CFP – Youth Literature and Media Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

The Youth Literature and Media Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association invites papers for the 2017 MPCA/ACA conference in St. Louis, MO, October 18-22.

There is much to query about the kids these days. This past year we saw the rise of Teen Vogue as a political voice, but a simultaneous decline in the percentage of youth who voted. Millennials now outnumber baby boomers, but are perhaps becoming old news themselves as Forbes Millennials are now outnumbered by Generation Z. Transgender youth have been at the center of debates over school bathroom policies, civil rights, privacy, safety, and identity. Meanwhile, Dorothy Wang became “funemployed” once again.

We are looking for proposals for papers on any aspect of Youth Literature and Media, from the latest YA best seller to my nine-year-old son’s YouTube channel. This area takes an expansive approach to youth, literature, and media. We are interested in youth as both producers and consumers of literature and media, representations of children and youth in literature and media, and the study of lit and media aimed at children and youth.

What more to chew on? How about:

  • Shifting definitions of youth
  • Revisiting youth through nostalgia, revivals, and reboots of old TV shows
  • Youth culture becoming adult culture
  • Millennials, elections, politics, and policies
  • Adult audiences of YA Lit and other youth culture
  • Images and discussion of youth in the news
  • Youth and Social Media: where the kids go when their parents join Facebook
  • Youth access to mediav
  • Youth and traditional, digital, and media literacy…and illiteracy
  • Moral panics around youth
  • Youth and technology
  • Youth subversion of mainstream discourses
  • “Youth” and intersectionality
  • Rural youth
  • Youth in the Trump Era
  • What’s absent from representations of youth in media?

Please submit proposals of single papers or full panels at http://submissions.mpcaaca.org by April 30, 2017.

More info about the conference is available here: http://mpcaaca.org/

For questions and queries about the Youth Literature and Media Area, please contact Patrick Cox, patrick.cox@rutgers.edu.

CFP – Inside the World of Harry Potter

Inside the World of Harry Potter is a proposed interdisciplinary, multi-contributor volume born of the robust field of Harry Potter Studies and the community of collaborators that exists within the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association.

This proposed volume will cover a range of topics within the works of J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter series is such a rich text for analysis, particularly of social issues that can be extrapolated to real-world, non-fictional settings. The scholarship being produced surrounding the Harry Potter series is phenomenal.

As such, this call for chapters invites interested scholars to submit papers and/or proposals for publication consideration in this edited volume.

Contributions should use the works of J.K. Rowling (the Harry Potter series, or companion works such as The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them, or Quidditch Through the Ages) to address a social or political issue, such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, societal structure, age, muggle vs. wizard relations, technology, religion, and so forth. Work using paratexts, such as Pottermore, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Potter Puppet Pals, and the like will be accepted as well. All themes will be considered as related to the overall direction of the volume. In addition, work related to fan practices, or application to real-world issues are always welcome.

Proposals from any academic discipline will be considered. Emerging and early career scholars are especially encouraged to submit. Final papers should be no longer than 30 pages, including references, and should be scholarly in nature yet accessible in language and tone.

For consideration, please submit an abstract/proposal of no more than 500 words to Dr. Christopher Bell, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, at cbell3@uccs.edu. Abstracts/proposals should be sent as Word Document attachments, and should include the author(s)’s name, affiliation, title and email contact information. Abstracts/proposals should be submitted no later than May 1, 2017. Final papers will be due September 1, 2017.

University Lecturer in English and Children’s Literature at University of Cambridge

The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge seeks to appoint a University Lecturer in English and Children’s Literature from 1 October 2017. The successful candidate will engage fully in research and teaching activities in this field and is expected to make an immediate contribution. He/she will be expected to contribute to strengthening the international profile of research within the Faculty. Teaching duties will include teaching and supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students. This post offers an opportunity for a research-active educator to join a leading national and international centre for educational research, teacher development, and the study of education.

Candidates will hold a doctorate in a relevant field. They will have a record of internationally excellent research in their field. Contributions to excellence in research will be through peer-reviewed publications and other activities of a kind and quality that meet international standards as assessed in national research assessment exercises.

Candidates will normally have relevant experience of working with postgraduate students, including contributing to Masters programmes and supervising PhD students.

Please also see the further particulars for this post.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the Apply. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Geoff Hayward (gfh22@cam.ac.uk).

We hope to hold interviews on 8 and 9 May 2017.

Please quote reference JR11375 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Newcastle University

Lecturer in Children’s Literature
Newcastle University – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – English Lit, Language & Linguistics
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Salary: £33,943 to £52,793 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 16 February 2017
Closes: 16 March 2017
Job Ref: 128897

The School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Children’s Literature. Applicants may be specialists in literature for children in English without regard to period, region or mode. You will have experience in teaching children’s literature to students across a range of modules and a publications record in children’s literature with the potential to make a significant contribution to research within the Children’s Literature Unit.

Experience in research and/or teaching centred around archival materials is desirable. You will also have the capacity to support the ongoing development of the School’s highly successful partnership with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr James Annesley, Head of School, James.Annesley@Newcastle.ac.uk or Professor Matthew Grenby, Matthew.Grenby@Newcastle.ac.uk.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Apply here.

CFP – L.M. Montgomery and Reading

CFP: L.M. Montgomery and Reading
The L.M. Montgomery Institute’s Thirteenth Biennial Conference
University of Prince Edward Island, 21-24 June 2018

“I am simply a book drunkard. Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” –April 4, 1899 (from The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The P.E.I. years, 1899-1900)

“In spite of this proliferation of approaches to Montgomery, her fictions flourish in their original form. They continue to draw people from all over the world to the island of reading pleasure.” –Elizabeth Waterston, Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery

The 2018 conference invites research that considers “L.M. Montgomery and Reading” in all its forms and possibilities. The allusions in Montgomery’s novels and the richness of her own reading life raise a host of questions about the politics, history, culture, technologies, and practice of reading. In turn, fans and scholars explore what it means to read Montgomery as they continue to visit and revisit her novels and autobiographical work. Her enduring popularity continues to inspire translations and transformations that offer readers new ways to experience Montgomery’s texts.

This conference will also mark the 25th anniversary of the L.M. Montgomery Institute, providing an important opportunity to (re)read and reflect on the past and future of Montgomery scholarship and to explore how the presenters see themselves in a community of international, interdisciplinary, and interrelated readers.

The conference theme inspires topics including:

  • Reading politics and history in and of Montgomery’s works
  • Material cultures and the class implications of reading
  • Influence and intertextuality across texts including explorations of Montgomery’s literary allusions
  • Global experiences of reading classics
  • Literacy in all forms, teaching Montgomery texts, and reading education
  • The neurobiology and neuroscience of reading and the human capacity to read
  • Reading and ways of seeing, reading and visual culture, alternative reading methods
  • Reflections on and readings of Montgomery scholarship
  • Reading in translation, reading personally and culturally, and reading over a lifetime

Please submit 250-300-word proposals and short CVs to the submission form on the LMMI website (lmmontgomery.ca) by 15 August 2017. Proposals should not only clearly articulate a strong argument but they should also situate that argument in the context of previous Montgomery scholarship. All proposals are blind reviewed. Proposals for workshops, exhibits, films, and performances are also welcomed. For more information please contact Laura Robinson (lrobinson@grenfell.mun.ca) or Emily Woster (ewoster@d.umn.edu).

CFP – Calling Dumbledore’s Army: Activist Children’s Literature

CFP for 2018 MLA Panel – Calling Dumbledore’s Army: Activist Children’s Literature

Books can encourage children to question rather than accept the world as it is. Literature for young people can invite them to imagine a world where black lives matter, women’s rights are human rights, poverty does not limit one’s life choices, LGBTQ youth know they are loved, indigenous peoples’ rights are respected, the disabled have equal rights and opportunities, refugees find refuge, and climate change does not imperil life on this planet.

This guaranteed session (sponsored by the Children’s Literature Forum) examines children’s literature as a vehicle for social change. Subjects panelists might consider include (but are not limited to): children as activists, books aligned with social movements, satire or humor as catalyst for change, the repurposing of children’s culture as means of expressing or inspiring adults’ activism. Papers may cover any country or historical period.

The panel will convene at the Modern Language Association Convention in New York, which will be held from January 4 to 7, 2018.

Send 1-page abstract and 2-page CV by March 15, 2017 to Philip Nel philnel@ksu.edu.

CFP – Pippi to Ripley 4: Sex and Gender in Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Comics

Pippi to Ripley 4: Sex and Gender in Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Comics
Ithaca College, April 21-22, 2017
Keynote: SAMMUS performs her acclaimed nerdcore hip-hop and talks about race, geekdom, and feminism
Special guest: Breakout YA author LJ Alonge, author of The Blacktop series of YA novels

Pippi to Ripley 4 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. We invite papers devoted to fictional characters in all media, including: comics, films, television, and video games as well as in folklore, mythology, and children’s and young adult literature. This year’s conference includes a special focus on Fan Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fan Communities.

But we also welcome paper proposals on all aspects of female/gender queer representation within an imaginative context, including but not limited to:

  • Young female and queer characters, especially in media for young adults and children (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Song of the Lioness, His Dark Materials, The Runaways, Power Pack)
  • Women and their place in futuristic or other worlds (Dystopic Fiction, Classic Science Fiction, Fantasy Worlds, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Firefly)
  • Female and queer protagonists in urban fantasy and paranormal romance (Buffy, Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse, Clary Fray)
  • Gender politics after the apocalypse (Revolution, Falling Skies, Oryx and Crake, Y: The Last Man)
  • Teaching imaginative fictive/offering imaginative fiction-based programming at all levels (Buffy-based courses; graphic novel units, YA dystopias, children’s fantasy)
  • Female and queer characters in updated/adapted fairy tales (Once Upon a Time, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Snow White and the Huntsman, Grimm)
  • The women of superhero films/television with a special focus on differently abled and gender non-conforming characters (Jessica Jones, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of SHIELD)
  • Female-focused comic book series (Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman, Pretty Deadly, Rocket Girl)
  • Horrific women and women in horror (American Horror Story, Lamia, Carrie, Mama)
  • Science fiction and reproductive body horror (Alien franchise, Twilight, Bloodchild)
  • Cyberpunk and the redefinition of gender (William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Charles Stross)

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by February 15, 2017, to Katharine Kittredge, Ithaca College, Department of English, kkittredge@ithaca.edu.

CFP – Cultural Representations of Transnational Childhoods

Cultural Representations of Transnational Childhoods
Day Seminar 13/5/2017, University of Wroclaw
organized by the Center for Young People’s Literature and Culture and the Center for Postcolonial Studies, Institute of English Studies, the University of Wroclaw in collaboration with the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University

It is assumed in Western culture that children have a natural need for a stable and safe domestic and familial environment (Holloway and Valentine 2000). Yet research reveals that the number of children whose everyday lives have been marked by mobility and risks it entails is increasing substantially (Ní Laoire et al. 2010). Child-centered studies of migration in particular show that children often become actors in the immigration process as they negotiate their identifications with places and cultures. Acknowledging and understanding both children’s agency and their active participation in the mobility of their families, for example as language and cultural brokers, requires a transnational literacy (Spivak 1992, Brydon 2003, Lee 2011) and relying on child-centered critical and pedagogical methodologies aimed at examining the influence of transnationalism on children’s lives (Spivak 1992, Brydon 2003, Lee 2011). Therefore, while substantial attention has been given to these phenomena in sociological studies of childhood, children’s movement across geopolitical borders also needs to be analyzed from a cultural perspective. We invite papers exploring past and contemporary representations of transnational childhoods in literature, film and other media that foreground the mobile nature of children’s lives and thus encourage a reflection on children’s experiences of mobility as an essential factor in their cognitive and emotional development.

Possible areas of interest include:

  • motifs of home and belonging, children’s creation of belonging
  • negotiations of belonging between/across cultures
  • intersections between children’s mobility, gender, class and race
  • children is diasporas
  • inter/intragenerational relationships
  • international and internal migrations
  • (digital) media and identity formation
  • emigration from “new” Europe to “old” Europe
  • ethnic/minority children in communism
  • longing for mobility in situations of restricted access to border-crossing

We welcome abstracts of 300 words before 1 April, 2017. To submit an abstract or for any questions, please email Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak at justyna.deszcz-tryhubczak@uwr.edu.pl.

The participation in the seminar is free of charge. We offer refreshments and cold lunch.

CFP – Queer(y)ing the World: International LGBTQ+ Literature for Young Readers

CFP: Queer(y)ing the World: International LGBTQ+ Literature for Young Readers

In the past few decades in English-speaking countries, we’ve seen a major increase to the number of children’s and young adult books published featuring LGBTQ+ themes. But what is the situation like in other languages and other cultures?

In this edited collection, we aim to explore LGBTQ+ literature for young readers around the world, particularly beyond the English-speaking countries/cultures. By LGBTQ+, we include: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, kink, intersex, non-monogamy, and more. We are interested in the intersection of literature, history, and politics, and we hope the various chapters will explore topics such as but not limited to:

  • How are sexualities and gender identities depicted in writing and illustration for younger readers? How are queer families and the construction of queer families portrayed?
  • How is this depiction influenced by the way the culture in question views queer identities?
  • What is the connection between LGBTQ+ rights and literature for children and young adults?
  • Who is writing this work and why?
  • Which companies are publishing the works?
  • What genres are these texts?
  • How do words and images interact in these books, if relevant?
  • How do LGBTQ+ identities intersect with other aspects of identity, including but not limited to ‘race’/ethnicity, dis/ability, class background, size, religion, and so on?
  • Are these works getting translated to other languages or are they themselves translations?
  • Are there different types of works being written by different groups within the cultures/countries?
  • What is the response of young readers (and parents, teachers, and other older readers) to the books?
  • How do libraries and library workers engage with these works?
  • How has the literature changed over time?
  • What sort of work remains to be done in this field?

Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words by 30 April 2017. We will reply with an acceptance or rejection of the abstract and feedback in the early summer and we anticipate that the due date for the submission of complete articles will be at the end of 2017. Articles will be 5000-7000 words, unless otherwise agreed upon. Guidance on style and referencing will be offered in due course. Abstracts and chapters should be in English, and any quotes in other languages should be translated as necessary.

Please contact Dr B.J. Epstein at b.epstein@uea.ac.uk and Dr Liz Chapman at e.chapman@sheffield.ac.uk with questions or to submit abstracts.