Every effort will be made to offer assistance with travel and accommodation expenses to selected candidates.
The Pedagogy of Images project started in 2015 with an exploratory symposium that mapped out approaches to studying the process of amalgamation of text and image within the boundaries of the illustrated book for young Soviet readers. As a part of the general desire to translate Communism into idioms and images accessible to children, these books visualized ideological norms and goals in a way that guaranteed easy legibility, without sacrificing the political appeal of the message.
Using a corpus of Soviet-era illustrated books for children from the collections of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University, the participants of the first meeting focused on the dual verbal-visual representation of the Communist imaginary and sensibility in early Soviet books. The initial symposium also had a second purpose: to achieve a more nuanced awareness of the ways in which digitization of these works can facilitate more exhaustive mining of the information contained in these rich graphic and verbal artifacts. An edited volume growing out of the work of this first symposium is currently in production.
Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2017. Final papers should be submitted by March 15, 2017. During the symposium, participants will be paired with leading senior experts in the field, who would provide critique of the contribution and guidance for its future development.
The Organizing Committee:
Thomas F. Keenan
Serguei A. Oushakine
Katherine M.H. Reisc