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Russian Child Science, 1881-1936

Conference Papers, Lectures and Seminar Talks

2018 Dijon: 'Detskoe tvorchestvo: Pedology and the Scientific Study of Children's Creative Output', paper to be presented at the conference 'La culture enfantine en URSS, 1917-1941: objets, lieux et pratiques', taking place at the Maison des sciences de l’Homme, Dijon, France, on 5-6 April 2018. See abstract.

2017 Grenoble: 'Science of the Child as a Transnational Movement: Russo-Soviet Pedology in International Context', seminar paper presented at the Université Grenoble-Alpes on 11 April 2017. See here.

2017 Grenoble: 'Science of the Child in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia', lecture delivered at the Université Grenoble-Alpes on 4 April 2017.

2017 Grenoble: 'Imperial Normativities: Studying Children of National Minorities in the 1920s-30s USSR', seminar paper presented at the Université Grenoble-Alpes on 3 April 2017. See here.

2016 Moscow: 'Pedologiia natsional'nykh men'shinstv v SSSR (1920-30-e gg.)', paper presented at the research seminar of the Department of Psychological Anthropology of Moscow Pedagogical State University on 9 June 2016. See video recording.

2016 Moscow: 'Nauka o rebenke kak transnatsional'noe dvizhenie: Samopozitsionirovanie rossiiskoi i sovetskoi pedologii', paper presented at the Institute for the Historical and Theoretical Research into the Humanities (IGITI) at the Higher School of Economics (VShE) in Moscow, on 6 June 2014. See video recording.

2016 Kazan: 'Paedology of National Minorities in 1920s-30s USSR', lecture delivered at the Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies of Kazan Federal University on 2 June 2016. See here.

2016 Moscow: 'Pedologiia: nauka o rebenke, konets 19-go - nachalo 20-go vv.', public lecture presented at the Moscow Pedagogical State University on 28 May 2016. See video recording.

2016 St Petersburg: 'Pedologiia natsional'nykh men'shinstv v SSSR (1920-30-e gg.)', lecture presented at the Faculty of Anthropology of the European University at St Petersburg on 20 May 2016. See slide show.

2016 Saratov: 'Science of the Child as a Transnational Movement: The Position of Russo-Soviet Pedology', lecture presented at the web-conference 'Russia and the European World: Cultural and Historical Interrelations from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 21st century', organised by the Yuri Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov, on 28-30 March 2016.

2015 San Francisco: 'The Politics of "Development" in 1920s-30s USSR: Imperial Normativies and Sciences of the Child', paper presented at the History of Science Society annual meeting, San Francisco, 19-22 November 2015, as part of the panel 'Empire in Evolution: The Ambiguities of Human Diversity in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union'.

2015 Nottingham: 'Pedologiia: Soviet Child Science in Historical Perspective', paper presented at the Research Seminar of the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Nottingham, on 11 February 2015.

2014 San Antonio: 'Reforming Juvenile Delinquents in Russia from the Great Reforms to the Revolution', paper presented at the 46th annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), held in San Antonio, on 20-23 November 2014.

2014 Moscow: 'Travma i patologiia: "iskliuchitel'noe detstvo" v revoliutsionnoi i voennoi Rossii, 1905-1924', public lecture presented at the Moscow Pedagogical State University on 25 October 2014. For more detail see here. See video recording.

2014 Toronto: 'Between the "Deviant" and the "Mass" Child: The Making of the Welfare/Warfare State in Russia and the Soviet Union in the First Half of the 20th Century', paper presented at the conference 'After Shocks: War, Populations in Motion and Medicine in the Troubled 20th Century' taking place at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, on 12-13 September 2014.

2014 Munich: 'V.M. Bekhterev in Russian Child Science, 1900s-20s: "Objective Psychology/Reflexology" as a Scientific/Intellectual Movement', paper presented at the Historical Seminar of the Department of the History of Science, in association with the Departments of East European History and of Slavistics, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, on 3 July 2014.

2014 Oxford: 'Lechebnaia pedagogika: The Concept and Practice of "Therapy" in the History of Russian "Defectology", 1880s-1930s', paper presented at the conference 'Lechenie: Thinking about Therapy in Russian/Soviet Medicine', held at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, on 5-6 June 2014.

2014 Durham: 'Imperfect Children: The Subnormal and the Pathological in Early-20th-Century Russian Child Science', paper presented at Durham University's Children and Childhood Research Forum, Institute of Advanced Study, on 8 May 2014.

2014 Saratov: 'Pamiat' o "repressirovanykh naukakh" v istorii Rossii: Sluchai pedologii', keynote lecture presented at the 'Historical Memory of Russia: Past and Present' workshop at the Yuri Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov, held on 11-13 April 2014. For more detail about the conference click here. A brief video report is available here.

2014 Moscow: 'Mezhdistsiplinarnost' i problema vosproizvodstva znaniia v pervoi chetverti XX veka: Psikhologiia i pedagogika v Rossii/SSSR', paper presented at the Institute for the Historical and Theoretical Research into the Humanities (IGITI) at the Higher School of Economics (VShE) in Moscow, on 7 April 2014. See here for further detail.

2014 Moscow: 'Subnorma i patologiia v rossiiskoi nauki o rebenke: K voprosu ob otnoshenii pedologii i defektologii v nachale XX veka', public lecture presented at the Moscow Pedagogical State University on 28 March 2014. See here for further detail.

2014 Oxford: 'Science of the Child in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, 1881-1936', paper presented at the Russian and Soviet Cultural and Social History Seminar, University of Oxford, on 12 February 2014.

2013 Boston: '"Reflexology" and "Pedology" as Scientific Movements: V. M. Bekhterev in Russian/Soviet Child Science, 1900s-1920s', conference paper, presented at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, held at Boston, MA, on 21-24 November 2013.

2013 Edinburgh: 'Child Science in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, 1881-1936', seminar paper, presented at the Dashkova Centre, University of Edinburgh, on 7 November 2013.

2013 Leicester: 'The "Subnormal" in Early-20th-Century Russian/Soviet Child Science', conference paper, presented at the 'Imperfect Children' history workshop, held at the Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leicester, on 6-7 September 2013.

2013 Nottingham: 'Territories of Expertise: Juvenile Delinquency as Institutional/Epistemic Space in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia', conference paper, presented at The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, held at the University of Nottingham on 25-27 June 2013.

2013 Oxford: 'Parents and Professionals: Towards a History of Their Interrelations in Matters of Childcare, Education and Child Study in Late Tsarist Russia’, paper presented at the Russian Graduate Seminar in Oxford on 13 June 2013.

2013 St Andrews: ‘The Identities of a “(Pseudo)science”: The Case of Early-Soviet Paedology’, paper presented at the conference ‘Red Laboratories: Exchanges between Science and the Arts and Culture in Eastern Europe and Russia’, in St Andrews on 1st June 2013.

2013 Moscow: 'The Afterlife of the ʺScienceʺ Called Paedology: On the Significance of ʺScientific Movementsʺ (and their History) in Contemporary Pedagogy’, public lecture, presented (in Russian) at the Moscow Pedagogical State University on 29 March 2013.

2013 St Andrews: 'Child Science in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, 1881-1936', seminar paper, presented at the School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, 28 Feb 2013.

2012 New Orleans: 'Parents and Professionals: Boundaries of Expertise in Child Study and Education in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, 1880s-1930s', conference paper, presented at the 44th annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), held in New Orelans on 15-17 November 2012.

2012 Copenhagen: 'Mental Test as Boundary Object in Early 20th-century Russian "Child Science"', conference paper, presented at the joint annual meeting of the Society fo Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), held in Copenhagen on 17-20 October 2012. A pdf printout of the PowerPoint slide show of the talk is available here.

2012 Moscow: 'Nauka o detiakh kak pole mezhprofessional'nykh vzaimootnoshenii: pedologiia v Rossii nachala XX veka', seminar paper, presented at the Moscow Pedagogical State University on 3 April 2012.

2011 Durham: '"Science of the Child" in Late Imperial Russia (1881-1917): An Arena of Inter-professional Politics', seminar paper, presented at the History Department, Durham University in March 2011.

2010 Bielefeld: 'Psycho-experiment in the Classroom: The Introduction of Mental Testing in Late Imperial Russia, 1881-1917', seminar paper, presented at the History Department, Bielefeld University in December 2010.

2010 Durham: 'Becoming "Science": The Mental Testing of Children in Early 20th-century Russia', seminar paper, presented at the Anthropology Department, Durham University in November 2010.