Children’s Literature and European Avant-Garde

Universität Linköping, Schweden, September 26 – 29, 2012


Registration deadline: Mar 1, 2012


Conference Call for Papers

ESF-Liu-Research Conference

Linköping University, Sweden, 26-29 September 2012.

Chair: Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen)
Co-Chairs: Elina Druker (University of Stockholm), Maria Nikolajeva
(University of Cambridge)


The conference, which is fully funded by the European Science
Foundation (, is a first step towards the investigation of
the complex and mutual influences of Avant-Garde movements on
children’s literature in different European and non-European countries
during the 20th century. Since modern children’s literature in these
countries is obviously influenced by Avant-Garde concepts until the
present, the topic of the conference reveals a timeless approach which
will help to enlarge the historical and theoretical context of
children’s literature in a European context.

It is one aim of this conference to bring together those scholars who
are interested into the relationship between avant-garde movements and
children’s culture (i.e. arts, literature, toys, films for children)
within a European context. Since Avant-garde movements were
particularly strong in countries such as Czechoslovakia, Germany,
Italy, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the
Nordic countries, this conference focuses on the mutual influences of
European Avant-garde movements and children’s literature in these
respective countries. Moreover, the impact of the European Avant-Garde
on Non-European children’s literature, for instance in Brazil, Japan or
the United States, should be investigated as well.

Possible topics include:

  • Theoretical and historical reflections on the literary and artistic
  • discourse of the relationship between children’s literature and
  • Avant-Garde movements
  • Artistic and literary experimentation in Avant-Garde children’s
  • literature
  • The combination of media in single artworks
  • The material effectivity of the avant-garde
  • The interference of pedagogical and artistic debates on the development
  • of new art forms
  • Impact of European Avant-Garde on Non-European children’s literature
  • Avant-garde publishers for children
  • Children’s culture and the Bauhaus at Weimar/Dessau
  • Afterlife of Avant-Garde art and literature in modern children’s
  • literature written after World War II
  • Influence of specific Avant-Garde movements, such as Constructivism,
  • Expressionism, Surrealism, New Realism and Pop Art
  • Avant-Garde toys and films for children


Contributions from academics and experts interested in any of these
areas and in international perspectives are particularly welcome. An
active participation by early stage researchers is required, therefore
we especially encourage ph d students and early researchers to submit a
proposal (for a short talk or a poster session).


Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Sandra Beckett (Brock University)
  • Tone Birkeland (Bergen University College)
  • Juan Bordes (Madrid)
  • Nina Christensen (Children’s Book Centre, University of
  • Aarhus/Copenhagen)
  • Albert Luiz Coelho (University of Rio de Janeiro)
  • Sirke Happonen (University of Helsinki)
  • Mikhail Karasik (St. Petersburg)
  • Lena Kåreland (University of Uppsala)
  • Albert Lemmens & Serge Stommels (Nijmegen)
  • Patricia Molins (Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid)
  • Philip Nel (Kansas State University)
  • Marilynn Olson (Texas State University)
  • Sara Pankenier (Bard College, Boston)
  • Michael Siebenbrodt (Klassikstiftung Weimar)
  • Petra Timmer (Amsterdam)


The format of the conference consists of a plenary format (no parallel
sessions) with lectures given by the keynote speakers, short talks (20
minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion), and poster sessions.


There are plans to publishing a volume of selected papers afterwards in
book form.


Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover
the conference fees and possibly part of the travel costs (see
application form on the ESF-website).


The deadline for proposals is: 1 March 2012.
Notification of acceptance: April 2012


For submitting an abstract and for further information about the
conference please go to the ESF-website at:


For any inquiries concerning the conference, contact the chair Bettina
Kümmerling-Meibauer at:

or the conference officer Anne Blondeel-Oman at:

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Cécile Boulaire (2011, 2 octobre). Children’s Literature and European Avant-Garde. Le magasin des enfants. Consulté le 16 avril 2024, à l’adresse

Cécile Boulaire

maître de conférences HDR à l'Université de Tours, est spécialisée en littérature pour la jeunesse.

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