CFP – Nostalgia and Children’s Literature

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This is a call for papers for a panel that will be at the Modern Language Association’s convention (January 6-9, 2011) in Los Angeles.

From the turn of the twentieth century’s reverence for nostalgia to contemporary criticism’s concern with the way it distorts, nostalgia has been a central part of children’s literature and theory. Is nostalgia critically productive? To what ends does nostalgia work? Papers examining nostalgia’s role in criticism or using nostalgia as the theoretical lens through which to read specific works of children’s literature from any era are welcome.

Please send 500 word proposals to Lee Talley at by March 15, 2010.

CFP – Irish Children’s Literature and Culture Symposium

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Irish Children’s Literature and Culture Symposium
Saturday, 5th December 2009
School of English, Drama and Film and Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin

Paper proposals are invited for a symposium on Irish Children’s Literature and Culture which will be held in the Humanities Institute of Ireland on Saturday 5th December. This symposium aims to explore the role that children’s literature played in constructions of national identity and the ways in which children’s books by Irish writers map contemporaneous assumptions about Irishness, childhood, gender, and class. A roundtable discussion will bring together leading scholars working on Irish Children’s Culture.

Papers also welcome on any aspect of Irish children’s literature and culture.

Confirmed speakers include Mary Shine Thompson, Valerie Coghlan, Celia Keenan, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, Patricia Kennon, and Ciara Ní Bhroin.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words for a 20-minute paper as well as brief biographical details to Dr Susan Cahill ( by 9 November 2009.


If you would like to attend the symposium please register by emailing Dr Susan Cahill ( by 9 November 2009.

CFP – “Second to the Right and Straight on Till Morning:” Navigating the Narrative Realm(s) of Children’s Texts

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Call For Paper Proposals

“Second to the Right and Straight on Till Morning:” Navigating the Narrative Realm(s) of Children’s Texts

A Peer Reviewed Graduate Conference on Children’s Literature and Cultural Texts
With keynote speakers Philip Nel and Maria Tatar

The University of British Columbia
May 1, 2010

This is a one-day conference showcasing graduate research that explores and questions any facet of children’s literature. You are invited to submit a paper proposal that contributes to and extends existing research in the area of children’s texts, which may include novels, film, picture books, and other culturally produced modes of children’s literature. We are particularly interested in research that draws upon the broadly interpreted themes of navigation, exploration, and narrative.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The child or young adult as explorer/explored, navigator/navigated
  • Navigating (or negotiating) identity, gender, race or religion
  • Literary trends such as the history/future of children’s texts
  • Pathways of adaptation such as literary translations of texts to film, games, merchandise or graphic novels
  • Exploring place, the child as traveller/runaway/adventurer
  • Curtailed freedom, boundaries, restrictions
  • Cultural, physical, psychological, ideological, or literary restrictions and barriers to exploration and imagination

Papers on any children’s or young adult’s genre are welcome, as are submissions that discuss other children’s texts such as film, virtual texts, or graphic novels.

Please send a 250 word abstract, the title of your paper, a 50-word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number to Annie Low-Beer at by March 28, 2010. Please put “Conference Proposal” in the subject line of your email. A proposal form is available on our website at:

The conference fee of $16 for students and presenters, and $32 for faculty and professionals includes morning and afternoon refreshments and catered lunch.

CFP – Changing A-Genders in Children’s Literature

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Changing A-Genders in Children’s Literature
The next children’s literature conference at the University of Hertfordshire
July 9-10, 2010
Including guests Babette Cole and Meg Rosoff

Attitudes to gender have changed radically in the past fifty years – in some cultures. In others, the degree of social and political freedom exercised by some girls and women in the Western world is highly problematical; there are also new issues in the gender debate.

How has children’s literature presented the gender agenda at different historical points, and what are writers for children offering now, in this increasingly complex continuing field?

We hope that the conference will address issues such as:

  • Comics
  • children’s fiction
  • publishing
  • picture books
  • children’s theatre
  • annuals
  • graphic novels
  • school stories

The Hertfordshire conferences have focused on perspectives on children’s literature including Marxist, psychoanalytic and political. Our intention is to bring together a body of challenging and innovative cross-disciplinary research, of interest to all those who live and work with children but also to academics from other research fields. We would particularly welcome contributions from the LGBT perspectives.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to:
Dr Jenny Plastow
School of Education
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield, Herts AL1 4QW

Papers chosen for inclusion at the conference may also be selected for publication in the 2010 Annual.