The publication of Ladybird books ‘for Grown-Ups’ in the UK in 2015 and 2016 was a phenomenon, with the books selling over 2 million copies collectively. Titles such as The Ladybird Book of the Hipster, How it Works: The Mum, and The Ladybird Book of The Meeting ostensibly offer a frivolous take upon a variety of popular subjects in an attractive format. However, in doing so they reveal a complex temporality that prompts the reader to consider how their memories of an adult life imagined in childhood measure up to a present filled with everyday frustrations. What can these books tell us about contemporary British culture and its relationship with personal memory, collective historical past, and once-imagined future?
CFP: Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade for Young Adults
In 2013, Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign ran on the theme of “A Tale of Two Cities.” The narrative that New York is a deeply divided city – one that is simultaneously the world’s capital of finance and culture and an unfortunate model of economic and social inequality – struck a chord with many voters. This panel will examine the ways in which children’s and young adult literature set in New York City expresses, reinforces, confronts and/or overlooks this image of the city as fractured and unequal. Papers may consider questions such as: how does children’s and young adult literature represent (or ignore) the diversity of New York City childhoods?
English: The Journal of the English Association invites contributions to a special issue on The Classroom of Literature
. . . . we moved together out of the clutch of the Fates, inhabitors of a world without doom; with a scratching, licking and chewing of pens, a whisper and passing of jokes, a titter of tickling, a grumble of labour, a vague stare at the wall in a dream. . . . (Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie)
CFP is for MLA 2018 in New York City. This panel on Latinx Literature for Youth will be a Children´s Literature Association (ChLA) sponsored, guaranteed panel.
Literature for youth is an established tradition in Latinx culture, from Jose Martí’s La Edad de Oro (1889) to Pura Belpré’s folklore and Ernesto Galarza’s “mini-libros” to Matt de la Peña’s 2016 Newbery Medal win. This panel seeks to examine the current and historical role of literature for youth in the Latin/a literary world and how Latino/a writers portray youth cultures and subcultures for U.S. audiences. Papers responding critically to the following themes (though not limited to those presented here) are solicited:
14th Annual Tolkien at UVM Conference
Saturday April 8th, 8;30am-5:30pm, Campus
Theme: Romances in Middle-earth
Organizers of the Tolkien at UVM Conference are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference until the February 1st deadline.
Harry Potter Festival and Conference 2017
Have you been with Harry from the beginning? Do you want to show off your Wizarding World knowledge? California University of Pennsylvania is hosting its first-ever Harry Potter Festival, and we want to hear from you!
Take your Potter passion to the next level and submit your best Harry Potter-related work—critical essays, poster presentations, fan fiction, and more. Be creative! We want any and all topics about the books, movies, or fan culture. You should prepare a 15-minute presentation of your work. The main audience for the conference includes high school and college students and academic scholars.
Drama, Theatre and Young People
A two-day symposium organised by CECILLE and CEAC
with the participation of Compagnie Théâtre du Prisme, Action Culture and RADAC
Lille University (Villeneuve d’Ascq), 2-3 February 2017
Scientific Committee: Constantin Bobas (CECILLE – Université de Lille), Claire Hélie (CECILLE – Université de Lille), Véronique Perruchon (CEAC – Université de Lille)
Thursday 2 February 2017: Symposium
Call for papers
The CLGO of UNC Charlotte is hosting a colloquium on February 4th, 2017, exploring public and professional dialogues regarding social issues in the field of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. We welcome scholarly and creative original papers, readings, and presentations that examine the ways in which social issues operate within texts as well as how these topics are taught, interpreted, and adapted. As an interdisciplinary organization, we hope to include multiple approaches to these topics, from a wide variety of disciplines.
These topics might include, but are not limited to:
International Journal of English Language & Translation Studies is an indexed, peer-reviewed, open-access, research quarterly which aims to generate and disseminate new, high quality knowledge about English language teaching, literature, linguistics and translation studies as well as to promote advanced researches and best practices in these fields. We are currently soliciting unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of ELT, Linguistics, Literature, Discourse and Translation Studies for October-December, 2016 Issue of IJ-ELTS.