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Registration for REIYL 2022

Our flagship conference brings together folks working in inclusive youth literature. Key themes: trauma recovery and community restoration.

About this event

"Safe Passage: Trauma Recovery and Community Restoration in Inclusive Youth Literature and Beyond"

Join us in person in Glasgow, Scotland, and/or online for the return of the biennial REIYL conference! We are delighted to be back with a programme of speaker events featuring outstanding academics, authors and activists, as well as panel presentations addressing issues around trauma recovery and community restoration in youth literature from around the world.

Recognising the multiple challenges faced by different communities, we have decided to offer a tiered "pay what you can" model to all conference participants.

Virtual participants will receive information on how to access the programme a few days before the start of the event.



  • Panel presentations 

  • Vanguard Panel* with Professor Carole Boston Weatherford, Cheryl and Wade Hudson, Leila Rasheed, and Maisie Chan

ONE DAY SYMPOSIUM: Saturday, 13 August

  • Kalynn Bayron and Nadine Aisha Jassat in Conversation

  • Researcher Reflections Panel 

  • Closing Keynote with Renée Watson

For the symposium children are welcome and we will have book giveaways for all attendees!

All in-person events will be socially distanced. Out of consideration for our community, we request that you wear a suitable face covering if possible (e.g. FFP2 mask) and take a rapid lateral flow test before attending.


Please do not attend in-person events if you feel at all unwell.

Please note this programme is subject to change due to changing circumstances around health, travel and climate conditions.

About the conference theme:

Trauma recovery and community restoration is not just a theme for this conference; it is also an essential form of care necessitated by our collective experiences over the last three years. With ongoing political and civil unrest, a worldwide pandemic, economic uncertainty and environmental crises, we have to take a breath – even for just a minute – to lay down our tools and to take stock of what it means to move through and from tragedy and violence.

This is a time to listen and to learn from the experiences of those who came before us. To be considerate of the needs of those around us. To form systems of protection, solidarity, support and joy. This conference is an invitation for us to listen, learn, gather and heal as a community, with compassion for ourselves and others, so that we can reflect on this journey in our research philosophies, interests and practices.

We look forward to meeting with you, online and/or in Glasgow!

* Our Vanguard Panel is funded with generous support from the Joint BME Events and Activities scheme administered by the Social History Society in partnership with Economic History Society, History UK, History of Education Society (UK), History Workshop Journal, Royal Historical Society, Society for the Study of Labour History and Women's History Network.


Participants for both virtual and in-person sessions must register by using the Crowdcast link AND Eventbrite link below.


If folks plan on *only* attending the in-person sessions, they only have to register using the Eventbrite link.


Friday, 12 August 2022, Crowdcast Link:


Saturday, 13 August 2022, (In-Person) Eventbrite Link:

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