Own and Other Voices: The 1st Biennial kidlit@hollins Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
February 14, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Hollins University
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American and English diasporic children’s literature plays a fundamental role in unconsciously reproducing the category of Self as white and male, and the rest of humankind as “Other.” Recent attempts to shift consciousness away from this include the hashtag #ownvoices coined on Twitter in 2015 by Corinne Duyvis, to use, she explains, “for whatever marginalized/diverse identity you want…and for whatever genre, category or form of art you want. As long as the protagonist and the author share a marginalized identity.” Of course, one marginalized identity no adult can share is that of a child. Still, we speak for children from their narrative viewpoints.

This interdisciplinary symposium, co-chaired by Dhonielle Clayton and Lisa Rowe Fraustino, will be held at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12, 2020. The organizers invite papers that theorize and seek solutions to marginalization and the paradox of adult “others” producing literature and culture for children. Proposals of 500 words are welcome from publishing practitioners and scholars in any discipline and from any ethnic, gender, or abled identity. An edited collection of essays is hoped to emerge from the symposium.

Online submissions are now being accepted at www.hollins.edu/kidlit.