Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CFP: Polish Children's Literature (country focus panel at ChLA)

Call for Papers:
Polish Children’s Literature
41st Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference
University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
June 19-21, 2014
Special Deadline: November 23, 2013

The International Committee of the Children’s Literature Association is planning a special country focus panel on Poland, to be presented at the 41st Children’s Literature Association Conference, held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC from June 19 through 21, 2014.  The committee invites paper proposals that focus on any aspect of Polish children’s literature.  Papers may focus on the origins of and/or developments in Polish children’s and YA texts;  Polish children’s literature in dialogue with nationalism and/or cultural traumas;  Polish folklore as children’s texts or incorporations of folklore in children’s literature;  trends in contemporary Polish YA fiction and non-fiction;  Polish children’s authors and traditions in conversation with other traditions in Central/Eastern Europe and beyond;  translations of Polish children’s texts into English, or the state of children’s literature studies in Poland.  Preference will be given to proposals with the potential to inspire American and international scholars to develop active interest in Polish children’s literature and to integrate it into their own research.

The authors of two papers selected for the panel to accompany a presentation by the Polish Distinguished Scholar (invited by the committee) will be awarded a $500 travel grant each.  The papers must be presented in English and must not exceed the twenty-minute reading time.  The committee strongly encourages ChLA members and other scholars with an interest in Polish children’s literature to submit paper proposals for the session.  Send 500-word abstracts accompanied by up to 250-word bios to the International Committee, Children’s Literature Association, at info@childlitassn.org with the subject line “International Committee Paper Submission.”  The deadline for submissions is November 23, 2013.

Authors will be notified by December 30, 2013 whether their papers have been selected as part of the panel.  Authors whose papers cannot be accommodated in the panel may then choose to re-submit their papers through the general call;  the deadline for submitting proposals to the 2014 ChLA conference is January 15, 2014.

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