Call for Articles per la rivista svedese di letteratura infantile Barnboken, dicembre 2012

Call for articles

Theme: Homelessness

To be homeless is to be vulnerable. Homelessness implies exclusion, poverty and
exile; it conjures up images of rootlessness and marginalization. Yet
homelessness does not always lead to exclusion and social deprivation. Seekers
and free thinkers who feel “homeless” in contemporary culture can still be part
of society. Child homelessness is in this context much more threatening and
dangerous. The stakes are higher. But even for the child homelessness can
sometimes lead to freedom and growth beyond an oppressive home, community and
school. Still, homeless children – whether they are victimized or liberated by
it – challenge our conceptions of the good society and the nature of the child.
Maybe precisely because of this, homeless children and youth are common in
children’s literature. Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Laura Fitinghoff’s
The Children from Frostmo Mountain, Astrid Lindgren’s Rasmus the
, and Henning Mankell’s Comedia Infantil are just some
examples from different periods.

We welcome articles on the topic of homelessness. The purpose of Barnboken’s
theme is to identify the various depictions of homelessness in children’s
literature from different angles and perspectives.

Extended deadline:
1 December 2012. Articles submitted for
consideration may not have been previously published or presented in any other

Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature Research is the only scholarly journal in its
field published in Sweden. The main language of the journal is Swedish, but
articles written in Danish, Norwegian and English are also welcome. All
articles accepted for publication have been peer reviewed by at least two peers
and will be published online under an Open Access.

editorial committee consists of Björn Sundmark, Associate professor, Malmö
University, Sweden, Åsa Warnqvist, PhD, Stockholm University, Sweden, and Mia
Österlund, Associate professor, ?bo Akademy University, Finland. Barnboken
is published with financial support from the Swedish Research Council

Articles accepted will be published in 2013. A guide to our reference and note system
may be found at

For more information, please contact:

Svenska barnboksinstitutet/Swedish Institute for Children’s Books

Åsa Warnqvist, editor

Odengatan 61

SE-113 22 Stockholm


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