CFP – The Literature of Children and Young Adults: Contemporary Challenges and Future Aspirations

Call for papers
The Literature of Children and Young Adults: Contemporary Challenges and Future Aspirations
One-Day International Conference
Al-Ain, Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The United Arab Emirates University’s English Literature Department is pleased to announce the first One-Day International Conference on The Literature of Children and Young Adults, under the patronage of Prof. Saif Al Qaydi, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The event will take place on the UAEU campus in Al-Ain, on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. Submission of abstracts is invited from scholars and graduate students of all disciplines in and beyond the Humanities.

Conference topics include (but are not limited to) theoretical, philosophical, historical, anthropological and sociological approaches; comparative studies; author studies; bibliographic and archival studies; ideology and censorship; representations of gender and coming-of-age issues; female heroism; fairy tales; picture books and graphic novels; fan fiction; novels, drama and poetry for children and young adults; children’s literary development and productivity; nonfiction, film, television and new media for children and young adults.

Suggested Topics for Presentations

  • Writing for Emirati Children and Young Adults in the Post-Globalization Era
  • Identity and Gender Construction in Children and Young Adult Fiction
  • Global Literature for Children and Young Adults in Arabic Translation
  • Centralizing Heritage and Tradition in Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature
  • Toward the Formation of Literary Critical Theories for Children’s Writing
  • Narrating the Child: Issues of Family and Childhood
  • Children’s Theatre: New Perspectives
  • Contemporary Narratives and Authors of Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Children’s Narratives: Socio-psychological Vision and Coming of Age
  • Refugee Children in Literature, Cinema, and Art
  • Teaching Children’s Literature: Pedagogical Viewpoint
  • Adventure in Children’s Literature
  • Science Fiction Narratives in Children’s Short Stories
  • Children’s Literature: Linguistic and Stylistic Issues
  • Violence in Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature

Abstracts of a length between 200 and 250 words should be submitted by e-mail. Kindly save your abstract in a Word file and and send it to or to the Department Chair Dr Saddik Gohar, no later than 25 September 2015.

All abstracts should include the participant’s name, affiliation, postal address and mobile phone number. Electronic copies of CV, passport, and a recent personal photo are also required. Notice of acceptance will be given three days after your abstract is received.

Papers may be published either in conference proceedings, or in the CHSS refereed journal. There is no registration fee. All participants from outside Al Ain will be offered accommodation for two nights, and air tickets may be provided for some participants from abroad. All participants from abroad will be offered free transportation from and to the airport. The conference program will include a sightseeing tour to nearby Jebel Hafeet.