CFP: Food and/in Children’s Culture

National, Internatinal and Transnational Perspectives
Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy
Department of Linguistic and Cultural Comparative Studies
Palazzo Cosulich – Zattere Dorsoduro, 1405, 30123 Venezia – Italy
6 – 9 April 2021

Food is a prominent element in children’s literature and culture. As Carolyn Daniel puts it, by reading about food children learn “what to eat and what not to eat or who eats whom” (2006, 4). In children’s narratives food can be, simultaneously, a mark of national identity, and a bridge between cultures, through which children can both learn about their own national culture and encounter other cultural identities and experiences. It can be a mark of kinship, but also a mark of difference and monstrosity, a symbol of desire, but also a vehicle of danger and death. Food scenes at times represent moments of intense pleasure for characters in movies, books, and different kinds of performances and, therefore, vicariously, for the reader/spectator, who becomes involved in what Gitanjali Shahani has called “food ekphrasis” (2018, 3) and consumes fictional banquets through vivid descriptions. At other times, these vivid descriptions may place before the reader/spectator/listener foods that are decidedly unappealing, at times monstrously so; and in some cases they may represent, equally vividly, scenes of hunger, poverty, and longing for unreachable food.

There are indeed few elements so multifaceted, counterintuitive, and contradictory as food, and its role in children’s literature and culture usually bears heavy ideological, political, and/or cultural connotations. This conference invites broad, interdisciplinary interpretations of this theme encompassing, but not limited to:

  • Children as eaters and/or food
  • Medicine and science: diets, “clean vs un-clean” eating, nutrition
  • Food and gender
  • Picturebooks: picturing food and food fantasies/nightmares
  • Period-specific perspectives (Early Modern, Eighteenth Century, Victorian and Neo-Victorian, post-War, contemporary …)
  • Food and the child body: normalized, codified, modified, rejected/accepted
  • Trans/national perspectives
  • Images of food and intercultural dialogues/issues
  • The press (childcare, cooking and house management magazines, children’s periodicals)
  • Eating at home and abroad (in institutions [hospital, workhouse, school …], in different countries, picnics, the family meal, feasts and special occasions …)
  • Magical food
  • Food fantasies/nightmares
  • Children, food, and the environment: climate change, ecocriticism, access to food based on class/nationality …
  • Expressing concern about food: alcoholism and temperance, food disorders, poverty and hunger

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Emeritus Professor Peter Hunt, Cardiff University (UK)
Professor Nicola Humble, University of Roehampton (UK)
Professor Björn Sundmark, Malmö University (Sweden)
Dr Zoe Jaques, University of Cambridge (UK)

Please send abstracts of 300-500 words for 20-minute papers and a 100-word biography to the Conference Organizers, Dr Anna Gasperini and Professor Laura Tosi, at foodchildrenculture2021@gmail.com by 30 November 2020.
For further information, please visit the website FED – Feeding, Educating, Dieting

Note: the conference is envisaged as an in-person event; should this not be possible, an on-line version will be organized. We will provide updates about this in due course.

CFP: IRSCL 2021 Congress Aesthetics and Pedagogic Entanglements

Call for Papers

The pedagogical and aesthetic aspects of children’s and young adults’ literature have often been pitted against each other. Yet, if we think of children’s literature as a participatory and mediated practice, the aesthetical and the pedagogical dimensions are no longer opposed to each other. In the last two decades, we have witnessed an ‘educational turn’ in contemporary arts practices, where the emphasis is no longer on the finished aesthetic object, but on the processes and relationships established with the audiences and communities which become part of the art project, a process also facilitated by digital fora. Speaking of children’s literature as a mediated practice questions art’s autonomy and the limits of ‘non-art’; it brings the ‘death of the author’ not only to praise the ‘birth of the reader’ but also to foreground and question the conventions that sustain the artistic.

Since we cannot take children’s cognitive and literacy skills for granted, books tend to be recommended according to specific age ranges, while teachers and other adult figures involved (such as librarians, parents, and other caretakers, the so-called ‘gate-keepers’) try to facilitate an interpretation of the author’s intention. But what if we take the death of the author seriously? Will we still talk about the importance of understanding the text? What if we make children mediators and authors of children’s literature? Who is the ideal child that writes and reads? How is age produced and sustained in these relationships?

Thinking about possible synergies between the pedagogical and the aesthetic in children’s literature brings back questions on reception and (affective) engagement. It also provides us with insights into the entanglements of the publishing industry, the readers/viewers/consumers/users, the authors/artists, the practices of reading/sharing/discussing/reversioning and the new technologies, and at the same time, prompting reflections on our own (biased) academic work in this field.

Delegates will be invited to reflect on the implications of considering children not as ‘adults in the making’, but rather as readers and makers in their own right.

In this conference, we aim to strengthen the ties between children’s literature scholars, literacy and media experts and arts scholars to explore the possibilities of combining and rethinking the hermeneutical methods of the humanities, the experimental and empirical approaches of social sciences and arts-based research, as well as the contemporary anthropological and educational research that questions the essentialized positions of the adult and the child in educational contexts.

In this vein we suggest the following topics, but we also invite other paper and panel topics inspired by the congress’ theme:

Active readers:

  • Creative and collaborative writing by youth and children
  • Intergenerational collaborations
  • The child as ‘prosumer’ of children’s media
  • Reading and writing as playing
  • Children reversioning stories
  • Booktubers, fan-fiction and web-based communities inside and outside the classroom
  • Initiatives in marginalized communities (refugee centers, jails, hospitals)

Research and Practice:

  • Child-led participatory research
  • New materialism approaches to encounters with books
  • New approaches to reader-response
  • Cognitive approaches to aesthetics and pedagogy
  • Intersectional approaches
  • Arts-based methodologies
  • Historical approaches to tensions between te pedagogic and the aesthetic

Ethics and Aesthetics:

  • Ethical-political role of authors in children’s and YA literature
  • Gate-keepers and the “mediator circle” in children’s literature and media
  • The aesthetic and/or pedagogic role of paratexts
  • Representations of children as authors and artists in children’s fiction and media.

See full call for papers for further details.

More information on the Congress, its modality, dates and its main theme is available on our website (https://www.irscl2021.com/). We are looking forward to hosting you in Santiago!

CFP: Yearbook of the German Children’s Literature Society 2021

Children’s and young adult literature and media offer a symphony or polyphony of sounds. The word “sounds” evokes a whole concert of related associations. The term relates to a spectrum of auditory phenomena that encompasses the complex areas of tone/sound, word/language and music as well as noises of all kinds. It also leads to questions of sensory perception(s) as well as to sound art, be it in classical, experimental or popular culture forms. Literary sounds range from the multifarious aspects of the lyrical (poems, lyrics, etc.) to questions of intermedial references in texts; specific sounds and soundtracks are also audible in children’s and young adult media.

But it doesn’t just thrum and throb in young adult novels; sounds are also audible in picturebooks, for example, and political and ideological messages can be transmitted in all medial forms via sound. Narratological aspects are showcased when the voice of the narrator, the childlike tone or the fast beat of a novel are alluded to. Sounds can be interwoven with speech melodies, introduced with foreign-language quotations or underlaid with montaged and collaged noises. The chirping and rustling of nature is depicted via sounds, the (literary, composed) symphony of the big city sets a sound monument to metropolises.

In media contexts, too – both in the field of acoustics and in visual media – sounds are of central importance. Hence the relevance of probing the connections between sound and media development as mirrored in all media products and practices for children and young adults.

The open access, peer-reviewed Jahrbuch der Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung | GKJF (Yearbook of the German Children’s Literature Research Society) 2021 will focus on the theme of Sounds, examining the historical and contemporary dimensions of this complex subject. Contributions to this fifth volume of the Yearbook should address implications of the topic in its various medial forms (narratives, picturebooks, comics, graphic novels, films, television, computer games and apps) from both a theoretical and material perspective.

Contributions may be in German or English. While contributions on German children’s literature and media are particularly welcome, the editors also welcome proposals on other cultural and linguistic areas.

Possible themes and approaches with reference to children’s or young adult literature or media are:

  • Linguistic forms, narrative forms, narratives;
  • Intermediality and materiality;
  • Visual media (especially picturebooks, graphic novels);
  • Interdisciplinary aspects of the sound arts;
  • Acoustic media;
  • Audiovisual media: films, series;
  • Sensory perception, emotional research;
  • Music and singing;
  • Political aspects, ideological implications (e.g. “right-wing rock”);
  • Anthropological issues.

Beyond the focus theme, the Yearbook will publish up to three open contributions – in German or English – on questions of children’s literature and media from a historical or a theoretical perspective; proposals for these contributions are also welcome.

Formalities:

Please submit a proposal of no more than 300 words for a contribution on the focus theme or for an open contribution by 15 September 2020. The proposal should provide a short summary of the questions being addressed, establish theoretical positions and name the main literature to which the contribution will refer. The contribution itself should not exceed 40,000 characters (including spaces, footnotes and bibliography), and should be submitted to the editors as a Word document by 01 March 2021.

Please send your proposal to: jahrbuch@gkjf.de

We look forward to receiving your proposal. A style sheet will be sent once your proposal has been accepted. The Yearbook 2021 will be published online in December 2021.

 Jahrbuch der Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung | GKJF     
Editors

Prof. Gabriele von Glasenapp, Universität zu Köln
Prof. Emer O’Sullivan, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Prof. Caroline Roeder, PH Ludwigsburg
Prof. Ingrid Tomkowiak, Universität Zürich

http://www.gkjf.de/ 

 

CFP: Dream-Chasers: Children and Success in Asia

Call for Papers

Dream-Chasers: Children and Success in Asia 

This collection aims to explore how success is conceived for children across Asia. Economic development in the region is re-shaping the way success is understood for children. What does a “successful” child look like? How does childhood agency influence ideas about success? How is success for children represented in literature, cinema, and popular media? In what ways are these images grounded in the historical, political, cultural, theoretical, or philosophical contexts in which they are produced and consumed? While there have been numerous empirically-driven research into conceptualisations of success among young people, how success is defined for children in the texts they consume is an under-researched topic. We seek contributions that examine representations of success for children in Asia.

Possible areas of investigation may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How does literacy / education relate to ideas about success for children?
  • Morality and ethics
  • Religion
  • Gender and/or sexuality
  • Race, ethnicity, and/or cultural difference
  • Class
  • Marginality and/or minority status
  • Parental expectations vs children’s desires
  • Juvenile delinquency

Please submit a 300 word abstract, current contact information along with a two-page CV as Word attachments to Sue Chen and Sin Wen Lau to globalguai@gmail.com by 15 August 2020. Authors will be notified by 30 September 2020. The deadline for finished essays is 15 February 2021.

Dr Shih-Wen Sue Chen is Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. She received her PhD in Literature, Screen and Theatre Studies from the Australian National University. Her research focuses on British and Chinese children’s literature and culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. She is the author of Children’s Literature and Transnational Knowledge in Modern China: Education, Religion, and Childhood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and Representations of China in British Children’s Fiction, 1851-1911 (Routledge, 2013). Email: sue.chen@deakin.edu.au.

Dr Sin Wen Lau is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Chinese Programme at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University. Her research interests include the anthropology of China, religion, gender, children and youth. She is the author of Overseas Chinese Christians in Contemporary China (Brill 2020) and co-edited Religion and Mobility in a Globalising Asia (Routledge, 2014). Her work has also been published in The Asian Studies Review, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, and in edited volumes. Email: sinwen.lau@otago.ac.nz.

CFP: Assembling Common Worlds Conference

Assembling Common Worlds:
An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment and Young People’s Literature and Culture
Vancouver Island University, June 11-13, 2021
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

In the past year, we have witnessed continents burning, islands and coastal regions flooding, and increases in extinctions of flora and fauna. While concern over the human impact on the environment has existed for decades, there is a new sense of urgency demanding a cognitive shift to transform our understanding of our place in and impact on the physical world, as well as of our relationships with the other life forms cohabiting the earth. More broadly, Tom Oliver calls for rethinking concepts of identity and the individual (The Self Delusion, 2020). Similarly, Posthumanism provides ways of rethinking the boundaries of the human and nonhuman. Donna Haraway has provided language to understand naturecultures (2003) and emphasized the importance of “staying with the trouble” as we work at making kin with nonhuman others, resisting the Western hierarchical view that values human above other lives (2016). Of especial relevance, then, is openness to multiple ways of knowing the natural world, including Indigenous ways of knowing and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) (see Nelson and Shilling, eds. 2018).

Specifically regarding children’s culture, Affrica Taylor has noted the importance of “common worlds (or common worlding) as dynamic collectives of humans and more-than-humans, full of unexpected partnerships and comings together, which bring differences to bear on the ways our lives are constituted and lived” (2013, p. 78). Too often those studying young people’s literature and culture work in isolation from those working in environmental humanities, childhood studies focused on children in the Anthropocene, and education for sustainability. Much of the most productive scholarship on these concepts and processes has been interdisciplinary. There is much to be gained in both methodology and understanding by communication and collaboration between literary scholars, educators, environmentalists, philosophers, and scholars of childhood and youth experiences and culture.

Conspicuously missing from this list are children and youth themselves. While there has been ongoing discussion in the Social Sciences and Health and Human Service fields on participatory research involving children and youth (Aldridge 2015; Dickens 2017) since Alderson first drew attention to the absence of their voices (1995), this is only recently emerging in literary studies and other humanities fields (Deszcz-Tryhubczak 2016, 2018, 2019). Since some of the leading ecological activists today are youth, such as Greta Thunberg (Sweden) and Autumn Peltier (Anishinabek Nation), and since children and youth will live the longest with the effects of environmental degradation, their voices must be part of the conversation.

Assembling Common Worlds intends not only to explore traditional disciplinary ways of understanding eco-literacy and eco-activism in children’s and youth literature and culture, but also to bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of fields to find productive opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in tackling the challenges of generating intergenerational dialogue on current environmental concerns. In addition to paper sessions, the conference will also feature a methodological workshop and involvement of child and youth participants.

Conference conveners welcome proposals for 20-minute papers or 90-minute panels on any of the following topics:

  • Making kin between human and non-human in children’s or youth’s literature and culture;
  • More-than-human worlds in children’s or youth’s literature and culture;
  • Eco-literacy in children’s or youth literature and culture;
  • Imagining the Post-Anthropocene;
  • The evolving capacity of eco-criticisms to address environmental change;
  • Indigenous knowledge or TEK in children’s or youth’s literature and culture;
  • Regeneration of connections between children or youth and nature;
  • The role of children or youth in food security;
  • Young people’s eco-citizenship and/or eco-activism;
  • Interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks for understanding children in and of nature;
  • Intergenerational creative and/or cultural projects addressing environmental issues;
  • Participatory research with children or youth on literary or cultural expressions of eco-literacy and/or eco-activism;
  • Children’s and youth’s creativity is/as response to the current environmental crisis.

Proposals of 250 words and brief biographies are due June 29, 2020. This early deadline is to facilitate applications for grant monies.

The conveners hope to offer some travel support for graduate students and under employed scholars.
The conveners also plan to publish an edited collection of selected papers from the conference.

Please send proposals and brief biographies to Terri Doughty (terri.doughty@viu.ca) and Janet Grafton (janet.grafton@viu.ca).

CFP: Non-Fiction Renaissance Due to the Climate Crisis?

 

Non-fiction renaissance due to the climate crisis?

Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics is an international open access journal. The aim of the journal is to develop cross-disciplinary discussions on children’s literature and its interaction with other art forms.

We are currently inviting contributions to a discussion on the status and development of non-fiction for children and young adults.

The UN’s focus on the 17 sustainable development goals that all countries should achieve within 2030 has encouraged a vast range of activities. International climate conferences are inspiring local ones. Children are eager to participate. School strikes have spread worldwide. Thus, the interest in knowledge about the global climate and global ecosystems has reached a new level. Non-fiction for children ought to be a suitable source for such information, hence the questions: Has the climate crisis given rise to an increased production of non-fiction texts for children and young adults? What are the aesthetics of texts aimed to meet children’s need for knowledge?

In non-fiction books, the readers are often encouraged to perform learning activities. Digital media may offer interactive opportunities for participation. Thus, another question: Does a potential non-fiction renaissance take place in paper books or in digital media, such as enriched e-books, computer and application games, rather than in paper books? If so, how does the change of media influence the aesthetics?

Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics is seeking articles discussing these questions.

We hereby invite submission of articles on themes related to non-fiction, such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How, and to what degree, do non-fiction texts pay heed to the current political situation? What is the pedagogical approach in such texts?
  • Non-fiction for children today is venturing at a definition. What is it, what does it aim to do, and how?
  • Is children’s increased political activity and interest influencing non-fiction publications in number and form?
  • Non-fiction’s subjects: Are they new, or a slight twist on the old? Has the scientific level, target group and literary form developed accordingly?
  • Visual and verbal presentation styles: Do they adapt to traditional children’s literature, or to the documentary, or are they indebted to other influences? What are non-fiction aesthetics today?
  • In what media is non-fiction developing? In paper book, comics, picturebook, enriched e-books, literary computer games, picturebook applications, etc.

Submit your article or your idea for an article as an email attachment to redaksjonblft@gmail.com by 1 September 2020.

Do not include any contact information in the article itself. Please send the title of the article and a brief presentation of the author in a separate file.

Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics accepts articles in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and English. The journal uses double-blind review and publishes articles continuously.

The journal is designated scientific level 1 in NSD (Norway and Sweden), the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Authorization list for serials (Denmark), and in Publication Forum (Finland).

For more information, see https://www.idunn.no/blft?languageId=2#/authors

 

 

CFP: Children’s Literature and Bildung Processes in the Age of Digitalization and Political Concern

Children’s Literature and Bildung Processes  in the Age of Digitalization and Political Concern

Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics is an international open access journal. The aim of the journal is to develop cross-disciplinary discussions on children’s literature and its interaction with other art forms.

We are currently inviting contributions to a discussion on bildung processes.

This recurring research subject connects to changing views on the complex nature of the functions and aesthetics of literature for children and young adults. A renewed focus on bildung is called for by a multitude of new impulses, mainly the digital media development and recent demands on a political literary agenda.

Digitalization’s immense influence on children’s literature is visible in the increased visual and digital text forms with various demands on reader participation. Examples of the political agenda range from an outspoken critique of the lack of multicultural representation in children’s literature to ecocritical literary theory, which has recently inspired a vast number of literary analyses. The political trend is institutionalized at the governmental level in the white paper The Power of Culture Meld. St. 8 (2018–2019) Report to the Storting (Norwegian Parliament), which states that art and culture for children are expected to provide cultural formation and prepare children for participation in democratic, social and economic processes. Still, the value of children’s literature is measured through its aesthetic quality.

How do these mixed expectations influence the current understanding of what children’s literature should be and do? How are aesthetical, digital, ethical and political issues negotiated within the texts that they are constituted by?

Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics are seeking articles on the following topics:

  • What tools characterize children’s literature in different media, and how do they affect the reader?
  • How and to what degree do bildung processes define children’s literature? What constitutes the bildung processes today? How do literary bildung structures relate to contemporary trends?
  • Whose experiences are presented in children’s literature? How? Who has a voice? How is reader and author identity formed? How do the identity processes relate to bildung processes?
  • (How) is the idea of literature’s bildung processes compatible with aesthetic quality and artistic freedom?

Articles exploring related topics may also be of interest.

Submit your article or your idea for an article as an email attachment to redaksjonblft@gmail.com by 1 May 2020.

Do not include any contact information in the article itself. Please send the title of the article and a brief presentation of the author in a separate file.

Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics accepts articles in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and English. The journal uses double-blind review and publishes articles continuously. The journal is designated scientific level 1 in NSD.

For more information, see https://www.idunn.no/blft?languageId=2#/authors

 

CFP: Rethinking Childhood

International Scientific and Artistic Conference
Zadar, Croatia
September 24-26, 2020

Conference theme
Guided by modern scientific postulates that justify the scientific dialogue between different scientific fields, whilst striving for a more comprehensive approach to a particular scientific problem, the project is conceived as an interdisciplinary scientific dialogue between the fellow scholar participants, with the goal of merging various scientific, artistic and methodological perspectives in their studies of childhood. Postmodern paradigm shift in the perception of the child and the childhood, based on the change of the childhood image – from the child as a passive to an active member of the social community; from childhood as a developmental stage to the conception of childhood as a social construct – strongly influenced the social sciences and humanities, thus leading to the need for active reflection on the child and childhood. In postmodern scientific polyphony, it is justified to discuss the concept(s) of childhood as something structured upon different scientific discourses, as confirmed by the researchers and scientists from various scientific backgrounds that lately converge around the new paradigm of childhood studies.

Following the established framework, the conference will focus on the following general topics:

  • The institutional context of contemporary childhood
  • the familial context of contemporary childhood
  • the culture of childhood today
  • new literacy – the challenges of today

The presentation themes and abstracts are to be submitted via the official conference site: http://conference.unizd.hr/childhoodzd2020/ .

The abstract, which is to be submitted in both Croatian and English, ought to emphasize the main idea and the goals of the paper, to state the methodology used, present the results, include the most important postulates and conclusion. In addition to abstract (the length of which can range from 250 to 500 words), five keywords in Croatian and English need to be included.

Modes of participation: plenary session, presentations by sections, art exhibition.

Official languages of the conference: Croatian and English.

Important Dates:
April 1, 2020: abstract submission deadline
April 15, 2020: preliminary acceptance notice
June 1, 220: submission deadline
June 1, 2020: application deadline for artworks
June 15: second notice
September 1, 2020: registration fee deadline
September 1, 2020: submission deadline for artwork
September 24-26, 2020: conference duration

For more information on the conference and the CFP, please visit the website.

CFP: Female Creations in Literary and Intercultural Education

Overview
The II CICELI faces the challenge of studying and making visible the creativity of women in formal, non-formal and informal education. Therefore, it focuses on the study of poets, playwrights or narrators whose work is included or can be included in the curricula of schools, high schools and universities, both in literature subjects as in others where the reading is presented transversally. Proposals addressing female filmmakers and artists are also accepted, as well as research on fictional characters through a gender studies approach, all of which should be relevant to either compulsory schooling, higher education or educational experiences outside of regulated models. Within these themes, there is room for comparative studies or research measuring the presence of female authors and artists in literary or intercultural education in any territory, not forgetting the pedagogical impact of didactic materials, textbooks or other creative publications, such as illustrated albums or animation productions, aimed at a growing, heterogeneous audience immersed in a process of constant learning. The meeting is aligned with the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN), specifically with the Sustainable Development Goals belonging to the ‘people’ axis (SDGs 1-5), making “leave no one behind” our motto. Finally, we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Historia de una maestra (1990) with the opening of a topic dedicated to its author, Josefina Aldecoa (1926-2011), and including a performance, within the framework of the congress, of theatrical adaptation of this novel by Paula Llorens.
Keynotes
CICELI schedules plenary lectures by internationally renowned personalities such as Emmanuel Le Vagueresse (Université de Reims-Champagne Ardenne, France), Juan de Dios Villanueva Roa (Universidad de Granada, Spain), Genoveva Ponce Naranjo (Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo, Ecuador) o Teresa Fernández-Ulloa (University of California, Bakersfield, United States).
Women writers, illustrators, playwrights and actresses will be invited, including Mar Benegas, Rocío Araya or Paula Llorens. Furthermore, the novelist and scholar Inma Chacón has also confirmed her participation.
Suggested Topics
Researchers are invited to send proposals for presentations, posters and panels related to the Sustainable Development Goals 1-5 (‘people’ axis) in research or in teaching and related to the following topics:

  1. Literary genres and the development of literacy, intercultural or ecological competence from children’s to higher education, in formal or non-formal contexts.
  2. The role of the arts and literature in the promotion of educational co-education and equity or inclusion (cinema, TV series, transmedia narrative, comic, painting, sculpture…).
  3. Research on female writers and illustrators of children’s and youth literature.
  4. Equality between men and women in illustrated albums or animation productions.
  5. Studies on female protagonists or fictional characters that promote equality or that represent diversity in all its richness and complexity.
  6. Didactic proposals or experiences based on work created by women or other individuals marginalized because of disability, sexuality, race, religion, etc., from all time periods and areas.
  7. Environmental humanities and educational applications of ecocriticism and ecofeminism.
  8. Education as a literary, artistic or filmic topic from a social justice perspective.
  9. Comparative studies on equality, equity or social justice in the curriculum, in textbooks or other didactic materials.
  10. Female teachers, professors and researchers as creators of educational experiences (for children or young adults and in adult education).
  11. Approaches to the figure and work of Josefina Aldecoa.

Proposal Requirements and Deadline
Please submit the title and abstract of your proposal (around 250 words), and a short biography (one paragraph) through this online platform before March 8th, 2020. Acceptance will be notified two weeks after the deadline.

English, Spanish and Catalan are accepted languages for in-person presentations; in the case of special panels, posters and virtual presentations (*), all official EU languages are accepted. Please find more information on our website. Should you have any doubts, enquiries may be sent to ciceli@uv.es.

(*) The possibility of virtual participation is open: send now the title and summary of your contribution and specify your virtual or face-to-face participation once your proposal is accepted.

For more information about the conference and CFP, please visit www.ciceli.es.

CFP: Assembling Common Worlds: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment and Young People’s Literature and Culture

Assembling Common Worlds: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment and Young People’s Literature and Culture

Vancouver Island University
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
June 11-13, 2021

In the past year, we have witnessed continents burning, islands and coastal regions flooding, and increases in extinctions of flora and fauna. While concern over the human impact on the environment has existed for decades, there is a new sense of urgency demanding a cognitive shift to transform our understanding of our place in and impact on the physical world, as well as of our relationships with the other life forms cohabiting the earth. More broadly, Tom Oliver calls for rethinking concepts of identity and the individual (The Self Delusion, 2020). Similarly, Posthumanism provides ways of rethinking the boundaries of the human and nonhuman. Donna Haraway has provided language to understand naturecultures (2003) and emphasized the importance of “staying with the trouble” as we work at making kin with nonhuman others, resisting the Western hierarchical view that values human above other lives (2016). Of especial relevance, then, is openness to multiple ways of knowing the natural world, including Indigenous ways of knowing and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) (see Nelson and Shilling, eds. 2018).

Specifically regarding children’s culture, Affrica Taylor has noted the importance of “common worlds (or common worlding) as dynamic collectives of humans and more-than-humans, full of unexpected partnerships and comings together, which bring differences to bear on the ways our lives are constituted and lived” (2013, p. 78). Too often those studying young people’s literature and culture work in isolation from those working in environmental humanities, childhood studies focused on children in the Anthropocene, and education for sustainability. Much of the most productive scholarship on these concepts and processes has been interdisciplinary. There is much to be gained in both methodology and understanding by communication and collaboration between literary scholars, educators, environmentalists, philosophers, and scholars of childhood and youth experiences and culture.

Conspicuously missing from this list are children and youth themselves. While there has been ongoing discussion in the Social Sciences and Health and Human Service fields on participatory research involving children and youth (Aldridge 2015; Dickens 2017) since Alderson first drew attention to the absence of their voices (1995), this is only recently emerging in literary studies and other humanities fields (Deszcz-Tryhubczak 2016, 2018, 2019). Since some of the leading ecological activists today are youth, such as Greta Thunberg (Sweden) and Autumn Peltier (Anishinabek Nation), and since children and youth will live the longest with the effects of environmental degradation, their voices must be part of the conversation.

Assembling Common Worlds intends not only to explore traditional disciplinary ways of understanding eco-literacy and eco-activism in children’s and youth literature and culture, but also to bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of fields to find productive opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in tackling the challenges of generating intergenerational dialogue on current environmental concerns. In addition to paper sessions, the conference will also feature a methodological workshop and involvement of child and youth participants.

Conference conveners welcome proposals for 20-minute papers or 90-minute panels on any of the following topics:

  • Making kin between human and non-human in children’s or youth’s literature and culture
  • More-than-human worlds in children’s or youth’s literature and culture
  • Eco-literacy in children’s or youth literature and culture
  • Imagining the Post-Anthropocene
  • The evolving capacity of ecocriticism to address environmental change
  • Indigenous knowledge or TEK in children’s or youth’s literature and culture
  • Regeneration of connections between children or youth and nature
  • The role of children or youth in food security
  • Young people’s eco-citizenship and/or eco-activism
  • Interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks for understanding children in and of nature
  • Intergenerational creative and/or cultural projects addressing environmental issues
  • Participatory research with children or youth on literary or cultural expressions of eco-literacy and/or eco-activism
  • Children’s and youth’s creativity in/as response to the current environmental crisis

Proposals of 250 words and brief biographies are due June 29, 2020. This early deadline is to facilitate applications for grant monies.

The conveners hope to offer some travel support for graduate students and under-employed scholars.

The conveners also plan to publish an edited collection of selected papers from the conference.

Please send proposals and brief biographies to Terri Doughty (terri.doughty@viu.ca) and Janet Grafton (janet.grafton@viu.ca).