Call for Papers: Literature, Media, and the Romance of Childhood (Quezon City, the Philippines)

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Literature, Media, and the Romance of Childhood: States of Innocence and the Business of Frightening Our Children, an interdisciplinary conference for early career researchers and postgraduates

MA/MS/PhD students and independent researchers are welcome.

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.*) and Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Where: The University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City (specific rooms to be announced)

We welcome 250- to 300-word abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers who would like to contribute 20-minute papers to a two-day conference at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Paper topics include but are not limited to:

children's literature
innocence and experience
the sexualization of children in literature and in the media
the gothic imagination and the literature of horror
conduct literature and media didacticism
maternity, paternity, and parenting
the Harry Potter phenomenon and relevant popular literature
eroticism in literary material for children and teens
laws for the protection of children
the infantilization of women in print and visual culture, film, and/or music
anxieties of masculinity and sexual offense
parents' responses to the hyperreal and the hyper-connected world
the social impact of niched cable and TV channels for children
ante-natal parenting programs at hospitals and the economics/politics of childcare
publishing for children
omnigamy, polyamorous partnerships, the neo-nuclear family, the child-raising village
pictures/images/movements of health, illness, and rehabilitation
population and crowding, playgrounds and spaces
fashion, ethics, aesthetics for restless, disaffected, and/or anti-social youth
publishing conduct literature for the 21st century

The first day of the conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners engaged in the fields of Childhood Studies, Gothic Literature, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Early Childhood Development, Women's Health, Visual Arts and Mass Media, Children's Literature, Publishing for Children, Child Protection Services, Social Work, Community Development, and other related areas. It is hoped that the interdisciplinary nature of the conference opens up the terrain to a multitude of issues, topics, and theories surrounding Philippine and international perspectives on childhood and children's texts in various media.

The second day of the conference features artists, illustrators, publishers, bloggers, and other practitioners who have had years of experience in producing and reviewing reading material for children. Blogger-teacher Tarie Sabido chairs and moderates this round-table discussion.

All are welcome. Free admission for non-readers. Paper-readers can register at the door**.

Email 250- to 300-word abstracts and 50-word author bios to romchild@orange.net

Deadline for abstract submissions: Monday, July 23, 2012

Conference website: to be posted at a later date


*Wine reception follows a tour of the Main Library Reading Rooms and archives

**Registration fee for conference packet photocopies