Programme

Growing Scientists! Children's literature and the sciences

7 March 2018

9.30 

Welcome and introduction

9.40

The Science of Persecution: Racial Theories and Children's Holocaust Literature

Daniel Feldman, Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, Israel

10.40  

Coffee break

11.10

Child Researchers in the Field of Children’s Literature

Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Associate Professor of Literature, Anglia Ruskin University and University of Wroclaw, Poland

12.00

parallel sessions

Science informing children’s literature research

  • Brain Food from Dr. Seuss: How cognitive science dissolves the divide between art and science, Ralf Thiede (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

  • The computer as literary scholar? Analyzing Harry Potter with DH tools – a pilot study, Mike Kestemont, Vanessa Joosen & Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp)

The intersection of science and literary techniques                                                                                                                                           

  • Science in children’s picture books: How scientific concepts might be used for literary purposes in children’s literature, Itziar Otegi-Aranburu (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) )

  • Speaking Sciencese: scientific discourse as a literary device, Frauke Pauwels (University of Antwerp)

13.00

Lunch

14.00 

parallel sessions                                

Picture books and science education

  • The interplay of critical discourse and narratives: Studies of preschool children’s narratives about natural scientific phenomena found in children’s picturebooks, Anna Lyngfelt and Camilla Björklund (University of Gothenburg)                               

  • Teaching “nature of science” with picture books for children, Lena Hansson, Lotta Leden and Susanne Thulin (Kristianstad University)

  • Discussing shadows as a physical phenomenon in book talks with children, Anna Backman (University of Gothenburg)

Eureka: practice-oriented research (panel in Dutch)

  • Impact op leerlingattitudes ten aanzien van STEM, Jan Ardies (AP Hogeschool Antwerpen)

  • Geen STEM zonder kunst: de nood aan betrokkenheid, Kris Nauwelaerts (MAD-Research and UHasselt)

  • Zijn zebra’s zonder strepen nog zebra’s? Hoe filosoferen over en met wetenschap?, Jelle De Schrijver (onderzoekskern “Exploratio,” Odisee Hogeschool)

15.30

Coffee break

16.00

Children's literature as a side effect of evolution

Maria Nikolajeva, Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK

17.00

Author talk by Jan Paul Schutten, author of nonfictional children’s books (in English)

17.45  

Closing notes