Call for Papers: 2018 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel
Children’s Literature Association Conference 2018
June 28-30, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
Barriers, Borders, and Bridges
Borders can be set to separate and demarcate; or, borders can demonstrate a limited boundary that distinguishes one thing or place from another; the margins of a particular location. Within these spaces, individuals and communities define and complicate notions of identity as they relate to these borders, often challenging real and assumed barriers. Bridges are structures designed to connect, typically over obstacles such as bodies of water that would otherwise hinder extending beyond. How does children’s literature extend borders or help readers cross borders and build bridges – of understanding, experiences, perspectives, and ways of knowing, thinking, and acting in the world?
The Diversity Committee welcomes paper proposals on all forms of borders and bridges, including but not limited to those that relate to the theme of water, in children’s literature. Our special interest in the theme of water is tied to the general ChLA conference theme of “Refreshing Waters/Turbulent Waters.” Water is symbolic in many ways related to breaking barriers, extending borders, and building bridges. Books such as Long Walk to Water (Park), Inside Out and Back Again (Thanhha Lai), Ninth Ward (Rhodes), and The Water Seeker (Holt) explore the (literal and metaphoric) relationships between barriers, borders, bridges and water. Even in Out of My Mind, Draper explores the main character’s cerebral palsy as it makes her feel like “a fish out of water” compared to her classmates, and could be read as an example of breaking intellectual barriers.
Other suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:
*Barriers or borders that impede the “flow” of communities
*Folklore and folkloric figures of the borderlands
*Rights of access and entry
*Shifting or eroding borders or bridges
*Emotional, social, or psychological borders
*Race and racism in borderlands
*Transnational or transoceanic bridging narratives
*Brokering or bridging languages
*Xenophobia and immigration bias
For queries, please contact Domino Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Henderson (email@example.com). Email a 500-word abstract and a 2-page CV to Domino Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 15, 2017. Authors of proposals selected for the panel will be notified by September 30, 2017. Scholars whose proposals are not selected will have the opportunity to submit their abstracts to the Children’s Literature Association’s general Call for Papers, which has a deadline of October 15, 2017.
Newly published research monograph on the novel of initiation in English and German children’s literature (written in German), published by Winterverlag.
Here is the link to the book
Book on Roald Dahl (Laura Viñas Valle, “De-constructing Dahl“, 2016) is now available in paperback. For more info about the book, please visit here
Edition 25.1 of Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature has just gone live – link.
New book published by John Benjamins: Maps and Mapping in Children’s Literature.
Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. (Eds. Nina Goga and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer)
Anna Katrina Gutierrez: Mixed Magic. Global-local dialogues in fairy tales for young readers.
The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children’s Literature is coming out in November, and with this flyer, can be preordered for the great price of 22.07 USD. Here is the TOC, so you can see what it covers:
Ideologies of Childhood and History of Children’s Literature
Contemporary Insights into Child and Adolescent Development
Thinking Theoretically about Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Poetry and Poetic Language
Reading (with) Pictures
Thinking about Story
Drama, Film, New Media, Oh My!: Children’s and Young Adult Literature on Stage and Screens
Tales We Live By (folk literature, myths, epics, and sagas)
“The web itself is a miracle”: Nonfiction and Informational Literature
9 ¾) The In-Betweens of Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Narrative Fiction: As Real as it Gets?
Are We Posthuman Yet? Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
Entering the Professional Conversation
Each chapter has suggestions and resources for further reading, writing prompts, multimodal responses, online explorations, a case study, and an “author talkback”.
A particular importance is usually ascribed to the years around ‘68. Some scholars have even termed the long 1960s “a mini renaissance” during which artistic standards and values, as well as ideas about society and the individual’s place in it, were transformed in certain ways (Marwick 1998). In the narrative of the Nordic countries, the 20th century is generally described as a development from poor, agricultural and traditional societies to industrial and modern welfare states where the state played a strong role in the realization of equality and high social security. At the same time critical narratives of different ideological colours arose in the 1960s to challenge the success story of the modern state. This Barnboken theme wants to highlight that the image of the child played a significant role in these different narratives and thus stimulate further investigations of what has been dubbed a golden age for Nordic children’s and YA literature. In this special theme, authors are therefore invited to consider the years around ’68 in relation to children’s literature and culture from different perspectives.
Topics for this special theme on the years around ’68 might include but are not limited to:
Children’s literature and the social and aesthetic transformation of culture;
Experimental ideas of child and childhood inscribed in texts and images for children;
The use of children’s literature in relation to different social movements, such as the peace movement, the new left, environmentalists, the women’s movement, citizen groups, and minority groups;
The expansion and diversification of children’s publishing;
Genres and modes of children’s literature, such as the YA novel, poetry, social realism, fairy tales, and fantasy;
Motifs and themes of children’s literature, such as poverty, vulnerability, power, participation, gender, ethnicity, masculinity, nature;
Children’s literature and the promotion of children’s rights around ’68;
Narratives of the modern Nordic countries, the Nordic welfare state, and the nation
Deadline, abstracts: 6 November 2017
Please send a 300-word proposal to email@example.com. The following information should be included: The title of the article, the name of the writer, affiliation, and e-mail address.
Deadline, articles: 10 April 2018
The articles will be published in 2018. Articles submitted for consideration may not have been previously published in any other context.
Texts are sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the login system on Barnboken’s website: www.barnboken.net. For further information on submission details such as length, see Author Guidelines: http://barnboken.net/index.php/clr/pages/view/author
Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature Research is published by The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books. All articles accepted have been peer reviewed by at least two peers and will be published online under an Open Access model. The main language of the journal is Swedish, but articles written in Danish, Norwegian and English are also welcome. We are especially interested in contributions related to Sweden or the Nordic countries.
Guest editor of this theme is Associate Professor Olle Widhe, Gothenburg University, Sweden (contact: email@example.com). The editorial committee consists of Professor Björn Sundmark, Malmö University, Sweden, Dr. Åsa Warnqvist, The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books, Sweden (Editor), and Mia Österlund. Barnboken is published with financial support from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).
A guide to our reference and note system can be found at the journal website.
For more information, please contact:
The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books
SE-113 22 Stockholm
Phone: + 46 8 54 54 20 65
Our second Call for Papers: Focusing on the Picture
We invite articles on the topic “Focusing on the Picture”. The intention is to highlight how questions of visual narration are addressed in the works of Nordic children’s and YA writers. We welcome abstracts by 5 September 2017 and articles by 10 April 2018.
Read more here
Dr. Åsa Warnqvist,
Forskare, fil. dr/Researcher, PhD
Svenska barnboksinstitutet/The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books
S-113 22 Stockholm
Webbplats/Web page: www.sbi.kb.se
We would like to invite you to submit articles to Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Post-totalitarian Studies of the Institute of Slavic Studies (University of Wrocław, Poland) and indexed in Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS), The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH), and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA, ProQuest). More specifically, we are seeking for essays and reviews for an issue on Post-communist Children’s Culture in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe, which will be devoted to mapping new phenomena in children’s literature and media culture that have emerged during the transition from late communism to late capitalism. As Anikó Imre argues in Globalization and the Transformation of Media Cultures in the New Europe (2009), children from Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe are post-communist subjects for whom communism is an inherited memory, whose perspectives, values and skills differ from those of older generations, and whose subjectivities are developing in the shadow of adults’ anxieties about this divide. As sources of knowledge and social capital, children’s cultural products both reflect and attempt to resolve tensions caused by the formation of new individual and collective subjectivities. Exploration of regional, European and global affiliations shaping contemporary children’s culture in post-communist Europe offers a vital contribution to a broader inquiry into processes of cultural change and their significance for the formation of national identity in post-totalitarian countries. Contributions are welcomed from a range of fields, such as popular culture, new media, games, literature, education, and childhood.
Possible areas of investigation:
– reflective and restorative nostalgia for communist children’s entertainment vs. technoeuphoria, neoliberalism, and the celebration of transnational mobility
– childhood heritage
– globalization vs. localization
– children’s culture and Eurocentric values (e.g. the “Catching up with Europe” project, a pan-European democracy, the EuropaGO project)
– children’s relations with interactive media, peer-to-peer technologies and participatory culture
– edutainment vs. centralized, nationalized and literature-based education
– children’s culture and citizenship education
– nationalisms, ethnocentrism, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia in children’s culture
– relations between children’s and adult media cultures
– children’s books markets
– promotion of children’s literature and culture
Essay should be sent to Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (firstname.lastname@example.org) andMateusz Świetlicki (email@example.com) by 10th April 2017. Submissions should be 5000-6000 words. We will aim to reply to authors by 20th April 2017, with the aim of arranging reviews and completing revisions for 15th June and publication by the end of 2017. Please keep in mind that the essays must satisfy the formal requirements provided below.
Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (Institute of English Studies, University of Wroclaw)
and Dr. Mateusz Świetlicki (Institute of Slavic Studies, University of Wroclaw)