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Rooms C, D, E, F, G and H (H only on Saturday): slide projector (framed slides, carrousel. There are extra carrousels available to set up your presentation in advance)
Rooms C, D, M, N, O, U and Committee Room 2: beamer to connect your laptop. You have to bring you own laptop. (If you want to use your Apple notebook, please contact us, as it may be incompatible.)
Rooms C, T and U: VCR
|How do youngsters cope with the past?|
|Are youngsters fascinated by the past, or are they indifferent to it? In which various ways does the interest of youngsters in the past take shape? Are they attracted by the exotic and strange character of the past, or do they want to recognize themselves in and empathize with certain historical figures? Should we therefore conceive their historical interest as an experience of alienation or rather as a moment of recognition? Or does the past - according to youngsters – play in the first place a didactical role, and should we therefore learn through the failures of the past?
In this paper, I will explore different forms of past relationship among youngsters. There will be focused on the interest of youngsters in the tangible material past – like old objects, photographs, diaries and family heirloom- as well as in the volatile and immaterial past –such as omemories of parents and grandparents. Further on, there will be investigated in which different ways youngsters -on the base of existing historical products- construct their own historical narrative.
On the base of 45 interviews with youngsters (17 till 21 years old) from different educational and ethnic backgrounds, I will try to find an answer to the questions mentioned-above. This paper aims to be a qualitative study of the historical interest and past relationship among youngsters, with a strong anthropological bias. Attention will be paid to the youngster’s relationship with the past in the school context (during history and other courses and activities) as well as during leisure activities (watching historical movies and documentaries, restoring an old piece of furniture, visiting a museum, keeping a diary, …). In the presentation, one of these cases will be further explored.