NCRCL PhD Day 2017

Rebecca Sutton, PhD student with the NCRCL, reports on her experience of our 2017 PhD Day, which she organised this year.

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The annual NCRCL PhD Day went ahead on Thursday 18th May in the pristine new Elm Grove Conference Centre at the University of Roehampton. It was a day of eight stimulating presentations by current PhD students and one soon-to-be PhD student. Here is an overview of the presentations, in the running order of the day, so you can get an idea of our current research projects:

  • Rebecca Sutton: “Inside/Outside: Contested Space in Young Adult Literature set in Israel/Palestine”
  • Sarah Pyke: “An “archive of me”: Constructing queer adult subjectivity through an oral history of adolescent reading”
  • Aliona Yarova: “Narrating Humanity: Children’s Literature and Global Citizenship Education”
  • Erica Gillingham: “Princesses and Hard Core Lady-Types Fall In Love: Pictorial Representations of Same-Sex Attraction in All Ages Comics”
  • Sinéad Moriarty: “P-P-P Pick up a Penguin: Antarctic Penguin Stories for Children”
  • Manuela Salvi: “The Secret School of the Mooning Guerrillas: a Creative Project on Children’s Fiction, Age Banding and Censorship”
  • Anne Malewski: “Playing Adults: Camp Wildfire and KidZania”
  • Emily Corbett: “Transgendered Identity and Bio-Social Determinism in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction”

It was exciting to share our research with each other and to see the sheer diverse nature of the research projects that we as the NCRCL research community are conducting, and to observe the passion, creativity, and academic rigor with which each project is being undertaken.  I felt very proud to be part of such an innovative and inspiring research group.

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Bookings for the NCRCL Open Day!

NCRCL Open Day

Saturday 13th May 2017 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Duchesne Building, Ground Floor, Digby Stuart Campus

Welcome to the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature’s spring event for MA/PG Dip and PhD students past, present, and future! The Open Day is an opportunity to meet the NCRCL team over tea and cakes, celebrate current research, and hear fantastic speakers.

We are delighted to announce that award-winning Canadian author and educator Zetta Elliott, an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and distinguished children’s literature critic Peter Hunt, the first Professor of Children’s Literature in the UK, will be joining us this year.

Current students and alumni are all warmly invited as is anyone curious about the work of the NCRCL, and anyone interested in applying to the MA/PG Dip in Children’s Literature, or undertaking doctoral research at the NCRCL!

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Bookings Open! IBBY/NCRCL Conference ‘Marvellous Imaginations’ 2016


23rd Annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 

Saturday 5th November 2016, 9:00-17:00

Froebel College, University of Roehampton 

Marvellous Imaginations – Extending thinking through picture books

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 creating picture books and publishing; at 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.

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.

Find out more details from the programme on the IBBY UK website

Book tickets online at the Roehampton e-store now! 

NCRCL Research Talk: Kitchens and Edges: The Politics of Hair in African-American Children’s Picture Books

NCRCL Research Talk

‘Kitchens and Edges:

The Politics of Hair in African-American Children’s Picture Books’

Dr. Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor of Children and Youth Services                    iSchool, University of Washington

bell hooks, Neal Lester, Noliwe M. Rooks and others have written on the politics of African-American hair and the way that Black women and girls, subjected to “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” (hooks, “Straightening”), feel enormous pressure to conform to the White beauty standard. Instead of accepting their naturally textured hair, these scholars assert, African-American women and girls collectively spend millions of dollars annually to have it straightened, extended and/or altered in other ways to make it straighter, longer, lighter and often more similar to Caucasian hair.  This essay builds on that work, taking as a starting point Martin’s and Washington’s autobiographical hair tales and making the primary focus of the argument a select subset of children’s picture books about Afro hair: Camille Yarbrough and Carol Byard’s Cornrows (1979), Alexis De Veaux’s An Enchanted Hair Tale (1987), Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E.B. Lewis’s I Love My Hair (1998),  Carolivia Herron and Joe Cepeda’s Nappy Hair (1999), bell hooks and Chris Raschka’s Happy to be Nappy (1999), Sylviane A. Diouf’s and Shane Evans’ Bintou’s Braids (2001), and Dinah Johnson and Kelly Johnson’s Hair Dance! (2007).

Wednesday 21st September 2016, 6-7pm

Convent Parlour, Digby Stuart, Roehampton

Refreshments Provided

ALL WELCOME

Bookings Open for Archiving Childhood!

Archiving Childhood: The 3rd NCRCL Conference
Friday 1 July, 2016
Whitelands Campus, University of Roehampton
 

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The 3rd NCRCL conference celebrates the archive in all its forms and recognizes it as an important aspect of childhood culture. “Archiving Childhood” emerges from a collaborative project reflecting the ongoing research of members of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature. Our keynote speaker is Dr Keira Vaclavik, Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London and Co-Director of the Centre for Study of Childhood Culture, who will be presenting on Lewis Carroll’s Alice as style icon and her collaboration with the V&A Museum. The programme showcases innovative research inspired by archives, collections, museums, and libraries around the world.

We will end the conference with a wine reception and a performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter Darren Hayman who will also be talking about collecting folk lullabies, musical research projects (including his response to William Morris, one of Whiteland’s most famous associates), and the influence of childhood memories on his work,.

There will be exciting exhibitions and an interactive archive trail to explore during the day.

For updates and glimpses into the archives visit the Archive Childhood blog or follow us on Twitter @archivechild!

NCRCL PhD Day 2016

 

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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

Bookings for NCRCL Open Day!

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NCRCL Open Day

Saturday 11th June2016, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Ground Floor, Duchesne Building, Digby Stuart College

The NCRCL invites you to an exciting summer event for MA/PG Dip and PhD students past, present and future.

The open day will include:

*   Tea, Coffee and Conversation — meeting the NCRCL team
*   Aidan Chambers, our invited guest, speaking about his creative and critical practice
*   Presentations from NCRCL Staff about research and teaching interests
*   Poster presentations from current MA Dissertation students
*   MA Children’s Literature Prize-giving
*   Pop-up Bookshop
*   Optional visit to the Children’s Literature Collection in the Library

Current students and alumni are all welcome as is anyone interested in applying to the MA/PG Dip in Children’s Literature, or undertaking doctoral research at the NCRCL.

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: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk