#TTAGU (The Things About Growing Up, April 24, 2016):

Do kids understand adults? Does foetus feel pain and pleasure? What does the world look like from the crib? Is the new born infant alert, aware & awake, & not confused? What are kids pre-wired for, & is pre-wiring largely genetic? Do we learn fear? Do new-borns get bored? How do children learn, and (what) do they need to be taught? How is grammar learnt? When do kids start becoming autonomous? Have you experienced the Terrible Twos? When does a child stop being a child? Is the concept of late childhood a product of modernity? Must adolescence be a ‘productive’ period? Do children have rights? What exactly is childhood ‘innocence’, & must childhood be valourized? Can some kids be unusually cruel? Is parenthood naturally anxiety inducing? Might the absence of disclosure of love for the child be a problem? What might indiscriminate ‘limit setting’ by parents lead to? Is it hard, however, to always be a calm carefree parent? How different and similar are kids from each other, & is it alright to compare them? What is the long term future of childhood? Should kids be free? Would the basis of innateness be established in the long term? Would such a world be dystopian? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from psychology (Prof. Malavika Kapur, NIAS, Bangalore), sociology (Dr. Shilpa Phadke, TISS, Mumbai), & developmental paediatrics (Dr. Koyeli Sengupta, Ummeed, Mumbai).

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SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TTAGU show.

Prof. Malavika Kapur (psychology) is a Visiting Professor at The School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. Earlier she was the Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at NIMHANS, Bangalore. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and has 12 books, 37 chapters in various books, and numerous journal publications to her credit. Her areas of research are Developmental Psychology, Community Mental Health Programmes for Children and Adolescents in urban and rural schools, Primary Health Care and Anganwadi workers. She has developed integrated models of mental health service delivery for children and adolescents in the clinical, community as well as school settings. Her work is embedded in the cultural contexts such as child care in ancient India based on Ayurveda, & explores childcare in the other indigenous systems, namely Unani, Siddha and Tibetan medicine. Prof. Kapur is a Fellow of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (IACP), the Indian Association of Child & Adolescent Mental Health (IACAM), and the British Psychological Society (BPS). The National Academy Of Psychology (NAOP) has awarded her with the honorary Fellowship and lifetime achievement award. She has also twice been the scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy.

Dr. Shilpa Phadke (sociology) is a researcher, writer and pedagogue. She is a sociologist by training and is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She has been educated at St. Xavier’s College, SNDT University and TISS in Mumbai, and at the University of Cambridge (UK) where she completed her M.Phil. Her doctoral research focused on questions of heterosexuality in the new spaces of consumption in Mumbai. She has published widely in academic journals, collections, magazines and book anthologies as well as in the popular media on several topics (including parenting and childhood). She is the co-author of ‘Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets’ (Penguin India), a book that engages with questions relating to women’s access to public space and argues that women must claim rights as citizens rather than seek conditional protection as clients of the state. In addition to her substantive research on women and public space, she has also focused on sexuality and the middle classes, feminist parenting (mothering), feminist politics among young women, pedagogic practices, and reproductive subjectivities. She loves the chaotic city of Mumbai and fantasizes that one day it will have a very large park.

Dr. Koyeli Sengupta (developmental paediatrics) is a Developmental Paediatrician & the Director of Autism Intervention Services at Ummeed Child Development Center, a not for profit organization working with children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, in Mumbai. Her initial training was in paediatric medicine. Later, her interest in behavioral and emotional issues in children led her to pursue a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, Illinois, USA. At Ummeed, she provides diagnostic and follow up care for children with all kinds of developmental disabilities. Dr. Sengupta’s area of clinical work is Autism Spectrum Disorder. She heads Ummeed’s Autism Intervention Services, which provides early intervention, extensive therapy services, parent workshops and training for teachers, therapists and community level workers in management of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has conceptualized and developed the curriculum and delivery of multiple intervention and training programs. Dr. Sengupta is also a member of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and a part of the Resource Committee of Mumbai’s largest parent support group called ‘Forum for Autism’.

Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.

#TTAGU mentions: John Locke, William James, Foucault, de Saussure, & Philippe Ariès, among others.