The second volume of the Jahrbuch der Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung (GKJF)/ Yearbook of the German Children’s Literature Research Society is now online: http://www.gkjf.de/publikationen/jahrbuch-2018-open-access/. Its focus is on “1968.” Contributions in German or English on this thematic focus are augmented by ones with a theoretical or historical focal point, and an extensive section with book reviews completes the 200-page issue.
Fifty years after this ‘paradigmatic’ caesura, the second volume of the Yearbook brings the cipher “’68” into focus to discuss historical and contemporary dimensions of this junction and to examine the manifold implications of the topic from theoretical and subject-oriented angles and in its different medial forms. It discusses these, thanks to international contributions, in a European context and reflects their significance for today’s children’s and young adult culture. It further illuminates previously explored terrain, develops new questions and critically reexamines established positions and texts.
Beyond this focus theme, and in line with the concept of the Yearbook, two fundamental theoretical and historical articles on questions of children’s literature and media present current research approaches and perspectives. The articles are followed by book reviews of some thirty academic titles.
The articles of the Yearbook are peer reviewed by members of an Advisory Board of twenty-four international experts to ensure the maintenance of the highest standards of research and transparency. The Yearbook is published as an open-access journal. Articles can be downloaded as individual PDFs at http://www.gkjf.de/publikationen/jahrbuch-2018-open-access/, and a PDF of the entire volume is also available for download.
The editors of the Yearbook are elected every two years at the GKJF’s annual general meeting. The current volume was edited by Ute Dettmar (Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.), Gabriele von Glasenapp (Cologne University), Emer O’Sullivan (Leuphana University Lüneburg), Caroline Roeder (PH Ludwigsburg), and Ingrid Tomkowiak (Zürich University).