Thursday, January 5, 2017

CFP from Ithaca College & The Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature Conference

Pippi to Ripley 4: Sex and Gender in Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Comics

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Location: Ithaca College, NY
Dates: April 21–22, 2017

Description: Pippi to Ripley 4 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. We invite papers devoted to fictional characters in all media, including: comics, films, television, and video games as well as in folklore, mythology, and children's and young adult literature. This year’s conference includes a special focus on:

Fan Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fan Communities

Keynote Speaker: SAMMUS performs her acclaimed nerdcore hip-hop and talks about race, geekdom, and feminism.

Special guest: Breakout YA author LJ Alonge, author of the graphic novel series Blacktop.

How to apply: Please send a 300–500-word abstract to Katharine Kettridge, Ithaca College, Department of English at

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CFP—Betwixt and Between: Boundaries and Peripheries in Children’s Culture
Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature Conference 2017

Deadline: January 16, 2017

Location: Dublin City University, All Hallows Campus
Dates: April 28–29 2017

Description: Boundaries, both physical and abstract, abound in children’s literature, as factors including age, gender and class have infuenced, and continue to limit, texts provided for children, and how and where those texts are consumed. Critical debate about the content and purpose of books, films and other media productions for young readers is ongoing, as long-established links between socialisation and children’s literature are interrogated and re-imagined to reflect changing social conditions and moral codes. Although children’s literature has moved from the margins and is now an established field of academic study, peripheries, too, persist and proliferate. Translated texts, which cross linguistic boundaries, and those produced in minority languages, such as Irish, seldom receive extensive exposure or critical attention. With the advent of digital media, the printed book is itself becoming increasingly marginalised.
Proposals are invited on the overall theme and associated topics in the context of both Irish and international literature for children, and also in relation to print and other media.
Keynote Speaker: Emerita Professor Máire Messenger Davies

How to apply: Proposals of 300 words maximum should be sent to the conference co-organiser, Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn at and be CC-ed to

Subject line should read “ISSCL Proposal.”

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