CFP: [Children] Children's Literature and Social Justice

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Karen Sands-O'Connor
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     Buffalo State College is proud to announce the 2008 Postgraduate
(Graduate Student) Child and the Book Conference in Buffalo, New York,
16th Mayâ€"18th May 2008. We are looking for proposals from graduate/
postgraduate students for twenty minute papers. Although papers will be
accepted for consideration on any aspect of children’s literature, the
main focus and theme of the conference is Social Justice and Children’s
Literature. We hope to publish the best of the conference papers from
each of the social justice categories below in a special issue of the
Lion and the Unicorn on Children’s Literature and Social Justice. If you
wish to be considered for publication in the Lion and the Unicorn issue,
please indicate ALL categories where you feel your paper might belong
when submitting a proposal. We anticipate an international audience.
     From the abolition campaigns of the late eighteenth and early
nineteenth centuries to Victorian novels about child labor and animal
rights to environmental picture books of the 1970s on to contemporary
novels about gender rights and issues, books for children of all ages
addressed and continue to address social justice issues. We are looking
for papers that consider social justice and children’s literature, both
historically and today, and that put such books and the issues they raise
in context.
     Proposals should be 250 words and should indicate the children’s
literature you intend to use as well as the critical directions
underpinning your argument. Please submit your proposal by 15th November
2007 to Dr. Karen Sands-O’Connor, English Department, Buffalo State
College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 USA or electronically
(preferred) at Further information about the
conference can be found at
If you need an early decision on your proposal in order to secure funding
and/or travel visas, please indicate this when you send in your
Subject Areas for Paper Proposals:
1. Human Rights and Freedoms
2. Global Access to Literacy and Education
3. Environmental Issues and Animal Rights
4. Labor and Wealth Distribution Issues
5. Issues of identity and representation
6. Other issues in children’s literature

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