IRSCL Congresses

2023 Congress, Santa Barbara, California, USA

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26th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL)

Congress Theme: Ecologies of Childhood: Children’s Literature, Culture & the Environment

Congress Venue: University of California, Santa Barbara

This is the first IRSCL Congress to be held in the United States of America. More information about the event is available on the IRSCL2023 website.

Convenor: Sara Pankenier Weld


2021 Congress, Santiago, Chile

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Over four hundred presentations inspired by current discussions on aesthetic and pedagogic synergies in children’s culture will be showcased at IRSCL2021: Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements. The twenty-fifth version of the biennial congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) will take place, fully online, from October 19th through October 29th. This is the first IRSCL Congress to be hosted in Latin America, as well as the first to feature a bilingual programme while coinciding with the academic society's 50th anniversary.

The programme of this event includes over one hundred panels, six keynote speakers, a graduate workshop, a forum on academic publishing and dialogue-oriented thematic rooms. Congress activities will be carried out between 8:00 and 22:00 (Santiago de Chile, GMT-3) thus accommodating over 400 speakers from different time zones across the globe. The final programme for Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements IRSCL 2021 Congress is available here.

Congress Theme: Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements
Convenor: Macarena García González


Chilean Academic Committee: Andrea Casals, Soledad Véliz, Isabel Ibaceta, Felipe Munita and Claudia Matus.

More information about the event is available on the IRSCL2021 website.

Past Congresses

2019 Stockholm, Sweden - Silence and Silencing in Children's Literature
2017 Toronto, Canada - Possible & Impossible Children: Intersections of Children's Literature & Childhood Studies
2015 Worcester, United Kingdom - Creating Childhoods: Creation and (Re)-Interpretation through the Body, Histories and the Arts
2013 Maastricht, The Netherlands - Children's Literature and Media Cultures
2011 Brisbane, Australia - Fear and Safety
2009 Frankfurt, Germany - Children's Literature and Cultural Diversity in the Past and the Present
2007 Kyoto, Japan - Power and Children's Literature: Past, Present and Future
2005 Dublin, Ireland - Expectations and Experiences: Children, Childhood and Children's Literature
2003 Kristiansand, Norway - Telling a World, Shaping a World.
2001 Klein Kariba, South Africa - Change and Renewal in Children's Literature
1999 Calgary, Canada - Children's Literature and the fin de siècle (Joint meeting with the Children's Literature Association)
1997 York, England - The Presence of the Past in Children's Literature
1995 Stockholm, Sweden - Reflections of Change: the last 50 Years in Children's Literature
1993 Geelong, Australia - Crossing the boundaries: Multiculturalism in Children's Literature
1991 Paris, France - The Applications of Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory to Children's Literature
1989 Salamanca, Spain - The History of Children's Literature
1987 Cologne, Germany - Books for children, Books for adults; The Relationship between them
1985 University of Quebec, Montreal - Literary Aspects of Fantasy and Fantastic Literature for Children and Young People
1983 Bordeaux, France - Portrayal of the Child in Children's Literature
1981 Moscow, USSR - International Dissemination of Children`s Literature Research; Trends in Teaching of Children's Literature, Status of Research in Specific Countries
1978 Exeter, Great Britain - Responses to Children's Literature: Children's Responses to Text and Illustrations
1976 Södertälje, Sweden - Problems of Translation in the Field of Literature for Children and Young People
1974 Boldern, Switzerland - Study of Reading Habits and Research on Sex Role Stereotyping in Literature for Children and Young People
1971 Frankfurt, Germany - Children's Literature as a Subject of Research