NCRCL PhD Day 2016

 

PhDday 2016 Manuela Salvi

Illustration by Manuela Salvi

NCRCL PhD Day

18th May 2016 | Duchesne 001

Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton

10:00-10:15 Welcome

10:15-11:15 Session 1

Erica Gillingham: ‘Lip Gloss and Curling Heat: “First Kiss” Scenes & Malinda Lo’s Young Adult Science Fiction Novels’

Manuela Salvi: ‘The Secret School of the Mooning Guerrillas: Pushing the Limits of Age Banding and Storytelling’

11:15-11:45 Tea Break & 2nd Annual PhD Bake-Off

11:50-12:50 Session 2

Anne Malewski: ‘Apparent Growth: Height as an Arbitrary Signifier’

Nick Campbell: ‘Count the Stones: Earth Mysteries and Post-War Children’s Fantasy’

13:00-14:00 Lunch at The Hive

14:00-15:00 Session 3

Kay Waddilove: ‘We Need to Talk About Enid: Constructions of Motherhood in the Domestic Stories of Enid Blyton’

Sinead Moriarty: ‘The Legacy of an Antarctic Cat: Mrs Chippy’s Last Expedition and Subverting “Heroic” Antarctic Narratives’

15:00-15:15 Bake-Off Prize & Concluding Remarks

Call for Papers – Archiving Childhood: the 3rd NCRCL Conference

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for Archiving Childhood: the 3rd NCRCL Conference which will take place on Friday 1st July 2016 at the University of Roehampton.

The conference is part of archivechild, a new a collaborative project reflecting the ongoing research of members of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature. The project takes diverse approaches to the idea of the archive: from building theoretical frameworks and working within Roehampton’s specialist archives and collections, to exploring notions of collecting and memorialising stories or understanding children’s literature as a repository of meaningful objects.

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Call for Papers

Clothes folded in attic-boxes; play-lists of songs and albums; marbles, shells and conkers lined-up on windowsills; memories of stories and nursery rhymes; tins jammed with ticket stubs; alphabetized book-mountains under beds; postcards and photographs lining walls and staircases; shelves packed with fabric, or skeins of yarn; recipes in bulging folders; sideboards full of vinyl records; a writer’s desk and manuscripts; digital images of ancient books, catalogues, maps or illustrations; art collections in a disused telephone box; nature reserves; grand buildings crammed with objects of ancient and modern life.

The urge to collect and preserve can start in early childhood. Archives hold and preserve the past, yet they can also be virtual, future-orientated and open-source. Indeed, the very nature of archives is changing as our children grow into adulthood; in a digital world, material books may end up in digital archives, rather than sitting on children’s bookshelves.

The 3rd NCRCL conference celebrates the archive in all its forms and recognizes it as an important aspect of childhood culture. We invite scholars to explore the archive as a crucial concept in children’s literature studies, taking into account the physical spaces and practical methods, as well as the conceptual possibilities of archiving. PhD students are encouraged to submit proposals for our special graduate poster session.

Papers and posters might examine the following areas:

  • Archive stories
  • Songs, illustrations, and poems in the archive
  • Theories and methodologies of archiving
  • Objects archives, archives of ideas
  • The archive, the library, the museum, the exhibition
  • The archive as memory, memory as archive
  • The reader as archive
  • Archives in children’s literature
  • Children as archivists and collectors
  • Archival silences
  • Archiving senses
  • Collecting and collectors
  • Digital archiving
  • Cataloguing
  • Beyond the archive

Please send an abstract (200 to 300 words) and a short biography to archivechild@roehampton.ac.uk by February 28th 2016.

You are invited to become a virtual collector and join us on Twitter #archivechild or follow us on Facebook or our blog https://archivechild.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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Last chance to sign up!

Last chance to sign up for the NCRCL open day summer event this Saturday!  Please contact Julia Noyce before midnight tonight to book your place!

Download the programme

  • Meet the NCRCL team

  • Book launches

  • Talks by Adèle Geras (author of   the Happy Ever After trilogy,  Troy, IthakaLizzie’s Wish and Cecily’s Portrait) and  Beth Rodgers (Aberystwyth University)

There is no charge for the open day, but you will need to book a place for catering purposes.

In order to book please contact

Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk

 

IBBY UK/ NCRCL Conference Report – David Lucas

David Lucas – “Drawing, stories, ambiguity and magic”

by Eleanor Hamblen

 

David Lucas presenting in the portrait room

David Lucas presenting in the portrait room

Children’s writer and illustrator David Lucas rounded off a truly delectable day with a talk entitled Drawing, stories, ambiguity and magic. He began by leading the audience through his recent picture book, Grendel: A Cautionary Tale about Chocolate. Following on from a long tradition of edible worlds in children’s literature, the protagonist’s surroundings are transformed into chocolate by a wish concealed in a chocolate egg with Midas-like consequences. Delighted at first, Grendel comes to comprehend the darker side of this chocoholic’s paradise and the error of his greed.

Lucas went on to discuss the poetic logic of symbolism which enables us to communicate quite opposite meanings simultaneously. Lucas enjoys playing with contrasts, as is apparent his 2008 book The Lying Carpet which features a tiger skin rug who is at once king of the jungle and a doormat, embodying both pride and humility. For Lucas, beauty is found in the union of opposites, combined in a state of high tension and conflict. The visual arts are inherently symbolic since they can only ever stand in for reality. To demonstrate this, Lucas drew a simple star with five interlocking lines which has come to represent a great burning ball of gas millions of miles away.  He explained that all art falls somewhere between pattern (the ideal) and representation (the real). Medieval, folk, and religious art privilege pattern since they are aspiring to an ideal. Lucas’ own interest in pattern is evident in his illustrations which create unreal worlds with crystal clear vision.

 

Opportunity: Paid Internship for NCRCL Graduates

The Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton is advertising a fixed term internship for an Events Manager.  The post is open to graduates of the Department of English and Creative Writing, including NCRCL graduates!

This is an exciting opportunity to combine your academic skills with a dynamic events management role contributing to an ambitious departmental events strategy. An English Literature and/or Creative Writing graduate with excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, you will be part of a new departmental employability initiative with particular responsibilities for developing a key programme of events. You will also be responsible for overseeing student employability teams who themselves will be designing two key events for students and working on the departmental print-on-demand press. This is an opportunity for you to put the communication, research, independent and collaborative working skills, and the love of your subject to a very practical use.

Closing date is November 11th so get your application in to Unitemps soon!

Please see details of the post at this link here

Announcing Our Conference Programme!

We are delighted to announce the programme for the 20th annual IBBY/NCRCL Conference!  Registration for the conference is open until November 5th – book your place here!

Programme

9.30 Registration and arrival tea and coffee

10.00 Welcome from Clive Barnes and Dr Lisa Sainsbury

10.10 Jean Webb (University of Worcester) – “Childhood three ways: constructions of childhood through food in children’s literature”

10.50 Anne Harvey – “Food in Poetry for Children”. This will be followed by readings interspersed throughout the day called “Eating my Words”

11.10 Comfort break

11.25 Fiona Dunbar – “Girls and Body Image”

12.00 Poem

12.05 Professor Nicki Humble (University of Roehampton) – “Liniment Cake, Beavers and Buttered Eggs: Children Cooking and Cooking for Children”

12.45 Poem

12.50 IBBY and NCRCL news

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Parallel sessions

15.15 Guo Yue – ‘Music , food and love.  Little leap forward’

15.55 Poem

16.00 Tea and a celebration of Judith Kerr’s contribution to children’s literature and the 40th anniversary of her classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

16.45 David Lucas – “Drawing, stories, ambiguity and magic”

17.30 Finish

To book your place click HERE