Picturebooks, Democracy and Social Change Conference

Picturebooks, Democracy and Social Change
International Conference at the University of Gdańsk, Poland
17-18 September 2015
(in combination with a PhD-Workshop on 16 September 2015)

Picturebooks as multimedial art forms have always been used to convey political, social, and cultural ideas on different levels. Even more so, when societies are rapidly changing and political events influence cultural and social movements in a national or even international context. It might be asked, then, how these issues not only impact on the content, but also on the visual, narrative, and formal properties of picturebooks.

The topic of the fifth biannual picturebook conference is inspired by the location of the conference venue, Gdańsk – a specific historical place, where the social changes of new democratic countries in Europe emerged in 1989. Gdańsk is also an important place considering contemporary East European history and culture, as well as because of the political and social attitudes of these countries towards freedom and democracy. The conference will take place in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gdansk, which is distinguished for its research tradition that investigates social change and resistance, education policy, and social exclusion in education, including such issues as gender, cultural minorities, disability, and the educational construction of differentiation.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars from different countries and different fields, (i.e. children’s literature research, picturebook theory, cognitive and aesthetic features of picturebooks, social sciences, history of art, linguistics, book history, and pedagogy), who explore various aspects of this newly developed field and who are interested in the conference’s main topic.

The draft programme is available here.

Conference organization:
Małgorzata Cackowska
Uniwersytet Gdański
Instytut Pedagogiki, Zaklad Filozofii Wychowania i Studiow Kulturowych
Bazynskiego 4

For registration as a listener and discussant please write an e-mail to conference organization and transfer the fee: 100 € (or 400 PLN) to the following bank account:

Uniwersytet Gdanski
Bank: Bank Pekao IV o/Gdańsk ul Kolobrzeska 43
IBAN: PL 59 1240 1271 1111 0010 4368 2415

Paying within Poland:
Bank: Bank Pekao IV o/Gdańsk ul Kołobrzeska 43
59 1240 1271 1111 0010 4368 2415

Important! Along with the name and surname of participant, please provide the following number in the message field on the transfer sheet: K792-15