Journal of Graduate Research in Young People’s Materials and Culture (MLIS, Dual, MACL)

Call for Papers: Journal of Graduate Research in Young People’s Materials and Culture (JGR)

Based at the University of British   Columbia the Journal of Graduate Research in Young People’s Materials and Culture (JGR) is a peer-reviewed open-access e-journal publishing graduate student research in the areas of children’s and young adult literature, childhood studies, and cultural studies related to children and young people.

We are currently selecting manuscripts for our winter 2013 issue. Papers on any children’s or young adult genres are welcome as are papers that discuss other children’s materials such as film, virtual texts, or graphic novels. Possible paper topics could include but are not limited to:

  • The child or young adult as explorer/explored, navigator/navigated
  • Navigating (or negotiating) identity, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity or religion as a child or young adult in an adult world
  • Literary trends such as the history/future of children’s texts
  • Pathways of adaptation such as literary translations of texts to film, games, merchandise, graphic novels, or online spaces
  • Exploring place and spaces of childhood or adolescence
  • Cultural, physical, psychological, ideological, or literary restrictions and barriers to exploration and imagination
  • Childhood and adolescent development as it pertains to literature, new materials, other modalities
  • Children, young adults, and cross-cultural exposure

JGR accepts article submissions by current and recent graduate students relevant to the field of children’s and young adult literature and materials. All submissions will be peer reviewed. To ensure an objective peer review process please submit personally identifying content (such as your biographical sketch and contact information) as a separate document attached to your submission.

Submissions must be completed original manuscripts not submitted elsewhere, written in English, 5,000 – 8,000 words (including Endnotes and Works Cited), and should conform to the MLA Handbook, 7th edition. Please submit essays electronically along with a 150-word abstract and 50-word biographical sketch via Word attachments to or online through the OJS system at

Deadline for submissions is 15 February 2013. Publication is scheduled for late 2013.

For more information, visit the journal’s website at or contact the editors
Karen Taylor or Robert Bittner

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