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  • REIYL Community | Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature

    Welcome! Welcome to REIYL! We’re glad to have you here. Our purpose is to bring together folks - including academics, teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, and publishers - working in and with inclusive youth literature. We organise a series of events and conferences, both in-person and online, aimed at exchanging ideas and fostering community. Learn More REIYL 2019 group picture REIYL 2019 Group Picture IMG_2330_edited_edited REIYL 2019 panel REIYL 2019 panel REIYL co-founders at REIYL 2019 REIYL 2019 - co-founders REIYL 2019 panel REIYL 2019 panel REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL Co-founders REIYL Co-founders REIYL 2019 Talk REIYL 2019 Talk REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL 2019 Talk REIYL 2019 Talk REIYL 2019 group picture REIYL 2019 Group Picture IMG_2330_edited_edited REIYL 2019 panel REIYL 2019 panel REIYL co-founders at REIYL 2019 REIYL 2019 - co-founders REIYL 2019 panel REIYL 2019 panel REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL Co-founders REIYL Co-founders REIYL 2019 Talk REIYL 2019 Talk REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL Inclusive Books REIYL 2019 Talk REIYL 2019 Talk Our Core Programmes REIYL Our flagship conference takes place biennially to bring together folks working in and with inclusive young literature. COMING INTO VIEW A programme that focuses on the experiences of readers and advocates for their inclusion and participation in research on inclusive youth literature. REIYL LITE A biennial programme that focuses on building the skills of new researchers and promoting equity and social justice. Contact Email us at Follow and engage with us on Twitter Find us on Facebook

  • Who We Are | REIYL Community

    The Steering Committee DARREN CHETTY Advisory Board Member Darren Chetty's appeared in The Good Immigrant (2016). He co-writes, with Karen Sands O'Connor, a regular column for examining representations of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people in British children's literature. Darren is a member of the steering group for the project at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). In 2019 he co-authored, with Adam Ferner, and with Jeffrey Boakye, . Darren taught in primary schools for twenty years and is currently a Teaching Fellow at UCL. You Cant' Say That! Stories Have To Be About White People Books for Keeps Reflecting Realities How to Disagree: Negotiate Difference in a Divided World What Is Masculinity? Why does it Matter? And Other Big Questions RITA FAIRE Advisory Board Member & Programmes Rita Faire is a PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer in Publishing at the Scottish Centre of the Book in Edinburgh Napier University. Her current research examines the implications of conglomeration and co-editions on the periphery picturebook publishing environments of Europe – specifically Scotland, Ireland and Sweden. Rita is also a writer, editor and graphic designer who has worked with several award-winning publishers including dyslexia-friendly children’s publisher Barrington Stoke. SARAH HARDSTAFF Advisory Board Member & Fundraising Sarah Hardstaff recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge, specialising in children's lite­rature and the works of Mildred Taylor and Cynthia Voigt. Her background includes work in autism support and advocacy, and educational publishing and e-learning. Sarah is currently developing two research projects: one on representation and identity in football fiction for young people, and one on conceptualisations of 'growth' in children's literature. Other research interests include eco-criticism, economic criticism, representations of healthcare, and food studies. ​ÉLODIE MALANDA Advisory Board Member Élodie Malanda received her PhD from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, France) in 2017. She has worked as a script doctor and screen writer and as a dancer. She’s also been blogging about creative ways to deal with cancer. She now works at the International Youth Library in Munich, where she is responsible for the educational projects. Her book about the pitfalls of good intentions in children’s and youth novels about Africa has been published in France (Honoré Champion) in July 2019. BREANNA J. (B.J.) MCDANIEL Co-Founder & Co-Coordinator Breanna (B.J.) McDaniel (she/her/hers) is the co-founder of REIYL and an emerging scholar and author. She’s published in myriad academic journals and anthologies and her debut picture book was published with Dial Books in 2019. She has two forthcoming picture books, one with Dial and Denene Millner Books, plus a series of chapter books that she’s writing when she’s not agonizing over her dissertation. Bre’s academic research is focused on surveillance and respectability politics in representations of Black children as food in contemporary picture books. A proud alumna of Emory University and Simmons University, she is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge in England. Hands Up! PHIL NEL Advisory Board Member Philip Nel is University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University (in Kansas, U.S.A). He is the author or co-editor of eleven books, including , and the (2017). Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature N eed for Diverse Books ​ Photo credit: Michael Henry MELANIE RAMDARSHAN BOLD Advisory Board Member & Fundraising Melanie Ramdarshan Bold is an Associate Professor at University College London. She has published widely on inclusive youth literature; alongside numerous publications about contemporary book culture. Her books include: (Palgrave, 2019) and (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). Melanie works in collaboration with the BookTrust to examine the representation of children’s authors and illustrators of colour and explore ways of better supporting them. Additionally, Melanie is currently working on an interdisciplinary research project, , which investigates the impact of inclusive YA on minoritised readers. Melanie's connection to inclusive youth literature extends beyond academia, for example she was a judge on the UKYA book prize, and is on the Advisory Boards for the and the , 2006-2016 Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom Book Trade Activism and Anthologies: Advocating for Change in the UKYA Market Adolescent Identities CLPE Reflecting Realities project Pop-up Pathways into Children’s Publishing project . EMMA REAY Advisory Board Member & Social Media Emma Reay is a PhD researcher based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Her current project combines close readings with census-style surveys to examine the representation of children in contemporary video games. She is also an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, where she teaches a course in Theorising Children’s Literature and another in Critical Approaches to Video Games. FARRAH SERROUKH Advisory Board Member ​​Farrah Serroukh is a Learning Programme Leader at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). Throughout her career, Farrah has always worked hard to centre marginalised voices and keenly advocated for inclusive practices both within and outside of the education sector. Before joining the CLPE, she taught across the primary school age range and held several leadership posts. Her area of specialism and expertise is teaching children whose first language is not English. As well as sharing responsibility for leading on the design, development and delivery of the charity’s professional development programme, she co-leads on the research and development strand of the CLPE’s work. She is the author of CLPE’s Reflecting Realities Survey and leads the ground breaking and award winning work in this area. PARINITA SHETTY Advisory Board Member & Programmes Parinita Shetty is a writer and enthusiast of children’s books. She has worked with books and young people in India in different ways – as an author, a bookseller, a reading programme developer, and a children’s literature festival coordinator. She has an M.Ed in Children’s Literature and Literacies from the University of Glasgow. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds studying intersectionality and critical literacy in fandom, specifically in and fan podcasts. She should be writing but she’s probably looking for cake. Harry Potter Doctor Who JOSHUA SIMPSON Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator Josh Simpson is the co-founder of REIYL. After a decade of practicing law, he left the US to pursue a PhD in Scotland, his adopted home. His research focuses on Section 28 and LGBT+ youth literature. He has taught at the university-level, is an Associate Fellow of Advance HE (the Higher Education Academy), and Executive Editor of International Research in Children’s Literature . He studied Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh and spends his spare time writing fiction for young people.

  • Past Events | REIYL Community

    Past Events Aug 8-10, 2019 REIYL 2019 Glasgow, UK

  • Code of Conduct | REIYL Community

    Code of Conduct REIYL is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone. Attendees of events are therefore asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. Attendees seek to learn, network, and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise. ​ All participants are expected to observe this code of conduct in all venues, including online venues and social events. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Please note that, because everyone is expected to show good judgment and use common sense at all times, not all kinds of misconduct or behavioral standards are codified here. Inappropriate behaviour - harassment, aggression, and intimidation While healthy, participatory discourse is encouraged, we will not tolerate abusive, badgering, or baiting arguments. Be considerate and respectful when asking questions of panelists and speaking to attendees. Anyone violating these rules may be asked to leave the event without a refund at the sole discretion of the organizers. Harassment, aggression, and intimidation are hurtful and interfere with other people’s experience and participation in our community. These behaviors are inappropriate and unacceptable, and can be related, but not limited, to race, color, creed, gender (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity, religion (including religious dress and grooming), marital status, domestic partner status, genetic information, age, national origin or ancestry, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or any other basis protected by law. Critical examination of beliefs and viewpoints does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Similarly, use of sexual imagery and/or language in the context of a professional discussion might not constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Inappropriate behavior can take many forms such as slurs; jokes; derogatory statements; foul or obscene language; offensive clothing; leering; stalking; staring; gestures; pictures, drawings, or cartoons; violating personal space by impeding or blocking another person's movement or otherwise physically interfering with them; harassing photography or recordings; unwanted or offensive letters or poems; offensive email, voicemail, or other messages; and social media postings. Contact information If you have been harassed or believe that a harassment problem exists, please see ‘How to Report Incidents’ below. You can also email the organizers directly at How to report incidents Report the harassment incident (preferably in writing) to one of the organizers. All reports are confidential. Try to include as much information as available, including: Any identifying information of the person doing the harassing The behavior that was in violation The approximate time of the behavior The circumstances surrounding the incident Other people involved in the incident

  • Coming Up Next | REIYL Community

    Upcoming Events Online Event REIYL Lite 2021 Date TBC REIYL Lite 2021 is an online workshopping conference for new researchers looking to promote equity and social justice in their research. The conference will consist of break out sessions facilitated by industry and academy leaders where new researchers will submit short presentations and be offered opportunities for constructive critiques and Q&As. There will also be toolbox building sessions for collective sessions, to specifically address new researchers entering their fields post-COVID and continuous social upheavals happening across the globe. All of the facilitators will be WoC.

  • How We Got Started | REIYL Community

    The Story of REIYL The idea for Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature (REIYL) began in January of 2018 when doctoral students Breanna J. McDaniel at the University of Cambridge and Joshua Simpson at Strathclyde University began a conversation about justice and equity-focused research on inclusive representation in children’s literature in the UK. From this came the idea of bringing together like-minded students and established academics dedicated to the study and analysis of current research, in the UK and abroad, to form a network through this first conference. We facilitate teaching and knowledge exchange with the hopes of building a more engaged and interconnected community, so that gains made in one space can reach other spaces in a timely and even manner.

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  • REIYL 2019 | REIYL Community

    REIYL 2019 Call for Papers Panel Bios Programme CfP The Lion and the Unicorn Special Issue Sponsors Civic Reception courtesy of The Rt Hon The Lord Provost and Glasgow