Bending the Clock: Applying Crip Time to Practice in Teaching and Studying Children’s and Young Adult Literature

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Children's Literature Association Accessibility Committee

In line with ChLA’s fiftieth anniversary and a conference themed “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 50 Years of ChLA," this hybrid session invites brief (5-minute) talks and/or posters about applying crip time to the teaching or studying of children’s literature. Disability scholars explore what has been termed crip time: the kind of time experienced by people whose disabilities mean that they engage with the world at a different pace than normative time. As Alison Kafer claims: “Rather than bend disabled bodies and minds to meet the clock, crip time bends the clock to meet disabled bodies and minds” (Feminist, Queer, Crip 27). 

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Literary Theories/Analysis

    • How crip time is seen in children’s and/or YA literature/media and/or how disabled youth engage with children’s and/or YA literature/media through their own crip time

    • How theories around time in children’s literature and disability studies can combine or reimagine each other

    • How crip time intersects with other non-normative theories of time (e.g., queer time) in children’s and/or YA literature/media

  • Pedagogical Approaches/Application

    • Strategies for "cripping" the 15- or 10-week semester/quarter 

    • Managing synchronous and asynchronous teaching time

    • Reimagining ableist power hierarchies in the classroom (particularly with regard to deadlines, process- vs. product-based assessment, ungrading practices)

  • Practical Concerns for Scholars and Writers

    • Navigating ableist conceptions of time in the academy and publishing

    • Protective, self- and community-sustaining time and labor management strategies for scholars with disabilities (e.g., access intimacy)

    • How crip time intersects with racism, sexism, classism, and other historically-marginalized or underprivileged identities/communities

In the spirit of crip time and in an effort to allow conference attendees the ability to experience papers at their own speed or access them outside of a physical space, we are envisioning a hybrid session of posters, 5-minute talks, and roundtable discussion during this panel’s timeslot and beyond. We invite panelists to stretch the ‘poster’ format to include a multitude of audio, visual, or other ways which can reimagine the time and space of knowledge dissemination at ChLA. While we hope ‘posters’ would be available for participants to interact with prior to the session (they will be due a week before the conference), the in-person session will enable participants to interact with participants’ presentations individually and then create space for a short Q&A discussion between all presenters. Ultimately, the panel’s final structure will be built around the proposals we receive.

For this session, sponsored by the Accessibility Committee, we hope to hear from scholars from a variety of standpoints and career stages and have them propose a topic they wish to explore. We particularly encourage BIPOC scholars, disabled scholars, grad students, and early career scholars to apply. Presenters will be welcome to participate in this panel in addition to delivering a regular conference paper. Reach out to us if you have any questions, and we hope to see your 150-200 word proposal paragraph and CV sent to accessibility@childlitassn.org by 1 March 2025. This panel will be held in-person during ChLA’s 2024 Conference from May 30 - June 1, 2024 in Madison, Wisconsin.