COOP ~ Peekaboo - Looking askance at issues of childhood connected to nation from Month to Month

Seminar 3: 13-18 January 2019

Chronicle to be devised by Hassan and Leeron.

Sunday 13th - Film screening

Monday 14th - Exhibitions

Class starts 9 am

Group 1: Hannah, Leeron, Jose

Group 2: Sofia, Olivia

Group 3: Gayatri, Özgur

Schedule: morning: installation

afternoon: viewing and discussing

evening session: student-lead activities, all students askedto participate

Appointments can be made with Ruth (by email before Jan 13) for individual meeting during evening. Ruth will try to accommodate everyone who wants to have individual meetings, but this goes on first come-first serve basis. People will have to be flexible, as individual meetings won't necessary have the same duration. People with whom Ruth did not manage to meet in Sardinia will be first in line next month.

Tuesday 15th - Excursion to Nuoro

Depending on transport, which is yet to be set up, we can do the letter reading on the way.  Transport will probably be around 7:30. Breakfast will be served at 07.00 at the Hostel.

Wednesday 16th - Concepts

Class starts 9 am

The Nation and Nationalism

Child as a Method and Looking Askance

Please be prepared to give your definitions and also present summaries on your chosen texts. 

Evening session: student-lead activities, all students askedto participate

Appointments can be made with Ruth (by email before Jan 13) for individual meeting during evening. Ruth will try to acommodate everyone, but this goes on first come, first serve basis and will also be slightly contingent on Ruth's and students energy reserves.  People will be flexible, as individual meetings won't necessary have the same duration.

Thursday 17th - Group f-2-f

Class starts at 9 am

Each student will have a face-2-face upto 30 min with the whole group present on their plans for the outcome of this year's COOP. Please be as concrete as possible when showing your work-in-progress/research material/ research question/asking for advise

evening: Discussing Coop Outcome

Friday 18th - Student lead class

class starts 9 am

Jose - Olivia

before student lead class, 50 min: Feedback and To do list





Seminar 2: 9-12 December 2018


Evening: Short walk followed by a film night (Pioniri maleni by Zelimir Zilnik)


Case analysis and discussion of “The Battle of the Adventure playground” (1980), we will also see a short film/documentary (Maria will bring this) about the self organised adventure playground build in Nørrebro, Copenhagen in the early 70s that was –after urban struggles involving many kids and a week long standoff with the police– demolished to give way to housing in 1980.

Group crits (we split into two groups)


People will be setting up, presenting and introducing their work in 3 groups. Lets think of these presentations as mini exhibitions with work or some aspect of the work in space rather than presenting on screen. Exhibition is a broad term and lets approach it as such.

It would be good if the people that are in each group could be in touch with each other (prior to DAI week) regarding what and how they want to present this (ie. individual works or work collectively etc.). Each group should decide together on a format. 

Taking into account the nature of the spaces we may be in it may be difficult to conceive this in the way you might ideally intend it – in which case you might introduce aspects of the exhibitions in their imagined states. It might be helpful to think of the proposed exhibition as being itinerant, adaptable or versatile.

Reading of the letter chain.


Student led class




Seminar 1: 12-15 November 2018

Welcome to Peekaboo! Maria, Tina and I are very much looking forward to working with you over the next months.

This week, we will focus on getting to know each other.

Monday evening will kick off with a short walk to catch some fresh air (meeting point: class room, please be punctual), and then we settle down to watch and discuss a film (surprise feature!). Isabelle Sully might be joining us.

Thursday will be a student lead class. I will contact the three students to do this directly per mail as soon as I have the class list.

Maria and Tina will introduce themselves and I can offer to give you a 30 min. lecture on the subject of playgrounds. (optional)

The DAI asks of us to document our research process well. We need to take a bit of time to discuss the why, what, how and who of this.

For the rest, please prepare the following:

1- Read the essay in class drive by Erica Burman, Child as method: implications for decolonising educational research thoroughly.

2 - Come up with two suggestions of a useful text, one on the subject of nation, one on the subject of childhood to enter our class library (i.e. the drive). Optional: texts additionally addressing space. Write a short summary that explains the usefulness of these texts to you. Be able to explain this to us. You can also choose texts already in the drive or refer to the literature in the drive for ideas. Please actively feed the drive with material to be shared throughout the year.

3 - Be ready to talk us through your idea for your contribition to a future exhibition on the subject of childhood and nation at this moment in time. Don't worry, this can change or evolve, but imagine we were doing this exhibition right now. Additionally each of you can (but must not) bring one extra item for this imaginary exhibition, - an art work, an object, a short clip, a media image,... Please refrain from items that are solely about childhood without connection to nation. Sometimes, this is evident in the item, sometimes, it is a question of perspective.

4 - This week, face-to-faces will be turned into a skill/question-sharing group session: Come up with a skill you can teach the others, or a question you have in your current practice with which you would like us to try to help you. We can devote between 5-30 min. to each skill/question.