Children’s Literature Summer School


4 – 10 July 2018

University of Antwerp, Belgium


This summer school offers plenary lectures, workshops and excursions related to children's literature. It focuses on five thematic strands: age studies, cognitive studies, cultural heritage and children's media, new research methods and urban studies.

The summer school is organized with the support of Iedereen Leest.

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Content description

This seven-day programme focuses on five thematic strands in children’s literature research:

Click on the strand to get an overview of the abstracts for the plenary talks and workshops related to that strand.

All participants will attend all the plenary lectures (not just the ones listed in their preferred thematic strands).

Participants who list a preferred thematic strand on their registration form will be following all the workshops in that strand (unless spaces have filled up). The other slots will be filled with workshops from the other strands.

Spaces in the workshops are limited, so if you have a clear preference, it’s best to register early to secure your place. Unfortunately, we cannot reserve spaces for students who have not completed the registration.

Each workshop includes a list with required advance reading. All participants are expected to complete this reading before the start of the workshop. A PDF of the academic articles and chapters will be provided on Blackboard, which will become available to participants a few months before the summer school starts. Participants are expected to get hold of the primary reading materials themselves.

Most workshops also list an assignment for students who want to earn credits for the summer school. Please respect the deadlines and guidelines for submission.





Registration is now open and will be possible until 15 April 2018. Note that limited places are available for the summer school and for each workshop. We will ask participants to list their preferred thematic strands and we will divide slots on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application procedure in 4 steps

  1. Register in Mobility Online
  2. Fill in personal details and complete requested extra questions
  3. Wait for approval of your application
  4. Pay the participation fee and upload requested additional documents within 10 days after approval to secure your spot

Applications can be submitted by filling in the online registration form via Mobility Online. After having registered, you will automatically receive an email with further guidelines to complete your application. 

Upon successful submission you will receive an automatic reply to confirm your application. In case your application is accepted, you will receive an email with more practical information on payment and visa.  Note that your subscription is only valid when the participation fee is received by the summer school’s secretariat.

Accepted students will be registered as regular students of the University of Antwerp and will hence receive a student account and a student card allowing them to have access to the catering facilities and the Wi-Fi network of the University of Antwerp. Furthermore, accepted students will be automatically insured under the policy of the University of Antwerp.