Children's Voices in Contemporary Australia symposium call for papers extended
This one-day public symposium to be held at The Dax Centre on September 9, 2016 explores the status of children's voices and their ability to tell their own stories in contemporary Australia. Call for papers extended until April 26, 2016.
The event will bring together researchers, practitioners and professionals who work with and support children, families and carers, as well as children and young people with lived experience to contribute to a cross-disciplinary conversation.
- the concept of "voice" as an instrument of personal and political empowerment
- the literal, embodied and non-verbal voice
- the relationship between ownership of a voice and the role of narration in forming and maintaining a sense of self
- Is the ability to tell one’s own story universal (trans-historical) or tailored to a specific socio-cultural moment?
- Does neuroscience provide insight into storytelling, especially from the perspective of child development?
- How might embracing the concept of neurodiversity impact upon our ability to assist children not just to be heard by others, but also to make sense of their own experience through narrative skills?
- Who listens? How do we ensure flexible, robust and supportive responses to unconventional, unexpected, or disturbing forms of narration from children?
- What is the impact of not hearing or witnessing a child’s story?
- How is respect connected to the act of listening? How culturally and historically specific is it? How does this ethical stance interact with the emotions of storytellers and listeners?