Call for Proposals: Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature, June 11-13, 2020

Call​ ​for​ ​Proposals: 3rd Summit​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Research​ ​and​ ​Teaching​ ​of​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​Literature
June​ ​11, 12, and 13​ ​2020
Hosted​ ​by​ ​The​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​at​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Nevada​ ​Las​ ​Vegas​ ​(UNLV)

What​ ​conversations​ ​are​ ​emerging in​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​YA​ ​literature​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​its​ ​inclusion​ ​in​ the ​curriculum?​ How​ ​can​ ​we​ ​bring​ ​the contemporary​ ​issues​ ​that​ ​YA​ ​books​ ​offer​ ​into​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​and​ ​into​ ​our​ ​communities?​ ​How​ ​can​ ​scholars,​ ​teachers,​ ​librarians,​ ​human rights/literacy​ ​organizations,​ ​and​ ​authors​ ​work​ ​together​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​and​ ​shape​ ​the​ ​field​ ​in​ ​ethical​ ​ways?

The​ ​3rd Summit​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Research​ ​and​ ​Teaching​ ​of​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​Literature​ builds on the work of the first two held in 2018 and 2019. This Summit​ ​will​ ​be​ ​sponsored​ ​by​ ​The​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​at​ ​UNLV,​ ​The​ ​Gayle​ ​A.​ ​Zeiter​ ​Literacy​ ​Center,​ ​The Clark County School District, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

UNLV​ ​is​ ​located​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few​ ​miles​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Las​ ​Vegas​ ​strip​ ​with​ ​Miracle​ ​Mile​ ​shops,​ ​trendy​ ​restaurants,​ ​and​ ​great​ ​shows.​ ​It is​ ​a​ ​lively​ ​place​ ​to​ ​join​ ​authors​​ ​Ashley Hope Perez, Chris Crowe, and Steve Sheinkin ​​ ​for​ ​three​ ​days​ ​of​ ​dialogue on​ ​the​ ​state and value​ ​of​ ​YA​ ​literature.​ ​

This year the conference will have two distinct sections and registration possibilities: 1.) Three-day option: one day focused on research and two days on pedagogy. 2.) Two-day option: two days focused on pedagogy.

Day 1 Theme: The state of current research and where do we go next?
Researchers, students, teachers, librarians, and authors are asked to submit proposals that discuss current research, critique the field, address a specific question—own voices work, diverse representation, literary quality, the history of the field, or any number of topics. (See below for details.) ​Throughout​ ​the summit,​ ​emerging​ ​scholars​ ​will​ ​have​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​connect with​ ​established academics in a mentoring​ ​about​ ​dissertations​ ​and​ ​research​ ​projects.​

Day 2 and 3 Theme: What are the Pedagogical Possibilities of YA? Due to the nature of our invited keynote authors, there will be a specific focus on YA literature as a cross-curriculum tool.

These days will follow an expanded version of the 2019 summit. During that year we had a limited number of presenters with the opportunities for all attendees to see all of the presenters. (See the details at ​This year, because we anticipate the attendance of more experts in the field, we will structure the presentations during the two days in strands: YA and writing, YA and social justice issues, YA as a cross-curricular tool in all classrooms, YA and pedagogical possibilities, YA in the Library, and YA as “Real” Literature. An attendee can follow a strand or pick and choose throughout the two days.

On Friday evening there will be a public reading featuring the 3 authors.​ ​

Proposal​ ​Requirements:

Panel​ ​Discussion​​ ​​ ​(1​ ​hour) Panel​ ​discussions​ ​will​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​2-3 individual​ ​presentations​ ​around​ ​a​ ​common theme.​ ​Each​ ​panelist​ ​will​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​15-20 minute​ ​presentation,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​all​ ​panelists will​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​a​ ​brief​ ​discussion​ ​of​ ​the panel’s​ ​common​ ​theme.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are proposing​ ​a​ ​complete​ ​panel,​ ​submit​ ​one proposal​ ​that​ ​includes​ ​the​ ​required information​ ​for​ ​all​ ​panelists;​ ​otherwise,​ ​the conference​ ​planners​ ​will​ ​match​ ​you​ ​with other​ ​panelists​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​coherent​ ​panel.

Workshop​ ​Session​​ ​(1​ ​hour) Workshop​ ​sessions​ ​will engage​ ​participants​ ​in​ ​a focused​ ​activity​ ​grounded​ ​in the​ ​conference​ ​theme.​ ​Led​ ​by 1-3​ ​facilitators,​ ​workshops​ ​will provide​ ​an​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​and contextual​ ​support​ ​for​ ​a specific​ ​activity​ ​that​ ​will​ ​allow participants​ ​to​ ​produce​ ​a tangible​ ​product​ ​of​ ​some​ ​sort in​ ​the​ ​time​ ​provided.

● Name​ ​and​ ​affiliation ● Postal​ ​address,​ ​Email​ ​address ● Title​ ​of​ ​presentation​ ​or​ ​session ● Format​ ​and​ ​day ● Abstract​ ​(maximum​ ​50​ ​words) ● Description​ ​(maximum​ ​250 words)​ ​-​ ​​ ​topic,​ ​rationale, significance,​ ​and​ ​plans​ ​for engaging​ ​the​ ​
audience ● Names​ ​and​ ​information​ ​of others​ ​to​ ​be​ ​included​ ​in​ ​the session,​ ​if​ ​applicable
Proposals are due Jan. 31, 2020 and notifications will go out in February.

See Dr. Bickmore's website, YA Wednesday, for more details:
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