Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

©2010 Sara M. Grimes, Grimes Family Christmas Tree
Wishing all of my readers, students, colleagues and friends, a very happy holiday season!!! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year's! Have a fun, relaxing and peaceful finale to 2010. I'll be off for the next week celebrating various Xmas-related events, but you can expect new posts on Gamine Expedition early in the New Year, including a discussion of the Smurf iPhone game, new concerns about corporate censorship and the unveiling of my two new kids & game-related courses!

Friday, December 17, 2010

CFP: "Hermione Granger Saves the World"

©2008-2010 ~thepolestar, DeviantArt
Via the Exploring Childhood Studies mailing list, a very cool sounding volume, proposed and edited by  Dr. Christopher Bell, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is looking for chapter submissions. I've shortened the ad somewhat for the purposes of this post (below), but it's worth reading the original in its entirety for a great overview of Dr. Bell's rationale for the book and its focus on Hermione. As indicated by the image I've included above (a fan portrait of Hermione created by ~thepolestar and published on DeviantArt), I'd love to see something on fans' engagements with gender/feminism and Hermione through the creation (and circulation) or art, stories and digital artifacts, though I'm not sure that would fit in the volume's current scope. Anyway, here are the details:

Call For Chapters for 'Hermione Granger Saves the World': a proposed interdisciplinary, multi-contributer volume
Our young, emergent feminist Hermione Granger is a pivotal character upon whom the entire series rests – that burden is not carried by Harry Potter solely. It is Hermione who solves almost every difficult puzzle, performs almost every difficult spell, and to whom her two male companions consistently look for guidance and advice. Quite literally, on several occasions throughout the series, Hermione Granger saves the world through her actions. This is an exceptional and accessible model for young women (and for young men as well) who are confused about how feminism manifests and operates in 2010.
Themes for discussion may include, but are certainly not limited to:
  • Hermione in relationship to third-wave feminism, post-feminism and Girlie feminism
  • Hermione as activist
  • Hermione as scholar
  • Hermione’s role in The Trio
  • Hermione’s as bridge between the magical and Muggle worlds
  • Emma Watson/“Movie Hermione”
  • Hermione Granger’s place in the history of literary Hermiones
  • Hermione and archetypes
Other themes will be considered as they relate to the overall theme of the collected work. Proposals from any academic discipline will be considered. Emerging and early career scholars are encouraged to submit. Final papers should be no longer than 30 pages, including references, and should be scholarly in nature yet accessible in language and tone.
For consideration, please submit an abstract/proposal of no more than 500 words to Dr. Christopher Bell, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, at
Abstracts/proposals should be sent as Word Document attachments, and should include the author(s)’s name, affiliation, title and email contact information.
Abstracts/proposals should be submitted no later than JANUARY 28, 2011. Final papers will be due APRIL 1, 2011.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Job Opportunity in Early Childhood Studies/Education - Pass it on!!!!

@Carsten Ke├čler, 2007, WikiMedia Commons
Head's up to anyone out there looking for a faculty position in early childhood studies/education - there's one opening up at the Ryerson School of Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University, which is located here in Toronto (their campus is even right smack downtown). I have some amazing colleagues who are at the ECE School (many of whom are housed at the EDGE Lab), and am collaborating with the School itself on a couple of levels. I've been really impressed by the students and other faculty that I've met there, who all doing really incredible work. For example, this very cool quilt project using visual narratives to explore how children use creative arts for learning. So this is definitely a wonderful opportunity (hint, hint - apply!).  Here's the posting in full, reproduced from an email sent out to the Exploring Childhood Studies mailing list earlier this week:

Tenure Stream Assistant Professor 

The Ryerson School of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Community Services invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level effective July 1, 2011. The position is subject to budgetary approval.
The Ryerson School of Early Childhood Education is the oldest school of its kind in Canada with a proud history and an excellent reputation nationally and internationally. Over many years, the School of Early Childhood Education has consistently demonstrated its relevance to the learning needs of the communities it serves and its creativity in meeting emerging professional interests. The School offers a four year Bachelor of Arts (BA) program and a degree completion program for graduates of two-year community college diploma programs. A Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, focusing on diversity and inclusion, was launched in Fall 2006. An on-campus laboratory school serving 57 children provides practice teaching experience for students and serves as a research venue for faculty and students. Faculty members of the School are actively involved in teaching, research, community outreach and international development projects. For more information please go to our website:
Qualified candidates will have a completed PhD or EdD in Early Childhood Studies or a related field. They will have a demonstrated track record in research, grant writing and publication and will contribute to scholarship in the field of Early Childhood Studies. Experience teaching in early childhood and/or post-secondary undergraduate programs will be considered an asset. Experience advising and supervising graduate students is preferred.
Candidates should have a strong interest and background in early childhood studies with a particular expertise in early learning curriculum in the areas of literacy, mathematics and creative arts and/or policy and professional issues.
The closing date is February 15, 2010, or until a suitable candidate is found.
Address applications to;
Dr. Rachel Langford, 
School of Early Childhood Education
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5B 2K3

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: The RFA's website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:
Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Good luck!