From now onwards, the names of the keynote speakers and round tables members in our congress will be revealed. Here you are our first announcements:
Julinda Abu-Nasr (Lebanon)
Longstanding director of the Institute of Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University and vice-president of the Lebanese IBBY section. She will chair the round table on the impact of the gender discussion on children’s and young adults’ literature.
Carmen Barvo (Colombia)
Publisher, journalist and director of the Fundación para el Fomento de la Lectura (Fundalectura), Colombia’s IBBY section. Former director of the Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América (CERLALC) and international consultant for reading and copyright. She will participate in the panel about Research Centres of Reading Promotion.
Lygia Bojunga (Brazil)
One of the most important writers of Brazilian literature. During five years she directed a school whose main aim was the eradication of illiteracy in rural zones, and in the last years she has also created the social, cultural and editorial Project “Casa Lygia Bojunga”, in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro. She obtained two of the most important international awards for children's literature: the Hans Christian Andersen Award 1982 and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2004. Her talk will deal with her special relationship with the books: “BOOK – I’m reading you”.
Carole Bloch (South Africa)
Member of the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), a research and development unit attached to the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Cape Town, and coordinator of the Stories Across Africa project for the creation of literary material for the promotion of literacy in multilingual contexts. She will be part of the round table on oral tradition and minorities without written language.
Fina Casalderrey (Galicia, Spain)
Writer, teacher, author of numerous books for children and winner of several important awards, as for example the Spanish National Award for Children’s Literature 1996. She will participate in a round table discussion on children’s and young adults’ literature and linguistic minorities.
Pedro Cerrillo (Castile-La Mancha, Spain)
Director of the Centro de Estudios y Promoción de la Lectura y Literatura Infantil (CEPLI), professor of Literature at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. He will chair the panel about Research Centres of Reading Promotion.
Philippe Claudet (France)
Representative of the French charity and publisher’s house “Les Doigts Qui Rêvent”, specialist in the production of Tactile Illustrated Books for blind children. He will chair the round table about “Reading and Readers with Special Needs”.
Teresa Colomer (Catalonia, Spain)
One of the most prominent researchers and experts on children’s and young adults’ literature. Ph.D. in Educational Science and Professor at the Department of Didactics of Language and Literature at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. Her plenary lecture will reflect on the minority situation of literary creation for children and young adults within literature: “Children’s Literature: a minority within literature”.
Heidi Cortner Boiesen (Norway)
Librarian and director of the IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People. She will be part of the round table about “Reading and Readers with Special Needs”.
Elisabeth D’Angelo Serra (Brazil)
Since 1989 General Secretary of the Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil, the Brazilian IBBY section, and coordinator of the international activities of the FNLIJ. She was the Director of the Public Library of the Estado de Río de Janeiro en 2003. She will lead the round table about children’s and young adults’ literature and linguistic minorities.
Carmen Diana Dearden (Venezuela)
Publisher of Ediciones Ekaré, a pioneer in the field of publication of children’s literature in Latin America. Director of the Banco del Libro, the IBBY section of Venezuela, winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2007. She will chair the round table that deals with the topic of illustration as a medium for representing minorities.
Teresa Duran (Catalonia, Spain)
Writer, illustrator and expert on illustration. Ph.D. in Pedagogy and professor at the Department of Didactics of Visual and Plastic Education for Teachers Formation at the Universitat de Barcelona. She will be part of a round table on illustration as a medium for representing minorities.
María Luz Esteban Saiz (Madrid, Spain)
Technical Director of the CNSE Foundation for the Elimination of Barriers to Communication, a foundation created in 1998 by the National Confederation of Deaf Persons (Confederación Estatal de Personas Sordas, CNSE) engaged in the elimination of the barriers to communication, the improvement of the quality of life of deaf persons and the recognition of the sign language. She will be part of the round table on “Reading and Readers with Special Needs”.
Victoria Fernández (Cataluña, Spain)
Specialist in children’s and young adults’ literature. Director of the magazine Cuadernos de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil (CLIJ) and author of numerous articles on children’s and young adults’ literature in Spanish media. She will participate in the round table discussion on the impact of the gender question in children’s and young adults’ literature.
Emilia Ferreiro (Argentina / Mexico)
Ph.D. in Psychology (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and expert in Genetic Psychology. One of the greatest international authorities on issues of literacy and acquisition of written language. She will talk about the importance of diversity in the access to written language: “Diversity in Approaching the written word: a pedagogical obstacle or advantage?”
Víctor F. Freixanes (Galicia, Spain)
Writer, publisher and responsible editor of Galaxia, one of the most important Galician publishing houses and pioneer in editing children’s literature in Galicia. Expert on the problems of cultural industries in minority situation. His participation is foreseen in the Editor’s Panel.
José António Gomes (Portugal)
Writer and professor at the Faculdade de Educação of the Instituto Politécnico do Porto. Currently he is director of the magazine Malasartes and Vice-president of the Asociación de Investigadores de Literatura Infantil e X/Juvenil (ELOS-ANILIJ). He will participate in the panel on Research Centres of Reading Promotion.
Piet Grobler (South Africa / Great Britain)
Illustrator with important works in the area of comics. He has published in the most relevant South African and European publishing houses and is the winner of several important international awards as recognition of his illustrations for children’s and young adults’ literature. He will participate in the round table on illustration as a medium to represent minorities.
Jacqueline Kergueno (Francia)
Promoter of the magazine Planète Jeunes and expert in publishing magazines for children and young adults. She will be part of the Editor’s Panel.
Mariasun Landa (Basque Country, Spain)
Writer and MA in Philology at the Paris University and actually professor at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea - Universidad del País Vasco. Author of a great number of books on children’s and young adults’ literature and winner of the Spanish National Award for Children’s Literature 2003. She will participate in the round table about the importance of gender questions in children’s and young adults’ literature.
Gemma Lluch (Valencia, Spain)
Researcher and Professor at the Facultad de Filología, Traducción y Comunicación at the Universitat de València. She will participate in the panel about Research Centres of Reading Promotion.
Catherine Mitchell (Canadá)
After having worked since 1989 as a publisher at Tundra Books, Catherine Mitchell was awarded in 2004 with the Claude Aubry Award, recognizing her work in the field of Canadian children’s literature. She will be part of the Editor’s Panel.
Miriam Gabriela Möllers (Germany)
Event and project coordinator focussed on “Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature” and “Art of Illustration”; currently Programme Manager of the “White Ravens Festival” initiated and taking place at the International Youth Library, München. She will take part in the round table onchildren’s and young adults’ literature and linguistic minorities.
Victor Montejo (Guatemala / United States of America)
Writer, anthropologist and professor at the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. As a descendant of Jacaltek Maya people, his knowledge of Maya languages and culture is reflected in his literary work. His present research focuses on indigenous people in Central America and on the process of literary creation. His lecture will deal with the problem of the cultural visibility of indigenous peoples: “On the Path of the Maya Ahtz’ib (Writer): Indigenous Literatures as a Source of Knowledge, Power and Identity”.
Gonzalo Moure (Asturias, Spain)
Journalist and author of children’s and young adults’ literature whose works have been recognized by numerous literary awards. He will be part of the round table about “Reading and Readers with Special Needs”.
Akoss Ofori (Ghana)
Akoss Ofori is working as a publisher at Sub-Saharan Publishers in Ghana. She will be part of the Editor’s Panel.
Anne Pellowski (United States of America)
Writer, storyteller and expert on oral tradition and multiculturalism. She founded and directed the Information Centre of Children’s Cultures of the United States Committee for UNICEF in New York, leaving this position in the 1980’s to write and to conduct workshops on storytelling. She will lead the round table on oral tradition and minorities without written literature.
Michèle Petit (France)
Anthropologist and researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, expert in reading in areas in contexts of crisis. She will participate in the panel about Research Centres of Reading Promotion.
Dolores Prades (Brasil)
Publisher and Director of General Publications at Edições SM (Brazil). She will be part of the Editor’s Panel.
Miguelanxo Prado (Galicia, Spain)
One of the most credited Galician illustrators in the national and international context and since 1998 director of the A Coruña fair dedicated to the Comic “Viñetas desde o Atlántico”. Since 2009 member of the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes. He will be part of the round table on illustration as a medium for representing minorities.
Swati Raje (India)
Writer and journalist, expert in children’s literature. Founder president of “Bhaashaa: The Centre for Preservation and Enhancement of Regional Languages”. She will participate in the round table discussion on oral tradition and minorities without written literature.
Devika Rangachari (India)
Researcher and credited author of children’s literature, winner of nineteen national awards. Ph.D. in Indian History at the University of Delhi. She will be part of the round table on the importance of gender questions in children’s and young adults’ literature.
Manuel Rivas (Galicia, Spain)
Writer, poet, journalist and one of the most worldwide known Galician authors. His books, deeply rooted in the Galician culture, have achieved broad recognition and have been translated to several languages. Winner of the Spanish National Narrative Award 1996 and of the Spanish Critic Award 1989, 1998 and 2006. In his lecture, he will speak about “Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature from / as a poetical insurgence”.
Antonio Rodríguez Almodóvar (Andalucía,Spain)
Writer and expert on literature and oral tradition. His books deal with the theory of narration and the poetic text, as well as with the rediscovery of Spanish popular storytelling. Winner of the Spanish National Award for Children’s Literature 2005 and member of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research. He will participate in the round table discussion on oral tradition and minorities without written literature.
Blanca Roig (Galicia, Spain)
Professor of Galician Literature at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, coordinator of the network “Las Literaturas Infantiles y Juveniles del Marco Ibérico e Iberoamericano” (LIJMI) and President of the Asociación Galego Portuguesa de Investigadores en Literatura Infantil e X/Juvenil (ELOS-ANILIJ). She will participate in the panel about Research Centres of Reading Promotion.
Jant van der Weg-Laverman (Netherlands)
Researcher and expert on Frisian language and literature. Former president of the Netherlands’ IBBY section and member of the IBBY Executive Committee (2004-2006). She will take part at the round table on children’s and young adults’ literature and linguistic minorities.
Gita Wolf (India)
Publisher and director of Tara Books, an independent publisher based in Chennai (India), well-known for the creation of picture books for children and adults, with an outstanding literary and artistic quality. Gita Wolf is the author of numerous books for children and adults, awarded with several prizes, amongst others the 2010 Bologna Ragazzi Award. In her lecture, she will speak about the importance of the editorial work for the recognition of minority cultures and languages: “Alternative Visions: the Power of Minorities”.
Eng. Mohammad Yousef (Afghanistan)
Founder in 1995 of the non-governmental organization “Aschiana”, an organization devoted to improve the life of street children in Kabul and other cities in Afghanistan, offering them assistance, education and vocational training. He will reflect about his work in this lecture on “Street children and Literacy: a view from Afghanistan”.