Culture, Communication and Textuality
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
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.
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
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
information technology and new media
and other aspects of local identities and
Organizers: Karin Aronsson, Jakob Cromdal &