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Aesthetics and children with special needs

Aesthetics and children with special needs

An interdisciplinary approach

Time: 15th of April 2015

Place: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo

The conference has three objects in mind:

  • to stimulate interdisciplinary practices and research with children with special needs
  • to endorse aesthetic awareness in all approaches to children with special needs
  • to enhance the wellbeing of children with special needs

The conference acknowledges a wide concept of literature and other aesthetic expressions including digital media, and we understand aesthetics as a reciprocal process that takes place in the meeting between people, regardless of their differences. Through literature and aesthetic expressions we perceive our world, express and share grief and happiness, develop our identity and relations. By means of aesthetics our potential for empathy may increase and we develop tools to express ourselves and process our experiences. This is important for children and youth with special needs, whether we are talking about a physical or mental disability, a demanding social situation, different cultural backgrounds, learning disabilities, disease in different phases or language difficulties.

Aesthetics include all art forms. Through music, motion, drama, play with puppets, arts and crafts, literature, pictures, videos, games and social media one may communicate issues that are otherwise difficult to bring up in verbal communication or surpasses the reach of language. Use of aesthetical experience is also important in diverse therapeutic practices such as Music Therapy and Multi-sensory integration (MSE). Aesthetical expressions represent some of the most valuable possibilities and resources in a human life that children with special needs have the right to take part in and share.

Welcome to Oslo in April 2015!

Important dates

Preliminary registration for the conference 15th of November 2014

Deadline for registration to the conference 15th of February 2015

Deadline for abstracts 15th of December 2014

Deadline for suggestions to sessions/workshops 15th of December 2014

Approval of papers/sessions 15th of February 2015

Registration link will be published on the conference website within late October: http://www.hioa.no/aesthetics-Conference

Guidelines for papers/academic papers/artistic presentation/performance/installation

The abstract must not exceed 375 words (included references) and shall contain following:

  • research questions
  • methodological approach
  • a selection of references that demonstrates knowledge to the fieldThe abstract must contain title (optional subtitle), name and institution. It is expected that the presentation of the paper/academic paper/artistic presentation/performance/installation lasts maximum 20 minutes, followed by a discussion in ten minutes. The abstract shall be sent on email to Torgeir.Haugen@hioa.no as attached Word or PDF-file. The submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the program committee.

Guidelines for sessions/workshops

We invite you to propose suggestions to sessions. The suggestions must be related to aesthetics and children with special needs. In addition it is also positive if interdisciplinary approaches are included. Suggestions to sessions shall contain:

  • A title and a description of the content (maximum 250 word)
  • Name and institution to the person who would like to lead the session
  • It would also be good if a person could write a short summary of the discussions in the session.Suggestions to sessions shall be sent on email to Torgeir.Haugen@hioa.no as attached Word or PDF-file. The selection of sessions will be taken by the program committee.

Preliminary sessions/workshops

Folk tales and story telling

Literature for/by/about children with special needs

Bilingualism

Kindergarten, aesthetics and children with special needs

Severe sick children and songwriting

Aesthetics in Multisensory Computer Based Media

Hospitalized children and aesthetics

The smallest children

Aesthetic expressions as means to verbalize transitions

Practical information

The conference takes place at the campus of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, In Pilestredet 46, 0167 Oslo

 

  • Conference fee: 500 Norwegian kroner, includes coffee and lunch
  • Conference dinner: 650 NKrRecommended Hotels/bed & breakfast nearby:
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  • cochspensjonat.no
  • ellingsenpensjonat.no
  • sagahoteloslo.no
  • smarthotel.no

 

Steering committee for Aesthetics and children with special needs

Anders-Petter Andersson, Sweden (Kristianstad University Sweden)

Birgitta Cappelen, Norway (The Oslo School of Architecture and Design)

Heidi Dahlsveen, Norway (Department of Art, Sign and Drama, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Svein Fuglestad, Norway (Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Elisabeth Grønning, Norway (Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Torgeir Haugen (chairman), Norway (Department of Early Childhood Education, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Eivind Karlsson, Norway (Department of Early Childhood Education, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Inger Marie Lindboe, Norway (Department of Early Childhood Education, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Åse Marie Ommundsen, Norway (Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad, Norway (Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

Trygve Aasgaard, Norway (Department of Nursery, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences; Norwegian Academy of Music)

An informational website about the congress is planned to be published at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences medio October.

One intention of the conference is to publish a scientific anthology about Aesthetics and Children with Special Needs. An Interdisciplinary Approach.

Sundiata

På lørdag var jeg og min yngste sønn og hørte Sundiata fremført av Jan Blake og Sereba brødrene. Det er ikke første gang jeg har hørt dem fortelle dette afrikanske eposet, men forestillingen var mye mer på plass nå enn sist gang jeg hørte den. Det er heller ikke mitt første møte med det afrikanske eposet. Rundt 1999 var jeg så heldig å få arbeide med nå avdøde Aliou Cissokho, en griot fra Vest Afrika. Forestillingen ble aldri min av flere grunner, vi fremførte eposet en gang. For det første var jeg ikke moden nok den gangen, fortellerfaget var fortsatt nytt for meg og jeg hadde ikke de riktige verktøy til å takle et såpass voldsomt materiale. Eposet ble fortalt til meg av grioten og under forestillingen sang han fortellingen mens han spilte på sin kora og jeg oversatte deler av fortellingen. Så min rolle var å overføre fortellingen til en norsk publikum. Eposet handler om Sundiata, en konge i Mali, hans foreldre, hvordan han reiser seg og tilsist blir konge. En annen grunn til at fortellingen aldri ble min, er at eposet framføres primært av menn. Her har Jan Blake og Co gjort et godt grep med å fokusere på kvinnene i fortellingen.

For meg er høydepunktet i fortellingen og forestillingen når det forkrøplede barnet Sundiata klarer å reise seg og hente et helt baobab tre til sin mor, og jeg skulle ønsket forestillingen stoppet der. Samtidig ser jeg viktigheten av at de tar med morens død, slik at forestillingen avrundes der den begynner og med oppreisning til moren som ble mobbet og trakassert som barn.

Fordi dette er et epos er det rytmiske og musikalske helt essensielt og et sterkt element i forestillingen som løfter det til å bli en felleskapsopplevelse.

Å besøke Tallinn

For noen uker tilbake var jeg i Tallinn i forbindelse med EU prosjektet Tales. Vi var nærmere bestemt i den gamle delen og som en del av prosjektet fikk vi en guided tur. For en fantastisk vakker by, men guiden var meget nasjonalistisk og man fikk et inntrykk av at Estland alltid var først når det gjaldt det meste. Kanskje det er en etterdønning etter en undertrykkende historie?

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Byen var svært lite gjestfri, med noen unntak. Unntaket var den svært så dyre middelaldermiddagen vi spiste, vi betalte ikke akkurat for smaken, men kanskje opplevelsen? Toalettet hadde en middelalderstandard, bokstavelig talt og vi måtte gjennomføre noen middelalderritualer. Litt sånn som å besøke Tusenfryd, regner jeg med. Altså et opplegg for å torture turister, som vi elsker å bli for da har vi tross alt noe å fortelle om.

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Partneren fra Estland var selvfølgelig hyggelig, men hun kjenner vi, og hun hadde gjort sitt beste for å gi oss en uforglemmelig opplevelse ved siden av å drive prosjektet videre.

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Uansett Tallinn er ikke den første byen jeg vil streve etter å besøke igjen.