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45th annual Children’s Literature Association Conference
International Committee Focus Panel Session

Conference Theme: Refreshing Waters: Springs, Rivers, and Literary Oases 





date: 28. - 30. June 2018
place: Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

The International Committee of the Children’s Literature Association is planning a special focus panel on Germany, to be presented at the 45th Children’s Literature Association Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas, and hosted by the Texas State University from June 28 through 30, 2018. The committee invites paper proposals that focus on any aspect of German children’s literature, including fairy tales, picture books, children’s classics, Holocaust literature and contemporary German children’s literature (including diversity and refugee narratives). The Committee is also interested in proposals that relate German children’s literature to the conference theme of "Refreshing Waters: Eternal Springs, Winding Rivers, and Other Literary Oasis."

Possible topics for the 2018 conference include:

  • Water itself and its many metaphoric and symbolic possibilities: Water creatures, mythic and/or real; water spaces and their social functions; waterways as hubs and connectors; water as a life source; ecological and environmental issues, particularly surrounding water; books as oases for readers; renewal and rebirth: personal, cultural, and/or literary, such as reboots in media and literature.
  • From a historical/cultural perspective, this area of Texas is known to have been inhabited for thousands of years. There is archaeological evidence of indigenous habitation dating back 12,000 years, and it was a site of colonial exploration, struggle, and conquest from the 16th century on, and of immigration from many parts of the world to this day. Topics thus can include: Literature of the southwest United States; exploration; meeting places; indigenous peoples; colonialism and its affects/postcolonialism; immigration and the immigrant experience.
  • In connection with Texas State as the alma mater of Lyndon Baines Johnson and as the home of the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award, and San Antonio’s iconic Alamo, topics might include: Mexican-American children’s literature; cultural diversity and multiculturalism in general; civil rights; “making a stand”; awards and/or award-winning texts.

Please send 500-word abstracts accompanied by up to 250-word bios to the International Committee, Children’s Literature Association, at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! with the subject line “International Committee Paper Submission.”

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.

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