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 5.2 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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Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow Shortlisted for Two Manitoba Book Awards

April 2, 2014

The picture book Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow has been shortlisted for two 2013 Manitoba Books Awards: Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year and McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category.

Pīsim is the result of a five-year collaboration between storyteller and educator William Dumas and a team of researchers and educators managed by the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures. For more information, see our Projects.

The 2013 Manitoba Book Awards take place Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the West End Cultural Centre. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the ceremonies begin at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

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#uwinlibrary Project

March 25, 2014

Funded by the Experiential Learning Fund of the University of Winnipeg, the students of ENGL-3120 Practicum in Literacy, Language and Literature have chosen to focus their class action project on the UW library. As an action project, they have proposed a temporary redesign of one of the study mezzanines to raise student awareness and interest in library study spaces. Through this creation of a study space, the practicum students hope to encourage their fellow UW students to contribute ideas about what they would like from the library and library study spaces in the future. The project will be promoted through posters, postcards, a design-oriented book display, and a little free library (leave a book-take a book) set-up in the UWSA Hive space. Students can submit ideas both through social media and through postcards, and floor plan ideas to be submitted into a dropbox in the library. The project will be written up as a report with findings and proposals for the creation of a future student advisory board, and other student-oriented projects/events at the UW library.

The project is part of an initiative to encourage experiential and hands-on learning in undergraduate courses at UW. The students work as a group to plan, implement, and report on their community-oriented project.

Please be in touch with Dr. Naomi Hamer (n.hamer@uwinnipeg.ca) with any questions.

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Indigenous Children’s Literature Panel at Manitoba Indigenous Writers’ Festival

January 14, 2014

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, the Manitoba Indigenous Writers’ Festival will feature a panel on Indigenous Children’s Literature at 10:00AM in the Carol Shields Auditorium at the Millennium Library.

This panel will feature Sherry Farrell Racette (Associate Professor in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba), Jordan Wheeler (author of Just a Walk, Christmas At Wapos Bay and Achimoona: Native Stories ), and Elizabeth Denny (author of Jenneli’s Dance).

For more information about the festival, visit their Facebook page.

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Girls, Texts, Cultures Available for Pre-Order

January 3, 2014

Girls, Texts, Cultures, a volume initiated by a symposium hosted by the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, is now available for pre-order through Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

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Edited by Clare Bradford and Mavis Reimer, this book focuses on girls and girlhoods, texts for and about girls, and the cultural contexts that shape girls’ experience. It brings together scholars from girls’ studies and children’s literature, fields that have traditionally conducted their research separately, and the collaboration showcases the breadth and complexity of girl-related studies.

Contributors from disciplines such as sociology, literature, education, and gender studies combine these disciplinary approaches in novel ways with insights from international studies, postcolonial studies, game studies, and other fields. Several of the authors engage in activist and policy-development work around girls who experience poverty and marginalization. Each essay is concerned in one way or another with the politics of girlhood as they manifest in national and cultural contexts, in the everyday practices of girls, and in textual ideologies and agendas.

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