IBBY/NCRCL Conference: Beyond the Book, Nov. 2012

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IBBY (International Board of Books for Young Readers) and NCRCL (National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, University of Roehampton

University of Roehampton, London.
Call for Papers on the theme of 'Beyond the Book'

Now, more than ever, people are debating what constitutes a book. With the development of ebooks, apps, self-publishing and fan fiction ¬– as well as the popularity of book adaptations to film, TV, stage and other venues – book boundaries are extended and broken all the time. The boundaries of children's books have always been flexible, with merchandise included with John Newbery's A Little Pretty Pocket Book, published in 1744 and J.M. Barrie's classic character Peter Pan appearing in various guises before being immortalised in fiction. The 19th IBBY UK/NCRCL MA conference will consider the many incarnations of stories that take place 'beyond the book', as well as the impact of children's books on wider culture, including discussions of the publishing industry and book design, digital developments, marginalia, adaptation, festivals, museums, collections, and more.

The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known writers, publishers and academics. Proposals are welcomed for workshop sessions (lasting about 20 minutes) on the following or other relevant issues/areas from any period in the history of international children's literature:

o The book industry, including editorial and marketing, production, cover design and other peritextual features, and distribution channels;
o Digital developments, including apps, websites, ebooks, self-publishing, blogs, social networks;
o Adaptations beyond the book, including film, TV, radio, theatre, as well as book trailers, Youtube videos, music, etc.;
o Marginalia, and other evidence of how children read/interact with books;
o Blogging
o Fan fiction
o Websites, such as Pottermore, that effect the way readers perceive and understand the worlds constructed from books;
o Merchandising, book festivals;
o Museums, book collections, societies;
o The role of books/stories in popular culture;

We welcome contributions from interested academics and others researchers in any of these areas. Brief accounts of the papers that are presented at the conference will be published in the Spring 2011 issue of IBBYLink, the journal of British IBBY.

The deadline for proposals is July 31st 2012. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to Laura Atkins: L.Atkins@roehampton.ac.uk