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Fear and Safety in Children’s Literature
Call For Papers

20th Biennial Congress of IRSCL 4-8 July 2011
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Children’s literature has always been responsive to the tenor of the times. Texts for children and young adults take up the social, political, and humanistic interests and ideologies of the past and present, as well as speculate about the future. Since the earliest fairy tales, children’s writers have given imaginative interpretation to the darker, riskier side of society, while also offering reassurance, hope, and celebration of the human spirit.

The Congress will address a range of critically important topics, texts, and theories related to the theme of Fear and Safety in Children’s Literature. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Professor Mavis Reimer, Canada Chair in the Culture of Childhood, University of Winnipeg; Professor David Buckingham, Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, London University (UK); and Professor Gillian Whitlock, University of Queensland (Australia).

Submissions for abstracts open: July 19, 2010

Closing date: December 1, 2010

Please visit the Congress website for details: http://irscl2011.com/.

CFP – Fear and Safety in Children’s Literature