HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD AS A FIELD OF RESEARCH – PHILIPPE ARIES’S HERITAGE IN EUROPE AND RUSSIA
October 1-2, 2009
the Russian State University for the Humanities in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Education and Centre franco-russe de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales de Moscou
«HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD AS A FIELD OF RESEARCH – PHILIPPE ARIES’S HERITAGE IN EUROPE AND RUSSIA»
Studies of historical change in the lives of children and the evolution of ideas about childhood gained a powerful impetus after the publication of Ph. Ariès`s famous work L’enfant et la vie familiale sous l’Ancient Régime (1960). Scholar thought and research experience in the field developed strongly over the past half-century since that time. Research schools and approaches in various disciplines around the world contributed to the vast and diverse body of works, which considered a problem of change in attitudes towards children and childhood during the past and the present, established by Ariès. The double anniversary of the book written by Ph. Ariès (original edition and printing in Russian translation in 1999) reminds about a need for a further understanding of the heritage of Ph. Ariès and of the whole studying experience of childhood specialists from different countries, now including Russia.
The history of childhood as an independent discipline in Russia evolved in a complex way. In the 1920s and 1930s children were diligently researched within the paedology, the discipline, which attempted to combine psychological, biological and sociological approaches. After its defeat in the mid 1930s, the studies of childhood were disgraced. In the second half of the 1940s Nikolai Rybnikov (1880-1961), a scholar with diverse interests in psychology, pedagogy, history, sociology, drafted History of Russian children. But this project of a book series was not realized. A discipline, which got an independent line in the Russian study of childhood, was ethnography, including ethnopedagogy. Its development was marked with some publications in the late 1970s and 1980s, including monographic work by Igor Kon Rebenok i obschestvo (Child and Society), which introduced multicultural and historical perspective in the study of childhood. Hopefully this conference in the Russian State University for the Humanities will contribute to the further development of the history of childhood in Russia.
a) to consider the heritage of Philippe Ariès in the integrated context of the works of his predecessors (N.A. Rybnikov, J. van den Berg), and followers;
b) to discuss current Russian research in the history of childhood (including childhood and growing up in the traditional cultures of the peoples of Russia; images of Russian childhood in Medieval, Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet era);
c) to make available up-to-date knowledge on the theory and practice of research in the field of History of Childhood to the Russian scholars; to formulate a list of topics and of new research methods for further development in the History of Childhood; to hold a discussion on possibilities and limits of History of Childhood as a research field.
There are planned three panels during the conference:
- The History of Childhood in Russia and Europe: the heritage and prospects.
- Ages of childhood and traditions of education: ethology and ethnology of childhood.
- Images of childhood in visual arts and literature.
After the conference the papers will be edited, translated, and published.
Conference languages are Russian and English. It is possible to present papers in French (we are going to provide translation into Russian). Rules determinate 30 minutes for paper presentation and discussion. The cost of translating foreign participants reports and articles into Russian is paid by the conference organizers.
The arrival day of out-of-town conference participants is 30.09.2009, departure day is 03.10.2009. Unfortunately, the committee will not reimburse expenses for travel and accommodation of conference participants. We are able to offer a) accommodation in a dormitory of the Russian State University for the Humanities and other universities or b) help in hotel booking. The registration fee per person is 200 rubles and should be paid in cash upon arrival to the conference at the registration desk.
The Venue - the Russian State University for the Humanities (www.rsuh.ru).
The conference organizing committee
The co-chairs the organizing committee
M.V. Tendryakova - Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences
( www.iea.ras.ru )
Y.V. Filippov - the Russian State University for the Humanities.
V.G.Bezrogov – Russian Academy of Education (www.itiprao.ru)
S.B. Borisov - Shadrinsky State Pedagogical Institute. ( http://www.shgpi.ru )
M.L. Butovskaya - Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences
M.A. Efremova - Publishing House Axel Springer. ( www.axelspringer.ru/en )
С. Kelly - University of Oxford
( http://www.ox.ac.uk )
S.M. Loyter - Karelian State Pedagogical University. (http://www.kspu.karelia.ru/inter/directions.shtml)
M.K. Lyubart - Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences
G.V. Makarevich - the Russian State University for the Humanities.
D.N. Mamedova - the Russian State University for the Humanities.
S. Yu. Neklyudov - the Russian State University for the Humanities.
M.V. Osorina - Saint Petersburg State University
( http://www.spbu.ru/e/ )
L.N. Prostovolosowa - the Russian State University for the Humanities.
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