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The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg

Institute of Philosophy of St. Petersburg State University

Department of International Relations of St.Petersburg State Polytechnical University

 Center for Research on Children's Literature of The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI)
(Pushkinsky Dom)

The New Literary Observer Publishing House
(media sponsor)

 

International Scientific Theoretical Conference

PHILOSOPHICAL EXPERIENCE OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: THE MOOMINS AND THE OTHERS
 (in Honor of Tove Jansson's 100th anniversary)

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

(October 9th-11th, 2014)

In an age of total infantilism as a psychological characteristic of modern European society having shaped over the past 50-100 years due to political, economic and social conditions, the description of the factors to influence the formation of the image of childhood (infancy) as well as the definition of the concept's cultural and ethical content is gaining utmost importance. The phenomenon of children's literature is the one to attract significant attention among these factors, as such kind of literature remains actual beyond the spatial and temporal boundaries. The Conference is held to honor the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Tove Jansson, the writer who created adult books for children with profound philosophical content.

The distinction between the adult world and the world of children existing in the culture is quite a convention, at the same time, belonging to either one determines the psychological, moral, and social characteristics of the subject, his or her ethos. The blurred boundaries between the adult world and the world of children enable adults find pleasure in the world of children coincidently allowing children to play in the world of adults, thus blurring the boundaries and the respective social roles. Some works of literature, now understood as children’s stories, were created for adults (e.g. Gulliver's Travels, Robinson Crusoe etc.), while the others are very “adult” despite being created for children. These are a group of literary works on the frontier between childhood and adulthood having a quite unclear target-age audience. Such works show a respectful attitude towards their readers and viewers due to the lack of double standards (those "for adults" and those "for children"), and therefore they flirt with neither of their readers and viewers. T. Jansson was a writer to create such kind of books. The purpose of the conference is to describe the phenomenon of "children's literature" in terms of its maturity (philosophy, culture, morality).

Organizing Committee :

  • Elena Ovchinnikova (St Pb State University), Ph.D. in Philosophy, Associate Professor (Committee Chairman);
  • Evgeny Makovetskii (St Pb State University), Doctor of Philosophy, Assoc. Professor;
  • Alexey Malinov (St Pb State University), Doctor of Philosophy, Prof.;
  • Sergei Troitskii (St Pb State University), Ph.D. in Philosophy (Committee Co-Chairman);
  • Valentin Golovin (Center for Research on Children's Literature of The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI) (Pushkinsky Dom), Doctor of Philology, Prof.;
  • Elena Perova (Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg);
  • Elizaveta Blagodatova (Press-Secretary)

 

Regulations of the conference:


Time limit for the lectures - up to 30 minutes

Time limit for discussion after the lectures - up to 10 minutes

Time limit for contributors not included into the list of lecturers – up to 10 minutes

 

1st Day
(October 9th, 2014)

 

10-30 — 11-00
Registration of Participants

11-00 — 12-30
Conference Opening Ceremony

12-30 — 14-00
Lunch

14-00 — 15-30
Session 1. Tove Jansson: The Mysteries of Creative Work

15-30 — 16-00
Coffee-break

16-00 — 17-30
Session 2.  The Ethical Dimension of Literary Text

 

11-00 — 12-30
Conference Opening Ceremony

The Finnish Institute in Saint Petersburg
(8 B. Konyushennaya str., 3rd floor)

11-00 — 12-00 Conference Welcome Speech

  • Elena Ovchinnikova(St Pb State University), Committee Chairman
  • Sergey Dudnik (St Pb State University)
  • Elina Kahla(The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg)
  • Sergey Pogodin(Department of International Relations of Institute of International Educational Programs (IIEP))
  • Valentin Golovin (The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI) (Pushkinsky Dom))

12-00 — 12-30 Technical Details about the Conference and Events Held within the Conference

  • Sergei Troitskii(St Pb State University),Committee Co-Chairman
  • Elena Perova (The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg)

 

12-30 — 14-00
Lunch

 

14-00 — 15-30

The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI) (Pushkinsky Dom)
(4 Makarova emb.)

Session 1. Tove Jansson: The Mysteries of Creativity Work
(Chairman – Valentin Golovin(The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI) (Pushkinsky Dom), Russia)

 

Sirke Happonen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Flowers, horror and the idea of the correctly painted forest -- the tradition of book illustration as a gate for Tove Jansson's ageless worlds

Irina Dneprova (Russia)
A Fairy-Tale Idyll (The Genre Identity of Tove Jansson’s Fairy-Tales)

Ekaterina Levko (St. Petersburg Humanitary University of Trade Unions, Russia)
Characters, images, objects, and methods for their nomination in  Tove Jansson's tales

 

15-30 — 16-00
Coffee-break

 

16-00 — 17-30

The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI) (Pushkinsky Dom)
(4 Makarova emb.)

Session 2. Ethical Dimension of Literary Text
(Chairman - Anna Nekrylova (The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI) (Pushkinsky Dom), Russia))

 

Elena Ovchinnikova(The Institute of Philosophy, StPb State University, Russia)
The Ethical Dimension of Children’s Literature

Agneta Rehal Johansson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Ethics and artistic methods in Tove Jansson’s Moomin suite

Kuisma Korhonen (University of Oulu, Finland)
Looking through the Eyes of the Groke: Tove Jansson and Ethics of Focalization

 

2th Day
(October 10th, 2014)

 

11-00 — 13-00
Session 3. Philosophical Aspects of Children’s Literature

13-00 — 14-00
Lunch

14-00 — 15-30
Session 4. Childhood and Adulthood: Identity Problems
Students' and Young Scientists’ Session

15-30 — 16-00
Coffee-break

16-00 — 17-30
Session 5. The Space and Time Categories in Children’s Literature
Students' and Young Scientists’ Session

 

11-00 — 13-00

Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU
(5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya)

Session 3. Philosophical Aspects of Children’s Literature
(Chairman - Lada Shipovalova (Institute of Philosophy, StPbSU, Russia))

Bengt Lundgren (Stockholm University, Sweden)
The candid Moomintroll learns about life

Tatyana Tsymbal (Kryvyi Rih National University, Ukrane)   on-line
Always Live in Present: Moomins' Rules as a Way of Existential Reestablishment of a Person

Sergei Troitskii (Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU, Russia)
Ontological Authenticity as a Fundamental Category of Children’s Literature

Pavel Kretov (Institute of History and Philosophy of Cherkassy National B. Khmelnytsky University, Ukraine) on-line
Postmodernity: The Crisis of a Person's Cultural Identity  and the Universum of Children's Literature

 

13-00 — 14-00
Lunch

 

14-00 — 15-30
Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU
(5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya)

Session 4. Childhood and Adulthood: Identity Problems
(Chairman - Sergei Troitskii (Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU, Russia))

Eugenia Vasiljeva (Moscow City Palace for Children's (Youth's) Crafts, Russia)
“A Real Story” as Food for Thought: An Experience of Practical Philosophy with Children

Elena Burovskaya (Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University named after Victor P. Astafjev, Russia)
Homo Maturans: Contemporary Concepts of Childhood

Natalya Starostina-Trubitsina (Young Harris College, USA) on-line
Children’s Literature of Russian Emigration during the Interwar Period in France: On the Problem of Memory and the Creation of Russian Identity

 

15-30 — 16-00
Coffee-break

 

16-00 — 17-30
Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU
(5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya)

Session 5. Categories of Space and Time in Children’s Literature
(Chairman - Elena Burovskaya (Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University named after Victor P. Astafjev, Russia))

Lada Shipovalova (Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU, Russia)
Why Does Time Need Space? or The Shape of Path Leading to the Moomin House

Marina Stolyar (Chernihiv T. G. Shevchenko National Pedagogical University, Ukraine) on-line
The Chronotope of the Moomin Tales

Elena Rosstalnaya (Chernihiv T. G. Shevchenko National Pedagogical University, Ukraine) on-line
Quest as a Core Plot of T. Jansson’s Stories and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Fairy-Tales

 

3rd Day
(October 11th, 2014)

 

11-00 — 12-30
Session 6.1. A Foreign Hero through the Soviet Looking Glass: Stereotypes of Perception and Literary Canon

12-30 — 13-00
Coffee-break

13-00 — 14-30
Session 6.2. A Foreign Hero through the Soviet Looking Glass: Stereotypes of Perception and Literature Canon

14-30 — 15-30
Lunch

15-30 — 17-00
Session 7. Practical Aspects and Poetics of Children’s Literature

17-00 – 17-30
Closing of the Conference. Summing up

 

11-00 — 12-30
Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU
(5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya)

Session 6.1. A Foreign Hero through the Soviet Looking Glass: Stereotypes of Perception and Literary Canon
(Chairman - Elena Burovskaya (Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University named after Victor P. Astafjev, Russia))

Maria Majofis (School of Humanities Studies, RANEPA, Russia)
King Matt the First and Janusz Korczak — the Heroes of the Soviet Culture

Natalya Charitonova (Gorky Institute of World Literature, RAS, Higher School of Economics, Russia)
The Children of Spanish Republic, the “Precious Cargo” of the Soviet Cultural Space

Ekaterina Asonova (Moscow City Teachers’ Training University; “Culture of Childhood” Charity Fund, Russia)
Grandparents in Children’s Translated Literature: Surprisingly Strange but Extremely Familiar

 

12-30 — 13-00
Coffee-break

 

13-00 — 14-30

Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU
(5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya) 

Session 6.2. A Foreign Hero through the Soviet Looking Glass: Stereotypes of Perception and Literary Canon
(Chairman – Maria Majofis (School of Humanities Studies, RANEPA, Russia))

Nadezhda Orlova (Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU, Russia)
My Hottabych and the Others

Vera Sibirtseva (Higher School of Economics National Research University, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) on-line
Fantastic Characters in the Children’s Literature of 1960–70s (computer analysis)

Maria Vorobjeva (Ekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art (Institute), Russia)
Soviet Style Moomins: Thge Metamorphoses of Meanings (A Case Study of Translations of T. Jansson’s Tales and Cartoons about Moomins)

 

14-30 — 15-30
Lunch

 

15-30 — 17-00

Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU
(5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya)

Session 7. Practical Aspects and Poetics of Children’s Literature
(Chairman - Elena Ovchinnikova (The Institute of Philosophy, StPb State University, Russia))

Yaroslava Novikova (SPbSU, Russia)
Fairy-Tales during Wartime: Pessi ans Illusia by Yrjö Kokko (1944)

Anna Nekrylova (The Academic Institute of Russian Literature (IRLI) (Pushkinsky Dom), Russia)
Fairy-Tale on the Stage of the Modern Puppet-Theater

Sara Granath (Södertörns högskola, Sweden)
Moomin in Everyday Swedish Life

 

17-00 – 17-30

Institute of Philosophy, SPbSU
(5 Mendeleevskaya Liniya)

 

The conference closing.
Summing up.

 


Schedule of Parallel Events

 

September 18th – October 12th Children's Foreign Literature Library (8 the 3rd Soviet ul., Metro Station Ploshad Vosstania, Please use the courtyard entrance)

International Festival of Picture Stories

“Bumfest 8”

 

October 10th, 11.00 Children's Foreign Literature Library (8 the 3rd Soviet ul., Metro Station Ploshad Vosstania, Please use the courtyard entrance)

Presentation and Masterclass inspired by the Picture Books by Tove Jansson (Finland). The event is hosted by Maria Orlova, a representative of the “Samokat” Publishing House

 

October 10th, 14-00 — 18-00

Session for Students and Young Scientists

 

October 10th-11th, 2014

Friday 10.10

- Seminar «Finnish in Real World Communication»

16.00-20.00, room А 001 (basement)

Topic: Various Language Forms of Fiction as the Indicators of Regional and Social Groups.

Hosts: Director of the Centre for the Languages of Finland (Kotus) Pirkko Nuolijärvi, translator, philologist and an expert in German Studies Liisa Tiittula.

 

- Event «Classical Authors Alive»

17.00-19.00, 3rd floor

Presentation of the new edition of the novel “Seven Brothers” by Aleksis Kivi (The event shall be conducted in Russian)

Fragments from the book staged by the StPbSU studetns

 

Saturday11.10

- Seminar «Finnish in Real World Communication»

10.00-16.00, 3rd floor

Topic: Translation of Colloquial and Dialectal Speech in Fiction .

Hosts: Director of the Centre for the Languages of Finland (Kotus) Pirkko Nuolijärvi, translator, philologist and an expert in German Studies Liisa Tiittula.

 

- Master-class for translators of fiction «Tove Jansson ‒ Life and Oeuvre»

12.00-16.00, room А 001 (basement)

Seminars shall be conmducted in Finnish (unless noted otherwise).

Venue: 8 B. Konyushennaya ul., St. Petersburg

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