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
Issue 5.1 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.
"Playground Culture: The Playground Movement and Peter Friedls Playgrounds" by Dr. Ann Marie Murnaghan
November 12, 2013
The UW Youth and Culture Research Cluster, with the Centre for Research in Young Peoples Texts and Cultures, will be hosting a new presentation for the Fall Term by Dr. Ann Marie Murnaghan, who works in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba. Her presentation is entitled “Playground Culture: The Playground Movement and Peter Friedls Playgrounds,” and it will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 12:30 to 1:20 in room 1L07.
At the turn of the twentieth century, progressive North American cities were creating childrens playgrounds with swings, slides, teeters, and supervised play instruction as socio-spatial manifestations of the moral reform movement. By the turn of the twenty-first century, playgrounds were naturalized into the urban form, seen as benign spaces that belie their complicated, constructed pasts. In this presentation on Torontos playground history, and contemporary global playgrounds, using the photographic tour-de-force of Peter Friedls Playgrounds,1995-2004 (2008), Ann Marie Murnaghan speaks to the place of childhood in material urban culture, and its implications for ideas about public space.To find out more, please click here.
Visual/Verbal Workshop Series
October 21, 2013
These two workshops, sponsored by the Centre for Research in Young Peoples Texts and Cultures, are recommended for student teachers, educators, and others interested in young people’s texts and cultures, picture books, and cross-media literacies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place in the workshops. Light refreshments will be provided.
“You get to BE Harolds Purple Crayon”: The Limitations and Opportunities of the Picture Book App for Mobile and Interactive Platforms
October 22, 2:30PM to 5:15PM
This is a hands-on workshop with Naomi Hamer, assistant professor in the Centre for Research in Young Peoples Texts and Cultures. It will explore the design and development of picture book apps using theoretical and methodological approaches from game studies, social semiotics, and New Literacies Studies. The workshop will examine the opportunities and limitations offered by these apps for informal and classroom-based learning, often in conjunction with the use of print picture books. Additional information about useful review sites, links and other resources will be distributed and discussed.
Picture Books as Performance
November 7, 2:30PM to 5:15PM
This is a workshop with special guest Kari-Lynn Winters, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, who is also a picture book author and playwright. Engagement is created through a range of semiotic interactions—images and words, but also through modes of performance, such as gestures and digital media. In light of these kinds of interactions, this workshop will explore how educators may connect with children in order to develop semiotic and critical practices, and to participate in developing their literate communities. Check out http://kariwinters.com for more information about Kari-Lynn.To find out more, please click here.
"Connected Learning: New Media Ecology and Young People" A Lecture by Dr. Mimi Ito, MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine
September 23, 2013
Date: October 9, 2013
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Place: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg
Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is pleased to co-sponsor "Connected Learning: New Media Ecology and Young People," a lecture by Dr. Mimi Ito, MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine. This event is also sponsored by the UW Presidents Office, Dean of Arts, the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications, and the Department of English.
The Internet, digital media production tools, portable media, and social gaming environments are part of broad-based shifts in how we express ourselves, produce and access knowledge, and connect with others. This new media ecology can be a powerful driver of meaningful, demand-driven, and socially connected learning, but in our research, we found that very few young people, parents, and educators were taking advantage of this potential. Really tapping into the learning potential of todays new media environment requires building more robust connections between formal and informal learning environments, and across social, recreational, and academic activities. This talk will describe what research in the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Initiative has taught us about the some of the shifts in how young people are learning and engaging with new media, and areas of opportunity for supporting learning keyed to a networked age.
Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use who works on young people, new media, and fandom at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ito is also the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning and directs the research of the UCI Digital Media and Learning Hub, which investigates the ways in which digital technology is changing learning environments, social and civic institutions, and youth culture. She is the author of Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Childrens Software (MIT Press, 2009), and has edited several books, including Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World (Yale UP, 2012), and Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (MIT Press, 2009).To find out more, please click here.
Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow Book Launch
September 12, 2013
The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, in collaboration with The Manitoba Museum and Highwater Press, is pleased to announce the launch of the picture book Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow, which will take place at 7:00PM on Thursday, September 19 at The Manitoba Museum. The launch will include a reading and book signing by author William Dumas, and a reception.
In 1993, the remains of a twenty-five year old Cree woman, who lived 350 years ago, were discovered at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba.
Now, twenty years after this extraordinary archeological discovery, the woman’s story has been imagined as a children’s book. The story covers a week in the life of Pīsim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the book, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas and illustrated by Leonard Paul, Pīsim comes to terms with her miskanow, or her life’s journey.
The beautifully illustrated children’s book, written at a grade five level, has been a seven year labour of love for its creators, which include Dumas and Paul, as well as representatives of the University of Winnipeg, The Manitoba Museum, and members of the aboriginal community.To find out more, please click here.
CFP - Special Issue of Jeunesse: Consumption
April 4, 2013
Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures invites essay submissions for a special issue addressing the many interpretations of consumption and their meanings in relation to youth texts and culture(s). We welcome essays that consider registers of race, class, gender, and disability. Essays should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length and prepared for blind peer-review.
Consumption is a vehicle through which we come to understand proprietary relationships with people, places, bodies, and identities. If food is the primary signifier when we think of consumption, how might we read metaphoric consumption (of capital, culture, and place, for instance) in light of notions of necessity and survival?
Submissions are requested by: 15 December 2013.To find out more, please click here.