Tulsa Day of YA

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature
contact email: 

Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature,in conjunction with Nimrod International Journal and the Tulsa City-County Library, seeks paper and roundtable proposals for the Tulsa Day of YA, which will be held at the Tulsa City-County Library on from the evening of February 21 to the afternoon of February 22, 2020.

Tulsa Day of YA, a celebration of young adult literature, seeks to bring together young adult authors and academic critics of YA fiction with members of the public. With academic panels focused on women writers, we hope to promote public scholarship and foster discussion of YA fiction outside of the academy. As such, we seek academic presenters who can make their work accessible to a non-scholarly audience, including teenage fans of YA literature. ­

Of particular interest will be essays that consider the following topics or themes:

  • The impact of YA literature written by women on conceptualizations of youth and adulthood
  • Depictions of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, disability, or religion in YA literature written by women
  • Fandom, fan fiction, and media responses to both
  • Treatments of romance, friendship, rivalry, sex, or homosocial networks
  • Female heroism, victimhood, pleasure, adventure
  • Treatments of feminism in young women’s stories
  • Female bodies: their celebration, invasion, objectification, control ­
  • Censorship, controversy, condescension: policing female readers of all ages

Please send proposals for full-length papers (approximately 15 minutes) or roundtable discussions (approximately 5 minutes per presenter) to tswl@utulsa.edu by September 15, 2019.