IRSCL Congresses

2025 Congress, Salamanca, Spain

27th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL)

Congress Theme: Borders, Migration and Liminality in Children’s Literature

Congress Venue: University of Salamanca, Salamanca

More information about this upcoming event will become available soon.

Convenors: Izaskun Elorza (LINDES Research Group, University of Salamanca) and Carmen Santamaría-García (University of Alcalá)

2023 Congress, Santa Barbara, California, USA

2023 IRSCL Congress Logo

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Conference logo created by Maya Gonzalez.

26th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL)

Congress Theme: Ecologies of Childhood

Congress Venue: University of California, Santa Barbara

This was the first IRSCL Congress to be held in the United States of America. More information about the event is available on the IRSCL2023 website.

Convenor: Sara Pankenier Weld


Past Congresses

2021 Santiago, Chile - Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements
2019 Stockholm, Sweden - Silence and Silencing in Children's Literature
2017 Toronto, Canada - Possible & Impossible Children: Intersections of Children's Literature & Childhood Studies
2015 Worcester, United Kingdom - Creating Childhoods: Creation and (Re)-Interpretation through the Body, Histories and the Arts
2013 Maastricht, The Netherlands - Children's Literature and Media Cultures
2011 Brisbane, Australia - Fear and Safety
2009 Frankfurt, Germany - Children's Literature and Cultural Diversity in the Past and the Present
2007 Kyoto, Japan - Power and Children's Literature: Past, Present and Future
2005 Dublin, Ireland - Expectations and Experiences: Children, Childhood and Children's Literature
2003 Kristiansand, Norway - Telling a World, Shaping a World.
2001 Klein Kariba, South Africa - Change and Renewal in Children's Literature
1999 Calgary, Canada - Children's Literature and the fin de siècle (Joint meeting with the Children's Literature Association)
1997 York, England - The Presence of the Past in Children's Literature
1995 Stockholm, Sweden - Reflections of Change: the last 50 Years in Children's Literature
1993 Geelong, Australia - Crossing the boundaries: Multiculturalism in Children's Literature
1991 Paris, France - The Applications of Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory to Children's Literature
1989 Salamanca, Spain - The History of Children's Literature
1987 Cologne, Germany - Books for children, Books for adults; The Relationship between them
1985 University of Quebec, Montreal - Literary Aspects of Fantasy and Fantastic Literature for Children and Young People
1983 Bordeaux, France - Portrayal of the Child in Children's Literature
1981 Moscow, USSR - International Dissemination of Children`s Literature Research; Trends in Teaching of Children's Literature, Status of Research in Specific Countries
1978 Exeter, Great Britain - Responses to Children's Literature: Children's Responses to Text and Illustrations
1976 Södertälje, Sweden - Problems of Translation in the Field of Literature for Children and Young People
1974 Boldern, Switzerland - Study of Reading Habits and Research on Sex Role Stereotyping in Literature for Children and Young People
1971 Frankfurt, Germany - Children's Literature as a Subject of Research