Childhood and Youth Studies Network


Childhood and Youth Studies Network logo - a drawing of two children, one wearing yellow and another wearing blue, next to a flower, with the text 'I caught her pulling my flowers'

This network will run from 2022 to 2024.


This TORCH Childhood and Youth Studies Network (CYS) seeks to provide a forum for researchers at all career stages studying young lives and experiences, representations of childhood and youth, and the politics of age, both at the University of Oxford, across British universities, and elsewhere. We seek to advance Childhood and Youth Studies as a critical interdisciplinary field which asks urgent questions about the part played by age in shaping experiences of climate change, race, migration, education, culture, and public health. We emphasise how childhood and youth, as life stages simultaneously cherished and marginalised, expose the factors at play when determining who counts, both in the academy and beyond.

The TORCH Childhood and Youth Studies Network aims at fostering dialogue across disciplines and regions, by bringing together scholars in History, Geography, Education, Area Studies, Modern Languages, Literature, and other fields. We welcome participants whose main focus is children and youth, as well as newcomers looking to integrate age into their research or teaching.

In the next two years, the CYS Network will offer a hybrid series of research seminars, reading groups, pedagogy sessions to advance the teaching of childhood and youth, an annual lecture, and networking events. You can email us soon at or contact us on Instagram ( if you wish to be a part of our network or join our mailing list.


Network Leads:

Dr Catherine Sloan - Career Development Fellow in History, Hertford College

Dr Alexandra Lloyd - Tutor and researcher in German Studies, University of Oxford

Dr Sneha Krishnan - Tutorial Fellow, Brasenose College; Associate Professor, School of Geography and the Environment

Past Events