26th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) Congress Theme: Ecologies of Childhood: Children’s Literature, Culture & the Environment Congress Venue: University of California, Santa Barbara
The Congress theme both reflects and prescribes young people’s relationship with the natural world. In our current moment of profound environmental crisis, we believe it has never been more important to consider childhood ecologies from diverse perspectives.
We invite Congress participants to bring global ecologies to this international congress and engage the theme from the perspective of your own regions, cultures, and languages. We envision an event that celebrates the full cultural and linguistic diversity of our regions, both local and global. We hope to retain some of the benefits of the electronic form to enhance accessibility and global reach and to be environmentally conscious in the design of the Congress.
The 2023 IRSCL Congress logo was designed by award-winning San Francisco-based children’s book author and artist Maya Gonzalez to go with the theme. As she said, “whales have the largest hearts in the world and connect all continents through the sea.” We hope you feel the welcome it offers for our interconnected world to the 2023 congress.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2023 Congress on the newly launched website www.irscl2023.org.