CFP : Stranger in a Strange Land: Exploring Texts and Media for Young People Across Cultures and Continents

Oh my god, Canada, please will you stop with your clarion call of “come live in me and attend my awesome sounding conferences”

If you’re based in Canada, do have a look at this conference and the CFP. It’s April 2012 which gives you plenty of time. Just don’t send me gleaming reports of how lovely it was 😉

Call for Papers: ‘From the Garden to the Trenches’

Suddenly my plans to emigrate seem a lot more worthwhile….


From the Garden to the Trenches:
Childhood, Culture and the First World War
9-12 May 2012

Part of the Leverhulme International Network on “Approaching War”

Brock University, The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books
& Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada

For children growing up in the nineteenth-century ‘Golden Age’ of children’s
literature, childhood was characterized as an enclosed, nurturing space, “a
child’s garden,” or “kindergarten” as Wilhelm Froebel christened it in 1832;
a place for cultivating imagination and play as in, for example, Robert
Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885).  Garden mud and puddles
were for planting and for playing – how difficult for the children growing
up in those gardens to anticipate and imagine the muddy trenches of the
First World War.

From the Garden to the Trenches – the second of three Leverhulme-supported
conferences, marking the approaching centenary of the First World War – will
focus on childhood, culture and war from the perspectives of the Americas
and the Caribbean. The first conference – Sydney, Australia in December 2011
– will focus on the global south, and the third – Newcastle, UK – on England
and Europe. Our aim is to produce a digital archive out of materials
assembled during the three conferences.”

We are delighted to announce that so far our confirmed keynote speakers
Deborah Ellis, author of The Breadwinner and other war stories
Linda Granfield, author of Remembering John McCrae
Margaret Higonnet (Connecticut), author of Nurses at the Front: Writing the
Wounds of the Great War
Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse (the play of which is in Toronto in
Spring 2012)
Paul Stevens (Toronto), author of Winston Churchill’s Military Romanticism.

Suggested topics may include, in relation to the war and the Americas and
the Caribbean:
●      National and global ideas of childhood and nationhood
●      Empire and its impact on recruitment
●      War in art, fiction, drama and music
●      The intersection of cultures of war and childhood cultures
●      War, empire and the colonial encounter
●      Lives of girls and women in relation to war
●      Concepts of ‘home’
●      The Boy Scout Movement and the call to war

We are tentatively planning for plenary-only sessions (panels and keynotes),
and will give preference to panel proposals.  Ideally, panels will consist
of four speakers, each giving a 15-minute paper.  Individual proposals are,
however, also welcomed. Please submit 200-250 word abstracts. Some travel
bursaries are available – see for
more details.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2011
Notification of outcome: 30 September 2011
Abstracts should be submitted via email to

Call for Papers: Potterwatch

Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences
the 2011 PotterWatch Conference
at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
October 1, 2011
Charlotte, NC

The Harry Potter series has been translated into more than 60
languages, inspired a multi-million dollar theme park, and prompted the
creation of an International Quidditch Association comprised of hundreds of
teams.  What began as a British childrens book became an international
best-selling series.  Much of the success of the novels can be attributed to
crossover appealhow Harry is loved by audiences of a variety of ages,
genders, and religions.  How do the books speak to so many different,
sometimes opposing, audiences? Why do we love Harry so much?

Together, PotterWatch, the official Harry Potter club of UNC
Charlotte, and UNC Charlotte’s Children’s Literature Graduate Organization
will be hosting an academic conference focusing on the theme of audiences
within the Harry Potter series and fandom.  We invite submissions of paper
and panel proposals that address the theme of audience and crossover appeal
in relation to the Harry Potter series, looking at reader response from a
variety of academic perspectives.

Suggested topics include:
?  Harry Potter from an international perspective
?  Religious responses to the series
?  Generational appeal (the crossover novel)
?  Group response to Harry Potter (fan clubs, Quidditch, book/movie
premieres, etc.)
?  Gender response to Harry Potter (Is Harry Potter a “boys book”?)

To be considered for presentation, please submit a 500-word abstract for
individual papers or panel proposals to by
September 1, 2011.  Please include the paper title, your name (and names of
all panel presenters if applicable), your institution, and your affiliation
(faculty, student, other). Individual presentations should be 10-15 minutes
in length, while panel presentations should last for 45 minutes. Graduate
and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.

For more information, please visit:

Call for Papers : British Children’s Literature in the 21st Century

Interesting CFP here and if my brain wasn’t just going DISSERTATIONDISSERTATIONZOMG I’d be submitting for sure. Info taken from here.

We invite submissions for a Special Issue of Bookbird to coincide with the 33rd IBBY International Congress to be held in London in 2012. As guest editors for this issue, our aim is to celebrate and investigate the current state of British children’s literature. Proposed papers should address one of the following areas in the context of 21st-century British children’s literature:


  •  Developments and trends
  • London or the ‘regions’
  • Multiculturalism
  • Genre, form and themes (including, but not restricted to, fantasy, realism, young adult fiction, visual texts, poetry, controversies and taboos)
  • Single author focus
  • View from the outside – representations of the UK in non-British children’s literature

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to both editors by 1 September 2011.

Liz Thiel (
Alison Waller (
National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL), University of Roehampton, London, UK.

Call for Papers: Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess is one of those fairly epochal writers that has come to define a certain type of children’s literature. He’s also one of those authors I need to read more of. Junk, btw, is outstanding. Have a look at the following and if you’re interested, you’ll have to be quick – you’ve only got until May 1st…

Call for papers – Essay Collection on Melvin Burgess. Deadline May 1, 2011

Essay proposals are sought for a volume of critical essays (6,000 words) on Melvin Burgess’s fiction as part of the re-launch of Palgrave Macmillan’s New Casebook series. All essays in the volume will be new and original pieces of work. The aim of the volume is, primarily, to “show undergraduate readers how recent debates, issues and developments in the field of children’s literature, and in modern critical theory, have affected approaches to”
Burgess’s works. Essays that take a range of approaches to Burgess’s work are therefore sought. Please email a 500-word proposal and a 150-word biography by May 1st to: Dr. Mel Gibson
Northumbria University.
CETL Hub@ CLC, Number 1 Coach Lane, Coach Lane Campus, Coach Lane, Benton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7XA.

Call for Chapter Proposals – Hermione Granger as Feminist Model

There’s been an interesting call for chapter proposals for a book entitled “Hermione Granger saves the world”. Whilst I have to confess that Harry Potter leaves me cold and bitter like a literary version of Gollum and that my contribution on the feminist aspects of Hermione would mainful consist of a doubtful “Hmmm” , the collection itself should be an interesting read. If you’re interested take a look at the proposal. You’ll have to be quick though – initial proposals need to be in by Jan 28th.