Naomi Hamer Awarded 2013 David Almond Fellowship

Naomi Hamer

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2013 David Almond Fellows

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books and the Children’s Literature Unit (CLU) in Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics are pleased to announce details of the three 2013 Fellows. Normally only two Fellowships are awarded each year but the field was so strong extraordinary measures were taken to enable three scholars to visit Newcastle and work in the Seven Stories collections. During their time in Newcastle David Almond Fellows also have the opportunity to discuss their work with staff and students in the Children’s Literature Unit ( and to meet David Almond.

A key aim of the Fellowships is to focus attention on the breadth and quality of the Seven Stories collections; applications are judged both on the merit of projects and their ability to make full use of the Seven Stories collections ( This year’s applicants proposed a number of exciting projects, some based around individual archives – such as those of the dramatist David Wood – and others tracing developments across multiple collections. The three successful applicants were:

Gili Bar-Hillel, an Israeli critic, editor, translator, journalist and postgraduate student at the University of Tel Aviv, who will be working on a biography of the late Diana Wynne Jones. Wynne Jones deposited her archives at Seven Stories shortly before her death and these will also be at the centre of a conference, jointly organised by Seven Stories and the CLU in 2014.

Dr. Naomi Hamer, University of Winnipeg, will be using Seven Stories’ extensive picturebook collections to look at transmedia storytelling. The project will map the creative and collaborative processes of writers and illustrators, looking at the paratextual dimension of the finished books. There is also an applied dimension to this project which considers the relationship between transmedia texts, picturebooks, new literacies and pedagogy.

Professor Michael Levy, University of Wisconsin, is working on a critical study of David Almond. Professor Levy is an Almond specialist who also has expertise in juvenile fantasy fiction. He will be looking at the extensive Almond holdings in Seven Stories which itself is set not just in the heart of “Almond country” but also has very close ties with his work. The archives are based in Felling, Gateshead where David Almond grew up, and the visitor centre is in the Ouseburn Valley, setting for Heaven Eyes.

The next round of David Almond Fellowships will be announced in November 2013.

Celebrating the work of Dr. Jack Thiessen: Dee Erläwnisse von Alice em Wundalaund

Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit

Celebrating the work of Dr. Jack Thiessen

Dee Erläwnisse von Alice em Wundalaund: A Low German Translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

April 4, 2013, 7:00PM
Room 2M70 (second floor Manitoba Hall)
University of Winnipeg


Welcome: Royden Loewen
Introductions: Mavis Reimer and A. Ross McCormack
A Reading and Comments by Dr. Thiessen
Response by Dr. Al Reimer, author of My Harp is Turned to Mourning
Reception in honour of Dr. Thiessen

Sponsored by the Chair in Mennonite Studies, the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, and the D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation

Call for Canada Research Chair in Children, Youth and Global Development

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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Dalhousie University invites applications for a Tier I Canada Research Chair on “Children, Youth and Global Development.” The appointment will be at the rank of Professor and will be conditional on the successful applicant being approved as a Tier 1 Research Chair by the CRC secretariat, with an anticipated start date of 1 July 2014. The position is open with regard to disciplinary specialization, with a primary appointment in one of the Faculty’s Departments (Classics, English, French, German, History, International Development Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Russian Studies, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Spanish and Latin American Studies or Theatre). A research emphasis on the area of children, youth and conflict would be an asset. Dalhousie University has growing strength in the broad area of “Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts,” including researchers in the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Medicine as well as FASS. This strength is reflected, for example, in a new Network Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization grant on Children in Challenging Contexts and the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies Child Soldiers/Conflict Affected Youth initiatives. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain a strong research program of their own, and in so doing actively contribute to intra- and inter-faculty collaborations in this area of emphasis.

Candidates must have a PhD, an outstanding research profile, and an innovative and original research programme; a strong track-record of obtaining external funding; and the ability to work co-operatively, provide leadership in an interdisciplinary environment, develop multi-faceted research projects, and work with graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows. Although this is primarily a research appointment, the appointee will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate level.

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Programme has been established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centres of research excellence. More information about the Canada Research Chairs Programme is available at: Please note that the CRC nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

Dalhousie is the leading graduate and research university of Atlantic Canada, with more than 17,000 students from over 100 countries (more than 3500 in graduate programmes). It is located in Halifax — the major centre in the scenic Atlantic region and a city widely known for its high quality of life. Further information about the Faculty and the university can be obtained at Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a two-page summary of the candidate’s proposed research programme, a statement of research and teaching interests and philosophies, and three confidential letters of reference forwarded by the referees. All application materials should be sent in hard copy.

Deadline: 1 April 2013

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Dalhousie University
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ARCYP Program at 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences


Assocation for Research in Cultures of Young People
June 4, 2013
University of Victoria

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – “Growing up Global”: Childhoods in a Transnational Context

Chair: Natalie Coulter, (Department of Communication Studies, York University)

  • Chiu, Hsin-fu, (Department of Applied Linguistics, UCLA) “Language, Interaction, and Social Identity in the Chinese Diasporic Speech Community”
  • A. Clotilde Houchon, (Department of Educational and Environmental Psychology, University of Utah). “Disguised as Dick Tracy: Comics, Safe House, and Transmigrant Youth”
  • Rachel Winslow, (Department of Sociology and History, Westmont College). “‘Citizens of the World’? Debates over Childhood and Citizenship in the Wake of Operation Babylift”

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Genderqueer Children and Youth

Chair: Naomi Hamer, (Department of English, University of Winnipeg)

  • Rob Bittner, (Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, SFU). “‘I Can See Me!’: Emerging Genders in Literature for Young People”
  • Natasha Hurley, (Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta). “The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Imagining GenderQueer Youth and Transgender History”
  • Derritt Mason, (Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta). “Adolescence is a Drag: Narrating the Teen Queen in Young Adult Fiction”

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. – ARCYP AGM and LUNCH

2:00 – 3:40 p.m. – Institutional Spaces, Geographies, and Environments of Young People

Chair: Peter Cumming, (Coordinator, Children’s Studies Program in the Department of Humanities, York University)

  • Katherine Fincham-Louis, (Department of Languages and Literature, University of Nicosia, Cyprus) “‘Sometimes I don’t want to be English’: Greek English-Speaking Children in State Elementary Schools in the Republic of Cyprus Report on Issues of Identity”
  • Elizabeth J. Meyer, (Google-CSU Digital Ambassador and Assistant Professor, Shool of Education, California Polytechnic University), Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, (School of Social Work, Université de Montréal), Audrey-Anne Dumais-Michaud, (Université de Montréal), Marie-Joëlle, (Université de Montréal), Kimberley Manning, (Department of Political Science, Concordia University), and Jake Pyne, (Ryerson University). “Reframing the problem: Using Social Action Research to support gender creative and transgender youth”
  • Naomi Hamer, (Department of English, University of Winnipeg). “The Eric Carle Picture Book Museum (USA) and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books (UK): Redesigning the interactive spaces of the children’s museum for the literacy education of young people”

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – ROUNDTABLE (OPEN SESSION): Dis-Orders: Intersections between Critical Disability Studies and Youth Studies

Chair: Louise Saldanha (Department of Arts and Education, Grand Prairie Regional College)

A roundtable redressing a lack of sustained critical attention between critical disability and youth studies. Roundtable participants will include:

  • Brenda LeFrancois, School of Social Work and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Laurence Parent, Department of the Humanities, Concordia University
  • Kim Sawchuck, Chair in Mobile Media Studies and Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University
  • Esther Ignagni, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – ARCYP Annual Dinner and Drinks

All members, participants, and attendees are welcome!

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