CFP – Revue d’histoire de l’enfance « irrégulière » (RHEI). Deadline: Mar. 1, 2017

CFP – Revue d’histoire de l’enfance « irrégulière » (RHEI). Deadline: Mar. 1, 2017

Call For Papers

Revue d’histoire de l’enfance « irrégulière » (RHEI)


Special issue on “Juvenile Sexualities, 19th and 20th Centuries”, edited by Véronique Blanchard and Régis Revenin, issue no. 20, October 2018.

Possible Research Themes.

Over the past 40 years, the history of sexuality (practices and representations) and the history of youth (both ‘normal’ and ‘troubled’) have generated a significant body of work in the social sciences. Nevertheless, studies on the intersection between youth and sexuality remain rare[1] and even rarer still when it comes to adolescent life beyond the school environment. This special journal issue proposes to fill that historical void by not focusing exclusively on youth in school and by attempting to build a bridge between different youth-oriented institutions and educational policies. With gender-differentiated socialization as its backdrop, this issue will examine the history of sexuality through the following prisms: youth justice (i.e. reformative education, judicial youth protection services), child protection and the broader themes of special education and social work, social assistance to children, prevention, urban policies, scouting and youth movements and organized leisure (summer camps). The issue will consider the viewpoints of institutions, professionals and families as much as those of youth placed in care or under supervision. Social history (practices), cultural history (representations) and the necessary intersection between the two will serve as the methodological substrate.

This call for papers covers the entire period of the 19th and 20th centuries and all geographical areas (France, Europe and the world). Articles dealing with the world beyond Europe would be particularly welcome, as would those coming from disciplines other than history, provided they adopt a historic or diachronic perspective and stem from an analysis of primary sources (archives, printed materials, field researches). Finally, we encourage analysis of the intersectionality generated by imbricated power relations related to age, class, gender, race, religion…

Proposals dealing with any of the following themes are welcome, though not exclusively:

  1. Links between sexuality and body (gestures and attitudes), appearances, words and gender socialization, as much from the standpoints of the adults concerned as the youth in care or under supervision.
  2. The content and methods of formal out-of-school sexual education (specialized associations and organizations, pedagogical approaches such as gender-segregated or co-ed care and learning, adult discourses and representations of teenage sexuality, etc.) and informal sex education (peers, families, etc.).
  3. Sexual categorization, hierarchization and identities.
  4. ‘Deviant’ sexualities (homosexualities, prostitution, etc.). What sexual practices lead to being placed in correctional or reformatory institutions at different historical periods and in geographical locations?
  5. Love and sexual practices within correctional or reformatory institutions or within youth movements.
  6. Gender, homophobic or sexual violence before, during or after contact with correctional, reformatory or educational institutions or youth movements: abuse between peers, boys and girls or adults and youth.

Finally, is all juvenile sexuality considered ‘abnormal’ or at least transgressive?


Submission and Evaluation Methods.

Proposals (about one page in French or in English) should include the following information:

  • Surname and first name of the author(s) of the article,
  • Position and institutional affiliation,
  • A short CV, and
  • Title of the article in French or in English.


Proposals should be submitted to both editors: and

The deadline for submission is March 1st, 2017.


Proposals will be reviewed by RHEI editorial committee and both editors. The articles selected for publication will be reviewed by two subject specialists (RHEI is a double-blind and peer-reviewed journal, in history and education). The deadline for submission of final form articles is September 15, 2017. The issue will be published in autumn 2018 (RHEI no. 20).

Editorial Team

  • RHEI editorial committee,
  • The co-editors of this special issue: Véronique Blanchard (historian, Director of the “Enfants en justice” Exhibition Center and co-editor of RHEI) and Régis Revenin (historian, Associate Professor at Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité University).

[1] Véronique Blanchard, Régis Revenin, Jean-Jacques Yvorel (eds.), Les jeunes et la sexualité. Initiations, interdits, identités (19e-21e siècle), Paris, Autrement, 2010.


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