What Makes a Successful Conference? Don’t Serve Rubbish Coffee

I fully agree with Emma, this was a fantastic conference and the points raised in this blog post are part of why it was so successful.

Children's Literature at the University of Cambridge

Emma Joy Reay is a second year PhD student at CRCLC. Her research is focused on video games but her feelings about coffee are entirely personal.

What is the point of attending conferences? This is a question I was asking myself after presenting at a particularly underwhelming conference last month. The papers I saw were repetitive and derivative, there was an awkward segregation of ‘established scholars’ and early career researchers, and the coffee was terrible. When money is tight and travel grants few and far between, it’s difficult not to feel a bit hard done by when a pricey, international conference is so underwhelming.

But, luckily, last week I attended a conference that restored my faith in this type of academic event. Organised by Roehampton’s ‘National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature’ with Ph.D. student Emily Corbett at the helm, ‘Being Human in Young Adult Literature’ was a resounding success. It…

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The YA Book Prize 2018

Oh, it looks like I’m reading these too.


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CFP: Centuries of Childhood, DCU 2018

Added to my list of events for 2018

History of Irish Childhood Research Network


 Centuries of Childhood

A conference on the history of children and childhood in Ireland and beyond

Hosted by the School of History and Geography, Dublin City University

Saturday, 16 June 2018

This conference’s name references Centuries of Childhood, the title of the 1962 English translation of Philippe Ariès’s  L’enfant et la vie familiale sous l’Ancien Régime, the book that helped to launch the history of children and childhood as an academic discipline. The conference builds on previous initiatives in Ireland to foster this area of historical enquiry, such as the foundation of the History of Irish Childhood Research Network in 2014, in order to provide a fresh forum for researchers to discuss topics and themes related to the history of children and childhood (including adolescence) over the centuries both in Ireland and beyond its shores.

Suggested topics and themes might include but are not…

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The Harry Potter Effect at the British Library


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Last week, I attended a talk at the British Library in association with the Royal Society of Literature titled “The Harry Potter Effect”.

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IBBYuk/NCRCL Conference 2017


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Drabble: Payday

Tap tap tap.

Ooh. A day early. Well, that’s a nice surprise.

Now, where’s my list? There, ok. So, let’s see. Ok, so there’s that trip to pay for and those tickets to book and my bike needs new brakes and then there’s the repairs and I’ve got to get a birthday present for –

Wait…where did it all go?