Friday 27 March, 2009

14:00 – 17:00 Conference Registration (Keble College Porter’s Lodge)

17:00 Doors open for Keynote Speech (ticketed, open to the public) (O’Reilly Theatre, Sloane Robinson Building)

17:30 Keynote Speech: “Inside, Outside, Elsewhere” by Philip Pullman (O’Reilly Theatre, Sloane Robinson Building)

18:30 Conference Delegates’ Drinks Reception (Douglas Price Room, Sloane Robinson Building)

19:30 Delegates’ Dinner (Keble Hall)

Keble Bar will be open to all conference delegates and guests until 23:00

Saturday 28 March, 2009

08:30 Breakfast (for those in Keble accommodation only) (Keble Hall)

09:00-10:30 Opening Plenary Session (Roy Griffiths Room, Arco Building)

Chair: Maria Cecire, University of Oxford

• Unstable Metaphors: Symbolic Spaces and Specific Places.

Peter Hunt, Cardiff University

• Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: Of Gardens, Biblical and Botanic

Margaret Kean, Oxford University

• “The stuff from which dreams are made”: George MacDonald’s Esoteric Spaces

Maria Nikolajeva, Cambridge University

10:30 Refreshments Crane/Robinson Room, Arco Building

11:00-12:30 Parallel Panel Session A

Fairy Tale Spaces (Roy Griffiths Room, Arco Building)

Chair: Maria Nikolajeva, Cambridge University

• An Inveterate Globetrotter: From Place to Place with Little Red Riding Hood

Sandra Beckett, Brock University

• Marketing Irish Childhood in America: Máirín Cregan’s Children’s Literature

Susan Cahill, University College Dublin

• Where (and When) Do You Live, Cinderella?: The Travels in Space and Time of Perrault’s Cendrillon in Modern Polish Translations

Monika Wozniak, Jagiellonian University

Cultural Displacement and Place (Seminar Room 1, Sloane Robinson Building)

Chair: Ruth Feingold, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

• The Frontier and the Nepantla in Chicano Children’s Literature

Renata Morresi, University of Macerata

• Pippi and the Native Other: Subverting Colonial Knowledge and Ideology

Carmen Nolte, University of Hawaii at Manoa

• Belonging and the ‘Finding or Losing of It’: Land, Home and Identity in The Rabbits and The Arrival

Roslyn Weaver, University of Wollongong / University of West Sydney

Eco/Environment (Seminar Room 6, Sloane Robinson Building)

Chair: Francesca Orestano, State University of Milan

• City Stories, Urban Narratives: Children’s Literature in the Metropolis

Jenny Bavidge, University of Greenwich

The Lord of the Rings: An Environmental mythos for Our Times?

Alun Morgan, University of London

• Space, Environmental Justice and Belonging in Jenny Robson’s South African Young Adult Novel Savannah 2116 AD

Elzette Steenkamp, Rhodes University

12:30-13:30 Sandwich Lunch (provided) Crane/Robinson Room, Arco Building

13:30-15:00 Parallel Panel Session B

Feminine Spaces (Roy Griffiths Room, Arco Building)

Chair: Margaret Kean, University of Oxford

• Maternal Spaces in Sylvia Plath’s Children’s Literature

Aneesh Barai, Oxford University

• ‘One Always Comes to a Wood’: Figuring the Visual Spaces of the Garden and Beyond in Victorian Children’s Literature

Sonya Sawyer Fritz, Texas A&M University

• Circumscription to Salvation: Female Speech in Underground Spaces

Kiera Vaclavik, University of London

Picture Books: Text/Image Interplay (Seminar Room 1, Sloane Robinson Building)

Chair: Malini Roy, Independent Researcher

• Claude Ponti: Mapping the Child’s Imaginary World

Catherine Renaud, Independent

• “A place where there are no slaves”: The Spatial Politics of Freedom in Stories about Slavery

Martha Sledge, Marymount Manhattan College

• Assigning the Reader’s Space: Interplay of the Verbal and the Visual in the Alice Books

Mou-Lan Wong, Oxford University

Mental Landscapes: Remembered/Historical Spaces (Seminar Room 6, Sloane Robinson Building)

Chair: Johanna Koljonen, Århus University

• A Prison in the Mind: Memory, Identity, and the Visual Rhetoric of Discipline

Sean Corbin, University of California, Riverside

• Children Are All Soldiers Here: The ‘Infant Republic’, the Child Soldier, and the Rhetoric of Southern School Books, 1861-1865

Penny Tucker, Case Western Reserve University

• Revisiting Childhood Landscapes: from Druid’s Grove to Narnia

Alison Waller, Roehampton University

15:00 Refreshments Crane/Robinson Room, Arco Building


15:30-17:00 Parallel Panel Session C

Picture Books: Iconic Places (Roy Griffiths Room, Arco Building)

Chair: Jenny Bavidge, University of Greenwich

• “What Is Life Like in the ‘Hood?”: Exploring Urban Spaces in American Picture Books

Laura Atkins, Roehampton University

• Pop Into My Place: An Exploration of the Narrative and Physical Space of Jan Pienkowski’s Haunted House

Lisa Boggiss Boyce, Independent

• The Construction of Space in What to Look For in Autumn: A Ladybird Nature Book

Neil Cocks, University of Reading

Mental Landscapes: Imagined Spaces (Seminar Room 1, Sloane Robinson Building)

Chair: Claire Squires, Oxford Brookes University

• The Places of Exile: Mourning and the Maternal in Adolescent Memoir

Amy Boesky, Boston College

• Fashioning Self, Negotiating (The) Place, in The Dreamhunter Duet

Ruth Feingold, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

• What is Bookland? Exploring a Place and Space of Children’s Reading

Margot Stafford, University of Pittsburgh

French Caribbean (Post) Colonial (Seminar Room 6, Sloane Robinson Building)

Chair: Alison Waller, Roehampton University

• Africa in Antillean Children’s Literature: Identity and Place in Alex Godard’s Idora and Le Petit Hippopotamtam

Jill Gaeta, Michigan State University

• Martinique: its Myths, its Horror and its Wonders in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Emerveilles (1998)

Louise Hardwick, Cambridge University

• Places in the Sun: Race and Colonised Spaces in Pre-war French Illustrated Children’s Papers

Jonathan Hensher, Manchester University

17:00 Refreshments Crane/Robinson Room, Arco Building

17:30-18:30 Closing Roundtable: Working in Children’s Literature (Roy Griffiths Room, Arco Building)

Chair: Farah Mendlesohn, Middlesex University

Farah Mendlesohn is Reader in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature At Middlesex University’s Media Department, and writes on the history of American religions and American science fiction. She edited the Hugo Award winning The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction with Edward James. Her most recent book, Rhetorics of Fantasy, came out in 2008 and is also shortlisted for a Hugo. The Inter-Galactic Playground. A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction is forthcoming in 2009.


Peter Hunt, Cardiff University

Now Professor Emeritus in Children’s Literature at Cardiff University, Peter Hunt’s children’s literature courses at Cardiff were the first in the UK to treat children’s literature as a subject of academic study. He has lectured on the subject all over the world, and had written and edited numerous volumes on children’s literature. The International Society for the Fantastic in the Arts presented him with its Distinguished Scholarship Award in 1995, and 2003 he won the International Brothers Grimm Award for services to children’s literature from the Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka.

Philip Pullman, author

Author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy as well as numerous other works, Philip Pullman read English as an undergraduate at Oxford and taught at Westminster College, Oxford for many years before turning to writing full-time. He has won many prestigious awards for his writing, including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. Pullman is an honorary professor at Bangor University and a Fellow supporting the creative writing MA at Oxford Brookes University.

Claire Squires, Oxford Brookes University

Claire Squires is a Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University. She was an editor for Hodder and Stoughton before completing her DPhil at the University of Oxford on the marketing of contemporary literature. Her publications include Philip Pullman, Master Storyteller and Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain. She teaches modules in Children’s Publishing at Oxford Brookes, and is currently researching the archives of the Booker Prize.

Keble Bar will be open to all conference delegates and guests until 23:00

Sunday 29 March, 2009

08:30-09:30 Breakfast (for those in Saturday night Keble accommodation only) Keble Hall