This week Antipodean Odyssey is off to Warsaw, to the Present Meets the Past workshop at the Faculty of Artes Liberales. At this workshop, the participants in the Our Mythical Childhood project, will be presenting their work-in-progress. Watching over us all (though we will avoid her gaze) is the Medusa Rondanini.
Participants in the Present Meets the Past come from around the globe: I’ll be representing the Antipodes; there’s a team from Cameroon, one from Israel, one from the UK, and there are scholars from Germany, Italy, Belarus, Siberia, and more. The wonderful Polish team, who leads the project (headed by Katarzyna Marciniak) has gone out of its way to make this a special occasion celebrating a diversity of talent, background, and more. Some of us are teachers, some are writers, some are artists, some are dancers, some are actors, some are doctors, some are students. All of us are fascinated by the way that the past meets the present in children’s culture around the world, and the uses to which children’s culture puts the past for young audiences.
So, if you have nothing to do next week, you could do worse than hop on a plane, or train, or bus, or even just look at the links below or follow along on twitter (@OMChildhood; @ebrhale) to witness the past and the present meeting, colliding, and producing works to take us into the future . . .