CFP – Moving Stories: Emotion in, through, and around Texts for Children and Young Adults

Call for Papers
Moving Stories: Emotion in, through, and around Texts for Children and Young Adults
Co-editors, Karen Coats (Illinois State) and Gretchen Papazian (Central Michigan)

Humors. Passions. Sentiments. Sensibilities. Feelings. Emotions. Affect. Are they natural, learned, culturally scripted? Are they embodied, biochemical, contagious? Are they personal, interpersonal, social? Are they rational or impulsive? Are they good or dangerous? Can they be controlled? How are they framed similarly or differently in relation to identity categories (e.g. gender, age, race, class, nation)? How do textual forms function to generate them for readers?

These questions and topics have been circulating in English Studies for some time. However, they have recently gained more prominence, through Sarah Ahmed’s work on the cultural politics of emotion, Teresa Brennan’s study of the transmission of affect, and Patricia Ticineto Clough and Jean Halley’s historicizing of “the affective turn.” They have gained such academic purchase, in fact, that the FALL 2015 PMLA Special Topic issue was devoted to Emotions.

The collection proposed here aims to extend consideration more firmly into the field of children’s and young adult literature. While the PMLA issue included incidental discussion of some texts designed for children, and while there has been a smattering of attention to emotion in children’s and young adult literature already (articles and book chapters by Perry Nodelman, Maria Nikolajeva, Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, and Karen Coats; plus Jerry Griswold’s 2006 monograph Feeling Like a Kid), the time is ripe for a collection of essays that pulls together the range of ways that texts for children approach emotion, as well as the range of ways emotion can be approached in, through, and around texts for children. Ultimately, the collection aims to more clearly and sharply articulate what is at stake in the emotions and emotional-workings of literature, film, and other media designed for children and young adults.

Proposals are welcomed from all areas of literature study, as are all approaches to the topic. Possible areas of investigation might include the following:

  • How do emotions work within texts for children and young adults?
  • What emotions might CYAL be scripting? Does that vary over genre, format, or imagined audience?
  • How does CYAL value and evaluate affect?
  • Are emotions—or particular emotions—marked as “childish”? Or gendered? Or racialized?
  • How does CYAL create and/or transmit affect? What are the techniques used by various formats (picture book, novel, film, game, video game) to create feeling (i.e., a sad story)?
  • Are specific genres or formats more invested in or better at representing emotion—or certain kinds of emotion—than others?
  • Have the emotions of CYAL changed over time?
  • What are the politics and ideologies of emotions in and around children’s and young adult literatures?

300-word proposals (plus brief scholar bio that includes rank and institutional affiliation) due by December 31, 2017 to papaz1gd@cmich.edu. Full manuscripts due by December 31, 2018.

CFP – Comics and the Graphic Narrative: The Future of the Movement

Kent State University School of Information, Reinberger Children’s Library Center, and the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art present the 2nd Bi-Annual Marantz Picturebook Research Symposium

Comics and the Graphic Narrative: The Future of the Movement
August 5-7, 2018
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Keynotes: Carol Tilley, PhD; Graphic Artist, Rafael Rosado

This call for proposals seeks original, interdisciplinary research in areas related to comics and graphic novels.

Presentation Formats:

The Committee especially encourages presentations and research in the following formats:

  1. Twenty-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion
  2. Panel submissions comprised of three 20-minute presentations followed by 20 minutes of discussion (or four 15-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes of discussion)
  3. Posters

Prospective participants should submit abstracts that report on recent research and scholarship. Contributions to this call for papers may not have been previously published, and all research methodologies from all disciplines are welcomed.

Apply here.

Deadlines:
January 15, 2018: Deadline to submit abstracts
March 1, 2018: Notification of acceptance

Once selected, presenters are responsible for their own expenses related to the conference, including but not limited to registration fees, lodging, transportation and meals. Students are encouraged to participate.

Possible topics, as related to the conference theme, include (but are not limited to):

  • Cultural constructions of comics and graphic novels
  • Reaching diverse readers via comics and graphic novels
  • Historical perspectives on comics and graphic novels
  • Visual history/storytelling in comic books and graphic novels
  • Comics and graphic novels as propaganda directed at youth
  • The future of comics and graphic novels Political issues in comics and graphic novels

Conference Program Co-chairs

Mary Anne Nichols, MLS
Senior Lecturer
mnichol1@kent.edu

Michelle Baldini, MLS
Director, Reinberger Children’s Library Center
mbaldini@kent.edu

Marianne Martens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
mmarten3@kent.edu

Meghan Harper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
sharper1@kent.edu

CFP – Children and Deaf Culture in Literature and Other Modes of Representation

Children and Deaf Culture in Literature and Other Modes of Representation

The aim of this collection is to explore literary and cultural representations of d/Deaf culture, and so we invite a wide variety of scholarly studies with specific attention to the cultures of the deaf, deafness and experiences of deafness. We welcome approaches that examine the subject from various perspectives – examination of different genres in writing and multimedia, situation of deaf characters in varying backgrounds, including able bodied, ethnic and racial cultures, strategic modes of representation of visual lives, the implications of specific genres (the Bildungsroman, for example), and so on. Historically, deafness has been regarded as a sub-category of disability and, in relation to children’s literature and culture, scholarly writing has mostly fallen under that umbrella, although the nexus is often challenged. The general field of disability studies scholarship has had a long history in the social sciences, entered the humanities around thirty years ago, but has had a shorter existence in children’s literature. Landmark twenty-first century events have been themed issues in Disability Studies Quarterly in 2004 (issue 24.1), in ChLAQ in 2013 (issue 38.3), and in interjuli in 2017, although only one article in these three volumes focused on deafness. While considerable interest has been shown in children and deafness and children in deaf culture in creative literature and film, scholarship has been somewhat sporadic. A common focus of attention has been the problem of representation: is there an emphasis on the “otherness” of deaf characters? Is representation from a hearing perspective? Do deaf characters occupy a central role and function, or are they subordinated to hearing characters? Are authors drawn to the motif of the “supercrip”? What kind of links are portrayed between deaf characters and animals? Does representation explain specific characteristics of a character’s deafness and is this grounded in an accurate understanding of deafness? How are characters positioned in relationship to “the sense of an ending”? Do texts assume a cultural divide between deaf and hearing people, and if so, what does this imply? What is the relationship of Deaf culture to other social cultures? Do texts acknowledge the complexity of d/Deaf cultures?

We are looking for contributions that focus on social and cultural representations of children and deafness, and the cultures of deafness, rather than studies in pathology or pedagogy. Contributions may not have been previously published. Some possible themes are set out below, but these are not exclusive and we are open to suggestions of other kinds:

  • Deafness in Children’s Literature: Historical Perspectives
  • Deaf Theory and Children’s Literature
  • Deaf culture in children’s books
  • Deafness, children and film
  • Film documentaries
  • The exploits of Superdeafy and other supercrips
  • Comparative studies: representation in various communities
  • Representations of cognitive processes in fiction and/or film
  • Representing identity development, and/or construction
  • Deafness and Bibliotherapy
  • Signed performance with children (poetry, drama, etc.)
  • Biography and Autobiography
  • Turning a Deaf Ear: Deafness as a Metaphor

This project was suggested by the University Press of Mississippi, with whom we have an agreement to publish the collection, subject to a satisfactory peer review.

Please send proposals of no longer than 300 words plus a short CV (up to 300 words) to: Vivian Yenika-Agbaw: vxy102@psu.edu
Deadline for proposals: 24 November 2017
The editors will respond to proposals by: 15 December 2017
Full submissions of no more than 6000 words and conforming to the Publishers’ house style will then be due with the Editors by April 1, 2018.

The editors are:

Dr. Vivian Yenika-Agbaw
Professor of Education (Literature & Literacy)
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
The Pennsylvania State University
vxy102@psu.edu

Prof John Stephens
Emeritus Professor in English
Macquarie University
john.stephens@mq.edu.au

CFP – Special Issue of Libri & Liberi: WWI, New Historical Settings, and Children’s Literature

Call for papers
Libri & Liberi: Journal of Research on Children’s Literature and Culture invites proposals for papers to be considered for publication in a Special Issue to be published in 2018 on all aspects of research dedicated to
WWI, New Historical Settings, and Children’s Literature

We are interested in papers on publications for children on various aspects of WWI, those reflecting the new geopolitical situation in Europe and worldwide after WWI, new cultural, political and social realities reflected in children’s literature during and after the war, as well as research into all kinds of children’s publications during and immediately after WWI. We welcome contributions on trends and new practices in children’s literature, including different phenomena related to WWI. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words.

Deadline: 15 April 2018

Libri & Liberi is published twice a year in printed and electronic form (http://www.librietliberi.org by the Croatian Association of Researchers in Children’s Literature (http://www.hidk.hr).

We will be pleased to consider for publication original manuscripts in English, German, and Croatian. We invite authors to send a manuscript or a short summary and the title of the paper they intend to submit for publication to librietliberi@gmail.com or editor@librietliberi.org.

CFP – Everyday Urban Subjectivities of Children and Youth in an Era of Trump

American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 10-14, 2018

Everyday Urban Subjectivities of Children and Youth in an Era of Trump

The rise of right-wing populism in North America and Europe is reshaping the experience of children in a range of spaces, including children’s health services, juvenile justice systems, schools and public spaces. The global south is also experiencing changes, with consequences for child migrants, and refugees, among others, and reflective of a process of reciprocal interconnectivity between these two worlds. In many cases, despite formal commitment to children and youths’ human rights, governments fail to ensure access to basic services and to equality of opportunity.

Children and youth are both subject to discipline and also demonstrate competence and a degree of agency to reshape their experiences in public space (Kallio and Häkli, 2013). Wells (2017: 495) suggests that “children’s agency is becoming more and more constrained by the political and economic structures within which they live”. These events make us rethink how to place children and youth in local and global processes (Aitken, 2013) and within current geographical debates around everyday spaces and spatial discourses (Holloway and Valentine, 2000).

To this end, we seek papers that call into question how children and youth adapt to constraints (e.g. poverty, social exclusion, criminalization) and obstacles in urban public spaces. We are specifically interested in the creation, resistance and, socio-spatial dialectics of children and youth in their everyday struggles, and the ways in which these struggles may be connected in multiple places throughout the global north and south. We welcome papers regarding children and youth subjectivities and experiences with the aim of examining the interconnectedness of young people’s lives (Holloway and Valentine, 2000). We aim to investigate the multiple ways in which young people’s lives are structured by global and local processes, and young people’s roles as actors in such processes.

Papers may include but are not limited to:

  • Creation of safe spaces and discourses of solidarity
  • Criminalization of children/youth in public spaces
  • The role of law and rights in shaping ways in which children are governed in and through space
  • Living in precariousness and the strategies and tactics young people use in response to challenges
  • Construction of identities and perception of the otherness
  • Gendered subjectivities of children/youth in public spaces
  • Spatial discourses of everyday children subjectivities
  • Civic and social participation of children/youth in public spaces
  • Children’s geographies and current challenges in research
  • Critical methodologies with children and youth

Please submit abstracts (no more than 250 words) or inquiries of interest to Melisa Argañaraz (arganaraz@umbc.edu) and Dena Aufseeser (daufsee@umbc.edu) by Friday, 20 October 2017. Accepted submissions will be contacted by Monday, 23 October 2017. Potential papers should also submit their abstracts directly to AAG by Wednesday 25 October 2017.

CFP – Organizing Childhood

Gender, Work and Organization
10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference
13-16 June, 2018, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

GWO 2018 Call for Abstracts

Organizing Childhood

Convenors
Carolyn Hunter, University of York, York, UK
Nina Kivinen, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
Deborah Brewis, Kingston University, London, UK

While the study of “childhood” is a developed field in sociology, media studies, the humanities and even marketing, it is with, a few recent exceptions, relatively underexplored in organization studies (see exceptions: Russell and Tyler, 2002; Kavanagh, Keohane and Kuhling, 2011; Kavanagh, 2013; Griffin, Harding and Learmonth, 2016; Kenny, 2016; Hunter and Kivinen, 2016). While significant theoretical contributions have been made, more could be done to develop empirical studies where the complexities of childhood play out. Gender has been a central theme in the study of childhood in other fields, and we propose that it provides a key lens through which to expand discussions to how childhood is “organized” both as a set of discourses and the variety of occupations and industries associated with products and services for children. This call for abstracts aims to engage with thinking on the intersections between organizations, childhood and gender, through exploring the way in which childhood features:

a. in industries that centre around products and services for children,
b. in relations where childhood is produced, consumed and assembled
c. or as ideas, discourses and ideologies that relate to our adult selves.

The organizing of childhood may be considered in relation to gender, through the production and consumption of products and services aimed at the children, including pre-school, middle and young adult or “tweens” categories (Siegel, Coffey, and Livingston, 2004; Steinberg and Kincheloe, 1997). Russell and Tyler (2002) and Griffin, Harding and Learmonth (2016) explore dimensions of gendered children’s products, while Hunter and Kivinen (2016) note the link between these gendered products and services and the gendered identities of the workers involved in delivering them. Representing a wide array of products and services, the children’s industries are characterized by significant variety in types of labour and the quality of working lives. Some of these industries represent particularly precarious or low paid work, in which women are overrepresented. We already know that in industries like nurseries and childcare, women far outnumber male employees in the UK, with the number of men averaging only 2% of the workforce (Department for Education, 2013). Further research could explore whether gender segregation in the workforce is a symptom of, and/or reinforcement to, notions of women’s reproductive role in the economy, the marginalization of women’s labour, and whether this intersects with other social markers such as race, age and disability.

We might also consider how labour in these industries target children by engaging in aesthetic or emotional labour that may be characterized as “feminized” work. For example, Russell and Tyler (2002) explored how a teenage retail store became an aesthetic space, a “retail theatre,” of feminine “tweenie” dreams. Working on products or services for children may provide insights into the experiences of emotional and aesthetic labour, where nostalgia, development and fantasy come together (Langer, 2004). How are concepts of childhood entangled into expectations of emotional management by employees, as well as the organization of employees’ and children’s bodies within these space? Are assumptions made that working in these spaces is less skilled or meaningful than working for products for adults? We might consider, in turn, how such assumptions influence employees’ identities, motivations and sense of purpose. Equally, authors may consider whether work within the children’s industries offers insights into alternative ways of organizing, for example through collaboration and working in home environments. These industries frequently breakdown the divide between the public and the private, for example if the work is undertaken within the private space of the home alongside other (unpaid) work such as childcare and domestic activities. Similarly children may come into the public spaces of organizations, such workplace crèches and “babies at work” policies. In addition children can work legally (age restrictions varying by state in Australia and set at 13 in the UK for example), and younger in the industries of television, theatre, and modelling, providing an alternative “productive” narrative to childhood. The call aims to engage with these different dimensions of childhood, including the potential oppression and alienation in these experiences.

Finally, we invite explorations of how childhood becomes organized as a set of ideas (Cook, 2004). On one hand, one might consider the relations of production and consumption from the perspective of children themselves (Martens et al., 2004), through their experiences of the emotions and affect that become attached to the commodities of childhood; and through the framing of children’s desires, and responsibilities via traditional broadcast media and new social forms of media. Children also learn to consume management and business concepts early on (Rehn, 2009) although more could be done to assess if this learning is gendered. On the other hand, we might consider how adults, too, consume childhood, fables and fairy tales, developing narratives of self through their careers, authenticity, and identities; or through memory (Ingersoll and Adams, G. B, 1992). The worlds of management and childhood cross: for example management guru Marshall Goldsmith turned his bestseller business book into a comic book with the help of a children’s illustrator. Other management gurus have directly drawn on childhood to discuss creativity, innovation and “child-like” play.

This call asks for abstracts which explore either childhood as an organizational phenomena or as empirical setting, in particular making connections between childhood and gender including femininities and masculinities. We welcome papers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, including feminist, postcolonial, and queer critiques of the gendered nature of work in relation to childhood.

Themes:

  • Nostalgia and historical discussions of workers in the children’s industries
  • Emotions, affect and emotional labour related to childhood
  • Theorization of the production and consumption of childhood
  • Associations of childhood with femininities and masculinities, as well as other theorization of gender around queer theory, identity theory, critical race theory and post-colonialism
  • Feminist critiques of childhood
  • Gendering of products or services for children
  • Childhood in the narratives and metaphors of management and business
  • Childhood in concepts of career and authenticity
  • Children becoming part of organizational space

For stream enquiries please contact Nina Kivinen: nina.kivinen@abo.fi

Papers from the stream will be selected for a special issue proposal of the Gender, Work and Organization journal.

How to submit:

Abstracts of approximately 500 words (ONE page, Word document NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding references, no header, footers or track changes) are invited by 1 November 2017 with decisions on acceptance to be made by stream leaders within one month. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. New and young scholars with “work in progress” papers are welcomed. Papers can be theoretical or theoretically informed empirical work. In the case of co-authored papers, ONE person should be identified as the corresponding author. Due to restrictions of space on the conference schedule, multiple submissions by the same author will not be timetabled. Please submit abstracts through the conference abstract portal at https://www.mq.edu.au/events/gwosydney.

CFP – Toys and Material Culture: Hybridisation, Design and Consumption

8th International Toy Research Association World Conference
Paris, France
11-13 July 2018

The predominant theme for the 8th ITRA Conference is “Toys and Material Culture: Hybridisation, Design and Consumption.”

Beyond toys, the conference will explore the place of tangible objects and novel forms of material culture in play. What are the similarities and the differences, the relationships, between toys and other material devices, such as board games, cards, digital games and media-connected objects? Are there, in play, or in the trans-mediated toys themselves, new forms of materiality?

Three words can summarize this topic:

  • Hybridisation: the mix between toys and other playthings or supports; the trans-media franchising and circulation of characters, contents, fictions, and cross-connected toys; the mix between video games and toys; the relationships between toys and technology; and the question of virtual toys.
  • Design: the conception of toys and the relationship with other trans-mediated objects addressed to, or of interest to children. Since Experice, our research centre, operates in conjunction with a FabLab specialising in toys and games, known as Ludomaker, we are particularly interested in encouraging proposals from other FabLabs around the world that also specialise in toys and games.
  • Consumption: the marketing, distribution, and use of toys, and their relationship with different kinds of play objects, including the recycling and transformation of everyday objects into playthings.

In addition to the main theme of the conference, other topics relating to toys and material culture are welcome. This includes, but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Toy collecting and toy libraries
  • Toys, education, health and environment
  • Toys and gender influences
  • Toys and inter-cultural communication
  • Toys in history
  • Trans-generational toys
  • Toys, signs and meanings

We welcome abstracts of completed research, case studies and development projects, as well as incomplete or proposed research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback.

To submit a paper, symposium or poster

If you would like to present a paper, organize a symposium or present a poster please submit the requested abstract or proposal, in English, before 8 January 2018. Submissions should be sent to Gilles Brougère at brougere@univ-paris13.fr.

Papers will be limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and comments. In addition to some basic background information, the abstract must include methodology, research data and results, discussion or conclusion. Authors are also asked to provide which category (from the above list) best fits the description of their paper. The title of the abstract, names, affiliations and email addresses of each contributor should be provided. An abstract should be one A4 page in portrait layout (around 2000 characters).

Symposia will be limited to 2 hours, with three or four presentations on a common theme. Each proposal should contain the title of the symposium, an overview of the symposium (around 2000 characters), and abstracts of each presentation should be presented in the same format as the papers.

Posters should be suitable for presentation. Poster sessions usually do not occupy conference time and take place during the coffee breaks. Their duration should be limited to 20 minutes. If you would like to present a poster, please submit a one-page abstract in the same format as the papers.

The scientific committee will review your abstract or proposal for its suitability to the conference. You will receive a reply by 15 March 2018. If you require a response before this date, please apply in writing to Gilles Brougère at brougere@univ-paris13.fr when you submit your paper, symposium or poster.

For more information, please see: http://www.itratoyresearch.org/2018_Paris.php.

CFP – Synergy and Contradiction: How Picturebooks and Picture Books Work

Call for papers
Synergy and Contradiction: How Picturebooks and Picture Books Work
Cambridge Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature
University of Cambridge, UK
September 6-8, 2018

The aesthetic aspects of storytelling through word and image have been studied extensively in the past thirty-odd years. In 1982, the Swedish scholar Kristin Hallberg launched the concept of iconotext that has been widely employed in discussing the phenomenon. Perry Nodelman’s Words about Pictures (1988) was a landmark that placed the subject firmly within children’s literature research. The first international conference wholly devoted to the art form was held in Stockholm in 1998, featuring, among others, Jane Doonan and William Moebius. An international network was established in 2007, running biennial conferences and workshops. Dozens of monographs and edited volumes have been published, the most recent More Words about Pictures (2017), edited by Naomi Hamer, Perry Nodelman, and Mavis Reimer, and The Routledge Companion to Picturebooks (2017), edited by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer.

And yet there is no universal consensus about the object of inquiry, starting with the controversy of spelling. While most scholars agree that the interaction of words and images is essential, there is no clear agreement on the difference between illustrated books and picture book/picturebooks, nor on the differences and similarities between picture books/picturebooks and comics, nor on the relationship between printed and digital texts.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary since the publication of Words about Pictures and to explore the recent development in picture book/picturebook theories, Cambridge Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature invites paper proposals on any aspect of theoretical approaches to picture books/picturebooks as an art form. We are particularly interested in new approaches that go beyond statements that picture books/picturebooks depend on the combination of the verbal and the visual. We also welcome authors, illustrators, publishers and translators. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Picture book/picturebook as an art form and a material object
  • Picture books/picturebooks and other word/image-driven texts (e.g. illustrated books, picture dictionaries, concept books, artist books)
  • Metalanguage for discussing picture books/picturebooks: coming to terms
  • Theory vs. culture: how trustworthy are the semiotic generalizations of books like Words about Pictures or How Picturebooks Work in relationship to picture books/picturebooks produced in different times, places, cultures? Is there a universal language of picture books/picturebooks?
  • Picture book/picturebook design: creators’ perspective
  • Is there anything beyond words and images? Picture books/picturebooks without words? Picture books/picturebooks without pictures?
  • Looking at words, seeing pictures (e.g. implications of fonts, intraiconic texts, etc)
  • Young readers’ engagement with word/image storytelling: do words and pictures invite different kinds of relationships between texts and readers?
  • How have adjacent areas of research benefited from picture book/picturebook theory, for instance, digital literature, comics, graphic novels and games?
  • Translation and transmediation

We will not consider proposals on content-focused topics.

Confirmed jousters are Perry Nodelman and Maria Nikolajeva.

Deadline: January 8, 2018. 300-word (or any size image) proposals for a 20-minute paper should be sent, together with a 100-word bio, to mn351@cam.ac.uk. We also encourage panel and round-table proposals. Early indication of interest would be helpful in arranging affordable accommodation. Further inquiries to mn315@cam.ac.uk.

Please note that this conference is not a part of the Picturebook Network series.

CFP – Journal of Juvenilia Studies: Microcosms

Journal of Juvenilia Studies: Call for Papers (due date 15 November 2017)

The Journal of Juvenilia Studies (JJS) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, published by the International Society for Literary Juvenilia (ISLJ) and hosted by the University of Alberta Libraries through their web hosting service. The JJS’s first issue will be launched at the ISLJ’s Sixth International Conference and AGM, 5-8 July 2018, which will be held at the University of Durham.

We invite papers on the 2017 conference’s theme of “Microcosms” or on any aspect of the theory and practice of juvenile artistic production, including literary juvenilia and juvenile work in other forms. Papers should be approximately 6000 words in length.

Scholars interested in considering the theme of “Microcosms” may wish to consider the following list of topics. However, this is intended to be generative, not restrictive.

  • School magazines (e.g. Microcosm, published by students at Eton) and family magazines
  • Schoolroom as microcosm of the larger world
  • Family as microcosm of the larger world
  • This little globe: family theatricals
  • Small spaces, small bodies, big ideas
  • Fragments, outlines, unfinished texts
  • Literary juvenilia as containing the adult oeuvre in embryo (or not)
  • Matters of scale and size as literary subject
  • Matters of scale and size of the material object produced by the young writer
  • Models, miniatures, maps and alternative worlds
  • Literary Juvenilia as prolepsis: feeling “the future in the instant”
  • The appeal of the small: stories about animals or “the little people”

Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts submitted for publication should not have been previously published elsewhere (except as lectures, conference presentations, or theses/dissertations) and should not be submitted simultaneously for publication in another journal or medium.
  • Manuscripts should use British spelling (following the OED) and should follow the style guidelines contained in the MLA Handbook, 8th edition, except as noted.
  • Manuscripts should not contain the author’s name or any identifying information.
  • Manuscripts should be in 12-point Times New Roman, with audio-visual materials, charts, and tables placed in the text at the appropriate point and not at the end.
  • The author is responsible for obtaining permission to publish all copyright materials included in the manuscript.
  • Images should be submitted as .jpg files.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .rtf files to the Editor, Lesley Peterson, at Peterson.lesley@gmail.com

We also encourage inquiries from scholars interested in submitting book reviews.

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.