International seminar on Constructions of Childhood
CIESPI has invited leading international scholars to Rio de Janeiro 10 - 11 September to discuss consequenses of changes in global constructions of childhood. A central question in the seminar will be: How has changing paradigms impacted on social policies and practises in different parts of the world?
The Childwatch International Key Institution CIESPI has invited leading scholars of childhood studies to participate in the international seminar Contemporary Constructions of Childhood: Theory, Politics and Social Practices.
Important paradigm shifts about the conceptualization of childhood have been taking place in the last few decades. New visions of childhood have been produced in part as a consequence of the almost universal ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the subsequent enactment of the legislation in most countries during the 1990s. These changes and the recently “discovered” competencies and voices of children seem to be provoking almost everywhere reactions of perplexity, discomfort and enchantment. Our goal in this seminar is to discuss how these conceptions have been deconstructed and reconstructed and analyze the impact of this shift in paradigms particularly in three countries: Brazil , Portugal and the United Kingdom .
For this purpose CIESPI and PUC-Rio has invited some of the experts that have been leading this debate, including Allison James and Adrian James from the University of Sussex, UK; Manuel Sarmento and Paula Cristina Martins Marques, from the University of Minho, Portugal; Ângela Nunes, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany and Sônia Krammer and Irene Rizzini from PUC-Rio, Brazil.
Download a presentation of the international seminar for more information.