We’re at the Conference “Books for Children: Transnational Encounters 1750-1850”

This week the Cotsen curatorial blog is taking a professional day off, as all hands will be on deck during the 2019 international conference exploring how and why children’s books to cross borders. The subjects will include the analysis of publishers’ business models, the circulation of illustrations, genres that are taken from one culture to another and adapted, the books teachers use with students being educated far from home, Jewish children’s books, and much more.  Our speakers are as international as their topics; they hail from Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Friday’s program will be live streamed for those of you who would like to drop in.  The full schedule, location, and information for streaming is available on the conference website.

All panel sessions will be held in the Louis A. Simpson International Building, Room A71.

You may also watch Friday’s paper presentations via livestreaming, which starts at 9:00AM and ends at 5:00PM (Eastern Time), November 1.
URL: https://mediacentrallive.princeton.edu/ (Password: Cotsen111)

Registration open for the 2019 Cotsen Symposium on Children’s Books and Transnationalism

Traditionally research into pre-20th century children’s literature has focused on titles written and consumed in a particular country. However, most 18th- and 19th-century children, parents, and teachers would not have necessarily used a book’s national origin as the chief criterion for selection. In the majority of European countries, children read books in more than one language, so in reality there was a transnational corpus of children’s books crossing language groups, political borders, and the seas, their texts and illustrations translated and transformed. In order to better understand the world of children’s print culture from both the perspectives of the young reader and of the “children’s book business,” its transnational character should be taken into account.

“Books for Children: Transnational Encounters 1750-1850” (Part II) is a continuation of the May 2018 symposium of the same title held at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in Copenhagen, where the presentations and discussions made clear that the collaboration ought to continue in order to reach a wider audience.

Online registration for the symposium is open till Saturday October 26, 11:59pm (US Eastern Time).

Please find details of the symposium schedule at https://bookstransnational.princeton.edu/


Charlotte Appel
Associate Professor
Head of the PhD-programme for History, Archaeology and Classical Studies
School of Culture and Society
Aarhus University (Denmark)

Nina Christensen
Professor, Head of Centre for Children’s Literature and Media
School of Communication and Culture
Aarhus University (Denmark)

Matthew Grenby
Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies
Dean of Research and Innovation
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Newcastle University (United Kingdom)

Andrea Immel
Curator, Cotsen Children’s Library
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library