Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures


University of Winnipeg

The Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) supports scholarly inquiry into literary, media, and other cultural texts for children and youth. Directed by Dr. Doris Wolf, with assistance from the Research Coordinator, Larissa Wodtke, the Centre provides a focus for research in the field at the University of Winnipeg, houses the journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, facilitates the development and management of collaborative national and international research projects, hosts visiting speakers and researchers, and maintains links with other research centres in children's studies internationally... more

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Issue 9.1 of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is out now! See Jeunesse's website for more information about this issue, and about how to submit articles and how to subscribe.

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CRYTC Will Share Renovated Space with New Cultural Studies Centre

August 16, 2017

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures will be undergoing major renovations this fall with a plan to share the new space with the new Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCs). This renovation is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund, Research Manitoba, and the University of Winnipeg.

For more information, see UWinnipeg receives CFI funding for two research centres.

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Crowdfunding Campaign for Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow App

June 7, 2017

From 2008 to 2013, the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures collaborated on producing Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow, a picture book for young people about the life of Kayasochi Kikawenow, Our Mother from Long Ago, a young Cree woman who lived in northern Manitoba in the late-seventeenth century and whose burial site was discovered in 1993.

Now the Pīsim research team has launched a crowdfunding campaign (https://foundation.uwinnipeg.ca/projects/help-launch-a-storybook-app-for-pisim-finds-her-miskanow/) to help create an interactive digital text version of the story which will bring to life the cultural and historical contexts of Pīsim’s journey. Our goal is to invite young readers to immerse themselves in the Rocky Cree world as they travel with Pīsim and her family through their northern Manitoba territory, listen to the travelling songs that mark the people’s progress, experience the drama of an unexpected thunderstorm, and share Pīsim’s satisfaction as she is acknowledged as a young woman by her minisiwin and finds her miskanow her life path.

We see both the picture book and the app as an important reclamation of Rocky Cree culture and as part of the larger Canadian project of education for reconciliation, as that is understood in the post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission era.

Please consider supporting this campaign and forwarding this campaign to colleagues, friends, and members of your social media networks.

Anyone who makes a gift of $10 or more will receive a link to download the app when it’s finished.

Contact Mavis Reimer for further information.

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CRYTC Faculty and Affiliate Receive ChLA Awards

March 28, 2017

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures would like to congratulate Mavis Reimer and Clare Bradford on receiving 2017 Children’s Literature Association book awards.

CRYTC affiliate Clare Bradford received the ChLA Book Award for The Middle Ages in Children’s Literature (Palgrave, 2015), and she and Mavis Reimer received the Honor Edited Book Award for Girls, Texts, Cultures (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014). Girls, Texts, Cultures is a volume initiated by a symposium hosted by CRYTC in 2010.

The ChLA Book Award is awarded annually by the Children’s Literature Association to recognize outstanding book-length contributions to children’s literature history, scholarship, and criticism. The ChLA Edited Book Award and Honors recognize essay collections that make a distinct or significant contribution to our understanding of youth literature from a literary, cultural, historical or theoretical perspective.

More details about 2017 ChLA award winners can be found on the ChLA website.

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The Maurice Sendak Exhibition in CRYTC

March 15, 2017

From March 22 to April 10, 2017, the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures will be hosting The Maurice Sendak Exhibition in Room 3C23B.

This exhibition is part of a free series of events organized by the University of Winnipeg’s English practicum class (ENGL-3120), and it will feature the Perry Nodelman Maurice Sendak Book Collection.

This exhibition acknowledges the support of the University of Winnipeg Experiential Learning Fund and the Experiential Learning Network; Professor Emeritus Perry Nodelman and the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures; the UW library; the UW archives; and Dr. Naomi Hamer and the practicum course students in the Department of English (UW).

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