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Decanonising Children's Literature? -workshop


Workshop on decanonising children’s literature?

Everyone is welcome!

10.00 Welcome


10.10 Reading at daycare

Paco Diop is a day care teacher for the City of Turku. In 2018 Diop started a citizens’ initiative about the violence of the N-word. Lately he has been working as an activist concerning the decanonisation of Children’s Literature at the libraries in Turku.

10.30 Reading with my daughter

Ahmed Al-Nawas is an artist/curator who is part of the Children’s Library project at Åbo Akademi University.


A Single Story – or No Story

Inga Angersaari is a vocational school teacher and a pre-school teacher. She has written the first story book about roma culture for early childhood education and pre-school in Finland.


Ruskeat Tytöt Writing Academy – how it all started and the challenges we face.

Mona Eid is a pedagogue and head of administration at Ruskeat Tytöt.

The objective of Ruskeat Tytöt is to broaden representations in the field of culture – especially media, literature, communications and advertising –, normalize the stories told about us, and to function as a platform for cultural professionals of color to realize their projects.

12.00 DISCUSSION lead by Pauline Hortelano from the Children’s Library project. Hortelano is writing her PhD in Gender Studies at Åbo Akademi University on Integration Policy in Finnish language education.

12.30 LUNCH together

13.30-15.30 Meeting “What is to be done?”

Moderator Ylva Perera

Perera is a writer and literary critic, currently working as a journalist at Yle Kultur. In January 2019 she'll start her PhD studies in Comparative Literature at Åbo Akademi University, researching anti-fascism in Fenno-Swedish literature (1930-1950).

The workshop is organized by Goethe-Institut Finnland, The Children’s Library Project (Åbo Akademi University), The Museum of Impossible Forms, Lukukeskus/Läscentrum (The Finnish Reading Centre) and Turku City Library.

Getting there:

by bus from Kupittaa railway station (buses 32 and 42) in about 10-15 minutes. Buses also from the market square.

‘Decanonisation is de-erasure, that is the ability to make re-appear, re-write, re-articulate and re-phrase that which was erased, but not in relation or reaction to an existing canon, but in relation to topics, themes, subjects at stake. Decanonisation is a flux or flexibility of rank and files, a situation in which no one is in there to stay and is at any time interchangeable, depending on the social, political, economic and ethical issues at stake.’- Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (curator and exhibition maker) as part of the ‘Long Night of Ideas’, SAVVY Contemporary Berlin 2017.

Earlier Event: November 24
FemF 2018