The International Children’s Literature Symposium, launched by Ocean University of China, began in 2012 as a transnational dialogue between Chinese and American children’s literature scholars. In 2016, it expanded to its current international format, inviting all colleagues in children’s literature from around the world to present on their research. While the symposium continues to include simultaneous interpretation in Chinese and English, it welcomes participants to present on topics from all areas in children’s and young adult literature, embracing both national and global perspectives and interdisciplinary methodologies.

Previous symposiums were organised at:

  • Ocean University of China (2021)
  • Princeton University (2018)
  • Ocean University of China (2016)
  • University of South Carolina (2014)
  • Ocean University of China (2012)

The organisers for the 2023 International Children’s Literature Symposium are Dr Emily Murphy (Newcastle University) and Derong (David) Xu (Ocean University of China).

We would like to remind all attendees that the symposium will be held both physically and virtually. For more information, please check out the CFP for the 2023 symposium.