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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 6.1 (Special Issue on Consumption) 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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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

April 15, 2015

IBBY Canada invites submissions from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the 2015 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The program provides a jury-selected illustrator with a month-long residency, hosted by the Toronto Public Library. Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of experts in children’s books and illustration. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Overview of IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program:

  • Held at Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch at Yonge and Eglinton
  • One month residency from October 1 to 31, 2015
  • Illustrator plans and delivers programming that includes workshops for adults, art activities for classes of children, presentations at high schools and colleges, one-on-one portfolio reviews, and a display of their work in the library gallery
  • Remuneration is provided to the illustrator: $4,000 for one-month term, plus reimbursement for art supplies purchased for the program
  • Travel, accommodation and meals are the responsibility of the illustrator (IBBY Canada can help the selected find billeting accommodations, if required)

Requirements for illustrators:

  • Illustrated four or more professionally published children’s books, with publication of a new book expected in the next few years
  • Experienced at developing and delivering programs for adults, children and teens
  • Active online presence and willing to promote their participation in the program
  • Friendly and empathetic, with an understanding of the needs of aspiring artists
  • Preparatory sketches and finished work, mounted/framed for display in the library gallery
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada

Applications should be in a single pdf format document, and include the following:

  1. CV that includes public presentation experience and a list of published books
  2. Two letters of reference about public presentation experience
  3. Well-considered plans and ideas for programming for school classes visiting the library, for adults, and for high school/college students (please see guidelines below). Please send application by Thursday, April 30, 2015 to promotions@ibby-canada.org.
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Book Launch for Seriality and Texts for Young People

March 24, 2015

Please join members and friends of the UW’s Cultural Studies Graduate Program to celebrate the launch of a new book of essays: Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat edited by Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau.

Friday, March 27 at 12:30 in 2C13

brief readings from the text
refreshments will be served

Seriality and Texts for Young People, published by Palgrave Macmillan, contains an introduction by the editors and 13 original scholarly essays, including UW and UW-affiliated scholars charlie peters, Brandon Christopher, Perry Nodelman, Debra Dudek, and Larissa Wodtke. The volume originated in the international symposium Narrative, Repetition, and Texts for Young People, conceived by Dr. Mavis Reimer and hosted by her graduate class in Cultural Studies at the UW in June 2011. Please join us to celebrate this distinguished achievement by our colleagues.

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Dr. Seuss Story Time and Screening

February 26, 2015

Come beat the post-reading-week blahs on March 3, 2015 from 3:00PM-5:00PM for a Dr. Seuss Story Time event hosted by the students of the Dept. of English Practicum in Literacy, Language and Literature course, and the University of Winnipeg library. Interactive reading of Seuss classics with special guest reader Jennifer Still, U of W’s Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence.

Screenings of old school Seuss animation films to follow!

Where: University of Winnipeg library, Stimpson Media Gallery (in front of the UW library entrance)
When: March 3, 2015 3-4 PM Storytime followed by screenings of Seuss animation to follow until 5 PMish
Who: UW students, staff, friends and families are all welcome! Coffee, tea, and snacks for all.

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New Book - Seriality and Texts for Young People

February 4, 2015

Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat, edited by Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau, is now available from Palgrave Macmillan.

Seriality and Texts for Young People is a collection of thirteen original, scholarly essays about series and serial texts directed to children and youth. Each begins from the premise that a basic principle of seriality is repetition and explores what that means for a range of primary texts, including popular narrative series for children, comics, magazines, TV series, and digital texts. Contributors featured include internationally-recognised scholars such as Perry Nodelman, Margaret Mackey and Laurie Langbauer, and the essays cover texts such as the Harry Potter novels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Anne of Green Gables. The introduction provides a framework for the detailed explorations, reviewing some of the most important contemporary theories of repetition, pointing to some key criticism on series, and speculating on the significance of the series form for the field of young people’s texts. To find out more, please click here.

CFP - Special Issue of Jeunesse on Mobility

June 9, 2014

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures invites essay submissions for a special issue addressing mobility 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.

Mobility invites us to think about bodies, identities, and agency from diverse disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Im/mobility can be many things: geographic, physical, ideological, imaginative, temporal, social. What are some of the ways that we might analyze this amorphous—in fact, mobile—topic in light of young people, their texts, and their cultures?

Submissions are requested by: 30 June 2015.

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Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow wins Award from Canadian Archaeological Association

May 1, 2014

We are happy to announce that Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow has won a 2014 Public Communications Award from the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA).

The CAA Public Awards Committee noted that this visually stunning book involved a large collaborative effort, including First Nation community members, early childhood educators, archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists, and historians. They appreciated that it seeks to meld two visions and approaches to Cree culture-history through a work of creative fiction designed to bring the many facets of traditional Cree culture alive for Native and non-Native readers alike, both young and old. The committee found this book to represent an extremely unique and creatively engaging manner of presenting archaeological information to the public.

For more information on the Pīsim project, visit our Projects.

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