Frequently Asked Questions

Proposal crafting, submission and review

How can I submit a proposal for IRSCL2021?
The call for papers for the upcoming IRSCL biennial has closed, but you can still take a look at our Call for Papers..

What is the deadline for the submission of proposals?
The Call for Papers for IRSCL2021: Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements closed on April 27th, 2021.

When will I know if my proposal has been accepted?
Acceptance and rejection notices for IRSCL2021 have already been submitted by our team. If you are not sure about the status of your IRSCL2021 proposal, please reach out to Ja’nos Kovacs (jskovacs@uc.cl).

What were the formal requirements for proposals?
Proposals consisted of a Long abstract (300 words maximum), a Short abstract (300 characters maximum), and Keywords. Those wishing to submit a proposal for IRSCL2021 registered on our abstract submission platform and filled in the requested information. An in-depth guide of the abstract submission process was available on our walkthrough.

What were the criteria for the abstract review process of IRSCL2021?
During the abstract review process, blind peer reviewers were provided with a rubric featuring the following criteria: alignment with the topic of the biennial; clarity in the assertion of theoretical orientation and/or methodology; conciseness, coherence, and clarity of focus; the presence of an enriching approach that expands, problematizes and/or revisits discussions in the field of children’s literature (and media). Critical engagement with the concepts of race, gender, sexuality, colonialism, disability, age, social class, anthropocentrism, ethnocentrism, or other intersectional perspectives is encouraged.

Panels and Oral Presentations

Can I present two papers at IRSCL2021?
There are two requirements in order to present twice at the congress: (1) one of the two presentations must be as part of a preformed panel and (2) abstracts must be different from one another (researchers will not be allowed to present the same abstract twice).

Was there a limit to the number of authors per oral presentation?
IRSCL2021 accepted abstracts and presentations by multiple authors. If academics wished to co-present a proposal at the congress, each presenting academic was  required to pay the corresponding IRSCL2021 presenter fee. Co-authors not paying the congress fee were not mentioned in the congress program and were not be able to present at IRSCL2021. For PechaKucha presentations, the limit of authors and presenters was one.

What are PechaKucha presentations?
PechaKucha(IPA: [petɕa kɯ̥tɕa], which translates as “the sound of conversation” or “chit-chat” in Japanese) is a modality of fast-track oral presentation that challenges presenters to lay out information in a succinct and highly visual manner— it encourages the use of images instead of plain text. If you want to know more about PechaKucha, you can visit our PechaKucha page. There you will find in-depth information and resources about the modality.

Congress Dates

When will the fees for IRSCL2021 be announced?
The fees for IRSCL2021 are available on our registration page.


What is IRSCL?
The International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) is an international scholarly organization established in 1970. Its main aim is to support and promote research in the field of children’s literature, and it currently gathers academics from over forty countries worldwide. To learn more about the IRSCL and how to become a member, please see the IRSCL webpage.

Do I have to be an IRSCL member in order to attend and/or present in the congress?
Being an IRSCL member was not  a requirement to take part in the biennial. However, IRSCL members are given a discounted registration fee at every IRSCL congress and have a seat at the IRSCL members’ meeting.

What are the benefits of being an IRSCL member?
IRSCL members get a discounted registration fee for IRSCL congresses, access to the IRSCL’s Listserv, and eligibility for prizes and grants awarded by the IRSCL You can visit http://www.irscl.com/members.html for the full list of benefits.

Linguistic Policy

What was the linguistic policy of IRSCL2021?
The upcoming IRSCL biennial was Spanish and Portuguese friendly. This meant that IRSCL2021 held space for both proposals and oral presentations in Spanish and Portuguese. Academics presenting in Spanish or Portuguese must, however, have supported their presentations with a PPT, Canva, or Prezi in English so as to allow everyone to follow the main argument even when their knowledge of Spanish may be limited. Likewise, because most delegates are not (native) English speakers, we encouraged presenters to consider how their visual aids ease communication with those whose English proficiency may be limited.

Fees and Registration

What were the dates for IRSCL2021: Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements?
The congress took place from October 19th through October 29th, 2021.

Will the programme of IRSCL2021 consider timezone differences across geographies?
The congress will feature five time slots for presentations, devised so as to facilitate the participation of presenters from Asia, Oceania, and other geographies with sharp time differences. The programme of IRSCL2021 is available here.


When will the keynote speakers for IRSCL2021 be announced?
The full list of keynote speakers for IRSCL2021 is available on our Speakers page.