March – May 2019
Juan Senis from Spain is a professor of children’s and young adult literature at the University of Zaragoza. In addition to his academic activities, he also writes books for children whenever he finds some spare time. He started focusing on children’s and youth literature after finishing his PhD and is currently working on an international comparison of children’s poetry. Juan, having a keen interest in languages, is well-versed in Spanish, Italian and French literature. He came to the IYL to have access to a wider range of books for a work-in-progress survey, concerning children’s poetry in Portuguese, English and German. As a big fan of texts in verse, he noticed that there are not a lot of publications about children’s and youth poetry. The main aim of his project is to find out if there is a common trend in the poetry from different countries and languages. At the IYL, he did not only find a wealth of international books, but he was also verygrateful for the help he received from the people working here. After the end of his scholarship, he went back to work at the university and intends to publish two articles with the material he gathered at the IYL.
Dao Trung Uyen
Dao Trung Uyen, aka Sophia, from Vietnam is a real “bookworm”. Since her early childhood, she has spent hours and hours in libraries, enjoying the fascination of reading. In 2014, she came to Ilmenau in Thüringen to do a Master’s degree in Media- and Communication Science; during her stay there, she became aware of the lack of children literature in her home country. Convinced that educated children are the basis for creating a better world, she came to the International Youth Library to work on an international comparison: her research project focused on the different ways of presenting the concept of kindness in children’s and youth literature. At the IYL, she loved the warm welcome and the help she received from the people working here and would have loved to spend even more time at the library! After her scholarship, she returned to Passau where her friend lives and will continue to write books for Vietnamese children.
April – June 2019
Angela Yannicopoulou is a professor of children’s literature at the Department of Preschool Education at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). She specializes in picture books. Her current research focuses on book-objects, in other words the many different shapes, sizes, materials and forms of picture books. At the IYL, she mainly worked on accordion or concertina books (aka leporello books) and was very surprised by the huge number of books she discovered here in so many languages! She will use her findings to prepare two academic papers for autumn 2019. In addition, she also went through a lot of wordless books, because she is planning to organize a conference on in Greece next year. She intends to return to the IYL, because she appreciated the well-equipped library and the very helpful staff, and also enjoyed Munich, a city she fell in love with.
Anto Thomas Chakramakkil
April – June 2019
Dr. Anto Thomas Chakramakkil from Kerala, the southernmost province of India, is an associate professor and Head of the Department of English at St. Thomas College in Thrissur. His interest in children’s literature began when he visited the ASRC, formerly the biggest US-library outside of the USA in Hyderabad, where he discovered that children’s literature is a huge field of research. So he decided to write his PhD about “Subversive Ideals in American Children’s Literature” in the second half of the 20th century …His three-month stint at the IYL from April to June as a “Stipi” wasn’t his first trip to Germany. He had already worked on other projects in Frankfurt and Kassel earlier. At the library, he focused on his new project “Ecobuddhist Consciousness in the Children’s Fiction of Michael Morpurgo”, the famous British author best known abroad for his children’s novel Warhorse (1982). Whenever I met Anto at the IYL, he was always smiling, friendly and ready for interesting conversations, unless he was deeply buried in his books. He fell in love with Munich, not only because nature is so close to the city and the IYL, but also because the people here work with great dedication and passion. There was only one thing he would have wished for: a coffee machine for the Stipis J.
Ana Margarida Ramos
May – June 2019
Ana Margarida Ramos is an assistant professor at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. She came to the IYL to work on the material aspects of picture books. For her project, she analyses aspects such as book size, front and back covers, credit pages, bindings, dusk jackets and other peritextual features, which are important parts of the story and can transform books into works of art. Her analysis focuses on picture books in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, Catalan, Galician and English from the IYL’s White Ravens Catalogues of the past ten years. This #surfmother loves to travel and to read (just another form of travelling for her). Spending two months during her sabbatical year at beautiful Blutenburg castle for research, is a dream come true, and to her it feels almost like jumping into a fairy tale: her arrival was the time when the first “Ugly Ducklings” (i.e. baby swans) were born! She appreciates the helpful people working at the IYL, as well as the contact, discussions, and travels with the other international “Stipis”. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering a lot about Munich and the beautiful landscape surrounding it during her first trip to Germany.
Professor Christopher Kelen, or “Kit” as everyone called him at the IYL, is a full-time poet, author of children’s books and now retired academic from Northern Newcastle in New South Wales / Australia. He taught Creative Writing and Literature for almost 20 years at Macau and has published several volumes of poetry that were translated into various languages. He is living proof that Blutenburg castle is a place to which you want to come back: This is his second visit in less than two years! With the special selection of books you find at IYL he does research on his latest academic work about poetry and ethics of anthropomorphism in children’s literature. This salad-aficionado is a fan of the IYL, and greatly appreciates the culture and helpfulness of the people working here; he even wrote a lovely poem about the library during his first visit. The only things missing that would make IYL an even more perfect work space in his eyes are more comfortable chairs and full-time masseurs :).
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