Presentations

I have been fortunate enough to present my PhD research all over the world. It has been a joy and a privilege to share this work with children’s literature scholars, teacher librarians and all those interested in diverse and inclusive children’s literature.

Previous presentations are listed below. If you would like to get in touch with me about presenting, you can reach me at: sarah@sarahjayne.net.au.


Upcoming – July 2022
Assembling Common Worlds, Vancouver Island University

September 2021
Webinar presentation for the Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Lismore
Presentation: Why representation matters

July 2021
Webinar presentation for the Australian School Library Association (ASLA)
Presentation: Why representation matters
(You can view the webpage here.)

May 2021
Let’s Talk about Sex in YA conference, University of Cambridge (online)
Presentation: When Harry met James – sex and the disparate yet parallel worlds of Harry Potter and CHERUB

September 2019
Speaking engagement at the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL)
University of Canberra, Canberra
Presentation: Why representation matters – the importance of family diversity in Australian picture books

August 2019
Silence and Silencing in Children’s Literature, IRSCL Congress
Stockholm City Conference Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
Presentation: The silencing of family diversity in picture books

March 2019
Radical Young People’s Literature and Culture, ISSCL conference
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland
Presentation: What makes a family? The radical portrayal of diverse families in picture books

November 2018
Peripheral Visions, 23rd annual Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) conference
Curtin University, Western Australia
Presentation: Out of sight – the censoring of family diversity in picture books
(You can view my abstract for the conference on page 101 here.)

September 2018
Top 10 finalist – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, Asia-Pacific Final
University of Queensland, Brisbane
Presentation: The importance of family diversity in Australian picture books
(You can view the video here.)

August 2015
A Sense of Wonder, children’s literature symposium
Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand
Presentation: Foster Care and the Representation of Trauma in Children’s Literature

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