Maaheen Ahmed is an associate professor of comparative literature at Ghent University and principal investigator of the COMICS project, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant.


Clémentine Beauvais

Clémentine BeauvaisClémentine Beauvais is a Senior Lecturer in English in Education at the University of York (UK). She has worked on children’s literature theory, the history and cultural sociology of child giftedness, and is now working on literary translation in education, looking at the uses of literary translation in the classroom for purposes of language learning and literary education. 

Julia Benner

Julia Benner is a tenure-track Professor for Modern German Literature and Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Media at the Institute of German Literature at the Humboldt-University, Berlin.

Ada Bieber

Ada BieberAda Bieber, PhD, teaches and researches in the Department of German Literature at Humboldt-University, Berlin. In her research, she focuses on German Studies and comparative studies in young people's literature and art.

  • Seminar walks guide



Daniel Feldman

Daniel FeldmanDaniel Feldman is a lecturer of English literature at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he specializes in Holocaust literature and young adult fiction about the Holocaust. His articles have appeared in The Lion and the Unicorn, Children’s Literature, and Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

Lindsey Geybels

Lindsey GeybelsLindsey Geybels is a PhD researcher at the University of Antwerp and part of the ERC-project Constructing Age For Young Readers led by Vanessa Joosen. Her research focuses on the influence that the age of the intended reader has on the construction of age in fiction for children and young adults. For this study, she uses digital tools to look into the work of crosswriters.

  • Research Methods workshop: "Age studies and Digital Humanities I: Introduction to tools and research questions; practical workshop" (with Wouter Haverals and Lindsey Geybels)
  • Research Methods workshop: "Age studies and Digital Humanities II: practical workshop and analysis of results" (with Wouter Haverals and Lindsey Geybels)
Vanessa Joosen

JoosenVanessa Joosen is associate professor of English literature and children’s literature at the University of Antwerp. She organizes the Children's Literature Summer School.

  • Research Methods workshop: "Age studies and Digital Humanities I: Introduction to tools and research questions; practical workshop" (with Wouter Haverals and Lindsey Geybels)
  • Research Methods workshop: "Age studies and Digital Humanities II: practical workshop and analysis of results" (with Wouter Haverals and Lindsey Geybels)
  • Optional PhD programme: "Writing Irresistible Grant Proposals"
Elizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth MarshallElizabeth Marshall is an associate professor at the Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include children’s literature, life writing, picture books, graphic novels, and popular culture.

Breanna J. McDaniel

Breanna J. McDanielB.J. McDaniel hails from College Park, GA and is the author of debut picture book, Hands Up! She is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge, where her research is focused on readers' responses to the depiction of black children as food in contemporary picture books. 

Lindsay Myers

Lindsay MyersLindsay Myers is a Lecturer in Italian and Children’s Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of  Making the Italians: Poetics and Politics of Italian Children’s Literature (Peter Lang, 2012).

Sarah Park Dahlen

Sarah Park Dahlen

Sarah Park Dahlen is an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches courses on youth materials and library services, storytelling, and library science.

Her research addresses transracially adopted Koreans in children’s literature, the information behaviors of adopted Koreans, and diversity in children’s literature and library education.

Frauke Pauwels

Frauke Pauwels is a children's literature researcher at the University of Antwerp. Her PhD research is focused on the representation of scientists and STEM, along with identity construction and active citizenship, in fictional and nonfictional children's literature.

  • Summer school organizer



Kimberley Reynolds

Kimberley ReynoldsKimberley Reynolds is the Professor of Children’s Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University in the UK. In 2013 she received the International Brothers Grimm Award for her contributions to the field of children’s literature research.

She conceived and was the first Director of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature and was involved in founding the UK’s Children’s Laureate and setting up Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. 

  • Lecture: "Transgressive illusions and radical visions: circuses in twentieth-century children's literature"
  • Research Methods workshop: "'Archives hold what it is thought worth collecting' (Karen Sánchez-Eppler). Understanding children's literature archives and using them effectively"
  • Classics of Children's Literature II workshop: "Tom's Midnight Garden: The role of illustration in making a classic"
Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds is emeritus professor of theatre studies at Newcastle University, UK. In addition to his scholarly work and publications on texts in performance, he has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. At the National he was the creative director of “Stagework” the double BAFTA award winning performance site. He has run theatre workshops on behalf of the British Council and others, worked on making theatre in prisons, and with young in people in secondary education. 

  • Research Methods workshop: "Page to stage and screen: The complicated adaptation history of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials"
  • Optional PhD programme: "Presentation skills: how to maximise your professional impact, manage nerves, and effectively deliver the outcomes of your research at conferences"
Björn Sundmark

SutliffBjörn Sundmark is Professor of English literature at Malmö University (Sweden), where he chairs the English teacher programme. His teaching also includes electable courses on children’s literature, such as “Children’s Literature in a Global Perspective,” an introductory course that has been running every semester for 15 years.

Sundmark has published numerous articles and chapters on children’s literature, and is the author of the study Alice in the Oral-Literary Continuum (1999). 

Sara Van den Bossche

Sara Van den Bossche is Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature Studies at Tilburg University (the Netherlands). Her main teaching and research topics are ethnic and cultural diversity, literary competence, canonisation, adaptation, picture books, and crossover literature.

Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer

Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer has been professor of children’s literature since 1998. She published, among other things, on girl’s literature, adolescent literature, age studies, and life writing. Since 2011, she coordinates the children’s literature master at Tilburg University. This university is also one of the partners in the Erasmus Mundus International Master Children’s Literature, Media and Culture, which started in September 2019.

Karin E. Westman

WestmanAlison Waller is Reader at the University of Roehampton, London, and member of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL). Her most recent publication Rereading Childhood Books: a Poetics (Bloomsbury 2019) explores the ways that adults remember and return to books from the past.

Nils Pieters

Nils Pieters is a well-known illustrator from Flanders. He studied illustration with Carll Cneut at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent and has published many picture books with various publishers since. When he's not illustrating books, he works as an art educator at academies across Flanders. The illustrations for this year's Summer School communication stem from his book 'Fox and Goldfish'.

While his illustrations are often created for stories with a deeper meaning, his style always remains colourful and humorous. 

  • Lecture: (tba)