The focus of IRSCL 2015 is “Creating Childhoods: Creation and (Re)-Interpretation through the Body, Histories and the Arts.” A panel is being formed to consider the powerful and significant connection between the Congress’s theme and that of death in children’s literature and film. How can what is absent be made present? How can silence, void, and emptiness be represented on the page and/or screen? What are the implications of narratives about children who disappear? What is the child's agency as a site of inscription of childhoods as these childhoods relate to death? Why and how are new childhood(s) created from these inscriptions? How does a binary of children's and adult literature emerge and operate when treating death in children’s literature? These – and other – questions will be addressed.
For more information on the Congress, please refer to http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/irscl-22nd-biennial-congress-august-2015.html If you are interested in being a participant on this panel, please contact Lesley Clement, email@example.com with a 75-100 word proposal and short bio by 31 October 2014.