CFP – New Directions in Children’s Film: Theory and Practice

Call for Proposals

Chapter proposals are requested for a proposed handbook, New Directions in Children’s Film: Theory and Practice, edited by Casie Hermansson and Janet Zepernick and under consideration with Palgrave Macmillan. While children’s film is as old as film itself, film scholarship is only recently beginning to catch up to the numerous innovations of this thriving genre. This collection aims to chart the new directions in 21st century children’s film (broadly defined), and in its study.

Initial proposals of approximately 300 words should clearly address any aspect of current children’s film, including but not limited to children in/on film; evolving genre definitions and borders; censorship and gatekeeping; influence of technologies; adaptation issues; current thematic and other preoccupations; construction and constructedness of childhood representations; pedagogical issues; the child star system; money and the children’s markets. Please also include a professional biography written in 3rd person of 100-200 words, noting credentials in this research area as relevant. Deadline for proposals: November 30, 2017, by email to: chermansson@pittstate.edu. All submissions will be confirmed received by prompt email reply. Authors will be notified by December 15 about inclusion in the formal Prospectus and chapters of 6-8k words will be due in 2018. Please circulate and repost.

Dr. Casie Hermansson is a full professor of English at Pittsburg State University (KS), and a Fulbright Scholar. She is the author of Reading Feminist Intertextuality Through Bluebeard Stories (2002); Bluebeard: A Reader’s Guide to the English Tradition (2009); and A Study of Film Adaptation of James Barrie’s Story Peter Pan (2016). She is currently co-editing Where is Adaptation? (forthcoming in 2018), and completing a monograph on adaptations of children’s metafictions for Edinburgh University Press. For the K-12 education market, she is the author of How to Analyze the Films of Clint Eastwood (2012) and Parental Guidance Ratings (2013), as well as more than 20 fiction readers for Heinemann.

Dr. Janet Zepernick is associate professor of English at Pittsburg State University (KS) and has a PhD in English with an emphasis in rhetoric from the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied classical rhetoric and contemporary public discourse. She is co-editor of the collection Women and Rhetoric between the Wars (2013), and Where is Adaptation? (forthcoming in 2018). Her current work on the discursive creation and recreation of South Korea in the US public imaginary uses the idea of national “brand image” to explore the impact and consequences of various fictional adaptations of the historical and present-day realities of South Korea.

Assistant Professor in Children’s, Childhood and Youth Studies (Global Youth Cultures) at York University

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Children’s, Childhood and Youth Studies (Global Youth Cultures)
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Humanities
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2018

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Children’s, Childhood and Youth Studies (Global Youth Cultures) to commence July 1, 2018. Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or a relevant discipline. The program seeks outstanding scholars whose research interests and projects address the lived experiences and cultures of children and/or youth from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. Preference will be given to applicants whose work addresses child and/or youth cultures in a global context. While the candidate’s own research can vary in content, we are seeking scholars whose research and teaching can highlight youth social justice advocacy and community engagement practices. Applicants must demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research. Demonstrated expertise in research with children and/or relevant work experience with children and/or youth is a requirement. The successful candidate will be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/ or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and a sample of their written work (no longer than 20 pages) and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to: Professor Andrea Davis, Chair, Department of Humanities, 206 Vanier College, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3 or by e-mail to aadavis@yorku.ca (subject line: “Global Youth Cultures”).

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/. Please select the “Affirmative Action” tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Senior Lecturer or Principal Lecturer in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University

Senior Lecturer or Principal Lecturer in Children’s Book Illustration
Anglia Ruskin University – Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences
Location: Cambridge
Salary: £38,833 to £56,950 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 6 September 2017
Closes: 26 September 2017
Job Ref: 000291-3

About Anglia Ruskin University:

Anglia Ruskin is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.

About the role:

The Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences is home to first class teaching and research across a wide range of both traditional and contemporary disciplines. All of our courses are committed to the mutual reinforcement of theory and practice, and are grounded in our academics’ innovative and internationally recognised research.

We are now seeking to appoint a committed and dedicated academic to lead and teach on our internationally renowned MA course in Children’s Book Illustration, with the opportunity to further develop it in terms of both curriculum and related research. The course, established in 2001, based in the Cambridge School of Art, now recruits students from all over the world, and has strong links to the Children’s Publishing industry. Many of its graduates have gone on to become major names in Children’s Book Illustration.

We welcome applications from a range of different backgrounds for this important post. You may be a research active academic in Illustration (preferably with a PhD or Professional Doctorate). Alternatively, you may be a professional Children’s Book Illustrator with some teaching experience at HE level. Most importantly, with a professional and/or research profile commensurate with the stage of your career, you’ll also have the organisational skills and the vision required to co-ordinate this exceptional course and lead it into the future. A fractional 0.8 FTE appointment may be considered, for a practising illustrator who wishes to remain professionally active in their field.

For an informal discussion, please contact Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art, at chris.owen@anglia.ac.uk.

Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 9 October.