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This five-day programme focuses on four thematic strands in children’s literature research:

All participants will attend all the plenary lectures (not just the ones listed in their preferred thematic strands).

They are then divided into small, interactive workshops according to their preferred thematic strand. Spaces in the workshops are limited, so if you have a clear preference, it’s best to register early to secure your place. Unfortunately, we cannot reserve spaces for students who have not completed registration. Each workshop includes a list with required advance reading. All participants are expected to complete this reading before the start of the workshop. A PDF of the academic articles and chapters will be provided on Blackboard, which will become available to participants a few weeks before the summer school starts. Participants are expected to get hold of the primary reading materials themselves.

Most workshops also list an assignment for students who want to earn credits for the summer school. Please respect the deadlines and guidelines for submission.

On Tuesday afternoon, participants will take part in a walking seminar. Details will be shared in February.

For Thursday afternoon, participants choose one of the following activities:


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Participants in 2019 at the Chocolate Museum

Visit to an illustrator

Some reactions on the 2019 summer school:

"The lectures and the fairy-tale workshops were engaging and extremely thought-provoking. I rarely felt so inspired by an academic context and, from talking with other participants, I can say that this was a shared feeling across the board. It was a great conclusion to this academic year and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of it."

Some reactions on the 2018 summer school:

“It's my hope that this specific summer school about Children's literature may continue for at least the next ten years. It was inspiring and motivating, not only by following all of the classes but also by the people who took part in it.”

“I absolutely loved the positive energy that everyone had, the interaction between speakers and students and just generally everything I've learned. I will sign up for next year's edition.”