A Special Issue of theÂ Children’s Literature Association Quarterly
Edited by Philip Nel
Deadline: 1 November 2017
In September 2015, photos of three-year-old Alan Kurdi – his corpse washed ashore on a Turkish beach – came to symbolize the urgencyÂ of the Syrian refugee crisis. World leaders promised to do more, people debated whether printing the pictures was appropriate, andÂ charities experienced a surge in donations. In children’s literature, the figure of the child as refugee, migrant, or displaced citizen has longÂ been a powerful trope, disrupting the assumed connection between personal identity and national identity, exposing virulent xenophobia, but also awakening compassion and kindness.Â As Europe faces its largest refugee crisis since World War II (and demagogues stoke nativist/racist anger in Europe and North America), this special issueÂ will examine children’s literature’s response – both contemporary and historicalÂ – to refugees, migrants, and members of diasporic communities.
Subjects papers might consider include (but are not limited to)Â how texts for children represent:Â the ways in which the term “migrant” can dehumanize people, whetherÂ persecuted minorities qualify for refugee status in their own countries, the many reasons for displacement (such as race, religion, nationality,Â ethnicity, sexuality, war, economics), questions concerning human rights,Â and how the vulnerable figure of the child brings these questions intoÂ sharper focus.
Papers should conform to the usual style ofÂ ChLAQÂ and be between 6000 and 9000 words in length.Â Please send queries and completed essays toÂ Philip Nel (email@example.com, with “ChLAQ Essay” in the subject line) by 1 November 2017.Â The essays chosen will appear in theÂ Children’s Literature Association QuarterlyÂ 43.4 (Winter 2018).