16/04/2021

PhD grants : Poor shapes/ Rich shapes, graphic representation of poverty in children’s picturebooks (H&L)

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  • ORGANISATION NAME
    University of Tours
  • ORGANISATION COUNTRY
    France
  • FUNDING TYPE
    Funding
    Mobility Incoming
  • DEADLINE DATE
    01/06/2021
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Humanities
  • CAREER STAGE
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Description

  • Keywords

poverty, children'picturebook, geometrical shapes

 

  • Profile and skills required

Undergraduate and graduate training in applied arts.

Very good knowledge of Esther Duflo's work on poverty.

Highly creative, and able to reflect, historically and theoretically, on her visual research.

 

  • Project description

 

This thesis project aims to renew the approach to poverty in the children's book. If poverty is invisible, as S. Veil suggests, then how can it be represented? What form should be given to this terribly concrete and yet so abstract reality? How to talk about it to children (and their parents), who are often considered poor (in the common etymological sense of "small, incomplete, destitute")? As an illustrator, how can we show and tell children about poverty today? In a world marked by growing inequalities, what role can we play in the fight against inequalities with the means of shapes, colours, words and stories?

Poverty is increasingly visible and multiple. The current crisis is pushing millions of people into this situation. Extreme poverty is even more exotic for the French reader, who has only a fragmented vision and a limited narrative ("Finish your plate, think of the little Africans who are hungry!"). What can be the role of the album as a medium of knowledge to show but also to participate actively in the reduction of poverty? How can we produce a quality album, a rich vision on this subject that contributes to changing collective visions and narratives?

 

  • References

Esther Duflo et Abhijit v Banerjee, Repenser la pauvreté, Paris, Le Seuil, 2012.

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