IRSCL Congress Registration Open

The online booking for the 2015 IRSCL conference and accommodation is now live at:

The Congress runs from Saturday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 12 on the St John’s campus, University of Worcester. Accommodation is at the St John’s Campus where the conference will be held, and at the City Campus, both with high quality student flats. The City Campus is a 20-minute pleasant walk from the St John’s campus and a 20-minute walk from Worcester Foregate Street railway station. City campus is very close to restaurants for evening meals, and other facilities such as grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacy, and post office.

Breakfast is provided as part of your accommodation booking. The registration and help desk at the St John’s campus will be attended through the whole of each day of the conference.

Current Research in Children’s and Young Adult Speculative Fiction Conference

Wroclaw, 18 May 2014
Center for Young People’s Literature and Culture
Department of English Studies, Wroclaw University

9.00-9.10 Opening

9.10-10.40 Session One: Intertextuality and National Literatures
Chair: Terri Doughty

Daniel Hade (Pennsylvania State University, USA & Wroclaw University, Poland), Reworking Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”: Erdu’s Breadcrumbs and Disney’s Frozen
Magdalena Sikorska (Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland), The Uses of Architecture in Shaun Tan’s Work
Dorota Michułka (Wroclaw University, Poland), Looking for Identity: Polish Children’s Fantasy Then and Now

10.40-10.55 Coffee Break

10.55-12.25 Session Two: Horror and Gothic in Literature and Film
Chair: Daniel Hade

Agata Zarzycka (Wroclaw University, Poland), “I’m So Not-Goth I’m Goth”: Approaching Authenticity through Goth-Inspired Tropes in Contemporary Young Adult Popular Culture
Chloe Buckley (Lancaster University, UK), Post-millennial Children’s Horror: Parody, Pastiche and the Re-enchantment of Gothic in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Małgorzata Drewniok (Southampton University, UK), Changing Identity on the Small Screen: Transformations, Vampires and Language in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

12.25-13.25 Lunch Break

13.25-15.25 Session Three: Language, Discourse, Conventions
Chair: Dorota Michułka

Mateusz Marecki (Wroclaw University, Poland), Scripts, Conceptual Metaphors and Cognitive Engagement: Making Sense of Motherhood in Lois Lowry’s Son
Marcin Rusnak (independent scholar), The Road Not Taken: Writing YA fiction in Poland and Its Potential, Dilemmas, and Challenges
Angelika Szopa (Wroclaw University, Poland), “It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done”: The Concept of Mythopoeic Fantasy as Reflected in Harry Potter Series
Jakub Krogulec, (Wroclaw University, Poland), Propaganda in Juvenile Speculative Fiction of the 1950s

15.25-15.40 Coffee Break

15.40 -17.40 Session 4: Dystopian/Utopian Texts
Chair: Magdalena Sikorska

Robert Gadowski (Wroclaw University, Poland), American Young Adult Dystopias: Under the Critical Eye of the Science of Memetics
Terri Doughty (Vancouver Island University, Canada), Putting the Punk in a Steampunk Cinderella: Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles”
Aleksandra Bar (independent scholar) & Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (Wroclaw University, Poland), Towards an Animal Utopia: Isobelle Carmody’s The Obernetwyn Chronicles as Ecopedagogical Practice
Blanka Grzegorczyk (Philological School of Higher Education, Wroclaw, Poland), “I Know a Place Called Wrong-Is-Right”: Reversing Binary Oppositions in Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses Sequence

17.40-17.45 Closing

Challenges in the Learning of Literature and Language in the Digital Age

15th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Language and Literature Education
Challenges in the Learning of Literature and Language in the Digital Age
Universitat Politècnica de València – Universitat de València
19-21 November 2014

The Departments of Language and Literature Education (Facultat de Magisteri de la UV) and of Applied Linguistics (UPV) invite all those who are interested to participate in the 15th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Language and Literature Education, to be held in the Universitat de València and in the Universitat Politècnica de València from the 19th to the 21st of November 2014.

This Conference is hosted by the Spanish Association of Language and Literature Education (SEDLL), which is a non-profit organization for researchers of all educational levels and professionals who are concerned about the teaching and learning of languages, literatures and their audiovisual, non-verbal, verbal and expressive resources.

Within the theme “Challenges in the learning of literature and language in the digital age”, the objectives of this year’s conference are, on the one hand, to promote collaborative activities and projects, the exchange of ideas among different research groups and the possibility of learning more about SEDLL and the distinct groups working in the field of language and literature teaching in Valencia.

On the other hand, we believe that the conference will be an excellent opportunity to gather together individuals to discuss aspects related with teaching and to promote the interest and investigation in the topics addressed by the Association and the Conference.

The Conference will consist in plenary lectures, given by well-known experts in the field, workshops and round table discussions, in addition to panels for each of the topics included in the theme.



The conference main themes are as follows:

  1. Culture and Society in Teaching Language and Literature
  2. Linguistic Policies within the Peninsular and International Frame
  3. Language and Literature Didactics in L1
  4. Language and Literature Didactics in L2 and FL
  5. Didactics, Children’s and Young Learner’s Literature
  6. Technologies and Educational Innovation
  7. Language for Specific Purposes
  8. Literature and Language Didactics: Studies and Intercultural Intervention in Multilingual Contexts
  9. Literature and Language in Higher Education: Methodological Paradigms and Knowledge Transfer


Proposals will be considered in Catalan, Spanish, French, Galician, English, Portuguese, and Basque, and should be ascribed to the above conference themes.

Please bear in mind that the abstract submission deadline is June 1, 2014. The organizing committee will confirm receipt of proposals, and will notify presenters of accepted proposals before July 20, 2014.

Final papers should be submitted before December 10, 2014.

All participants wishing to be included in the publication of the proceedings should send their texts within the stipulated period and under the terms indicated in the next announcement.


Participants will have to register before September 15, 2014 and provide a proof of payment. In order to register, participants should previously create an account/user name. Then, they will be redirected to their private area where they can manage/consult their account. Full conference documentation, coffee breaks, and cultural events are included with the conference fees.


June, 1, 2014: Deadline for submitting proposals for papers.
July 20, 2014: Deadline for notifying authors of accepted proposals.
September 15, 2014: Deadline for paying registration fees.
December 10, 2014: Deadline for submitting final papers for publication.


Conference website:

Adventures in Wonder Worlds: The Power of Literary Fantasy

International Conference
Adventures in Wonder Worlds: The Power of Literary Fantasy
5-6 December 2013
Ateneo Veneto, Venezia Campo San Fantin, 1897

For further information contact Laura Tosi,


Thursday 5th December
Ateneo Veneto, Aula Magna

14.15 Welcome
14.30 First Session
Chair: Shaul Bassi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Introductory Remarks (Laura Tosi and Peter Hunt)
Why Reading Fantasy Is Good for Your Brain (Maria Nikolajeva, University of Cambridge; read by Morag Styles)
15.15 Break
15.45 Second Session
Chair: Shaul Bassi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Italian Children’s Fantasy – A National and International Perspective (Lindsay Myers, National University of Ireland Galway)
Pinocchio and Alice. The Power of International Fantasies: National Stereotypes? (Peter Hunt, Visiting Professor, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Laura Tosi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
17.00 Discussion

Friday 6th December, Morning
Ateneo Veneto, Aula Magna

9.00 First Morning Session
Chair: Peter Hunt, Visiting Professor, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Power in/of Fantasy in the Wonder Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.R.R. Martin (Anja Müller, University of Siegen)
Friend or Foe: Versions of Morgan le Fay in contemporary YA literature (Monica Santini, University of Padua)
10.15 Discussion and Break
11.00 Second Morning Session
Chair: Peter Hunt, Visiting Professor, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
The Way to Wonderland: Doors and Portals in Children’s Fantasy (Jane Suzanne Carroll, University of Roehampton)
Wild Things: Children Responding to Fantasy in Picturebooks (Morag Styles, University of Cambridge)
12.15 Discussion

Friday 6th December, Afternoon
Ateneo Veneto, Sala Tommaseo

14.00 First Afternoon Session
Chair: Alessandra Petrina, University of Padua
Imagining the world through Alice’s eyes. The adventures of Alice by L. Carroll as Bildungsroman (Alessandra Avanzini, University of Ferrara)
The Wizard of Oz: Fantasy, Technology, Ecology (Francesca Orestano, University of Milan)
15.15 Break
15.45 Second Afternoon Session
Chair: Alessandra Petrina, University of Padua
Fantasy or Playing with Reality? Russell Hoban & the Thingness of Things (Victoria de Rilke, Middlesex University)
Emotions as Empowerment in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction (Rocio Davis)
17.00 Discussion and Final Round Table
Chair: Morag Styles, University of Cambridge

Freedom and Control in/of Children’s Literature

VILNIUS UNIVERSITY AND MARTYNAS MAŽVYDAS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LITHUANIA invite established and young literary scholars, book historians, librarians and university teachers to participate in an international conference
Freedom and Control in/of Children’s Literature
Venue: Vilnius University, Lithuania
Date: December 13-14, 2012
Supported by the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences

This is the first time that an international conference dedicated to children’s literature is organised in Lithuania. The idea for this conference suggested itself on the 20th anniversary of the reestablishment of Lithuanian Independence as well as the 20th anniversary of the Lithuanian section of IBBY. Conference participants are invited to present papers on the changes in children’s literature after significant historical events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. If possible, the presenters are welcome to talk about Lithuanian children’s literature. More broadly, the theme of the conference may be interpreted both as a freedom of the development and the understanding of children’s literature and as a range of themes and issues children’s literature deals with.

Official languages of the conference: Lithuanian, English, and Russian.
Selected papers will be published.

Conference plenary speakers:

Marija Nikolajeva, Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Cambridge-Homerton research and teaching centre for children’s literature
Kęstutis Urba, Associate Professor at Vilnius University, Chairman of the Lithuanian section of IBBY

Conference subtopics:

  • Changes in children’s literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Contemporary children’s literature in post-socialist countries
  • Changes in the genres and modes of the children’s literature of the recent 20 years
  • Children’s freedom and/or control in their immediate environment (family, school, etc.)
  • Didacticism as control: change in the model
  • The old and new taboos in children’s literature
  • Freedom to interpret folklore freely
  • New approaches to history in children’s literature and the literature of young adults
  • Freedom to write anything…
  • Freedom to write in any way…
  • Freedom to translate good / bad children’s literature
  • The writer’s internal censor
  • The current book market as a form of censorship

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (no more than 300 words) and short CVs (no more than 150 words) is 30 June, 2012. You may also inform about your intentions to participate sooner – this would help us to plan the conference agenda more effectively. Please send your abstracts and CVs to the conference administrator, Ms Guoda Rudnickaite at The conferences organisers will inform everyone if their papers have been accepted and will send out invitations to the conference by 10 September, 2012.

The conference fee is 40 EUR, which will cover two lunches, coffee breaks and other conference expenses. For an additional fee the participants will also have a possibility to go on an excursion around Vilnius.

5th Conference on South African Children’s and Youth Literature

18-20 September 2012
North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Invitation to attend conference and call for papers
Conference theme: Spaces, routes and (re-)discoveries in children’s and youth literature

Papers on South African as well as international children’s and youth literature are welcome, and should preferably link up with one or more of the following topics:

Spaces – literary space, textual space, space and genre, space and media, physical space, psychological space, abstract space, geographical space, cities, towns, rural areas, nature, land, sea, outer space, ecological issues, verbal and visual depiction of space.

Routes – to explorations of children’s and youth literature, in adventure stories, to interconnectedness of things through interdisciplinary studies, to the improvement of reading, to success in writing for children and adolescents, to using children’s and youth literature in improving language education, routes to values portrayed in children’s literature.

(Re-)discoveries – of the power of words, of the importance of visual storytelling, of almost forgotten authors, of classic/evergreen texts, of values old and new, of South Africa in the global world.

Papers, workshops, panels and poster sessions are welcome.

As was the case with the preceding conferences, this conference is for all who are currently involved or who wish to become involved in the production (e.g. oral storytellers, writers, illustrators, translators, publishers), marketing and distribution (e.g. publishers, agents, book suppliers), mediation (e.g. educators/facilitators, parents, librarians, and the media – newspapers, radios, television) and reception of children’s literature (by toddlers, children and teenagers as listeners to, or readers of children’s stories, poetry, stage productions and films).

Papers may be presented in any of the official languages of South Africa. Summaries of papers which will be presented in any language other than English must be accompanied by an English summary. Simultaneous interpreting from any South African language into English will be available, but should be requested by 18th of May 2012, when sending in the abstract.

Important dates

18 May 2012: Final submission of abstract of paper (250 words) and a short CV (100 words) in Word format.
3 September 2012: Final date for registration (payment included).

Enquiries about any aspect of the conference programme can be addressed to:

Betsie van der Westhuizen
Subject Group Afrikaans and Dutch
School of Languages, Faculty of Arts
North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
Private Bag X6001
Potchefstroom 2520
South Africa

Tel.: 27 18 2991491 (international) or 018 2991491 (South Africa)
Fax: 27 18 2991562 (international) or: 018 2991562 (South Africa)


Franci Greyling
Subject Group Creative Writing
School of Languages, Faculty of Arts
North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
Private Bag X6001
Potchefstroom 2520
South Africa

Tel.: 27 18 2991781 (international) or 018 2991781 (South Africa)
Fax: 27 18 2991562 (international) or 018 2991562 (South Africa)


Dolly Dlavane
School of Teacher Education (Human-oriented School Subjects)
African Languages, Faculty of Education Sciences
North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
Private Bag X6001
Potchefstroom 2520
South Africa

Tel.: 27 18 2991817 (international) or 018 2991817 (South Africa)
Fax: 27 18 2994238 (international) or 018 2994238 (South Africa)


Gerda Wittmann
Lecturer: German
School of Languages
North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
Private Bag X6001
Potchefstroom 2520
South Africa

Tel: 27 18 2991560 (international) or 018 2991560 (South Africa)
Fax: 27 18 2991562 (international) or 018 2991562 (South Africa)

Abstracts of papers must be sent via e-mail or ordinary mail to:

Gerda Wittmann
Lecturer: German
School of Languages, Faculty of Arts
North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
Private Bag X6001
Potchefstroom 2520
South Africa



Place, Nation and Borders in Children´s Literature Conference

Please see the updated programme for the conference “Place, Nation and Borders in Children´s Literature,” in Sweden in May 2012:–symposier/3-5-may-place-nation-and-borders-in-childrens-literature/preliminary-programme.

For more information, please contact Astrid Surmatz at or Anja Noack Thordin at

Maastrict 2013

The IRSCL Board has decided that the 2013 IRSCL Congress will be held in Maastricht, our first Congress in the Netherlands. Look for further information on this site. The convenor of the Congress is Lies Wesseling, Maastricht University.

Symposium in Glasgow, September 2009

‘Beyond Borders: Art, narrative and culture in picturebooks’
18-20 September 2009

The 2nd Symposium in Glasgow will include presentations that provide a new focus for research and scholarship through questions of what it means to go beyond borders in art, narrative and culture in picturebooks. This will act as a unifying theme for the two strands that were developed in Barcelona: the literary/artistic approach and the audience/child response approach. It also reflects the intercultural ethos of the symposium.

As well as presentations by most of the expert scholars who attended the 1st Symposium, we will be welcoming a number of new speakers whom we are sure will significantly contribute to the ongoing discussions. Among the list of 25 speakers are: Sandra Beckett, Teresa Duran, Barbara Kiefer, Bettina Kummerling-Meibauer, Maria Nikolajeva, Perry Nodelman, Martin Salisbury, Morag Styles, Sophie Van der Linden and Jean Webb.

This year, the Symposium will also provide a forum for the dissemination of the research by the teams participating in the Visual Journeys Project. This international project involves children from different parts of the world responding to the same wordless picturebooks which deal with the themes of journeys, migration and the power of the visual image itself. Speakers from the USA, Spain and Australia will be participating in this panel.

We are also proud to announce that the renowned Scottish artist, Mairi Hedderwick, author of the famous Katie Morag picturebooks will be talking about her work during the Symposium.
There will be an opportunity to see an exhibition of Scottish picturebooks and children’s literature in the University Library, as well as of some of the books that will be discussed in the Symposium. Several publishers will be bringing their books to the event.

In addition, there will also be a space provided for postgraduate students to meet and form their own research network.

Given that the aim is for participants to be able to attend most presentations, numbers will have to be limited, so please send your registration form as soon as you receive it.

The venue will be the Faculty of Education which is situated in the West End of Glasgow, an area famous for its shops and restaurants. It is within walking distance of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (which houses one of the finest collections in Europe), the Charles Rennie McIntosh House, the Huntingdon Museum and Art Gallery and the main buildings of the University of Glasgow itself. It is also within easy access of the town centre and shopping areas.

Participants will be invited to a drinks reception at the Glasgow City Chambers, kindly hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow.

We will be sending out details of registration and moderately priced hotels and B&Bs not far from the Faculty and you will be able to make a booking for these through the registration form.
The main language of the symposium will be English. We are sorry but we will not be able to provide interpretation services.

We would ask you to please forward this information to other colleagues who might be interested in attending.

For information or questions, please contact:

Dr Evelyn Arizpe
Department of Curriculum Studies
Faculty of Education
St Andrew’s Building
11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH
Tel: 0141 330 1920 Fax: 0141 330 3012