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TYA, Culture, Society

International Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences- A Publication of ASSITEJ and ITYARN

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Manon van de Water

This unique edition is the result of the second International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) conference that was held in Malmoe, Sweden, in May 2011 as part of the XVIIth ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival. In fifteen essays that are illustrative of the wide variety as well as of the many opportunities for research in TYA, this book covers six continents, includes quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic/action, and historiographical methods, and highlights critical theory, philosophical discourse, play analysis, and other approaches. The essays deal with a broad range of issues, including representation, cultural contexts, questions of identity, race-, class-, and gender theory, notions of child and childhood, aesthetics, and the influence of media and dominant ideologies. ITYARN aims to further research in the field of theatre for young audiences to contextualize and theorize the lively artistic products for children and youth globally. It is the research network of ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth, which co-produced this publication.

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In October 2006, the University of Agder, Norway, in collaboration with the University of Hildesheim Faculty of Cultural Sciences and Aesthetic Commu- nication, Assitej International, and the Norwegian Children’s and Young People Center SEBUT, organized a symposium in Kristiansand, Norway. Nine represen- tatives from universities of six different countries (Japan, Korea, Norway, Ger- many, Turkey, and the United States) were invited to Kristiansand to examine the status of scholarship in the field of theatre for children and youth, or Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). Despite the enormous output and activity in the field, illustrated by the work of Assitej and its national centers, they perceived a notice- able lack of research on Theatre for Young Audiences. Each of the researchers (many of whom are also practitioners in TYA) conducted and published their own studies, and all were connected to a university, but they shared a common concern: despite the enormous artistic output, serious research, such as that seen in general theatre scholarship, in the field of professional theatre for children and youth was in short supply. In an attempt to bridge this gap and galvanize international TYA scholars and scholarship, we started ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audi- ences Research Network, as the international research network of Assitej and as a collaboration between universities, namely the Universities of Agder (Nor- way), Hildesheim (Germany), Ankara (Turkey), Arizona State University (United States), the Korean National University of the Arts (Korea), and the College of Letters and Science at the University of...

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