CFP – Barriers, Borders, and Bridges

Call for Papers: 2018 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel
Children’s Literature Association Conference 2018
June 28-30, 2018
San Antonio, Texas

Barriers, Borders, and Bridges

Borders can be set to separate and demarcate; or, borders can demonstrate a limited boundary that distinguishes one thing or place from another; the margins of a particular location. Within these spaces, individuals and communities define and complicate notions of identity as they relate to these borders, often challenging real and assumed barriers. Bridges are structures designed to connect, typically over obstacles such as bodies of water that would otherwise hinder extending beyond. How does children’s literature extend borders or help readers cross borders and build bridges – of understanding, experiences, perspectives, and ways of knowing, thinking, and acting in the world?

The Diversity Committee welcomes paper proposals on all forms of borders and bridges, including but not limited to those that relate to the theme of water, in children’s literature. Our special interest in the theme of water is tied to the general ChLA conference theme of “Refreshing Waters: Springs, Rivers, and Literary Oases.” Water is symbolic in many ways related to breaking barriers, extending borders, and building bridges. Books such as Long Walk to Water (Park), Inside Out and Back Again (Thanhha Lai), Ninth Ward (Rhodes), and The Water Seeker (Holt) explore the (literal and metaphoric) relationships between barriers, borders, bridges and water. Even in Out of My Mind, Draper explores the main character’s cerebral palsy as it makes her feel like “a fish out of water” compared to her classmates, and could be read as an example of breaking intellectual barriers.

Other suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Barriers or borders that impede the “flow” of communities
  • Folklore and folkloric figures of the borderlands
  • Rights of access and entry
  • Shifting or eroding borders or bridges
  • Emotional, social, or psychological borders
  • Race and racism in borderlands
  • Transnational or transoceanic bridging narratives
  • Racial geographies
  • Brokering or bridging languages
  • Xenophobia and immigration bias

For queries, please contact Domino Perez ( or Mary Henderson ( Email a 500-word abstract and a 2-page CV to Domino Perez ( by September 15, 2017. Authors of proposals selected for the panel will be notified by September 30, 2017. Scholars whose proposals are not selected will have the opportunity to submit their abstracts to the Children’s Literature Association’s general Call for Papers, which has a deadline of October 15, 2017.

CFP – Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century

Call for Papers
Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century
University of Pittsburgh
April 6-7, 2018

The past decade has witnessed an array of new forms of public and global interest in marginalized children, whether the incredible rise in the visibility of lesbian, gay, and transgender children, the international migrations of refugee children from Latin America and the Syrian conflict, or the over-incarceration and detention in the United States of undocumented and African American children. In a moment when the marginality of childhood and the child’s function as a signal of futurity are being refigured by these global and historical events, this conference seeks papers that reach across the many disciplines that study children to produce new ways of thinking that make sense of and respond to the complexity of their lives.

This two-day conference hosted by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies Program, and the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh will explore how to conceptualize, theorize, and approach research on children and childhood in the rapidly changing context of the twenty-first century. Affirming a conceptual and methodological “play” across fields, a mode of intellectual curiosity and unsettling of boundaries, we invite participants to reimagine the place of the child and childhood in their home discipline, and to reimagine their home discipline through the figure of the child and childhood. There will also be several meet the author book panels featuring scholars with recent monographs on children and childhood.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • C.J. Pascoe (University of Oregon), author of Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School (2007)
  • Lauren Silver (Rutgers University), author of System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation (2015)
  • Rebekah Sheldon (Indiana University, Bloomington), author of The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe (2016)

Proposals are invited for papers on a wide range of interdisciplinary work at the crossroads of childhood studies, children’s literature, and gender, sexuality, and race. We particularly welcome submissions in the following areas:

  • The racialization of childhood
  • Queer childhood studies
  • The transgender child
  • The digital and children’s use of new media
  • Girlhood and boyhood studies
  • Children as legible and/or invisible political agents
  • The medicalization of children
  • Blackness and futurity
  • Refugee, immigrant, and undocumented children
  • Segregation and inequity in education

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be sent to by September 15, 2017.

Conference location: The Humanities Center at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks to the generous support of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the Humanities center, there is no registration fee.

For more information, contact conference chair Julian Gill-Peterson at

CFP – Houses of Learning: Education in Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature as Education

“Houses of Learning: Education in Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature as Education”
The 2018 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 12-14 July 2018

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Associate Professor Marah Gubar (MIT, author of Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature), Kate de Goldi (author of The 10pm Question, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, and other books), Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie (co-directors of the screen adaptation of The Changeover)

Events will include a reception hosted by the Friends of the historic Dorothy Neal White Collection of children’s books at the National Library.

Children’s literature has been both praised and derided for its educational function. The 2018 conference aims to explore the overlapping ways in which children’s literature may be related to education. Children’s literature may be about education (school stories realistic and fantastic, tales about learning and Bildungsroman); it may aim to be educational (readers and textbooks, moral tales and didactic fictions); and, as we are all well aware, it may be the subject of education in itself, as an academic discipline. We welcome critically reflective papers from a variety of perspectives, as indicated but not confined to the strands below.

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts exploring aspects of the conference theme: “Houses of Learning: Education in Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature as Education.” Such explorations may address one of the following strands:

  • School stories (realistic and fantastic)
  • Didacticism in/of children’s literature
  • Education for national and world citizenship
  • Construction of childhoods (multiculturalism, ethnic identity)
  • Down with Skool: the subversiveness of children’s literature
  • Education and Diversity: Gender, Race and Power
  • Sexuality: boys and girls come out
  • Educational books and textbooks, School Journals, learning to read
  • Reader response, “the book and the child”
  • Animal stories and education
  • Children’s literature as an academic discipline, critical perspectives
  • Visual education: graphic novels and related modes, films, illustrators

Applicants are also welcome to submit abstracts exploring alternative strands that relate to the overall conference theme.


  • Should address the conference theme and should identify specific texts and/or critical approaches to be discussed.
  • For an individual, 20-minute paper, abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
  • Groups wishing to collaborate on the presentation of 90-minute panels (three 20-minute papers and time for questions) should submit an abstract of up to 500 words, detailing how the overall presentation will fit into the conference theme, the individual critical approaches taken by each speaker, and the envisaged structure for the session. All panel sessions should include time for Q&A with each speaker and with the entire panel.

Papers can address both critical and/or practice-led approaches to the study of children’s literature.

Select papers will have the opportunity to be developed for publication in the ACLAR journal Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature.

Submission Information
Abstracts should be submitted to with the heading “ACLAR abstract.”
Submission close: 20 NOVEMBER 2017

For more information on ACLAR, visit

CFP – Mechademia – Second Arc Volume 01: Childhood

Call for Papers
Mechademia Second Arc Volume 01: Childhood

As the inaugural issue of this “second arc” of the narratives initiated by the Mechademia book series, the topic of “childhood” seems appropriate and timely, for several reasons. Primarily, this new book series expands the vista of the Mechademia series to encompass not just Japan, but Asia and even the world beyond, covering manga/manhua, anime, and gaming, but also the expansions to those art forms that have in the last decade, begun to absorb, innovate, morph, and expand to a panoply of new media, new expressions, new narratives, and new categories of transnational and transcultural work. In addition, these set of art forms which had in the past been considered by most mainstream considerations to be for children, have now been accepted as work that defies age, racial, gender, and sexual boundaries to become all the more globally consumed and appreciated. These aesthetics have influenced the world of fashion, literature, filmmaking, and virtually every game design.

But most poignantly, these works have always, and continue to deliver important narratives about the childhood experience. As a time of discovery, desire, disappointment, and creativity, childhood is the source of the adult experience. These experiences shape the trajectory of the adult in their approach to the world, to other people, and to the creative exploit. The child is perceivable as a “trace” under the image of the adult, as a map that lays out the journeys and spaces of experience and loss, love and despair, discovery and repression that become the founding text of the larger narrative of a life. And because the creative work can speak to the dense complexity of both the times and spaces of these events, the narratives of anime, manga/manhua, and gaming become especially profound because of their specific aesthetic in their ability to tell these tales.

This first volume, then, seeks to lay the foundation of the volumes to come in this series. Bringing forward the works of Mechademia, and expanding the parameters of its approach, the work of the Second Arc, the part of a narrative that deepens the discourse, the mystery, the characters, and the play of the narrative string — will begin by exploring the profundities of childhood, to set upon a new narrative toward maturity. Possible topics cover a vast territory: but we ask not for a simple recounting of the many narratives found in these works, but a critique, a theoretical troubling, and a creative projection from the connections and complications found in the secret places of these works. In addition to narrative considerations and explorations of the “symbolic” child, we would also welcome essays that explore children as readers, consumers, and creators, and the material conditions of transnational production that market to children.

Please send abstracts of 200 words, a keyword list of four terms, and essays of no more than 5000 words to: by August 15, 2017.

CFP – Children and Youth in a Global Age

Call for Papers – Children and Youth in a Global Age
International Conference on the History of Youth and Childhood
25-26 May 2018
The University of Hong Kong

This two-day conference explores the rich potential of making children and youth the focal point of historical research. At a time when historians are placing greater emphasis upon the global and the trans-national this conference asks what roles children and youth played in “intimate” histories and how these connected with larger networks such as those of empire. How, were ideas about childhood and youth instrumentalised and institutionalised in ways intended to underpin authority, nationhood, or different genres of imperialism? How did everyday practices, objects and ties of intimacy inform ideas, practices and structures of youth and childhood shaped in circulation? In what ways did mobility, transfer and exchange shape modern concepts and experiences of being young? The conference provides a forum for the discussion of youthful practices and border-crossing mobilities that produced metropolitan and trans-imperial connections in modern times.

The conference will bring together scholars working across geographical and methodological lines to reexamine histories of childhood and youth from the mid/late nineteenth to the twentieth centuries, acknowledging young people as active co-participants in the shaping of history. We welcome different disciplinary approaches to children, childhood and youth, enabling the exploration of convergences, conflicts, and omissions, new methodologies and theoretical positions. The conference location in Hong Kong offers an ideal site to reflect on the historical reach and limitations of overlapping imperialisms, emerging nationalisms, postcolonial tensions and for the foregrounding of young people and their experiences in global, (post)colonial, trans-national and trans-imperial contexts.

Specific conference themes to be explored may include:

  • child and youth mobility (and lack of mobility), cultural transfer
  • war, disaster, refugees and asylum seekers, displacement and resettlement
  • violence (domestic, communal and state), forced or voluntary labour
  • age categories (child, adolescent, youth) in relation to (unspoken) categories of mid-life
  • sentiment, and histories of emotion
  • education, law, crime and consumption
  • medicine, understandings and experiences of illness and health
  • cultures of children and youth, play and friendship, sexuality
  • young people, the family and home
  • representations in literature and art
  • questions of theory and methodology
  • youthful masculinities and femininities, gendering of “girlhoods” and “boyhoods”
  • institutions, including schools, clubs, welfare centers, orphanages

Proposals are invited for individual papers of about 20 minutes, or for panels including three such papers. Please address questions to To submit a proposal for consideration, send abstract of 300 words (maximum) and one-page c.v. by 1 December 2017 to Applicants will be notified in January 2018.

There will be no charge for registration.

CFP – ChLA International Committee Focus Panel Session on German Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature Association
Call for Papers: International Committee Focus Panel Session on German Children’s Literature
Deadline: September 15, 2017

45th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference
Hosted by the Texas State University
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
June 28-30, 2018

The International Committee of the Children’s Literature Association is planning a special focus panel on Germany, to be presented at the 45th Children’s Literature Association Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas, and hosted by the Texas State University from June 28 through 30, 2018. The committee invites paper proposals that focus on any aspect of German children’s literature, including fairy tales, picture books, children’s classics, Holocaust literature and contemporary German children’s literature (including diversity and refugee narratives). The Committee is also interested in proposals that relate German children’s literature to the conference theme of “Refreshing Waters: Eternal Springs, Winding Rivers, and Other Literary Oasis.” (Please see the definition of the conference theme at

Two abstracts will be selected, and the authors will receive “The ChLA International Honor Award,” which includes a grant of $500 each to cover expenses related to the conference (such as the membership and registration fees). Those papers selected for the International Focus panel will accompany a presentation by the German Distinguished Scholar who will be invited by the Committee to present at the conference.

Please send 500-word abstracts accompanied by up to 250-word bios to the International Committee, Children’s Literature Association, at with the subject line “International Committee Paper Submission.” The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.

Authors of proposals selected for the panel will be notified by October 1, 2017. The International Committee encourages those scholars who are not selected for the International Focus panel to submit an abstract through the general Call for Proposals so that German children’s literature will become part of other panels at the conference. The call deadline for the 2018 ChLA conference is October 15, 2017.

CFP – Children on the Move

Call for Papers: Children on the Move
University of Greenwich, London, 21-23 June 2018

In 2015, a shocking photograph of Alan Kurdi – one of the many Syrian child refugees drowned whilst crossing the Mediterranean – seared public and political consciousness around the world. Outside London’s Liverpool Street Station, as well as at transport hubs in Berlin, Gdańsk, Hamburg and Rotterdam, commuters collected newspapers detailing the toddler’s terrible fate from stands located near bronze statues of children hauling suitcases and clutching teddy bears, public memorials recalling the years of the kindertransport and an earlier phase of traumatic displacement. Such global uprooting composes a tough and longstanding feature of the experience of childhood and youth. From the Dust Bowl to the Great Trek; from slave ship voyages to the passages of child convict transportees; from border journeys from Afghanistan to Pakistan, or South to North America; from the more contemporary era backwards in time to the great migrations of the pre-modern world: trails of youthful footprints criss-cross the globe.

Albeit deeply significant, however, the practice and concept of youthful movement encompasses more than transnational journeying and displacement. The related concept of mobility – described by geographers as a ‘hallmark of modern times’ (Uteng and Creswell, 2008) – requires interrogation for all historical settings and eras. Children and Youth on the Move, the second biennial conference of The Children’s History Society, seeks to expand understandings of young people’s historical movements in all their forms. In addition to considerations of movements across borders or thresholds, we welcome assessments of movements big and small, individual and collective, localised and global, permanent and temporary, desired and feared, acted out by and acted upon. We will reflect on movement in relation to individual development (intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical), as well as associated cross-cultural implications. Offering a forum for historical reflections from established and upcoming historians of children, childhood and youth, we also anticipate that our conference will again offer a platform for school-age scholars to reflect on the ways they respond to history.

We invite panel contributions (especially long chronological and/or geographically diverse in collective scope) as well as individual papers on topics related to the conference theme. These might include:

  • Forced and voluntary migrations and removals
  • Kinetic abilities and impairments
  • Young people’s independent mobilities
  • Skills in movement and their social function: dance; running; gymnastics, and more
  • Sociability and popular culture
  • Altered emotional or spiritual states (‘being moved’)
  • Ritual movement in religious communities
  • Social mobility in history
  • Youthful holidays/vacations
  • Mobilisations of youthful discourse
  • Child evacuees, refugees and soldiers
  • Mobile young workers, and associated fears of idleness
  • Engagement with modes of transportation: animals; sail; rowing; bicycles, and more
  • Disease and its impact: quarantine; fleeing infection
  • Moving images of and/or by youth
  • Constructions of ‘natural’ youthful energy, and associated conflicts
  • Young people’s physical engagements with heritage sites and museums
  • Literary representations of movement including narrative arcs and bildungsroman
  • Correspondence and shared cultures
  • Movement, lifestyle and economic wellbeing: nomads; ‘moving house’; temporary accommodation; homelessness
  • Marching and demonstration
  • Transnational childhoods and ‘third culture kids’
  • Migration for education: boarding school and its rituals
  • Escapes and pursuit: slavery; prison and institutional breakouts
  • Welfare: settlement, resettlement and entitlement
  • Intellectual and cultural movements and their impact
  • Future trajectories for researching the histories of young people

For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a 2-page CV, to both and by 1 November 2017. Panel submissions featuring three papers of 15-20 minutes apiece are also encouraged, and should be submitted collectively by the panel organiser. Please state your contact email address on the abstract. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in January 2018.

Please note that our definitions of children and youth are flexible, reflecting the multiple constructions through time of these social categories. We expect the selection process to be competitive, and hence we will prioritise papers directly addressing the overall conference theme as well as one or more sub-themes.

We are delighted to announce that the conference will be hosted at the spectacular riverside campus of the University of Greenwich, a world heritage site. Further details will follow regarding accommodation options, travel arrangements and conference-related activities. If you are based in or around London and would like to join the conference organising committee, or volunteer during the conference itself, please email and to express your interest.

Astrid Lindgren Foundation Research Grant

The Astrid Lindgren Foundation “Solkatten” was established in 1986. One of its aims is to ”contribute to the teaching and further education of individuals who are involved in research on children’s culture and are capable of conveying the results of their research to a larger audience.”

For this purpose the Board of Directors has established a grant intended to give researchers – ”primarily from abroad” – the opportunity “to pursue research on Swedish or Nordic literature for children and young adults.” Amounting to SEK 40,000, this grant should cover costs for a research period at the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books in Stockholm, which has a research library with a large collection of theoretical literature on children’s literature (appr. 20 000 items). The Institute will provide study space and reference services and will also arrange for professional contacts with colleagues within the Department of Literature and History of Ideas at the University of Stockholm.

The Board of Directors hereby invite Professors and Research leaders at academic departments to submit nominations for eligible candidates before August 21, 2017. The recipient will be expected to make use of the grant before June 15, 2018.

The nomination should not extend two pages of text and should, besides personalia in the form of name, address etc. contain information on the candidate as to:

  • academic education, other relevant qualifications and main research interests,
  • previous research achievements (a separate bibliographical account of academic material and publications should be enclosed but books and other printed material should be submitted only at the request of the jury),
  • language proficiencies (knowledge of one Scandinavian language is a strong merit),
  • the aim of the research period in Stockholm,
  • the approximate time preferred for the utilization of the grant.

The Jury includes representatives of the Foundation, the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books, and the Department of Literature and History of Ideas at the University of Stockholm.

The appointment will be made known before September 15, 2017.

Call for Chapters – Posthuman Pooh: Edward Bear after 100 Years

Call for Chapters: Posthuman Pooh: Edward Bear after 100 Years
Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2017
Editor: Jennifer Harrison, East Stroudsburg University, USA

I am currently seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume celebrating the centenary in 2026 of A. A. Milne’s The World of Pooh. As classics from the “golden age” of children’s literature, Milne’s Pooh stories have received considerable attention from critics and fans over the years; however, less critical attention has been devoted to the continuing relevance of the Pooh phenomenon in contemporary children’s culture. As recent critics have discussed, the Pooh stories are complex and multifaceted, written in many different modes and employing a vast array of different narrative styles and techniques; they have also undergone transformation and adaptation into a plethora of related cultural artefacts.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of The World of Pooh, therefore, this volume will explore Pooh in light of cutting-edge children’s literature and culture theory, with a particular focus on the stories as addressing the fundamentally modern posthuman concern with interrogations of the boundaries between the human and the non-human, the material and the immaterial. Anticipated publication of this volume is for 2020 – the birthyear of Christopher Robin, and the year in which the real “Winnie” was adopted by London Zoo.

Submissions of an interdisciplinary nature are particularly welcome, as are submissions which examine the relationship between the texts and modern adaptations and artefacts. Some potential areas of exploration might include:

  • The blurring of human-animal-toy boundaries
  • Explorations of space and place within the stories
  • Adaptations for film and TV
  • The marketing of the Pooh franchise
  • Explorations of time within the stories
  • Material culture and artefacts within the stories
  • Bodies and identity within the stories
  • Postcolonial and ecocritical readings

However, this list is nowhere near exhaustive and I am happy to consider any submission which focuses on the Pooh stories and their role in modern children’s culture.

I hope to include chapters by authors from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of current studies in children’s literature and culture, as well as the diverse relevance of the Pooh stories in modern children’s culture. Please submit a 500-word chapter abstract and a biography of no more than 250 words by August 31, 2017, to:

You can also see a digital version of the CFP at:

All proposed abstracts will be given full consideration, and submission implies a commitment to publish in this volume if your work is selected for inclusion. If selected, completed chapters will be due by December 30, 2017.

All questions regarding this volume should be directed to:

CFP – Research on Diversity in Youth Literature

Call for Papers for the inaugural issue of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature

Mission: The mission of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature is to publish scholarship attending to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality in youth literature, culture, and media.

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library. It will be published two times a year, with the first issue to be published on June 1, 2018.

For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions by #OwnVoices (underrepresented persons writing about topics related to their lived experiences) from all disciplines engaging with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s article “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990). Almost thirty years after its initial publication, how have youth literature and the practices surrounding it (scholarship, publishing, programming, teaching, and circulation) responded to, taken up, and/or ignored Dr. Bishop’s framework and call to action?

Please submit complete essays to co-editors Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen ( and Dr. Gabrielle Atwood Halko ( by December 1, 2017. Essays must be between 5,000-8,000 words, including notes and citations, and use APA Style.