Conference at Aarhus University, Centre for Children’s Literature

30 May – 1 June 2017

Children and young people live in a mediatized world in which literature, other visual and verbal texts, media and platforms converge and coalesce. Established notions of producers and users, target groups, genres and literary forms and experiences are thereby challenged. Users and readers are ascribed with new forms of agency, while at the same time children confront an increased commercialization and demands for standardized schooling and academic achievements. At this conference we wish to examine these challenges, bringing together scholars from children’s literature studies, media studies and adjoining fields.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

·      Children’s and young people’s everyday life with (digital) media

·      Children’s literature in a new media landscape

·      Children and young people as consumers and producers of texts and media

·      Children’s media and texts in family life and schools

Confirmed keynote speakers:

·      Rebekah Willett, University of Wisconsin-Madison

·      Ute Dettmar, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

·      Björn Sjöblom, Stockholms Universitet

·      Philip Nel, Kansas State University

Deadline for abstracts (max. 300 words) and a 100-word biography: 1 December 2016 to Sarah Mygind,

Notification of acceptance: 15 December

Conference organizers: Nina Christensen ( ) & Stine Liv Johansen ( )