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 7.2 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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Call for Papers: IRSCL Congress 2017

February 22, 2016

The 23rd Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature will be hosted by the Children’s Studies Program, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University in Toronto, Canada.

Congress Co-Convenors
Cheryl Cowdy and Peter E. Cumming

Congress Dates
Saturday, July 29 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Congress Venue
Keele Campus, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Children’s Studies Program is an Honours BA program with more than 500 majors and minors. York University is the third-largest university in Canada. Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth-largest city in North America, and the leading Canadian destination for tourists. The economic, transportation, and cultural hub of Canada, with direct flights to many cities around the world, Toronto is one of the safest and most multicultural cities in the world.

Congress Theme
"Possible & Impossible Children: Intersections of Children’s Literature & Childhood Studies"

At least since Jacqueline Rose’s provocative argument about the "impossibility" of children’s fiction in 1984, children’s literature scholars have been profoundly anxious about "the child" and "children" in relation to children’s literature. Richard Flynn (1997), Mary Galbraith and Karen Coats (2001), Perry Nodelman (2008), David Rudd (2013), and Marah Gubar (2013) have variously noted the dangers, difficulties, necessities, and desirability of approaching children’s texts through conceptions of "children," "childhood," and "adulthood." Thus, this Congress is grounded in ongoing debates in children’s literature scholarship about possible relationships of “the child,” "children," and "childhood" to children’s literature; to what extent and in what ways such relationships are possible or "impossible"; and to what extent and in what ways these are necessary and/or desirable.

Over the past three decades, the multidisciplinary fields of children’s, childhood, and youth studies have developed dramatically. Childhood and youth studies, constantly negotiating intersections between actual young people and sociocultural constructions and representations of childhood and youth, offer compelling, if problematic, points of inquiry into the study of children’s literature, just as children’s and young adult literatures continue to challenge and inform childhood and youth studies.

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"The Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project: Methodological Approaches to Child-Centred, Community-Driven Research" by Dr. Erin Spring

January 28, 2016

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to host "The Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project: Methodological Approaches to Child-Centred, Community-Driven Research" a public lecture by Dr. Erin Spring on February 11 from 2:30PM to 3:30PM in Room 2D11.

The recently released Executive Summary of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada calls for the production of culturally appropriate and relevant environments as a means of promoting child welfare and resilience. In this talk, Dr. Spring will reflect on the early stages of an ongoing interdisciplinary project that brings together multiple researchers from the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge, policy makers, and community members from a non-profit organization for urban Blackfoot children. Blackfoot youth are becoming para-ethnographers, collecting stories about their culture, history, and language from their Elders to upload into a digital library. This library will assist in the delivery of culturally relevant educational programming, while facilitating intergenerational knowledge transmission. Dr. Spring’s talk will explore the value of using digital methods, photo-elicitation, and child-centered action research to achieve the aim of producing an enduring, culturally-relevant resource for the youth. Specifically, she will reflect on the ways in which these methodological approaches are centering the children and community members as active participants in the research project.

Dr. Erin Spring is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge. She is currently conducting reader-response research with Blackfoot youth living on a reserve in Southern Alberta, which is funded through the International Board of Books for Young People’s Frances E. Russell Grant. She is also the project manager of the Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project. Erin completed her PhD in Children’s Literature at the University of Cambridge.

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Launch of Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow at O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation

December 9, 2015

On December 7, 2015, the team that created Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow returned the book to its community O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba. The launch was held at Oscar Blackburn School with an audience of students, teachers, Chief and council, and community members. The research team gave a classroom set of Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow, along with a Teachers Guide for the book, to Oscar Blackburn School. The community honoured the research team by distributing gifts to them. Author William Dumas made remarks, and the launch event was followed by a feast hosted by the community.

We acknowledge the support of the Marsha Hanen Global Dialogue and Ethics Award to make this launch a possible.

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Sutherland Prix 2016/Prix Sutherland 2016

November 30, 2015

Call for Submissions: Neil Sutherland Prize for the Best Scholarly Article published on the History of Children and Youth

Purpose: This award honours the pioneering work of Neil Sutherland in the history of children and youth by recognizing outstanding and innovative contributions to the field. The prize will be awarded by the History of Children and Youth Group in conjunction with the 2016 meeting of the Canadian Historical Association.

Eligibility: Articles published in English or French in scholarly journals and books between January 2014 and December 2015 will be eligible for consideration. There are no restrictions on time periods or national/international context. Award winners will demonstrate originality of scholarship and clear contribution to the study of the history of young people.

Submission of articles: Please submit a PDF copy of the published article by January 15, 2016 to Kristine Alexander, Co-Chair, History of Children and Youth Group (kristine.alexander@uleth.ca). Please write “Sutherland Prize” in the subject line of your email. Self-nominations welcome.

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"An American Film Critic, a British intellectual, and a Peruvian Bear Walk into a Bar...: Civility and Conviviality in the Digital Age" by Dr. Daniel McNeil

November 5, 2015

On November 20 at 12:30PM in Room 2M70, Dr. Daniel McNeil (Associate Professor, History, Carleton University) is delivering a public talk entitled “An American Film Critic, a British intellectual, and a Peruvian Bear Walk into a Bar...: Civility and Conviviality in the Digital Age.” Dr. McNeil is a prominent historian and cultural theorist specializing in twentieth and twenty-first centuries cultural and intellectual history; Black Atlantic Studies; British Cultural Studies; Critical Race Studies and Sexuality; and Migration and Diaspora Studies.

His talk addresses the public intellectual work of notorious American film critic Armond White and celebrated British intellectual Paul Gilroy. In order to illuminate the idiosyncratic ways in which these writers both engage with intellectual work produced outside of academia, the talk will be interspersed with clips from the popular family film Paddington (2014). In doing so, it argues that the slyly subversive film updates the well-known stories of the beloved bear from "darkest Peru," which first appeared in print in 1958, in relation to post/colonial ideas about English politeness and Caribbean calypso – with the type of political intelligence and irony that has been demonstrated by Gilroy and White throughout their careers as cultural critics. The talk is moderated by Dr. Bruno Cornellier (English, University of Winnipeg). Everyone is welcome.

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