CFP - 2017 The Child and the Book: Interdisciplinary Links between Children's Literature and the Arts
Deadline: November 28, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain
Dates: March 30, 2017–April 1, 2017
The links between the different arts have always been very strong throughout history. The Renaissance’s Man is probably an archetype. Nevertheless, other examples like the tight relationship between artists during the Avant-Garde period show that the disconnection is very recent. This circumstance is probably related to that fact that arts have been included in scholarly studies, which has led to their specialization. As a result, the different arts have been studied in isolated academic spaces without any relation among them. In addition, students have been very often deprived of seeing art as a whole. Many artistic manifestations have still included the interdisciplinary use of arts as a main expressive resource. This is the case of opera, the so-called global art, but also cinema or animation are current examples of a combination of arts.
For specialized critics Children’s Literature has always been considered a privileged field of study since it includes many different manifestations of artistic expression. Picture books are one of the most prominent ones, but then current multimedia devices have increased considerably the variety of supports and also resources linked to Children’s Literature that interact simultaneously.
The proposal for the 2017 edition of The Child and the Book Conference aims at exploring these issues. The main topic would be the relationship between Children’s Literature and Music, Fine Arts and other kind of artistic expressions.
Specific topics that we want to address include:
- The relationship of music, fine arts and other kind of artistic expressions with children’s literature
- Adaptations, intermediality, trans-mediality, cross-mediality
- Animation and films for children and young adults
- Opera, folktales and children’s literature
- Fine arts and picture books
- Ekphrasis in children’s books
- New methodological approaches in the interdisciplinary use of arts in children’s literature
How to apply:
Please send an abstract of 300- 500 words maximum to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly stating:
- The topic(s) you are working under regarding those listed above
- An outline of your paper clearly stating the line of argument
- Your name and surname
- Your e-mail address
- Your institution
- A short biography of 50-100 words giving your name, institutional affiliation, one or two publications
Please, indicate if you are a junior researcher (master or PhD student, researchers who finished their PhD less than 7 years ago). Since The Child and the Book is a junior-researchers-focused conference, this category of scholars will be prioritised, although everybody is invited to send a proposal. In order to keep the conference small in size, we will not accept more than one presentation per person.
This is a three-day conference and it is expected that presenters will stay as long as possible in order to facilitate the contact and discussion with other participants. Please indicate if you are able to stay for the three days of the conference.
We intend to implement a program of couch-surfing addressed mainly to students in order to minimize costs for participants, and promote the cultural exchange between the students of our faculty and other people from abroad. Please, let us know if you would like to use this option.
Notification of acceptance: December 24, 2016
The 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Location: Orlando, Florida
Dates: March 22–26, 2017
We welcome papers on the work of: Guest of Honor Steven Erikson (World Fantasy and Locus Award nominee), Guest of Honor N.K. Jemisin (Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee, Locus Award winner), and Guest Scholar Edward James (Pilgrim, Hugo, British Science Fiction Association, and Eaton Award winner).
The hero(ine)’s tale is as old as storytelling itself. We trace our way from Gilgamesh to current practitioners of the art through routes that lead to – and beyond – other kingdoms, including those of Malazan and the cities of Gujaareh, Sky, and Shadow. Papers may tread the paths of Thomas the Unbeliever, Bren Cameron, Sundiata Keita, and Boudica, or follow a dark road through Gondor, Camelot, or any valley of shadow. We can find the Epic in the hall of Heorot and in the rooms of Schaherazade. Examinations of modern epics might include the American west, the Marvel Universe, or the world of Miyazaki. A journey, a quest, an awakening—all these and more are part of Fantastic Epics.
We also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2016. We encourage work from institutionally affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, and graduate students.
More information forthcoming at www.iafa.org
For help with Children’s and Young Adult Division (CYA) submissions, please email Rodney Fierce at email@example.com
Encounters of the Playful Kind: Children’s Literature and Intergenerational Relationships
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Submissions are invited for chapters on possible intersections between children’s literature and play as spaces of encounters between imaginary childhoods and adulthoods as well as between real children and adults. On the one hand, the collection will draw on aesthetic approaches to children’s literature to explore the concept of intergenerational play as informing texts thematically and stylistically. On the other hand, it will rely on methods developed within sociology of literature to discuss interage play as fostering extraliterary interactions between children and adults in the context of shared reading experiences. This volume will thus contribute to children’s literature studies, childhood studies, and play and culture studies.
How to apply:
- Submit an abstract of the proposal, maximum 300 words with a brief CV of the author(s), maximum 40 words
o Submit to: Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak firstname.lastname@example.org and Barbara Kalla email@example.com
For more information, visit their site here.
Children’s/Young Adult Literatre and Culture Area || Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) 38th Annual Conference
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dates: February 15–18, 2017
The Children’s/Young Adult Literature and Culture area covers a wide variety of possible mediums: traditional book/literature culture, but also comics, graphic novels, film, television, music, video games, toys, internet environment, fan fiction, advertising, and marketing tie-ins to books and films, just to name a few. Proposals on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or cross-genre topics are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome, as are presentations that go beyond the traditional scholarly paper format.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Diversity in Children’s and YA literature (gender, race/ethnicity, disability, body image, sexual identity)
- Use of innovative or “novel” formats for both children’s and YA literature
- The next “big” thing in children’s and YA literature Film adaptation issues
- Historical approaches to children’s and YA literature and culture
- New readings of children’s and YA literature and culture
- Re-imaginings of myth, fairy tale, and other traditional stories
- Explorations of specific authors in the children’s and YA areas
- Fan fiction and fan followings of books, films, and authors
- Beyond books and films
- Awards for children’s and YA literature (issues and controversies)
Proposals on other topics related to Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture will be read with interest.
How to apply:
- Submit abstract of individual proposals of approximately 200–500 words.
- Include a brief bio in the body of the proposal form (encouraged but not required)
- All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at: http://conference2017.southwestpca.org/
For more information, visit the site here.
Contact: Area Chair Diana Dominguez at diana.dominguez@utrgv
The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media: A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly
Deadline: November 1, 2016
In connection with the upcoming 2016 ChLA conference on Animation, this special issue of ChLAQ will focus broadly and widely on that multimodal and ever-expanding medium known as youth animation. From children's cartoon shorts such as Walt Disney's Steamboat Willy (1928) and Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes (1930-1969); to full-length animated 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 put into motion, it's on the table for discussion.
The Quarterly invites papers that craft, extend, and/or disrupt existing discussions, including (but certainly not limited to):
- Histor(-ies) of children's animation (from the Walt Disney, Fleischers, and Warners forward to the Hanna Barbera and Terrytoon Television era and all stops in between and beyond)
- The adoption of animation intended for other audiences and venues to an audience of children (The Flintstones, Looney Tunes, The Simpsons,
- New Frontiers of Animation (modes and media, interactivity, video games, etc.)
- The commodification of and interaction between animated media and revenue streams (animation as product tie-in/commercial for toys and
- games [Barbie, GI Joe, Transformers, Disney Princesses, etc.])
- Adaption of print media into animation and further transmedia
- Difference in animation (broadly from cultural and global perspectives, styles, historical perspectives etc.)
- Stop motion, CGI, puppetry, and other operative modes in the creation of animation
- Sex(-ing) and gender(-ing) in animation for youth culture
- Close readings of animated properties.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org with a re: line indicating "ChLAQ Essay")
The selected articles will appear in ChLAQ in 2017.