CFP: The Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature

2015 Conference

 Theme: Constructing childhoods and texts for children.

Date: Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April 2015.

Venue: dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire.

Call for Papers

In Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), John Locke articulated a perceived link between his construction of childhood and texts for children by advocating the use of pleasant, easy reading material in the moral and social formation of the child. In the centuries that followed, approaches to childhood have varied and multiplied, and children’s literature has both reflected and resisted those changes. Proposals are invited on the overall theme and associated topics in the context of both Irish and international literature for children, and also in relation to print and other media. Papers in both the Irish language and English language will be most welcome. Cuirfear fáilte roimh chainteanna as Gaeilge agus as Béarla.

Possible topics include but are not confined to:

  • Theoretical approaches to childhood and their influence on children’s literature;
  • Children’s literature in the classroom;
  • Translation of texts for children;
  • Adaptations and retellings of adult texts for children;
  • Image and the visual in texts for children
  • Childhood in film and drama for children;
  • Constructing childhood through new media;
  • The history of publishing for children.

Proposals of 300 words maximum should be sent to Anne Markey, ISSCL President.


Subject line should read “ISSCL Proposal” to arrive no later than Monday 15h December 2014.

For further information on the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, see