Girls' literature
- All day

Conceptions of Girlhood Now and Then: "Girls' Literature" and Beyond

An international conference at Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden, 6th–8th of October 2020

Upcoming: a conference issue of Barnboken

There will be a themed journal issue of the journal Barnboken that focuses on the conference theme. For more information, please see:


Dear participant,

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.

  • Sadly, one of our keynotes, Maria Margareta Österholm, will not be able to take part in the conference. Instead, we have the pleasure to announce that we will have an evening activity focused on Swedish author Astrid Lindgren's famous character Pippi Longstocking. During this event, Lisa Källström, who has just finished a doctoral thesis about Pippi, will give a lecture called "Pippi as Bullfighter: Illustrations as Medialized Spectacles". You will also get the opportunity to ask Lisa about her presentation and Pippi! And there will be recipes available, so that you can make your own children's literature themed food and snacks for the event
  • If you would like to take part in the conference as a listener, please send an e-mail to Do NOT use the registration link - that link is only for keynotes, paper presenters and organisers.
  • We will use the e-meeting platform Zoom for the conference, please see below for more information on "how that works"!
  • There will be a conference publication. The CFP will be sent out when it is ready.
  • We are still fine-tuning the schedule, but a preliminary version is available - see below under "Programme"!
  • Remember – the conference schedule mentions the time slots in Swedish time (CEST)! There are convenient converters of time differences available online if you need some help!
  • The papers will be held live during the conference, so you do not need to pre-record your paper.
  • It is really important that you stick to the time limit. You will be muted when your time has run out.
  • We will soon send out conference packages to the address you have mentioned in your registration (invited speakers, paper presenters and organisers only).
  • Please send us a guide on how to pronounce your name no later than the 15th of September.
  • There is a bit more space in the programme than we originally thought there would be. If you have been told earlier that your paper will be 10 minutes long you now have two options:
    1) To talk for 20 minutes instead.
    2) To talk for 10 minutes and get more time for feedback.
    Please let us know no later than the 15th of September which option you prefer!
  • We have created a Facebook group for the conference: Conceptions of Girlhood! Join us if you want to share links, suggested readings, your recipes or something else related to the conference and/or girls' literature in general!

We are looking forward to seeing you virtually in October. Please do not hesitate to send your questions our way if there is something that seems unclear! And please take a look at the conference website regularly - we have a few surprises that will be revealed very soon!

Last but not least: thank you to our financiers Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), The Crafoord Foundation and Linnaeus University for making this conference possible!

Best wishes and stay safe,

The conference committee

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