Wednesday, June 02, 2010

CFP Alert: Write 4 Children & Red Feather

Head's up on a couple of publishing opportunities that are available to both academics and professionals conducting research on or involved in the production of kids' media/lit. The first was advertised on the new "Exploring Childhood Studies" email list recently launched out of the Rutgers-University Camden Department of Childhood Studies, and is more specific to children's literature. The CFP reads as follows:
As we are heading towards the summer we thought we would send out a quick Call for Papers - just in case you are lost for something to do in the long summer months. Send us articles and discussion papers on writing for children or children's literature or even a combination of the two. Authors, publishers, librarians, illustrators lecturers and researchers are all welcome to submit work. There is no restriction other than the piece will be peer reviewed. Work needs to be submitted to by 1st September 2010.

Check the website for guidelines for authors:

The "About" section of the journal website provides further details about the scope and mission:
Write4Children seeks to provide an international forum for peer reviewed research papers and debates about writing for children and children’s literature.

It will contain articles and discussions which:
  • provide an international forum for high quality academic and pedagogic research into writing for children and children’s literature
  • promote best practice and academic research in advancing international debates on writing for children and children’s literature
  • stimulate debate in peer reviewed articles and discussions on controversial issues in writing for children and children’s literature: such as, race, class, gender, sexuality, drug culture, sex, multiculturalism and education
The second CFP of potential interest was forwarded to me some time ago by Alissa (Antle) when the journal was first announced. It now has its first issue out and available online, and looks like a very interesting forum for research and inquiries into various aspects of kids' visual culture. Some great subject matter here, for e.g. an analysis of depictions of children in Pixar films by Iris Shepard, a discussion of "tomboyism" in Joss Whedon's Fray by Amy Clayton, and a review of discursive representations of children, freedom and food by Charlene Elliott, etc. I also like the more casual tone adopted in the couple of articles that I've read so far. Here's the CFP, as posted on the journal website:
Red Feather facilitates an international dialogue among scholars and professionals through vigorous discussion of the intersections between the child image and the conception of childhood, children's material culture, children and politics, the child body, and any other conceptions of the child within local, national, and global contexts. The journal invites critical and/or theoretical examination of the child image to further our understanding of the consumption, circulation, and representation of the child throughout the world's visual mediums. Some sample topics include, but are certainly not limited to: studies of images of children of color; child as commodity; images of children in Africa, Asia, Middle East, South America, etc.; political uses of the child image; children in film; children in advertising; visual adaptations of children's literary works; child welfare images; children and war; or any other critical examination of the child image in a variety of visual mediums.

Red Feather is published twice a year, in February and September, and adheres to the MLA citation system. Authors may submit articles in other citations systems, with the understanding that conversion to MLA is a condition of acceptance.

Interested contributors please submit the paper, an abstract, and a brief biography as attachments in Word to

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