CFP: [International] International Symposium on Multicultural Children's Literature

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Anto Thomas Chakramakkil
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BIND US TOGETHER : International Symposium on Global Perspective in
Multicultural Children's Literature & IRSCL Board Meeting in INDIA
Venue: Nirmala College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.
Time: 8-9 September, 2008.

Peaceful collaboration among races, religions, nations and above all
among diverse ethnic groups within a countryis all the more relevant in
the contemporary world. Efforts to build harmony among people should
begin with the young. Children's perceptions of other cultures are formed
partly by the books they read. Stressing this importance of promoting a
global communication through children's literature scholars meet together
from all over the world to discuss their perspectives on multicultural
children's literature.
Aware of the growing global diversity and interdependence every
specialist in children's literature acknowledges the importance of
multicultural children's literature. However, despite the efforts to
progress towards global understanding and multicultural acceptance
disharmony thrives. Is it just sufficient to provide children with
information about otehr cultures? Does cultural diversity lead to
considering all cultures as equals or does it further sow seeds of
Authentic multicultural children's literature can help young minds
recognize the linguistic/racial/religious diversity of communities. Apart
from affirming the child's identity in one culture, books show
interactions of people of diverse cultures, their ways of encountering
and solving coflicts, their ways of developing respect for each other and
creating solidarity. INDIA - a country rich in cultural / religious /
racial / linguistic diversity seems the ideal platform to discuss the
global perspective on multicultural children's literature.
We invite paper/panel proposals from scholars. Kindly send abstracts (25--
500 words) by email word attachment file to
Time for presentation: 15 minutes. Last date for paper proposals: 30 June
Suggested Topics:
1. Theory & Practice in Multicultural Children's Literature
2. Ethnic bias in children's literature
3. Cutlrual stereotypes in children's literature
4. Postive ethnic relations in CL
5. Translating CL
6. Global interdependence promoted in CL
7. Universals of childhood
8. Publishing & marketing multicultural CL
9. Asian-American CL
10.Children's Literature in Indian languages.
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Alida Allison, Director, Children's
Literature Program, SDSU
Conference Inauguration: UMA KRISHNASWAMI - South Asian Children's Writer
IRSCL Board Members, conducting their BOARD MEETING 2008 in INDIA will be
present as Chief Guests.

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