The panels and presentations at last year's SWPCA/ACA conference in Albuquerque proved to be interesting and truly thought-provoking. This year's Conference will again be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but at the Albuquerque Hilton.
Here are the particulars:
The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Associations and American Culture
Associations are holding a series of panels at the next meeting of these regional groups February 13-17, 2002, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Albuquerque Hilton. Hotel and other conference information can be found at the Conference web site: www2.h-net.msu.edu/~swpca/
The scope for Children's and YA literature is broad, so here are a few
possible topics to consider (but not limited to):
Gender representation in Children's and YA literature (especially in light of so many recent films/television shows featuring "strong" women that appeal to younger audiences; is this trend bleeding into Children's Lit?)
Ethnicity, Cultural, and "Difference" representation
Trends/issues that NEED to be addressed and aren't
Trends/issues that have "outlived" their time
Film adaptations of Children's Literature - problems and successes
Enduring classics - why do some stories cross boundaries and generations?
The use of Children's and YA literature for educational purposes
What is the future of Children's Literature programs?
However, any other topic relating to Children's or YA literature will be considered -- so send it on in!
The Associations award several prizes for papers presented by graduate students at the conference, so graduate students are especially encouraged to submit abstracts. Details on prizes will be available on the Conference website.
Papers are welcomed for our meeting in ANY language-not simply English.
Any non-English paper must be accompanied by a 500-word abstract on a
single sheet of paper (bring at least 50 copies; front/back printing is
recommended). Papers should be delivered in the language of the
speaker's choice and should be accompanied by overhead projections or
other complementing AV materials. Please note that submissions to the
Area Chair should be in English.
Abstracts/Proposals for either single presentations or panel presentations are due by November 15, 2001, at the address(es) below. Proposals submitted after this date will be considered as time/space allows. Along with your proposals, please send any AV requests you may have (we can provide a screen, slide projector, overhead, tv/vcr combo -- any special AV equipment needed beyond that should be provided by presenter [or presenter should modify presentation to accommodate what equipment we can provide]). Please keep in mind that we will make every effort possible to provide equipment you request, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Preferred submission of Abstracts/Proposals is via electronic mail at the address listed. Regular postal mail is, of course, also accepted. (Please send attachment in: Word (.doc), Text (.txt), or Rich Text
Format (.rtf) ONLY, for compatibility reasons -- otherwise, please send proposal in the body of your e-mail -- preferred to avoid problems).
Area Chair, Children's Literature
Texas Tech University
P. O. Box 43091
Lubbock, TX 79409
806.742.2501 and fax 0989
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