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 not 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.
- The poster presentations will be replaced with mini papers of 10 minutes presentation time plus time for feedback.
- We will use Zoom for the conference.
- 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
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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.