Call for 2019 IRSCL Travel and Research Grant Applications

Members of IRSCL are invited to apply for travel grants of up to US$1,000 to enable IRSCL members to attend the 2019 Congress in Stockholm. This grant supports members who might not otherwise be able to travel to the Congress. It is necessary to be an IRSCL member in good standing at the time of application. The expectation is that your paper has been accepted and that you attend the full Congress. For more information about applications and to access the forms, see the Grants section of this website, under Travel Grants. The deadline for applications is 11 February 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in early April 2019.

Members of IRSCL are invited to apply for 2019 IRSCL Research Grants. There will be two grants, each worth up to US$2,000, intended to encourage postgraduate or early career scholars in children’s literature. Eligible activities include literary, historical, cultural, sociological, empirical and pedagogical research. Applications should include a clear outline of aims, methodology, budget allocation, and expected outcomes (no more than 4 pages in total). It is necessary to be an IRSCL member in good standing at the time of application. From 2019, the expectation is that a research report will submitted to the Board one year after the grant is awarded. For more information about applications and to access the forms, see the Grants section of this website, under Research Grants. The deadline for applications is 11 February, 2019. Winners will be announced at our Congress in Stockholm.

Call for Nominations for 2019 IRSCL Book Awards

This is a call to nominate books for consideration for the IRSCL Book Award. Books considered for the 2019 award must have been published during the period 2017-2019, must not have been nominated for an earlier IRSCL competition, and must deal with research on children’s literature or other forms of cultural texts for young people. Authors can nominate their own books, or IRSCL members can nominate books by other members, as long as those nominating books and the authors of nominated books are IRSCL members whose membership is up to date. Please also note that books authored by the current members of the IRSCL Board are not eligible for the Award.

In 2015, a new category of competition for edited volumes was introduced. This means that we will award up to two Book Awards in any competition, one for monographs and one for edited volumes.

Please email nominations to Larissa Wodtke (cc to Evelyn Arizpe) before January 15, 2019, along with two hard copies of the book or confirmation that you have arranged for publishers to send nominated books directly to Larissa (address below). If the book has also been published electronically and is available through open access, please include the link in your nomination.

Don’t forget to cc Evelyn Arizpe in your email.

Contact details are as follows:

Larissa Wodtke: l.wodtke@uwinnipeg.ca
Evelyn Arizpe: evelyn.arizpe@glasgow.ac.uk

Mailing address for hard copies of books:

Larissa Wodtke
Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Canada

Call for IRSCL Board Nominations

The 2019 IRSCL biennial is drawing near, and this means that there will be a new round of elections of executive board members during the general membership meeting in Stockholm. This is to invite you to nominate yourself as either a board member or as president, since Lies Wesseling’s term as president will come to an end in august 2019, and some current board members will step down as well.

To warrant continuity, aspiring board members should have tenure, and some financial support from their home institutions, as they will have to attend the annual board meeting and the biennial conference wherever these take place, so a minimal requirement is that you will have some funding for this.

If you are interested in standing for the board, please send a message to Lies Wesseling (lies.wesseling@maastrictuniversity.nl) with the following information:

  • Board member or president?
  • Name
  • Academic title
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Research expertise
  • Motivation: why do you want to join the board, what would like to achieve?
  • A photograph of yourself

The board will use these data to prepare the slate of nominations. If you want to get an idea of what these look like, please visit the members only section of the IRSCL website.

Submit your nominations by February 1, 2019.

IRSCL Mentoring Programme 2019

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 2019.

If you are interested in participating in the program as a mentee, please fill in and submit the online application form by 21 December, 2018. You have to be a member of the IRSCL to participate in the programme.

Please email Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak at justyna.deszcz@gmail.com if you have any questions.

New Issue of IRCL: 11.1 (July 2018)

We are excited to share that volume 11.1 (July 2018) of International Research in Children’s Literature is now available at https://doi.org/10.3366/ircl.

As Senior Editor Kimberley Reynolds writes in the editorial, the IRSCL and its journal “were founded to build links between scholars researching into writing for children and young people wherever it is taking place” (p. v). This newest volume reflects our continued efforts toward that goal, including a call for papers to help launch the new IRCL feature on African children’s literature and, of course, excellent articles such as “Children, Learning and Play in the Mengxue bao (The Children’s Educator, 1897–1902).”

We also welcome Haifeng Hui of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, who was appointed as an IRCL Advisor on China, and Fabiana Loparco, an independent scholar in Italy, who is our Production Assistant. We look forward to working with them and our many other advisors and members in growing our international network. To help in this effort, we encourage you to share IRCL articles widely with students and colleagues. This will not only raise awareness of the important work of our contributors but also that of the journal and IRSCL itself, ensuring that we continue as a platform for research in our field wherever it is taking place.

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 justyna.deszcz-tryhubczak@anglia.ac.uk if you have any questions.

IRSCL Statement of Principles

On Universal Children’s Day, the scholarly organization International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) issues a Statement of Principles, because it is worried about the ways in which contemporary geopolitics curtail academic freedom. For this reason, IRSCL has issued a Statement of Principles, which explains why scholarship can flourish only in a world with open borders. Read and listen to the Statement in multiple languages on YouTube. Please join us in sharing this widely!

IRSCL Press Release: Current Global Politics Limit Academic Freedom

On Universal Children’s Day, November 20, 2017, the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, (IRSCL, www.irscl.com) issues a Statement of Principles, because it is worried about the ways in which contemporary geopolitics curtail academic freedom.

This summer, IRSCL convened its 23rd biennial congress in Canada. More than 20 percent of the scholars whose papers were accepted were unable to attend Congress 2017, not only because of radical economic disparities in the world but also because of current restrictive travel policies and the “chill” caused by them.

– IRSCL finds the current xenophobic situation worrying as it curtails academic freedom. The free flow of people and ideas across borders has to be defended anew, says Lies Wesseling, President of IRSCL.

For this reason, IRSCL has issued a Statement of Principles, which explains why scholarship can flourish only in a world with open borders. The statement will be released in the format of a collection of videos featuring IRSCL members reading the statement in their native language (IRSCL 2017 Statement).

– The statement is issued on November 20, Universal Children’s Day, to emphasize not only the importance of our research, but also of children’s literature’s potential to foster empathy, nurture creativity, and imagine a better world, says Lies Wesseling.

IRSCL is an international scholarly organization dedicated to children’s and young adult literature with 360 members from 47 different countries worldwide. Every second year the organization arranges IRSCL Congress, the world’s most international congress within the research field.

President IRSCL, professor Elisabeth Wesseling: Lies.Wesseling@Maastrichtuniversity.nl

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Call for 2017 IRSCL Travel and Research Grant Applications

Members of IRSCL are invited to apply for travel grants of not more than US$1,000 to enable IRSCL members to attend the Toronto Congress. This grant supports members who might not otherwise be able to travel to the Congress. It is necessary to be an IRSCL member in good standing at the time of application. For more information about applications and to access the forms, see the Grants section of this website, under Travel Grants. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2017.

Members of IRSCL are invited to apply for 2017 IRSCL Research Grants. There will be two grants, each worth US$1,000, intended to encourage postgraduate or early career scholars in children’s literature. Eligible activities include literary, historical, cultural, sociological, empirical and pedagogical research. Applications should include a clear outline of aims, methodology, budget allocation, and expected outcomes. It is necessary to be an IRSCL member in good standing at the time of application. For more information about applications and to access the forms, see the Grants section of this website, under Research Grants. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Winners will be announced at our Congress in Toronto.