CFP – Mechademia – Second Arc Volume 01: Childhood

Call for Papers
Mechademia Second Arc Volume 01: Childhood

As the inaugural issue of this “second arc” of the narratives initiated by the Mechademia book series, the topic of “childhood” seems appropriate and timely, for several reasons. Primarily, this new book series expands the vista of the Mechademia series to encompass not just Japan, but Asia and even the world beyond, covering manga/manhua, anime, and gaming, but also the expansions to those art forms that have in the last decade, begun to absorb, innovate, morph, and expand to a panoply of new media, new expressions, new narratives, and new categories of transnational and transcultural work. In addition, these set of art forms which had in the past been considered by most mainstream considerations to be for children, have now been accepted as work that defies age, racial, gender, and sexual boundaries to become all the more globally consumed and appreciated. These aesthetics have influenced the world of fashion, literature, filmmaking, and virtually every game design.

But most poignantly, these works have always, and continue to deliver important narratives about the childhood experience. As a time of discovery, desire, disappointment, and creativity, childhood is the source of the adult experience. These experiences shape the trajectory of the adult in their approach to the world, to other people, and to the creative exploit. The child is perceivable as a “trace” under the image of the adult, as a map that lays out the journeys and spaces of experience and loss, love and despair, discovery and repression that become the founding text of the larger narrative of a life. And because the creative work can speak to the dense complexity of both the times and spaces of these events, the narratives of anime, manga/manhua, and gaming become especially profound because of their specific aesthetic in their ability to tell these tales.

This first volume, then, seeks to lay the foundation of the volumes to come in this series. Bringing forward the works of Mechademia, and expanding the parameters of its approach, the work of the Second Arc, the part of a narrative that deepens the discourse, the mystery, the characters, and the play of the narrative string — will begin by exploring the profundities of childhood, to set upon a new narrative toward maturity. Possible topics cover a vast territory: but we ask not for a simple recounting of the many narratives found in these works, but a critique, a theoretical troubling, and a creative projection from the connections and complications found in the secret places of these works. In addition to narrative considerations and explorations of the “symbolic” child, we would also welcome essays that explore children as readers, consumers, and creators, and the material conditions of transnational production that market to children.

Please send abstracts of 200 words, a keyword list of four terms, and essays of no more than 5000 words to: frenchy_lunning@mcad.edu by August 15, 2017.

CFP – Children and Youth in a Global Age

Call for Papers – Children and Youth in a Global Age
International Conference on the History of Youth and Childhood
25-26 May 2018
The University of Hong Kong

This two-day conference explores the rich potential of making children and youth the focal point of historical research. At a time when historians are placing greater emphasis upon the global and the trans-national this conference asks what roles children and youth played in “intimate” histories and how these connected with larger networks such as those of empire. How, were ideas about childhood and youth instrumentalised and institutionalised in ways intended to underpin authority, nationhood, or different genres of imperialism? How did everyday practices, objects and ties of intimacy inform ideas, practices and structures of youth and childhood shaped in circulation? In what ways did mobility, transfer and exchange shape modern concepts and experiences of being young? The conference provides a forum for the discussion of youthful practices and border-crossing mobilities that produced metropolitan and trans-imperial connections in modern times.

The conference will bring together scholars working across geographical and methodological lines to reexamine histories of childhood and youth from the mid/late nineteenth to the twentieth centuries, acknowledging young people as active co-participants in the shaping of history. We welcome different disciplinary approaches to children, childhood and youth, enabling the exploration of convergences, conflicts, and omissions, new methodologies and theoretical positions. The conference location in Hong Kong offers an ideal site to reflect on the historical reach and limitations of overlapping imperialisms, emerging nationalisms, postcolonial tensions and for the foregrounding of young people and their experiences in global, (post)colonial, trans-national and trans-imperial contexts.

Specific conference themes to be explored may include:

  • child and youth mobility (and lack of mobility), cultural transfer
  • war, disaster, refugees and asylum seekers, displacement and resettlement
  • violence (domestic, communal and state), forced or voluntary labour
  • age categories (child, adolescent, youth) in relation to (unspoken) categories of mid-life
  • sentiment, and histories of emotion
  • education, law, crime and consumption
  • medicine, understandings and experiences of illness and health
  • cultures of children and youth, play and friendship, sexuality
  • young people, the family and home
  • representations in literature and art
  • questions of theory and methodology
  • youthful masculinities and femininities, gendering of “girlhoods” and “boyhoods”
  • institutions, including schools, clubs, welfare centers, orphanages

Proposals are invited for individual papers of about 20 minutes, or for panels including three such papers. Please address questions to youthemp@hku.hk. To submit a proposal for consideration, send abstract of 300 words (maximum) and one-page c.v. by 1 December 2017 to youthemp@hku.hk. Applicants will be notified in January 2018.

There will be no charge for registration.

CFP – ChLA International Committee Focus Panel Session on German Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature Association
Call for Papers: International Committee Focus Panel Session on German Children’s Literature
Deadline: September 15, 2017

45th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference
Hosted by the Texas State University
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
June 28-30, 2018

The International Committee of the Children’s Literature Association is planning a special focus panel on Germany, to be presented at the 45th Children’s Literature Association Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas, and hosted by the Texas State University from June 28 through 30, 2018. The committee invites paper proposals that focus on any aspect of German children’s literature, including fairy tales, picture books, children’s classics, Holocaust literature and contemporary German children’s literature (including diversity and refugee narratives). The Committee is also interested in proposals that relate German children’s literature to the conference theme of “Refreshing Waters: Eternal Springs, Winding Rivers, and Other Literary Oasis.” (Please see the definition of the conference theme at http://www.childlitassn.org/2018).

Two abstracts will be selected, and the authors will receive “The ChLA International Honor Award,” which includes a grant of $500 each to cover expenses related to the conference (such as the membership and registration fees). Those papers selected for the International Focus panel will accompany a presentation by the German Distinguished Scholar who will be invited by the Committee to present at the conference.

Please send 500-word abstracts accompanied by up to 250-word bios to the International Committee, Children’s Literature Association, at vanessa.joosen@uantwerpen.be with the subject line “International Committee Paper Submission.” The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.

Authors of proposals selected for the panel will be notified by October 1, 2017. The International Committee encourages those scholars who are not selected for the International Focus panel to submit an abstract through the general Call for Proposals so that German children’s literature will become part of other panels at the conference. The call deadline for the 2018 ChLA conference is October 15, 2017.

CFP – Children on the Move

Call for Papers: Children on the Move
University of Greenwich, London, 21-23 June 2018

In 2015, a shocking photograph of Alan Kurdi – one of the many Syrian child refugees drowned whilst crossing the Mediterranean – seared public and political consciousness around the world. Outside London’s Liverpool Street Station, as well as at transport hubs in Berlin, Gdańsk, Hamburg and Rotterdam, commuters collected newspapers detailing the toddler’s terrible fate from stands located near bronze statues of children hauling suitcases and clutching teddy bears, public memorials recalling the years of the kindertransport and an earlier phase of traumatic displacement. Such global uprooting composes a tough and longstanding feature of the experience of childhood and youth. From the Dust Bowl to the Great Trek; from slave ship voyages to the passages of child convict transportees; from border journeys from Afghanistan to Pakistan, or South to North America; from the more contemporary era backwards in time to the great migrations of the pre-modern world: trails of youthful footprints criss-cross the globe.

Albeit deeply significant, however, the practice and concept of youthful movement encompasses more than transnational journeying and displacement. The related concept of mobility – described by geographers as a ‘hallmark of modern times’ (Uteng and Creswell, 2008) – requires interrogation for all historical settings and eras. Children and Youth on the Move, the second biennial conference of The Children’s History Society, seeks to expand understandings of young people’s historical movements in all their forms. In addition to considerations of movements across borders or thresholds, we welcome assessments of movements big and small, individual and collective, localised and global, permanent and temporary, desired and feared, acted out by and acted upon. We will reflect on movement in relation to individual development (intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical), as well as associated cross-cultural implications. Offering a forum for historical reflections from established and upcoming historians of children, childhood and youth, we also anticipate that our conference will again offer a platform for school-age scholars to reflect on the ways they respond to history.

We invite panel contributions (especially long chronological and/or geographically diverse in collective scope) as well as individual papers on topics related to the conference theme. These might include:

  • Forced and voluntary migrations and removals
  • Kinetic abilities and impairments
  • Young people’s independent mobilities
  • Skills in movement and their social function: dance; running; gymnastics, and more
  • Sociability and popular culture
  • Altered emotional or spiritual states (‘being moved’)
  • Ritual movement in religious communities
  • Social mobility in history
  • Youthful holidays/vacations
  • Mobilisations of youthful discourse
  • Child evacuees, refugees and soldiers
  • Mobile young workers, and associated fears of idleness
  • Engagement with modes of transportation: animals; sail; rowing; bicycles, and more
  • Disease and its impact: quarantine; fleeing infection
  • Moving images of and/or by youth
  • Constructions of ‘natural’ youthful energy, and associated conflicts
  • Young people’s physical engagements with heritage sites and museums
  • Literary representations of movement including narrative arcs and bildungsroman
  • Correspondence and shared cultures
  • Movement, lifestyle and economic wellbeing: nomads; ‘moving house’; temporary accommodation; homelessness
  • Marching and demonstration
  • Transnational childhoods and ‘third culture kids’
  • Migration for education: boarding school and its rituals
  • Escapes and pursuit: slavery; prison and institutional breakouts
  • Welfare: settlement, resettlement and entitlement
  • Intellectual and cultural movements and their impact
  • Future trajectories for researching the histories of young people

For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a 2-page CV, to both M.C.H.Martin@greenwich.ac.uk and simon.sleight@kcl.ac.uk by 1 November 2017. Panel submissions featuring three papers of 15-20 minutes apiece are also encouraged, and should be submitted collectively by the panel organiser. Please state your contact email address on the abstract. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in January 2018.

Please note that our definitions of children and youth are flexible, reflecting the multiple constructions through time of these social categories. We expect the selection process to be competitive, and hence we will prioritise papers directly addressing the overall conference theme as well as one or more sub-themes.

We are delighted to announce that the conference will be hosted at the spectacular riverside campus of the University of Greenwich, a world heritage site. Further details will follow regarding accommodation options, travel arrangements and conference-related activities. If you are based in or around London and would like to join the conference organising committee, or volunteer during the conference itself, please email M.C.H.Martin@greenwich.ac.uk and simon.sleight@kcl.ac.uk to express your interest.

Call for Chapters – Posthuman Pooh: Edward Bear after 100 Years

Call for Chapters: Posthuman Pooh: Edward Bear after 100 Years
Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2017
Editor: Jennifer Harrison, East Stroudsburg University, USA

I am currently seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume celebrating the centenary in 2026 of A. A. Milne’s The World of Pooh. As classics from the “golden age” of children’s literature, Milne’s Pooh stories have received considerable attention from critics and fans over the years; however, less critical attention has been devoted to the continuing relevance of the Pooh phenomenon in contemporary children’s culture. As recent critics have discussed, the Pooh stories are complex and multifaceted, written in many different modes and employing a vast array of different narrative styles and techniques; they have also undergone transformation and adaptation into a plethora of related cultural artefacts.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of The World of Pooh, therefore, this volume will explore Pooh in light of cutting-edge children’s literature and culture theory, with a particular focus on the stories as addressing the fundamentally modern posthuman concern with interrogations of the boundaries between the human and the non-human, the material and the immaterial. Anticipated publication of this volume is for 2020 – the birthyear of Christopher Robin, and the year in which the real “Winnie” was adopted by London Zoo.

Submissions of an interdisciplinary nature are particularly welcome, as are submissions which examine the relationship between the texts and modern adaptations and artefacts. Some potential areas of exploration might include:

  • The blurring of human-animal-toy boundaries
  • Explorations of space and place within the stories
  • Adaptations for film and TV
  • The marketing of the Pooh franchise
  • Explorations of time within the stories
  • Material culture and artefacts within the stories
  • Bodies and identity within the stories
  • Postcolonial and ecocritical readings

However, this list is nowhere near exhaustive and I am happy to consider any submission which focuses on the Pooh stories and their role in modern children’s culture.

I hope to include chapters by authors from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of current studies in children’s literature and culture, as well as the diverse relevance of the Pooh stories in modern children’s culture. Please submit a 500-word chapter abstract and a biography of no more than 250 words by August 31, 2017, to: jharriso11@esu.edu

You can also see a digital version of the CFP at: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/2017/06/20/call-chapters-posthuman-pooh-edward-bear-100-years/.

All proposed abstracts will be given full consideration, and submission implies a commitment to publish in this volume if your work is selected for inclusion. If selected, completed chapters will be due by December 30, 2017.

All questions regarding this volume should be directed to: jharriso11@esu.edu

CFP – Research on Diversity in Youth Literature

Call for Papers for the inaugural issue of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature

Mission: The mission of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature is to publish scholarship attending to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality in youth literature, culture, and media.

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library. It will be published two times a year, with the first issue to be published on June 1, 2018.

For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions by #OwnVoices (underrepresented persons writing about topics related to their lived experiences) from all disciplines engaging with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s article “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990). Almost thirty years after its initial publication, how have youth literature and the practices surrounding it (scholarship, publishing, programming, teaching, and circulation) responded to, taken up, and/or ignored Dr. Bishop’s framework and call to action?

Please submit complete essays to co-editors Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen (spark@stkate.edu) and Dr. Gabrielle Atwood Halko (ghalko@wcupa.edu) by December 1, 2017. Essays must be between 5,000-8,000 words, including notes and citations, and use APA Style.

Call for Chapters – Representations of Children and Youth in Popular Culture

Call for Chapters
Representations of Children and Youth in Popular Culture

Ingrid E. Castro, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, USA
Jessica Clark, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

We are currently seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume that interrogates the representations of children and young people’s agency in popular culture. When considering children and youth, acts of agency are inseparable from the heightened structures they are forced to work within and around. The complexity of these analyses is heightened further when examining the spatial, material, and familial structures and contexts within which agency may be realized and performed. Placed on them by “well-meaning” adults and the institutions they govern, children will find small and large ways to have their intentions known, desires expressed, and voices heard above the din of what adults (and sometimes peers) think is best for their development, safety, and futures.

While the topic of children’s agency has received some attention in sociology, psychology, and childhood studies, this book aims to contribute to such discussions by considering the under-interrogated domain of representations of children’s agency in popular culture. As such, this volume will explore children and youth’s agency as found in the popular cultural forms of film, television, literature, music, comic books, animation, video games, art, sports, toys, etc. Representations of children’s agency in popular culture can be analyzed from a variety of grounding points. For example, chapters might consider the intersection of agency and:

  • Friendships/Dating
  • Family/Intergenerational Relations
  • Pets/Animals/Nature
  • Age/Time
  • Material Culture: Permanent/Impermanent
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity/Class
  • Bodies/Sexuality/Disability
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Education/Work
  • Innocence/Knowledge
  • Space/Place/Location
  • Genre/Era

(This list is by no means exhaustive and we are happy to consider any work which places representation of children’s agency at its center).

We hope to include chapters by authors from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints, reflecting the contemporary study of and with children and childhood. Please submit a 500-word chapter abstract and a biography of no more than 250 words by July 31 to: representationsofagency@gmail.com.

All proposed abstracts will be given full consideration, and submission implies a commitment to publish in this volume if your work is selected for inclusion. If selected, completed chapters will be due by November 30.

All questions regarding this volume should be directed to: representationsofagency@gmail.com.

CFP – Border-Crossing in Children’s Literature

The Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature and The Fourth US-China Symposium for Children’s Literature
June 14-16, 2018
Cotsen Children’s Library, Princeton University

The International Symposium for Children’s Literature, first held in 2012 as the US-China Symposium for Children’s Literature, was born at an exciting moment in children’s books and reading in China.

Imported/translated picture books and juvenile literature, along with parent-child shared reading practice, were increasingly introduced to rising middle-class Chinese families and rejuvenated the creation of domestic works. The symposium has become an important venue where leading scholars from China, USA, and an expanding list of countries exchange the latest research on children’s literature, fertilizing the field with inquiries that cross national, cultural, and linguistic boundaries.

The Cotsen Children’s Library is proud to host the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature in 2018. Cotsen is a special collection of international historical children’s materials housed within Princeton University Library. It is one of the few institutions, outside East Asia, that house a sizeable and growing research collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean books, magazines, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, games, and toys for children’s entertainment and education.

The Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature seeks to facilitate interchange of ideas on new issues in children’s literature research between scholars from East and West. We are particularly interested in two thematic areas.

(1) Children’s literature on the screen
Electronic screens have joined paper to carry text, images, and other multimodal contents that entertain, educate, inspire, and stimulate children. Shelby A. Wolf (2014) challenged us to widen literary analysis “to include the interplay of visual, auditory, and interactive opportunities” offered by digital children’s literature. We welcome proposals that investigate digital picture books or children’s book Apps from dimensions that range from definition to creation, evaluation, criticism, usage, access, response, and impact.

(2) Border-Crossing in Children’s Literature
This is a broad area that encompasses multicultural, international, and translated children’s literature, in any format and genre, including but not limited to East Asian children’s literature, its relationship with global literature, its application in second language education, and East Asian-themed American works.

Submission Timelines

August 14, 2017 — Deadline for submitting abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute presentations (in English or Chinese) to: rMnzN6Ynkfr1X7f32>

September 14, 2017 — Decision notification. The symposium is able to schedule up to 24 presenters into the program.

February 14, 2018 — Deadline for the submission of your paper. The necessity of on-site, simultaneous translation requires that we receive the full text of your presentation with adequate time to have English-Chinese bilingual versions prepared.

Following the symposium, we plan to assemble revised versions of the symposium papers into a book or a special journal issue.

Co-organizers

Dr. Minjie Chen
Cotsen Children’s Library
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Princeton University Library
Phone: (609)258-9574
Email: minjiec@princeton.edu

Dr. Qiuying (Lydia) Wang
Professor, Reading/Literacy (K-8)
School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership Oklahoma State University
Phone: (405)744-8001
Email: qiuying.wang@okstate.edu

Shareable URL: http://blogs.princeton.edu/cotsen/2017/06/cfp/

CFP – Child-Animal Relationships in Comics: Historical and Transcultural Perspectives

Call for Papers
Child-Animal Relationships in Comics: Historical and Transcultural Perspectives

Many of the most well-known comics protagonists have pets or animal friends, loyal sidekicks in their daily lives and adventures: Charlie Brown has Snoopy, his independent, precocious dog, Calvin has Hobbes, a stuffed tiger acquiring life through the boy’s imagination, Beano‘s Dennis the Menace eventually acquired an equally destructive canine companion called Gnasher, Tintin (successfully eluding the adult-child distinction, but remaining in many ways a child with a degree of agency accorded only to adults) has Snowy. Already the Yellow Kid was accompanied by several stray dogs, cats and other animals, who accentuated the action and the humor. Decades later, the importance of animal sidekicks persist, as exemplified by the series devoted to Spirou’s fantastic, semi-domestic Marsupilami. That these children and their animal friends combine characteristics of both adults and children not only accounts for their appeal to a broad audience but also highlights the complexity underlying these characters in spite of their flattened, polyvalent essence. Thus, for Umberto Eco, “Schulz’s children create a little universe in which our tragedy and our comedy are performed” and “Snoopy carries to the last metaphysical frontier the neurotic failure to adjust.”

Even though child-animal relationships have been a staple of comics production, they remain overlooked by comics scholarship, which is only tentatively broaching the study of children and comics, as exemplified by recent publications (Abate and Sanders; Gordon; Heimermann and Tullis). In expanding on existing scholarship and combining it with studies on picture books and comics as well as animals in comics (Groensteen; Hatfield; Hatfield and Svonkin; Sanders), this anthology seeks to build stronger bridges between the fields of comics studies, childhood studies and animal studies in order to take a first step towards a more profound and holistic understanding of the roles and relationships of animals and children in comics. It is particularly interested in historical studies (from the mid-nineteenth century onwards) and transcultural comparisons of child-animal relationships in comics that engage with one or more of the following aspects:

  • extent of questioning or reproduction of conceptualizations of childhood and childishness
  • relationship to adults and adulthood
  • degree of agency accorded to both children and animals
  • role of eccentricity for both child and animal characters as well as the supporting cast
  • othering and interaction with others
  • representations and roles of family life
  • portrayal and presence of schools and other civil and social institutions

Please send abstracts of 500 words (for a 7000 word contribution) to Maaheen Ahmed (ahmedmaaheen@gmail.com) by 31 August 2017. Accepted contributions are due by 31 January 2018.

The volume will be published in late 2018 by the University Press of Liège as part of the ACME series on comics studies.

CFP – Special Issue of Global Studies of Childhood: Children and Popular Culture

CFP: Global Studies of Childhood
Special Issue: Children and Popular Culture
Guest Editor: Patrick Cox, Rutgers University

Childhood and youth are always contested notions, but perhaps nowhere more than in popular culture. Popular culture offers representations of children and youth as, among other things, wise, dangerous, evil, innocent, sexual, doomed, and in various states of “in progress.” Popular culture is also the broad site of much child agency, where children and youth produce texts from novels to YouTube channels to websites, blogs, and zines, frequently outstripping their adult contemporaries in technological savvy and communicative capability. Popular culture for children is by turns condescending to the youngest audience, crass, pedantic, and appropriated by adults for their own pleasure. Elements of popular culture are designed to educate and socialize children; others are manipulated by children as political activism. These turns call into question and trouble conceptions not only of “the child” but of “popular culture” itself and propose a compelling nexus of questions befitting both Childhood Studies and Popular Culture Studies.

In this special issue, authors are invited to consider intersections of popular culture by, for, and about childhood, both broadly construed. We will explore both the impacts of popular culture on youth and childhood and the very real impacts of children and youth on popular culture. All disciplinary approaches are welcome, including but not limited to textual and visual analysis, ethnographic work, studies of children’s popular material culture, historical readings, comparative analysis of texts, and consumer and communication studies.

Additionally, contemplations of the interstices between Childhood Studies and Popular Culture Studies as academic endeavors are encouraged. The two fields have been in limited conversation with one another, perhaps separated by epistemological and methodological concerns, yet the available data seems like a rich vein for insight. While both fields are multi-disciplinary and continuously evolving, Childhood Studies maintains very clear traces of its roots in social sciences, while Popular Culture Studies is still found more often housed in the Humanities. The two fields each have at their center subjects that have at times made it difficult for them to be taken seriously as sites of academic inquiry. With different questions at their core, how can the two fields interact? Put another way, how do we study this multitude of texts?

Topics for this special issue might include:

  • Popular culture and education, whether intentional or inadvertent;
  • Children’s popular culture as grown-up nostalgia;
  • Youth vs. adult perspectives on popular culture;
  • Children and youth as producers of popular culture;
  • New media as empowering or oppressive;
  • Capabilities for communication and interconnectivity;
  • Adult consumption of children’s popular culture;
  • Children’s consumption of decades-old popular culture;
  • Definitions of youth in popular culture;
  • Nostalgia through revivals and reboots;
  • Social media;
  • Diminishing space between children’s and adult popular culture.

The guest editor welcomes submissions of articles via the journal submission system on its SAGE Publishing site. See “Submission Guidelines” here: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal/global-studies-childhood#description. Journal information available here: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal/global-studies-childhood

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2017.

Please send any queries to guest editor Patrick Cox at patrick.cox@rutgers.edu.