deadline for submissions: 
August 16, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English, P.B.C.

♦ Deadline extended 

The volume proposes to promote original, critical research works that study, interpret and question the critical issues relating to childhood and children. In order to refurbish the interdisciplinary prospect of the field, works offering newer insights and concentrating on its representation in other literatures or other forms of arts like painting, films etc. will also be encouraged.

The volume never proposes to concentrate solely on children’s literature, but intends to address these critical issues relating to childhood. The primary objective here is to understand the philosophical idea(s) of childhood, as evolved gradually since the time of ancient fables transmitted orally, nursery rhyme till the age of e-books.

Unpublished research papers relating to the issues mentioned below are invited from scholars and academicians as your contributions to the volume ‘Childhood in Art and Literature’ to be published by a reputed publisher with an ISBN. No charges in any form whatsoever are to be levied upon the contributors.

The scope includes, but is not limited to

  • The origin and growth of the idea of childhood and children’s literature
  • Childhood and the ‘Golden age of Children’s Literature’
  • The Romantic Child
  • Fantasy, fairytale and childhood
  • Orphans in fictional works
  • Nonsense verse, prose, limericks and its relation to childhood
  • Science fiction and the portrayal of childhood
  • Critical methodologies in Childhood Studies
  • Theorizing childhood 
  • Question of ethics in children’s literature and Childhood Studies
  • The child as an ‘other’
  • Children and non-human animals
  • Magic and childhood
  • ‘Good child’ and ‘bad child’
  • Childhood and crime
  • Childhood and food
  • Portrayal of child labour in literature
  • Cyberculture vis-a-vis childhood
  • Childhood: Christian vs modern views
  • Language and childhood


1.   Manuscripts should be typed with 1.5 line space on A4 paper with 1 inch margin all round (left-aligned, no paragraph indent) using Times New Roman font of size 12.  Page number (use bottom-right alignment) should not contain the author’s name in it.

2.    For style, format and referencing kindly consult the MLA handbook (8th edition).

3.    A brief abstract (maximum 300 words) should be provided along with 5 keywords.

4.    The document must include a short Bio-note in about 60 words containing information about education, designation, affiliation, academic activities and areas of interest.

5.  The complete paper should be a running text broken into paragraphs without section headings/subheadings. There should be endnotes only, no footnotes. Tables or figures (‘figure’ may include pictures, photographs or graphics), if any, must be included in the body of the text and followed by number and description (e.g. Table 1: Data showing English-fluent children in India / Figure 1: A scene from Pather Panchali by Satyajit Ray).

6.    The first page of your document would be the cover page that will contain only

i.           the Paper title,

ii.          author(s’) name(s),

iii.         affiliation,

iv.         full postal address (official/where you like to receive hard copy),

v.          email & telephone number (only of the corresponding author), and

vi.         Bio-Note (maximum 60 words).

From the second page onward, there should be

  1.  Paper title (Times New Roman, Bold, font size 14)
  2.  Abstract and keywords (maximum 300 words and 5 words respectively);
  3.  Main Body of the text (Times New Roman, Bold, font size 12, no indent);
  4.  Endnotes/glossary, if any,
  5.  References
  6.  Appendices, if any.

7.    The contributions (written in English, in electronic version only) should be original, based on theoretical, experimental, application and similar studies. 

8.    Certification of non-submission/publication elsewhere and Copyright declaration will be required after the peer-review process.

Please submit your manuscript (as a single MSWord.doc file) to  by 15th of August, 2020.