Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ChildLit Grad Students Off to Pop Culture Conference

The SWTX ACA/PCA Conference in Albuquerque, NM takes place this week and two SDSU childlit graduate students -- myself and Alixandria Lombardo -- will be attending. The conference, dealing with all things pop culture related, will have some featured events including talks by David Peterson, language creator of HBO's Game of Thrones and SyFy's new series Defiance. (If you recall my Tolkien forum post, you can imagine I'm thrilled to explore the makings of language in any form, especially one as topical as this).

There are numerous panels related to children's literature--the Children's Lit panels themselves, as well as one geared specifically to Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Fantasy, and Myth. Alix and I both have the privilege of presenting on one of the Children's Literature panels: "Gendered Journeys, Places, and Spaces."  Alix's paper concerns itself with the complicated issues of gendered space in Pam Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising. I will be discussing the controlled space of feminine identity in Charlie Fletcher's Stoneheart Trilogy.

This is my first experience presenting at a conference, as it is for Alix, so naturally some nerves are present but this promises to be an amazing and stimulating conference and we are both exhilarated by the prospect of presenting and the excitement of listening to the other scheduled panels.

You can take a look at all the various panels and events here

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