International Children's Geographies Conference 2015, Children’s Literature and Children’s Geographies (due July 1, 2014)

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Kate Slater
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This multidisciplinary panel, to be proposed for the 4th International Children's Geographies Conference, seeks to bring together two groups researching the sociospatial constructions of young people—children’s geographers and critics of children’s literature—to consider the role of literature for children in creating children’s geographies. Written narratives have their own important spatialities, their own methods of making visible real and imagined places of childhood. While imagined representations of place and space differ in important ways from physical locations that living children inhabit, these representations and tangible sites are also closely interrelated. Literary place and space plays a significant role in how child readers perceive and interact with the world around them, through a lens mediated by adult writers, editors, and publishers.

Topics prospective panelists might wish to address include, but are not limited to:

• Kinships and/or gaps between lived children’s geographies and literary children’s geographies
• Ways children’s literature promotes geographies of hope and well-being (in line with the conference theme)
• The spatiality of text-image interplay in picture books, graphic novels, and other visually-oriented texts for children
• Geographies in writing by children
• Children’s books as placed and/or mobile artifacts of material culture
• The global reach of English-language children’s literature
• The relevance of scale, particularly in books for children than emphasize size
• Children’s literature’s role in challenging and/or reinforcing the bordered contexts of children’s lives

The International Children's Geographies Conference will be held in San Diego, CA from January 12-15, 2015. See the website ( for more information.

Please send 500-word abstracts by July 1, 2014 to Kate Slater at

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