CFPs for the New Year

Resolve to be productive in 2014!  Here are some children’s/young adult literature and culture related Calls For Papers with deadlines in the new year.  If there are others you know of, feel free to say so in the comments.

Children’s Literature Association (ChLA)

Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s & Young Adult Literature Then and Now
Hosted by the University of South Carolina
, June 19-21, 2014 
Columbia, South Carolina 
Columbia Marriott
Call For Papers, due January 15th

In 1965, Nancy Larrick wrote an article for the Saturday Review entitled “the All-White World of Children’s Books.” Though Larrick was certainly not the first to draw attention to the lack of diversity in books for children, the empirical evidence that she offered from her three-year study of the new books in the genre clearly illustrated the extent of the problem; publishers recognized that it was time for a change. The children’s books circulating today are no longer “all-white,” but they still fall far short of reflecting the diversity of the U.S. population.

The 2014 Children’s Literature Association Conference invites papers that consider the diversification of the genre–and its limits–both within the U.S. and internationally. The most common understanding of “diversity” in Children’s Literature relates to ethnic and/or racial diversity, but this conference will consider the concept more broadly to include disabilities, gender, socioeconomic diversity, regional diversity, depictions of the South in children’s books, how children’s books are being impacted by shifting U.S. demographics (migration to the sunbelt, deindustrialization), multiple adaptations of texts, aesthetic shifts within the genre, internationalization of the genre, historical conceptions of plurality within the genre, historical innovations in form, how the “prizing” of children’s and YA literature has succeeded or failed in embracing diversity, etc. Augusta Baker, pioneer in African American children’s literature in the New York Public Library system, served as USC’s Storyteller-in-Residence from 1980 to 1994; papers on her literary legacy are encouraged. Anital Lobel will be a featured speaker at the conference, and an exhibition of her work will be integral to the conference; essay on Lobel’s work are also invited.

Though certainly not limited to these ideas, essays might address:
The meaning and significance of diversity in Children’s and YA Literature in the 21st century
Innovations in form and aesthetics that focus on diverse populations
How texts by and about social and cultural minorities have helped to shape mainstream Children’s and YA Literature
The impact of bilingual children’s books and books in translation
The role of visual images in diversifying children’s literature
The social and cultural influence of diversity in non-book media for children and young adults
Projections of how recent developments in the field may continue to diversify the genre.
The work of Augusta Baker or a focus on USC’s Augusta Baker Collection in the Hollings Rare Books Library
The work of Anita Lobel, a featured artist at the conference
Regional influences in Children’s and YA Literature

Papers and panels considering aspects of plurality within Children’s and Young Adult Literature and culture will be given highest priority, but all essays on the genre will be considered. Paper abstracts should be 250 words and panel abstracts should consist of a 250-word description of the panel as well as 250-word abstracts for each proposed paper.  Abstracts will be accepted between October 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014.  Submit your proposal here.

American Literature Association 25th Annual Conference May 22 – 25, 2014 Washington DC

CALL FOR PAPERS, due January 15

Panel #1: Native American Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Children’s Literature Society and the Association for the Study of American Indian Literature invite abstracts (of about 250 words) for a panel on Native American children’s and young adult literature. We welcome critical analysis and surveys about historical fiction, cultural stories of family and community, school stories, stories of fine arts and artists and performers, stories of important political figures, and transcriptions of oral histories. Papers may address representations of Native communities in text and image, Native-authored texts, and broader trends in American children’s and young adult literature. This panel will contribute to the critical review and analysis of works of Native American children’s and young adult literature and will be an important contribution to the study of American children’s literature.
Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests
Please send abstracts or proposals by Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to Dorothy Clark (, Linda Salem (, and Kathleen Washburn (

Panel #2: The Wild Things. Where Are They Now?
Fifty years after the publication of the iconic picture book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, the public imagination is still captivated by Max’s story of adventure, mischief, power, journey, fantasy, repression, surrealism, and illusion in place and time. The expansion of Sendak’s imagination for this title has led to a feature length film and to a popular culture phenomenon based on the impact of his work on readers. Likewise literary criticism in children’s literature has continued to explore the importance of this work and its reverberations through the genre of children’s literature. In this panel, we invite scholars to broadly explore Where the Wild Things Are expanding their approaches to this text or related texts (e.g., Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat) considering the fifty years of research, literary, art and philosophical thought since its publication.Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests Please send abstracts or proposals by Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to Dorothy Clark
( ), Linda Salem (
Conference details may be found at the American Literature Association web site:

American Literature Association 25th Annual Conference May 22 – 25, 2014 Washington DC

CALL FOR PAPERS, due January 20th


“I Want Something to Do”: Alcott, Whitman, and Nursing in the Nation’s Capital (Jointly sponsored by the Louisa May Alcott Society and Walt Whitman Studies Association)
This session will examine the wartime experiences of two author-nurses whose writings about their care for the wounded in Washington, DC during the Civil War proved central to Americans’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the nursing profession at this time. In Alcott’s case, Nurse Tribulation Periwinkle blends humor with pathos as the grim horrors of caring for the patients in the Union hospital in Georgetown counter her initially patriotic journey to Washington to take up her post. Likewise the bold march of Whitman’s “Beat! Beat! Drums!” has given way by the war’s weary end to the grief and sorrow expressed in poems such as “The Wound-Dresser” and “Spirit Whose Work Is Done.” We seek papers that examine one or both of these authors’ nursing experiences and writings, particularly in relation to their physical presence in Washington’s disease-ridden, ill-equipped hospitals. Positioning the nurse as an intermediary between battlefield and home, how do Alcott and Whitman represent suffering and care? What role did their war experiences play in the reshaping of their attitudes toward death or their views about the South? How did the Civil War reshape their careers and writing styles (in comparable ways)? Following their nursing experiences, what has Washington, DC come to signify or represent in their writings? What are the connections between their nursing experiences and their conscious or unconscious expressions of sexual desire, eroticism, and love? To what extent do their Civil War writings challenge contemporary gender conventions, and how were they shaped by these conventions? Send brief abstracts by January 20, 2014, to Sandy Petrulionis at and to Ed Folsom at

Call for Papers:
Options for Teaching Young Adult Literature (MLA Options for Teaching Series) Edited by Mike Cadden, Karen Coats, and Roberta Seelinger Trites
Deadline: February 15, 2014

With this collection of essays, we seek to explore how successful instructors are incorporating Young Adult Literature into their pedagogy, not only in courses wholly dedicated to YA lit, but also in courses that include one or two texts as part of the broader ideological focus. We are especially interested in essays that seek to theorize and problematize themes, issues, and conventions prevalent in the literature.

Young Adult Literature has gained an unprecedented readership in recent years. While the literary quality of the literature is certainly variable, its range of social issues and aesthetic forms makes it not only pleasurable reading, but also culturally significant. Professors of literary and cultural studies are including young adult literature in their syllabi, and state legislatures, responding to accrediting agencies, are mandating courses in young adult literature for their education candidates. While the scholarship on Young Adult Literature has gained in gravitas and sophistication, there has been no extended exploration of its pedagogy at the college level.

For this volume, then, we seek short essays (10-15 ms pages) that address the pedagogy of young adult literature in the college classroom. Essays may focus on theory, including which theoretical perspectives seem most important for illuminating the concerns of young adult literature and culture and how they can be introduced and explored to best effect; particular approaches, applications, and assignments that you have found successful in your classroom practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and/or special issues that arise in the discussion and/or inclusion of young adult texts in the college curriculum, such as multimodality, interdisciplinary crossover, censorship and selection, relevance to the emerging adult, and publishing concerns. The volume is being proposed for the MLA Options for Teaching Series; TOCs of volumes similar in conception to ours can be found at (Teaching Life Writing Texts, ed. by Fuchs and Howes) and (Teaching Film, ed. by Fischer and Petro).

350-500 word chapter proposals are due by February 15, 2014. Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal.

Proposals should be submitted to:
Mike Cadden,
Karen Coats,
Roberta Seelinger Trites,

Call for Papers:
“Cute Studies,” a special issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, due April 15

Cuteness has a global reach: it is an affective response; an aesthetic category; a performative act of self-expression; and an immensely popular form of consumption. This themed issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is intended to launch the new, interdisciplinary, transnational academic field of Cute Studies.
Cute culture, a nineteenth century development in Europe and the US, with an earlier expression in Edo-era Japan, has flourished in East Asia since the 1970s, and around the world from the turn of the new millennium. This special issue seeks papers that engage with a wide variety of both the forms that express cute culture, and the platforms upon which its articulation depends. Thus, the field of Cute Studies casts a wide net, analyzing not only consumers of cute commodities, but also those who seek to enact, represent, or reference cuteness through personal presentation or behavior. Since these groups intermingle, cute culture may be seen as a type of fan community, in which the line between consumers and producers is continually renegotiated. Cute Studies also encompasses critical analyses of the creative works produced by practitioners such as artists, designers, and performers, as well as the circumstances that determine the production and dissemination of these works.
Defined as juvenile features that cause an affective reaction, somatic cuteness follows the Kindchenschema set down by Konrad Lorenz (1943), and supported by later research: namely, large head and small, round body; short extremities; big eyes; small nose and mouth. Whether genetic, or activated by learned signals, the cuteness response is also associated with a range of behavioral aspects, including: childlike, dependent, gentle, intimate, clumsy, and nonthreatening. Such physical and behavioral features trigger an attachment based on the desire to protect and take care of the cute object. This deterministic nature of the cute affective register is highly pertinent to humanities scholars in the way it is expressed through categories of difference such as gender, race, or class. Furthermore, the difference in status between the subject affected by cuteness, and the harmless cute object, denotes a power differential with important political and ideological implications. The appeal contained within cuteness seeks to establish a reciprocal relationship of nurturing/being nurtured, and the subject who responds to this appeal faces very different ethical obligations depending on whether the cute object is a thing, an animal, or a human being.

Possible topics for papers include the following (Note: a specific focus on the geographical region of East Asia is not required of submissions):
-Cute Cultures of East Asia
-Cute Commodities and Consumers of Cute: Structure vs. Agency
-Cuteness and Gender

-The Science of Cute

-Cute Histories

-Practitioners of Cute

-Cuteness and Race

-Queering Cute

-Cuteness and Disability

-The Cuteness of Animals/Zoomorphic Cute

-The Dark Side of Cute (the grotesque, violence, pedophilia, etc.)

-Digital Cute (social media, memes, etc.)
The deadline for submissions to this special issue of EAJPC is: 15 April, 2014. Please submit papers to:


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