Sunday, November 15, 2015

Call for Papers and Upcoming Children's Literature Conferences

Whether you’re knee-deep or neck-deep in final projects or outlining your final papers during this busy semester, there’s always time for some literary scholarship (says the graduate student currently neck-deep in all things literature). To make things a little easier, we’ve gathered a list of future conference proposals and calls-for-papers that includes children’s literature topics. 

The Children’s Literature Society and the American Literature Association

Event: 27th Annual Conference
Dates: May 26-29, 2016
Location: The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco

Panel 1: Children’s Literature Adaptations: Musicals (both theatrical and film).

Children’s literature has had a long history of adaptation transformations—from early Shirley Temple films to comic books and most recently to musicals; e.g., Shrek, Wicked, Once Upon A Mattress, Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Tarzan, Wizard of Oz/The Wiz, Hansel and Gretel, Into the Woods, Annie. This panel explores the ways musical adaptations of children’s texts change the original tale and are revelatory of changes in social/cultural considerations that include the changing dynamic of the construction of childhood, adults, and family.

  • Please include academic rank and affiliation, as well as AV requests.
  • Send abstracts or proposals (~300 words) by January 15, 2016 via email to: Dorothy Clark ( and Linda Salem (
Panel 2: Children’s Literature Adaptations—Part 2: Digital Transformations—From TV and Film to New Media

New media has entered the world of children’s literature adaptation in stunning ways. From video games to tablet and smartphone apps to YouTube videos and more, “story” is finding new formats and “reading” has gone from a passive immersive experience to a more interactive one. Multimodal storytelling—unique meshing of “old” media (e.g., print text, TV, film) with “new” media are transforming our understanding of adaptation, creating new formats, genres. This panel explores this new world of children’s literature adaptation, including a bit of the “old world” of media (print/television/film) as it also transforms to adapt to new media. In reflecting on this new world of adaptation, consider for example: What happens to the original story? How is narrative changing? What is the role of reader/writer? Does this new domain reflect changes in social-cultural understandings of childhood, adult, family?

  • Please include academic rank and affiliation, as well as AV requests.
  • Send abstracts or proposals (~250 words) by January 10, 2016 via email to: Dorothy Clark ( and Linda Salem (
Panel 3: “Humor and Children’s Literature”—Abstracts (300 words maximum) are encouraged on subjects addressing any aspect of humor in relation to children’s literature by an American author. Panel sponsored by the American Humor Studies Association and the Children’s Literature Society.

  • Please include academic rank and affiliation, as well as AV requests. 
  • Send abstracts or proposals (~300 words) by January 10, 2016 via email to: Dorothy Clark (, Linda Salem (, and Jim Caron ( with the subject line: “AHSA/CLS session, 2016 ALA.” 
For further information, please consult the ALA conference website at or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen at with specific questions. 

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CFP: The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media: A Special Issue of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly
“In connection with the upcoming 2016 ChLA conference on Animation, this special issue of ChLAQ will focus broadly and widely on the multimodal and ever-expanding medium known as youth animation. From children’s cartoon shorts such as Steamboat Willy (1928) and Leon Schlesinger’s Loony Tunes (1930–1969); to full-length animation motion pictures such as the work of Studio Ghibli, Pixar, and Nickelodeon; to Homestar Runner, video games, and flip books, if it’s sequential art pit into motion, it’s on the table for discussion.”

Deadline: November 1, 2016 

  • Papers should conform to the usual style of ChLAQ and be between 5,000–7,000 words in length. 
  • Queries and completed essays should be sent to Joseph Michael Sommers via email at with a re: line indicating “ChLAQ Essay) 
Notes: The selected articles will appear in ChLAQ in 2017. 

CFP: Reimagining the Child: Next Steps in the Study of Childhood(s)
Dates: April 22–23, 2016
Location: Camden, New Jersey

Description: Hosted by the Rutgers University – Camden Graduate Student Organization in Childhood Studies.
“The goal of this year’s graduate student conference is to bring together graduate students and other early-career scholars whose work represents a contribution to expanding academic understandings of and approaches to children and childhood. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: theorizations and discourses of childhood; representations of children in media; relationships between children and technology; considering children in approaches to human rights, ethics, and morality; children’s culture(s); children as social agents; etc.”

Deadline: December 20, 2015
  • Send an abstract (~300 words) to the conference chair, Julian Burton, via email at Include the words “conference abstract” in the subject line. 
  • Please include your name, current level of study, and affiliated institution in the body of your email. 
  • Attach your abstract as a separate document containing no personally identifying information. 

Good luck to everyone, on submissions, upcoming finals, and final papers!

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