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Remembering Children Workshop

Remembering children workshop
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This workshop will bring together both researchers and practitioners, encouraging discussion and collaboration between those who study how children and their lives are remembered locally, nationally and transnationally and those who put memory into practice.

  • From: Monday 9 March 2020, 9 am
  • To: Tuesday 10 March 2020, 12.30 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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A fundamental shift has occurred in recent decades in how children are understood: they are no longer mere “footnotes” in our societies but are seen as central actors. This transformation of children and their agency is also being recognized in memorials, museums and in historiography, with a growing number of sites developing exhibitions dedicated to the plight and lives of children and families. And children are remembered not merely in the past; they figure prominently in the “memory of the present.” On September 8, UNICEF launched a large memorial installation in New York City, using 3700 backpacks to draw attention to children killed in conflict zones. Heart-breaking images of child refugees who drowned while trying to reach safety have “gone viral” and become digital memorials of sorts. Thus, the public memory of children – whether long or only just past – links directly to advocacy and the assumption of responsibility in the present, including that of children themselves.

This workshop will bring together both researchers and practitioners, encouraging discussion and collaboration between those who study how children and their lives are remembered locally, nationally and transnationally and those who put memory into practice. We will 1) take stock of how and where children are present in public memory; 2) think about how to create spaces for children in public memory; and 3) discuss how to facilitate memory-making by children themselves. The workshop will result in a peer-reviewed publication of selected contributions as well as a funding bid for a longer-term collaboration in research and practice. We will cover travel expenses  for selected workshop participants.

Inquiries can also be directed at Dr. Jenny Wüstenberg at: jenny.wustenberg@ntu.ac.uk

Programme

9 March 2020 The Urban Room, 38 Carrington Street, Nottingham
8.30 am Arrival and coffee
9.00 am Welcome and introductions – Jenny Wüstenberg (NTU), Laura Alvarez (Nottingham City Council)
9.30 am

Panel 1: Remembering Children: the big picture

Moderator: Natalie Mann (Warwick/NTU)

  • Monica Patterson (Carleton University, Ottawa)
    Remembering Children: Toward a Critical Children’s Museology
  • Janet Overfield Shaw (Southwell Workhouse Museum)
    How do we hear children’s voices in museums?
  • Jenny Wüstenberg (NTU)
    Dark pedagogies and public memory in comparative perspective
11.00 am Coffee break
11.15 am

Panel 2: Children as (co-)creators of memories

Moderator: Bill Niven (NTU)

  • Rebecca Friend
    Hollow Castings: Commemorations and Canadian Childhood
  • Elina Moraitopoulou (Universities of Hamburg and Ashoka)
    Engaging children and young people in the co-production of memory through multimodal ethnographic research
  • Kirrily Pells (UCL)
    Isangizanyankuru: children and the co-production of memory in Rwanda
12.45 pm Lunch (provided on site)
2.00 pm

Panel 3: Children in Sites of Memory 

Moderator: Ana Souto Galvan (NTU)

  • Monica Patterson and Rebecca Friend (Carleton University, Ottawa)
    Echoes of Experience: Encountering Children and Childhood in the Canadian History Hall
  • Natalie Mann (NTU and Warwick University)
    Ghost Memories: Inheritance and Displacement in Transformative Heritage Sites
  • Louise Stafford (National Holocaust Centre and Museum)
  • Amy Williams (NTU)
    The memory of the Kindertransport in national and transnational perspective
3.30 pm Coffee break
4.00 pm

Panel 4: Cross-generational reverberations of childhood 

Moderator: Anna Ball (NTU)

  • Chloe Wells (University of Eastern Finland)
    The trans-generational memory transmission of a lost Finnish city: How young people now relate to the stories of young people then
  • Joanna Michlic (UCL)
    Memories of Jewish Childhood in Poland during and after the Holocaust: The Representations of Difficult and Painful Past
  • Ewa Stańczyk (University of Amsterdam)
    The Good Maharaja and His Children: Commemorating Polish Child Refugees in India
5.30 pm Closing discussion
7.00 pm Participant dinner (location TBC)
10 March 2020 NTU City Campus, Newton NEWN44M
8.30 am

AHRC Networking Grant planning meeting

Moderator: Virginie Grzelczyk (Aston University)

  • Recap from March 9
  • Core themes
  • To-do list and division of labour
  • Project partners
  • Logistics and timetable
12.30 pm Lunch

Location details

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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