Frequently Asked Questions

Proposal crafting, submission and review

How can I submit a proposal for IRSCL2021?
Before submitting a proposal for the biennial, we suggest you take a look at our Call for Papers. There you will find both a walkthrough of the abstract submission platform and a link to create an account prior to your submission.

What is the deadline for the submission of proposals?
The Call for Papers for IRSCL2021: Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements closes on March 15, 2021.

When will I know if my proposal has been accepted?
Upon acceptance, applicants will be contacted by May 30th, 2021.

What are the formal requirements for proposals?
Proposals consist of a Long abstract (300 words maximum), a Short abstract (300 characters maximum), and Keywords. Those wishing to submit a proposal for IRSCL2021 must register on our abstract submission platform and fill in the requested information. An in-depth guide of the abstract submission process is available on our walkthrough.

What are the criteria for the abstract review process of IRSCL2021?
During the abstract review process, blind peer reviewers will be 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?
Yes, presenters will be able to present twice at the congress, but one of their presentations must be at Online IRSCL2021. Presenters will not be allowed to present twice at On-site 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).

Is there a limit to the number of authors per oral presentation?
IRSCL2021 will accept abstracts and presentations by multiple authors. If academics wish to co-present a proposal at the congress (on-site or online), each presenting academic will be required to pay the corresponding IRSCL2021 presenter fee. Co-authors not paying the congress fee will not be mentioned in the congress program and will not be able to present at IRSCL2021. For PechaKucha presentations, the limit of authors and presenters is one.

Can I present a PechaKucha at the IRSCL2021 online satellite?
Yes! The online satellite will feature both PechaKucha and traditional oral presentations.

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.

Will there be hybrid panels at on-site IRSCL2021?
Preformed panels in which half or less of the participants are able to attend the on-site congress will be carried out as hybrid panels. There will be a special room for hybrid panels at our venue. In the case of preformed panels in which more than half of the participants are not able to attend the on-site congress, it will be requested that these panels migrate to the online satellite. More details about hybrid on-site panels will be announced shortly.

Will I be able to migrate my presentation from on-site IRSCL to online IRSCL after I have registered for the congress?
Once registered for on-site IRSCL2021, there will be a deadline for presenters to notify our team if they wish to go online. Rest assured that the IRSCL2021 organizing team will allocate a date that is fair and reasonable for both participants and organizers. Presenters reaching out before that set deadline will be granted a 90% refund of their on-site fee (the remaining 10% will cover the payment platform’s operational costs), and a new payment will have to be issued for the corresponding balance difference between on-site and online fees. After this deadline, we will organize the final program, but will also allow those with last-minute cancellations the option of presenting online if needed. As a way to safeguard both the finances and the experience of the on-site congress, presenters who issue transfer notices after the deadline will not be able to opt for a refund but will have the chance the migrate their presentation to the online satellite.


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 will not be 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 is the linguistic policy of IRSCL2021?
The upcoming IRSCL biennial will be Spanish and Portuguese friendly. This means that IRSCL2021 will hold space for both proposals and oral presentations in Spanish and Portuguese. Academics presenting in Spanish or Portuguese must, however, support 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 encourage presenters to consider how their visual aids ease communication with those whose English proficiency may be limited.

Fees and Registration

When will the fees for IRSCL2021 be announced?
The fees for IRSCL2021 will be announced once the Call for Papers for the biennial ends.

Online and on-site IRSCL2021

What are the dates for IRSCL2021: Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements?
The on-site version of the congress will take place from October 26th through October 30th, 2021. The online satellite for the biennial will be in orbit from October 19th through November 3rd, 2021.


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