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Terrains d’aventure (XXe-XXIe siècle) : expériences et recherches en acte

Université d’été du projet Terrains d’aventure du passé / pour l’avenir (TAPLA)

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Published on Monday, February 21, 2022

Abstract

An interdisciplinary initiative, the TAPLA Summer university aims at bringing together researchers and practicioners : historians, geographers, urban planners, ethnologists, sociologists, landscapers, educational sciences researchers, philosophers, playworkers and activity leaders, youth structures managers, parks and green spaces managers, youth work managers, popular education activists, amongst others, who share a collective work on adventure playgrounds, or on other recreational open air practices similar to adventure playgrounds.     

Announcement

June 30th-July 2nd 2022

Argument

The TAPLA Summer university (Adventure Playgrounds from the past/for the future) is a programme supported by the labex Les passés dans le présent from Nanterre University (excellence lab Pasts in the present, Labex PasP) and by the Maison des sciences de l’homme Paris-Nord (House of Humanities Paris-Nord). It takes place in Paris and its close suburbs. Its objective is to understand the legacy of the adventure playgrounds born in Europe in the 1950s, and to think about the new, current forms of experimentation in France and abroad, while contributing to their lasting development.

Adventure playgrounds are an original social and pedagogical device, conceived for children and teenagers, that emerged in the context of social and humanitarian crisis of the Second World War, in Denmark. Little by little, they spread in Europe and beyond (especially in the United States and Japan). France’s case is particularly interesting, insofar as adventure playgrounds appeared in this country later than elsewhere (from 1972 only), and disappeared almost completely in the 1980s-1990s. They are beginning to reappear since 2018, which coincides with the implementation of the TAPLA project. Practice and reflection are thus feeding each other in a constant back and forth process process, that will intensify during the Summer university.

An interdisciplinary initiative, the TAPLA Summer university aims at bringing together researchers and practicioners : historians, geographers, urban planners, ethnologists, sociologists, landscapers, educational sciences researchers, philosophers, playworkers and activity leaders, youth structures managers, parks and green spaces managers, youth work managers, popular education activists, amongst others, who share a collective work on adventure playgrounds, or on other recreational open air practices similar to adventure playgrounds.      

Hosted by the Maison des sciences de l’homme Paris-Nord (House of Humanities Paris-Nord), the Summer university will be divided between lectures, presentations and group work sessions, and observation sessions of still active and/or abandoned adventure playground in the Paris region. Those works may contribute to a scientific publication, in the form of a comprehensive publication by the TAPLA project, to be published in early 2023.

The Summer university will also make available to the participants a whole set of documentary ressources, such as documents from the National Archives, and each participant will be invited to contribute to and enrich the debate and field trips with his or her own skills and expertise., Each participant should have some prior knowledge of the subject ahead of the Summer university, as well as some proposals for practical and/or theoretical approaches.

The applications should focus on the following thematic axes :

  • The contemprary and past pedagogical practices developed in adventure playgrounds;
  • The integration of adventure playgrounds in their urban and territorial context;
  • The different formats of adventure playgrounds from the past, the present and for the future ;
  • The relationship to elements such as earth, water, air, fire, wood… on adventure playgrounds, and more generally the relationship to the natural and urban environment;
  • The different ways adventure playgrounds have changed and evolved with time;
  • The modalities of land leaseback by financial and administrative partners for adventure playgrounds;
  • If any, the theoretical « sources » claimed by adventure playgrounds designers and playworkers.

Functioning of the Summer university

The thematic axes will be developed under different formats :

Conferences

Conferences will allow us to broach the subject of adventure playgrounds in a multidisciplinary way. They aim at presenting experiences, professional and/or scientific. Participants will be invited to prepare the discussion after the conferences (presentation of the lecturers and facilitation of the discussion).

Experimental field trips

Observations and participant observations will be led on various adventure playgrounds in the Paris region, in order to inform the discussions and to challenge the theoretical and practical frameworks, the assumptiuns and the categories used by the different participants.

Workshops : projects, methods and reflexivity

The objective of these workshops is to think about the concepts, the theoretical frameworks, the methods and the practices used in the research and experimentation of adventure playgrounds, that question the place of children and adults on adventure playgrounds, as well as the role of free play, of representations and categorisations. Participants will be invited to present their issues and interrogations. Workshops can also consist in the discussion of texts and archives, commented from the perspective of the field experience and specific focuses of the PhD students and professionals ; in methodological workshops presenting a multiplicity of investigation and realisation methods ; in reflexive workshops ; in writing workshops or workshops about the setting up of experiments, etc.

The workshops will be organised by groups of 7 to 8 participants (three groups). These groups, as well as the precise content of the workshops, will be defined according to the proposals and interests presented by the participants in their applications.

Application procedure

The TAPLA Summer university is intended for an international audience of historians, geographers, urban planners, ethnologists, sociologists, landscapers, educational sciences researchers, philosophers, playworkers and activity leaders, youth structures managers, parks and green spaces managers, youth work managers, popular education activists, staff from local and regional structures and from social care, but also elected representatives…

In the perspective of a comparison of experiences, international proposals are more than welcome. In the same way, « cross » and common presentations by researchers and playworkers on the field are welcome.

The researchers (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows) as well as the professionals who wish to participate are kindly requested to submit an intellectual contribution proposal, written in English or in French. The working language will be French, but proposals in English are accepted. Nevertheless, a good knowledge of French remains desirable. Simultaneaous interpretation will not be provided.

The PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and professionals interested by the Summer university are invited to apply regardless of how advanced their thesis or action plan is, of their place of work, home university and research field. They should send an application comprising four elements :

  1. Name and surname ; addresses (email and mailing) ; field of study ; home institution (university and research laboratory, popular education organisation or association, etc.) ; year of registration in a PhD program and current year of the PhD, or of the research project for the post-doctoral fellows, level of professional experience and achievements.
  2. A one page CV including your professional contact details and, if applicable, your list of publications or achievements.
  3. A letter of motivation explaining how taking part to the Summer university fits into your research or career path (max. 4000 signs).
  4. A presentation of the theoretical, methodological and practical issues that the candidate would like to discuss during the workshops, in relation to the themes of the Summer university (max. 2 pages).

The applications are to be sent in one Pdf document before March 30th, 2022 to the following email address : tapla.univ2022@gmail.com

The Summer university is free of charge. The candidates will nevertheless have to find fundings for their trip and accomodation. The TAPLA Summer university will deliver to the candidates who request it all the attestations necessary to obtain the scholarship or financiary help they may request from professional organisations, foundations or academic and research institutions. The Summer university may as well consider to cover the trip and accomodation expenses of those who request it and don’t benefit from any other financial help.

The participants should arrive on June 29th, 2022 at the end of the day. It is compulsory to attend the whole programme of the Summer university.

An attendance certificate will be delivered, allowing you have this training programme validated by your doctoral school or professional organisation.

For any question about the Summer university : tapla.univ2022@gmail.com

Agenda

Once received, each application will be examined by the scientific committee and the academic staff of the Summer university. All the candidates, whether they are selected or not, will be individually contacted by April 15th, 2022.

Once his or her registration is validated, each candidate will have until April 30th to submit the text (10 000 to 20 000 signs) he or she intends to present during the Summer university. It should consist in a longer and stabilised version of his or her initial proposal, presenting the theoretical, methodological and practical issues he or she would like to discuss during the workshops, in relation to the themes of the programme.  

  • March 30th : deadline for the reception of applications to the Summer university
  • April 15th : Answer to the candidates.
  • April 30th : Deadline for sending the final papers presenting the theoretical, methodological and practical issues that the candidate would like to discuss during the workshops, in relation to the themes of the Summer university (10 000 to 20 000 signs).
  • May 15th : Finalized programme
  • May 30th : Deadline to request a financiary help and covering of travel expenses by the Summer university.

Scientific Committee

  • Antonioli Manola, UMR LAVUE – PR ENSA Paris-La Villette
  • Besse-Patin Baptiste, post-doctoral fellow in educational sciences – associated researcher at the laboratory EXPERICE
  • Bouillon Florence, UMR LAVUE – MCF Paris 8
  • Brown Fraser, professor, Leeds University
  • De Coninck-Smith Ning, the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
  • Delaunay Fanny, urban planner, PhD in town and country planning, ENSA Paris Val de Seine, CRH-LAVUE and research assistant TAPLA
  • Gentès Deborah, lecturer at the Université Paris 8/ EXPERICE
  • Hoddé Rainier, UMR LAVUE – PR Emeritus ENSA, in charge of the network Cooperative pedagogies
  • Joëlle Libois Joëlle, Dir. Haute école de travail social (Higher School of Social Work) ▪ HES-SO Genève
  • Monnet Nadja, LAA – UMR Lavue, MCF ENSA, Marseille
  • Ramos Aurélien, landscaper, PhD student in town and country planning, ENSAP Bordeaux, CRH-LAVUE and research assistant TAPLA
  • Raveneau Gilles, PR, anthropologist, Université Lumière Lyon 2, EVS
  • Roucous Nathalie, MCF Experice, Université Paris-13
  • Roullier Clothilde, documentation official, in charge of the Youth and Sports/Popular education department, National Archives
  • Rozenholc Caroline, UMR LAVUE – MCF ENSA Paris-Val de Seine

Organisational Committee

  • Delaunay Fanny, urban planner, ENSA Paris Val de Seine, CRH-LAVUE and research assistant TAPLA
  • Ramos Aurélien, landscaper, ENSAP de Bordeaux, CRH-LAVUE et research assistant TAPLA
  • Raveneau Gilles, anthropologist, Université Lumière Lyon 2, EVS
  • Roullier Clothilde, in charge of the Youth and Sports/Popular education department, National Archives

Places

  • Maison des sciences de l'homme Paris Nord, 20 Av. George Sand
    Saint-Denis, France (93)

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Keywords

  • éducation, jeu, plein air, urbanisme, nature, environnement, élément, éducation populaire, risque, politique publique, archive

Contact(s)

  • Clothilde Roullier
    courriel : clothilde [dot] roullier [at] culture [dot] gouv [dot] fr

Information source

  • Clothilde Roullier
    courriel : clothilde [dot] roullier [at] culture [dot] gouv [dot] fr

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Terrains d’aventure (XXe-XXIe siècle) : expériences et recherches en acte », Summer School, Calenda, Published on Monday, February 21, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/18aj

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