Past ACLAR conferences
'If We're Being Honest... The Facts and Fictions of Children's Literature'
The University of Canberra/National Library of Australia, ACT, Australia
Keynote speakers: Professor Clare Bradford (Deakin University), Professor Kerry Mallan (Queensland University of Technology), Mr Shaun Tan
'Children's Literature and its Politics: Representation and the Rules of Engagement'
The University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Keynote speakers: Professor Mavis Reimer (University of Winnipeg, Canada), Professor Jean Webb (University of Worcester, UK)
'Other Worlds in Children's Literature: Fantasy, Reality and Imagination'
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Keynote speakers: Professor Roderick McGillis (University of Calgary, Canada), Professor Jerry Griswold (University of California, San Diego)
'Children's Literature at the Edge: New Texts, New Technologies, New Readings, New Readers''
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
Keynote speaker: Professor Kerry Mallan (Queensland University of Technology)
University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Keynote speakers: Professor Perry Nodelman (University of Winnipeg, Canada) and Mr Shaun Tan
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Christchurch College of Education, Christchurch, New Zealand
'Children’s Literature Matters,
Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
'Something to Crow About'
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
'Old Neighbours, New Visions'
University of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
ACLAR CONFERENCE 2014: EMOTIONAL CONTROL
Keynote speakers | Travel to Geelong | Accommodation | Conference programme
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Affect, Ideology and Texts for Young People
The eleventh biennial international conference
of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)
Waterfront Campus, Deakin University,
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
June 30 – July 2, 2014
Professor John Stephens (Macquarie University)
Dr Juanita Ruys (University of Sydney)
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The Call for Papers is now closed.
(Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B)
Over the past two decades, studies of affect and emotion have expanded beyond the field of psychology and been embraced by disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Theorists of affect are concerned with the ways embodied forms of knowing and feeling interconnect with the aesthetic, ethical and ideological, including their effect on texts. According to Grossberg (1992), ‘affect is the missing term in an adequate understanding of ideology’. The 2014 ACLAR conference explores affect and emotion, with a particular emphasis on how theories of emotion and affect might extend research on the ideological agendas encoded in texts for children and young adults.
Abstracts that address the conference theme are welcome and the full range of children’s texts and media may be examined. Papers may engage with, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Affecting fictions: How do emotion and affect position readers or audiences to subscribe to the ideology of a text?
• Focus on the way genre, motif, setting, medium and/or semiotics manipulate – invite or foreclose – particular emotional responses to the textual content;
• Consider the emotional or affective responses invited by fictional events because of the age of the implied reader or for reasons such as censorship or didacticism;
• Examine the influence of technology, marketing, fan fiction and/or peer culture in promoting young people’s affective investments in a text.
Sense and sensibility: Are emotions universal or constructed?
• Consider how the national, cultural, geographical and/or historical origin of a text influences the representation of emotion and/or the implied reader’s emotional response;
• Examine the way fictions set in the past negotiate differences between historical sensibilities and those of the contemporary reader;
• Explore the body and embodiment in the textual evocation of emotion and affect.
Feeling and self: What roles do affect and emotion play in the representation of gender, race, indigeneity, class, LGBT, disability, nationality, religion, etc?
• Investigate the role of affect in positioning the implied reader/viewer to empathize – or not – with characters from dominant and minority groups;
• Focus on the ideological implications of the textual reproduction or subversion of identity-based emotional stereotypes (such as, but not limited to, masculinity and femininity);
• Address issues of authenticity, appropriation and essentialism.
Emotional socialization: How do children’s texts mobilize affect to educate and acculturate readers and audiences to respond to the life experiences and the life politics of their world?
• Attend to the modeling of emotional intelligence or resilience in fiction or non-fiction;
• Compare the emotional/affective appeal embedded in children’s texts with public discourses in regard to the same social issue;
• Evaluate the merits of theories of affect in relation to cognitive/ narratological/poststructuralist/post-theory modes for explaining how texts socialize young readers or audiences.
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