From the 7th to the 10th of March 2017 the University of São Paulo in Brazil hosted the International Seminar on South American Childhoods which sought to discuss and explore a range of themes related to children in the city, politics and participation across the continent. It was organised by the Faculty of Education at the University of São Paulo, the Southern Childhood Research Network based within the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth (CSCY) at the University of Sheffield in the UK.
The event hosted 24 national and international guests, including:
- Afua Twum-Danso Imoh and Professor Penny Curtis (The of Sheffield/CSCY, UK)
- Valeria Llobet (National University of General San Martin, Argentina)
- Mariana García Palacios (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- Ana Vergara del Solar (Diego Portales University, Chile)
- Iskra Pavez (Bernardo O’Higgins University, Chile)
- Ernesto Durán Strauch (National University of Colombia, Colombia)
A large number of Brazilian academics were invited to the seminar to present papers and lead workshops:
- Irene Rizzini (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro),
- Lucia Rabello de Castro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro),
- Tatiana Altberg (Rio de Janeiro),
- Jader Janer Moreira Lopes (Federal University of Juiz de Fora),
- Maria Cristina Gouvea (Federal University of Minas Gerais),
- João Galera (Sao Paulo)
- Lisete Arelaro (University of Sao Paulo),
- Renato Seixas (University of Sao Paulo),
- Catharina Pinheiro (University of Sao Paulo),
- Carmen Soares (UNICAMP- University of Campinas),
- Fernanda Roveri (UNICAMP- University of Campinas),
- Carolina de Roig Catini (UNICAMP- University of Campinas),
- Ana Paula Soares da Silva (University of Sao Paulo)
- Fernanda Müller (University of Brasilia),
- Flavia Ferreira Pires (Federal University of Paraiba)
- Juliana Prates Santana (Federal University of Bahia),
- Emilene Leite de Souza (Federal University of Maranhao),
Six panels covered the themes of social and political participation; childhood and politics; children, territories and migration; children and research; children in the design of the city; and childhood, state and social movements. These panels invited researchers from different disciplines and theoretical approaches to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue on South American childhoods.
Additionally, the seminar also consisted several workshops which enabled participants to engage in discussions about:
- children’s participation in public spaces and their relationship with the university;
- urban childhoods in images;
- children and ethnography;
- childhoods, the State and social movements;
- the ‘hand-in-the-tin’ project and the collaborative processes for constructing images and narratives;
- space, territory, circulation and childhoods;
- policies and rights of children;
- drawing and the city in relation to childhoods and memory.
254 academics, researchers, students and professionals from Brazil and other South American countries participated in the 4-day event. A total of 120 oral presentations were delivered on a range of themes.
The International Seminar on South American Childhoods highlighted the current research that is being conducted in the region and enabled participated to share knowledge and engage in much needed dialogue.