[Air-L] CFP: NeMLA Panel on Children's Periodicals--Digital and Otherwise

Patrick Cox ptcox at camden.rutgers.edu
Wed Jun 8 16:46:10 PDT 2011

Panel: “Fun With a Purpose”: Periodical Pedagogy and Early Edutainment

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 15-18, 2012

Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester

Host Institution:  St. John Fisher College

Panel Description:

Children’s periodicals published in the US over the last 300 years provide a
wealth of textual and visual insight into US culture, pedagogy, and
conceptions of childhood. The movement of traditional paper magazines to
websites, and the appearance of periodicals with entirely digital
existences, both enrich and complicate this genre.

This panel will engage with this under-examined body of texts in their most
salient mode: as pedagogy. Children’s magazines have been used as
instructional tools with subject matter spanning literacy, manners,
morality, crafts, citizenship, “mental hygiene,” and beyond, transmitting
enduring lessons in an ephemeral format. By packaging their lessons in an
entertaining and disposable blend of fiction, non-fiction, images,
activities, games, jokes, and riddles, these magazines can be considered a
print medium precursor to “edutainment” or, as the motto of *Highlights for
Children* calls it, “Fun with a purpose.” This panel is open to explorations
of particular mechanisms, contents, and contexts of periodical pedagogy past
and present, including examinations of child-readers’ participation in,
subversion against, or re-creation of, that pedagogy.

Possible topics from all disciplines may include:

   - histories or analysis of particular children’s periodicals
   - pedagogies in periodicals (ideological, curricular, religious, etc.)
   - convergences of traditional magazines and digital media
   - pedagogy, periodicals, and power
   - magazines produced by children
   - fiction and poetry in magazines
   - use of periodicals in classrooms
   - transnational periodicals
   - accidental pedagogy
   - production, distribution, and circulation of pedagogy
   - cross-cultural comparisons of periodical pedagogy
   - marginalia and ephemera
   - pedagogy in the home (or doctor’s office waiting room)
   - periodical pedagogy as pop culture
   - children’s responses to and uses of magazines

Please send 500-word abstracts to Patrick Cox at ptcox at camden.rutgers.edu by
Sept 30. Thanks.

Patrick Cox
PhD Student
2010-2011 David K. Sengstack Fellow
Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2010 ChLA Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Award Recipient

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