Elina Druker visits Mongolia

In late November, ALMA jury member Elina Druker visited the National Library and the Central Library of Children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She gave talks on Swedish children’s literature, watched plays by children and joined workshops for researchers, teachers and librarians.

The lectures were part of a week of Swedish science and culture to mark 55 years of diplomatic relations between Swedien and Mongolia. The Swedish ambassador to China, Helena Sångeland, and the Swedish counsellor for cultural affairs in Beijing, Mathias Lafolie, also attended the week of cultural events.

Children from schools around Mongolia read stories by Astrid Lindgren during the summer and fall and wrote short plays based on the novels. A selection of these theatrical productions, including Pippi Longstocking, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, and Karlsson-On-the-Roof, went up before an audience of more than 200 children during a day of children’s theater at the Central Library of Children to conclude the week.

About Elina Druker
Elina Druker is a professor of literature at Stockholm University’s Department of Culture and Aesthetics with a special focus on children’s and YA literature. Her research has primarily engaged with children’s literature, modernism and the avant garde, with an emphasis on intermedial relationships.