European Conference on Children’s Film 2014 (ECCF) 

18th June 2014 – Erfurt, Germany

Since the early years of cinema, children’s films have been enchanting their audiences with magical moments, lovely characters, and exciting stories. They are significant sources of social and cultural experience and an important part of cinematic culture to date. But, despite their long tradition and relevance to children, scientific research on children’s films is somehow limited - or maybe not?

In light of this question, the University of Erfurt together with the University of Tübingen and in cooperation with KIDS Regio is organizing the first European Conference on Children’s Film that focuses on children’s film as a multidisciplinary object of scientific research. Scholars from various parts of Europe will present and discuss their work on children’s films. Subsequent to all presentations, all participants are invited to discuss jointly about the future of children’s film research especially in Europe in order to establish the European Conference on Children’s Film as a regular scientific event.

Program 18.06.2014:

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Opening Session

  • Sven Jöckel, University of Erfurt: Welcoming Note
  • Franziska Matthes, University of Erfurt: Keynote on Status Quo of European Children’s Film Research

10:00 – 11:00 1st Panel

  • Anders Willem Åberg, University of Växjö: Children's Cinema as National Cinema: The Case of Sweden 1944-2006
  • Christa Lykke Christensen, University of Copenhagen: A Historical Approach to Childhood and Children in Danish Children's Film and Television


11:15 – 12:15 2nd Panel

  • Krunoslav Lučić, University of Zagreb: Narrative, Style and Ideology in Croatian Children’s Fiction Film from the Yugoslav Period
  • Christian Stewen, University of Bochum: Political Implications of Performative Practices in Children’s Film

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:15 3rd Panel

  • Cary Bazalgette, University of London: "Some Secret Language" – Toddlers Learning to Understand Moving-Image Media
  • Peter Nikken, Netherlands Youth Institute, Leiden:  Parenting Children with Film, the Dutch Situation

14:15 – 15:15 4th Panel

  • Anne Schneider, Caen University: Committed Films for Children: From Social Realism to Poetic Stylisation
  • Ingrid Tomkowiak, Zurich University: Tim Burton’s View on Childhood


15:30 – 16:30 5th Panel

  • David Whitley, University of Cambridge: Animal Protagonists and Child Audiences in the Anthropocene
  • Johanna Tydecks, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen: Moving Stories. The Creation of Emotion in Children’s Film and Literature

16:30 – 17:30 6th Panel

  • Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen: Unreliable Narration in Children's Films
  • Armando Fumagalli, Catholic University of Sacre Coeur, Milan: Some of the Keys of Pixar’ Worldwide Success


17:45 – 18:45 Closing discussion

  • Future Perspectives of European Children’s Film Research

19:30 Reception of State Chancellery of Thuringia and KIDS Regio, Restaurant Feuerkugel


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Conference location:

International Guest House (IBZ)
University of Erfurt
Michaelisstr. 38
99084 Erfurt

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