UNIVERSAL QUESTION OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN – AS A KID AND AS AN ADULT – IN ORDER TO DISCOVER THE HUGE DIVERSITY OF HOW DIFFERENTLY PEOPLE LIVE AROUND THE GLOBE AND THROUGHOUT THE TIMES.
WHAT ARE WE DOING
Anthropology For Kids redescribes essential aspects of human life in simple terms. Pointing on examples coming from the wide spectrum of different cultures it researches the existential and universal question of what it means to be human – as a kid and as an adult – in order to discover the huge diversity of how differently people live around the globe and throughout the times. In a language that is understandable and accessible for everyone it subverts the habitual perception of our lives and the lives of others, inspiring to reconsider our social beliefs and habits. It is a special format of participatory children’s and youth literature that combines social and cultural studies, contemporary art and educational programs to address important topics. Some of the topics and books we developed in cooperation with art institutions and / or public collections, others are created through exhibition or educational projects, and some art institutions, libraries and school networks use the material independently for workshops and exhibitions
WHO WE ARE
We are a growing network of experienced anthropologists, cultural theorists, curators, artists and other practitioners, as well as partnering institutions and funders.
WHERE IT ALL BEGINS
Anthropology For Kids was invented to share the knowledge and opinions between experts and non-experts about the diversity of human life in the past, today, and tomorrow. The project provides (self-)educational materials, participatory frameworks and non-hierarchical production of knowledge and shared understanding, that are designed to be accessible to people – children, their parents, and anybody else – from all backgrounds. The content production allows for collective authorship, varying styles of expression, and an open social process; it will include artists, intellectuals and amateurs, writers and researchers, teachers and children as well as a broad public community contributing to the web project. Initially started in 2008 by Nika Dubrovsky, Berlin, Anthropology For Kids was inspired by democratic Soviet children literature. This specific genre was invented in the 1920’s as a means to communicate with the general population in a language that everybody could share.