Keynote speakers

Vanessa Joosen

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Vanessa Joosen is Associate Professor of English literature and children’s literature at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She is the author of, among others, Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales: An Intertextual Dialogue Between Fairy-tale Scholarship and Postmodern Retellings (2011), which won an ALA Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Publication, and co-editor of Grimm’s Tales Around the Globe: The Dynamics of Their International Reception (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 (2018) and the monograph Adulthood in Children’s Literature (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.

Bob Davis

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Bob Davis is professor of Religious and Cultural Education at University of Glasgow in Scotland. Bob Davis’s interests range widely across the domains of literature, cultural studies, anthropology, religion, the Philosophy of Education and Childhood Studies. He has taught, written and broadcast widely on the history of childhood, infant education and the intercultural representation of children and childhood in diverse contexts and media. His biography of Robert Owen and the New Lanark project captured many of these themes and he has continued to pursue research into constructions of babyhood, infancy and education from the early modern period onwards. His interests in lullabies has spanned the ethnographic, literary and musical appreciation of lullabies as an integral and near universal feature of childhood and child care. He is completing a major study of the English Lullaby, from the early medieval to contemporary forms. Davis has also been Editor of Journal of Philosophy of Education since 2010.

Temi Odumosu

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Temi Odumosu is a British art historian, curator, and creative educator at Malmö University in Sweden. She is the author of Africans in English Caricature, 1769–1819: Black Jokes, White Humour (2017). Her international research and curatorial practice is concerned with the visual and affective politics of slavery and colonialism, Afro-Diaspora aesthetics, decolonial praxis, archival re-enactment(s), critical strategies for digitisation, and more broadly exploring how art mediates social transformation and healing. Recent curative interventions in Scandinavia include What Lies Unspoken: Sounding the Colonial Archive (National Gallery & Royal Library of Denmark, 2017–2018), Milk & Honey (Botkyrka Konsthall, Sweden, 2017), and Possession: Art, Power and Black Womanhood (New Shelter Plan, Denmark, 2014). Temi Odumosu’s research is currently funded by the Riksbanken Jubileumsfond at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University.

Boel Westin

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Boel Westin is Professor Emeritus of Literature at Stockholm University in Sweden where she was chair of Children´s Literature between 1998 and 2018. Westin is an acclaimed expert on Finno-Swedish author Tove Jansson and the author of the authorized biography Tove Jansson. Life, Art, Words (2007/2014), which has been translated into five languages. Forthcoming is a collection of Tove Jansson’s letters, to be published in Great Britain in 2019. Boel Westin’s present research includes premodern literature for children and young people, animal stories and theories of fiction. She is Chief Editor of a new history of Swedish children´s literature, a work conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Institute for Children´s Books. She is also the chair of the Jury for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Andrea Mei-Ying Wu

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Andrea Mei-Ying Wu is Professor of children’s literature and Taiwanese literature at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She used to serve as Chair of the Graduate Institute of Children’s Literature at National Taitung University in Taiwan and has served on the Executive Board of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL, 2013-17). Her most recent publications include “Postcoloniality, Globalization, and Transcultural Production of Children’s Literature in Postwar Taiwan” in The Routledge Companion to International Childrens Literature (2018) and a Chinese monograph [Discourses of Subject, Gender, Place, and (Post)modern Childhood in Postwar Taiwanese Juvenile Fiction]. She was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar fellowship (2014-15) for the research project: “Cold War America and the Canonization of Children’s Literature in Taiwan: a Crosscultural Perspective and Investigation,” from whence she has been working intensively on the archival material of the Munro Leaf papers.



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