The International Research Society for Children's Literature will have their biannual congress in Brisbane, Australia, July 4-8. http://irscl2011.com/
Two San Diego graduate students will be offering papers there. Kate Slater will be presenting a paper called "No Safe Place: Terrors of Liminality in the Scary Stories Series." Mariel Romero will present a paper titled "The Anguished Immigrant Child in Chicana/o Children’s Literature" where she explores how the authors of the picture book Gabriela’s Song: How Do I Adapt to a New Place? (2007) and the YA novel La Línea (2006) advocate for storytelling as therapeutic treatment that will help expat children and adolescents confront and overcome a traumatic migrant experience.