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Childhoods, time and space

Education and learning

We proudly announce the very first public symposium from the newly started research group of Global Childhoods. What could be more relevant than to start spot-on through a discussion about childhood and time? The presentations will be held in English, but it is possible to take part in the discussions on other languages such as Swedish. Most welcome to participate in this inspiring afternoon!

21 Jan 2021
13:00 - 15:00
All presentations will be on Zoom - further information under "Good to know" below.

Zsuzsa Millei, professor, Tampere University, Finland
Vina Adriany, Dr, Universitas Pendidikan, Indonesien
Anne Harju, associate professor, Malmö university
Jeanette Sundhall, senior lecturer, University of Gothenburg
Natalie Davet, PhD student, University of Gothenburg
Ylva Ågren, senior lecturer, University of Gothenburg - moderator
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Colloquium Global Childhoods, Department of education, communication and learning

The symposium will behighlighting questions such as:

  • international perspectives of global childhoods, issues on the ‘global’ and the ‘local’.
  • modern and postmodern conceptions of time, childhoods and age
  • childhoods over time
  • structuring of childhoods across time and spaces
  • time and temporality in children’s everyday life
  • the politics, governance and commodification of time in childhoods
  • institutional time
  • possible future childhoods

Our aim is to raise questions and thoughts for further conversations through four inspirational lectures:

Memories of Cold War Childhoods: Decolonial collective biography project bridging art and research.

Professor Zsuzsa Millei Tampere UniversityFaculty of Education and Culture, Finland

The presentation discuss selected parts from the project ‘cold war childhoods’  Through autobiographic, autoethnographic, and collective biography research, the project aims to write alternative histories to inform current research and thinking about (post)socialist pasts, presents, and futures

Zsuzsa Milleis research concerns the ways in which contemporary governance constitutes the subjects of education and shapes children as political subjects and childhood as the site of politics. Based in comparative frameworks and individual case studies, her published work examines government policies and initiatives; nation and childhood; the use of political concepts in education, such as participation, citizenship and community; curriculum and pedagogical discourses under different political ideological regimes; classroom discipline and practices of early childhood education. Her recent projects explore everyday nationhood, children's place-making in a globalizing world and memories of childhood and schooling under socialism.

"Neuroscience and The Construction of a New Child: A Neo-liberal Legacy” presentation by Vina Adriany Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI)

Dr Vina Adriany & Prof Jan Newberry

Neuroscience has become a new ‘truth’ in early childhood education all over the globe, including in Indonesia.  This presentation aims to demonstrate how the alignment of neuroscience discourse and the legacy of neoliberalism construct a new form of childhood in Indonesia. The presentation is based on ongoing and previous fieldwork from both authors. Using Foucault’s concept of discourse and disciplinary power, we argue that neuroscience has become a regime of truth in ECCE in Indonesia that hinders bigger issues such as poverty. The finding also suggests that neuroscience has become a form of surveillance and on going negotiation between local values and global values in constructing a new form of childhood in Indonesia.

Vina Adriany is an associate professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Her research focuses on the issues of gender and social justice in early childhood education (ECE) as well as the impact of neoliberalism in ECE.

The “global” child within a national framework of early childhood education

The presentation aims to discuss recent developments in the Swedish early childhood education curricula and policy in relation to how immigrant children are positioned. The focus is on how the positioning is linked to ideas and political discourses about language and culture in time and space.  

Anne Harju, is an associate professor in Children and Youth Studies at Malmö university. Her research is oriented towards the understanding of childhood and children’s everyday lives in a diverse and migrating world. She has also conducted studies within the field of education and urban studies with focus on different aspects of immigrant integration.

Past, Present and Future: Reflections on Children as an Age Group

PhD student Nathalie Davet, Institution for education, communication and learning, University of Gothenburg & Dr. Jeanette Sundhall, intuition for cultural sciences, University of Gothenburg

This presentation will include reflections on modern and postmodern conceptions of time, childhoods and age. We discuss children as an age group in relation to local historicity, present childhoods and possible future understandings of ‘the child’ in relation to a transformative age-concept. To discuss the political and legal structuring of the child we will highlight some of the most significant Swedish state legal age limits of the past century, which reveals important regulations of time in relation to age. 

Dr. Sundhall works as a senior lecturer in Gender Studies. Her research interests revolves around children's rights, age categorizations, adulthood norms, children's and young people's activism and she works interdisciplinary with feminist theory and childhood studies. 

PhD Natalie Davets dissertation project is an ethnographic field study on state-funded intergenerational programs in Sweden. The main aim of the study is to investigate the multiple meanings of age in public spaces, and by this means contribute to the production of knowledge about age as a social category and power system