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Ergebnisanzeige "Children's Literature and European Avant-Garde"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelChildren's Literature and European Avant-Garde
BeschreibungESF-Research Conference
Norrköping University, Sweden, 26-30 September 2012
Chair: Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen)
Co-Chairs: Elina Druker (University of Stockholm), Maria Nikolajeva (University of Cambridge)

The conference, which is fully funded by the European Science Foundation, is a first step towards the investigation of the complex and mutual influences of Avant-Garde movements on children’s literature in different European and non-European countries during the 20th century. Since modern children’s literature in these countries is obviously influenced by Avant-Garde concepts until the present, the topic of the conference reveals a timeless approach which will help to enlarge the historical and theoretical context of children’s literature in a European context.

It is one aim of this conference to bring together those scholars who are interested into the relationship between avant-garde movements and children’s culture (i.e. arts, literature, toys, films for children) within a European context. Since Avant-garde movements were particularly strong in countries such as Czechoslovakia, Germany, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the Nordic countries, this conference focuses on the mutual influences of European Avant-garde movements and children’s literature in these respective countries. Moreover, the impact of the European Avant-Garde on Non-European children’s literature, for instance in Brazil or the United States, will be investigated as well.


September 26, 2012

17:00 onwards: Registration at the ESF desk
19.00 Welcome Drink

September 27, 2012

08:30-09:00 Welcome Address

Session 1: Avant-Garde and Modernism
Chair: TBA
09:00 - 09:45: Marilynn Olsson (Texas State University): Children’s Culture and the Avant-Gardes: Higgledy-Piggledy Modernism
09:45 - 10:30: Saskia de Bodt (University of Amsterdam): The Modernist Picturebook in the Netherlands in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

Session 2: The Impact of Bauhaus and the Semana de 22
Chair: TBA
11:00 - 11:45: Michael Siebenbrodt (Bauhaus Museum Weimar): Bauhaus Weimar: A New World for Children
11:45 - 12:30: Luiz Antonio Coelho (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro): The Impact of the European Avant-Garde on the Visuals of Brazilian Children’s Literature since the Semana de 22

12:30: Lunch
Session 3: Children’s Literature and Avant-Garde before 1945 (I)
Chair: TBA

14.00 - 14.15: Bohuslav Manek (University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic) Two Czech Avant-garde Writers and Their Works for Children: Vitizslav Nezval and Vladislav Vancura
14:15 - 14.30: Jennifer Tharr (Freie Universität Berlin): “Task of childhood: to bring the new world into symbolic space”: The Child in the Work of Walter Benjamin
14:30 – 14:45: Yael Darr (Tel Aviv University): Zionist Children as Avant-Garde: Two Contradictory Approaches toward the Revolutionary Role of Children’s Literature in Pre-State Israel
14.45 – 15:00: Teresa Duran (University of Barcelona): Catalan Children’s Books in the Spanish Civil War: A Pedagogical Avant-Garde
15:00 – 15:30: Discussion

15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break

Session 4: Soviet Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde
Chair: TBA
16:00 - 16:45: Sara Pankenier Weld (Bard College, Boston): The Avant-Garde Infantile in Early Soviet Picturebooks
16.45 - 17:30: Albert Lemmens & Serge Stommels (Nijmegen): The Early Soviet Children’s Books on Display: A Remarkable Series of Exhibitions in 1929
Short Break
17:45 – 18.30: Kimberley Reynolds (University of Newcastle): A Very British Avantgarde

19:00: Dinner

September 28, 2012

Session 5: Modernism and Avant-Garde in Sweden and Norway
Chair: TBA
09:00 - 09:45: Lena Kåreland (Uppsala University): Modernism in some Early Swedish Picturebooks in the Beginning of the 20th Century
09:45 - 10:30: Tone Birkeland (Bergen University): The Decorative Element in Norwegian Picturebook Tradition

10:30-10:45: Group Photo

10:45 - 11:15: coffee break

Session 6: TBA
Chair: Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde before 1945 (II)
11:15 - 11:30: Evgenij Steiner (Russian Institute for Cultural Research, Moscow) The Mirrored Images: Reflections on Soviet-Western Reflections in the Children’s Books of the 1920s
11:30 - 11:45: Samuel Albert (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York): Sandor Bortnyik and Inter-war Hungarian Children’s Books
11:45 - 12:00: Eva Lezzi (Universität Potsdam): Books to Turn, Move and Alter. Tom Seidmann-Freud’s Form Experiments
12:00 – 12:30: Discussion

12:30: Lunch

Session 7: Social and Aesthetic Impact of the Avant-Garde
Chair: TBA
14.00 - 14.45: Nina Christensen (University of Aarhus): Avant-Garde in the Welfare State. Danish Picturebooks 1933-1945
14.45 - 15.30: Patricia Molins (Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid): Children’s Books and the New Woman in the 1930s

15.30 - 16.00: Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.30: Poster Session
Malgorzata Cakowska (University of Gdansk) & Glazka Lange (Academy of Fine Arts, Zalesie Gorne, Poland) The Avant-garde Visual Language in Polish Artists: Books Designed for Children (from the Early 20th Century to the Present) and Its Reception
Huonbin Choi (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) Girls in the World of Words: Gertrude Stein’s “The World Is Round” and H.D.’s “The Hedgehog”
Gabriela Glavan (West University of Timisoara) The Life and Times of the Penguin Apolodor. Gellu Naum and the “Minor” European Avant-garde
Elisabeth Hale (University of New England, Armidale, Australia) Heath Robinson, Balbus, and Comic Illustration of Latin Textbooks
Michelle Jubin (City University of New York) Work Becomes Play: Reconsidering the Bauhaus Legacy through Toy Design
Maria Linsmann (Picturebook Museum Troisdorf) Avant-garde Artists and their Picturebooks since 1945
Sarolta Liposzi (Kecskemét College, Hungary) The Avant-garde in the Hungarian Children’s Literature
Claudia Mendes (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) From Fluffy to Fauve: Artists and Audiences Dealing with Avant-garde Propositions in Contemporary Brazilian Picturebooks
Yolanda Morató (Universidad Pabo de Olavide, Seville) Bloomsbury Children: In the Cradle of British Avant-garde
Mare Müürsepp (Tallinn University, Estonia) Avant-garde in Estonian Children’s Book Illustration
Madelaine Neumayr (University of Vienna) Bauhaus in the Picturebook: “Die Geschichte von Jan und Jon und ihrem Lotsenfisch” by Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp
Emilio Quintana (Instituto Cervantes, Stockholm) The World as a Bazaar and a Kindergarten. Children’s Literature and Spanish Avant-garde
Beata Sniecikowska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw) What a Noise! What a Mess! Avant-garde Sounds and Images in Polish Literature for Children
Hadassah Stichnothe (University of Tübingen) Illustrating Schwitters’ “The Story of the Hare”. Interpretative Closure and Textual Openness
Johanna Tydecks (University of Tübingen) Surrealist aesthetics in picturebooks and their film adaptations
Barbara Uhlig (Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München) “Alice” in 1907: Strategies of Visual Poetry in Avant-garde Illustrations of “Alice in Wonderland”
Edward Vazquez (Middlebury College, USA) Something to Put Something On: Lawrence Weiner’s Children’s Conceptualism

19:00: Dinner

20:00 - 21:00: Forward Look Plenary Discussion

September 29, 2012

Session 8: Challenges of the Avant-Garde
Chair: TBA
09:00 - 09:45: Sandra Beckett (St. Catherines, Ontario): The Avant-Garde and Its Legacy in French Children’s Literature
09:45 - 10:30: Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen): Just what is it that make pop art picturebooks so different, so appealing?

10:30 - 11:00: coffee break

Session 9: Children’s Literature and Avant-Garde after 1945 (I)
Chair: TBA
11:00 - 11:15: Elina Druker (Stockholm University): Shadow Geometry: Re-evaluating Einar Nerman
11:15 - 11:30: Catriona McAra (University of Huddersfield): Dorothy Tanning’s “Chasm”: A Nursery Rhyme
11:30 – 11:45: Kris Nauwelaerts (University of Hasselt) Miffy: A Pedagogical Avant-garde Rabbit. Karel Appel’s Influence on Dick Bruna
11:45-12:00: Olga Holownia (University of Iceland): Avant-Garde and the Icelandic Children’s Books
12:00 – 12:30: Discussion

12:30: Lunch

Session 10: Avant-Garde today?
Chair: TBA
14.00 - 14.45: Philip Nel (Kansas State University): Surrealism for Children: Paradoxes and Possibilities
14.45 - 15.30: Sirke Happonen (University of Helsinki): Experimental Picturebooks and the Development of Printing Technologies: How Are They Interrelated?

15:30-16:00: Coffee break

Session 11: Children’s and European Avant-Garde after 1945 (II)
Chair: TBA

16:00 - 16:15: Svetlana Kalezic-Radonjic (University of Montenegro): Breakthrough of Surrealism in Serbian Literature for Children
16:15 - 16:30: Katia Strode (University of California-Riverside): The Marriage of Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde, an Ephithalamium
16:30 - 16:45: Katia Pizzi (University of London): Pinocchio and the Mechanical Body: Luciano Folgore’s Papers at the John Paul Getty Research Library
16:45 – 17:00: Joseph Thomas (San Diego State University): Shel Silverstein: The Calligramme, and the Legacy of the European Avant-Garde
17:00 – 17.30: Discussion

19:00: Reception and Conference Dinner

September 30, 2012

Breakfast and Departure

For further information about the conference please go to the ESF-website at:

For any inquiries concerning the conference, contact the chair Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer at:, or the ESF-conference officer Allegra Roccato at:

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer 
Funktion: apl. Professorin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Deutsches Seminar, Universität Tübingen 
Strasse/Postfach: Wilhelmstr. 50 
Postleitzahl: 72074 
Stadt: Tübingen 
Telefon: 071071-2978446 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Zusätzliches SuchwortEuropäische Avant-Garde
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik > 03.08.03 Dichtung und Kunst; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.09.00 Gattungen und Formen > 05.09.07 Kinder- und Jugendliteratur; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945); 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989)
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