Call for Proposals: Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, April 10-12, 2015

Call for Proposals
Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
Henry Madden Library
at California State University, Fresno
April 10-12, 2015

From the Arne Nixon Center, Cal State Fresno: “While most people are familiar with attempts to censor children’s and young adult literature, the problem of censorship continues to provoke many who believe that children and adolescents benefit from considering diverse viewpoints and cultural experiences. In recent years, many examples of children’s and young adult literature—including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, And Tango Makes Three, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—have been challenged in schools and libraries. This conference seeks to explore the ways in which censorship affects young readers whose parents, teachers, and civic leaders attempt to navigate thorny terrains of identity in a world in which information circulates more freely than ever before.

Scholars, librarians, teachers, social services workers, writers, and illustrators are invited to submit proposals for formal presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops. Presentations may highlight creative work, community engagement, pedagogy, or scholarship. Sessions will last 75 minutes (15–20 min. per presenter).

Proposals for individual presentations should be 250-300 words, while proposals for entire sessions should be no more than 500 words. Please include two- to three-sentence biographies for each participant and indicate any audio-visual/media needs.

Possible topics for proposals include, but are not limited to:

•        Suppressed or silenced histories

•        International contexts for censorship

•        Technology and/or digital literacies

•        Fan fiction as a response to banned young adult texts

•        The use of social media to intervene when books are challenged

•        History of censorship and banned book lists

•        LGBT+ literature

•        Bibliotherapy and censorship

•        Recent attempts to ban books based on cultural empowerment movements

•        Multiculturalism and diversity

•        Sex and censorship

•        Self-censorship

•        Creating curriculum that supports the use of banned books

•        “Artivism” and subtext in illustrations

•        Graphic novels, novels in verse, and experimentation with form

•        Libraries (school/community/archives) and closed reference cases

•        Publishing or Pre-Censorship

•        Schools (K-12, public/private)

•        Religion, spirituality, and mysticism in banned books

•        Authorial politics and the reception of young adult literature

•        Recommended age ratings for books

Submission deadline for proposals (both individual and panel) is November 26, 2014. Submit electronically to, Dr. Kathleen Godfrey, English Department, Fresno State.”

Jennifer Crow, Curator
Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
Henry Madden Library
California State University, Fresno

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