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.
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:
Last Name, First Name
Affiliation (school, organization)
Title of Presentation
Panelist: Single 15-20 minute panel to be combined with other panelists.
Panel: An entire panel proposal consisting of 2-3 panelists.
Workshop session: 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.
Strand (Check all that apply.)
Academic: current research, critique the field, address specific questions (own voices, diverse representations, literary quality, history of the field, etc.
YA and writing
YA and social justice
YA for cross-curricular conversations
YA and pedagogical possibilities
YA and the library
YA as "real" literature
Abstract (maximum 50 words)
Description (maximum 250 words): include topic, rationale, significance, and plans for engaging the audience
Name and affiliation of other presenters to be included
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