Cancelled|EVENT| NCRCL Open Day 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are no longer able to go ahead with our Open Day in May. Please continue to check the blog for further updates in relation to the Open Day.

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NCRCL Open Day

An open day hosted by the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton, London.

Saturday 16th May 2020
10am – 1pm
Grove House, Froebel

Our guest speakers this year are Kim Reynolds and Jane Rosen. Details of their keynote are as follows:

Rebellious Reading: Working with Neglected Materials

Two of the editors of Reading and Rebellion: an anthology of radical writing for children, 1900-1960 (OUP, 2019) share their experiences of creating an anthology of little-known materials. As well as offering practical insights into compilation and editing, they will focus on how the materials in the anthology fill in gaps in the understanding of writing for children in Britain during the twentieth century. For instance, well before the focus on racism, sexism and classism in the 1960s and 1970s, these materials feature girls, working-class children and those from some ethnic minorities in positive roles that are central to the books. The discussion will also consider how certain genres, topics and concerns from the first half of the century prepared the way for some of the best known and most influential post 1950s writing for children.

More information about what you can expect on the day:

A second-hand ‘suitcase’ bookshop will be run by Judy Digby, a recent graduate of the MA Children’s Literature. Please note the shop can only accept cash.

Our current dissertation students will also be giving poster presentations. There will be prizes for the best posters – one awarded to DL (or otherwise absent) students and one to an Open Day attendee!

We will also have a PhD stall, run by current PhD students working in the field of children’s literature, so do come and have a chat with them if you are interested in doctoral study.

Please book your free place by contacting Julia Noyce at Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk

2020 open day poster

|*UPDATED* PROGRAMME|4th Annual NCRCL Conference

In Crusoe’s Footsteps: Robinson Crusoe and the Robinsonade – A Tercentenary Appraisal

NCRCL Conference
Friday, 6th September 2019
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Bookings via:https://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences/robinson-crusoe/in-crusoes-footsteps-robinson-crusoe-and-the-robinsonade-a-tercentenary-appraisal

Programme

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|EVENT REVIEW| ‘Building New Communities in UK Children’s Literature Research’

Review written by Emily Corbett.

Two PhD students embark on a field trip to Newcastle to talk all things children’s and YA literature

‘Building New Communities in UK Children’s Literature Research: A Colloquium for Contemporary Issues in the Field’ was organised by Cambridge doctoral student, Andy McCormack, to bring together PhD students and academics from Roehampton, Newcastle, Glasgow and Cambridge universities. It was hosted by Newcastle University and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, and so fellow PhD student Harriet Salisbury and I ventured north to meet new people, share our research and enjoy all that the colloquium had to offer. As it turns out, the colloquium had plenty to offer!

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|EVENT REVIEW| ‘Being Human’ & MA Open Day from a Distance Learner’s Perspective

Review written by Marcia Kean

A Distance Learner Finds Her Way to Roehampton At Last!

One of the most delightful aspects of the Roehampton Distance Learning program is the opportunity to chat with our tutors on the phone during the semester. Now, double that pleasure for an actual onsite visit, which I did last month for the ‘Being Human in YA Literatures’ symposium and the MA Open Day. I used these events as my ‘excuse’ and Virgin Atlantic was happy to carry me across the Pond from Boston. Here, I share my experiences of both events.

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|EVENT REVIEW| NCRCL MA Open Morning

Review written by Charlotte Taylor.

On Saturday May 18th 2019, members of the NCRCL gathered at the gleaming Duchesne building at the University of Roehampton for their annual MA Open Morning. After informally gathering over tea, coffee and pastries amidst a colourful display of vintage and contemporary children’s books, the members headed to the lecture theatre where the director of the NCRCL, Lisa Sainsbury, welcomed the group and began the morning’s programme. The group comprised of potential and current MA students as well as some distinguished alumni, and so Lisa explained about the different modules available to those starting the course in September. In addition, Nicki Humble and Alison Waller also spoke about their courses and their respective current research projects: Nicki on the presentation of craft and hobbies in 20th Century Children’s Literature, and Alison on her recent book Rereading Childhood Books: A Poetics.

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|EVENT| Being Human Symposium & NCRCL Open Day

We are delighted to share two exciting events at our NCRCL coming up in May 2019. See below for more detail, including how to book your place on each day!

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Being Human in YA Literatures

A symposium hosted by the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton, London.

Friday 17th May 2019
9.30am (for a 10am start) – 4.45 pm

What does it mean to be human? Identity categories such as race, religion, gender, ability, size, and age intersect in definitions of the self, shaping how we construct ourselves and are perceived by others. Humanity is also under scrutiny, as other forms of consciousness help define what we are and what we are not. A growing corpus of young adult narratives across a range of genres and media attempt to engage with the plurality of the human experience. The NCRCL’s symposium will consider how ‘being human’ is explored through YA narratives. It will feature a keynote paper from renowned YA literature critic Dr Alison Waller, and include a plenary from Dr Leah Phillips, founder of YALMCA and co-organiser of Adolescent Identities.

Tickets now available via https://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences/being-human

More information on conference speakers and how to get to the University of Roehampton can be found on the Blog.


NCRCL Open Day

An open day hosted by the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton, London.

Saturday 18th May 2019
10am – 1pm
Duchesne Building, Ground Floor, Digby Stuart Campus

PROGRAMME

10.00 Registration & refreshments

10.20 Introduction from the NCRCL team

10.30 Research Talk from Dr Karen Williams: ‘‘…an entirely new line’: The Creation and Reception of the Juvenile Christmas Annuals’

11.15 MA Poster Presentations (a chance to talk to current students about their work), refreshments, and meeting the NCRCL team

12.00 Q&A with MA/PhD Children’s Literature Alumni: Isabel MacDonald & Karen Williams

12.45 News from the NCRCL and Student Prizes

1.00 Farewell

Refreshments and cakes will be available to everyone.

NB If you would like to look around the library (and you are not a current student) you will need to sign in with photo ID for a temporary day pass, so please do remember to bring ID with you. There is a café in the library if you need more substantial refreshment than cake and biscuits!

The Open Day is free, but please book your place so that we have numbers for catering. Please contact Julia Noyce in conferencing to confirm your booking: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk

|Extended Deadline|CFP|4th NCRCL Conference

 In Crusoe’s Footsteps: Robinson Crusoe and the Robinsonade – A Tercentenary Appraisal

NCRCL Conference

Friday, 6th September 2019

Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton 

Bookings for the conference are now open here:

https://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences/robinson-crusoe/in-crusoes-footsteps-robinson-crusoe-and-the-robinsonade-a-tercentenary-appraisal

Writing in 1834, the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott observed the following of Daniel Defoe’s most influential novel, Robinson Crusoe: ‘There is hardly an elf so devoid of imagination as not to have supposed for himself a solitary island in which he could act Robinson Crusoe, were it but the corners of the nursery’ (Biographical Memoirs, 279). While Scott’s comment evidently speaks to the pervasiveness of The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, it also more explicitly aligns the Robinson Crusoe story with childhood.

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