Dodson Visiting Professor in Children’s Literature, February to May 2013

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Helene Høyrup of the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark will be joining us as the Dodson Visiting Professor in Children’s Literature, in Winter 2012-2013, Term Two.

Dr. Høyrup is Associate Professor in Children’s Culture, Department of Cultural and Media Studies, Royal School of Library and Information Science. During her term at SLAIS, Professor Høyrup will teach, interact, and mentor students in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program and MLIS and Dual students studying children’s literature. Professor Høyrup will teach two one-credit classes in term two. She will be a guest speaker in other classes and at a university-wide colloquium on children’s literature.

As Professor of children’s culture and literature, Dr. Høyrup’s research interests are situated broadly in the fields of children’s literature and culture, cultural and media studies, and the sociology of literature, knowledge and media. Her research has explored the history, poetics, theory, sociology and communication of children’s literature; children’s literacy in the light of digital literature, and verbal, visual and digital epistemologies; children’s media and culture; and childhood studies in an interdisciplinary perspective.

Present research projects include “Children’s Literature, Text and Canon: Studies in the Sociology of Knowledge,” which combines studies in the history and poetics of children’s literature with the theory and sociology of knowledge.

A second project is “Children’s Library 2.0: Digital Communication, Innovation and Learning.”

She has published extensively in Danish and English on children’s literature theory and canonicity, the European tradition in children’s literature, digital literature and new literacies, folk and fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Rowling, Pullman and Tolkien.

Professor Høyrup will teach two one-credit classes in Winter 2012-2013 Term Two.

LIBR 522B: Children’s Literature in a New Literacy Perspective (1). Saturday February 23 [9:00-12:00/1:00-5:00] in IBCL 191 and Friday March 15 [9:00-12:00/1:00-5:00] in SCARF 201.

In this course students will learn about a number of aesthetic and narrative developments in contemporary children’s literature and about theories of how the new media landscape and digital culture interact with our notions of children’s literature. Further course information and timetable available at http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/coursdes/libr/libr522b.htm

LIBR 522D: Children’s Literature, Canon Formation, and Canonicity (1). Taught by Helene Høyrup. Saturday March 9 [9:00-12:00/1:00-5:00] in IBCL 191 and March 23 [9:00-12:00/1:00-5:00] in SCARF 201.

In this course students will learn about theories and examples of canon formation and canonicity in relation to children’s literature. Further course information and timetable available at http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/coursdes/libr/libr522d.htm

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