CHILD STUDIES (TEMA BARN)
DEPARTMENT OF THEMATIC STUDIES
History of Children and Childhood – Current State of Knowledge, Future Challenges
FRIDAY 6TH OF NOVEMBER 2015
The overall aim of the workshop is to map out the current research field of the history of children and childhood and to identify the key issues that engage childhood historians today. Moreover, the workshop sets out to identify and examine the kind of challenges the future holds for childhood history. Historiographic discussions will be encouraged, as will discussions of the role of theoretical perspectives in historical studies of children and childhood. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary dimension of history of children and childhood will be highlighted and reflected on.
The workshop will mainly concentrate on modern history of children and childhood. Global perspectives and international comparisons are important contributions to a research field that largely have been defined by studies from a North-American continent and European countries. Furthermore, discussions about the relevance of using historical knowledge of children and childhood for the understanding of today’s situation as well as using current knowledge of children and childhood in the exploration of historical events and situations are welcomed.
At Child Studies the historical perspective represents an important part of the overall interdisciplinary approach. The workshop is organized as a part of a search process for a new professor and a call for a new professor at Child studies, with a historical bearing, will be announced during the fall of 2015.
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