Join Dr. Bittner for a discussion on why readership and representation matters with it comes to LGBTQ youth. Within the world of children’s literature and library studies, much weight is placed on Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s concept of “windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors,” and it is true that many young people wish to see themselves in the books that they read. However, many times inclusion of homophobic slurs, transphobic behaviour, and bullying of LGBTQ+ individuals in YA literature is justified by the excuse that the books are simply “mirroring” society and the reality of many young people. What does this mean, then, for LGBTQ+ teens who do wish to see themselves in the books that they read? In light of the current state of YA literature, Dr. Bittner will be discussing not just current representation of LGBTQ+ characters, but also the absences.
When: Thursday, February 7 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lillooet Room, IKBLC
Please note that the Lillooet Room can only be accessed via the stairs in the heritage core of the building (Level 2 entrance facing Koerner) as the Chapman Learning Commons is under construction. If you have mobility issues go to the CLCA at the level 3 information desk.
The iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies) Colloquia series features faculty, staff and researchers presenting on topics related to information management and information science. These events are free and open to the public. For more information on the iSchool Colloquia series, visit the iSchool website.