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Contemporary Constructions of Childhood: Theory, Politics and Social Practices

CIESPI and PUC - Rio are organizing this international seminar to discuss theoretical and political implications of constructions of childhood in our global societies. International experts on the subject are leading the debate.

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, we will gather in Rio de Janeiro 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.

Tags: ["childhood theory", "seminar", "constructions of childhood", "Brazil"]
Published Aug. 28, 2008 11:19 AM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 2:54 PM