ARCYP at 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences


The Association for Research in Cultures of Young People will be running an entire day of panel presentations on May 31, 2010 at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Concordia University.

Join us for three panel sessions (Hope and Change?: Young People’s Cultures and Social Justice, Childhood and Nature, The Child and the City) and a roundtable called Participatory Ontologies and Youth Cultures.

Click here for the complete schedule. Room numbers are TBA.

CFP – WOW Stories

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WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is seeking manuscripts for publication in our refereed electronic journal, which is published two or three times each year. Manuscripts should focus on descriptions of practice connecting children and literature in ways that promote intercultural understanding. We especially welcome submissions by classroom teachers and educators.

Submit your manuscript now using our on-line form.

Manuscripts should:

  • Describe classroom or library practice (K-12) that connects children and literature in ways that promote intercultural understanding.
  • Take the form of a story or vignette that one educator might tell to another to share the responses of students to literature.
  • Include children’s voices where appropriate through quotes of student talk, examples of student work, audio clips, or video clips.
  • Include charts, graphs, children’s artifacts, bulleted points, and/or figures wherever possible to vary the format and enhance the content of the article.
  • Be less than 2000 words.

As an electronic journal, WOW Stories can accommodate audio/visual clips as part of teacher vignettes. We particularly invite manuscripts written as a story that one educator might tell to another to share the ways in which students engaged with literature. Read the journal to see examples of the types of manuscripts that we are seeking and check back here for submission guideline updates.

Manuscripts are accepted at any time. However, the deadline for submission to the Fall 2010 issue is July 15, 2010. The deadline for submission to the Spring 2011 issue is January 15, 2011.

The Environmental Imagination and Children’s Literature Symposium at University of Toronto

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGINATION AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE will feature renowned children’s authors from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.: David Almond, M.T. Anderson, Susan Cooper, Sarah Ellis and Tim Wynne-Jones.

They will be joined by Professor Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University and Professor Marguerite Holloway, professor of science and environmental issues journalism at the Journalism School, Columbia University.

Academics and university students, writers and illustrators, teachers, librarians, publishers and editors -anyone eager to think hard about children’s literature is invited to this fest of thinking readers and writers. Interested high school students are also welcome.

What makes the imagination in children’s books “environmental”? What do climatologists and botanists, children’s writers and artists, and the playing child have in common? Examining the stuff of which children’s books are made – words and pictures – some of the world’s leading children’s writers and experts on literature will look at the way children’s books create and critique the environment and environmental issues. Why is wilderness necessary in writing as in the natural world? How do miniature characters change a child’s environmental imagination? What happens when fantasy takes on the climate? What do “affluence, effluents, dancing cows, and forty-two pounds of edible fungus” have to do with the child’s relationship to the natural world?

March 5/6, 2010 at Trinity College, University of Toronto

CFP – Adolescence in Canadian Literature

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Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne, published at the University of New Brunswick since 1975, invites submissions to a special issue focusing on depictions of adolescence in Canadian literature, to be edited by Jennifer Andrews, John Clement Ball, Heidi Butler, and Benjamin Lefebvre.

As a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood, adolescence has been deployed as a complex metaphor in the literature of numerous countries, including Canada, which has often been depicted as an adolescent (or emerging) nation. The editors welcome original submissions on Canadian texts from pre-Confederation to the contemporary moment for and/or about adolescents, including literatures from all regions, time periods, and types, including depictions of adolescence that extend the range of thirteen to nineteen in either direction. Interdisciplinary approaches are also welcomed.

Possible topics include:

  • Generic and ideological distinctions between literature for adolescents (the “YA novel”) and literature about adolescents
  • Adolescent perspectives and family dynamics, including narration/focalization
  • Adolescent voices and the shaping of cultural memory
  • Adolescent rebellion and cultural citizenship
  • Adolescence and war, crisis, risk, politics/activism, nationhood/nation-building
  • Peer groups’ effects on adolescent maturity
  • Colonial and postcolonial discourses of adolescence
  • The contemporary bildüngsroman and künstlerroman
  • Global vs. local, rural vs. urban adolescences
  • Adolescence and/as performance
  • First Nations, racialized, gendered, queer, and trans adolescences
  • Adolescence in English and French Canadas

Submissions should not be longer than 7,000 words and should conform to the MLA Handbook, 6th edition. Please submit electronically via Word attachment to Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2010, with publication scheduled for late 2010 or early 2011. We welcome submissions in English and in French. For more information, visit the journal’s website at or contact Heidi Butler at