Mediating Children’s Reading (Workshop, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh, June 21 2016)

by Dr Anne Marie Hagen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Mediating Children’s Reading: RSE Susan Manning workshop

How should children read, and what, and why? The benefits of reading, for the individual child and for society, have at various points in history been bound up with the dangers that reading has been seen to potentially pose. This workshop will reflect on how children’s reading has been mediated historically, and in contemporary society – by parents, teachers, librarians, writers, publishers, medical professionals, governments, and others – and on the assumptions and convictions about how the child reader is affected by reading which underpin this mediation. In addition to assessing historical perspectives on ‘mediation’, the workshop will also consider recent developments in reading research and the possible future practices of ‘the history of reading’. In particular, the workshop will ask how we can develop and apply methodologies for interdisciplinary research on children’s reading.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh
Seminar Room, IASH, 2 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh, 10.00-18.30, 21 June 2016

The workshop is free to attend, and all are very welcome. For information about the venue, to view the full programme, and book your ticket, please go to Mediating Children’s Reading’s Eventbrite site.

Contact Dr Anne Marie Hagen for more information.

This workshop is kindly supported by funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and IASH in memory of the former IASH director, Susan Manning.

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