The 8th International Child and Teen Consumption Conference will be held at the University of Poitiers in Angoulême, France, April 3-6, 2018.

Whilst the 8th conference will aim to continue interdisciplinary research and dialogue on broad themes related to children and young people as consumers, the theme of the 2018 conference will be « Cultural and Creative Industries of Childhood and Youth » in order to reflect its location in Angoulême and the growing research and public policy interest in this topic. The conference aims to highlight research in this domaine and invites producers of cultural material to bring their views to the debate.

Scope of the themes addressed by the CTC conferences

Because of their interdisciplinary focus, the Child and Teen Consumption conferences tackle a wide variety of topics relating to the links between childhood and adolescence and consumer environments in different social and institutional contexts. The CTC conferences promote and enhance original research that explores and highlights what children understand about the market experiences in which they participate, and how they use the resources available to them to assert their child status vis-a-vis adults or their peer groups. The conference also welcomes work that analyses marketing techniques used towards young people as well as the socio-economic mechanisms that shape and control childhood cultures.

Scope of the recurring topics addressed by the CTC conferences:

– Historical perspectives on consumption by children and adolescents  – Social contexts of consumption practices by children and adolescents – Parent-child relationships with regard to consumption: education, negotiation – The educational projects of parents with regard to learning about consumption – Empowering the child with regard to consumption: comptence, dependence and vulnerability – Children and adolescents as co-producers of consumer cultures – The relationship of children with money: pocket money, saving and spending – Brand strategies and communicaton within youth industries – Inequality and discrimination between children / families provoked by commercial activities – Socialisation of children in consumer practices: tensions between ideology, politics and resistance – Consumer education: responsibility, ethics, environmental and social issues – Social risks: obesity, excessive consumption, excessive debt – Market mediators relating to children: design, publicity, packaging, merchandising – New methodology for « listening to » the voice of the apprentice-consumer – Responsibility of the researcher working with children – Images of the material culture of childhood advocated by commercial activities – Controversy over child well-being and corporate social responsibility – Ethics and responsibility vis-a-vis children: companies, researchers, educators, practitioners, etc. – Children’s rights and the globalisation of commercial activities

Topics suggested by the theme « Cultural and Creative Industries of Childhood and Youth »:

– Cultural products for children and youth – Tensions and mix between entertainment and education – Economic socialisation in child and youth media practices – Virtual worlds: arbitration between avatars, games, virtual currency and real purchases – Children and new forms of interactive advertising : risk relating to the collection of personal data and the targeting of advertising towards minors – Convergence culture : the fluidity of media content and consumer practices – Digital marketing and capturing children’s attention – Techno-cultural affordances of childhood and youth – Cultural industries, licensing and the ‘glocalisation’ of child cultures – Cultural consumer travelling – Transmedia design and circulation of children’s products – Convergence culture : the fluidity of media content and consumer practices – Design of cultural, museum and touristic experiences destined for children 8th International Child and Teen Consumption Conference 3-6 April 2018 Angoulême, France – Cultural content and child practices within the regulations of cultural industries and the internet – Children’s rights in the media and consumer world

Keynotes and Partnership:

Minna RUCKENSTEIN – Principal investigator – Consumer Society Research Centre – University of Helsinki – Finland

Marc STEINBERG – Associate Professor, Film Studies – Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema – Concordia University – Canada

A partnership with the scientific review Young Consumers (ISSN 1747-3616 – Professor Brian Young) distinguishes the work of a young researcher for a prize which is presented at each CTC conference.

Key dates

18 September 2017 : Submission of proposed papers (to include the title, a 1500 word paper + bibliography, indicating the affiliation of the author).

18 November 2017 : Notification to authors: rejection, modification, acceptance

31 January 2018 : Submission of final version of extended abstracts (this format includes the title, a 4000 word paper and a 100 word resumé). This extended abstract should present original research, specifying the theoretical foundations and methodological aspects and explaining the contribution it brings to the disciplinary field of reference.

18 February 2018 : Deadline for ‘early bird’ registration.

The CTC 2018 website is now online. Here you will find further information about the 2018 Conference. For all communication by Twitter please use the hashtag #CTC2018.

Organisation Committee

Valérie-Inés de La Ville – PR Management Sciences – MSHS (USR CNRS 3565) and CEREGE (EA1722) Laboratories – Director European Centre for Childrens’ Products – University of Poitiers Geneviève Robert – Administrative Director – MSHS – University of Poitiers Florence Royer – Communications Officer – CNRS Delegation Centre-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Maxine Johnson – Administrative and Research Assistant – CEPE / IAE – Angoulême Sandrine Da Conceicao – Educational Assistant – CEPE / IAE – Angoulême Séverine Rouyer – Head of the Documentation Centre – CEPE / IAE – Angoulême Arnaud Bertaud – IT Technician – I-médias – University of Poitiers Antoine Georget – Research Assistant – FAB(R)ICC team – CPER Creative Industries – Angoulême Vassili Bézier – Research Assistant –FAB(R)ICC team – CPER Creative Industries – Angoulême Jean-Christophe Pasco – Research Assistant –FAB(R)ICC team – CPER Creative Industries – Angoulême Carole Boubila – Research Assistant –FAB(R)ICC team – CPER Creative Industries – Angoulême Cristina Badulescu – Researcher in Information and Communication – IUT Angoulême Olivier Rampnoux – Lecturer – Management and Marketing – CEREGE – CEPE / IAE – Angoulême Sofia Mestari – PhD Student – CEREGE – CEPE-University of Poitiers – Angoulême Charlie Laigle – Student DUT Multimedia and Internet – IUT Angoulême


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