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2015 Conference


The next ISSCL conference will take place on 10 and 11 April 2015, in the newly built dlr LexIcon library building in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.  The theme is ‘Constructing childhoods and texts for children,’ and the call for papers is open now.


Call for Papers

In Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), John Locke articulated a perceived link between his construction of childhood and texts for children by advocating the use of pleasant, easy reading material in the moral and social formation of the child. In the centuries that followed, approaches to childhood have varied and multiplied, and children’s literature has both reflected and resisted those changes. Proposals are invited on the overall theme and associated topics in the context of both Irish and international literature for children, and also in relation to print and other media. Papers in both the Irish language and English language will be most welcome. Cuirfear fáilte roimh chainteanna as Gaeilge agus as Béarla.


Possible topics include but are not confined to:


  • Theoretical approaches to childhood and their influence on children’s literature;
  • Children’s literature in the classroom;
  • Translation of texts for children;
  • Adaptations and retellings of adult texts for children;
  • Image and the visual in texts for children
  • Childhood in film and drama for children;
  • Constructing childhood through new media;
  • The history of publishing for children.


Proposals of 300 words maximum should be sent to Anne Markey, ISSCL President.


Subject line should read “ISSCL Proposal” to arrive no later than Monday 15h December 2014.


The second biennial ISSCL conference  took place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March 2014 at  An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth.
The conference theme was Be Merry and Wise: Children’s Literature from Chapbooks to the Digital Age‘. You can download the conference programme here, and find out more here.


The ISSCL heartily congratulates former committee members Dr Keith O’Sullivan (CICE) and Dr Pádraic Whyte (TCD) on receiving a major IRC research award to develop a large-scale project on children’s book collections in Ireland.
Dr Whyte and Dr O’Sullivan have been awarded a major Irish Research Council grant of over €350,000 to develop the children’s book project. This interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project will also involve the examination of children’s book collections in the city of Dublin. Over a period of two years, a team of researchers will document children’s book collections held in several Irish institutions including Trinity College, the National Library of Ireland, the Church of Ireland College of Education, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Pearse Street Library. The collaborative venture will provide scholars and students of children’s literature, childhood studies, and education with an online resource detailing bibliographical, copy-specific information about key texts in the city’s collections. At present, no central resource exists for research in children’s books in Ireland. This project will gather and consolidate information from a range of catalogues and listings, allow researchers to search all collections simultaneously, provide overviews of the research potential of each collection, and present detailed accounts of and digital images from significant children’s texts.
The project will provide a comprehensive catalogue of children’s books in Dublin, consolidating the many varied and disparate collections found in the five libraries in Dublin. It will highlight the potential of each collection for the development of research, primarily in the disciplines of literary studies and education studies. The national collection database will provide a solid foundation from which scholars, both Irish and international, may conduct advanced research in children’s literature. The project will be based at the School of English, TCD, and is supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub.



The latest ISSCL publication, Children’s Literature on the Move: Nations, Translations, Migrations, is edited by Nora Maguire and Beth Rodgers and published by Four Courts Press as part of the Studies in Children’s Literature series. It was launched by Prof Michael Cronin (DCU) on Wednesday, November 13th 2013 at The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar Dublin.

On November 7th 2012, the ISSCL volume What Do We Tell the Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature, edited by Ciara Ní Bhroin and Patricia Kennon and published by Cambridge Scholars Press, was launched at Coláiste Mhuire, Marino, Dublin. Robert Dunbar’s launch speech is available to read here and photos from the launch are up on our facebook page. Thanks to all those who came along!

What Do We Tell the Children flyer