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Eventyrkonferanse i Estland: We Grow up with Stories

This is the fifth time when the international conference The Power of Fairy Tales will take place in Haapsalu. The conference of 2017 will keep pace with the topic of the year, which is dedicated to the children and the youth culture. The conference is named “We Grow up with Stories!”

The presentations deal with the following topics: children in the stories and the stories that surround them.

In fairy tales it is often so that the central character is a child or a young person who, through their experience and ordeals, grow and strengthen in soul and body. Those, who are kind, sympathetic and selfless, find their happiness. They find kind helpers and experience miracles. They learn to master their difficulties and discover their own abilities, which they had not been aware of earlier.

While being part of these old stories, every listener or watcher goes through the process of growing. The stories are full of lifelong wisdom; they forward, straightforwardly or allegorically, ethical norms that are also true nowadays.

If we want our children to be good companions in our lives, we should tell them fairy tales. The old stories act like bridges between generations.  While there is difficult to find a novel that all three generation have read, there are fairy tales, which can be the topics over generations: between mothers and children, grandparents and grandchildren. Fairy tales are an inevitable part of one’s childhood.

The history of fairy tale conferences in Haapsalu goes back as far as the year 2009. Then, as we are going to do this time, people from different countries of the world who appreciate fairy tales, were invited to share their experience and knowledge. The main target group of our conference are the leaders of reading: parents, librarians, teachers, activity leaders, everybody who has taken the culture connected to children close to their heart, who consider fairy tales as an important part of children’s life and want to foster the culture of telling fairy tales.

The second conference took place in 2011 and it was named “Creativity through Fairy Tales”. It was focused on the fields, which have been inspired by fairy tales. The third meeting at Haapsalu in 2013 was named “ Tell Me a Story”. The conference of 2015 was dedicated to Estonian poet and writer Ernst Enno, well loved by both children and grown-ups, and was called “Take Me to the Rainbow”.

The conference will take place at Haapsalu on June 1, 2017.

Call for papers: Fantasylitteratur

Call for papers: Children’s and young adult fantasy litterature: past, present, future.

An international one-day conference hosted by

  • Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Fo-Guang University, Taiwan
  • Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association (TCLRA)
  • Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
  • Venue: Fo-Guang University, Taiwan
  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Vanessa Joosen, Antwerp University, Belgium

The ability to fantasize, a creative faculty of the human mind, has been a rich source of so-called “children’s and young adult fantasy literature,” an umbrella term that covers a variety of genres like myths, folklore, fairy tales, fantasy stories, ghost stories, science fiction, time slip narratives, dystopian/utopian fiction, etc. From generation to generation, adult writers around the world communicate various visions of life, values, and desires to young readers through children’s and young adult fantasy literature. In the modern era of rapid social change and cultural transmission, children’s and young adult fantasy literature has generated new themes of works, diverse modes of artistic expressions, and even new generic features.

Topics

The conference invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations to explore any aspect of children’s and young adult fantasy literature. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical approaches to genres
  • Crossover stories
  • Time slip narratives
  • Classic fantasy
  • Contemporary fantasy
  • Cultural/national identity
  • Environment
  • Ideology
  • Gender
  • Posthumanism
  • Time/space
  • Film/animation/theater adaptations of fantasy works
  • Retellings of folklore, fairy tales, myths, and other fantastic narratives
  • Fantasy in picture books and other visual texts

Important dates

  • 14 February 2017: Abstracts Due
  • 28 February 2017: Notification of Acceptance
  • 30 September 2017: Revised abstract due for printing in the conference handbook
  • 25 November 2017: Date of Conference

Please submit an abstract (300 words in English) and a short bio (50-100 words in English) to Chen-Wei Yu at cwyu@gm.fgu.edu.tw.

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