The Hockliffe Conference: Conflict in Children's and Young Adult Fiction - 6th September 2013
All children face conflict at some time in their lives and this conference explores the way in which this is represented in children's and young adult fiction.
Writers of children's and young adult fiction have never shied away from writing about conflict faced by children whether it's the conflict of a world war in The Silver Sword (1956) or inter-tribal conflict in East Africa in Little Soldier (1999) – both explored at last year's exhibition, 'Once Upon a Wartime', at the Imperial War Museum – generational conflict such as that experienced by Mossy Trotter (1967) or intra-racial conflict faced by the eponymous Rani and Sukh in Bali Rai's book (2004).
The keynote speaker at the conference will be Bali Rai. Born in Leicester, Bali Rai writes about the harsh realities faced by children and young adults and his books have been short-listed for a number of awards including the Booktrust Teenage Prize. His third novel, Rani and Sukh is now a GCSE set text.
Academic contributions to the conference could include the following issues:
Conflict within families
Conflict between friends
Children coping with death and loss
Approaches might include
The history of conflict in children's and young adult fiction
The representation of conflict in:
o picture books
o graphic novels
o fiction and non-fiction
o film and media adaptations
o computer games
o blogs and new media
The benefits of using conflict narratives in the classroom
This list is not exhaustive and abstracts dealing with any form of conflict will be considered.
Abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute conference papers should be sent to the organisers as a Word attachment to (firstname.lastname@example.org) together with a brief biography by 19th April 2013. Presenters will be notified by 10th May 2013.
The Hockliffe Conference
c/o Dr Clare Walsh and Dr Nicola Darwood
Division of Performing Arts & English
University of Bedfordshire