5th ITRA World Congress, Nafplion 9,10,11 July 2008

Conference Theme

The overarching theme of the congress was the relationship between toys and culture. All play media and play instruments were included in the concept of “toys” ranging from playgrounds and playscapes to electronic devices. A broad scope of approaches were encouraged from the technological and social sciences and the humanities.


The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF) “V. Papantoniou” was founded by Ioanna Papantoniou, in 1974. It is a privately supported foundation based in Nafplion focusing on research, preservation, study and presentation of the material culture of Greece, especially of the Peloponnese region. The Foundation‘s Folklore Museum received the European Museum of the Year Award in 1981. The PFF publishes records of Greek folk music, books on Greek folk culture and the scientific journal Ethnographica. In 1989 the PFF created “Stathmos”, a multi-purpose children‘s centre housing part of its toy and children‘s culture collections.

The Department for Theatre Studies, was founded in 2003, in Nafplion, Greece, as part of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of the Peloponnese. It aims to cultivate and promote the performing arts (dance, theatre and film studies) through academic and applied research and to provide its 252 students with the knowledge needed for their scientific, artistic and professional development. To this end, the Department organizes lectures, exhibitions and many events dealing with dance, theatre and film. It participates in the ERASMUS programme for Education in Europe.

The full Congress Programme can be found here.


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