Professor George Rousseau
George Rousseau is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the recipient of honorary degrees honoris causa. He has been a Professor at UCLA, Regius Professor at King's College Aberdeen, and Co-Director of the Centre for the History of Childhood at Oxford University where he currently works. He writes that he came late to the history of childhood, but has nevertheless
witnessed the widespread exhilaration of this developing field. He is a cultural historian who works mostly in the interface of literature and medicine, and literature and science. His academic career was built on interdisciplinary scholarship, and from the 1970s he has participated in many national and international debates about its triumphs and failures.
Dr. Anna Green
I have taught art history for a decade in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia and for the Open University, and for two decades at Norwich University College of the Arts. However, I am now focusing my energies on museum education at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery where I have been for the last four years, and am currently the Youth Engagement Officer. Practice has a wonderful way of making academia seem either totally relevant or totally irrelevant, and as I engage with young offenders, gypsies and travellers, young refugees, but also students, I can say I have both experiences in fairly equal measure. My research interests remain fairly constant: Childhood Studies; French nineteenth-century Art and Literature; Museum Education and Institutional Change; ‘The Norwich School’ of Paintings. Having taken a first degree in English Literature at Cambridge then been seduced into the wicked ways of Art History via an MA at Harvard, my PhD, my publications, and my teaching – especially in the School of World Art Studies at UEA - all manifest my interest in scholarly bricolage: whilst art history is my main focus, I am always keen to touch on multiple points of reference, from diverse areas of culture, as I hope my paper will indicate. Certainly this was the aim of my book, French Paintings of Childhood and Adolescence, 1848-1886 (Ashgate 2007), despite the bland title I lost the battle to my publishers on.