Digital lecture by Prof. Marek Oziewicz on «Creating Universal Climate Literacy with Children’s Literature and Media»

This talk suggests that narrative fiction is good for thinking with, and that we need to think our way out of the challenges facing us in the Anthropocene. The notion of climate literacy is introduced as a narrative competence, and the argument is that the achievement of universal climate literacy is necessary for our world to transition to an ecological civilization. Climate literacy presents us with multiple pedagogical and conceptual challenges but it may also be the greatest opportunity for our education systems. How do we go about building grassroots climate awareness that will change the world? How can English arts teachers and literature scholars be part of this global shift? What tools can we use and where do we begin? This talk suggests that one good place to start is narrative fiction and that young people’s literature and media are ground zero for building a climate literate society.

When: February 23, 2022, 18.00 (CET)

If you are interested in taking part in the lecture, please contact Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak by email by 21 February at the following address: justyna.deszcz-tryhubczak@uwr.edu.pl

Wonderful theme next IRSCL

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.

Ethics & Aesthetics: Art education as a sustainable developmental catalyser

Nordic Journal of Art and Research invites researchers, educators and actionists to hand in abstracts that describe how art education can contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to publish one research article for every SDG, where each article, in English or a Nordic language, focuses mainly on one of the goals. Publication: 2022-2023.

Nordic Journal of Art and Research is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal aimed at disseminating knowledge and experience from research and development projects based on artistic practice and reflection, art education, art theory and cultural theory: https://journals.oslomet.no/index.php/information/

In the midst of Covid-19, it is an historic and ethical opportunity to look at the fact of the world as it is, and the focus on the solution for some of our greatest problems through the lenses of art education. Together we can overcome them by focusing on the ways in which art (and aesthetic in all its forms) can be applied to address global wellbeing issues: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Background:

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Deadline:

Kick-off zoom seminar 1 September 2021

Deadline for abstract is 1 October 2021.

Workshop on zoom 1 November 2021

Deadline preliminary article 1 February 2022.

Deadline final article 1 June. 2022

Editors:

Associate professor Mette Bøe Lyngstad, HVL, Professor Rikke Gürgens Gjærum, UiT, OsloMet.

Abstract:

200 words about the main content, confirm which SDG that you will challenge – use IMRAD model.

NORLIT 2021 Literature and space

Norlit21 invites scholars to examine the question of how space intervenes in literature and how literature produces and reconfigures perceptions of space. How can literature – new and old – help us think about the processes of spatial reconfiguration and conflicts of expansion/contraction? What new forms of cultural and literary spaces are currently emerging, be it in the literary form itself or in the spaces that produce, disseminate, and respond to literature? And what can a renewal in spatial approaches to literature give to the study of historical works, within established canons as well as the “great unread”?

We wish to encourage papers covering a diverse array of fields and approaches, including, but not necessarily restricted to:

  • digital humanities
  • book history
  • children- and youth literature
  • literary didactics
  • sociology of literature
  • literary theory, -history, and –criticism

Submission formats for the NorLit 2021 conference

Submission deadline: 1 April 2021

All scholars, from any country, with interests converging with that of the conference theme Literature and space, are welcome to propose panels, sessions and papers. The official conference language is English, while sessions will be partially open to papers presented in Scandinavian languages; some sessions might also accept papers in German and French.

PhD-seminar

  • Timeframe: 15 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for discussion and comments.
  • Participants at the PhD-seminar will be asked to hand in their project description some weeks before the seminar.

Paper

  • Timeframe: 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Chairs will be appointed by the committee.

Panel session

  • Several papers may be submitted together indicating an interest to form a panel session. The panel participants are themselves responsible for engaging and involve a discussant/chair that gets papers in beforehand.
  • Timeframe: 90 minutes

How to submit

You must use the template when you submit your contribution. Download the document. This will help you in remembering to give us all the information we need, and help us in putting together an digital abstract folder.

Submit an abstract no more than 400 words including references. Regarding panel session, the word limit is 400 words per participant. Upon acceptance the abstract will be published in the online conference program.

Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to presenters latest by 15 June 2021.

Vitalizing partnerships – Moving forward to a sustainable future

SANORD Conference 9-11 September 2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and University of Bergen (UiB) are proud to host the 13th annual  SANORD conference, 9-11 September 2020, in Bergen.

The conference focuses on how we as SANORD partners can use and strengthen our partnerships as part of meeting the needs of the UN 2030 agenda. We aim to organize a meetingplace for trans-disciplinary exchange of ideas and research for scholars and institutions in our respective regions.

See webpage for further information: https://www.hvl.no/en/sanord2020

CFP: https://www.hvl.no/en/research/conference/sanord-2020/abstracts/

20 March 2020: Submission of abstracts closes

CFP: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment and Young People’s Literature and Culture

Vancouver Island University, June 11-13, 2021

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

In the past year, we have witnessed continents burning, islands and coastal regions flooding, and increases in extinctions of flora and fauna. While concern over the human impact on the environment has existed for decades, there is a new sense of urgency demanding a cognitive shift to transform our understanding of our place in and impact on the physical world, as well as of our relationships with the other life forms cohabiting the earth. More broadly, Tom Oliver calls for rethinking concepts of identity and the individual (The Self Delusion, 2020). Similarly, Posthumanism provides ways of rethinking the boundaries of the human and nonhuman. Donna Haraway has provided language to understand naturecultures (2003) and emphasized the importance of “staying with the trouble” as we work at making kin with nonhuman others, resisting the Western hierarchical view that values human above other lives (2016). Of especial relevance, then, is openness to multiple ways of knowing the natural world, including Indigenous ways of knowing and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) (see Nelson and Shilling, eds. 2018).

Specifically regarding children’s culture, Affrica Taylor has noted the importance of “common worlds (or common worlding) as dynamic collectives of humans and more-than-humans, full of unexpected partnerships and comings together, which bring differences to bear on the ways our lives are constituted and lived” (2013, p. 78). Too often those studying young people’s literature and culture work in isolation from those working in environmental humanities, childhood studies focused on children in the Anthropocene, and education for sustainability. Much of the most productive scholarship on these concepts and processes has been interdisciplinary. There is much to be gained in both methodology and understanding by communication and collaboration between literary scholars, educators, environmentalists, philosophers, and scholars of childhood and youth experiences and culture.

Conspicuously missing from this list are children and youth themselves. While there has been ongoing discussion in the Social Sciences and Health and Human Service fields on participatory research involving children and youth (Aldridge 2015; Dickens 2017) since Alderson first drew attention to the absence of their voices (1995), this is only recently emerging in literary studies and other humanities fields (Deszcz-Tryhubczak 2016, 2018, 2019). Since some of the leading ecological activists today are youth, such as Greta Thunberg (Sweden) and Autumn Peltier (Anishinabek Nation), and since children and youth will live the longest with the effects of environmental degradation, their voices must be part of the conversation.

Assembling Common Worlds intends not only to explore traditional disciplinary ways of understanding eco-literacy and eco-activism in children’s and youth literature and culture, but also to bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of fields to find productive opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in tackling the challenges of generating intergenerational dialogue on current environmental concerns. In addition to paper sessions, the conference will also feature a methodological workshop and involvement of child and youth participants.

Conference conveners welcome proposals for 20-minute papers or 90-minute panels on any of the following topics:

  • Making kin between human and non-human in children’s or youth’s literature and culture
  • More-than-human worlds in children’s or youth’s literature and culture
  • Eco-literacy in children’s or youth literature and culture
  • Imagining the Post-Anthropocene
  • The evolving capacity of ecocriticism to address environmental change
  • Indigenous knowledge or TEK in children’s or youth’s literature and culture
  • Regeneration of connections between children or youth and nature
  • The role of children or youth in food security
  • Young people’s eco-citizenship and/or eco-activism
  • Interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks for understanding children in and of nature
  • Intergenerational creative and/or cultural projects addressing environmental issues
  • Participatory research with children or youth on literary or cultural expressions of eco-literacy and/or eco-activism
  • Children’s and youth’s creativity in/as response to the current environmental crisis

Proposals of 250 words and brief biographies are due June 29, 2020. This early deadline is to facilitate applications for grant monies.

The conveners hope to offer some travel support for graduate students and under-employed scholars.

The conveners also plan to publish an edited collection of selected papers from the conference.

Please send proposals and brief biographies to Terri Doughty (terri.doughty@viu.ca) and Janet Grafton (janet.grafton@viu.ca).

 

 

 

 

 

Conferences 2020

The University of Bergen, Norway, hosts a conference on “Climate change temporalities: Narratives, representations and practices”, focusing on humanistic approaches to climate change. The conference takes place 5-7 August 2020 and the deadline for paper proposals is 1 March 2020. https://future.w.uib.no/conference/?fbclid=IwAR1HrTB1X0wsh_PA6rH_BbX1bDrINDVlhGQPuFtQwoWXouuDTiK0iJlmyJM

 

The University of Oslo hosts a Nordic research conference on sustainability in education (Nordisk forskningskonferanse om bærekraft i utdanning). The conference date is 22-23 October 2020, the deadline for registration and paper proposals 1 June 2020. https://www.uv.uio.no/ils/om/aktuelt/arrangementer/2020/nfbu/index.html