Children’s Literature Symposium: Critical Perspectives on Children’s and Young Adult Literature
CALL FOR PAPERS: “Images and Illustrations in Children’s and Young Adult Literature”
February 5, 2010
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: December 15, 2010
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: December 31, 2010
Each year, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee organizes a symposium centered on issues related to children’s and adolescent literature. The overarching goal of these symposia is to critically explore the genres of children’s and young adult literature through scholarship, research, and criticism. The Children’s Literature Symposium (CLS) provides a program through which participants engage in critical and theoretical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature through presentations which address contemporary issues and trends that affect children’s and young adult literature, media, and culture. With a primary audience of professionals in English, education, library/media science, as well as community members and others with an interest in this body of literature, the CLS aims to engage participants in scholarly discussions about children’s and young adult literature.
This year, the symposium is inviting proposals from scholars, critics, researchers, librarians, children’s book authors and illustrators, and graduate students for presentations that address shifts and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature. Through this symposium, we seek to enrich understandings of the history and contemporary trends impacting the role of image and illustration in children’s texts.
We invite abstracts (of approximately 250-500 words) for individual paper presentations or virtual papers treating critical concerns in children’s and young adult literature. While all proposals will be considered, preference will be given to those which focus on most clearly on the conference theme.
Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the first volume of an edited book of proceedings of the Children’s Literature Symposium. Proposals must be submitted electronically to the symposium website http://www.ChildrensLiteratureSymposium.org on or before December 15, 2010. Proposals will undergo a process of blind review and presenters will be notified of the results on or before December 31, 2010. Receipt of proposals will be confirmed via email immediately upon submission.