The purpose of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature is to promote academic research into children’s literature. Membership is open to scholars from Ireland and other countries, and to researchers at all career stages, including postgraduate students. We welcome members from a wide range of disciplines, including literature, history, education, psychology, sociology, women’s studies, and fine arts. We seek to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of children’s literature. Our committee is elected every two years and you can read our constitution here
The Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (ISSCL) is delighted to invite submissions for the Society’s Biennial Award for an Outstanding Thesis on Children’s Literature. The award of 250 euro is open to current members of the society who submitted a Master’s thesis relating to children’s literature to a third-level institution in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland within the academic years 2015-16 or 2016-2017. Shortlisting will take place and the winner will be announced at an ISSCL event in late April 2018. Applicants must submit the following documents by Thursday 1st March 2018: a single sheet with the thesis title and the author’s name and contact details; a 1000-word summary of the thesis; the full thesis; a signed one-page letter on institution-headed paper from the thesis supervisor supporting the submission for the award and briefly outlining the distinctive qualities of the thesis. The primary language of these documents should be English or Irish. These documents should be submitted in PDF format and as attachments to an email application addressed to email@example.com. Submissions will be evaluated by the committee of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature according to criteria which will include: relevance to the field of children’s literature; the quality and significance of the research; its originality and thoroughness; the coherency and clarity of the summary. If two or more theses are deemed by the judges to be of equal quality, the award may be shared.
We are delighted to announce that the ISSCL’s biennial conference will take place in DCU’s All Hallows Campus on the 28-29 April 2017. The theme of the conference will be ‘Betwixt and Between: boundaries and peripheries in children’s culture’, and the keynote speaker will be Emerita Professor Máire Messenger Davies. The conference programme can be found here.
Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books have just announced the opening of the application process for 2016-17 David Almond Fellowships. Click here for further information, and here to download the application form.
We are delighted to announce that a special issue of Breac on children’s literature, edited by Anne Markey, President of the ISSCL, and Aedín Clements, University of Notre Dame, has just been published. You can access the online journal here.
In addition to a guide to recent critical writing on Irish children’s literature, contributors, including Karín Lesnik-Oberstein, Maria Nikolajeva, Clíona Ó Gallchoir, Róisín Adams, Kimberley Reynolds, Jones Irwin, Valerie Coghlan, Máire Bhreathnach, Lissa Paul, Roni Natov, Claire M. Dunne and James P. Sullivan, re-evaluate children’s literature in Ireland and abroad from new and important perspectives. Breac is a peer-reviewed, paperless, open access, Irish studies journal.
The ISSCL committee is delighted to announce that Jozefien Leest is the winner of the inaugural ISSCL Award for an Outstanding Master’s Thesis on Children’s Literature. Congratulations, Jozefien!
The ISSCL is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a seminar entitled ‘Picture This! Images and Children’s Books’ on the morning of Saturday the 16th of April, 2016, featuring PJ Lynch, Niamh Sharkey, Andrew Whitson and Valerie Coghlan. Further information coming soon.
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