Children’s Literature Summer School, University of Antwerp, Summer 2020

Children’s Literature Summer School, University of Antwerp

Interested in children’s literature studies? Looking to study abroad? You should consider applying for the Children’s Literature Summer School at the University of Antwerp for Summer 2020! Several MLIS student participated in it last summer (2019) and Doc Martin also taught as part of it. The information for next year’s Children’s Literature Summer School at the University of Antwerp is now available online.

The Children’s Literature Summer School runs from 6 to 10 July 2020. It offers plenary lectures, workshops, seminar walks and excursions related to three thematic strands: classics of children’s literature (with 2 options to choose from), childhood studies, and research methods. Confirmed speakers include Maaheen Ahmed, Clémentine Beauvais, Julia Benner, Ada Bieber, Daniel Feldman, Vanessa Joosen, Elizabeth Marshall, Breanna McDaniel, Lindsay Myers, Sarah Park Dahlen, Kimberley Reynolds, Peter Reynolds, Björn Sundmark, Sara Van Den Bossche, Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer and Alison Waller. All titles are now listed on the website; abstracts and reading lists will be posted in the course of November and December.

Feedback on the Children’s Literature Summer School from previous participants:

“The lectures and the fairy-tale workshops were engaging and extremely thought-provoking. I rarely felt so inspired by an academic context and, from talking with other participants, I can say that this was a shared feeling across the board. It was a great conclusion to this academic year and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of it.”

“It’s my hope that this specific summer school about Children’s literature may continue for at least the next ten years. It was inspiring and motivating, not only by following all of the classes but also by the people who took part in it.”

“I absolutely loved the positive energy that everyone had, the interaction between speakers and students and just generally everything I’ve learned. I will sign up for next year’s edition.”

The summer school is mainly targeted at MA and PhD students, but also open to more senior researchers and professionals with an interest in children’s literature studies. Last year, students from over 25 different countries took part. Students can register to earn 3 or 6 ECTs. PhD students get the opportunity to present their research and get feedback from tutors and participants. In addition, they can take an optional training session on presenting their research, publishing a monograph and writing grant proposals.

This year, the program offers three scholarships for PhD students who do not have funding to cover the registration fee. The scholarships (worth 500 euro each) will cover registration and lunch breaks during the summer school (not accommodation and other meals). Applicants are requested to send their CV and a motivation letter to childlit@uantwerpen.be before 20 November 2019. Selected participants will receive notice before 5 December 2019.

The motivation letter should include the following information:

  • PhD title, the programme you are registered for, your supervisor and expected completion date
  • The thematic strand that you want register to for and how it relates to your research
  • Your motivation for attending this summer school (300 words)
  • An abstract for a 20-minute presentation on your PhD during the summer school (300 words)
  • Why should the program support your participation? Have you had any opportunity to study or travel abroad before? Does your university or college provide financial support for education abroad (for example by providing travel grants to participate in summer schools)? Will you apply for other funding?
  • Contact details for 2 college or university teachers who would be willing to endorse your application.

If you are considering the opportunity, please contact Doc Martin.

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