24–26 November, 2017
University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
The University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Communication and Creative Industries invites conference paper submissions for its inaugural Children’s Media Symposium. This year’s theme is “From Print to Screen” and will feature keynote presentations from the ABC’s former Director of Television Kim Dalton OAM, celebrated children’s author Gary Crew, Oscar-winning illustrator Shaun Tan, and CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation Jenny Buckland.
Convergence, transmedia storytelling, interactivity, fragmentation, the rise of social media and online streaming services have transformed the production and distribution of children’s media. The Children’s Media Symposium is a chance for the creative sector and the academic community to engage and collaborate in exploring the complex relations between this special audience and a fast-changing media landscape.
We invite submission of abstracts of 250 words for individual papers (20 minutes) or suggestions for three-paper panels. We welcome papers on screen adaptations of children’s literature; children’s screen content; the status of child consumers; writing for children and the image of the child in screen content and literature, in addition to other interpretations of this year’s theme.
Outstanding papers from this year’s symposium will be invited to appear in forthcoming issues of Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) publications Metro and Screen Education.