Pedagogies of Time: “Editing” Textbooks, Timelines, and Childhood Memories

Keywords: childhood memories, collective biography, time, time traveling, diffractive analysis, (post)socialism, textbooks


Drawing on the concept of “pedagogies of time,” this article analyzes early literacy textbooks and our own childhood memories of temporal socialization in (post)Soviet Armenia, Georgia, and Latvia. While textbook analysis reveals purposeful socialization of children into modern linear timelines, memory stories interrupt these predetermined trajectories and shift attention toward multiple forms of temporalities that coexist alongside and entangle with each other. Using a speculative thought experiment, we “edit” a chronological timeline in one of the stories from early literacy textbooks as an attempt to simultaneously (re)write the dominant timespaces of socialist modernity and the way childhood appears there.


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How to Cite
Chachkhiani, K., Palandjian, G., Silova, I., & Tsotniashvili, K. (2023). Pedagogies of Time: “Editing” Textbooks, Timelines, and Childhood Memories. Journal of Childhood Studies, 111-125.
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