Representations of Child and Youth Agency in Fantasy (Edited Volume)

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Ingrid E. Castro, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts & Jessica Clark, University of Suffolk

We are seeking completed submissions for an edited volume that interrogates representations of child and youth agency in fantasy.  Our collection Walking in Other Worlds: Fantastical Journeys of Children’s Agency explores child and youth agency in the context of fantasy popular cultural forms.  These sources of analyses may include television, cartoons, films, novels, toys, comic books/graphic novels, advertising, storytelling/folklore, fashion, art, video games, etc.  An academic publisher is connected to this project.

Representations of children’s agency in fantasy can be analyzed from a variety of grounding points.  For example, chapters might consider the intersection of agency and:

Friendships/Dating

Family/Intergenerational Relations

Pets/Animals/Nature

Age/Time

Material Culture: Permanent/Impermanent

Gender/Race/Ethnicity/Class

Bodies/Sexuality/Disability

Religion/Spirituality

Education/Work

Innocence/Knowledge

Space/Place/Location

Genre/Era

(This list is by no means exhaustive and we are happy to consider any work which places representation of children’s agency in fantasy at its center).

We will be including chapters by authors from a variety of disciplines, nations, and viewpoints, reflecting the contemporary study of and with children and childhood. 

In their submissions, authors are expected to engage with both their own discipline’s work on children/youth/agency as well as the interdisciplinary Childhood Studies work on children/youth/agency.

All accepted chapters must be written by PhD holders, as per publisher stipulation.

Due date for submission of completed drafts: October 15, 2018.

Please submit to:

representationsofagency@gmail.com  

Jargon-free drafts should be 7,000-9,000 words in length, Times New Roman 12 font, double spaced, Chicago Style in-text references.  Please use endnotes, not footnotes, for any additional information or useful commentary when necessary.

As a few chapters are already dedicated to this volume, we suggest contacting us prior to submission to prevent doubling up…after all, there are so many sources of inspiration to choose from out there!  We can also supply you with a list of Childhood Studies published work on agency if necessary.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Please contact us at:

representationsofagency@gmail.com