Half-way to Jaipur: Conference 2019

IPA (England &Wales) Europe-Wide Conference On The Child’s Right To Play

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We are pleased to announce a two day conference on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May, 2019 looking at the Child’s Right to Play,  Article 31 and General Comment 17. The conference will take place in central London, half way in time and space between the IPA Calgary and Jaipur triennial conferences.

In partnership with IPA colleagues across Europe we will explore the cutting edge of play theory and practice, as well as present innovative thinking in Children’s Play. A variety of  keynotes, workshops and academic papers will be delivered.

First call for papers:

If you would like to deliver a paper, give a presentation on your project or run a practical workshop that fits into one of the conference themes – we want to hear from you. The themes are:

  1. Innovative thinking in Children’s Play
  2. How the child’s right to play is implemented globally (focussing on project/provision/case studies)
  3. Exploring the meanings of the Child’s Right to Play

Potential contributions may include (but are not limited to):

  1. New ideas for play spaces and materials
  2. The role of innovative thinking when working with children
  3. How the child’s right to play is implemented in your country
  4. Local/international research
  5. The impact of technology
  6. Refugee and migrant children and play
  7. The rise of the far right on the right to play
  8. Projects based on the child’s right to play
  9. Laws/Parliamentary decisions/NGO activities which advocate for the child’s right to play
  10. Innovative thinking in schools and involvement of play in classes and teaching
  11. How Article 31 and General Comment 17 guide practice

How to submit:

Please send your abstracts (250 words maximum) together with author details (name and affiliation) and what type of session you want to participate in to: Chris Martin, ipaprogrammeboard@gmail.com, by Monday 21stJanuary, 2019. Please note that delegates presenting a paper or running a workshop are still required to pay.

A Europe-wide programme board will assess the submissions and notify applicants by Monday February 8th, 2019. The language of the conference will be English. Academic sessions will consist of three 20 minute papers with 30 minutes for questions and answers; presentation sessions will highlight projects with two 40 minute presentations and 10 minutes for introductions; and practical sessions will have two 40 minute workshops per slot, with 10 minutes for introductions.

A pdf version of this is here: programme board first call for papers final

Conference details:

  • Venue: The Diskus, Unite House, Holborn, London (Fully accessible)
  • “Early-bird” prices are £150 for IPA members, £200 for non-members and will go up (£250 for members, £300 for non-members) after March 31st.
  • Tickets includes 2 days at the conference, an evening networking event including food, and lunch and refreshments on both days. Accommodation is not included.

A pdf version of this is here: conference information

Conference booking: Please click here to go to the booking page