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Published: Jul 15, 2014 1:24:16 PM

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Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories. An Interdisciplinary Conference

This interdisciplinary conference takes up an important debate in a field of growing importance in the humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and eco-criticism have surged in recent years.The definition of mankind seems necessarily to pass through an understanding of what constitutes the animal. Philosophically, what distinguishes, or indeed brings together humanity and animality has been the subject of debate from Aristotle’s understanding of man as ‘zôon logon echon’ and from Kant’s view of man’s treatment of animals as an insight into the true nature of humankind, Derrida’s seminars on ‘the beast and the sovereign’, up to Agamben’s recent theory of ‘bare life’ as the breakdown of the barrier between man and animal. More...

Starts: Sep 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Taboos, Trends and Debates in Contemporary Scandinavian Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Publication date: Jan 30, 2014 10:42:05 AM

Start: Jan 27, 2014 5:15:00 PM
End: Jan 27, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL, Roberts 508

A public lecture by Anna Nordenstam (University of Gothenburg).

Children’s literature is a delicate thing. Many publishing houses will avoid certain themes, and some publications do generate heated debates. One such recent debate in Sweden dealt with the figure of Lilla Hjärtat (the little heart) in the film and picture-book by Stina Wirsén (2012). In newspapers and in academic debates the question was raised whether The Little Heart should be considered a racist figure? In Denmark another picture-book, Oskar K. and Dorte Karrebæk’s Lejren (The Camp, 2011), attracted attention for its gruesome depiction of children in what resembles a concentration camp run by adults. Is this really a book for children? The lecture will address such taboos, trends and debates in contemporary Scandinavian children’s and Young Adult literature.

Anna Nordenstam is an Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at University of Gothenburg and Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University. She is currently working on the research project “Gender and Science. The Development of Women's Literature Studies in Sweden, 1965–1985”, and has published widely on the topic of Swedish children’s literature.