CFP – Literature. Children. Time.

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The Ukrainian Research Centre of Children and Youth literature is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2nd International Symposium dedicated to the investigation of the children’s and youth literature, “Literature. Children. Time,” that is going to be held in Lviv from 1 – 5 June 2010.

The Ukrainian Research Centre of Children and Youth literature is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2nd International Symposium dedicated to the investigation of the children’s and youth literature, “Literature. Children. Time,” that is going to be held in Lviv from 1 – 5 June 2010.

The program of the Symposium includes a scientific conference (from 3 – 5 June: plenary sessions, talks, workshops, panel discussions and poster presentations), and roundtable meetings with the authors and with the children’s literature translators.

The Conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Literature for children and youth as a special phenomenon
  • Translated literature for children and youth
  • Psychological-receptive aspect of the investigation of children’s and youth literature
  • Modern pedagogical-methodical ways of motivation to the reading
  • Modernizations of libraries for children and youth
  • The influence of the illustrations on the perception of the text
  • Design and decoration of the books: traditions and the future
  • Reading nation – literature for children in Ukraine and in the exile

Symposium Languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English, German.

The conference papers will be published in advance in the specialized scientific magazine of the Ukrainian Research Center of Children and Youth Literature. The requirements are as follows:

  • Up to 12 pages (0.5 printer’s sheet – 20 000 characters);
  • Times New Roman font, 14 point type, Normal style, 1.5 line-to-line spacing, 2.5 cm margins; English.
  • Conference fee:
    50 EUROS – for participants from Eastern Europe and Africa
    100 EUROS – for participants from other countries
    5 EUROS per one page of the paper upon acceptance notification
    This includes:
    1. Access to the conference
    2. Tea/coffee breaks on June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    3. Lunches on June 3,4,5
    4. Wine reception on June 1 and 5.
    5. Participation in all planned presentations
    6. Walking tour of Lviv in English and German.

Payment method: Fees must be paid at the registration desk in Lviv.

Deadline: An application form and the conference papers have to be sent by 15 May 2010 to e-mail:

CFP – Childhood and Cultures: Social and Human Sciences Perspectives

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The Research Committee, Sociologie de l’enfance of the International Association of French-speaking sociologists in partnership with The Department for Research, Foresight and Statistics (French Ministry of Culture and Communication) are organizing a joint international colloquium, on the occasion of the annual meeting of sociology of childhood organised by the AISLF. The conference will last for 3 days (one day of plenary sessions, 2 days of working groups) and will be held in Paris in December 2010.

The organizers of this Conference are inviting researchers to present their work on children’s changing relationship to culture, the term child being used in its widest acceptation to encompass statutory minors (i.e. in most countries, under 18). In the social sciences, debates about the end of childhood, about adolescence and youth indicate significant interest in viewing age groups in terms of processes and sociohistorical context.

Interest in the younger age groups is relatively recent, as is the study of their relationship to culture, evident in the intense debate in this area: should we be talking about practices or cultural consumption, how are we to analyse youth cultures and those that they comprise? Both single-disciplinary approaches and cross-disciplinary perspectives are encouraged: issues concerning socialisation and the role of peers, family transmission and sibling relationships, gender issues, culture/school conflicts, etc.

Proposals should highlight the social dimensions of the relationship of children (as previously defined) to culture, through four main approaches:

  • relationships to practices, objects and cultural products, and the affiliations they engender;
  • the analysis of material culture;
  • age issues : the transferability or uniqueness of age groups;
  • issues of method, epistemology and ethics.

Focused on social sciences, the conference also welcomes multidisciplinary approaches as well as comparative and international perspectives.

The conference will thus allow a comprehensive overview of current knowledge, research and emerging issues, while confronting different approaches and reinforce the research network.

Papers can be submitted in French and English. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by discussion. A limited number of grants may be available to fund conference attendance and will be allocated by the Scientific Committee.

Practical arrangements

Proposals for papers

Proposals should provide the following information:

  • first name and surname, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number;
  • academic or professional status, institutional affiliation;
  • summary of proposed paper: 500 words maximum in either French or English (specifying the area covered, issue, data and method used)
  • For those seeking financial support this should include a budget (transport and/or accommodation), as well as a letter from the candidate and from the head of research, head of department or reference university.

Dead-line for submissions

Proposals should be submitted to before the 30 April 2010.

Acceptance will be notified by email before the 1st of July 2010.

To be included in the programme, selected papers (6 000 words maximum) should be sent to the Scientific Committee before the 1st of October 2010.


After approval by the Scientific Committee, all papers presented will be put on line as drafts. A selection of articles will be published in a special printed issue of the journal Réseaux.

Scientific Committee

Gilles Brougère, Université Paris 13, France
Philippe Chantepie, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France
Christine Detrez, Ecole normale supérieure, Lyon, France
Hervé Glévarec, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Ana Nunes de Almeida, Universiade Lisboa, Portugal
Sylvie Octobre, Ministère de la culture et de la communication , France
Dominique Pasquier, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Régine Sirota, Université Paris Descartes, France

Call For Submissions to the 2010 Frances E. Russell Grant

The Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada) is now accepting submissions to the 2010 Frances E. Russell Grant.

The Frances E. Russell Grant was established by the late Marjorie Russell in memory of her sister, a longtime supporter of IBBY Canada. The $1,000 grant is intended to support IBBY Canada’s mission “to initiate and encourage research in young people’s literature in all its forms” and is given in support of research for a publishable work (a book or a paper) on Canadian children’s literature. Past winners include Gail Edwards, Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, Michelle Cobban, André Gagnon, Ronald A. Jobe, Carole H. Carpenter, Sydell Waxman, Françoise Lepage, Lynn Westerhout and Krista V. Johansen.

The deadline for proposals, which may be submitted in English or in French, is May 1, 2010. Eligible works include:

  1. Studies of individual authors and their work, especially if they are considered in their socio-historical context.
  2. Comparative studies of two or more authors, which illuminate their stylistic differences, or consider their social and historical approaches.
  3. Subject/Genre overviews, for example, Canadian fantasy or historical fiction.
  4. Biographical studies of Canadian children’s authors or illustrators.
  5. Studies of Canadian illustrators and their work.
  6. Related subjects including contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of Canadian children’s literature.
  7. Research for children’s fiction or non-fiction based on Canadian topics or subjects.

Three copies of each proposal, which should include a project synopsis and curriculum vitae, are required. The competition is open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. A jury, appointed by IBBY Canada, will select the successful applicant.

Send proposals to:

Attention: Deirdre Baker, Frances E. Russell Grant Chair
IBBY Canada c/o The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Suite 101, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9

The winner of the 2008-9 Frances E. Russell Grant will be announced in April 2010.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) believes in the ability of children’s books to bridge cultures and, ultimately, to promote peace. Jella Lepman, founder of the International Youth Library, started IBBY in 1953 in postwar Germany. Her goal was to promote international understanding through children’s books. Established in 1980, IBBY Canada is one of more than seventy sections worldwide.

For more information about IBBY and the Frances E. Russell Grant, please visit the IBBY Canada web site at or write to