CFP – Nature in Literature for Children and Young People

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Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature Research

Call for papers – Nature in Literature for Children and Young People

Ecocriticism or “green reading” is a research focus that has gained ground in recent years in relation to literature for children and young people. As regards descriptions of natural phenomena, animation of the landscape, and anthropomorphisation, it is a fact that nature has played and continues to play a key role in literature for children and young people. Environmental activism and climate change are themes that have come into literature over the past fifty years. Barnboken therefore welcomes articles dealing with studies of the ways in which the relationship between man, nature and the environment is depicted in children’s literature. Scholarly articles are welcomed for the 2011 issues of Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature Research.

Possible subject areas:

  • Nature and its place in contemporary children’s literature/picture books
  • The environmental activist in literature for young people – hero or villain?
  • The faces of climate change in literature for children and young people
  • Faeces and corpses on the rise
  • Animals, mankind and the metamorphosis
  • Nature as “the other” – culture vs non-culture
  • Animals and nature in contemporary nonfiction books for children

Articles must not have been previously published or presented in other contexts.

Please submit a 300 word abstract by email to including:

1)The title of the article
2)The name, affiliation and email address of the author

Abstracts must be submitted no later than 15 February 2010. Articles that are accepted will be published during 2011. A guide to our reference and note system may be found at You may also contact the editor, Lillemor Torstensson, for further information.

Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature Research is peer reviewed. The members of the editorial board are: Senior Lecturer Stefan Mählqvist, Professor Maria Nikolajeva, Janina Orlov, PhD, and Agneta Rehal, PhD. Barnboken is published by The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books and receives financial support from Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council). In addition to articles and papers, every issue also contains reviews of new theoretical publications and information concerning topical research. There are two issues annually, and it will also be available in Open Access form beginning in 2010. Barnboken publishes articles in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and English.

For further information please contact
Sbi, The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books
Lillemor Torstensson, editor
Odengatan 61,
SE-113 22 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Tel: +46 (0)8-54 54 20 51,

CFP – Anthology of World Nonsense

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Announcing: An Anthology of World Nonsense

We seek submissions of translations of verse or prose nonsense literature from cultures outside of Anglo-American tradition. We are collecting folk nonsense of the “High Diddle Diddle” type, literary nonsense of the “Walrus and the Carpenter” type, and pop culture nonsense, such as some Bollywood film lyrics. (For more detail on exactly what we are looking for see below.)

Submission Requirements: Please send original language text (if possible) and a literal, word-for-word, translation. If you also have a more polished English translation, you may submit it. Any explanatory/translation notes would be appreciated.

Deadline: January 15, 2010


Michael Heyman, The Berklee College of Music,

Kevin Shortsleeve, Chistopher Newport University,

What Nonsense Is:

Nonsense texts usually exist somewhere between perfect sense, on one hand, and absolute gibberish on the other. They achieve this by maintaining a balance between elements that seem to make sense and elements that do not. Nonsense texts often revel in topsy-turvyness and inversions of natural laws or hierarchical laws of order and place. They are chimerical constructions typified by excessive randomness, often celebrating the impossible and playing with temporal and spatial confusion. They ennoble anomaly while simultaneously rejecting the expected, the orderly and the everyday. These characteristics of nonsense create the effect of questioning commonly endorsed systems, such as language and logic. Nonsense seems to allude to an alien and impenetrable alternative system of authority that rejects established order. Nonsense can be poetry or prose, and it can appear in the guise of any genre or form, including but not limited to short story, novel, travel writing, ballad, sonnet, limerick, song, folk rhymes and tales, lullaby, recipe, and alphabet.

What Nonsense is Not:

Nonsense is not riddles. Nonsense is not jokes. Nonsense is not light verse. Most fantasy is not nonsense. Not all nursery rhymes are nonsense. Not all limericks are nonsense (limericks with the “punch line” ending are usually not).

Examples of Nonsense:

The following examples from English tradition point to styles and genres for which we are looking. We seek similarly styled poems and prose nonsense from continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania and Central and South America.

Folk Nonsense: Certain nursery rhymes like “Hey Diddle Diddle” which paint unlikely and seemingly meaningless scenarios, or examples of children’s oral folklore like “One Bright Day in the Middle of the Night,” which posits a list of impossible juxtapositions.

Examples from folklore like The Brother’s Grimm “Clever Elsie,” in which Elsie cannot remember whether she is she, or whether someone else is she. Passages from mummers’ plays and other carnivalesque traditions in which the world is turned upside down and absurdity reigns supreme.

Literary Nonsense: Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” or “The Hunting of the Snark,” Edward Lear’s “Owl and the Pussycat” or “The Four Little Children Who Went Round the World,” some of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, Edward Gorey’s The Iron Tonic or The Epileptic Bicycle, John Ciardi’s “Sylvester,” Laura Richards’ “Eletelephony,” Shel Silverstein’s “If the World Was Crazy.”

Some Authors We Are Considering:

(Germany) Christian Morganstern, “The Picket Fence”
(India) Sukumar Ray, “Glibberish-Gibberish”
(South Africa) Nicholas Daly, Wanderer in Og
(Portugal) Fernando Pessoa, “Poema Pial”
(Poland) Stanislaw Baranczak; Jerzy Harasymowicz, “A Green Lowland of Pianos”
(France) Guillaume Apollinaire, “Hat-tomb”
(Norway) Einar Økland, “Siri, What Shall You Do?”, Zinken Hopp, The Magic Chalk
(The Netherlands) Kees Buddingh, “De blauwbilgorgel”
(Czech Republic) Pavel Šrut
(Russia) Evgeny Kluev, Between Two Chairs

To follow the blog for the research and travel associated with this volume, please visit:

CFP – Childhood and Youth in Transition Conference

The University of Sheffield’s Centre For the Study of Childhood and Youth presents its 3rd International Conference from July 6-8, 2010. The theme is Childhood and Youth in Transition, and this is the first call for papers.

In the context of global social, political and economic changes the conference this year will explore the ways in which these broad shifts are having an impact on ideas of childhood and youth and on children’s and young people’s everyday lives. Themes for exploration might include:

  • UNCRC and its aftermath – changes in law and policy
  • Children and young people’s changing citizenship
  • Technological change, new media and consumption
  • Environmental change and children’s futures
  • Economic recession and child poverty
  • Transitions in the life course for children and young people in relation to school and work
  • Health, well-being and the body

This year we also welcome suggestions for small symposia around specific themes. If you wish to organise a symposia, please contact Allison James(

Plenary speakers:

Professor David Buckingham (Institute of Education, UK)
Professor Martin Woodhead (Open University, UK)
Professor Irene Rizzini, (International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood, Brazil)


Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to the conference administrator, Dawn Lessels, by January 31, 2010 (


The conference will once again be held in the 4* Kenwood Hall Hotel. This beautiful Victorian Hotel is set in 12 acres of stunning grounds, yet is only a mile from the City Centre. For those choosing to stay at the hotel it also offers free access to the gym, sauna and swimming pool. Wi-fi is available throughout the conference venue.

The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday evening (July 7).

A welcome wine reception and poster session will be held on Tuesday evening (July 6) at Kenwood Hall and opportunities will be available for delegates to participate in the Children’s Film Festival held in Sheffield.

Conference Fees:

£250 Full Conference (includes conference fee, all lunches/teas and coffees – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)

£180 Day rate (includes conference fee, 1 lunch, teas/coffees)

£200 Self-funded PhD student (includes conference fee, all lunches/teas/coffees- Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)

£30 Conference dinner (includes meal, wine and transport)


This is available at the Kenwood Hall Hotel at a special discounted rate of £79 per night (Bed and Breakfast). Dinner at the Kenwood will also be available at a reduced rate of £20. Other alternative accommodation is also available nearby. All room and dinner bookings should be made directly with the hotels. Details about this can be found on the conference registration form.

Please note that places are limited at this conference so early booking is recommended.

The conference registration form and further details can be found at

CFP – Child, Family and Disability

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Critical Disability Studies Conference

Child, Family and Disability

Free conference hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University

Dates: Wednesday 28 April, 2010 ~ 10am-4pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 5, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (

This conference brings together an international group of disability studies researchers. This call for papers seeks contributions around the following areas:

  • Making sense of and challenging notions of children and childhood
  • Making sense of normal and normalcy
  • Making sense of and challenging ableism
  • Questioning the push to make children hyper-normal
  • Intersections of child, gender, class, ethnicity, ability
  • Examining the ways in which normalcy and ableism function in the lives of disabled children and their families and allies
  • Challenging policy conceptions of child and disability
  • Bringing together ideas from the human and social sciences and humanities

Keynote speakers will include Professor Patricia McKeever, Senior Scientist, Theme Leader and Bloorview Kids Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, Canada. Professor McKeever’s research interests include: social, philosophical and policy aspects of childhood disability/chronic illness, interdisciplinary scholarship, contemporary social theory and qualitative research methods.

Deadline for paper abstracts: 31 January 2010
Deadline for attendance: 31 March 2010
Abstract and attendance email: Katherine Runswick-Cole,

Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature at Kansas State University

Assistant Professor

Tenure-track position for specialist in Children’s Literature. Ph.D. in English (ABD considered) with focus on children’s literature required. All children’s literature fields will be considered, but candidates with sub-specialties in ethnic, world, or multi-cultural children’s literature especially encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature; five course per year teaching load. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, evidence of research and publication or its potential required. Commitment to diversity required. The department offers a graduate concentration in children’s literature and a collegial environment for professional development.

Send letter of application, c.v., evidence of teaching effectiveness (sample syllabi, statement of teaching philosophy), and a list of graduate courses completed to Karin Westman, Head, English Dept., ECS Building, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. (Letters of reference and writing samples will be requested later.) Review of applications begins November 2, 2009 and continues until the position is filled. Kansas State is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

View the posting on Kansas State University’s English Department website: