An international conference at Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden, 6th–8th of October 2020
Due to the Corona pandemic, we have decided to turn our conference into an entirely digital conference. This means that everyone will take part in the conference from home/their office. We would of course love to see you in person, but under the current circumstances this is our best option.
- As a consequence, you do not have to inform us about whether you want to take part in the conference live or online.
- There will no longer be a conference fee.
- We have now updated our conference website with a new sign-up sheet. Please sign up for the conference as soon as possible, but no later than the 1st of August. Please note that this deadline has been changed!
- Please note that the updated abstracts were due on the 1st of May. If you have not sent us an updated abstract, or if you are happy with the abstract as it stands and have not yet informed us about this, please let us know immediately.
- Also please note that if you would like to take part in the conference as a listener, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Do NOT use the registration link - that link is only for keynotes, paper presenters and organisers.
- The poster presentations will be replaced with mini papers of 10 minutes presentation time plus time for feedback.
- We will use the e-meeting platform Zoom for the conference, please see below for more information on "how that works"!
- You will get detailed instructions for the digital presentations at the end of June.
- There will be a conference publication. The CFP will be sent out when it is ready.
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While you no longer have to experience jetlag from flights, please be aware that we will stick to the Swedish time zone, which means that some of you will get to experience “virtual jetlag”.
Best wishes and stay safe,
Malin Alkestrand on behalf of the conference committee
Call for paper
The history of comprehensive analysis of “girls’ literature” as a genre is an established study in Nordic scholarship. Scholars such as Birgitta Theander, Marika Andræ and Mia Österlund have explored girls’ literature and coming-of-age stories in Swedish-language texts as well as in translated texts. The concept of “flickbok,” which roughly translates into “girl’s book,” is a specific genre label with a defined set of characteristics within a Swedish-language context.
Drawing on this scholarship, we are seeking academic papers exploring the idea of girls and girlhood in children’s literature and young adult literature and film, both in Nordic and in international primary texts. We welcome papers on both historical texts that have been defined as girls’ literature and conceptions of girlhood in contemporary literature of various genres. Scholarship might include what it means to be a girl in specific texts or as demonstrated by particular fictional girls, how girlhood is constructed in texts, how we define “classic texts for girls,” and the ways in which those definitions change over time, or in different countries.
We are especially interested in papers that examine shifting definitions of gender and how it is performed in texts defined as “girls’ literature,” the ways in which texts respond to social issues of girls and girlhood, and how contemporary coming-of-age stories address what it means to be a girl in a specific time and place.
This conference will be hosted by Centre for Childhood Research in Literature, Language and Learning (CHILLL) at Linnæus University in Växjö, Sweden. It will be co-organised with the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books and Dawn Sardella-Ayres, who holds a PhD in Children’s Literature from the University of Cambridge.
We encourage papers on (but not limited to) topics such as:
- Representations of girls/girlhood in children’s and YA literature and film
- Intersectional approaches to the concept of girls’ literature and girlhood in children’s and YA literature and film
- Adaptations, revisions, and translations of “classic” girls’ books
- Girl-centric communities in children’s and YA literature and film
- LGBTQ+ approaches to the concept of girls within children’s and YA literature and film
- National and international perspectives on and definitions of girls and girlhood, as well as “girls’ literature” as a genre
- Norm-critical readings of children’s and YA literature and film
- Pedagogical approaches to girls/girlhood in children’s and YA literature and film
The conference language is English. Academic papers should be accessible to an international audience. Please see below for further information on e.g. paper submission, fees, travelling to Växjö etc.
And for any other questions regarding the conference, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use the following link for registration:
Please note that if you would like to take part in the conference as a listener, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Do NOT use the registration link - that link is only for keynotes, paper presenters and organisers.
The complete conference program is, of course, net ready yet - but will be available here some time in June 2020 so please come back then! What we can say at this point is the following:
- Associate Professor Nazera Sadiq Wright, University of Kentucky, US: “Black Girls and their Nineteenth-Century Autograph Albums”
- Ph. D. Åsa Warnqvist, The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books/Linnaeus University, Sweden & Associate Professor Mia Österlund, Åbo Akademi University, Finland: ”The Fat Girl in Fiction: Perspectives on Children’s Literature, Girlhood and Fat Studies”
- Ph. D. Maria Margareta Österholm, Stockholm University, Sweden: "Norm Critical Perspectives on Girlhood: The Potential of the Concept of ‘Skev’ in an Analysis of Girls' Literature"
Roundtable with invited speakers:
- ”Girlhood in Academia: A Nordic Perspective”
Moderator: Ph. D. Hilda Jakobsson, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Participants: Ph. D. Hilda Jakobsson, Stockholm University, Sweden, Ph. D. Birgitta Theander, Lund University, Sweden, Ph. D. Eva Söderberg, Stockholm University, Ph. D. Maria Nilson, Linnaeus University, Sweden, and Ph. D. Malin Alkestrand, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Keynotes and invited speakers
The conference will be hosted by Centre for Childhood Research in Literature, Language and Learning (CHILLL) at Linnæus University in Växjö, Sweden. It will be co-organised with the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books and Dawn Sardella-Ayres, who holds a PhD in Children’s Literature from the University of Cambridge.
We are looking into the possibilities of compiling an essay collection based on a selection of the conference presentations.
A "digital conference" - how does that work?
The entire conference will use the e-meeting platform Zoom. In order to participate, please read the following and see further below for instructions of how to connect and install the Zoom client - we strongly recommend everybody to do that because it will give you much better technical quality.
Links to the sessions and will be provided shortly before the conference starts.
Important for all!
- Links to all zoom rooms will be available shortly before the conference starts. The links will be active 30 mins before the beginning of each lecture or session so that all participants can enter and make sure that everything works.
- The paper presentations are organized in parallel sessions, and each session will be led by a moderator. The papers are presented live, and there will be room for questions and comments either immediately after each paper or at the end of the session in question.
- Please also note that the names and identity of participants will only be visible within the sessions and the same thing goes for the personal identity in the chat rooms.
Questions and support
For all types of questions before the start of the conference, please use the conference e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. During the conference you can either use the same mail address or, of course, chat with us live via zoom.
Connecting to Zoom
If you do not already have the Zoom client installed on your computer, you will need to make the following steps to install and configure Zoom:
- Download the Zoom.us software on the device which you will use for the video conference (Windows, macOS, Android or iOS)
- Test the internet connection and the audio system (microphone + headphones/ speakers) and video (webcam). You can click here to test a Zoom conference meeting.
Steps for the actual video conference:
- Accessing the video conferencing link, in the form of https://zoom.us/j/xxxxxxxxxx, which you will find for each session. This will open the already installed application.
- The authentication in the video conference is done with the email and password previously received from the conference administration.
General recommendations for using Zoom
- Write your name and institution - eg. John Doe - University of Everywhere. In order to see how to do this please read this.
- Keep the microphone turned off when you are not speaking, since background noise can be very distracting.
- In order to talk with the moderators and other speakers try using the chat. Find instructions here.
- In order to share your screen watch this short tutorial.
- During a zoom conference you can give more non-verbal feedback - by raising your hand to ask for permission to speak, or by answering yes / no, etc. To see where you can access them, look at the explanatory images here.
For presenters (papers/key notes) - some tips for better technical quality in recordings
- Set your video resolution to 1920x1080. If you use a mobile phone to record, record in landscape (horizontal) format.
- Use a neutral background and record in good light.
- Place yourself slightly to the left or right of the centre of the frame, and make sure not to have too much air above your head.
- Place your camera at the same level as your head.
- Preferably, use a wired lavalier microphone plugged into your computer or phone. In case you do not have access to a lavalier, use a high-quality USB microphone or a high-quality phone headset. Try to avoid large headsets, as these do not look good on video.
- Avoid using a room witch echo or other disturbing sounds.
- Preferably, do not use a virtual background. In case you record in Zoom with a lit green screen behind you, it is ok to use a virtual background.
- Choose mp4 as your file format