Seminar at ACLA 2023

The American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting is to be held in Chicago, March 16-19, 2023.

Seminar Title: Play and Playthings in South Asian Children’s Literature

Organizer: Titas Bose, University of Chicago

Deadline for Submissions: 31st October


“We’re Going Virtual”: A Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Special Issue

Deadline For Submissions: 1 November 2022

Full Name / Organization: Kyle Eveleth / Otterbein University

Contact e-mail:


2023 Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, June 15 – 17, 2023

Hosted by iSchool at the University of Washington
Bellevue, Washington | Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Theme: Sustainability Through Story: Eco-Justice, Children’s Literature and Childhood 

Submission Deadline: November 11, 2022—calls-for-papers


IRSCL Congress 2023

The 26th IRSCL Congress 2023 will be hosted August 12 -17 by the University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with Stanford University.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Proposals for complete panels and individual papers will be accepted beginning on 1 September 2022 until the submission deadline of 1 December 2022.


Postcolonial Children’s & YA Fantasy in Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn

Traditionally, the genre of fantasy has been associated with white authors and Western cultures. In a
2014 op ed in the New York Times, US children’s author Christopher Myers lamented what he called the “Apartheid” of American children’s literature in particular, wherein children of color and others were implicitly barred from fantasy. Similarly, Zetta Elliott mentions in a famous essay that she “learned early on that only white children had wonderful adventures in distant lands” and had to consciously decolonize her imagination. Happily, the Anglo-American predominance over children’s and YA fantasy is now being steadily challenged. Where once English (and occasionally American, Swedish, or German) children dominated magical adventures, and Celtic- and Norse-influenced mythologies dominated the lists, now children’s and YA fantasy rejoices in stories about Mayan gods in 1920s Mexico (Silvia Moreno-Garcia); water-goddesses in the Middle Passage (Zetta Elliott); Jumbies in the Caribbean (Tracey Baptiste); wizarding school in Nigeria (Nnedi Okorafor); ghosts and gods in Malaysia (Zen Cho); and many more. This phenomenon is linked to a larger shift in the field of speculative fiction, which has seen many works of postcolonial fantasy by authors such as Sheree R. Thomas, Nalo Hopkinson, Nisi Shawl, Marlon James, and others. Simultaneously, academic scholarship has started paying more attention to the traditions of speculative fiction in many regions of the Global South that had been too long ignored. Contemporary fantasy for young people offers new maps with counterfactual histories, revisionist legends, and stories of wonder and liberation, subverting colonial tropes of fantastical adventure stories and the imperial nostalgia of mid-twentieth-century fantasy. Writers from around the world are using fantasy to explore identity, history, hopes, fears, futures, and new ways of seeing/being. We invite papers on any aspect of postcolonial fantasy in children’s and YA literature.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
● Postcolonial fantastic imaginaries
● Postcolonial and decolonial approaches to and/or retellings of Western children’s and YA fantasy
● Afrofuturism; Africanfuturism
● Indigenous futurisms
● Non-Western genres of the fantastic
● Theories of the fantastic by authors from the Global South in relation to children’s and YA fantasy
● Mythology, folklore, and magic in fantasy of the Global South
● Cartographies and mapping in fantasy of the Global South
● Secondary worlds and portal fantasies
● Utopian and dystopian societies
● Empires and revolutions
Essays should be sent to guest editors Naomi Wood and Anuja Madan at
by February 15, 2023. Submissions ideally are in the range of 5000 to 8000 words (although we will also
consider shorter, forum-length essays). Accepted articles will appear in The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 47,
no. 3 (September 2023).



YA that Doesn’t Need to Come of Age

Panel at NeMLA 2023, March 23-26 in Niagara Falls, NY

Deadline for submissions: 

Friday, September 30, 2022

This panel seeks to explore young adult novels that depart from the coming of age story for teen protagonists, and the progressive ways that they can position their main characters as already actors with agency in the world. For instance, in recent young adult novels by Darcie Little Badger Elatsoe and A Snake Falls to Earth, the protagonists are already respected by their parents and they’re asexual. They don’t need to rebel against their authority figures or have sexual awakenings. In the tradition of Nancy Drew novels, in The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson, the protagonist is already known as a teen sleuth and has an established boyfriend. She doesn’t need to break out into the wider world or discover her first love, either.



Spaces/Places of Growing Up: Mapping the Geographies of Childhood

International Phygital Conference organized by The Department of English, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan, Kolkata.

In collaboration with The Critical Childhoods and Youth Studies Collective 

15th and 16th September 2022

Deadline for submissions: Saturday, July 30, 2022

contact email:


Call for Chapters:

Children in Politics and Public Life

JOCPC: Journal of Children in Popular Culture


Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 2, 2022

JOCPC is now accepting articles for the Fall 2022 issue focusing on children in the political sphere. We have kept the theme open-ended and invite works across a wide range of disciplines where researchers are addressing the presence and/or representation of children occupying roles of leadership, activism, and advocacy. This may also include an investigation of the ways children and childhood is variously arrogated.


Narratives of Criminality, Punishment and Social Justice in CYA Literature

A 2 Day International Children’s & Young Adult Literature Conference
Organised by Jadavpur University, Department of English in collaboration with The Association for Children’s Literature in South Asia (that’s us!!!)
Dates: 5 – 6 August 2022
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 31st May 2022
Conference Location: Zoom

Conference website:


Motherhood and Mothering in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Barnboken: Journal of Children’s Literature Research

Deadline for abstracts: 8 April 2022


Trauma and Healing: A Companion to Reading International Children’s Books on War and Peace

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 5 April 2022 (the sooner the better)

To: Professor Fengxia Tan, of Nanjing Normal University, China/


“Monsters” or “monstrosity” in artworks intended for children

Deadline for Paper Submission: 30 April 2022


Towards an Affective Childist Literary Criticism w/ Macarena García-González

DATE: 28 April 2022

TIME: 18.00 CET

Email to register.


Transformations and Reorientations: Contemporary Ukrainian Children’s Literature in Conversation w/ Tetiana Kachak and Mateusz Świetlicki

21 April 2022, 18.00 CET

An expression of our solidarity with Ukraine

Email to register


Seriality, literarity and popular culture in picturebook studies

Deadline for Proposal Submission: 17 April 2022


Young Adult Literature and Culture (In-Person panel)

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 May 2022


Heartaches and Nightmares: The Death of American Childhood

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 May 2022


Edited Collection: Cancer in Young Adult Literature

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 1 June 2022

Editor: Stephen Zimmerly


Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Special Issue “Questioning the Canon: Rethinking the Golden Age of Children’s Literature”

Deadline: 1 June 2022

Edited by: Jill Coste


IRCL Special Issue – Latin American Children’s Literature and Culture

Deadline: 30 June 2022

Submissions may be in English, Spanish or Portuguese

Please send your manuscript to the guest editors (,,


Seriality, literarity and popular culture in picturebook studies

Special Issue of Strenae (No. 22, publication in 2023)

Deadline for proposals: 17 April 2022

Email proposals of between 2000 and 3000 characters + a short bio & bibliography to


Fostering Dialogue – Online Conference

The second international online conference – Fostering Dialogue, Teaching Children’s Literature at University, 17-19th November, 2022.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30 April 2022


Because It Lasts: Time and Space in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Media

MA Children’s Literature Conference by University of British Columbia iSchool.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 27 March 2022


Papers: Explorations Into Children’s Literature

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 12 December 2022


Rolling call for papers – Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

Deadline for Submission: 30 November 2023