The Medium & the Messengers: Local Artists, Globalized Genres, and Transnational Audiences

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Toronto Public Library (Lillian H. Smith Branch), 239 College St., Toronto

A roundtable presented as part of the 2017 International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) Congress. Canadian artists discussing how working in their chosen medium and genre has helped balance two, sometimes competing priorities: firstly, to expand assumed audiences for their work, partly to guard against being tokenized; and, secondly, to continue reaching underrepresented, misrepresented, or otherwise marginalized audiences featured in their work. The roundtable hopes to demonstrate why intersections between "the local” and "the global" demand diversifying how we imagine “diversity” when exploring cultures of childhood, children, and youth (Participants: Vivek Shraya, Rukshana Khan, Shauntay Grant, Zetta Elliott; Moderator: Gurbir Jolly)