Call for Paper Proposals

Deadline for submission: January 15th, 2014

“I Will Be Myself”: Identity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Media and Culture is a one-day conference showcasing graduate student research that explores, questions, and analyzes the issues surrounding identity in various elements of children’s and young adult literature. You are invited to submit an academic paper proposal or a creative writing submission that contributes to the existing body of literature and research in the area of children’s and young adult literature studies, which includes novels, films, apps, and picturebooks, as well as other culturally produced modes of children’s literature. We are particularly interested in research and creative pieces that draw upon broadly interpreted themes of identity, which can include liminality, hybridity, Otherness or Othering, gender, and transformation.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identity as a critical lens for reading children’s and young adult literature
  • The child or young adult choosing or combining identities
  • Issues of hybridity: hybridity of genre, multimodality, cultural identity, racial identity, sexual identity
  • How ‘otherness’ shapes identity in materials for children and youth
  • Negotiation of self and Other as represented in cultural texts
  • Liminality and other states of ‘being in between’
  • Indigenous identities
  • National identities
  • Boundaries, their creation and transgression
  • Multiple, cross-cultural, and/or transnational identities
  • The role of identity in constructing literature and literacies
  • Reconstructive identity and multiple selves
  • Imagined identities: dreams, fantasy and desire
  • The cultural markers of childhood and adolescence
  • Identity and performativity: a gendered discourse
  • Fluid subjectivities; multiplicity of selves
  • The pedagogical implications of identity in various stages of literacy
  • Virtual selves in virtual worlds
  • The ‘coming of age’ trope in 21st century literature
  • Neoliberal capitalism and the individualistic ‘I’
  • Identity embodied: mixed abilities represented in YA and children’s literature
  • Marginalised identities represented in works of fiction for youth
  • Eco-critical understandings of subjectivity
  • Interwoven subjectivities and the individualistic ‘I’

Academic papers on any children’s or young adult genres are welcome, as are papers that discuss other children’s texts such as film, virtual texts, or graphic novels.  The topics above are a guideline for the proposals we would like to see, but we are eager to receive and review paper proposals on any topic related to children’s and young adult texts.

Please send a 250 word abstract that includes the title of your paper. A list of works cited and references in MLA format is optional. In a separate document please include a 50-word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number. Please send both documents to the review committee at Please include “Conference Proposal” in the subject line of your email.

Creative writing for children and young adults in any genre is welcome, including prose, poetry, picture books and graphic novels. The topics above are a guideline for the proposals we would like to see, but we are eager to receive and review submissions on any topic.

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). A chapter, a short story, a poem (a set of poems), a picturebook manuscript, a play script, anything is welcome! The submission should include the title of your piece, 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 to the review committee at Please put “Creative Conference Proposal” in the subject line of your email.

11 thoughts on “Call for Paper Proposals

  1. Hi there,

    I have an idea for a paper proposal, however I intend to graduate with my MLIS in December 2013. Am I still eligible to attend this conference and, hopefully present my paper if it is chosen? Thank you for your time.


    Jennifer Stage

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    Yes! Please do apply and/or attend. All are invited to come to the conference and presentations will be accepted by any level graduate student which includes recent grads.

    I look forward to seeing you there!


    Conference Co-Chair Stephanie Dror

  3. For Creative Writing submissions, should the author’s identifying information (name, contact info) be included in the submission itself (Word document), or just in the email to which it’s attached? In other words, should the writing submission allow for “blind” review?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Thanks for the question!

      The submission should be anonimized for review (and please do let us know if you are submitting something one of our UBC reviewers might have already read).

      Please submit personal information and a little bio (50 words) either in a separate document that you attach or in the body of the email.


  4. Hey Lovely Folks,
    Just had a couple questions:
    1. Creative writing submissions – can you put in multiple submissions, or are writers limited to one?
    2. Will creative writing submissions be reviewed by the ‘peer-reviewers’ or is there a different group of people that will do this?
    Thanks! And btw, the blog looks great! I love the logo 🙂

    • Hey Nadine!

      Thanks! The Logo is courtesy Aline Frederico! ^_^

      You are welcome to submit more than one piece of writing. Be aware that you will be presenting the piece and then discussing your story and your writing process, so more than two or three might get excessive.

      We do have two creative writing professors who will be peer reviewing the creative submissions.
      Submit your whole piece, and don’t forget to also give us a short bio ^_^


      • Thanks Steph! I’ll stick to submitting a couple – what are the odds that both will be chosen, right?
        I should’ve known that was Aline’s work. She’s so talented!

        • No problem Nadine!

          ^_^ I look forward to your presentation!

          We have actually had quite a few submissions right up until the end – if you are selected for both we may ask that you pick the one you prefer to present, or discuss other alternatives, just so to give everyone a chance to present.

  5. Hello! I was wondering if someone could tell me how long we have to present our research papers at the conference? Thanks!

    • Hi Lindsey, you will be receiving (or probably have already received) an email regarding the details.

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