24-25 April 2020, Samara (Russia)

   Forming the identity of the rising generation is a traditional task of education all over the world. The social needs of community preservation and development determine the necessity of patriotic and civic education of schoolchildren, forming their definite political, religious, ethnic, gender identity. Thus, on the level of social practice the awareness is always present that education should go beyond the simple teaching of literacy and a set of skills. However, in contemporary Russia this understanding is appearing extremely slowly and only thanks to the correlation of the historic experience with the rather disappointing results of the recent educational process cleared of all ideological content, because during the last decades the task of forming a definite identity in Russian students has not been set seriously on the governmental level.

   Identity is a significant aspect of acting in human beings, so the identity of a whole generation has effect on the society’s course of development in general. Randomness and incoherence in identity forming process at school create great social risks and are often outright destructive, that is why this process requires conscious and purposeful management. However such management cannot be based exclusively on practical knowledge, which by definition has limited prognostic value and is useless in the situations of major social change. In-depth theoretical research on the issue of identity forming in the rising generation is necessary. By the same token, objective, systemic, comprehensive vision of modern possibilities for the formation of identity in school children can be developed only as a cooperative effort of experts in different humanities and social science branches.

Conference participants are invited to contribute to the solution of this problem and to join the discussion organized along the following general research questions:

  • What are the grounds for forming the identity in children and teenagers in the process of education?
  • What external factors influence this process?
  • What do we do when we form children’s identity? What are the existing and possible identity forming mechanisms in modern education?
  • What significance does children’s identity have for the definite aspects processes of personality and individuality formation?
  • What criteria can be used for distinguishing various types of identity? What content do you put in the term “multiple identity”?
  • What significance does schoolchildren’s identity have for the community?
  • Which of the identity forming practices known to you, including international experience do you find the most successful? Why?

Conference participants are asked to focus on the following research objects:

  • the essence of identity of children and teenagers;
  • special features and mechanisms of identity forming in schoolchildren;
  • forms of manifestation of identity of children and teenagers;
  • the significance of identity for learning and cognition;
  • the significance of learner’s identity for the functioning of education as a social institution,
  • reflection of certain aspects of schoolchildren’s identity in different forms of social consciousness;
  • methods and instruments of research into children and teenager’s identity.

The conference is organized by Research Division of Samara Regional Academy for Gifted Children (Russia) and the Institute for Research on Social Phenomena in the frame of the project “Multiple Social Identity as a Factor of Giftedness Development in Schoolchildren” funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Project 19-29-07489).

Conference procedure

  • The conference will be preceded by an online discussion of conference abstracts. Each participant will be invited to register, publish his/her abstracts on the conference website, comment on the abstracts of at least two other participants and respond to the commentaries to his/her own abstract.
  • On the contact stage the participants will be able to present their papers personally in the form of a 15 minute presentation followed by a discussion. Oversees participants will be offered an opportunity to present their papers via videoconference.

Conference Language: Russian, English

Participants and papers:

The conference is open to all interested in the topic, including scholars, students and practitioners.

Papers from all branches of humanities and social sciences are welcome. Papers written in the interdisciplinary and international comparative perspective are particularly encouraged.

Presentations extended into research articles that pass a peer review will be published in the journal “Social Phenomena” (ISSN 2305-7327).

Participation Fees:

Participation in the conference and the publication of papers are free of charge. The cost of postage of the conference proceedings is to be covered by the participants.

How to apply:

  • complete the application form;
  • submit your abstract of approximately 2 pages;
  • register and take part in the discussion of abstracts;
  • present your paper in person in Samara, Russia or through videoconference.

Important dates

31 March 2020 – deadline for applications and submission of abstracts;

6 April 2020 – notification of authors about the acceptance of abstracts;

10 – 23 April 2020 – online discussion of abstracts;

24 – 25 April 2020 – conference events;

25 May 2020 – deadline for submitting papers for publication in the journal.

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