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Own and Other Voices: The 1st Biennial kidlit@hollins Symposium

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:13am
Hollins University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 14, 2020

American and English diasporic children’s literature plays a fundamental role in unconsciously reproducing the category of Self as white and male, and the rest of humankind as “Other.” Recent attempts to shift consciousness away from this include the hashtag #ownvoices coined on Twitter in 2015 by Corinne Duyvis, to use, she explains, “for whatever marginalized/diverse identity you want…and for whatever genre, category or form of art you want. As long as the protagonist and the author share a marginalized identity.” Of course, one marginalized identity no adult can share is that of a child. Still, we speak for children from their narrative viewpoints.

The Velveteen Rabbit, Forever Real

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 8:25am
Lisa Rowe Fraustino
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019

This will be an edited collection to be proposed for publication in the ChLA Centennial Studies series, which celebrates classic children’s texts, books that have stood the test of time and played a significant role in the development of the field.  The editor invites chapter proposals of 350-500 words from a range of theoretical perspectives about The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams.

Call for SCMS Members to join proposed Material Play SIG

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:42am
Society of Cinema and Media Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SCMS Members are invited to join a proposal for a new SCMS Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) on Material Play.  An initial roster of at least 30 members is needed for a new SIG proposal to be considered, so if you are interested please send your name and email to  SCMS members may participate in as many SIGs as they like and there are absolutely no obligations to membership (besides being included on the roster and mailing lists).  The provisional mission statement is included below. 

Contact: Jonathan Rey Lee

Francophone Women Writers Representing Africa in Children’s Literature (WIF Session)

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:03pm
Anna Rocca--Salem State University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

NeMLA 2020 Boston

Please find the CFP for NeMLA’s 51st Annual Convention to be held in Boston, MA on March 5-8, 2020. Abstracts may be submitted by September 30, 2019 via the link provided:

Francophone Women Writers Representing Africa in Children’s Literature (WIF Session)

Gothic Studies Special Issue CFP – Tales of Terror: Gothic and the Short Form

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 11:59am
Gothic Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 12, 2019

Tales, fables, fragments, sketches, and other short literary forms have comprised the fabric of scary stories told and re-told, adapted, transformed, appropriated and re-appropriated. Undoubtedly, much of their debt is owed to the oral yarn, the fireside tale, the urban legend, and many have, and remain, connected to a diverse and rich visual culture. The fragmented literary form integral to the early Gothic novel and played with by the Romantics is inspired by and influences other forms: the narrative painting or illustration capturing a scene, a moment; architectural ruins both physical and imaginary which simultaneously encapsulate a moment and a history.

Call for Papers: SWPACA Children's/YA Culture Area

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 5:06pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Call for Papers
Children’s/YA Culture
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 

41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019

Kalamazoo ICMS 2020: Whatever Happened to Baby Cain?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 4:11am
University of Liverpool
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

We're still looking for papers!

Whatever Happened to Baby Cain?

Childhood Unbound, Childhood Tamed, Childhood Eternal

Growing up is a perennial feature of human societies. While anxieties surrounding childhood are universal, the manifestations of these concerns vary between cultures. This series of sessions proposes to shed light upon the nexus of ambiguity surrounding the medieval child, as depicted in contemporaneous literature. We invite abstracts for papers that will explore the representation of childhood in texts of any language, genre, and period within the Middle Ages. Topic may include, but are not limited to:

ChLA 2020 International Panel on Korean Children's Literature

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 9:35am
Children's Literature Association International Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

The International Committee of the Children’s Literature Association is planning a special focus panel on Korean children’s literature, to be presented at the 47th Children’s Literature Association Conference. This conference will be held in Bellevue, Washington, and hosted by the University of Washington from June 18 through 20, 2020. 

The Gothic Panel II at PAMLA 2019 (Extended)

Monday, July 29, 2019 - 2:55pm
Tanner Sebastian, The University of Nevada, Reno
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

We are looking for one or two more presenters to join the second Gothic Panel at PAMLA.

We invite proposals for papers dealing with Gothic literature, culture, and film. This session welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics, with particular consideration granted to papers that explore gothic children's literature or that engage with the 2019 conference theme of "Send In the Clowns." Possible foci might include adaptations, audience/reception studies, children's gothic, and emotional portrayals in relation to the Gothic.

Conference Information:

November 14-17, 2019

Wyndham San Diego Bayside, San Diego, CA