Under Control. Childhood and 20th Century Dictatorships (1917-1991)
Thursday 19th May 2016
A one-day interdisciplinary conference sponsored by HRC
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Prof. Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (University of Warwick)
Dr. Nick Baron (University of Nottingham)
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to investigate the complex relationships between childhood and dictatorship across Western and Eastern Europe as well as South America in the Twentieth century. By encompassing in the notion of dictatorship both absolute forms of power such as totalitarianisms, as well as military dictatorships, this conference explores how Twentieth-century dictatorships have constructed children as a targeted and privileged audience to educate and control through educational policies and a wide range of cultural means. Possible, but not exclusive, case studies will include: Russia (1917-1991), Italy (1922 – 1945), Portugal (1932 – 1974), Germany (1933-1945), Spain (1939-1975), Argentina (1976-1983) and Chile (1973-1990).
- The mechanisms at the root of control. How do literary and cultural studies, psychology, philosophy and pedagogy approach issues surrounding the control and manipulation of children?
- Historical perspectives What are the continuities and discontinuities between Twentieth-century dictatorships in relation to their commitment to children’s education and leisure?
Notification of acceptance: 7th December 2015
Registration: Beginning of February 2016
For further information, please contact: V.Abbatelli@warwick.ac.uk and P.Roccella@warwick.ac.uk