Clémentine Beauvais is a Senior Lecturer at the University of York and a researcher in the fields of children's literature, and translation in education. She is interested in anything and everything theory-related in children's literature, and practice-related in translation. She is also a writer and a translator from English to French.
Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak is Associate Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław, Poland. She has published on contemporary children’s literature and culture, participatory research with children, new materialism and posthumanism. She is the author of Yes to Solidarity, No to Oppression: Radical Fantasy Fiction and Its Young Readers (2016). She has also co-edited (with Zoe Jaques) Intergenerational Solidarity in Children’s Literature and Film (2021) and (with Irena Barbara Kalla) Rulers of Literary Playgrounds: Politics of Intergenerational Play in Children’s Literature (2021) and Children’s Literature and Intergenerational Relationships: Encounters of the Playful Kind (2022). She is a Fulbright fellow (Rutgers University) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow (Anglia Ruskin University), as well as a Polish Foundation for Science and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange grantee. She is also a former member of the IRSCL executive board and a reviews editor of International Research in Children’s Literature. She is the University of Wrocław coordinator in the Erasmus Mundus International Master: Children’s Literature, Media & Culture.
Giuliana Fenech (PhD) is an academic researcher and practitioner in literature and technology, multimedia literature, Digital Humanities and storytelling, with a special interest in children and young adult literature. She is interested in exploring matters and sites of human connection, the impact of technology on storytelling as well as notions of risk, play, and make-believe. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the set up and curation of numerous projects involving stories and multimedia, stories and cultural heritage, stories and children, as well as dramaturgy. She lectures in the Department of English, at the University of Malta, and runs a storytelling organisation, Lignin Stories.
Macarena García-González is currently a postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow at University of Glasgow. She investigates the shifting relationships between literature, cultural materials, epistemologies, children and social justice working with transdisciplinary and collaborative methodologies. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies from the University of Zurich and a MA on Cultural Studies from the University of Maastricht. She has authored two monographs —Origin Narratives. The Stories We Tell Children about Immigration and International Adoption (Routledge, 2017) and Enseñando a sentir. Repertorios éticos en la ficción infantil (Metales Pesados, 2021)—, as well as several articles and book chapters on children's literature, reading promotion, culture and education. She has been visiting scholar at the Institute for Cultural Studies in Graz, the Collegium Helveticum in Switzerland, the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich. She has led the research project “Emotional and Literary Repertoires for Childhood” (2018-2022), a new materialist exploration of the affective in encounters between texts and children, as well as the research line BioSocioCultural Inclusion. Challenging Homogeneity in Educational Spaces at the Center for Educational Justice of the Catholic University of Chile. She was the convener of the 25th IRSCL Congress Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements and is part of the IRSCL executive board since 2019.
Marah Gubar, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, is the author of Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature, which came out from Oxford University Press in 2009 and won the Children’s Literature Association Book Award. A through-line that connects her past and present work is her appreciative recognition of how creative writers and other artists whose audience includes young people have paved the way for critical theorists by generating nuanced accounts of youth agency that acknowledge the existence of age-related asymmetries of ability, experience, and power without essentializing them. Inspired by their work, she has written a series of essays that grapple with fundamental questions regarding how to think about what it means to be a child (“Risky Business”; “The Hermeneutics of Suspicion”); how to conceive and teach children’s literature (“On Not Defining Children’s Literature”; “Toothless Pedagogy?”), and how to characterize the history of—and imagine a possible future for—the concept of childhood innocence (“Entertaining Children of All Ages”; revised entry on “Innocence” for the second edition of Keywords for Children’s Literature, edited by Philip Nel, Lissa Paul, and Nina Christensen).
Vanessa Joosen is associate professor of English literature and children’s literature at the University of Antwerp. She is the author of, among others, Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press, 2011), which won an ALA Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Publication, and co-editor of Grimm’s Tales Around the Globe (2014), for which she and Gillian Lathey received the ChLA Honour Award for edited book. Vanessa Joosen’s most recent research focuses on the intersections between age studies and children’s literature, which has resulted in the edited volume Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media (University of Mississippi Press, 2018) and the monograph Adulthood in Children’s Literature (Bloomsbury, 2018). In 2018, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for the project Constructing Age for Young Readers (CAFYR), where she and her research team will use methods from genetic criticism, digital humanities and reader response theory to study age in children’s books.
Anna Kérchy is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Szeged, Hungary, where she is the head of the Doctoral Program in Literatures and Cultures in English and a founding member of the Gender Studies Research Group. She is teaching courses on reading and translating nonsense literature, fairy tale rewritings, intersections of Victorian and postmodern fantastic imagination, and women’s life-writing among others. She enjoys exploring children’s and young adult literature from interdisciplinary perspectives blending literary theory, body studies, and post-semiotics (with a special interest in poststructuralist language philosophy, corporeal narratology, somaesthetics, critical posthumanism and theories of transmediation and image-textual dynamics). Her publications include the monographs Alice in Transmedia Wonderland (2016) that won the HUSSE book award, Body-Texts in the Novels of Angela Carter (2008) and Essays on Feminist Aesthetics, Narratology, and Body Studies (in Hungarian, 2018). She also (co)edited nine essay collections including Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales (2011), Posthumanism in Fantastic Fiction (2018), The Fairy-Tale Vanguard (with Stijn Praet, 2019), and Transmediating and Translating Children’s Literature (with Björn Sundmark, 2020). She is the editor of the scholarly e-journal (Mesecentrum Tanulmányok) of IGYIC The Hungarian Center for Children’s and Youth Literature.
Yasmine Motawy teaches rhetoric and composition at the American University in Cairo and is a scholar, translator, educator, critic, consultant, and editor who has published extensively on Arab children’s literature. She served on the 2021 Bologna Ragazzi Award Jury, the 2016 and 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury, the 2017 Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature jury, and on the Arabic selection committee of the UN SDG Book Club (2019-2020). She was on the board of Egyptian Board on Books for Young People (2012-2018) and received the Andrew Mellon Foundation postdoctoral grant in 2018. In 2021, she authored Silence Between the Waves: Children’s Picturebooks and Contemporary Egyptian Society, and in 2022 received the Research and Creative Endeavors Award from the American University in Cairo.
Dragana Radanović is a Doctoral researcher in Arts and Social sciences, working on her project at the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven and LUCA School of Arts. Dragana is especially interested in children's literature regarding difficult topics, unconventional children's books and comics, and graphic narratives about marginalised experiences of the world. Her practice-based research focuses on the representation of childhood in graphic narratives. She explores and challenges conventions currently dominating the discourses about childhood by making a graphic novel about her early experiences of the bombing of Serbia in 1999. Her project explores the current gaze on childhood in society and challenges how we think and communicate about this life period. In 2020 it has been awarded FWO's fundamental research grant.
Krzysztof Rybak is a research assistant at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales,” University of Warsaw, Poland. He holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies and a postgraduate diploma in children’s literature. Currently, he is finishing his Ph.D. dissertation on the narrative strategies in contemporary Polish children’s literature on the Holocaust (within a research project “Oczami dziecka”). He is a member of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature and the “Nature in Children’s Literature and Culture” research group. In 2018 and 2021 he received International Youth Library in Munich fellowship that he promotes on every occasion. As a Children’s Literature Summer School veteran, he quickly fell in love with Flemish and Dutch children’s literature authors and illustrators. For some time now his main research interest is children’s nonfiction that he investigates within a research project “Dziecięca książka informacyjna w XXI wieku: tendencje – metody badań – modele lektury” [Informational Children’s Book in the 21st Century: Trends – Research methods – Models of reading] (2021–2024). Besides academic activity, he also reviews children’s books and films for a Polish online magazine “Kultura Liberalna.”
Lara Saguisag is Associate Professor and the inaugural Georgiou Chair in Children’s Literature and Literacy at New York University. Her research, teaching, and community-facing projects are informed by climate justice, energy justice, and abolitionist movements. Her current book project, tentatively titled When Oil and Childhood Mix, investigates the ways children’s cultural forms naturalize and interrogate human relationships with fossil fuels. Through the Children’s Literature Association’s Climate Justice Interest Group, which Lara founded and currently convenes, she works with colleagues to develop and promote climate justice pedagogies. With Marek Oziewicz, she co-founded Climate Lit, an open-access web resource for teaching climate change and climate justice through children’s and young adult literature. In her monograph Incorrigibles and Innocents: Constructing Childhood and Citizenship in Progressive Era Comics (Rutgers UP, 2018), Lara examines how the intertwined discourses of childhood, citizenship, and nationhood were expressed in and complicated by Progressive Era newspaper comics. It received the Charles Hatfield Book Prize from the Comics Studies Society, the Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Single Book from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and an Eisner nomination for Best Academic/Scholarly Work. Lara is also the author of several children’s books, including Animal Games and the award-winning Children of Two Seasons: Poems for Young People. Her other interests include comics and graphic novels, global childhoods, Filipino children’s literature, and yoga education for children.
Eve Tandoi is a teacher at the International School of Milan where she is beginning to explore ways in which research may be developed and led by teachers and students. Eve's research seeks to understand how fiction and nonfiction multimodal texts shape communities and individuals within classroom settings. Her most recent publications include an article on nonfiction picturebooks for International Research in Children's Literature and a chapter on hybrid novels for the Edinburgh Companion to Children's Literature.