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I found this via another history blog: Boston 1775 – devoted to things American and eighteenth century.It is inviting submissions to a session of the  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies to be held between March 22 -25 2012. It is entitled:  “The Mind of the Child in the Eighteenth Century” .

This panel hopes to explore intersections between two major emerging fields of eighteenth-century studies: children’s literature and cognitive literary studies. Papers might address the extent to which pedagogical theorists considered the minds of children; if and how children’s texts envision the material brain; how the emerging field of child psychology shaped literary and cultural notions of childhood; scientific experiments on children; the place of the child’s mind in eighteenth-century poetry; children and the Royal Society; or a range of other topics. Papers with an interdisciplinary focus are especially encouraged.

The contact person is Patrick C. Fleming,

219 Bryan Hall, English Dept.,

U. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 22903; E-mail:  pcfleming@virginia.edu