Sunday, October 22, 2006

CFP: IRSCL 18th BIENNIAL CONGRESS (International Research Society for Children's Literature)

CFP: IRSCL 18th BIENNIAL CONGRESS (International Research Society for Children's Literature)

Deadline: Jauary 31, 2007

The 18th Biennial Congress is to be held in August 25-29 2007 in Kyoto, Japan.
Now, proposals are invited for papers, panels and posters exploring the
2007 IRSCL conference theme:


Children's literature has the power to help child readers to create diverse
and free images of themselves, and to recognize the process of growing up
and forming their identities. It can also give them consolation and vital
energy. On the other hand, children's literature has the aspect of serving
state propaganda, imposing the social and moral codes of the dominant
culture on child readers, and depriving them of their imaginative power,
sensitivity and ability to think for themselves. Bearing these positive and
negative aspects in mind, we will examine the power of
children's literature in the past and the present, and explore the
possibility of children's
literature in the future.

Suggested sub-themes are:
A: Representations of Power in Children's Literature
B: Production and Power in Children's Literature
C: Visual Images and Power in Children's Literature
D: Theories of Power and Children's Literature

Keynote speakers will include:
Tadashi Matsui ¡ÊJapanese Board on Books for Young People,
International Insititute for Children's Literature, Osaka¡Ë
Susan Napier (University of Texas)
Masahiko Nishi (Ritsumeikan University)
Roberta Seelinger Trites (Illinois State University)

[Guidelines for Proposals]
-All contributions will be made in English and should be given in person.

-Proposals for papers and posters should be approximately 300 words in length.
They should indicate the title of the contribution, the primary texts under
consideration, a description of the paper content and the arguments to be
-Proposals for panels should include a list of all presenters, and an
approximately 500 words outline of the form which the panel will take.

-Proposals must adhere to the theme of the congress and should indicate under which strand of
the theme they should be considered. Work presented must be new which means it should not
previously have been presented or published in public in any form.

-20 minutes will be allocated for each paper, and up to 2 hours for each panel presentation.
In the case of panels, presentations will not exceed 20 minutes and time must be allocated for discussion.

-For poster presentations each author will be given a space of 120 cm by 90
cm and present their work on posters. This mode of presentation will offer
the presenters the opportunity to have close conversations with those who
attend the session, receiving comments and discussing the work.

-Proposals should be written on the form which can be downloaded from:

and should be submitted electronically to: Akiko Yamazaki, Email:

The closing date for proposals is January 31 2007 (Wed).

For further information:

Inquiry : IRSCL Japan Committee