Children's Literature and Digital Humanities

University of Antwerp
Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October 2020

This conference will take place online. Registration is free, but required

In recent years, Digital Humanities has had a big impact on the field of literary studies as a whole, but its presence in children’s literature studies has been limited so far. This two-day conference seeks to unite scholars using digital tools for the analysis of children’s literature, culture and media to reflect on the state of the art, exchange methodological expertise, discuss avenues and issues for further research and build networks. We offer papers and round-table discussions on the following topics:

  • Building and using digital archives of children’s books
  • Methodological opportunities and challenges in applying DH to children’s literature
  • Macroanalytic approaches to children’s literature (with a focus on e.g. canonisation, cultural change, diversity)
  • Topic modelling and children’s books
  • Stylometric approaches to children’s literature
  • Network analysis and children’s literature (both content analysis and network analyses of the field)
  • Digital analyses of visuals in children’s books
  • Digital scholarly editing of children’s books
  • Methodologies for exploring digital adaptations of children’s literature (e-books, audio books, animated picture books)
  • Bridging the gap between computational approaches to children’s literature and the dissemination of results to a wide audience
  • Digital tools to organize and facilitate children’s literature research

This conference is hosted by the Antwerp Centre for Digital Humanities and Literary Criticism (ACDC), in collaboration with the research team of the ERC-funded project Constructing Age for Young Readers (CAFYR). The conference organisers are Vanessa Joosen and Wouter Haverals. It has received funding from the Department of Literature at the University of Antwerp and the Flemish research council FWO.