Filtered by category: ChLA Newsletter: Volume 27 | Issue 2 | Fall 2020 Clear Filter

ChLA Awards and Grants - Nominations and Applications will open in December 2020.

ChLA will begin accepting online nominations and applications for our awards and grants beginning December 15, 2020 continuing through February 1, 2021.  If you know someone whose undergraduate or graduate work deserves to be recognized by ChLA, please consider nominating them for the Carol Gay Award or the Graduate Student Essay Award.  Is there someone within ChLA that has contributed in significant ways to enhance others’ scholarship and/or professional careers within the field of children’s literature?  Nominate them for the Mentoring Award!

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2021 Phoenix Call for Papers

Call for Roundtable Participants:
Phoenix Award Session

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Anne Devereaux Jordan Award - Call for Nominations

The Anne Devereaux Jordan Award is intended to honor the lifetime achievement of an individual whose scholarship and/or service have had a significant impact on the field of children’s literature scholarship. The award is not restricted to ChLA members or to those whose work has benefited the Association specifically. The award may be given posthumously. To nominate someone for the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award, send a letter that explains the person’s accomplishments and contributions to children’s literature scholarship and/or service to the ADJ Award Committee chair, Bev Clark, at [email protected]. If possible, include the nominee’s current vita with the nomination letter. Nominations must be received no later than October 1, 2020. Although nominees are considered annually, there may be years in which no award is given.

2021 ChLA Conference

Theme: The Arcade
Hosted by Emory, Georiga Tech and SCAD
June 10-12, 2021
Learn More and Submit A Proposal
The arcade. Maybe it makes you think of neon flashing lights and cacophonies of strange sounds, or maybe your mind immediately jumps to visions of Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Maybe the word conjures nostalgia for childhood friendships and fun, as seen in Stranger Things. Perhaps your imagination wanders to the pachinko parlors of TokyoOr maybe you go to the traditional origins of the word, seeing the covered walkways of seventeenth-century French architecture or the contemporary covered markets of Santiago. Maybe the arcade, for you, remains linked to the theories of Walter Benjamin, prompting reflection on consumption and capitalism.
However you understand or conceptualize the arcade, its existence and definition hinges on it being a public space—its accessibility. Who, historically and in contemporary cultures, is let into the arcade, and who is denied admittance? 
The arcade and children’s literature intersect through the fantastic possibilities they render. But, as Ebony Elizabeth Thomas asks in The Dark Fantastic, “are the cartographies of dreams truly universal? When we dream inside the storied worlds of printed and digital books, fanfiction, fanart, fan videos, television shows, movies, comics, graphic novels, online fandom communities, and fan ‘cons,’ do those worlds offer all kinds of people escape from the world as we know it?” (2, emphasis added). Indeed, the video-game arcade and gaming industry as a whole have long been considered a white-male space structured by the exclusionary conceits of capitalism. In this sense, can the arcade be an inclusive dream world, or is it a contested public space of protest—or maybe both?
For ChLA 2021, we will explore these questions of dream worlds as well as accessibility and inclusion through the lens of children’s literature and culture in the American city often called the “cradle of the Civil Rights Movement”—Atlanta.
We invite papers that explore the idea of the arcade, broadly understood, in children’s and young adult literature, media, and culture. Papers might address:
  • Gendered, classed, sexualized, and racialized spaces in video games 
  • Depictions of arcades in children’s/YA literature, television, and film
  • Benjamin’s flâneur and the urban space in children’s literature
  • Ways that video games and other imagined worlds for children colonize, decolonize, and indigenize shared spaces
  • Gaming centers and commercial amusement in international children’s literature
  • Accessibility in disabling public spaces
  • Shared imagined spaces and communities for young people 
  • Game theory approaches to children’s/YA literature
  • Public or commercial spaces as community in pre-1900 children’s literature
  • Intersections between fantasy and consumerism 
  • Atlanta as inclusive or exclusive space for youth of marginalized communities
  • Social and imagined spaces designed by children
  • Public spaces imagined especially for children: museums, zoos, libraries, schools, art museums, playgrounds, etc.
  • Public arcades as educational spaces, examining history or culture through installation exhibitions
  • Representing public versus private space in picture books
  • #Own Voices inroads in video games and media for children
Building on the popularity of the syllabus exchange, we are welcoming proposals for pedagogy posters, which may be submitted in addition to or instead of paper proposals. Rather than a recreation of the syllabus exchange, pedagogy posters should focus on specific approaches to teaching children’s/YA literature or media. We envision the poster session as a chance to come away with concrete ideas for adaptation/adoption to your own classroom. They can feature particularly successful assignments and examples of student work, information on adapting children’s/YA lit classes to online instruction, or approaches to teaching and discussing particular texts. The poster session may also be an excellent opportunity to invite student participation in ChLA.

NOTE: If your paper was accepted for the 2020 conference that acceptance will roll over to 2022 UNLESS that same abstract is accepted for 2021—in which case, you will need a new submission for 2022.

2021 ChLA Election Nominations

We wish to solicit your help in selecting a slate of candidates for the ChLA general election that will be held in February of 2021. Please make recommendations for any or all positions listed.  You will find the nomination form by logging into your ChLA account and clicking on "Member Center" under the "Members" tab.

ChLA-Sponsored Sessions at the 2020 MLA Annual Convention

See your colleagues present their research at the ChLA-Sponsored Forums at the 2021 MLA Annual Convention, which will be virtual.

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ChLA Asserts Core Values of Inclusivity and Diversity

The ChLA Board has approved the publication of the organization’s “Core Values” - the essential principles that underpin the work the organization and its members undertake to fulfill the ChLA mission to “Encourag[e] high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children’s literature.” To learn more about the values that motivate ChLA, please visit the ChLA website and its page devoted to articulating its core values.

ChLA Core Values

ChLA Announces New Committees

ChLA has established three new committees in response to the organization's evolving needs. These committees are devoted to identifying and addressing problems and challenges within the organization (Ombuds Committee), reviewing reports of alleged violations of the organization’s Anti-Harassment and Appropriate Conduct Policy (Ethics Committee), and ensuring that ChLA honors its commitments to equity, diversity, and access, especially for disabled members of the organization (Accessibility Committee). Descriptions of these committees may be found in the newly revised and updated Policies and Procedures Manual, approved by the ChLA Board in September 2020. 


Host or Participate In Upcoming Virtual Meetings and Workshops

ChLA members are invited to propose virtual meetings or workshops to discuss topics of interest to the ChLA community. Members may also volunteer to host virtual workshops sponsored by the ChLA Membership Committee. 

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President's Message

Children’s books saved my life. 

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ChLA Presidential Office Hours

Thomas Crisp, ChLA President, holds monthly virtual Office Hours. During those times, members have an opportunity to speak with the President in an informal setting to share their thoughts, concerns, and to discuss matters related to our organization. Please know that during those meetings, Thomas will not make official remarks or speak on behalf of the organization. The purpose is for him to hear directly from you about anything you want to share regarding ChLA. Thomas will bring what he learns during those sessions to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors on an ongoing basis. 

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