Children's Literature Association Annual Conference, June 13-15, 2013

full name / name of organization: 
Children's Literature Association
contact email: 
chla2013@usm.edu

Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture
June 13-15, 2013
Biloxi, Miss.
The University of Southern Mississippi

The 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Conference will address play and risk in children’s and young adult (YA) literature and culture.

We invite paper or panel proposals on the following topics:

• play and games in children’s and YA literature and culture
• children’s games as texts
• children’s theatre and drama or school plays
• linguistic, stylistic, or formal play in children’s and YA literature
• game theory or risk theory and children’s and YA literature and culture
• role-play, performance, or performativity in children’s and YA literature and culture
• childhood/adolescence as play, playing at childhood/adolescence
• video games and/as children’s and YA literature
• sports or competition in children’s and YA literature and culture
• winning and losing in children’s and YA literature and culture
• risk-taking in children’s and YA literature and culture
• uncertainty or chance in children’s and YA literature and culture
• the personal or professional risks of studying, writing, or reading children’s and YA literature
• the discourse of “at risk” youth
• how children’s and YA literature or culture put children at risk
• the risks of how children and childhood are constructed or experienced
• playing with race, class, gender, or sexuality in children’s and YA literature and culture

Abstracts of 300 to 500 words will be accepted by the selection committee between October 15, 2012, and January 15, 2013. Submit abstracts by electronic form at www.usm.edu/chla2013

cfp categories: 
childrens_literature