I started this research project as a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, Cambridge (2013-2015).
My research project focuses on the construct of child precocity in the twentieth century. I am interested in the evolution of the conceptualisation and representations of precocious children (in literature, culture, the media, educational discourse, etc.) and in what they can tell us about the adult-child relationship, perceptions of child ‘time’, and social and philosophical conceptions of childhood and education. Some aspects I am particularly interested in include the notion of ‘potential’, the educational treatment of precocity, literary and media interest for precocity, and the connections between such terms as giftedness, precocity, intelligence, talent.
My approach is decidedly multidisciplinary and spans the sociology and the philosophy of childhood and education, cultural and literary studies, and critical theory.