Seeking Additional Chapters Child/Youth Agency and Fantasy Volume

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Ingrid E. Castro/Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Jessica Clark/University of Suffolk

We are pursuing two more chapters to round out our edited volume on the intersection of children’s/youth agency in fantasy. Chapters must be fully constituted and directly reference theories and research from the social studies of children/youth and/or children’s geographies, particularly that which attends to agency (of course, in addition to whatever other published work in your discipline that contributes to your central arguments). Chapters should use fantasy popular cultural forms as sources of analyses – these may include television, cartoons, films, novels, toys, comic books/graphic novels, advertising, storytelling/folklore, fashion, art, video games, etc.

Representations of children’s agency in fantasy can be analyzed from a variety of grounding points. So, chapters might consider the intersection of agency and:

Friendships/Dating

Family/Intergenerational Relations

Pets/Animals/Nature

Age/Time

Material Culture: Permanent/Impermanent

Gender/Race/Ethnicity/Class

Bodies/Sexuality/Disability

Religion/Spirituality

Education/Work

Innocence/Knowledge

Space/Place/Location

(This list is by no means exhaustive and we are happy to consider any work which places representation of children’s agency in fantasy at its center).

To reiterate, authors are expected to engage with both their own discipline’s work on children/youth/agency as well as the interdisciplinary Childhood Studies work on children/youth/agency.

Due date for submission of completed original, non-published chapters: August 15, 2019. No extensions will be given, as we are on a tight publisher deadline for manuscript submission (yes, this book is contracted with an academic publisher - we expect the volume will be published mid-2020). We will review all submissions and select two chapters based on “filling gaps” in the volume and dedication to the central theme of child/youth agency.

Please submit to:

representationsofagency@gmail.com 

Jargon-free submissions should be approximately 9,000 words in total length, Times New Roman 12 font, double spaced, Chicago Style 17th edition in-text references and Reference list. Please use endnotes, not footnotes, for any additional information or useful commentary when necessary.

We suggest contacting us prior to submission to prevent doubling up on source analytic texts as there are already 9 chapters dedicated to the volume, but there is so much more to possibly include/explore! We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us at:

representationsofagency@gmail.com