The Cotsen Children's Library regularly sponsors academic conferences that focus on various aspects of children's literature and culture. Below you will find brief descriptions of current and past programs hosted by the Cotsen Library.
Co-organized by Dr. Minjie Chen (Cotsen Children's Library) and Dr. Qiuying (Lydia) Wang (Oklahoma State University)
Hosted by the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University 14-16 June, 2018
The Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & The Fourth US-China Symposium for Children’s Literature. This conference seeks to facilitate interchange of ideas on new issues in children’s literature research between scholars from East and West. We are particularly interested in two thematic areas:
(1) Children’s literature on the screen.
Electronic screens have joined paper to carry text, images, and other multimodal contents that entertain, educate, inspire, and stimulate children. Shelby A. Wolf (2014) challenged us to widen literary analysis “to include the interplay of visual, auditory, and interactive opportunities” offered by digital children’s literature. We welcome proposals that investigate digital picture books or children’s book Apps from dimensions that range from definition to creation, evaluation, criticism, usage, access, response, and impact.
(2) Border-Crossing in Children’s Literature.
This is a broad area that encompasses multicultural, international, and translated children’s literature, in any format and genre, including but not limited to East Asian children’s literature, its relationship with global literature, its application in second language education, and East Asian-themed American works.
Registration is open until Friday, June 8, 2018.