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Roundtable: Key Debates in Children's Literature Studies postgraduate student conference

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Kate Wright <[log in to unmask]>

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Academic discussion of all aspects of children's literature <[log in to unmask]>

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With apologies for cross-posting:


Please feel free to circulate the following call for papers. 

Best wishes,

Kate Wright
AHRC PhD Student
Newcastle University and Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books



Roundtable: Key debates in Children's Literature Studies
The child, the book, and the discipline: approaches to children's literature
scholarship
  
The Children's Literature Unit, Newcastle University, wishes to invite
current postgraduates in the field of children's literature to participate
in a roundtable event on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th January 2009. This
event builds on the model established by the popular Child and the Book
conferences, hosted by Newcastle University in 2006. 
 
The roundtable will take a seminar format in which paper presentations are
followed by a broader debate. Senior scholars in the field, including Peter
Hunt, Maria Nikolayeva, David Rudd and Kimberly Reynolds, will take part in
the debate and provide feedback on the issues discussed. This is an
excellent opportunity for new scholars to showcase and develop their work;
in particular, the session will provide a forum for material being developed
for the forthcoming IRSCL conference. 
We are currently seeking papers on the theme: The child, the book, and the
discipline: approaches to children's literature scholarship. Papers may
cover a wide range of topics: the aim is to explore different critical
approaches and methodologies in children's literature research. The emphasis
is on supporting new voices in the field and papers are expected to be drawn
from current work-in-progress. 
 
Specific topics under consideration include, but are not limited to:-
 
*	Critical theory and children's literature 
*	Research methodologies in children's literature scholarship 
*	Interdisciplinary approaches to children's literature 
*	The construction of the child and the boundaries of children's or
young adult literature
 
A full call for papers is pasted below. Further conference details and a
call for participants will follow. 
 
Papers should be twenty minutes in duration. 
 
Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 20th December, 2008 to
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Call for papers
Roundtable: Key debates in Children's Literature Studies
Children's Literature Unit, Newcastle University: January 16th-17th, 2008. 
The child, the book, and the discipline: approaches to children's literature
scholarship

Children's literature scholarship covers a diverse range of topics and has
traditionally drawn from a wide range of disciplines. This roundtable event
seeks to explore the boundaries of the discipline and to showcase the ways
in which new scholars are approaching children's literature research. 

The roundtable events are aimed at presenting and developing new work in the
field, so papers on a wide range of topics will be considered, providing
that they consider the place of the topic within the broader context of
children's literature. 

Specific questions under consideration include, but are not limited to:-

*	Children's literature criticism: its past, present and future. How
has the field been shaped, and how does it relate to the wider field of
literary criticism? What are the key critical texts that have influenced -
or failed to influence - children's literature research? What critical
approaches should we be adopting in the twenty-first century? 

*	Interdisciplinary approaches: how 'literary' is children's
literature research? Pedagogy, psychology and historical studies have
historically played an important role in scholarship in the field; today
sociology and media studies could also be added to this list. How is
children's literature defined as a discipline, and what can it draw from
other disciplines? 

*	Research methodologies: how can children's literature scholars make
use of diverse resources, including printed books, original archive
material, digital media and ephemera? How do research methodologies shape
children's literature criticism? 


The event will take a seminar format in which paper presentations are
followed by a broader debate. This is an opportunity for postgraduate
students in the field to showcase developing research and share their
experiences and ideas on how to engage with the discipline: papers should
therefore be drawn from work in progress and are not expected to represent
complete research or provide final conclusions. Papers may reflect on how
the discipline has been constructed in the past, or demonstrate the
development of new approaches. 

Papers should be twenty minutes in duration. 

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 20th December, 2008 to
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