One-day Symposium – Children’s Products and Media: From Design to Circulation

May 17, 2016 – Paris, France
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This one-day symposium focuses on the production of children’s material and media cultures through the work of their creators. How do toy makers, game designers, media producers, etc. anticipate their young consumers? How do their knowledge and representations about childhood affect the design process, the working organizations or the promotion strategies of their creative industries?  And does the increasing circulation of media contents change the way they address children and their parents?

The symposium provides the opportunity to discuss these issues at the intersection of media production and childhood studies. The event is connected to the research project CoCirPE (‘Conception et Circulation des Produits culturels pour Enfants’/’Design & Circulation of Cultural Products aimed at Children’) which is funded by the academic cluster ICCA (‘Creative Industries & Artistic Creation’) and involves a team of researchers from two universities (Paris 13 University and Paris Descartes University).

The conference includes a combination of three invited speakers and two panels with shorter presentations. Three experts of creative industries and youth cultures will give plenary talks:
Marc Steinberg (Concordia University, Canada): author of Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (2012), he is a specialist of Japanese creative industries, especially animation (anime) and manga.
Ning de Coninck-Smith (Aarhus University, Denmark) is a renown historian of education and an expert of childhood. Her last works dealt with children’s educational and play spaces: in 2015, she co-edited with Marta Gutman the book Designing Modern Childhoods. History, Space and the Material Culture of Children.
Derek Johnson (Wisconsin-Madison University, United States of America): his research focuses on media industries and their strategies to determine how regarding their decisions about content circulation (licensing, cross-media and transmedia franchises, etc.) transform their organizations and working conditions. He published in 2013 Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries.

Researchers from the CoCirPE project will also present the first results of their studies.

Presentations and discussion will be alternatively in English and in French (no simultaneous interpretation).


9:15-9:40:  Welcome Coffee

9:45-10:00: Introduction and presentation of the research project CoCirPE (“Design and Circulation of Children’s Cultural Products”)

10:00-11:15: Conference #1

Marc Steinberg, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University
Media Mix Mobilization: Producing Children’s Culture in Japan
(moderator: Gilles Brougère, EXPERICE, Université Paris 13)

11:15-11:30: Break

11:30-12:30: Session A (résultats CoCirPE)

– Eric Dagiral (CERLIS, Université Paris Descartes) et Laurent Tessier (Institut Catholique de Paris) : Les représentations des relations parents-enfants dans la conception d’applications numériques chez Bayard-jeunesse
– Véronique Soulé et Nathalie Roucous (EXPERICE, Université Paris 13) : L’enfant a-t-il sa place dans l’édition jeunesse ?
Moderator: Pascale Garnier, EXPERICE, Université Paris 13

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:15: Conference #2

Ning de Coninck-Smith, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
Design scandinave et fabrication de l’enfance du début du siècle à nos jours
(moderator: Régine Sirota, CERLIS, Université Paris Descartes)

15:20-16:20: Session B (résultats CoCirPE)

– Sébastien François (Labex ICCA) : Représentations de l’enfance en conception : l’exemple des applications mobiles
– Leticia Andlauer (GERIICO, Université Lille 3) : Entre participation et co-construction : des rapports entre joueuses et auteures dans un jeu en ligne pour adolescentes
Moderator: Vincent Berry, EXPERICE, Université Paris 13

16:20-16:30: Break

16:30 – 17:45: Conference #3

Derek Johnson, Department of Communication Arts, Wisconsin-Madison Univ. “From Big Kids to Veteran Moms”: How Adults Claim Childhood Knowledges and Identities in Media Industry Rituals
(moderator: Sébastien François, Labex ICCA)

17:45-18:00: Conclusion


Place: MSH Paris Nord – 20, avenue George Sand – 92 21 La Plaine Saint-Denis – France

Access (by public transportation): Line 12 (subway), ‘Front Populaire’ station (exit #3: avenue George Sand/Maison des Sciences de l’Homme