On October 5, the First International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference Childhood. Literature. Culture. Education”, attended by more than 100 participants from Ukraine and 30 from other European countries started. together with partners from Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Ireland, and Germany, the team of the Center for Innovative Educational Technologies PNU EcoSystem (Professors Olena Budnyk and Tetiana Kachak, Associate Professors Tetyana Blyznyuk, Kateryna Fomin, and Mykhailo Kotyk) has created the effective platform for interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars from ten countries to study the issues of education, culture, literature, philosophy, sociology, and psychology. After all, the war in Ukraine has changed the vectors of research in the international community, and issues related to the attitude toward children, the management of their education, upbringing, and life in modern realities have been actualized. Moral and ethical norms and values have been transformed, and the culture of childhood is gaining new dimensions… These trends affect the social sciences and humanities, are reflected in education, science, and fiction, and intensify the necessity for their active and multifaceted reflection, Professor Serhiy Sharyn, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National Universitys Vice-Rector noted in his opening remarks.

Professors Irena Polewczyk (the University of Silesia in Katowice), Lidiia Matsevko-Beckerska (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv), Svitlana Bohdan ( Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University), Vasyl Teremko (Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University) also addressed the conference participants with welcoming remarks. As well as Anton Lisnik (the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava), Katarzyna Jakubowska-Krawczyk (the University of Warsaw), Juliane Renninger (Academy of Social Pedagogy in Bamberg), and Uliana Baran (Ukrainian Research Center of Children’s and Youth Literature).

During the first plenary session, the panelists discussed the current issues of modern education, multiculturalism, and patriotic education, the challenges of preparing teachers to work with children of war, and the development of childrens literature and culture based on the speeches: The Childhood Paradoxes in Selected Theoretical Contexts as Educational Challenges” by Professor Lech Witkowski (Pomeranian University in Słupsk), Activities of the Center for Research on Children’s Literature and Culture in Croatia and the Bibrich Project” by Professor Smiljana Narančić-Kovac (University of Zagreb), Face of the child as an icon of the victims of dehumanization and atrocities. At the root of pedagogical concern for the fate of the child and the endangered identity of children in the situation of wartime aggression and confrontation of ethnocultural differences by Professor Marek Rembierz (the University of Silesia in Katowice), Children and War: Challenges of Pedagogical Support and Teacher Training by Professor Olena Budnyk (Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University), Intercultural Education and Patriotic Education in Educational Institutions by Professor Marek Walancik (WSB Academy in Dąbrowa Górnicza), and Complex Topics in Children’s Literature by Dr. Mateusz Świetlicki (University of Wroclaw). Dr. Lindsay Myers (University of Galway, Ireland) presented the book and project I Want to Speak Ukrainian.

More details on the conference materials are available here: