CFP – Rethinking Youth Cultures In The Age Of Global Media

Rethinking Youth Cultures In The Age Of Global Media
Conference: Friday, 17 June 2011, Institute Of Education, London

Young people now have significantly greater access to globalised media and to technologies that can form and sustain transnational connections; many have also experienced global migration, and live in communities in which a wide range of global cultures mix and cross-fertilise. Media companies for their part are constructing and targeting global markets in which definitions of ‘age’ are stretched and/or inconsistent, whilst in general the role of media and consumption in contemporary culture has undergone significant shifts. Such developments have posed a challenge to some of the theoretical and methodological assumptions of earlier research on youth cultures. This conference, the final event in an ESRC-funded seminar series exploring these issues, will consider current and future directions for youth cultures research in the context of media globalisation.

Keynote speakers include Ritty Lukose (New York University, author of Liberalisation’s Children: Gender, Youth and Consumer Citizenship in Globalizing India) on ‘The Space-Time of Youth: Globalization and Generation’ and Mary Celeste Kearney (University of Texas, author of Girls Make Media) on ‘Rethinking Our Frames: Contexualizing Girls’ Media Production.’

In addition, the day will feature parallel panel presentations by some of those involved in the seminar series and conclude with a roundtable reflecting on the themes of the conference and the series, with Anoop Nayak, Christine Griffin, Hilary Pilkington, Rupa Huq and others.

There are still slots for additional papers and panels on relevant topics such as: youth and new media; theories of youth culture; youth as consumers; migration, transnationalism and diaspora; identities, differences and inequalities; youth as media producers and participants; and methods in youth research. If you would like to propose a paper or a themed panel, please send a title plus a 200-word abstract and author information to before Monday 28 March 2011 (extension to earlier deadline of March 11).

We are keeping the cost of attendance at the conference low at just £20 (to cover lunch, refreshments and a closing reception). To reserve a place and arrange payment, please email

CFP – New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship

Call for Papers
New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship
Editor: Dr Sally Maynard, Lecturer, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University

The editor is currently seeking articles for the next edition of the New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. This is an international journal designed to explore the range of issues of current concern to those working in the field of children’s literature and librarianship around the world, including:

  • critical assessments of children’s and adolescent literature
  • the management of library services to children and adolescents
  • education issues affecting library services
  • Information Technology
  • user education and the promotion of services
  • staff education and training
  • collection development and management
  • book and media selection
  • research in literature and library services for children and adolescents

The editor will be pleased to consider for publication original manuscripts which deal with any of this broad range of themes. Papers should not have been published previously, or been submitted elsewhere simultaneously. Papers presented at conferences may be considered if they are unlikely to be published in a conference proceedings volume.

Further details of the journal and instructions for authors can be found at

The journal is refereed by members of the editorial board – a group of internationally distinguished academics and professionals working in the areas of children’s literature and children’s and schools librarianship.

The deadline for papers is Friday, 4 March 2011 (this is negotiable, however). Manuscripts should be sent electronically to Sally Maynard at:

CFP – Children’s Literature and Migration

Call for Papers: Children’s Literature and Migration

“Boris had never seen a stork in his life, but he knew right away that he was in great danger. He hopped away as fast as he could.” But wherever frog Boris from Jens Rassmus’ Der wunderbarste Platz auf der Welt (The Most Marvellous Place on Earth) hops, nobody is prepared to take him in. A foreigner in foreign places, a foreigner at home, at home in foreign countries – or just German, Austrian, French like everyone else? In light of the never-ending debates on fears of integration, alleged refusals to integrate and ubiquitous racism, children’s and young adults’ literature on migration allows us to address the topic gently. It moves the lives of children and young adults from migrant families into the focus of the majority society, facilitates the development of understanding and tolerance, the comprehension of immigrant cultures and the realisation that the alleged differences sometimes do not exist and that everything is not as problematic as it seems at first glance.

How do children and young adults from migrant families live in their and our countries? Which problems shape their everyday lives? And which hopes, problems and fears do they share with other children and young adults in their native countries? The summer issue of interjuli will address the topic of migration and how it figures in children’s and young adults’ literature. Possible topics include:

  • Flight and expulsion in children’s and young adults’ literature
  • Racism and xenophobia
  • Interculturality and multiculturalism in books for children and young adults
  • Multilingualism in books for children and young adults
  • Picture books’ power of integration
  • Theories of problem-oriented children’s and young adults’ literature – intercultural vs. “foreigner literature”
  • Problems, chances and the creative potential of authors from immigrant families
  • Migration literature in nursery and school

As always, we explicitly encourage contributions that do not pertain to our focal topic. Please send your manuscripts by March 31, 2011. Guidelines concerning formatting and editing will be sent out upon request.

interjuli is an interdisciplinary scientific journal for studies in international children’s and young adults’ literature. We publish research papers as well as reviews of primary and secondary works. Articles may, but do not have to, pertain to our focal topic.

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Youth, Citizenship, Rights Symposium at York University


ARCYP and York University’s Children’s Studies Program are sponsoring the Youth, Citizenship, Rights Symposium on January 22, 2011. Members of the ARCYP Executive, scholars from various disciplines from across Canada, Children’s Studies faculty and senior students and children will address their research in relation to youth, rights, and citizenship in papers presented in three short panels, including open discussion. The symposium will be held in Vanier College Senior Common Room (010 Vanier College), and admission is free.

Panels include Citizenship: At Home, At School, and On the Street; Children, Rights, and the Aesthetic of Citizenship; and Citizenship within the Digital Domain.

See for more information.

ChLA Research Grant Opportunities

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Each year the Children’s Literature Association provides grants in two categories–Faculty Research and Graduate Student Research. These are competitive grants that vary in award amount from $500 to $1500, based on the number and needs of the winning applicants. Up to $5,000 is available to be awarded in each category.

Further details about criteria and application procedure for the ChLA Faculty Research Grants can be found at

Further details about criteria and application procedure for the Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grants can be found at

Applications will be accepted from now through February 1, 2011. Any questions about eligibility of projects or other matters relating to the grants should be directed to the Grants Committee Chair, Susan Stan, at or to the ChLA Administrator, Kathy Kiessling, at

CFP – Why Comics Are and Are Not Picture Books

Call for Proposals: “Why Comics Are and Are Not Picture Books”
Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, 5-8 Jan. 2012, Seattle, Washington

A proposed panel jointly sponsored by the MLA Children’s Literature Division and the MLA Comics and Graphic Narratives Discussion Group

This panel will explore the possible relationships between comics and picture books, two imagetext genres implicated in children’s literacy learning which, despite overlapping formally and aesthetically, nonetheless stand apart socially and culturally. The potential application of picture book theory to comics, and, conversely, comics theory to picture books, promises to challenge this apartness—that is, to call into question the generic distinctiveness of the two forms. In that spirit, this panel invites participation from multiple perspectives, including but not limited to genre theory, education, history, formalism, aesthetics, semiotics, and ideological criticism.


Scholars of the picture book (e.g., Nodelman, Nikolajeva and Scott, and op de Beeck) have gestured toward, in some cases briefly addressed, the aesthetics and reading demands of comics. By the same token, comics theorists (see e.g. McCloud’s Understanding Comics and Varnum and Gibbons’ anthology The Language of Comics: Word and Image) have in effect suggested, if not yet pursued, formal likenesses between the genres. Yet the critical dialogue between the genres remains muted. This panel will seek to enliven that dialogue by posing questions such as:

  • What formal resources and aesthetic strategies do comics and picture books share? Do they tend to deploy those resources and use those strategies differently?
  • What similar or different demands do the two genres make of readers?
  • How does the typical experience—if indeed we may posit a typical experience—of reading one genre differ from that of reading the other? For instance, how conducive are comics to what Ellen Spitz calls conversational reading, that is, reading shared by adult and child?
  • How do both comics and picture books participate in discourses and projects related to literacy learning and cultural literacy? For example, the possible role of comics in reading instruction has garnered much interest in recent studies (see e.g. Cary 2004; Carter 2007; Frey and Fisher 2008; Thompson 2008)—how might this development be regarded culturally and critically? How might comics differ from or resemble picture books in their classroom use?

The creative dialogue between the two genres has intensified: consider for example comics-oriented picture books by David Wiesner, Art Spiegelman, Eleanor Davis, Posy Simmonds, Peter Sís, Mo Willems, or Marcia Williams; continued interest in classics such as Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen or Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman; and recent genre-blurring texts such as Shaun Tan’s The Arrival or Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This proposed session would encourage a critical conversation to match: diverse, energetic, and timely.

Several factors make this an opportune and even urgent topic for MLA 2012, including the many artists who have worked in both genres; the genres’ shared aesthetic and narrative resources, and the relevance of image/text theories to both; the new prominence of comics in both children’s book publishing and reading instruction; and the current struggle of the picture book market to respond to social, educational, economic, and technological change. In addition, this topic well suits MLA 2012’s location in Seattle (a bastion of comics and graphic novels) and its Presidential theme, Language, Literature, Learning, which emphasizes the role of reading in cognitive growth, educational attainment, and critical thinking. These issues are of great concern in the emerging discourse on children’s comics reading, and have always been central to picture book scholarship.

Send abstracts of roughly 500 words in Word or PDF form to Charles Hatfield at The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2011. Submitters will receive notification of results by April 1.

Please note that this CFP is for a proposed, not a guaranteed, session at MLA 2012, meaning that it is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee (which will make its decisions after April 1). All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than 7 April 2011.

This CFP can also be viewed at

CFP – Special Issue of Extravío: The Endless Tale: Writing and Rewriting of Traditional Tales

Paper Call
Extravío 6 (2011) (in progress)
The Endless Tale: Writing and Rewriting of Traditional Tales

Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Tom Thumb, Bluebeard, The Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio…they all are traditional stories that can work as a rich base for any comparative study. This is the proposal for the sixth issue of Extravío, the approach to the writing, the rewriting, even the sabotage, of such narratives that constitute our particular endless tale.

Call for papers: please address your proposal to The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2011 (name and surname, institution, article’s title and a 15-20 lines abstract).

Selection: during May 2010 the deadline for the complete essay will be communicated to those whose abstracts are accepted.

Call for papers:

Extravío is an online review dedicated to Comparative Literature (ISSN 1886-4902). It is an annual monographic publication of the Department of Theory of Languages, University of Valencia (Spain), which is indexed in the database as the MLA Directory of Periodicals.

You can consult the numbers issued until to the current date, and all information about the review at:

CFP – Copenhagen Colloquium on Children and Religion

May 18-19, 2011
Danish School of Education, Arhus University (Copenhagen Campus)
Organized by: Sally Anderson, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
Christian Kordt Højbjerg, Department of Anthropology, MindLab, Aarhus University

The study of children and religion is currently on the rise. This is in part due to renewed interest in cognitive and relational approaches to religious learning and transmission, which enlist the help of children as experimental informants, or study children as participants in real-life religious rituals. This is also partly due to renewed controversy among governments, religious communities, educators and other stakeholders over the place of religion, faith-based identities and affiliations in children’s lives. Present scholarship on children and religion is thus not only scattered widely across disciplines and departments, it is also divergently focused on questions of cognition and spirituality and the cultural politics of morality, education, identity, affiliation and rights.

The purpose of this colloquium is to bring together international scholars to engage in a common discussion about the ‘relationship’ between children and religion and the ways in which scholars study this relationship. Which understandings of ‘children’ are informing contemporary studies of religion, spirituality and cognition – and which understandings of ‘religion’ are informing contemporary studies of children and youth in diverse settings?

The colloquium will address the following themes:

  1. Religious ideas and practices pertaining to children, and how these serve to shape children’s lives.
  2. The ways in which children—as social actors, learners, symbols of collective futurity—shape religion.
  3. Understandings of ‘children’ and ‘religion’ brought into play in research on children and religion and how these feed back into understandings and practices discussed above.

Invited speakers:
Christina Toren, professor of Anthropology, St. Andrews University
Marcia J. Bunge, Professor of Humanities and Theology, Valparaiso University
Other speakers to be confirmed.

The colloquium will comprise a combination of keynotes, panel discussion and workshops. We welcome papers that discuss one or several of the mentioned issues. Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (up to 500 words) to or before 1 March 2011.

Deadline for Registration: 1 April 2011
Conference fee: DKK 300
Venue: Arhus University Campus in Copenhagen, Danish School of Education, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV.

CFP – Revolt, Rebellion, Protest: Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature

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Revolt, Rebellion, Protest: Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature
June 23-25, 2011
Hollins University – Roanoke, Virginia

Call for Papers

Revolution, upheaval, protest, and cultural change have swept over the world in repeating cycles since civilization began and literature for children has encouraged those changes or deplored them, but always recorded them in its pages. So in 2011, at the 38th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference, we will look at the way and speed at which our world is changing, through the lens of children’s literature. We will consider how children’s literature and characters in children’s literature, in all media from books to video games, institute change, transgress the norm, protest the status quo or seek to protect it.

We also welcome papers on the work of Virginia Euwer Wolff, winner of the 2011 Phoenix Award for her novel The Mozart Season.

Some suggested topics follow, but other ideas are welcome and encouraged:

  • The idealization of the past in children’s literature
  • Patriotism and children’s literature
  • The “red diaper babies,” children of leftist or radical parents
  • Competing historical visions (Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Disney’s Song of the South for instance)
  • Historical fiction vs. works written during the revolution itself
  • The trickster figure in children’s literature
  • The American Revolution, the French Revolution, or the English Civil War
  • Children’s Literature as a mirror of changing socials values and norms
  • Explorations of racial and gender discrimination in children’s literature
  • The use of fantastic worlds and settings to explore traditionally taboo topics
  • Visions of society in series such as “Dear America” and the “American Girl” books
  • Depictions of the civil rights, anti-war, and women’s movements of the last century
  • Censorship and children’s literature
  • The “problem book” and championing a cause
  • Literature of the immigrant child
  • Chicano and Latino children’s literature
  • Historical context and changing social values – how a text may be enlightened for its time and embarrassing in our own

Send 300-500 word paper proposals to Kathryn Graham, paper selection committee chair, at Deadline January 15, 2011.

For more information and conference updates go to:

CFP – Holy Children

Call for Papers, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Fort Worth, 27-30 October 2011
Holy Children

This session will focus on early modern infants, children, and adolescents of both sexes who were perceived by their contemporaries to be preternaturally favored by God. In some instances, women writing spiritual autobiographies – Ana de San Bartolomé (1549-1626), for example – presented themselves as having been precociously holy. In most cases, recognition came posthumously. On the extreme end of the scale lie two small boys – Simon of Trent (d. 1475 ) and Cristóbal, “el santo niño de La Guardia” (d. 1491) – whose deaths were exploited for the purpose of propagating the blood libel against the Jews. Many more cases of holy children await close examination.

Presentations should attend to at least some of the following issues. What models for and motifs of childhood holiness can be discerned? Which of the several conceptions of life stages (three, four, six, seven, ten, or more “ages of man”; alternative “ages of women”) seem to have been in play in a given situation? What did “holiness” mean in a particular place and time? How did a child’s holiness initially became a matter of publica voce et fama (common talk and reputation) in a single discursive community? How did the word spread? Did it then enter the domain of printed verbal and/or figurative representation? Did ecclesiastical and secular authorities ignore, endorse, or try to suppress it? What broader significance in the relevant social, cultural, religious, and political environment does a case or set of cases have?

Two analytical studies of early modern holy children may provide food for thought:
Isabelle Poutrin, “Souvenirs d’enfance: L’apprentissage de la sainteté dans l’Espagne moderne.” Mélanges de la Casa de Velásquez 33 (1987): 331-54.
Pierroberto Scaramella. I Santolilli. Culti dell’infanzia e santità infantile a Napoli alla fine del XVII secolo. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1997.

Proposals on all geographical areas and from practitioners of all disciplines are welcome. Send abstracts to Anne Jacobson Schutte,