Call for 2013 David Almond Fellowships in Children’s Literature


Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books are pleased to announce that the application process for 2013 David Almond Fellowships is now open.

Further particulars

The awards recognise both David Almond’s contribution to children’s literature and his connections with these partner institutions: he is a patron of Seven Stories and an honorary graduate of Newcastle University.

The Fellowships aim to promote high-quality research in the Seven Stories collections that will call attention to their breadth and scholarly potential. The two awards of £300 each are to facilitate a research visit to the Seven Stories collections in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK of at least three days by a bona fide researcher working on a relevant project. Applications will be considered from candidates in any academic discipline. The successful applicants will have a clearly defined project that will benefit from having access to the Seven Stories collections. All applicants should consult the Seven Stories catalogue as part of preparing their applications: A well-developed dissemination strategy will be an advantage. Priority will be given to the importance of the project and best use of the Seven Stories collections as judged by a senior member of the Children’s Literature Unit in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University and a senior member of the Collections team at Seven Stories.

Eligibility and applications

Applications are being accepted until 1 February, 2013. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please see the attached, or go to

CFP – The Film Cultures of Young People: Producers / Consumers / Representations


The Film Cultures of Young People: Producers / Consumers / Representations
JANUARY 25, 2013


The Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP) and the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University will co-present a symposium on new research on the film cultures of young people.

The symposium will consist of two panels/roundtables and open discussion on new and emerging research on the film cultures of young people. ARCYP Members and other faculty or students are invited to send a TITLE and a 250-word statement describing their proposed 15-20-minute presentation to the symposium organizer in an e-mail message to no later than December 20, 2012. Questions or concerns may be directed to Dr. Naomi Hamer (Symposium Coordinator – or Dr. Stuart Poyntz (President, ARCYP –


This symposium seeks to present new and emerging research that addresses the cultures of production, consumption, and representation related to films produced explicitly for young people; films produced by (or in collaboration with) young people themselves; and the representations of young people in films intended for adult audiences. These interrelated film cultures are significant to the cultivation and articulation of cultural discourse, and continue to play an important but changing role in the context of interactive, digital, and mobile technologies. Presenters may apply a range of critical and interdisciplinary approaches from the areas of film studies, children’s film criticism, film history, semiotics, visual culture, media and literacy education, audience studies, among other cross-disciplinary frames and approaches.

More generally, we are interested in:

  • Critical approaches to films/vidoes for, about and by young people from interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary theoretical and methodological perspectives and frameworks
  • Research and analyses from both theoretical and practitioner-oriented perspectives
  • Research that examines film/video cultures of young people from various sites of cultural production and consumption

Topics for the symposium may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Global circulation, adaptation, translation (linguistic, national, cultural) and distribution of films for/about/by young people
  • Research that critically examines issues of gender, race, sexuality, and socio-economic class, disability, and discourses of identity in relation to film cultures
  • The political and cultural economies of film for young people including examinations of film industry and film policy (e.g. rating systems in North America and internationally)
  • Cross-media adaptations, translations and other revisions or transformations of popular children’s books, fairytales and folktales in film cultures of young people
  • The role of merchandise, product placement, commercial culture in film cultures
  • Audience reception and ethnographic studies of young people as film audiences
  • The role of young people as film/video producers and collaborative producers
  • Film, video and machinima production in primary/secondary/undergraduate education; extracurricular media literacy education in non-school settings; the pedagogic role of film, video and machinima as part of media, literature, and cross-curricular education
  • The role of digital, interactive and mobile technologies in the film/video cultures of young people
  • Research on fandom (fanvids/fanfic/cosplay etc.) around films/videos for young people

Call for Nominations for the 14th Annual International Brothers Grimm Award

International Brothers Grimm Award

NOMINATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2012

The International Brothers Grimm Award for researchers of children’s literature was established in 1986 under the auspices of the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka and the Kinran-kai Foundation, in order to promote steady and sound research into children’s literature. To encourage people who engage in the study of children’s literature, the award is given to those who have performed outstanding work in research into children’s literature and or picture books, or those who have contributed remarkably to the promotion of such research.

The award will be given to an individual, not to an organization. The recipient will be decided by the selection committee from among candidates nominated by specialists all over the world.

The award recipient will receive a commemorative trophy and ¥1,000,000. He/she will also be invited to the Award Presentation Ceremony, which will be held at IICLO in the autumn of 2013. Traveling expenses will be paid for by the host organization.

To nominate someone, please send the following information to

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s email and mailing addresses (if known)
  • Nominee’s organization
  • Reasons for recommending this candidate
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your email address

Or, you could send your nomination by surface mail:
International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka
Osaka Prefectural Central Library, 1-2-1, Aramoto-kita,
Higashi Osaka-shi,br />577-0011, Japan

Or, you could send it by FAX: +81-6-6744-0582

American Alliance for Theatre and Education Research Award

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AATE’s research awards are offered annually to scholars whose research contributes significantly to the field of drama/theatre with or for young people. We welcome submissions from a wide variety of research traditions that explore any topic related to drama / theatre education or theatre for young audiences.


  • Any AATE member may submit their work for review. Non-members may submit if sponsored by a member, but must become members if their work is advanced to the final round of review.
  • Theses and dissertations may be entered up to four years from their date of completion (This year, studies completed between November 2008-November 2012 are eligible for submission).


Authors should submit the following materials to the Research Awards Chair by e-mail:

  • A cover page indicating the author’s name, affiliation, address, phone number, e-mail address, study title and (for theses/dissertation) the name and contact information of the committee chairperson
  • A 1,200-1,500 word abstract of the master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or research report, accompanied by a 2-page representative bibliography. The abstract must NOT include any identifying information related to the author or her/his university affiliation.
  • For theses and dissertations: a letter from the chairperson of the student’s committee recommending the study for consideration.

Each of the above should be attached as separate files to a single message and e-mailed to

Only electronic submissions in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format will be accepted.

Review Timeline

  • All submissions must be received by 11:59pm PST on November 30, 2012.
  • Authors be notified by January 22, 2013 as to if their submission will be advanced to Round II of the review process. Authors whose work is advanced will be asked to submit an electronic copy of their entire completed thesis / dissertation / research report by 11:59pm PST on January 29, 2013.
  • Finalists will be notified of award decisions by May 15, 2013. Award winners and authors receiving honorable mentions will be invited to share and celebrate their research at the annual AATE conference in Washington, DC July 25-28, 2013, and will be invited to submit an article based on their research to the Youth Theatre Journal for potential publication.

Send all electronic submissions and requests for further information to:

Matt Omasta, PhD
AATE Research Awards Chair

Panel Discussion to Honour Elisabeth Young-Bruehl in Toronto

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

The sudden death of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl on December 1, 2011 at age 65 near her home in Toronto has saddened us all immensely. Young-Bruehl wrote fifteen books, and her work as a biographer and psychoanalyst has been enormously influential, touching many lives and shaping the disciplines she worked in. In January 2012 her long-awaited book Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children was published.

This December 1, we will honour this great work while remembering Elisabeth with the help of four accomplished panelists: Alison Bechdel, Raffi Cavoukian, Donna Orange, and Dr. Heather Weir.

When: December 1, 2012, Panel Discussion 1:30 – 5:30, followed by a reception.
Where: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON

Cost: $75 (Taxes included)
Registration: Contact Caversham Booksellers at 416-944-0962/1-800-361-6120, or

Alison Bechdel is the author of the bestselling graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which won a 2007 Eisner Award, and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, which came out in May to critical acclaim. From 1983 to 2008, she drew the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” which has been collected in several volumes, including The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For.

Raffi Cavoukian is known to millions simply as Raffi: a renowned Canadian songwriter and performer, author and entrepreneur, once called “the most popular children’s entertainer in the western world” (Washington Post). In 1997, Raffi was inspired to develop a holistic philosophy called Child Honouring. The philosophy is outlined in the book Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around edited by Raffi Cavoukian and psychoanalyst Sharna Olfman, 2006 with a foreword by the Dalai Lama.

Donna Orange is educated in both philosophy and clinical psychology. She also teaches at ISIPS (Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology of the Self and Relational Psychoanalysis), Milano and Roma. In New York, she teaches and supervises at IPSS, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. She is author of Emotional Understanding: Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychology; Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies, and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice as well as coauthoring numerous other books.

Heather Weir is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Toronto. She is on the faculty of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute, the Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program. She is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also on staff at the University Health Network, (University of Toronto).

Please contact Vicki Fraser for more information: 416-944-0962; 1-800-361-6120;