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Special Issue of Humanities: Children's Narratives as Transnational Cultural Heritage

Organization: Humanities journal
Event Date: 2019-01-15 to 2019-01-15 Abstract Due: 2019-01-15

We are pleased to invite submissions for a special issue (Children's Narratives as Transnational Cultural Heritage) of the open access, peer reviewed, international scholarly journal Humanities.

Length of the article: 6000-7000 words.

Deadline for full manuscripts: 15 January 2019

The aim of this special issue is to explore the viability of childhood heritage for citizenship education of 8-12-year-olds in a globalizing, multi-ethnic Europe. It seeks to address issues such as: How are children’s (non-)fictional narratives constructed as local, regional, national and/or transnational heritage through dynamic processes of adaptation and remediation? 2) How can childhood heritage institutions such as museums, archives and international advocacy organizations facilitate transnational appropriations of aesthetic and educative artefacts? 3) How can children be actively engaged in the process of heritage construction as a significant dimension of their emergent citizenship?

Papers may address topics such as:

-- the trope of home in children’s narratives: stories beyond the “home-away-home” plot described by Perry Nodelman in The Pleasures of Children’s Literature.

-- children’s texts in an imagological perspective

-- transnational fan practices related to children’s narratives

-- transnational memory in children’s literature

- children’s narratives as materials for citizenship education

-- children and/or young adults as active participants in heritage construction

-- children’s literature as national and transnational heritage in institutional contexts (museums, heritage libraries, etc.)

-- international organizations advocating children’s narratives as media for fostering international understanding


Prof. Dr. Lies Wesseling (lies.wesseling@maastrichtuniversity.nl)
Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (justyna.deszcz-tryhubczak@uwr.edu.pl)
Mr. Mateusz Marecki (matmarecki@gmail.com)
Guest Editors



Mateusz Marecki