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Department of English

Lecturer in English: Children’s Literature (Full-time (continuing))

Closing date: 25 February 2008.

The Department is seeking a dynamic teacher and researcher to contribute to its international reputation in children’s literature. The successful applicant will be required to teach children’s literature in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the Department, and will initially convene the MA in Children’s Literature. The appointee will also supervise at postgraduate level, conduct researchand contribute to the administration and outreach of the Department.

Essential Criteria: PhD (or equivalent) in Children’s Literature or a relevant discipline; evidence of an active research and publication profile in Children’s Literature; demonstrated high quality teaching especially at undergraduate level; capacity to supervise research students; demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with students, staff and the community.

Desirable Criteria: Successful experience in teaching in undergraduate units; commitment to teaching critical concepts pertinent to children’s literature; a capacity to teach in other areas of the Department’s literature offerings; commitment to distance education development.

Professor John Stephens on (02) 9850-8748 or john.stephens@humn.mq.edu.au
Further information on the Department can be found at http://www.engl.mq.edu.au/
The position is available on a full-time (continuing) basis and may be subject to probationary conditions. Selection criteria must be addressed in the application. If a suitable applicant is not identified, the position may be offered at Associate Lecturer level (Level A)
Package: Lecturer (Level B) from $81,682 pa, base salary of $69,022 to $81,847 pa,annual leave loading and 17% employer’s superannuation.

Please note that only those applications submitted via the Macquarie University Online Recruitment System will be accepted

Children’s Literature Conference

A forum for exploration of controversial approaches to children’s literature, this conference offers an opportunity for everyone – writers for children, librarians, academics, teachers, parents – to engage in this important contemporary debate, through papers, presentations and acts of theatre. It is for anyone thinking about how books and the media engage with the times we live through. Topics range from teenage crime to life in Palestine, the consequences of apartheid, isolation and identity, images of disability, girls' school stories as subversive literature, children's theatre,the significances of religion and the uses of myth.

Organised by Dr Jenny Plastow and University of Hertfordshire School of Education.
For further information contact:
Lisa Garner
University of Hertfordshire,
School of Education,
De Havilland Campus
Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB
Tel: Lisa Garner 01707 285695
E-mail: l.a.garner@herts.ac.uk
Fax: 01707 285406

For venue info / downloadable map:

Victorian Rules and Regulations

October 16-18, 2008

Victorian Association of Western Canada (VSAWC) Conference 2008
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
October 16-18, 2008

Keynote Speakers: Lynne Vallone (Rutgers University) and Christopher Otter (Ohio State University)

How is Victorian culture characterized by the making and breaking of rules? This conference invites proposals that consider the many ways in which the Victorians crafted and constructed regulations at the same time that they challenged and contravened them. From the laws of nature to the rules of art to the statutes of parliament to the codes of social behavior, the Victorian era can be understood as an immense effort to bring things under control through the imposition of standards and conventions, norms and expectations, prohibitions and restrictions, and laws and principles. Yet, despite this compulsion to codify and constrain, the Victorians were also driven by their desire to contest and query laws, conventions, rules and restrictions. Given these contradictory and conflicting impulses, how might we understand the role, purpose, and efficacy of rules and regulations in the Victorian period?
Please send 300 word proposals to Andrew Burke (a.burke@uwinnipeg.ca) by March 1, 2008 and include with your proposal a one-page curriculum vitae. Please submit electronically as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format.


July 9-11, 2008


Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique ( LYON. France)
Organised by the Charles Perrault International Institute
(French-English simultaneous translation)

Languages, Literatures and the Media

Contemporary culture is shaped by two symmetrical forces within the expanding globalization system: on the one hand by the fast growing influence of audio-visual and internet technologies entailing more communication on an intellectual level and, on the other, by a concern with material production of things stressing a concern with the body and with concrete matters of the market. One can also mention a real crisis in the teaching of the humanities marked by the disappearance of the departments of literature in the universities. The facility of exchanges and of travels, the development of cultural industries and the definition of new rules of behaviour by international agreement on treatises and laws also involve better reciprocal knowledge of nations that never met before and the recognition of emergentoral cultures. Lastly, the fast spreading interest in criticism and literary tenets, and the worldly recognition of awards such as the Nobel literary Award bring in a unification of artistic and literary genres and modes of narration. The spectacular progress of new media technologies also allows greater discrepancies between nations deepening the inequalities that separate national or personal identities.

Taking into account these features (or contesting them), five major fields of investigation will be dealt with, involving five kinds of issues:
  • Teaching: What are the consequences and significant influences of the practice of the many medias (the theatre, the cinema, the press, the radio, the television, the video, CDRoms and the Internet) on the teaching of languages and literatures?
  • Research: Has digitalization deeply modified the scholar’s approach ? (Reading of manuscripts, maps and images, information on debates and theories)
  • Writing: Are there any major changes in the writing of scenarios or in the different types of writing? How are the relationships of text, image and sound changing within the new context of collective and interpersonal exchanges on the web and with the use of SMS on mobile telephones? Is text “defeated” by images?
  • Interaction: How is the present state of things represented in the documentaries (books and films or CDRoms) and in the narratives in the different fields (plays, book, films, television videogames or others)?
  • Challenges: What are the new cultural challenges called up by the definition of personal and national identities in post-industrial or emerging countries?

Contributors are encouraged to pay particular attention to the status and representation of children and young adults, that stand both as definite targets and promoters of the new medias, within the general cultural field, techniques and specialities concerned by their research.

Papers in English, French, German and Spanish.
Proposal summaries of 200-300 words should be sent to Professor Jean Perrot :
Institut International Charles Perrault, BP 61, 14 avenue de l’Europe, Eaubonne 95600 France
Deadline: January 31, 2008.

“Adult in Miniature”: Life Without Childhood.

There is a general consensus among social historians that the concept of “childhood” as a distinct phase of the life cycle, can be traced back to the nineteenth century, in Western culture. Since the beginnings of the twentieth century whole sections of the legislative process have been consecrated to defining its legal framework and enshrining this ideal in the national conscience as one of the key markers of “civilisation”.

Despite the fact that in 1959, the United Nations published its Declaration of Children’s Rights, the reality of daily life, for most children, has never kept pace with these reforms nor with the ideals underpinning them. Indeed, the sophisticated legal framework notwithstanding, children, in even the most developed of Western societies, are still deprived of many of their basic rights, the right to education, protection against cruelty, hunger, economic exploitation or even physical abuse.

It is to this question, the dual nature of society’s relationship with its young, that this number of Civilisations (Presses Universitaires des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse) will be devoted: aspiration and results, image and reality, the present as well as the past, Europe and Western societies in general.

Abstracts (c. 250 words) with a short C.V. to be sent to Rosie FINDLAY Rosemary.Findlay@univ-tlse1.fr by 26th January 2008.

Rosie Findlay
Professeur des universités
Département des Langues et Civilisations
Université des Sciences Sociales, Toulouse 1
2, rue du Doyen Gabriel Marty
31042 Toulouse, France
Bureau AR 218
tél 00 33 (0)5 61 63 36 26 fax 00 33 (0)5 61 22 94 08

Call for Proposals: Fantastic Voyages, Monstrous Dreams, Wondrous Visions: Cinematic Folklore and Fairy Tale Film

Submissions are invited for an edited collection of essays on fairy tale film.

Final essays should range in length from 5,000 - 9,000 words. Previously published work, appropriately revised and/or updated, will be considered. Send 500-word proposals (or completed essays) and a brief c.v. electronically as email attachments to Sidney Eve Matrix (matrixs@queensu.ca) and Pauline Greenhill (p.greenhill@uwinnipeg.ca) by 1 January 2008.

“Rocking the Bloc: Rock Music and Youth Identities in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe”

Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) are planning a series of panels on the theme, “Rocking the Bloc: Rock Music and Youth Identities in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.” The panels will take place during the AAASS 40th National Convention in Philadelphia, PA,November 20-23, 2008. Panelists will be invited to take part in the publication of a book on rock music and youth identity in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Interested participants should submit titles of their presentations, brief summaries of presentations (100 words maximum), and curriculum vitas to Dr. William Risch, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia College and State University, at william.risch@gcsu.edu by December 31, 2007.

What is Childhood Studies- and how do we teach it in the classroom?

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association

New York University, New York City

May 22-24, 2008

In this seminar, a potential syllabus for a first year undergraduate course "Introduction to Children's Studies" will be looked at - and a series of constructivist activities will be used for each week of the syllabus- to illustrate ways of engaging student activity and critical thought in both small seminar and large lecture style classrooms.

Stephen Gennaro
Children's Studies,
Division of Humanities
76 Winters Lane
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3


Relevant Across Cultures: Visions of Connectedness and World Citizenship in Modern Fantasy for Young Readers

University of Wroclaw, 28-31 May, 2008

International Conference hosted by The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Fiction
at the University of Wroclaw

The Relevant Across Cultures Conference will look at how novels, picture books and
films of the last three decades are helping to bridge cultural, social and
political gaps between different groups of people.

The deadline for proposals: December 31, 2007.

Conference secretary:
Agata Zarzycka, agata@proteus.pl

Conference organizers:
Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, deszcz@yahoo.com
Dr. Marek Oziewicz, marekoziewicz@uni.wroc.pl , marek.oziewicz@fulbrightweb.org

Relevant Across Cultures: Visions of Connectedness and World Citizenship in Modern Fantasy for Young Readers

University of Wroc?aw, 28-31 May, 2008

International Conference hosted by The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Fiction at the University of Wroclaw
The Relevant Across Cultures Conference will look at how novels, picture books and films of the last three decades are helping to bridge cultural, social and political gaps between different groups of people.
The deadline for proposals: December 31, 2007.
Conference secretary: Agata Zarzycka, agata@proteus.pl
Conference organizers: Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, deszcz@yahoo.com Dr. Marek Oziewicz, marekoziewicz@uni.wroc.pl , marek.oziewicz@fulbrightweb.org

The 29th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts Delightful Horror and the Sense of Wonder: Appreciating the Sublime in the Fantastic

Date: March 19-23, 2008

The focus of ICFA-29 is on the relationship between the sense of wonder embodied by
the sublime and the fantastic in literature, film, and other media.
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Look for Information and Updates at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org

Home, School, Play, Work: The Visual and Textual Worlds of Children.

Conference: November 14-15, 2008, at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) and the Program in the
History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) at the American Antiquarian Society
seek papers that explore the visual and textual worlds of children in America from 1700 to 1900.

Please send a one-page proposal for a 20-minute paper and a brief CV to:
Georgia B. Barnhill, Director of CHAViC, at GBarnhill@mwa.org by January 10, 2008.
For more information see: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/chavic2008.htm
For the resources page:

The Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past is an international, multi-disciplinary society to promote the study of childhood and children in the past. The Society’s aims are to act as an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion, dissemination and integration of ideas, information and discoveries about children and childhood in the past worldwide, from any chronological period. The society welcomes members and contributions from a broad range of academic disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, human biology, literary studies, theology, philosophy, sociology, medicine and any other disciplines. See their website: http://www.sscip.bham.ac.uk/

Call for Submissions: Neil Sutherland Prize for the Best Scholarly Article published in the History of Children and Youth

This award honours the pioneering work of Canadian historian Neil Sutherland in the history of children and youth by recognizing outstanding contributions to the field. Questions about the prize can be directed to Dr. Mona Gleason (mona.gleason@ubc.ca) or Dr. Tamara Myers (tamara.myers@ubc.ca).

Submission of Articles: Please send two (2) copies of the published article NO LATER THAN January 25, 2008 to BOTH Dr. Mona Gleason and Dr. Tamara Myers at:

Neil Sutherland Prize Committee
c/o Dr. Mona Gleason
Department of Educational Studies
University of British Columbia
2044 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4

Neil Sutherland Prize Committee
c/o Dr. Tamara Myers
History Department
University of British Columbia
Room 1297
1873 East Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z1

Forbidden Fruit: The censorship of literature and information for young people Southport, UK

Due date:19-20 June 2008

This two-day conference offers an opportunity for practitioners from libraries, information services and education, researchers from a range of disciples, publishers, authors and policymakers from all sectors interested in to meet, network and share experiences, and will focus on the censorship of print, electronic and other literary and information resources for young people.

The Lion and the Unicorn

Due:March 1, 2008

The Lion and the Unicorn, a journal committed to a broad investigation of children's literature, is inviting submissions for a special issue devoted to the varieties of the didactic in the long eighteenth century. Didacticism, often considered the dominant literary form of much European and American eighteenth-century children's literature, has been undertheorized.

Articles of 12-15 pages should be submitted by March 1, 2008 to the editors for consideration for inclusion in the April 2009 special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn. Essays should be submitted in .PDF format using MLA style. Documents should be sent as an e-mail attachment.

Send submissions to:
Pamela Gay-White
Department of Languages and Literatures
Alabama State University


Adrianne Wadewitz
Department of English
Indiana University

Childhood (Re)Discovered

Deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2007

Conference date: July 3 and 4, 2008
Location: Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
Contact for more information: Dr. Belinda Sweeney at B.Sweeney@patrick.acu.edu.au

Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature Research:

The deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2007.

Research papers on the themes of power, oppression and censorship in Swedish literature for children and young people are invited for Barnboken – tidskrift för barnlitteraturforskning (Barnboken – Journal on children’s literature research).

In addition to research papers the journal includes reviews of recent publications on children's literature research. Barnboken is published semianually by The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books.

For further information please contact
The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books
Lillemor Torstensson
Odengatan 61, 113 22 Stockholm
Phone: +46(0)8 54 54 20 51
E-mail: lillemor.torstensson@sbi.kb.se

Colloquium: Imagining History in the Literatures of Canada and Québec

Deadline for proposals: Sept. 1, 2007

Location: Hôtel Clarendon, Québec City, Québec, Canada

Particles of Narrative
Trinity College (University of Toronto)

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2007

Journal of Children and Media special issue: "Children, Media and Conflict"

Due: unspecified

Please contact Cynthia Carter or Stephanie Hemelryk Donald for more information.

A Place for Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature within New Literacies Classrooms (OISE/University of Toronto)

April 4-5, 2008

Childhood in Edwardian Fiction (Collection of Critical Essays)

Publication: September 2007

Please contact Adrienne Gavin or Andrew Humphries for more information.

How is Disability Treated in Children's Fiction in the 20C? (Collection of critical essays)

Due: unspecified

Publication: uncertain Main website

Storytelling: A Critical Journal of Popular Narrative

Due: unspecified

Publication: in coming issues

Relevant Across Cultures: Visions of Connectedness and World Citizenship in Modern Fantasy for Young Readers (CCYAF), Poland

Due: Dec. 31, 2007

May 28-31, 2008
Please contact the conference organizers, Dr. Marek Oziewicz (marekoziewicz@uni.wroc.pl or marek.oziewicz@fulbrightweb.org) or Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (deszcz@yahoo.com) for more information.

Literature for our Times (ACLALS) UBC, Canada

Aug. 17-22/2007

Harry Potter

Aug. 2-5/2007

The Lion and the Unicorn (Special Issue): Children’s Literature in South Africa

Due: July 30/2007

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, and the Idea of "Classic" June 25-29, 2008 Prince Edward Island, Canada

Due: June 30/2007

Please see the L.M. Montgomery Institute website or email lmminst@upei.ca for more information.

International Symposium: Faith, Myth & Literary Creation since 1850

May 18-9, 2007

The Child in Lithuanian and World Culture

May 17-18/2007

For more information, email litk@hu.su.lt

Australian Feminist Studies Special Issue on "The Child"

Due: May 15, 2007

Published: date unspecified
Please contact Guest Editor, Associate Profressor Barbara Baird, Women's Studies, Flinders University of SA for more information.