We are honoured to invite you to the Second Balkan Conference in Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Action Methods in Education with the topic of “The Little Prince and His Magical Journey to The Universe” which will be held from November 4th to November 7th, 2021 in Turkey, Taxim Hill Hotel, İstanbul.
As Julia Kristeva, recognised Bulgarian structuralist philosopher, sociologist, psychoanalyst and literary critic famous for her semiotic theories. said; all the literature topics and characters are related to each other directly or indirectly all around the world. Starting from ‘Pippi Longstocking’ last year, we’ll continue with ‘The Little Prince’. Both characters are not dictating the ideal life of children but instead suggest a transformation dependent on their perception and experience of the children! Both are different main characters of a common story based on the questioning of the myths in the world of adults viewed through the eyes of children.
The Little Prince, the most well-known book of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, was published in 1943 and has remained a bestseller since then. Although the book is generally regarded as a product of children’s literature, it is for readers of all ages. The book is addresses the travels of the Little Prince to other planets and his dialogues with other people, plants and animals that he meets during these visits. Especially, the relationships that he established during a visit to Earth are very important to gain understanding on building love relationships, and also the content and growth of attachment relationships. Particularly, three of these relationships (his relationships with the aviator, the rose and the fox) provides a rich data source in terms of building and growing love and attachment.
Children now-a-days are quite different from children of past generations. The daily speed of life, overwhelming information load, busy parents, teachers’ anxiety, not quite safe environment – all these make children vulnerable, not knowing how to determine and cope with their feelings, how to reply to adults’ requirements without losing their spontaneity, creativity and joy. Even more difficult is for all of us that we should give children roots and wings and be their mentors and friends by vocation, but not only as one’s duty. Regarding these, we, modern people, could learn a lot from The Little Prince. What he could teach us and what could he learn from us, even being 77 now, is what we will explore and experience together at our Second Balkan Conference in Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Action Methods in Education with the topic of ‘The Little Prince and His Magical Journey to The Universe’.