Our Mythical Childhood...

The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges

Our Mythical Classes

We enjoy sharing our research through meetings with children and young adults and their teachers, parents, and tutors, at schools lessons, workshops, science festivals, educational events, etc. We appreciate these opportunities also to exchange the ideas and to learn from each other in this process, thus building together Our Mythical Community, based on shared curiosity about the ancient culture and its heritage, which is the source both of fun and serious reflection on our contemporary world.


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18.9.2020 Katarzyna Marciniak had online classes with the high-schoolers at the VII Juliusz Słowacki High School in Warsaw, Po co mity? Recepcja mitologii w kulturze, cz. 1 [Why Myths? The Reception of Mythology in Culture. Part 1]


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17.9.2020 Katarzyna Marciniak had online classes with the high-schoolers at the VII Juliusz Słowacki High School in Warsaw, Po co mity? Recepcja mitologii w kulturze, cz. 2 [Why Myths? The Reception of Mythology in Culture. Part 2]


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8.11.2019 Katarzyna Marciniak had classes with the high-schoolers at the VII Juliusz Słowacki High School in Warsaw, on Nasze mityczne dzieciństwo: recepcja antyku w kulturze [Our Mythical Childhood: The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Culture].


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7.10.2019 Lisa Maurice’s panel proposal to the Classical Association Annual Conference 2020 in Swansea: “Beyond the Classics Classroom – Myth, Pedagogy and Promise” accepted!


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1.10.2019 Ecology – the new edition of the video competition for youth Antiquity–Camera–Action! in Poland. 

For more see: https://antykkameraakcja.wordpress.com/ 


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20.8.2019 Ayelet Peer co-organized a Mythological Greek Day on a children’s summer camp in Israel.


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14–15.8.2019 Ayelet Peer met with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) teacher to discuss the mythology for autistic children programme at an Israeli school.


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24.6.2019 Sonya Nevin presented Our Mythical Survey database and Panoply Vase Animation Project at a training day for those classics teachers who mentor trainee classics teachers, at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.


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12.6.2019 Sonya Nevin presented Our Mythical Survey and Our Mythical Education databases to trainee classics teachers at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.


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24.5.2019 Tele-bridge with Prof. Stefano Colangelo and the students from his International Lab on Foreignness from the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies at the University of Bologna, during the conference Our Mythical History

For more see: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/our-mythical-history


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4.4.2019 Sonya Nevin held a training session for trainee teachers at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, by using OMC animations and related activities in schools’ classics teaching.


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27.3.2019 Sonya Nevin and Steve Simons gave a presentation on vases animations and their use in education at the Iris Project Festival of Natural History, Art, and Classics, Oxford.


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11.2.2019 Ayelet Peer met with history teachers regarding future cooperation between the Classics Department at Bar-Ilan and the Ministry of Education: How to introduce better to teachers (and pupils) various Classics themes, such as Greek mythology, relation between Jews and Greeks/Romans, ancient texts etc.


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15.11.2018 Susan Deacy, Helen Slaney, and Susanne Greenhalgh (collaborators) organized Our Mythical Childhood exhibition, at Being Human Festival, University of Roehampton, London.


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7.11.2018 Barbara Strycharczyk and Katarzyna Marciniak held a lecture on the School–University collaboration for teachers and educators from the Ukraine in the programme headed by Robert A. Sucharski “The Innovative University and Leadership. Phase IV: Communication Stategies and the University–School Relationship” at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW. 

More here: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/news/96


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25.10.2018 Hanna Paulouskaya participated in a workshop A Feast on Olympus for school teachers and she attended an open lecture about mythology for the 6th grade General Mariusz Zaruski 231st Primary School in Warsaw. The workshop was organized by two teachers – Anna Czernik (the 231st Primary School) and Agnieszka Czernik (the 387th Primary School). 

For more see: https://ourmythicalchildhoodblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/a-feast-on-olympus/ 


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1.10.2018 Ancient History – the new edition of the video competition for youth Antiquity–Camera–Action! in Poland. 

For more see: https://antykkameraakcja.wordpress.com/ 


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6.9.2018 Lisa Maurice and Ayelet Peer organized a mythical event for children in the International Science Night at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

For more seehttp://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/news/75


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7.7.2018 Sonya Nevin and Steve Simons held interactive stall and workshops at the Festival of Ancient Greece and Rome Didcot Girls’ School in Oxfordshire.


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26.06.2018 A group of pupils from the Polish-English Primary School  Edison with their teacher Marcin Gostkowski (a gratudate from the  Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW) visited Our Mythical Childhood at UW for the workshops with Katarzyna Marciniak and Agnieszka Maciejewska. 

For more see: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/news/50 


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6.6.2018 Sonya Nevin gave a presentation of the Our Mythical Childhood Survey at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.


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17.3.2018 Katarzyna Marciniak held a lecture “The Minotaurs are Among Us, or the Reception of the Ancient Myths in Contemporary Culture” for the participants in the Ancient League Competition, at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. 


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5.3.2018 Susan Deacy with Helen Slaney and Kimberly MacNeill (collaborator) organized a Tour of UR Children’s Literature Special Collections and Archives, University of Roehampton, London.


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6.11.2017 Katarzyna Marciniak held a lecture “Our Mythical Childhood: Connecting People”, to a group of Ukrainian scholars and teachers, in the programme headed by Robert A. Sucharski “The Innovative University and Leadership. Phase III: Innovativeness and Relations with the Milieu, UW”, at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW.


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13.10.2017 Dorota Bazylczyk and Anna Mik held a workshop on the reception of Classical Antiquity in youth popular culture at the VII Juliusz Słowacki High School in Warsaw.


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1.10.2017 Myth – the first edition of the video competition for youth Antiquity–Camera–Action! in Poland. 

For more see: https://antykkameraakcja.wordpress.com/ 


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1.8.2017 Our colleague Volha Prakapchuk organized at the Faculty of Philology of the Belarusian State University an exhibition of the students’ posters prepared for the Our Mythical Hope conference.


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5.12.2017 Sonya Nevin ran a training on how to incorporate “Animating the Ancient World” and other Our Mythical Childhood material into teaching, at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.


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19.6.2017 Dorota Bazylczyk held a workshop on myths at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW, for a group of pupils from the Astrid Lindgren Elementary School in Warsaw.


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7.2.2017 Sonya Nevin and Steve Simons had a Mythical Childhood-vase animation activity stall, at the Iris Festival of Ancient and Modern Science, Oxford.


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15.12.2016 Katarzyna Marciniak held classes on “Meeting with Mythology” for elementary school children, within the “Flying Scientific Cafés” by the Polish Young Academy at the Polish Academy of Sciences, in the Elementary School Nr. 210 (im. Bohaterów Pawiaka) in Warsaw.


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20.10.2016 Katarzyna Marciniak held a workshop “A Meeting with Athena and King Midas” for preschool children, Kindergarten Nr. 50 in Warsaw.


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18.10.2016 Elizabeth Hale held a lecture “Classical Antiquity in Children’s Literature from Australia and New Zealand” at XI Mikołaj Rej High School in Warsaw.


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7.10.2016 Katarzyna Marciniak held classes on the theme “In the Labyrinth of Myths” at the VII Juliusz Słowacki High School in Warsaw.