About the Conference

This conference is held on the UBC Point Grey (Vancouver) campus, which sits on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.

The first Graduate Student Conference in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Media and Culture took place in 2008. In addition to paper and creative writing presentations, the conference invites renowned scholars and authors. Featured keynote speakers from past conferences include Maria Tatar, Philip Nel, Elizabeth Marshall, S.R. Toliver, Angel Matos, Naomi Hamer and best-selling authors Rachel Hartman, Richard Van Camp and Nafisa Azad.

This year, students from the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program will come together for the eleventh time to host the event.

We are also happy to have a truly diverse set of presenters and we hope for more representation in the future! Here’s a map of Beyond Borders 2024