CfP: Picturebooks in Time. The 8th International Conference of The European Network of Picturebook Research


The picturebook genre is universally recognized as a unique artistic platform that draws first-rate artists and an enthusiastic readership of all ages. It is, however, a relatively new artistic platform, which is intimately tied to the past two centuries, especially to the cultural and artistic challenges associated with modernism and postmodernism.
The 8th International Conference of The European Network of Picturebook Research focuses on the juncture that connects the dimensions of culture and history with the picturebook. Abstracts should be sent before February 26 2021.

The organizer call for papers that deal with the following aspects:

  • Picturebook histories: Milestones in the development of the picturebook genre in various cultures: its historical and cultural circumstances, histories of publication and acceptance; local and global changes; critical junctures and present directions of development.
  • The picturebook as a primary source for the study of a specific culture’s history: its social norms, ideological beliefs, its gender roles and intergenerational relations, its daily life, material culture, and perceptions of its past and future.
  • Histories of technology and production: The evolution of technology and its impact on the picturebook’s content and cultural scope; artistic and cultural prospects for the future.
  • Histories of interpretations: The influence of time on picturebook interpretation: the question of misreading visual and verbal codes of a different era, of anachronistic and nostalgic readings of picturebooks.

Due to COVID-19, the organizer realize that many of our very valued community may be facing difficulties travelling. Therefore, we plan to hold the conference in a hybrid form, with the option of participating in person or online. Papers will be presented and discussed in both lecture sessions and specified workshops, with two lecture sessions and one workshop session per day. The workshops will be held concurrently, based on the number of participants. Each workshop will have approximately 4-5 participants, and a moderator. Workshop participants will send their papers in advance to the rest of the team in order to promote fruitful discussions.


Please send an abstract of 300 words maximum, and a short biography of 100 words in two attached Word documents to Michal Erlich: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!
E-mails should have the subject line: Picturebooks in Time Conference.

Abstracts should include the following information:

  1. Author(s)
  2. Affiliation as you would like to appear in the programme
  3. E-mail address
  4. Title of proposal
  5. Text of proposal
  6. Selected bibliography with academic sources (3-5 references)
  7. Areas of interest
  8. Five keywords

All abstracts and papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English.
Papers will be 20 minutes maximum.
Deadline for abstract submission: February 26, 2021
Notification of acceptance: May 3, 2021
All submissions are blind reviewed by the members of the Reading Committee.

Conference fee

Participation fee of 50 Euros to be paid by June 15, 2021


Program in Research of Child and Youth Culture School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel Scientific


Yael Darr (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Tal Kogman (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Rima Shikhmanter (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Tali Berner (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Batia Kolton (Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat-Gan, Israel)
Merav Salomon (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel)
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Reading Committee

Evelyn Arizpe (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
Malgorzata Cackowska (University of Gdansk, Poland)
Marnie Campagnaro (University of Padova, Italy)
Yael Darr (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Elina Druker (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
Nina Goga (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway)
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Further information  is available at:

[Quelle: Call for Papers]