Call for Papers and Prize for Outstanding Toy Research

TOYS AND LEARNING IN DIFFERENT CULTURES
Bursa, Turkey, 26-30 July 2011
The International Toy Research Association (ITRA) will hold its 6th World Conference in conjunction with the Uludag University, Faculty of Education, Department of Preschool Education in Bursa, Turkey.
The conference will take place at the historic Kervansaray Hotel in downtown Bursa, the fourth biggest city of Turkey, which is known for its rich historic and natural beauty.
The overarching theme of the conference is the relationship between toys and learning in different cultures. A broad scope of approaches is encouraged from the technological and social sciences and the humanities. Topics are likely to include but are not limited to:
-The role, place, and significance of toys in formal and informal learning environments
-Toys and gender
-Toys in inter-generational play
-Toy design education programmes
-Computer games and learning
-Toys in the global market: shifting concerns in design, consumption and education.
If you would like to present a paper or poster, give a workshop or organize a symposium, please submit a one page abstract or proposal in English by 15 January 2011.
Submissions may be made online at the address
www.toyscongress2011.org
You may download the full version of this call and learn more details on the conference both from the conference site wwwtoyscongress2011.org and from ITRA’s website www.toyresearch.org
And the 2011 ITRA – BTHA PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING TOY RESEARCH


THE INTERNATIONAL TOY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THE 2011 ITRA -BTHA PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING TOY RESEARCH
The ITRA – BTHA Prize was established in 2006 with generous support from the British Toy and Hobby Association. The first ITRA_BTHA Prize was awarded in July 2008 during the 5th ITRA conference in Nafplion, Greece. ITRA expects to give two awards at each ITRA World Congress (currently every 3 years). One award of £500 will be given for the best student research on toys and one award of £1,000 to a senior scholar or practitioner on the uses, design and effects of toys.
The recipients will also receive a travel stipend of £500 toward the ITRA congress and will present their research at that conference.
Purpose
The purpose of the ITRA – BTHA Prize is to recognise outstanding research in the field of toy research. To qualify for the prize, the work must have been conducted or published since the previous ITRA World Congress (July 2008) and be submitted by the researcher or nominated by a member of ITRA.
Eligibility
Papers, either published or unpublished, in any area of toy research are eligible. Submissions should be in the English language (original or translation). Research on the uses, design, and effects of toys in child development, education, science, and medicine will be considered for the awards. Theoretical and historical papers will also be considered so long as these are linked to potential research.
Submissions to: Papers should be submitted to cleogougoulis@yahoo.gr before 15 January 2011. The Awards Committee consists of Gilles Brougere (France), Jeffrey Goldstein (Netherlands), Cleo Gougoulis (Greece), Sudarshan Khanna (India), and Stephen Kline (Canada).
Evaluation
The Awards Committee of ITRA will evaluate applications on the basis of originality, the significance of the work, creativity, methodology, clarity of presentation, and importance.
The 2011 prizes will be awarded during the 2011 ITRA meeting, in Bursa Turkey, 26-30 July 2011.

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