CFP: Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture (11/15/05; SW/TX PCA/ACA, 2/8/06-2/11/06)

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Diana Dominguez
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CFP: Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture (11/15/05; SW/TX
PCA/ACA; 2/8/06-2/11/06)
Abstract Deadline November 15, 2004
Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 27th Annual
Albuquerque, NM February 8-11, 2005
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234
Fax: 1.505.766.6710
For further details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel,
registration, tours, etc.) please visit the developing website:
Any aspect of Children's or Young Adult Literature (traditional or
contemporary) and/or Children's/YA popular culture issues – television,
comics, films, toys, music, gender role models, fashion – will be reviewed
for acceptance. Please send queries, 250 word paper proposals, and 500 word
panel proposals, including full contact info for all participants for review
to area chair by deadline of November 15, 2005. Please include a short
(100 word) bio listing previous and current research activities, but no full
CVs needed. (Please see topic ideas and two special panel requests below.)
Interdisciplinary approaches and all scholarly fields are welcome. Also, as
this is a popular culture conference, presentations that depart from
traditional reading of papers are highly encouraged and welcomed.
Presenters also need not have a university affiliation; we embrace all forms
of experiential knowledge potential presenters might offer. Graduate
students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.
Please see the Conference website for information on Graduate Student Paper
Submit proposals to:
Diana Dominguez
Dept. of English & Communication
U. of Texas-Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956.882.8853
Electronic submissions highly preferred to the above e-mail address. Please
put "Popular Culture submission" in the subject line. Please note: contact
phone number has changed from poster and web site.
Possible topics of particular interest include (but are not limited to):
Gender and Toys
Television and the Young Adult Market (series aimed at 'tweens and teens)
The Growing Fantasy Young Adult Book Market (beyond Harry Potter)
Children's Television Issues
The Growing Appeal of Series Book Collections (for children, 'tweens, and
I would especially like to convene a panel that addresses the issue of
Children's and Young Adult Literature as a Literary Research Field of its
own, rather than tied to pedagogical aspects – this was an especially active
discussion at last year's round table discussion panel, and several
attendees expresses a desire to see a panel devoted to, for want of a better
term, "the state of research in the Children's/Young Adult field." Many
universities house their Children's and/or Young Adult Literature courses in
their Education colleges/schools/departments, which implies that these forms
of literature can only be studied as a corollary of pedagogical issues and
practices (their "worth" as teaching tools, in other words, rather than for
their own literary merit). This panel could be formed as a traditional
presentation panel (3-4 presenters), or as a round table discussion format
with several discussants/co-chairs who would present brief remarks about the
issue, which would then be open for general audience conversation and
discussion. Please indicate your interest in participating in/attending
such a panel, and your interest in serving as one of the
In addition, I'd like to convene a special panel in a "round table" format
to discuss how we define Children's and Young Adult Literature, looking at
both historical and contemporary aspects – this is a debatable issue: what
constitutes Children's Literature; what constitutes Young Adult Literature.
Please indicate your interest in serving as a discussant on such a panel
(this would be mean serving as a "co-chair" of sorts for the panel and would
not preclude you from presenting a full paper/presentation on another
Children's/YA Lit panel). Discussants/co-chairs should prepare brief (5-7
minutes) remarks that might include some research about or questions raised
by the issue (this might include personal commentary about the issue).
Any other topic related to children's and Young Adult literature, culture,
and the intersection of these items with popular culture are welcome.
See you in Albuquerque!
Diana Dominguez

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