[Air-L] CFP: Children's Periodicals panel

Patrick Cox ptcox at camden.rutgers.edu
Tue Sep 6 13:00:04 PDT 2011

CFP Reminder

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

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

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, from print on paper to digital content, both enriches and
complicates 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 lessons 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 variety of (or precursor to?) “edutainment.” They are, as the
motto of *Highlights for Children* puts 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

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
   - periodicals and/or their auxiliary products in the marketplace

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

NeMLA Conference link:

Patrick Cox
PhD Student
Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University

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