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The Emergent Adult: Adolescent Literature and Culture

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The Cambridge/Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature is hosting an international conference on 3-5 September 2010. The conference will focus on one of today’s most dynamic social and literary phenomena. It will make connections between the recent research within neuroscience concerning the teenage cognitive, psychological, and emotional behaviour and the representation of adolescence in literature and media.

To ensure a genuine scholarly discourse, the format of the conference will be as follows,
  • all papers will be circulated prior to the conference
  • a number of discussants will be asked to read and respond to one or more papers
  • at the sessions, presenters will have 5-10 minutes to focus on the main aspects of the paper, followed by the discussant’s comments and general discussion

All papers will be considered for subsequent publication.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Shirley Brice Heath, Brown University, USA Meg Rosoff, author, UK Round table Chair: Jo-Anne Dillabough, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Conference fee of £320 includes college accommodation (single en-suite rooms, see for details), 2 breakfasts, morning and afternoon refreshments, 2 buffet lunches, and 2 three-course waiter served dinners. Non-residential fee of £120 includes 2 lunches and refreshments. Information about registration and a registration form will be provided soon. For further inquiries please contact Maria Nikolajeva

Preliminary schedule

Friday, 3 September

12:00-14:00 arrivals and registration

14:00-14:15 welcome

14:15 – 15:15 keynote lecture by Meg Rosoff: “Adolescence as a Metaphor for Life”

15:15 – 15:30 break

15:30 – 17:30 paper sessions 1

Wine reception

Saturday, 4 September

9:00 – 10:00 keynote lecture by Shirley Brice Heath: “Emerging Adults? Rushing Life’s Challenges”

10:00 – 10:15 break

10:15 – 12:15 paper sessions 2

12:30 – 14:00 lunch

14:00-16:00 paper sessions 3

16:00-16:30 break

16:30-17:30 multidisciplinary round table on youth and youth cultures, featuring members of the Faculty of Education and invited guests. Chair: Jo-Anne Dillabough

Conference dinner

Sunday, 5 September

9:00 – 11:00 paper sessions 4

11:00 – 11:15 break

11:15 – 12:15 concluding session

12:30- 14:00 lunch and departures

For further inquiries please contact Maria Nikolajeva

This talk is part of the Faculty of Education Special Events series.

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