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2008 Conference

Home, School, Play, Work:
The Visual and Textual Worlds of Children

November 14-15, 2008
Worcester, Massachusetts


February 13-14, 2009
Princeton, New Jersey

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This conference is sponsored by the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) and the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) at the American Antiquarian Society, in conjunction with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University.

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children Papers will address aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth-century textual, visual, or material culture that relate to the experience or representation of childhood.



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~ Schedule and Program ~

Friday, November 14:

Sessions will be held in Antiquarian Hall, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester

1 p.m - Opening remarks

Session 1: The Children's Literature Canon


Session 2: Circulation of Children's Literature

6 p.m. - Session 3: Patricia Crain, associate professor of English, New York University

Reception at the Goddard Daniels House, 190 Salisbury Street


Saturday, November 15:
Sessions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Salisbury Laboratories

(WPI Campus Map)

9:00 a.m. - Session 4: Portraits, Photographs, and Exhibitions: Looking at Children

Session 5: Collectors Round Table

12 noon - Lunch

Session 6a: Girlhood in Print and Portraiture

Session 6b: Material Culture of the School

Session 7: Pictures, Picture Books, and Paper Toys: Learning about Race

Concluding Remarks

February 13-14, 2009
Cotsen Children's Library
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

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children The complete program with paper abstracts and registration information can be viewed at the Cotsen Children's Library website.

Conference Committee

Patricia Crain, New York University, Chair
Georgia B. Barnhill, American Antiquarian Society
Joshua Brown, Graduate Center, CUNY
Martin Brückner, University of Delaware
Paul Erickson, American Antiquarian Society
Andrea Immel, Princeton University
Paula Petrik, George Mason University
Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Amherst College
Caroline F. Sloat, American Antiquarian Society
Laura Wasowicz, American Antiquarian Society



To register for part 2 to be held at the Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University, February 13-14, 2009, visit the Cotsen Children's Library website


~ about CHAViC

~ about PHBAC

~ about the collection of children's literature at AAS


Upcoming CHAViC conferences

The Three Graces The call for papers for the 2009 Conference Destined for Men: Visual Materials for Male Audiences, 1750 - 1880 has been announced. The conference will be held at AAS October 16-17, 2009.


Previous CHAViC conferences

~ Fields of Vision: The Material and Visual Culture of New England, 1600-1830 (2007)
co-sponsored with the Colonial Society of Massachusetts

~ Visualizing the Past: A One-Day Conference for K-12 Educators (2006)
co-sponsored with the New England History Teachers Association