UPDATE: [Children] Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture (11/15/07; SW/TX PCA/ACA; 2/13/08-2/16/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Diana Dominguez
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Exciting News: It’s our pleasure to announce that Joy Harjo has accepted
our invitation to be our 2008 Keynote Speaker.
Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, performer, writer and
musician of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She has published seven books of
acclaimed poetry including She Had Some Horses, In Mad Love and War, The
Woman Who Fell from the Sky, and her most recent How We Became Human: New
and Selected Poems from W.W. Norton. Among her many awards are the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the
Americas, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, the New Mexico
Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the William Carlos
Williams Award from the Poetry Society.

Call for Papers/Proposals for the Children's and Young Adult Literature
and Culture Area of the 29th Annual Meeting of the SW/TX PCA/ACA â€" Theme:

February 13â€"16, 2008
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2007
Time flies fast, get your proposals in!

E-mail submissions preferred:
Dr. Diana Dominguez
Area Chair

Please put SWPCA Submission in e-mail subject line.

This year's area theme is Initiation, interpreted as narrowly or broadly
as preferred. Children and young adults face multiple rites of passage
in widely ranging ways: physical, intellectual, cognitive, spiritual,
metaphorical, symbolic, psychological, and philosophical. How do the
literature and culture productions aimed at the children's and young
adult audience represent, reflect, aid in understanding, and influence
these "initiation" stages and rites of passage? There is a multitude of
ways this theme can be interpreted, as well as a multitude of ways
Children's/YA culture can be interpreted, including, but not limited to
traditional literature, graphic novels, comic books, periodicals,
television, film, music (songs and videos), toys, fashion, web sites,
blogs, and advertisement.

Topics might include (but not limited to):
"Firsts" in children's/young adults' lives: first day of school,
First/Early Reader books for children, first crush, first love, first
heartbreak, first dance, first lie
Dealing with loss: loss of a toy, loss of a pet, moving, loss of a
friend, divorce, death of a loved one or friend, loss of innocence
Rites of Passage: puberty, "initiation" rites to join a club, group, gang
Traumatic passages: dealing with crime-related or violent "passages" â€"
rape, incest, child abuse, domestic violence, boyfriend/girlfriend abuse,
murder, other violent incidents, racism/sexism

These and more are topics that children's and young adult cultural
products (books, comics, graphic novels, films, television â€" remember the
After School specials of the '80s?) can all include "initiation"
or "passage" elements, in both direct and indirect/metaphoric ways. From
books, to toys, to films and television, to web sites, blogs, and chat
rooms aimed at dealing with some of these issues â€" how does today's
popular culture address these important children's and young adults'

Please send 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals,
including full contact info for all participants for review to area chair
by deadline of November 15, 2007. Please include a short (100 word) bio
listing previous and current research activities, but no full CVs needed.

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 web site for information on Graduate Student
Paper Awards, as well as two Graduate Student Travel Fellowships.

For further details regarding the conference, including Graduate Student
Paper Awards (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.)
please visit the conference website:


Full contact details:
Dr. Diana Dominguez
Dept. of English & Communication
U. of Texas-Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520

Phone: 956.882.8853

See you in Albuquerque!

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