Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education

Call for Paper Proposals                Deadline for submission: February 15, 2016


A peer-reviewed graduate student conference on children’s literature, media, and culture

University of British Columbia – Saturday, April 30, 2016


Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education is a one-day conference on April 30, 2016 showcasing graduate student research in children’s literature. You are invited to submit an academic paper proposal that contributes to research in the area of children’s and young adult literature, librarianship, education, media, or cultural studies. Submissions of creative writing for children and young adults are also welcome. We are particularly interested in research and creative pieces that draw on the broadly interpreted theme of diversity–including research on narratives that depict diversity and the diverse formats we use to create and share narratives.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Diverse theoretical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature (e.g. postcolonial, feminist, queer, eco-critical approaches)
  • Multiculturalism and stories of underrepresented, marginalized, or disabled populations
  • Underrepresented formats of stories for children and young adults (graphic novel, picture book app, etc.)
  • Inclusive programming and services in children’s librarianship and education
  • Indigenous and aboriginal narratives
  • Oral storytelling and sign language storytelling
  • Newcomer, refugee, and immigrant narratives
  • Otherness and trans-national identities
  • Problematic interpretations and definitions of diversity
  • Diversity within genres: boundary-pushing books, films, etc.
  • Cross-media adaptations of children’s and young adult texts
  • Translated and multilingual texts for children and young adults
  • Resources and services for multilingual readers and families
  • Empathy-building through story
  • Imagined identities: diversity in fantasy, created worlds
  • Multiple perspectives on historical events (Holocaust narratives, etc.)

The topics above are a guideline for the proposals we would like to see, but we are eager to receive paper proposals on any facet of diversity in children’s and young adult texts.

Academic Paper Proposals

Please send a 250 word abstract that includes the title of your paper, a list of references in MLA format, a 50 word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number to the review committee at Please include “Conference Proposal Submission” in the subject line of your email.

Creative Writing Proposals

Submissions of creative writing for children and young adults in any genre are welcome, including novel chapters, poetry, picture books, graphic novels, scripts, etc.  Please send a piece of work no longer than 12 pages double spaced. (Anything shorter is welcome– poetry, for example, might only be a page). The submission should include the title of your piece, a 150 word overview of your piece (describe age group, genre, and links to the conference theme), a list of references in MLA format (if you have any), a 50 word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number. Please send to the review committee at Please put “Creative Conference Proposal Submission” in the subject line of your email.

For more info, please contact

Congratulations to the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award winners for October 2015!

The Open Scholar Award rewards non-thesis work from UBC Vancouver graduate students twice per year. The most recent winners include Paul Liu, an MSc graduate student from the UBC Department of Computer Science, and Monica L. P. Lytwyn, who completed her MEd in Early Childhood Education at UBC earlier this year.

Liu’s entry, “An exploration of matrix equilibration,” is an article submitted to cIRcle in September. Lytwyn’s entry, “Co-creating a pedagogical support document to support meaningful curriculum and enhanced quality,” is a paper completed for her degree requirements. Both of their items are now publicly available in cIRcle, meaning researchers from around the globe can access it.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit their non-thesis work to cIRcle – this can include essays, papers, presentations (including posters), and video and audio based projects.

The award is a lottery based system, randomly selecting items submitted to cIRcle during the previous 6 month period. Four awards are given per annum, two in April and two in October. cIRcle, launched by the Library in 2007 to showcase and preserve UBC’s research and teaching materials, is ranked as the top repository in Canada. It also is ranked 14th in North America and 44th globally.

The next award submission deadline is March 26, 2016.

For more information about the award, visit the cIRcle website

UBC Library’s Research Commons services re-opened on May 11 for the Spring/Summer term.

Their services include workshops and one-on-one consultations for Thesis Formatting, Citation Management (RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Proquest Flow), Statistical Software (SPSS and R) and Nvivo. Located in Koerner Library, the Research Commons provides services by graduate students, for graduate students. Upcoming workshops are listed in the Library’s event calendar.

Students who would like a one-on-one consultation can book appointments via an online form, or by emailing

For questions about their services, or to see their consultation hours, visit the Research Commons website.

cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository, hit a big milestone last month when it archived its 50,000th full-text, openly accessible item. 

UBC Library launched cIRcle in 2007; it serves as UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, meaning the 50,000th item is available for researchers around the world.

Mapping the Garden of Truth is an MA thesis in Asian Studies, contributed by graduate student Casey Collins. This thesis belongs to the Electronic Theses and Dissertations 2008+ collection, which features master’s level and PhD level work from UBC graduate students.

cIRcle was recently ranked as the top repository in Canada. For more information on contributing research, projects, presentations or other materials, visit their website.


Meet Saule Chikeyeva and Catherine Haney – the latest winners of the 2014 GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award!

Saule Chikeyeva comes from the UBC Department of Educational Studies and won this Award for the work, “Policy Analysis of the Per Capita Funding of Public Schools in Kazakhstan” at: Chikeyeva sets out “to better understand the per capita financing pilot project” in the context of the ‘chosen funding model and its educational aims through the lenses of efficiency, equity, equality, adequacy and accountability’.

Catherine Haney (pictured above) is a PhD student from the UBC School of Nursing. Haney won this Award for her work, “Considering oral history: Methodological questions and reflections” at: If her name sounds familiar, it could be due to the fact that she has published two other works in cIRcle – a 2011 MSc thesis at: and a journal article at: Along with other UBC Nursing colleagues, staff and faculty, Haney helped organize a successful graduate student research symposium held at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on May 2, 2014. It showcased innovative nursing research plus ideas and drew presenters from Canada, Washington State and as far away as Brazil.

Congratulations to Saule Chikeyeva and Catherine Haney on winning the Award – valuing $500 each!

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award aims to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate non-thesis coursework projects or manuscripts subject to instructor approval. Award details at:

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