This past weekend, I had the pleasure of presenting with author Ashley Hope Perez at the McConnell Conference in Lexington, KY. I always enjoy this conference and this year was certainly no exception. OK, yes I was disappointed in the lack of diversity, both in terms of presenters and participants, but the librarians who attended did not hesitate in asking for titles for their students and patrons of color and in engaging in library and literary conversations. Yes, it was good to be part of the conversation about young adult lit.
No doubt, attending conferences is expensive! Living here in the Midwest, I don’t often have the opportunity to enter the varied discussions about young adult literature that take occur in places like New York and Los Angeles, but there are some more local opportunities that provide relevant opportunities.
If you’re an author, librarian or teacher in the Midwest who is looking for nearby conferences, I have the following.
(No, I don’t live anywhere Mexico City. IBBY is just the one I really want to attend.)
Northern Illinois University Children’s Literature Conference 15 March Tom Angleberger, Lisa Yee and David Lubar
Kent State University’s Virginia Hamilton Conference 4&5 April Angela Johnson, Gary Schmidt and Yuyi Morales
Children’s Literature Association Conference Biloxi MS 13-15 June
ALA Annual Chicago 27 June-2 July
Children and Young People’s Division of the Indiana Library Federation Indianapolis 25-26 August
Indiana State Reading Association Fall Conference 29-30 September Linda Hoyt, Cris Tovani, Barry Lane, David Greenberg
IBBY Regional Conference St. Louis, MO 18-20 October
Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference 2 Nov Candace Fleming and Steve Jenkins
IBBY Mexico 10-14 September 2014
40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference
Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture
**DEADLINE: 15 January 2013
Hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi
June 13-15, 2013
The 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Conference will address play and risk in children’s and young adult (YA) literature and culture. Much of John Newbery’s A Pretty Little Pocket-Book, one of the first books to mark the emergence of children’s literature as a successful commercial enterprise, is devoted to teaching the alphabet through play and games. Innovators of children’s literature have taken risks in building businesses or careers around the notion of pleasurable works for children, just as the scholars who gathered for the first ChLA convention in 1974 and those who followed have taken risks to establish the professional study of the “Great Excluded.” Thus, from its beginnings as both literary and scholarly enterprise, children’s literature has been linked with play and risk. Many classic and contemporary works for young people represent children or young adults entertaining themselves or taking chances. The March sisters put on plays in Little Women, and Beth risks her own life to care for the Hummel baby; Alice plays croquet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and risks losing her head; Peter and Wendy play house in Peter Pan and risk being killed or kidnapped by Captain Hook. Play and risk are everywhere in children’s and YA literature and culture.
We invite paper or panel proposals on the following topics:
- Play and games in children’s and YA literature and culture
- Children’s games as texts
- Children’s theatre and drama or school plays
- Linguistic, stylistic, or formal play in children’s and YA literature
- Game theory or risk theory in children’s and YA literature and culture
- Role-play, performance, or performativity in children’s and YA literature and culture
- Childhood/adolescence as play, playing at childhood/adolescence
- Video games and/as children’s and YA literature
- Sports or competition in children’s and YA literature and culture
- Winning and losing in children’s and YA literature and culture
- Risk-taking in children’s and YA literature and culture
- Uncertainty or chance in children’s and YA literature and culture
- The personal or professional risks of studying, writing, or reading children’s and YA literature
- The disclosure of “at risk” youth
- How children’s and YA literature or culture put children at risk
- The risks of how children and childhood are constructed or experienced
- Playing with race, class, gender, or sexuality in children’s and YA literature and culture
The submission window for 300-500 word paper proposals will be open between October 15, 2012 and January 15, 2013. Please submit your proposal online at www.usm.edu/chla2013.
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