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The Scale of the Child

Working Seminar on Children, Design and Material Culture

2018.03.22 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 15 May
Time 12:00 17:00
Location University of Southern Denmark, Universitetsparken 1, 6000 Kolding. Room 61.01
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12.00-12.30: Welcome by Ning de Coninck-Smith and Trine Brun Petersen. Sandwiches will be served during the welcome

12.30-13.30: Keynote lecture

Gary Cross, Penn State University. ”Childhood and Play Miniatures in 20th Century America: Generation, Autonomy and Memor”
Playthings and souvenirs of fantasy/spectacle sites (like theme parks) have been passed down to children as miniatures of adult life. As such they have been messages sent across generations from adult to child. However, these objects have also come to represent breaks in that generational flow as these objects became divorced from parental experience and aspiration. In turn, they have sometimes become collectible tokens of adult memory of their own childhoods, sometimes, but often not, connected with the sensibilities of the currently young. This talk will explore some dimensions of this complex phenomenon in a discussion of the history of toys and theme park souvenirs across the 20th century.

13.30-14.00: Anders V. Munch, University of Southern Denmark. "In and out of scales. Zooming in on children" 

14.00-14.30: Katrine Stenum, Trapholt. "Kay Bojesen - a Playful Person"

14.30-15.00: Ning de Coninck-Smith, Aarhus University. "From playing on the table to playing on the floor. Kay Bojesens toys and the spaces of children"

Coffee break

15.30-16:00: Trine Brun Petersen, University of Southern Denmark. "Fashioning Childhood in the Danish Welfare State: The Case of Englebørn”

16.00-16.30: Anna-Mamusu Sesay, Design School Kolding. "Stepping into the Baby’s Wardrobe – Opening up for the Complexity of Sustainable Consumption"

16.30-17.00: Helle Maria Skovbjerg, Design School Kolding. "Play Media – A Conceptualization of Play Tools"



Participants are kindly asked to sign up: http://webpay.sdu.dk/system/children
Seats are limited. Please sign up no later than May 9.



When entering the building at entrance C, enter your registration number and mobile number on the iPad next to the screen at your right hand. You will then get a text message with your parking permit (valid for 24 hours). When getting a daily parking permit, remember that it is your responsibility to make sure your car’s registration number is entered correctly.

More information: https://www.sdu.dk/en/service/vejviser/kolding/parkerringsregler_i_kolding

The seminar is co-organized by Aarhus University and University of Southern Denmark and funded by Interacting Minds Centre/Aarhus University and Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark.