Call for Papers: New Questions of Children’s Rights

Posted Date: 2022-05-28
Expiry Date: 2022-08-31
Children’s rights is an immanent part of the political-legal-cultural agendas either at national and at international levels, especially since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) had been adopted in 1989. In this issue we would like to invite scholars to reflect on the many achievements of the implementation of the UN CRC at these levels and to take stock of the developments and matters, issues that are still a challenge for focusing on the rights of the child. The holistic field of children’s rights involves multi/interdiscplinary attitudes and expand the possible research perspectives. Empirical research from various fields enriches the common knowledge and also the public discourse on children and their rights. New challenges related to climate change and pandemic, as COVID-19, have raised new questions concerning children, such as accessibility to basic services, conditions of healthy environments, etc. Also in some countries family issues, and even children’s rights became part of the political agenda and campaigns, which can be analysed from human rights perspectives linked to political sciences. However participation of children today, more than before, is essential in order to safeguard rights of children and it is crucial that children have the opportunity to be informed and listened to so that decisions that concern them remain meaningful. We also know 'old' challenges such as various form sof violence against children not only have remained on the list of burning issues, but there are some new added risks and questions, related e.g. to the cyberspace.  

  We seek to include a diverse set of studies exploring children’s rights in a wide range of fields such as Law, Sociology, Social Work, Pedagogy, Clinical Sociology, Political Sciences, Education, and Psychology. We welcome empirically founded papers with diverse theoretical perspectives, and which identify the contribution of research and policy-making to understanding children’s rights and which report on empirical science.  
  Papers may focus, among others, on the following topics:
  - children’s rights and climate change (incl. sustainable consumption, education, climate disasters)
  - children and their rights as tools in political campaigns 
  - new family structures and forms (incl. lone-parents, stepfamilies, cohabiting families, foster and adoptive families, rainbow families, multi-generation households, transnational families and families living apart together and commuter-families)
  - COVID-19 and children’s rights (discrimination, health related issues including mental health issues, educational issues including digital competences and accessibility to digital tools, children with disabilities and COVID-19)
  - child activism and its lessons for participation
  - child participation (beyond tokenism, right to assembly, FFF demonstrations, children’s involvement in decision-making processes)
  - child friendly budgeting, child rights impact assessments (theory vs. reality)
  - violence against children, what do we know now (online safety, child prostitution - trafficking, new forms of substance abuse, disciplines in parenting, consequences of abuses)
  - implementation of children’s rights in cases of emergencies (incl. war situations)
  Abstracts of 300 words describing the main question(s) and finding(s) of the paper, together with the applied methodology (if relevant), and a short bio should be submitted by 31 August, 2022 directly to the Guest Editors ( and The deadline for submitting the final papers is 31 December, 2022. The issue is scheduled for publication second half of 2023.
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  Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) is a peer-reviewed journal promoting multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central European societies in a global context. IEEJSP publishes research with international relevance and encourages comparative analysis both within the region and with other parts of the world. Founded by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, IEEJSP provides an international forum for scholars coming from and/or working on the region. The Journal is indexed by Web of Science (ESCI), Scopus, CEEOL, ERIH, Google Scholar, and Index Copernicus.