Verbal and visual strategies in nonfiction picturebooks

Nous relayons l’appel à communications du prochain colloque du réseau européen de recherche sur l’album, qui sera précédé d’un atelier de doctorants.

7th International conference European Network of Picturebook Research

PhD workshop September 25, 2019 (l’appel est en fin de billet!)

International conference September 26 – 28, 2019

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences / Høgskulen på Vestlandet – Campus Bergen – Kronstad

 

Call for Papers

Nonfiction picturebooks have been published concurrently with fictional picturebooks for decades, if not centuries. Clearly recognized as an art form on a par with fiction picturebooks, nonfiction picturebooks have been honoured with their own category for awards at the prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair since 1995. In spite of this, the scholarly field of picturebooks and picturebook theory have paid comparatively little attention to nonfiction picturebooks.

Rather than dwelling on the reasons behind this lacuna within picturebook research, there is a need to bring together studies that attempt to remedy this deficiency, and to establish a theoretical framework or starting point for systematic and inventive approaches to various kinds of nonfiction picturebooks, both printed and digital. From pop-up books on urban development and big vehicles, to biographies about artists, adventurers, scientists, kings and queens, to graphic nonfiction on terrorism, the World Wars, and stem cells, to reference works such as atlases, encyclopaedias, ABC-books, and picture dictionaries, nonfiction picturebooks span a dizzying range of different themes, formats, and intended addressees. Central to the investigation of nonfiction picturebooks is the construction and validation of knowledge and the acknowledgement that the dissemination of knowledge in nonfiction picturebooks varies according to the context (time, place, function) in which the text was created. Questions for inquiry include the kind of knowledge that is examined and why, and the ways in which knowledge is presented and organized in the book.

 The 7th International conference of the European Network of Picturebook Research aims at being a conference, where analytical perspectives, methods, and frameworks are examined, tested and developed.

We invite papers related to the overall theme of the conference. Possible areas for investigation include, but are not restricted to:

  • The utilization of verbal, visual, audial, tactile and other multimodal strategies in nonfiction picturebooks
  • The presentation of knowledge in nonfiction picturebooks
  • The implied reader in nonfiction picturebooks
  • Nonfiction picturebooks across time, cultures, and languages
  • Picture dictionaries, concept books, and alphabet books
  • Digital nonfiction picturebooks
  • The paratexts of nonfiction picturebooks
  • Nonfiction picturebook artists and artistic strategies

Submission

Please send an abstract of 300 words maximum and a short biography of 100 words as two attached Word documents to Nina Goga, ngo@hvl.no. E-mails should have the subject line: Conference nonfiction picturebooks.

Abstracts should include the following information:

  1. Author(s)
  2. Affiliation as you would like to appear in the programme
  3. E-mail address
  4. Title of proposal
  5. Text of proposal
  6. Selected bibliography with academic sources (3-5 references)
  7. Areas of interest
  8. Five keywords

All abstracts and papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English.

Papers will be 30 minutes maximum followed by a 10 minutes discussion.

Deadline for abstract submission: December 15, 2018

Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2019

All submissions are blind reviewed by the members of the Reading Committee.
Conference fee

Early registration fee (before May 15, 2019): € 60,00

Fee after May 15 (till July 31), 2019: € 95,00

Conference dinner: € 35,00 (drinks not included)

 

Organization

Institute of Language, Literature and Mathematics

Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Campus Bergen

Inndalsveien 28, 5063 Bergen, Norway

 

Scientific committee:

Nina Goga (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL))

Sarah Hoem Iversen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL))

Anne-Stefi Teigland (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL))

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen, Germany)

 

Reading Committee

Evelyn Arizpe (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)

Malgorzata Cackowska (University of Gdansk, Poland)

Marnie Campagnaro (University of Padova, Italy)

Elina Druker (University of Stockholm, Sweden)

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Cecilia Silva-Díaz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)

 

Conference in Bergen (Norway)

The European Network of Picturebook Research was established during the first picturebook conference in Barcelona in September 2007. The network was proposed by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen, Germany) who was a member of both the reading committee and co-organizer of the Barcelona-conference, and of the core group of picturebook researchers, which includes/d Evelyn Arizpe, Nina Christensen, Teresa Colomer, Elina Druker, Maria Nikolajeva, and Cecilia Silva-Díaz. Since then, biannual picturebook conferences have been held in different European countries:

  • 2007 at the University of Barcelona, organized by Teresa Colomer and Cecilia Silva-Díaz (New impulses in picturebook research: aesthetic and cognitive aspects of picturebooks)
  • 2009 at the University of Glasgow, organized by Evelyn Arizpe and Maureen Farell (Beyond Borders: Art, narrative and culture in picturebooks)
  • 2011 at the University of Tübingen, organized by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (History and Theory of the Picturebook)
  • 2013 at the University of Stockhom, organized by Elina Druker (Picturebooks as meeting places: Text, image, ideology)
  • 2015 at the University of Gdansk, organized by Malgorzata Cackowska (Picturebooks, Democracy and Social Change)
  • 2017 at the University of Padova, organized by Marnie Campagnaro (Home and Lived-In Spaces in Picturebooks from the 1950s to the Present)

The aims of these conferences are

  1. to foster international picturebook research
  2. to promote young researchers who are focusing on the investigation of picturebooks
  3. to publish selected papers presented at the conferences through international publishers or

in peer-reviewed journals.

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The PhD workshop will be arranged in relation to the 7th International conference in the European Network of Picturebook Research at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences / Høgskulen på Vestlandet – Campus Bergen – Kronstad

The workshop aims to give young researchers who are writing a PhD thesis on picturebooks the opportunity to present and discuss their projects with renowned scholars working in the field of picturebook research. All topics within picturebook research are relevant. The procedure for the application is as follows:

  1. Submission of a 1.000 word abstract and a short biography as two attached Word documents. The abstract shall give an overview about the main topic and argumentation of the work in progress and should be complemented by a selected bibliography (primary and secondary sources). Abstracts may include the following information:

a) name of author

b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme

c) email address

d) title of proposal

e) text of proposal

f) areas of interest

g) six keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: PhD workshop Bergen 2018. Abstract submission

Abstracts should be submitted to: Nina Goga, ngo@hvl.no.

The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2018.

  1. All submissions are reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by members of the workshop organizers in cooperation with the members of the Reading Committee.
  2. Notification of the acceptance of proposals will be made by March 15, 2019.
  3. The invited participants of the workshop are requested to submit a paper of approx. 8-10 pages, including bibliographical references, until June 30, 2019 to the organizing committee at: ngo@hvl.no.

The paper should emphasize the rationale, the theoretical framework, and the main line of argument that form the basis of the PhD study. The PhD students are especially invited to present a chapter or part of their investigation. They may also present open questions and problems that they wish to discuss with the audience. The papers will not be presented during the workshop (just a short summary of the main points will be given by the respective author), thus having enough time to thoroughly discuss the arguments and topics of the papers in question. These papers will be circulated among the scholars supervising this workshop and the other PhD students in order to provide a basis for the discussion. The participants of the workshop are invited to read these papers in advance. All abstracts and papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be written in English.

 

General Remarks on the Course of the PhD Workshop

The PhD workshop has two sessions. Each session has four PhD presentations which are chaired by a senior reader who also responds to the papers submitted by the PhD students.

Schedule (40 minutes for one presentation):

5 minutes:       short presentation by the PhD student – it is possible to show a Power Point Presentation with selected illustrations of the picturebooks used for the Ph D study

5 minutes:       response by another PhD student (respondent) to the presentation and the paper previously submitted to the audience.

5 minutes:       response by the chair to the presentation

10 minutes:     response by the PhD student to the questions and suggestions made by the PhD student and the chair.

15 minutes:     open discussion

 

The attendance for this workshop is free. The invited PhD students are requested to apply for grants for travel expenses and accommodation at their respective universities.

 

Organization

Institute of Literature, Language, and Mathematics

Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Campus Bergen

Inndalsveien 28, 5063 Bergen, Norway

 

Reading Committee

Evelyn Arizpe (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)

Malgorzata Cackowska (University of Gdansk, Poland)

Marnie Campagnaro (University of Padova, Italy)

Elina Druker (University of Stockholm, Sweden)

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Cecilia Silva-Díaz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)


Mathilde Lévêque

Maître de conférences en littérature Université Paris 13 - Sorbonne Paris Cité Membre de l'équipe d'accueil Pléiade (EA 7338)

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