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Shaping a Preferable Future: Children Reading, Thinking and Talking aboutAlternative Communities and Times

Objective

Despite overall agreement that children’s voices matter in the development of policies affecting them, little effort has been made to develop cultural practices encouraging utopianism as a critical attitude to reality and a means of facilitating the expression of formative opinions on the part of children. Nor have young readers’ interpretations of utopian literature been investigated as indicating their perception of the sociopolitical arrangements around them, including the context of the EU.
Notwithstanding the popularity of YA dystopian fiction, little attention has been given to utopian contents in other children’s texts. A specialist in children’s literature studies and utopian studies, Deszcz-Tryhubczak addresses these lacunae in a project examining utopianism as a significant element of discourse about children, manifesting in various cultural products addressed to them. She also conducts empirical participatory research (with children as peer researchers) aimed at creating egalitarian spaces within which young readers are not only heard but also collaborate with adults towards a better understanding of how books shape ideas for the desirable future. This approach—an innovation in children’s literature studies—has a huge potential for making children’s literature scholarship relevant to young people’s lives as a cultural practice sustaining intergenerational dialogue. Thus this project is challenge-based and integrates unprecedentedly children’s literature studies, empirical studies of literature and media, utopian studies, and childhood studies. The fellow will publish its results in one article and a co-edited a collection. She will organize a colloquium for international scholars. Her stay at Anglia Ruskin will be crucial in her obtaining full professorship and in her leading a children’s literature research center in Poland. No secondment is proposed, but the research and public outreach activities provide opportunities to expose her work to the public.

Coordinator

ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

Address

Bishop Hall Lane
Cm1 1sq Chelmsford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 97 727,40

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745888

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    21 August 2017

  • End date

    20 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 97 727,40

  • EU contribution

    € 97 727,40

Coordinated by:

ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

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