ReImagining Normal

In 1857, Illinois State University’s founders established a normal school for teacher preparation. The campus area subsequently incorporated as the Town of Normal. Some 150 years later, we at ISU appreciate our institution’s rich heritage, but we question the implications of normalcy—which, like childhood itself, is a shifting concept.

In the spirit of “Reimagining Normal,” ISU hosts the 2008 Children’s Literature Association conference.  We anticipate a conference that problematizes commonly held assumptions and investigates the changing status of childhood, children’s and adolescent literature and culture, verbal and visual representation for/about young audiences, and constructions of diversity.