Wednesday, August 15, 2012

shameless plug: confe re: children and literature

would be my first time to present a paper. nervous. title: "Birth Caul of Small Assassins: A Study of Unborns and Infants in Selected Comics and Folk Epics." other resource peeps from elbi, as far as i know, are sir chris and sir D. schedule's uncertain tho. but most probably, i will talk (and stutter) on the 23rd. would post the abstract upon receiving an email revealing the sched and so on. out of words. out of time. lifted the image and the text below the cut and after the image from the likhaan website.

The University of the Philippines Main Library and UP Lingua Franca present an interdisciplinary conference for early career researchers and postgraduates: LITERATURE, MEDIA, AND THE ROMANCE OF CHILDHOOD: States of Innocence and the Business of Frightening Our Children. This will be on Wednesday, 22 August and Thursday, 23 August 2012 at the University of the Philippines Main Library Audio-Visual Room, Basement, Gonzalez Hall, Apacible Street, Diliman, Quezon City. All welcome. Free admission to non-readers. Reader registration at the door.

Paper topics include but are not limited to:

a. children's literature

b. innocence and experience

c. the sexualisation of children in literature and in the media

d. the gothic imagination and the literature of horror

e. conduct literature and media didacticism

f. maternity, paternity and parenting

g. the Harry Potter phenomenon and relevant popular literature

h. eroticism in literary material for children and teens

i. laws for the protection of children

j. the infantilisation of women in print, film and/or the music industry

k. anxieties of masculinity and sexual offence

l. parents' responses to the hyperreal and the hyper-connected world (e.g. homeschooling, attachment parenting, cocooning, 'playdates')

m. fashion, ethics, aesthetics for the young, restless, disaffected and/or anti-social youth

n. the social impact of niched cable and TV channels for children

o. ante-natal parenting programs and the economics/politics of childcare

p. publishing for children

q. publishing 'conduct literature' for the 21st century

r. omnigamy, polyamorous partnerships, the neo-nuclear family and the childraising village

s. pictures/images/movements of health, illness and rehabilitation

t. population and crowding, playgrounds and spaces

The first day of the conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners engaged in the fields of Childhood Studies, Gothic Literature, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Early Childhood Development, Women's Health, Visual Arts and Mass Media, Children's Literature, Publishing for Children, Child Protection Services, Social Work, Community Development and other related areas. It is hoped that the interdisciplinary nature of the conference opens up the terrain to a multitude of issues, topics and theories surrounding Philippine and international perspectives on childhood and children’s texts in various media. A tour of the library caps the day’s events. Wine reception follows immediately.

The second day of the conference features artists, illustrators, publishers, bloggers and other practitioners who have had years of experience in producing and reviewing reading material of children.

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