Biennial Conference on Children’s Literature

2020 UBC Biennial Graduate Student Research Conference on Children’s Literature – Fresh From the Fight: Heroes, Tricksters & Villains in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

This year’s conference will be held from Friday, July 2 to Sunday, July 4 i at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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History of the Graduate Student Conference
The MACL students, working with graduates students in other departments at the University of British Columbia,  have planned, organized, and presented at four peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, Graduate Student Research Conferences on Children’s Literature. Presenters include graduate students across academic disciplines and creative writing from other institutions across Canada and the United States. Plenary speakers have included internationally recognized academics in the field of children’s literature and authors such as Aidan Chambers, Eliza Dresang, Philip Nel, and Maria Tatar. The conference has been held every two years since 2006.

The students have created an online journal, The Journal of Graduate Research in Young People’s Materials and Culture, to publish a selection of presentation papers and creative writing pieces after each conference.

Past Conferences

Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education
This one-day conference was held on 30th April, 2016. The conference showcased graduate student research and creative writing that explores, questions and analyses issues surrounding the topic of diversity in children’s literature. This included research on narratives that depict diversity as well as the diverse formats we use to create and share narratives. The conference welcomed Dr Naomi Hamer (University of Winnipeg) and Dr Renee Hill (Syracuse University) to UBC as keynote speakers.

Please visit the conference website for more information, including the conference program.


“I Will Be Myself”: Identity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Media and Culture was held on May 3, 2014, featuring graduate student research on issues relating to the theme of identity in various elements of children’s and young adult literature. Research and creative pieces drew upon broadly interpreted themes of identity, including liminality, hybridity, Otherness or Othering, gender, and transformation. The conference keynote speaker was Dr Phillip Serrato, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.

Please see the conference website for more information, including the conference program.



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