CFP – “Fun With a Purpose”: Periodical Pedagogy and Early Edutainment

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Panel: “Fun With a Purpose”: Periodical Pedagogy and Early Edutainment
43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College

Panel Description:

Children’s periodicals published in the US over the last 300 years provide a wealth of textual and visual insight into US culture, pedagogy, and conceptions of childhood. This panel will engage with this under-examined body of texts in their most salient mode: as pedagogy. Children’s magazines have served as instructional tools with subject matter spanning literacy, manners, morality, crafts, citizenship, “mental hygiene,” and beyond, transmitting enduring lessons in an ephemeral format. By packaging their lessons in an entertaining and disposable blend of fiction, non-fiction, images, activities, games, jokes, and riddles, these magazines can be considered a print medium precursor to “edutainment” or, as the motto of *Highlights for Children* calls it, “Fun with a purpose.” This panel is open to explorations of particular mechanisms, contents, and contexts of periodical pedagogy past and present, including examinations of child-readers’ participation in, subversion against, or re-creation of, that pedagogy.

Possible topics may include:

  • histories or analysis of particular children’s periodicals
  • pedagogies in periodicals (ideological, curricular, religious, etc.)
  • convergences of traditional magazines and digital media
  • magazines produced by children
  • fiction and poetry in children’s magazines
  • use of periodicals in classrooms
  • transnational periodicals
  • cross-cultural comparisons of periodical pedagogy
  • marginalia and ephemera
  • pedagogy in the home (or doctor’s office waiting room)
  • periodical pedagogy as pop culture
  • children’s responses to and uses of magazines

Please send 500-word abstracts to Patrick Cox at by Sept 30.

CFP – Studies of Children and Childhood in Latin America from the Colonial Period to the Present

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2012 Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
Children and Youth in a Changing world November 26-30, 2012

Session title: Studies of Children and Childhood in Latin America from the Colonial Period to the Present

This panel is open to anthropological studies that bring knowledge about children in Latin America past and present. Recently, children studies have grown widely across the world. The social meaning of children and their participation in societies have been determined by contexts of colonialism, independent movements, revolutions and globalization, where gender, ethnicity and class have been crucial for the construction of what a baby, a girl or a boy is. This session looks for papers based on rigorous and long-term research that contributes to the understanding of children in Latin America through time, including aspects of interest to different areas of anthropology. This panel looks for good proposals from any field within anthropology that will contribute to analyze similarities and differences about understanding childhoods and children in different places and times.

Scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts on the following topics:

  • indigenous children
  • children and poverty
  • childrearing
  • children and health
  • childrearing and language
  • children and migration
  • babies
  • other related topics

Please, send your abstract no later than August 10, 2011 to Nadia Marín-Guadarrama to this e-mail:

Nadia Marín-Guadarrama
Assistant Professor
School of Political and Social Sciences
Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

CFP – Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences

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Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences
2011 PotterWatch Conference at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
October 1, 2011
Charlotte, NC

The Harry Potter series has been translated into more than 60 languages, inspired a multi-million dollar theme park, and prompted the creation of an “International Quidditch Association” comprised of hundreds of teams. What began as a British children’s book became an international best-selling series. Much of the success of the novels can be attributed to crossover appeal—how Harry is loved by audiences of a variety of ages, genders, and religions. How do the books speak to so many different, sometimes opposing, audiences? Why do we love Harry so much?

PotterWatch, the official Harry Potter club of UNC Charlotte, will be hosting an academic conference focusing on the theme of audiences within the Harry Potter series and fandom. We invite submissions of paper and panel proposals that address the theme of audience and crossover appeal in relation to the Harry Potter series, looking at reader response from a variety of academic perspectives.

Suggested topics include:

  • Harry Potter from an international perspective
  • Religious responses to the series
  • Generational appeal (the “crossover” novel)
  • group response to Harry Potter (fan clubs, Quidditch, book/movie premieres, etc.)
  • is Harry Potter a “boy’s book?”

To be considered for presentation, please submit a 500-word abstract for individual papers or panel proposals to by August 15, 2011. Please include the paper title, your name (and names of all panel presenters if applicable), your institution, and your affiliation (faculty, student, other). Individual presentations should be 10-15 minutes in length, while panel presentations should last for 45 minutes. Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.

CFP – Special Issue of Bookbird: Trauma in Children’s Literature

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Trauma in Children’s Literature

We invite submissions for a Special Issue of Bookbird: Trauma in Children’s Literature. Papers should be sent to the incoming editors by 18th July 2011. These articles might respond to on-going world crises (e.g. war, refugee status, natural disaster) or more personal crises, as represented in literature for children and young adults.

Submissions are also invited by 31 December 2011 on Children’s Literature from the United Kingdom, the country which is hosting the 33rd IBBY International Congress “Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations.” This issue will be guest edited by Elizabeth Thiel and Alison Waller from Roehampton University, London.

Email articles (maximum 4000 words long) to both Editors, Roxanne Harde ( and Lydia Kokkola ( NB: Please put Bookbird submission followed by your initials in the subject line.

CFP – Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession and Safeguarding African Children

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Call for Papers
Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession and Safeguarding African Children
A two day International Conference
Venue: London, UK
Date: 8-9 November 2011


Increasing numbers of African children are suffering the consequences of being branded as witches or as possessed by evil spirits. This is particularly so in many parts of Africa and is equally a reality here in the UK. Accusations of witchcraft within a community can lead to a litany of abuses: physical, emotional, and sexual and neglect resulting in maltreatment, torture and in some instances, death. In some African countries, it has led to children being rejected by their families, forcing children as young as 5 years onto the streets where they are further exposed to other forms of abuse and exploitation. These children resort to a range of survival mechanisms including drug abuse and theft. In the UK, there have been many recorded cases of children abused and harmed by their families in the belief that they are witches. At least two cases of children killed as a direct result of witchcraft branding are known to have occurred in the country.

The need to understand the context within which this form of abuse occurs, identify the drivers of witchcraft branding and examine strategies to increase protection for vulnerable children has become necessary in order to protect children from continuous harm.

This unique and timely conference will attract participants from across Europe, Asia and Africa to a two day Conference where the following themes will be explored through Papers, Workshops, Presentations and Posters.

  1. Witchcraft branding: theories, policy and practice at the national and/or international levels
  2. Witchcraft branding and the mental health of victims
  3. Witchcraft, religion and spirit possession
  4. Witchcraft, poverty and social exclusion?
  5. Witchcraft branding, culture and traditional beliefs
  6. Witchcraft branding and the legal framework in European and African countries
  7. Satanism and child abuse

You are invited to submit your 300 word abstract by Friday 5 August 2011. Abstracts should clearly indicate your preferred method of delivery and the theme/s your paper will address. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Wednesday 8 October 2011, along with a 100 word summary for the Programme Booklet. Abstracts received will be double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Committee and abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.

E-mails should be titled: Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession and Safeguarding African Children.

Please use plain text (Arial 11) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We will acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive an acknowledgement from us within a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal and resend.

Please submit your abstracts to:
Prospera Tedam
Chairperson, AFRUCA
Debbie Ariyo OBE
Executive Director, AFRUCA

The Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession and Safeguarding African Children conference is holding as part of the activities to mark AFRUCA’s 10th year of existence. For further information about AFRUCA, visit our website at

CFP – Myths and Fairy Tales in African Cinema

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Africa in Motion 2011 Symposium CFP
Symposium on Myths and Fairy Tales in African Cinema

Africa in Motion Film Festival 2011 will focus on films and events that open doors to children and youth in Africa. As the young represent the future as they learn from the past, we will be looking at representations for, by and about children and young people in the rural areas and the sprawling urban centers of Africa. As a vital aspect of children’s lives is their education both within and outside of the family structure, we will look at how (his)stories and myths are told, changed and exchanged through time, and how they influence the form, style and structure of film in the relatively young cinemas from Africa.

This forthcoming symposium on 29th October 2011 invites renewed reflection on stories, myths and tales as a means of inheriting and reflecting on Africa’s past, present and future. Storytelling is an essential aspect of African cinema as the role of the African griot and the legacy of history as a story or myth has deeply influenced filmmakers such as Ousmane Sembène and Férid Boughedir.

The symposium seeks to interrogate the dramatic, poetic and visual character of culturally foundational stories (fairy / mythic / classical / religious etc), the formal operations and cultural force of their diverse tellings and showings across media, and the ways in which their psychological, social, political and aesthetic functions have been interpreted and employed.

Panels could include themes such as: the identity of the African griot, the performativity of stories and myths, the intervention of tales and myths in the narrative structure, adaptation from story to screen, fairy tales for children, fairy tales for adults, anti-tales, the transculturing of inherited myths. Contributors are welcome to submit with these proposed panels in mind, or in any other field that speaks to the theme of the conference.

Abstracts are solicited for individual 20-minute papers on the theme of the conference. We are looking for submissions from scholars at all levels (postgraduate students are most welcome) and invite contributions from as wide a scope of research areas and disciplines as possible. Unfortunately, AiM is unable to sponsor any flights or accommodation for the visiting scholars. You are encouraged to obtain sponsorship from your home institution.

We invite abstracts of 250-300 words as well as brief biographical details to be sent to the symposium organizers at by Monday 1 August 2011. The bio-sketch (not more than 100 words) must include institutional affiliation, current appointment, stage of study (for postgraduates), and main research interests.

CFP – Special Issue of Local Environment: Children, Young People and Sustainability

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Children, Young People and Sustainability: Learning, Living and Action

Guest editors:
Pia Christensen, University of Warwick
Sophie Hadfield-Hill, The University of Northampton
John Horton, The University of Northampton
Peter Kraftl, University of Leicester

Children and young people appear to occupy an ambiguous status within contemporary discourses of sustainability and the politics of climate change adaptation. A growing literature illustrates how young people have considerable agency in fostering environmentally-sustainable behaviours in diverse contexts; however, major contemporary policy agendas in relation to environmental, economic, political or social sustainability only seldom make reference to children and young people. These policies lack clear vision with regard to the role that children and young people can play in contributing to the sustainability agenda.

The journal Local Environment focuses on local environmental justice and sustainability policy, politics and action; this Special Issue will primarily address young people within the nexus of sustainability and local environments to further theoretical understanding and to inform and contribute to future policy debates regarding children as agents of change. In particular we would like to invite contributions that discuss young people’s perceptions and engagement with their local environments, including their conceptual understanding of sustainability and related environmental issues. We also invite contributions that examine young people’s everyday lives, in terms of: how they mitigate their impact on the local environment; how they interact with sustainable features of their homes and communities; and, how they negotiate their “place” as a young person within the sustainability agenda.

We hope to include contributions from diverse socio-cultural contexts and perspectives, and invite papers (not exceeding 8000 words) relating to the following topics:

  • Family practices, issues of sustainability and environmental concern, and environmentally-friendly behaviours
  • Children and young people’s daily routines and sustainability
  • Case study examples of how to engage children, young people and families in environmental issues and sustainability
  • Sustainability and education
  • Environmental education within the home and community
  • “Sustainable communities” and young people
  • Children’s use and understanding of environmental technologies
  • Children and young people as agents of change
  • Children, young people and activisms relating to sustainability
  • Children, young people and policy discourses relating to sustainability
  • Children and young people as “problems” or “barriers” to change

Please send a brief abstract (100-200 words) to by Monday 8 August 2011 if you would like to be considered for inclusion in this special issue, or if you have any queries.

CFP – It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme: Children and Poetry

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Call for Papers: It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme: Children and Poetry

The 18th Annual IBBY conference, to be held at Froebel College, Roehampton University, 12 November 2011, will explore aspects of poetry that impinge on young people, with a focus on the question, “Why does poetry matter?,” which begs the more fundamental question, “What is poetry?”

Plenary speakers include Morag Styles, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Susan Bassnett, and a panel involved with the publication of poetry.

Papers are invited for workshop sessions on topics such as:

  • Is there such a thing as poetry specifically for children?
  • What place in the curriculum is there for the poetry of the past, whether poems written for children or those poems which are often regarded as part of our heritage?
  • Can a love of poetry be taught?
  • Is poetry written by children really poetry?
  • What place is there in children’s poetry today for traditional features such as rhythm and rhyme?
  • Can poetry be translated?
  • What is poetry and does it matter anyway?
  • What kind of links, if any, are there between poetry and performance?

Proposals for short presentations (no more than twenty minutes) on these or other related topics should be sent to Pat Pinsent ( by 20 July 2011. Proceedings of IBBY conferences are normally published by the date of the subsequent conference.