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 our library.
Books for Children: Transnational Encounters 1750-1850 (Part ii)
An international conference from 31 October - 2 November 2019
Held at The Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University
Until recently, much research into early children's literature would focus on titles written and consumed in a particular country. However, most eighteenth- and nineteenth-century children – as well as their parents and teachers – would not focus on the national origin of a book as a criterion for selecting it. In fact, a majority of children's books would often belong to a transnational corpus of literature, shared across borders and language areas. Texts and illustration were translated and transformed. And in most European countries, many children would read books in more than one language. If we want to understand the world of children's books and media from a child's perspective – or from the point of view of the "children's book business" – the transnational character of the media must be taken into account.
This conference will be a continuation of a symposium with the same title (Part I) held at The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in Copenhagen, 30 May - 1 June 2018. The presentations and discussions in the summer of 2018 made clear that such collaboration ought to continue and ought to reach a wider audience. Our intention is that, stemming from these conferences, a book entited Books for Children. Transnational Encounters 1750-1850 will be prepared for publication, edited by Charlotte Appel, Nina Christensen, Matthew Grenby and Andrea Immel.