Cologne Summer School: Virtual Children’s Media in a Global Perspective

Cologne Summer School
Virtual Children’s Media in a Global Perspective | Globale virtuelle Kindermedienwelten
3 – 16 September 2018 in Köln
Universität zu Köln | ALEKI | Seminarräume 12 und 13

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Gabriele von Glasenapp, Dr. Felix Giesa, Dr. Andre Kagelmann

Research perspective
As literary channels of communication are increasingly digitalised and virtualised, the study of children’s and young adult literatue should be recalibrated towards a more encompassing concept of children’s and young adult culture and media studies. So far, however, this has been limited to isolated endeavours often limited in scope, lacking a more systematic approach. Further complications arise from the fact that many relevant products on the German market are translated from other languages.

While this “transnational flow” has well been recognised, its processual logics have yet to be charted in detail. Both aspects – a transnational flow and a transmedia expansion of narrative worlds – fundamentally alter the experiential worlds of children and young adults, including new practices of appropriation and consumption such as booktubes, online collections of solutions for computer games, or the integration of narrative computer games and social media. Existing academic work based on comparative transmedia and/or transnational paradigms provides first steps towards a more fundamental shift of perspective, paving the way for children’s and young adult culture and media studies.

These approaches form the bedrock of our summer school. Tracing the transdimensional quality of changing mediascapes, we propose a research design which combines perspectives from traditional philology, studies in children’s and young adult fiction and transmedia narratology as well as transnational and visual culture studies. The summer school thus aims to foster a deeper understanding of globalised virtual media worlds as targeted at children and young adults, and simultaneously, to sharpen the theoretical profile of studies in children’s and young adult literature research in an age of transnational media convergence. In this vein, it will bring together accomplished experts, excellent junior researchers and students.

We intend to synthesise and present our results in a basic handbook, to be published in both digital open access and print-on-demand mode. Compiled by means of a collaborative book sprint, six longer essays based on the keynotes will be complemented by around twenty shorter articles.

Confirmed keynote speakers so far include Benjamin Beil (Games Studies, UzK) and Prof.Dr. Michael Staiger (Visual Children’s and Young Adult Media, UzK). In addition, we are planning a full-day workshop with a transmedia artist.

Call for Applications
We invite applications from graduate and PhD students as well as excellent BA students doing (or planning) transmedia or transnational work on children’s and young adult media. While the general focus is within the humanities, the summer school aspires to a cover as broad a range of topics as possible, including aspects which have previously been neglected. We are thus not including a predefined list of possible topics.

Applicants are expected to provide proof of their academic excellence, and will have to submit a letter of motivation (one page), a CV and a detailed proposal (three pages) outlining their ongoing or planned project as relevant to the summer school. In accordance with the general profile of Cologne Summer Schools, there should be an equal number of national and international students. Participation is limited to twenty places. Conference languages will be English and German.

We might be able to cover travel expenses, contingent on funding. While accommodation will be organised privately by the participants, we will try to arrange couch-surfing options with Cologne students.

Please submit your application (Transcript of Records, Letter of Motivation, Curriculum Vitae and project proposal) by 30 April, 2018: Imke Pitro-Riedel ( Successful applicants will by notified by the end of May.

The conference fee is 150,00€ (100,00 € for students of the University of Cologne).

IRSCL Mentoring Program

IRSCL invites young children’s literature researchers (including undergraduate students and recent PhD graduates) to apply and benefit from the mentors’ expertise and guidance related to:

  • Teaching/Curriculum development
  • Article/book publication
  • Job market
  • Conference presentation skills
  • Networking
  • Grant applications

We are initially offering 20 mentee places, which we will try to allocate by matching the mentees’ needs with the mentors’ expertise. Once we have matched the mentors and mentees, we will ask them to negotiate the means of communication and time commitments. We hope that the mentors and mentees are able to begin their collaboration at the beginning of February 2018.

If you are interested in participating in the program as a mentee, please fill in and submit the online application form until 15 January, 2018.

Please email Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak at if you have any questions.

Children at the Heart of Human Rights Summer School

A University of Geneva Summer School
June 8 – June 19, 2015
A collaboration between the University of Geneva’s Center for Children’s Rights Studies and the International Institute for the Rights of the Child

Intensive course on the evolving status of children’s rights

  • Interdisciplinary analysis of children’s rights within the human rights system and institutions
  • Teaching by leading experts
  • Customized visits and meetings in Geneva-based international organizations such as: UNHCH, WHO, ILO, ICRC and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, among other entities
  • 4 ECTS credits

Course Directors

Prof. Philip Jaffé
Director of the Center for Children’s Rights Studies (CCRS – UNIGE Valais Campus) and Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva

Dr. Jean Zermatten
Founding Director of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child and former President of the UN Committee for the Rights of the child, 2011-2013

Programme Coordinator:
Dr. Roberta Ruggiero
Senior Research Associate, Center for Children’s Rights Studies (CCRS – UNIGE Valais Campus), coordinator of the Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights (CCRS – UNIGE Valais Campus), and scientific coordinator of the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood (ChildONEurope) (2008 – 2013)

Application deadline: April 15, 2015
Tuition fees: CHF 2000.-

Newcastle Children’s Literature Master Classes 2015

The Future of the Subject: Archives
6-7 August 2015
Newcastle University and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books

In August 2015 the Children’s Literature Unit in the School of English at Newcastle University will be hosting a series of children’s literature Master Classes concentrated in two days. The classes will be led by a distinguished, international team of children’s literature scholars. The overall subject will be “The Future of the Subject,” with a particular focus on Archives. This reflects the recent archival turn in literary studies and will focus attention on the fascinating material in the archives of Seven Stories, the UK’s national centre for children’s books, based in Newcastle and co-hosting the Master Classes. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with material from the Seven Stories archives, and will be trained in some of the skills they will need as emerging scholars in the field of children’s literature.

The Master Classes are designed principally for high-level undergraduates and graduate students (master’s and doctoral), although anyone at an early stage in a career involving research in children’s literature is welcome to apply for a place. The classes will be delivered to a maximum of 14 participants, and selection will be competitive.

We are now inviting applications for the 2015 Master Classes. Students will be selected on the basis of a 500-word statement about their current and proposed research and interests. The Master Classes are open to fluent English-speaking students of any nationality. The selectors will be looking for outstanding students who promise to be shaping the field in the future.

Thanks to generous support from Newcastle University, each participating student will be awarded a bursary to cover the full cost of registration, meaning that the Master Classes will be free of cost. Students will, however, be required to cover their own travel and accommodation costs and evening meals.


Master Classes will include a mixture of presentation, discussion, and applied activities on a range of key themes, theories, and research methods relating to archival research. Students will be set preparatory tasks in the month prior to the classes. There will be no formal assessment but students will receive a high level of direct feedback and guidance. There will also be a roundtable and session on careers and professional development. All students will receive a certificate of participation that acknowledges the bursary element of the master classes.

Newcastle University, Seven Stories, and the city of Newcastle

The Master Classes will take place at Newcastle University and at the Archives (Design Works) of Seven Stories. Seven Stories is the UK’s national museum, archive and visitor centre for children’s literature. Its holdings date from the 1930s and contain original manuscripts, artwork, correspondence and other material relating to the creative processes that underpin children’s literature. The archives cover all ages, formats and media in which children’s literature appears.

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University was recently ranked third best in the UK for research in English in the national Research Excellence Framework. Its “impact case study” on Children’s Literature Unit was rated 100%.

Newcastle is the cosmopolitan capital of the North East of England. It has a fascinating history and a strong cultural life, and is famous for its welcoming character. The University is situated in the heart of the city. Newcastle has excellent road, rail, and air links with major UK and international cities.

How to apply

To be considered for the 2015 Master Classes please send a description of your interests and current/proposed research of no more than 500 words to by 31 May 2015. Please use the subject headline “2015 Master Classes” and include the contact details of one referee who will be able to support your application. (You should notify the referee too.) The following information should also be included in your application: your name; your contact details; your current affiliation and status (if any). Notification of the result of your application will be made by 10 June 2015.

Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth Summer School for Postgraduate Students

5th International CSCY Summer School for Postgraduate Students
Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 July 2015
ICOSS, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, UK

This exciting two day international summer school is for post-graduate students working in the area of childhood and youth. The workshops and networking sessions will be of interest for students about to embark on research and for those who are preparing their dissertations.


Professor Allison James, Sociology: “Personalising children’s lives: reflections on childhood research”
Professor Kate Pahl, Education: “Co-production in practice: the processes and practices of research without a map”

Also featuring…

  • Practical research workshops to include visual methods, ethnography, “impact” and making a difference and using social media in your research
  • Careers panel session
  • Ethical question time: submit your ethical dilemmas to a panel of experts and join in the debate
  • Students are encouraged to submit posters

Further details on how to book and the booking fee are available on the CSCY website: If you have any queries contact Dawn Lessels,