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 7.1 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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2015 Children’s Literature in Education Emerging Scholar Award Call for Applications

September 28, 2015

During its long history, the journal Children’s Literature in Education has often benefited from the refreshing ideas and original approaches of young and new scholars in the field of children’s literature. In the current academic climate, the Humanities are under financial pressure in various countries. The competition for (post)doctoral scholarships is keen and tenured positions are becoming rare. CLE, with the support of its publisher, Springer, therefore launched the Children’s Literature in Education Emerging Scholar Award (CLEESA) in 2013, which will run annually.

Each year, the prestigious winner receives a prize of $500 and their article is published exclusively in Children’s Literature in Education, with an appropriate acknowledgement of its award-winning status. Excellent essays that do not win the award will still be considered for publication in CLE.

Applicants must submit an essay of 6-8,000 words to the Children’s Literature in Education website before 31 December 2015 (http://www.editorialmanager.com/clid/). For anyone unfamiliar with the journal, details and a preview can be found there, together with a PDF guide to the journal’s house style: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/linguistics/journal/10583?detailsPage=pltci_1060388. All submitted articles must conform to this house style.

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"A Phallic Dog, A Stuffed Coyote, and the Boy Who Won’t Come Out: Revisiting Queer Visibility in Young Adult Fiction": A Lecture by Dr. Derritt Mason

September 14, 2015

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to present "A Phallic Dog, A Stuffed Coyote, and the Boy Who Won’t Come Out: Revisiting Queer Visibility in Young Adult Fiction," a lecture by Dr. Derritt Mason from the University of Calgary on Monday, September 21, 2015, from 2:30PM to 3:30PM. It will take place in Room 2M72 at the University of Winnipeg campus.

This lecture revisits John Donovan’s groundbreaking novel I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip, first published in 1969 and widely recognized as the first North American young adult novel with gay content. Now four years shy of its fiftieth anniversary, Donovan’s novel is treated by many contemporary critics as little more than a relic, rife with tropes inherent to the gay problem novels of a bygone era. Dr. Mason argues that this novel—so often lambasted for its hopelessness, stereotypes, and omissions—is a lot queerer than it may initially appear, and much more relevant to contemporary notions of sexuality and queerness than many critics suggest.

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International Exhibit of Wordless Children’s Picture Books Tours Canada

September 2, 2015

International exhibit of wordless children’s picture books tours Canada
Edmonton (Aug 28 to Sept 18), Vancouver (Oct 1 to 22), Toronto (Nov 2 to Dec 11)

People around the world are deeply touched by the desperately dangerous circumstances for boatloads of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, with many arriving on the small island of Lampedusa, Italy. In response to the waves of refugees, IBBY Italia is working to establish the first children’s library in Lampedusa for the young migrants that arrive there every year, as well as for the local children and teens.

With such a diversity of cultures, it made sense to begin the Lampedusa library’s collection with wordless picture books—"silent books" that tell a story with pictures but no text. IBBY Italia gathered a selection of outstanding books from 23 countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Korea, the UK, the US, and Canada. These wordless picture books begin at the beginning, with the universal language of images and art, bypassing age, culture and language barriers, to offer readers a unique but shared reading experience.

In the true spirit of Jella Lepman who founded IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People), the library in Lampedusa is conceived to provide a place of peace, reflection, pause and hours of reading enjoyment. It is like a seed library that has been planted and that will grow into a complete collection of books for the use and pleasure of the children who live or pass by there.

To showcase the library, "Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa," a travelling exhibit of more than 100 renowned wordless picture books, has been touring around the world. Following stops in cities in Italy, Mexico City and Graz, Austria, the exhibit is now in Canada, travelling to Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.

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2015-16 David Almond Fellowships Call for Applications

August 28, 2015


Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books are pleased to announce that the application process for 2015-6 David Almond Fellowships is now open.

Further particulars
The awards recognise both David Almond’s contribution to children’s literature and his connections with these partner institutions: he is a patron of Seven Stories and an honorary graduate of Newcastle University.

The Fellowships aim to promote high-quality research in the Seven Stories collections that will call attention to their breadth and scholarly potential. The three awards of £300 each are to facilitate a research visit to the Seven Stories collections in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK of at least three days by a bona fide researcher working on a relevant project. Applications will be considered from candidates in any academic discipline. The successful applicants will have a clearly defined project that will benefit from having access to the Seven Stories collections (please see indicative information about the collections below). All applicants should consult the Seven Stories catalogue as part of preparing their applications: http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/collection/. A well-developed dissemination strategy will be an advantage. Priority will be given to the importance of the project and best use of the Seven Stories collections as judged by a senior member of the Children’s Literature Unit in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University and a senior member of the Collections team at Seven Stories.

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Perry Nodelman Receives the International Brothers Grimm Award

July 2, 2015

The International Institute for Children’s Literature in Osaka (IICLO) is pleased to announce Perry Nodelman as the fifteenth recipient of the International Brothers Grimm Award.

In September 2014, IICLO sent questionnaires to 400 scholars in which they requested recommendations for candidates, and by the end of November 2014, the IICLO had selected 12 nominees. In December 2014, after researching these nominees and their achievements, the Japanese committee members narrowed the list of candidates down to the following four:

Clare Bradford (Australia)
Hans-Heino Ewers (Germany)
Perry Nodelman (Canada)
Roberta Seelinger Trites (U.S.A.)

In March 2015, a final meeting of the Japanese committee was held, and they decided that the winner was Professor Perry Nodelman in Canada. The award presentation ceremony and Professor Perry Nodelman’s commemorative lecture will be held on 21 November 2015. At the ceremony, a trophy and a prize of one million yen will be given by the Kinrankai Foundation, a supporter of the award.

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Jeunesse Articles Receive ChLA Awards

June 26, 2015

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is pleased to announce that two articles published in the journal were honoured at the 2015 Children’s Literature Association conference that took place in June in Richmond, Virginia.

The ChLA Article Award for outstanding article was awarded to Zetta Elliott for "The Trouble with Magic: Conjuring the Past in New York City Parks," published in Issue 5.2 (2013), and Rachel Conrad received the Honor Award for her article, "’We Are Masters at Childhood’: Time and Agency in Poetry by, for, and about Children," also published in Issue 5.2 (2013).

ChLA Article Awards are awarded annually by the Children’s Literature Association to recognize outstanding articles focusing on a literary, historical, theoretical, or cultural examination of children’s texts and/or children’s culture. Winning articles have been judged to provide new insights into the field, making a distinct or significant scholarly contribution to the understanding of children’s literature. The Children’s Literature Association is a non-profit association of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers and institutions dedicated to the academic study of literature for children. ChLA recognizes exceptional scholarship in and service to the field of children’s literature by annually selecting recipients for awards promoting international scholarship; honoring undergraduate, graduate, and faculty scholarship; honoring lifetime service to the field; and celebrating works of literature for children of high literary merit.

Housed at the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures at the University of Winnipeg, Jeunesse is an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.

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