Call for Papers: Crafts and Hobbies

++++New Deadline for proposals – Friday 13 July++++

25th Annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 

Saturday 10th November 2018
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton

Crafts and Hobbies in Children’s Books

This year’s conference explores the significance of crafts and hobbies as theme, practice, motif, educational tool and generational bridge.  We will be thinking about the historical shifts in the role and significance of these activities in childhood experience as depicted in a wide range of texts.  We will examine the role of crafting and hobbies in children’s fiction and in picture books; think about the role of books in craft and hobby activities (including the handbooks of the Brownies, Scouts and Woodcraft Folk and the annuals of children’s TV shows such as Blue Peter); and consider the craft dimensions of books as material objects, looking at the use of collage and textile as illustrative components, at paper-cutting and pop-up books, and at books that are themselves craft or hobby objects (model-making books, sticker books).  Discussion will cover the gendering of crafts and hobbies, the definition of a hobby (as distinct from a game or a toy), the vexed boundaries between arts and crafts, and craft as domestic or artisanal. Materials from the archives of the constituent colleges of the University of Roehampton will be on show, including weaving samples and patterns used in early Froebelian education and embroidery samplers from the Whitelands archive.  The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known illustrators and craft practitioners, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.  We will hear from Dr Jane Carroll of Trinity College, Dublin, an international specialist in the relationship between craft and children’s literature.  As this year’s conference marks 25 years of the partnership between IBBY UK and the NCRCL and we are delighted that Professor Kim Reynolds, a long-time friend of both organisations, will be joining us for the celebration.

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Faith Ringgold “Tar Beach (Part I from the Woman on a Bridge series)” (1988) via Guggenheim

Proposals are welcomed for individual papers (20 minutes) on different aspects of craft and hobbies in relation to children’s books and reading, such as, but not only:

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CFP: RoundTable, a new PGR Journal at Roehampton University

 

RoundTable is a biannual peer-reviewed journal which actively promotes original and imaginative work by postgraduates and early career researchers within the fields of Creative Writing, Children’s Literature and English Literature.

RoundTable has a life beyond its pages and is invested in fostering a postgraduate community curious about research and practice beyond discipline boundaries.

Seeking Submissions for the first issue (spring 2017)

Theme: JOURNEY 

Academic articles | submit 250-word abstract & short biography Creative works | submit up to 3 poems or up to 1,500-word fiction piece & short biography

E-mail submissions to roeroundtable@gmail.com 

Deadline: 26 August 2016

Call for Papers: Marvellous Imaginations

***The deadline for proposals extended to Thursday 30th June 2016***

23rd Annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 

Saturday 5th November 2016

Froebel College, University of Roehampton

Marvellous Imaginations – Extending thinking through picture book

This year’s conference explores the ways in which picture books contribute to the development of the child (or / and indeed the adult) through critical, imaginative, empathetic, creative or other responses. We will look at the international world of picture books; at trends and developments in publishing; at specific academic research on children’s interaction with picture books; and at some of the wide range of programmes and projects that use picture books as a starting point for their work, including established programmes like the Reader Organisation in Liverpool and new programmes like CLPE’s Power of Pictures and Amnesty’s work with the Greenaway awards. We will hear from eminent illustrators, including Laura Carlin who will be presented with her medal for winning Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, one of the oldest international honours for children’s book illustrators, and about the new Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting newcomer to picture book illustration. The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known illustrators, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.

Proposals are welcomed for workshop sessions (20 minutes) on different aspects of picture book production and use, such as, but not only:

  • Cognitive approaches to children’s literature and picture books
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Empathy and theory of mind
  • Exploring values through picture books
  • Growth mind set
  • Innovative/experimental picture books
  • Challenging picture books
  • Illustrators’ experiences
  • How illustration works – the brain – influence of neuroscience
  • Psychological responses
  • Wordless picture books
  • Crossover picture books
  • Creative thinking / creative responses to picture books

We welcome contributions from interested academics, authors, illustrators, publishers etc. in any of these areas.

The deadline for proposals extended to Thursday 30th June 2016. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk.

 

Reminder: CFP IBBY/NCRCL Conference 2015

A brief reminder that the deadline for the call for papers  for the 22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference is fast approaching! The deadline for proposals is Wednesday 24th June 2015. The conference will be held on Saturday 14th November 2015 at Froebel College, University of Roehampton. The title for this year’s conference is: Steering the Craft: navigating the process of creating children’s books in the 21st century. More details are available on the blog and proposals are welcomed from interested academics, authors, illustrators, publishers etc. in any of these areas. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk.

Deadline Extended: Tuesday 7th July 2015.

Call for Papers: NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 2015

 

22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 

Saturday 14th November 2015

Froebel College, University of Roehampton

Steering the Craft: navigating the process of creating children’s books in the 21st century

Ursula Le Guin provides the title for the 22nd annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference, a writer and thinker who has contributed a great deal to discourse surrounding the craft of writing. This year’s conference starts with the concerns of Le Guin’s Steering The Craft (1998), considering the role of writers in book production, and moves beyond this to explore the wider processes involved in creating books for young people. Developments in digital technology and social media, along with the shifting economic climate, have transformed the landscape of book production in recent years and this conference seeks to consider the implications of these changes for children’s books. We invite delegates and contributors to think about book production in the widest sense, taking in the various role of: authors; illustrators; translators; editors; designers; printers, agents; publishing houses/marketing teams; book reviewers; booksellers; curriculum design….and so on.

The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known writers, publishers, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature domain. Proposals are welcomed for workshop sessions (20 minutes) on the following or other areas related to the production of international children’s literature in the 21st century:

  • the translation of children’s books
  • book reviewing in newspapers/blogs/schools etc.
  • author/editor relationships
  • innovative/experimental fiction and its place in children’s literature
  • the role of independent booksellers and publishing presses
  • the author/illustrator’s routine and process
  • the art of publishing a picture book
  • pop-up books and paper engineering
  • history of book publishing – placing the current landscape in context
  • socio-cultural differences in book publishing
  • poetry – on the page and in performance
  • e-books, apps and digital platforms
  • book-binding, manuscript illumination, printing techniques, typography – crafts/trades associated with book production
  • academic perspectives – theoretical/critical discourse and its impact on book production
  • self-publishing
  • children’s writers in higher education

We welcome contributions from interested academics, authors, illustrators, publishers etc. in any of these areas.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday 24th June 2015. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk.

Call for papers: IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference – November 2014

IBBY UK/NCRCL MA CONFERENCE

8 NOVEMBER 2014

University of Roehampton, London

 

Call for Papers on the theme of ‘Belonging is… an exploration of the right to be included and the barriers that must be overcome’

What does it mean to belong? How can literature help children as they struggle to relate to different groups at home, in school, and in the wider society? Who does children’s literature belong to? How can books help all children feel they belong? Children’s literature has traditionally been perceived as a place where all children can find a place and belong. But is this true?

The 21st annual IBBY UK/NCRCL MA conference looks to explore these questions and the concept of belonging in children’s literature.

The conference will include keynote presentations by writers, publishers and academics. Proposals are welcomed for parallel sessions (lasting about 20 minutes) on any relevant issues from any period in the history of international children’s literature. These might include:

  • traditionally excluded groups: LGBTQI, looked after children, disabled children, fostered and adopted children, Romany and traveller children, refugees
  • changes and developments in representations of ethnic diversity
  • the affect of inclusion or exclusion on the reader
  • the accessibility of children’s books
  • the place of issue books in exploring barriers to belonging
  • the promotion of human rights through literature
  • how children’s books can challenge stereotypes
  • the representation of children from all backgrounds
  • socio-economic status and stereotyping
  • how gendered marketing excludes children
  • reader vs revenue –what should be foremost in the mind of publishers
  • national identity – finding your culture in the books you read
  • learning about historically excluded groups through fiction and poetry

The deadline for proposals is July 31st 2014. Please email an abstract of approximately 200 words (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to Sue Mansfield of IBBY UK at mansfield37@btinternet.com

Find out more about IBBY UK here  Details of past conferences can be found here