Call for Papers: "Stranger in a Strange Land" April 28, 2012

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Graduate Student Conference on Children's and YA Literature, University of British Columbia

Call for Paper Proposals
DEADLINE: March 1, 2012

A Peer Reviewed Graduate Student Conference on Children's and YA Literature and Cultural Texts

With keynote speakers Dr. Elizabeth Marshall and Dr. Sarah Park

The University of British Columbia
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This is a one-day conference showcasing graduate research that explores and questions any facet of children's literature. You are invited to submit a paper proposal that contributes to and extends existing research in the area of children's texts, which may include novels, film, picture books, and other culturally produced modes of children's literature. We are particularly interested in research that draws upon the broadly interpreted themes of navigation, exploration, and narrative.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• The child or young adult as explorer/explored, navigator/navigated
• Displacement or unwilling transportation to foreign spaces
• Childhood and adolescent development
• Children, young adults, and cross-cultural exposure
• Multilingual or translated texts
• Navigating (or negotiating) identity, gender, race or religion as a child or young adult in an adult world
• Exploring place: the child as traveller/runaway/adventurer in a strange land
• Race and ethnicity in children's and young adult texts
• Cultural, physical, psychological, ideological, or literary restrictions and barriers to exploration and imagination
• Childhood feelings of displacement or not fitting in

Papers on any children's or young adult genres are welcome as are papers that discuss other children's texts such as film, virtual texts, or graphic novels. The topics above are a guideline for the proposals we would like to see, but we are eager to receive and review paper proposals on any topic related to children's and young adult texts.

Please send a 250-350 word abstract, the title of your paper, a 50-word biography, your name, your university affiliation, and email address (or other preferred method of contact) to Robert Bittner at by March 1, 2012. Please put "Conference Proposal" in the subject line of your email.

If you would like your paper to be considered for publication in the Journal of Graduate Research in Young People's Materials and Culture, please send a complete and polished copy of your paper to the editors at by June 15, 2012. Include the same information as your conference proposal, but attach the full text as well. All submissions to JGR are peer reviewed.

The conference fee of $18 for students and presenters, and $35 for faculty and professionals, includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch. Please visit our website for more information: