The 14th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research

1-3 July, 2022, Online and with a hub in Perth, Western Australia

Owning Our Voices

Authenticity, Legitimacy, and Agency in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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Wandju, wandju, nidja Noongar Boodja.

Welcome to Perth, Western Australia. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which the 14th Bienniel Conference of ACLAR will be held – the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise the connection to culture and the continuing contributions made by the Noongar people to the life of this city and this region.

The conference will take place between 1 – 3 July, 2022 at Curtin University’s St George’s Terrace precinct, in Perth city centre.

You can learn more about Noongar history and culture by visiting Kaartdijin Noongar.

Our Call for Papers (now closed) may be found here: ACLAR 2022 CFP – extended.

Perth, Western Australia

Conference News

Registrations Closing Soon

Please note: Registrations for online attendance close Wednesday 29/6/22. Registrations for in person attendance at the Perth Hub are now closed.

 Conference Hubs

In addition to the Perth Hub, located at the City of Perth Library, we will also be operating two additional informal Hubs at Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, and the University of Newcastle, Newcastle in New South Wales. For more information, if you would like to attend these Hubs, please contact:

Keynotes Announced!

We are very excited to announce our two keynotes for the Conference.

The Centre for Research into Young People’s Texts and Cultures, based out of the University of Winnipeg and led by Dr Mavis Reimer, Dr Doris Wolf and Dr Melanie Braith, will discuss their current project, Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation.

The overall goal of this SSHRC Partnership project is to move forward the ongoing work of reclaiming Indigenous languages, histories, and knowledges among the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak (Rocky Cree), work that is taking place now in the context of the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) for, among many other things, the revitalization of Indigenous cultures, the “relearning of Canada’s national history,” and the reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. In doing so, the project seeks to create a range of picture books and digital texts aimed at young people, as well as teacher resources intended to develop culturally competent pedagogy and advance reconciliation.

#LoveOzYA will bring an exciting to panel to discuss the importance – and the challenges – of bringing diverse voices to the Australian YA market. Led by Kate Eltham, this panel will feature Own Voices authors as well as exploring the mission of the Australian Young Adult Literature Alliance. The Alliance, better known by their hashtag #LoveOzYA, promote diverse voices in publishing and advocate for the success and reputation of Australian youth literature in all its varied forms.

New Venue

In line with our transition from a traditional conference to a hub, we are pleased to announce our new venue will be the City of Perth Library. With dedicated floors for the Children’s and Young Adult collections, the City of Perth Library will provide a fantastic space in which those heading to Perth can meet.

Presentation from The Literature Centre

We are excited to announce that Anna Hardy from Fremantle’s renowned Literature Centre will be giving a presentation introducing you to the exciting range of Western Australian writers and illustrators of books for both children and young adults. This is an excellent opportunity to familiarise yourself with some of the cutting edge creators working way out west.

The Peter Williams Collection at the State Library of Western Australia

The State Library of WA is the proud host of the Peter Williams Collection, a vast collection of original illustrations and artworks from Australian Children’s Literature, dating back to 1920. The collection encompasses thousands of illustrations, sketches, storyboards, and colour studies from renowned Australian artists, including Alison Lester, Kerry Argent, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Wendy Binks, Leigh Hobbs, Bob Graham, Shaun Tan and more. A rotating exhibition is also on display, currently Perfectly Posh: Illustrations by Gabriel Evans. Next up is a retrospective of acclaimed Western Australian artist and writer, Frané Lessac, The Art of the Story.

This is a must-see collection. Researchers can also search the online database. More about the collection can be found here.

Conference Update

We had hoped that the lifting of travel restrictions would have allowed us to offer a traditional conference experience. At this stage, however, the majority of our presenters have elected to participate online. As a result, we will be moving away from a traditional in-person conference to a hub model. All papers and workshops will be delivered online, with a catered ‘hub’ operating in Perth for those who might wish to gather and connect in person. We will be relocating to a more intimate venue (details to be announced soon) where in-person delegates can connect and share in the conference panels, workshops and keynotes.

For those gathering in Perth, we will be offering morning tea and lunch catering as part of the Registration fee, as well as a casual conference dinner on Friday 1 July for an additional charge. Note, we have reduced Registration fees as a result of this change.

Papers Special Issue

ACLAR are pleased to announce that Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature will be publishing a special conference issue. Presenters at the conference will be able to submit academic papers of 5000-7000 words developed from their conference paper.

When submitting your manuscript, please specify that it is a submission for the special issue. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Workshops

In addition to our keynote speakers and a diverse range of panels, ACLAR are excited to announce that we will also be offering three online workshops facilitated by expert panels:

  • Social Media for Scholars
  • Seeking and Writing For Publications
  • Congrats, You’ve Graduated! What Now?

Kate McInally Essay Prize

The winner of the Kate McInally Postgraduate Essay Prize, valued at $500, will be announced at the conference. More information about the prize can be found under the Awards & Grants tab above.

Conference Venue

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Perth hub within the award-winning City of Perth library. Opening just five years ago, the Library is an essential community hub providing a huge collection of both digital and physical books and archive materials. With dedicated floors for their children’s and young adult collections, the Library is sure to be an engaging and intreresting venue for thiose who are able to travel to Perth.

Just a short walk from our original conference venue, the Library is located in the redeveloped Cathedral Square in the heart of the city.

You can explore the Library here.

Perth and Surrounds

Image credits:

George Bakos, Urlaubstracker, Harry Cunningham, Nathan Hurst, Mark Stoop, Amanda Klamrowski, Dylan Alcock, Ever Omar Laura Perez, Joshua Leong, Fabian Kühe 

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker One

CRYTC: Centre for Research into Young People’s Texts and Culture

Led by Dr Doris Wolf and Dr Mavis Reimer, the CRYTC has embarked on an ambitious project: Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation. This project, aimed at young people and their teachers, contributes to the ongoing work of reclaiming Indigenous languages, histories, and knowledges among the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak (Rocky Cree).

Keynote Speaker Two

#LoveOzYA

The Australian Young Adult Literature Alliance

The Australian Young Adult Literature Alliance, better known as #LoveOzYA, champion diversity and Own Voices literature within Australia.

A panel presentation feature committee members and Own Voices authors, this will prove to be an engaging and thought provoking keynote.

Conference Program

 Please note: The button below will open a new tab. Once there, click ‘ACLAR Program July 1-3’ to download the PDF program.

Registration

 Please Note: Registrations for in-person attendance at the Perth Hub have now closed. Online attendance still available.

Attendance at Perth Hub – Full                                                                                       (includes online registration & catering)                                   $100

Attendance at Perth Hub – Student                                                                                    (includes online registration & catering)                                   $70

Online Only Registration (Full)                                                    $40

Online Only Registration (Student)                                            $30

Accommodation

Quay Hotel Perth

Quay Hotel Perth is located just a short walk from the conference venue. It has rooms from $170 and faces Elizabeth Quay and the beautiful Swan River.

Ibis Styles East Perth

The Ibis Styles has rooms from $123. It is a 25 minute walk from the conference venue, or take advantage of the free public transport in the city centre.

Hotel Rendezvous Perth Central

The Hotel Rendezvous Perth Central is also just a short walk from the conference venue, with rooms starting at $110 per night.

Things to do in Perth

Information about acessibility for those with mobility issues can be found here.

Destination Perth

Your guide for things to do in Perth.

Visit Destination Perth here.

Swan Valley

Only 45 minutes from Perth, the Swan Valley is home to historic buildings, wineries, distilleries, gourmet produce and scenic river views.

Get a taste for it here.

The Literature Centre

Located within the historic former Fremantle Prison, the Literature Centre is WA’s renowned children’s literature institution.

Take a peek here.

Perth Cultural Centre

Home to the State Library of WA, the Art Gallery of WA and the newly redeveloped, award-winning West Australia Museum, Boola Bardip. The State Theatre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Blue Room Theatre round out the precinct.

Take a stroll here.

Northbridge

Perth’s vibrant, multicultural nightlife district is home to everything from restaurants and cafes, to quirky shopping experiences, theatres and live music venues, international grocers, secret bars, rooftop bars, breweries and nightclubs.

Check it out here.

Queer Perth

Perth is home to a vibrant queer scene. Out in Perth and Queer Perth are two informative resources for queer visitors to Perth.

Out in Perth

Queer Perth

Past Conferences

2018

‘Houses of Learning: Education in Chidren’s Literature and Children’s Literature as Education’

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 12-14 July 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers: Associate Professor Marah Gubar, Kate de Goldi, Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie

2016

‘Shifting Landscapes: Diversity, Text and Young People’

Charles Sturt University, Wagga, Wagga

2014

‘Emotional Control: Affect, Ideology and Texts for Young People’

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor John Stephens, Dr Juanita Feros Ruys

Guest speaker: Jackie French, Australian Children’s Laureate

2012

‘If We’re Being Honest… The Facts and Fictions of Children’s Literature’

The University of Canberra/National Library of Australia, ACT, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor Clare Bradford, Professor Kerry Mallan, Mr Shaun Tan

2010

‘Children’s Literature and its Politics: Representation and the Rules of Engagement’

The University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor Mavis Reimer, Professor Jean Webb

2008

‘Other Worlds in Children’s Literature: Fantasy, Reality and Imagination’

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Keynote speakers: Professor Roderick McGillis, Professor Jerry Griswold

2006

‘Children’s Literature at the Edge: New Texts, New Technologies, New Readings, New Readers’

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia

Keynote speaker: Professor Kerry Mallan

2004

‘Imaging Childhood’

University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor Perry Nodelman and Mr Shaun Tan

2002

‘Seriously Playful’

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2001

‘Cinderella Transformed’

Christchurch College of Education, Christchurch, New Zealand

1999

‘Children’s Literature Matters’

Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1998

‘Something to Crow About’

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

1997

‘Old Neighbours, New Visions’

University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

Past Conferences

2018

‘Houses of Learning: Education in Chidren’s Literature and Children’s Literature as Education’

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 12-14 July 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers: Associate Professor Marah Gubar, Kate de Goldi, Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie

2016

‘Shifting Landscapes: Diversity, Text and Young People’

Charles Sturt University, Wagga, Wagga

2014

‘Emotional Control: Affect, Ideology and Texts for Young People’

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor John Stephens, Dr Juanita Feros Ruys

Guest speaker: Jackie French, Australian Children’s Laureate

2012

‘If We’re Being Honest… The Facts and Fictions of Children’s Literature’

The University of Canberra/National Library of Australia, ACT, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor Clare Bradford, Professor Kerry Mallan, Mr Shaun Tan

2010

‘Children’s Literature and its Politics: Representation and the Rules of Engagement’

The University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor Mavis Reimer, Professor Jean Webb

2008

‘Other Worlds in Children’s Literature: Fantasy, Reality and Imagination’

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Keynote speakers: Professor Roderick McGillis, Professor Jerry Griswold

2006

‘Children’s Literature at the Edge: New Texts, New Technologies, New Readings, New Readers’

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia

Keynote speaker: Professor Kerry Mallan

2004

‘Imaging Childhood’

University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Keynote speakers: Professor Perry Nodelman and Mr Shaun Tan

2002

‘Seriously Playful’

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2001

‘Cinderella Transformed’

Christchurch College of Education, Christchurch, New Zealand

1999

‘Children’s Literature Matters’

Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1998

‘Something to Crow About’

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

1997

‘Old Neighbours, New Visions’

University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

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