Children and Youth in a History of Ideas Perspective
The research group Children and Youth in a History of Ideas Perspective studies conceptions of children and youth and ideas about how children and youth should be educated, raised, shaped or engaged, in European and Norwegian history.
About the group
The group arises from a research group on childhood, where among others Reidar Aasgaard is the leader of a large RCN-funded project (Tiny Voices from the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe). This project has later been expanded to include modern, Nordic childhood (Nordic Childhoods), with many of the same researchers, but also with new additions (from history of ideas: Ellen Krefting, Thor Inge Rørvik, Espen Schaanning). This has resulted in three substantial anthologies, with contributions also from yet other IFIKK-researchers (Eyjolfur Emilsson, Unn Falkeid).
The research group has now been expanded and developed to focus on youth as well. This is an area of great societal relevance: youth, school and education must be considered among the significant societal challenges where the humanities and especially history of ideas can shed I some important light (cfr. the research program SAMKUL in RCN). In addition, it is a field that is very central in the new EKUL master program in European culture (focused on history of knowledge and text cultures).