Caucus Race 17.1

The Caucus Race
News, Announcements and Paper Calls

The 2014 Seventh International Conference of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past

Telling Tales: Children, Narrative and Image

Melbourne, Australia - March 2014

La Trobe University is delighted to host the 2014 conference of the Society of the Study of Childhood in the Past. The timing and conference theme Telling Tales: Children, Narrative and Image are designed to coincide with the Melbourne Children’s Literature Festival, March 2014, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria and the Melbourne City Library.

The SSCIP international conference aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines including literature, anthropology, history, sociology, archaeology and art history to consider the forms and roles of narrative, and its evolving nature, in the lives of children from antiquity to the modern period. Major conference themes include:

  • Telling childhood: children in narratives, narratives for children
  • Making stories: adults writing, children writing, interactive narrative, translation
  • Art and narrative: illustration, graphic novels, stories through images
  • Children and ‘the other’: animals, monsters, ghosts and the supernatural
  • Remembering children: memory and memorialisation
  • Remembering childhood: narratives of lives, labour, experience, immigration, acculturation, Stolen Generations

The conference themes are designed to widen knowledge, generate new perspectives and stimulate avenues for further research on childhood in the past.

Abstracts (250 words) are invited for presentations of up to 30 minutes, and should be sent to Gillian Shepherd. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013. Further details regarding registration and the programme will be announced shortly.

For more information about the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past, please go to


The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass always welcomes submissions for the following sections and columns:

  • Alice's Academy - scholarly articles to be peer reviewed
  • Emerging Voices - articles from university students and other new analysts
  • The Tortoise's Tale - scholarly articles relating to classroom and other pedagogical uses of literature
  • Jabberwocky - feature articles on all aspects of children's literature
  • Picture Window - articles on illustration and presentation of books
  • Curiouser and Curiouser - notes, observations and quirky items
  • The Caucus Race - news, announcements and paper calls

We aim to publish 3 issues each year, at least one of which is usually specifically themed, while the others would be general in focus.

While most submissions follow standard journal presentation formats (such as MLA referencing, and writing styles from conversational to academic depending on the column), innovative presentations will also be considered (technical demands allowing!)

Submissions to

The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680