoods in Marginalised Communities
  • Children’s Wellbeing and Happiness
    • From Children’s Welfare to Children’s Wellbeing
    • Understanding Wellbeing and Happiness
    • Wellbeing Indicators: Children vis-à-vis Adults
    • Happiness Indicators: Children vis-à-vis Adults
    • Role of Child Rights in Promoting Wellbeing and Happiness
    • Best Practices for Promoting Children’s Wellbeing and Happiness
    • Role of Child Indicators Research in Influencing Public Policy
    • Methodologies for Understanding Children’s Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Health of Children
    • Health Indicators for Children
    • Children’s Experience With Healthcare Services
    • Access to Healthcare Facilities: Public vis-à-vis Private
    • Schemes, Policies and Programs Affecting Children’s Health
    • Cultural Practices Affecting Children’s Health (Circumcision, Female
      Genital Mutilation etc.)
    • Growing Up in a Technological Environment
    • The health of Children in Difficult Circumstances
      • Domestic Violence
      • Sexual Exploitation/Violence/Abuse
      • Spatial Constraints
      • Child Labour
      • Children With Disabilities
      • Being a Girl Child
      • Mental Health Issues
      • Children in Inst
  • Children’s Education
    • What do Children want to learn?
    • Sites of Learning: Homes, Neighbourhood, Schools, Child Care Institutions, Popular Culture
    • How do Children want to learn?
    • Schemes and Initiatives for Children’s Education
    • Alternative Education for Children
    • Education in Natural Disasters
    • Accessibility to Education
    • Inclusivity in Education
  • Food and Child Wellbeing
    • Access to Food
    • Addressing Malnutrition
    • Child Targeted Advertising: Marketing of Junk Food
    • Breast Milk Substitutes
    • Nutrition in Child Care Institutions
  • Children’s Freedom of Choice
    • Evolving capacities and Children’s Opinion- Addressing Malnutrition
    • Balancing Children’s Privacy and Parental control
    • Sexual Autonomy
    • Child Marriage
    • Manipulating Children’s Choice: The Effect of Tobacco Advertising
  • Basic Rights for Children’s Happiness and Wellbeing
    • Right to Survival
    • Right to Family
    • Right to Identity
    • Right to Development
    • Right to Protection
    • Right to Participation
    • Children in Difficult Circumstances
    • Harmonising the Basic Rights
  • Children’s Access to Justice
    • Understanding Children’s Access to Justice
    • Child Advocacy
    • Children’s Voices in the Institutional Decision-Making
    • Legal Aid for Children
    • Support System in Legal Proceedings

Important Dates

  • Last date for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 30/06/2023
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts and panel proposals: 30/07/2023
  • Last Date of Registration for Paper Presenters: 10/10/2023
  • Last date for submission of the full paper for the Conference: 10/01/2024
  • Last date for submission of the revised paper for publication: 15/04/2024


Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India.

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