Russian state University for Humanities
Russian Academy of Education
Scientific Pedagogical Library named after K.D. Ushinsky
State Library of Russia
State Public Historical Library



Call for papers 1

Dear colleagues!

We hereby invite you to take part in the international conference

The source of childs learning:

the role of primers and basal readers through time and cultures

to be held in the State Ushinsky Scientific Pedagogical Library

(Moscow, 3, B.Tolmachevsky lane) from 8 to 12th October 2014.

The conference is dedicated to the 440th anniversary of the first Eastern European reading primer by Ivan Fedorov and its Moscow analogue by Vasiliy Burtsev.

We are planning to study origins, development and transformation of a textbook aimed for the primary instruction in reading, writing, basics of language, literature and the elements of the humanities from its emergence in Ancient East and Antiquity to the variety of its contemporary forms.

We are going to discuss the historical role of a textbook through époques Antiquity and Middle Ages, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary history and across the regions of the Old and the New Worlds.

All interested educators, historians, philologists, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, experts in culture and religion studies are welcome to participate in the discussion of the following key topics:

  • Primers in the teaching practice of primary education in the historical context
  • Literary and didactic canon in the history of a basal reader
  • Basal readers and the history of religious education
  • Visual presentation of a schoolbook (pictograms, illustrations, design)
  • Textbook distribution and edition: from manuscript to electronic media
  • Primers and basal readers as a topic in the discussion of educators, teachers, society
  • Image of the world and the system of values in the textbooks for primary education

The conference coordinators may consider other topics for the discussion proposed by the participants and the organization of the relevant panels accordingly.

General deadlines are as follows:

The beginning of the conference 8th September 2014

  • Application containing the title, theme and abstract of the paper/communication (250-300 words) 1st August 2013
  • Notification of acceptance to the program 30th September 2013
  • Application for the panel specifying the topic and prospective participants 1st July 2013
  • Notification of acceptance of the panel application 1st August 2013
  • Submission of the papers for publication 1st February 2014
  • Requirements:
  • Word document
  • target length up to 40 000 characters including spaces,
  • footnotes with continuous numbering
  • illustrations in separate JPEG files with clear indications of their location in the text
  • captions in the separate Word file

-Accommodation for foreign and non-Moscow Russian participants is provided by themselves (through or similar services).

- No registration fee is charged.

- Working languages are Russian (preferable) and English.


Applications for the paper/communication: Ekaterina Yurchik -

Applications for panels: Yulia Shustova

General information: Vitaly Bezrogov

Please check the acknowledgment of your application receipt.

Please note that the acknowledgment of your application receipt does not mean your acceptance to the conference as a registered participant.






Information letter No. 1

Information on placement of participants

How to reach to a conference venue

Where to eat

Cultural program


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