Invitation to seminar at Aarhus University


Children and books c. 1750-1850

Results and reflections from recent research


Wednesday, 4 December, 13:00-16:30



The Seminar will mark the end of the Research project “Children and Books – Enterprises and Encounters. Studies into the production, uses and experiences of books for children in Denmark c. 1790-1850”, financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project has been running 2016-2019.
At the seminar, five researchers will present results and perspectives from recent research into children and books in the 18th and 19th centuries: two invited experts, Prof. Matthew O. Grenby, Newcastle University, and Courtney Weikle-Mills, University of Pittsburgh, and the three participants in the Danish project, Charlotte Appel, Nina Christensen, and Karoline Baden Staffensen.



13:00-13:10      Welcome
                           Charlotte Appel & Nina Christensen


13:10-13:50      Robinson Crusoe for Children: Readers, Revisions, Critics?
                           Matthew O. Grenby  


13:50-14:30      British and American Children’s Books in Enslaved and Liberated Danish St. Croix
                           Courtney Weikle-Mills 

14:30-15:00      COFFEE BREAK


15:00-15:25      Alternative Approaches to Children and Books – What, why and how?
                           Charlotte Appel  & Nina Christensen


15:25-15:45      Primers and Readers (Case 1)
                           Karoline Baden Staffensen


15:45-16:05      Reading Culture across Media in the Home (Case 2)
                           Nina Christensen


16:05-16:25      Children’s Books as Business (Case 3)
                           Charlotte Appel 


Location: Aarhus Universitet, Konferencecentret/Studenternes Hus, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2, Building 1422, 8000 Aarhus C - Mogens Zieler Stuen (next to the main canteen, Stakladen)


The seminar is organized in collaboration with the Research Programme in History and is open to everybody. You are welcome to share this invitation. If you are interested in participating, please, register no later than 20 Nov 2019. 


For more information, contact: Assoc. Prof. Charlotte Appel:



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