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The M{𝓲𝑓} New Narratives Summer School

“the child you have beside you – close in any case, there is always a child close – is potentially the revolutionary of tomorrow. Just as he may also be the most resolute of defenders of the established order”

Dorfman, Ariel (1974) Innocence and neo-colonialism. A case of ideological domination in children’s literature. From a collection of essays by the author, called Ensayos Quemados (Burnt Essays).

This call is for writers young and old, teachers, activists who are interested in thinking with us within the context of children’s literature and children’s culture but also around pedagogy.

The Museum of Impossible Forms together with The Children’s Library project at Ă…bo Akademi University would like to invite you to our first summer school. The aim of the school is to bring together artists, writers, pedagogs, researchers and cultural workers working and thinking around the production of children’s literature and culture, within the context of Finland and the nordic region specifically but consciously drawing from from the knowledges of the South. We especially invited people who see the importance of shaping discourse around the decolonial option, antiracist and queer-feminist discursive formations. Our focus will not only be around theory and research but is weighted towards practice. Our program will combine presentations, discussions, screenings  and workshops lead by local and international thinkers and artists.

Emmanuel Acquah researcher/pedagog, Abbyan Ali children's book author/publisher, Warda Ahmed & Mona Eid pedagogs/comic artists, Inga Angersaari pedagog, Marie Augustsson publisher, LĂ©o CustĂłdio researcher, Araba Evelyn Johnston-Arthur, theoretician, Thulile Gamedze artist/writer/curator, Pauline Hortelano researcher, Pia Mikander researcher, Faith Mkwesha literary scholar, Lawen Mohtadi author, publisher, Adrian Perera poet/author/journalist, Trifa Shakely social worker/lawyer/activist.

The summer school will take place during June from 11th to 16th 2018, from 10-17 daily at the Museum of Impossible Forms (, a cultural center in Kontula, which at its core has a public library and archive that gathers material on these issues and of further texts focusing on the theme of the margins and the center.




If you are interested in thinking and working with us write a short motivation and your interests as to why you would like to attend, please send an email to


The Children’s Library project and the Museum of impossible Forms are funded by the KONE foundation.