Material, Spatial and Sensory Encounters with the Picturebook Object

International Workshop at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, June 9 - 10, 2017

Through this workshop we seek to explore the educational, developmental, creative and intimate qualities of materials and structures in picturebooks. From hornbooks to i-pads, children’s reading experiences have been mediated via transforming book systems in ways serving to educate, to entertain, and to facilitate narrative. Material and sensory aspects of picturebooks also have the capacity to act as a third narrative system, operating beside words and images. These aspects may engage and challenge the child to comprehend a subject through the experiential handling of the picturebook, resulting in an embodied meaning-making process. The exposure to these types of picturebooks may turn into a creative encounter, curated experience, an event or a performance. Physical interactions may be explored further in printed as well as digital picturebooks with the rise of multimodal literacies supported with novel technologies that can support diverse needs.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 9

09:00-10:00             Tea & Coffee

10:00-10:30             Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Dr. Ahmet İçduygu, Dean of College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Koç University

Prof. Dr. Aylin Küntay, Language and Communication Development Lab, Koç University

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ilgım Veryeri Alaca, Artistic Research Studio, Koç University

 

SESSION 1             THE QUESTION OF MATERIALITY

                                Moderator: Prof. Dr. Aylin Küntay

10:30-11:30             Picturebooks as Objects: Exploring Cognitive Aspects of Materiality

Invited Speakers, Prof. Dr. Bettina Kümmerling Meibauer, Eberhard Karls University,  Tübingen and Prof. Dr. Jörg Meibauer, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

11:30-11:45             Discussion

11:45-12:45             Materiality does Matter: Ideological Implications in Children’s Picturebooks

                                Invited Speaker, Prof. Dr. Angela Yannicopoulou, Athens University, Greece 

12:45-13:00             Discussion

13:00-14:30             Lunch at Faculty and Staff Dining Hall, Student Center -2

SESSION 2             NOVEL NARRATIVES: PRINT TO DIGITAL

                               Moderator: Asst. Prof. Dr. Marnie Campagnaro

14:30 -15:00            Novel Story Encounters Afforded by Personalisable Digital Books

                                Senior Research Fellow Dr. Natalia Kucirkova, University College of London, UK

15:00-15:10             Discussion

15:10 -15:40            Arts-based Research on Embodied Making of Digital Collages (Related to      Picturebook Apps) in an Educational Perspective

                                 Research Fellow Lovise Søyland, University College of Southeast Norway

15:40-15:50             Discussion

15:50-16:10             Coffee Break

SESSION 3             READING IN AND OUT OF SPACE

                               Moderator: Senior Res. Fellow Dr. Natalia Kucirkova

16:10-16:40             Sequential Visual Narratives: A Close Reading of a Collection of Portuguese Accordion Picturebooks

                               Asst. Prof. Dr. Ana Margarida Ramos, University of Aveiro, Portugal

16:40-16:50             Discussion

16:50-17:20             Komagata’s “Paperscapes”: Theatricality and Materiality in Blue to Blue

                               Honglan Huang, Yale University, USA

17:20-17:30             Discussion

18:00                      Exhibition Opening, Peek! Picturebooks from Turkey, Suna Kıraç Library

                               Storytelling at the Library, Librarian, Vasiliki Mole

                               Khlebnikova Picturebooks, Çiğdem İrem İleri

                               On Peek! Picturebook Exhibition, İpek Onmuş

19:00                      Reception Dinner, Social Sciences Courtyard

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 10

 

09:30-10:30             Tea & Coffee

SESSION 4             EMBODIED ENGAGEMENT

                               Moderator: Asst. Prof. Dr. Ilgım Veryeri Alaca  

10:30-11:30             The Enduring Function of the Picturebook as an Object of Joint Attention

Invited Speaker, Asst. Prof. Dr. Hande Ilgaz with Bahar Bozbıyık, Ecem Mutlu, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

11:30-11:45             Discussion

11:45-13:30             Lunch at Faculty and Staff Dining Hall, Student Center -2

SESSION 5             SENSORY ENCOUNTERS

                                Moderator: Asst. Prof. Hande Ilgaz

13:30-14:15             Do Touch! How Munari’s Picturebooks Work

Invited Speaker, Asst. Prof. Dr. Marnie Campagnaro, University of Padua, Italy

14:15-14:30             Discussion

14:30-15:00             Psychological Empowerment in Iranian Sensory Books

                                Fatemeh Farnia and Atiyeh Firouzmand, Shiraz University, Iran

15:00-15:10             Discussion                 

15:10-15:30             Coffee Break

SESSION 6             MATERIALS OF THE NARRATIVE

                               Moderator: Prof. Dr. Angela Yannicopoulou

15:30-16:00             Edible Picturebooks: Exploring Literacy via Food

                               Asst. Prof. Dr. Ilgım Veryeri Alaca, Koç University, Turkey

16:00-16:10             Discussion

16:10-16:40             Book & Me, App and Book Production

                               Inbal Lieblich, Independent Scholar & Designer, Denmark

16:40-16:50             Discussion

16:50-17:00             Closing Remarks

17:40                      Shuttle Departure from the pool

18:00-19:00             Visit to Sadberk Hanım Museum

19:00                       Workshop Dinner

 

Reading Committee (in alphabetical order): Sandra Beckett, Brock University, Canada; Tilbe Göksun, Koç University, Turkey; Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, University of Tübingen, Germany; Aylin C. Küntay, Koç University, Turkey; Margaret Mackey, University of Alberta, Canada; Ilgım Veryeri-Alaca, Koç University, Turkey