Past events

Graduate Centre for international Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media

The world-famous MA, run by CIRCL, is the oldest accredited degree in the field in Britain, and is taught by specialists in Children’s Literature, whose research is published internationally.

Past Events

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CIRCL are delighted to announce that our 2017-2018 M(Res) in Children’s Literature student Kristy Keller won second prize in the ‘First Pages’ category at the Swedish ‘Stockholm Writer’s Festival’ with her children’s detective novel Harper Holloway and the Disappearance of Arabella Sent Many congratulations, Kristy!

From October 6th, 2012 to April 14th 2013, an exhibition ran at the University of Reading Museum of English Rural Life on Ladybird books, entitled ‘What to Look for? Ladybird, Tunnicliffe and the Hunt for Meaning’, jointly curated by MERL assistant curator Dr Ollie Douglas and by CIRCL’s Dr Neil Cocks

On 19th February 2013, CIRCL’s Dr Sue Walsh gave a seminar at the Museum of English Rural Life in the ‘Children and the Countryside’ lecture-series on ‘Wilderness, as a baptism of nature: childhood and the nature fakers’.

On 27th November 2012, CIRCL’s Dr Neil Cocks gave a seminar at the Museum of English Rural Life in the ‘Children and the Countryside’ lecture-series on’ Country education and late-eighteenth century literature’.

You can listen to Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein talking on BBC Radio 4 programme Women’s Hour on women’s hair and identity, related to the CIRCL edited volume The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair (Manchester University Press, 2006).

Hear MA and CIRCL Director Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein discuss research on fairy tales with Dr Sally Feldman and presenter Dr Laurie Taylor on BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Thinking Allowed‘ (originally broadcast on Wednesday 29th December, 2004, from 4 pm to 4:30 pm).

CIRCL’s International Interdisciplinary Conference on ‘National and Cultural Identity in Children’s Literature and Media’, took place at the University of Reading from April 5th to 8th, 2001. Over one hundred people attended the conference, with almost seventy speakers from fifteen countries. Plenary speakers included: Prof. Jean Perrot (Universite Paris-Nord, and Director of the Institut International Charles Perrault); Dr Josie Dolan (University of Reading CIRCL AHRB Research Fellow 1999-2001, then at the University of the West of England); Prof. David Buckingham (University of London, Institute of Education); Dr Margaret Meek Spencer (Reader emeritus, University of London, Institute of Education)

The Tony Watkins Annual Lectures on Children’s Literature, Culture, Media

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