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Culture, Communication and Textuality

Coordinator: Ingrid Markussen, Professor, Department of culture studies, University of Oslo.

The purpose of the session is to bring a cultural perspective back into child studies. This session will focus on cultural competences among children and youth in contemporary and past societies. From an interdisciplinary  approach, the group wants to examine texts written by and about children from theoretical, methodical and ethnographical perspectives. Exploring the interaction between the local and the global, a central issue will be how children and youth actively contribute to social change through their innovative use of communication, knowledge, forms of interaction, but also how they are affected by political processes, norms and values in the society in which they live.

We welcome proposals for thematic sessions and workshops, as well as papers from individual participants.

We have identified the following subsessions:

Children and youths’ cultural expressions

The purpose of this session is to focus on children’s cultural expression, in real and virtual space. It could be studies of children’s chat room or games playing, studies of children use of urban space or their textual or and creative productions. A wide range of methodologies are welcomed.

 Young people’s understanding of and participation in political processes

This session will be dedicated to a discussion of young people’s understanding of and participation in political and societal processes. The sub session will be centred on two examples, one that concerns how popular films are used as an educational tool, and generate discussions in the classroom around issues such as trafficking in human beings, bullying and equality. Another example concerns young individuals’ participation in non-governmental organisations, with more or less explicit political goals. Within the framework of communication and culture, we want to discuss how these kinds of phenomena may be understood as an aspect of young people’s contemporary and future democratic modes of action. The sub session is also open for individual submissions of abstracts within the same area.

 Organizers: Anne-Li Lindgren & Maria Zackariasson

Childhood in everyday life and social interaction

Two sessions dedicated to a close analysis of naturally occurring talk in mundane and institutional contexts. Themes may include issues such as:

    • formal and informal educational practices

    • multilingualism

    • information technology and new media

    • and other aspects of local identities and social order

Organizers: Karin Aronsson, Jakob Cromdal & Michael Tholander