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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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"You get to BE Harold’s Purple Crayon": The Limitations and Opportunities of Picture Book Apps - Naomi Hamer Skywalk Lecture

September 29, 2014

"You get to BE Harold’s Purple Crayon": The Limitations and Opportunities of Picture Book Apps, a Skywalk Lecture by Dr. Naomi Hamer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Millennium Library - Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald Street
Free admission

This lecture focuses on the changing conceptualization and design of the children’s picture book in the context of emerging mobile and interactive technologies. Contemporary picture books are increasingly produced and consumed through interactive picture book applications ("apps") for mobile devices such as the iPad. Framed by theoretical and methodological approaches from game studies, social semiotics, and New Literacies Studies, Dr. Hamer will examine how picture books apps remediate the discourses articulated in the classic picture books and reflect the tensions the affordances and the limitations of interactive mobile technologies to offer dynamic modes to represent and interact with narrative.

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Sensing War: Children’s Memories of the Wartime Atlantic, 1939-1945

September 19, 2014

A public lecture by Dr. Barbara Lorenzkowski presented by the H. Sanford Riley Centre for Canadian History

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 14, 7:00PM
Location: Oral History Centre, 2B22, University of Winnipeg

In the port cities of Atlantic Canada, children and youth grew up in a self-declared battle front during the years of the Second World War. For these youngsters, the war had a raw immediacy; for the Battle of the Atlantic transformed the waters and streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia, beyond recognition. It was not just the navy, army, air force and merchant marine that clogged the harbour and city streets; an unprecedented influx of military vehicles, as well, invaded the city, curtailing children’s range of movement and spaces of play.

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Childhood in the Twentieth Century: Perspectives from History

September 19, 2014

Date and Time: Friday, October 17, 2014 – 1:00PM–3:30PM
Location: University of Winnipeg, Room 3C12 (Dean’s Board Room)

The University of Winnipeg Department of History (with the aid of the Riley Centre in Canadian History) wishes to welcome all faculty, students and community members to a half-day symposium, Children and Childhood in the Twentieth Century. The three papers will touch on issues as varied as: delinquency, medical practice, children and wartime, children’s urban experience, and childhood and family in the Cold War military. Scholars and students of all disciplines are welcome.

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2014-15 David Almond Fellowships Call for Applications

June 11, 2014

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 2014-5 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 two 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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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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