Mediating Children's Reading

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June 21, 2016
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Social Sciences, Childhood and Education

Mediating Children's Reading

RSE Susan Manning Workshop

Seminar Room, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh


How should children read, and what, and why? This interdisciplinary workshop will reflect on how children’s reading has been mediated historically, and in contemporary society – by parents, teachers, librarians, writers, publishers, medical professionals, governments, and others – and on the assumptions and convictions about how the child reader is affected by reading which underpin this mediation. In addition to assessing historical perspectives on ‘mediation’, the workshop will also consider recent developments in reading research and the possible future practices of ‘the history of reading’. In particular, the workshop will ask how we can develop and apply methodologies for interdisciplinary research on children’s reading.

The workshop is free to attend, and all are very welcome. Lunch will be provided, and the event will conclude with a plenary discussion and a wine reception.


10.00 Registration

10.15 Introduction

10. 30 Keynote

Dr Evelyn Arizpe (Glasgow): 'Real and Imaginary Readers in Research: Mediating Reading through Children's Literature'

11. 30 Panel 1: Engaging with Texts

Dr Susan Elsley (Susan Elsley Plicy Research & Development): 'Storytime: Mediating children's views of childhood through books'

Dr Sarah McGeown (Edinburgh): 'Understanding the factors that predict children's choice of reading activities'

Dr Shari Sabeti (Edinburgh): 'Remediating Shakespeare for teenagers: comic books, schooling and the process of adaptation'

13.15 Lunch (provided)

14.15 Panel 2: Socialization through Reading

Jennifer Farrar (Glasgow): 'Parents mediating picturebooks: An exploration of "what counts" when reading words and pictures'

Tracy Cooper (Scottish Book Trust) and Dr Emma Davidson (Edinburgh): 'Bookbug: Mediating children's reading in Scotland?'

15.20 Break

15. 30 Panel 3: Politics and the Print Market

Dr Katherine Inglis (Edinburgh): 'From the censorship of Jenny to Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988'

Dr Elspeth Jajdelska (Strathclyde): 'The eighteenth-century print market and the changing conceptualization of children's speech'

16.45 Break

17.00 Plenary discussion

17.30 End workshop; wine reception


This workshop is kindly supported by funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and IASH in memory of the former IASH Director, Susan Manning.



Contact Info: 

Dr Anne Marie Hagen, IASH Postdoctoral Research Fellow (workshop organizer)

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)

University of Edinburgh

2 Hope Park Square

Edinburgh EH8 9NW

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