Because It Lasts


June 17-19, 2022
Vancouver, BC

From ancient epic tales like Beowulf, The Odyssey, and The Epic of Gilgamesh, where young men adventure through foreign lands, to recent youth movie adaptations featuring time or space travel like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ender’s Game, and Marvel’s Endgame, numerous titles have engaged with the themes of time and space in children’s and young adult literature and media. Time and space are paradoxically tangible yet elusive; we experience them within our everyday life, yet they are never truly in one’s control.

The Covid-19 pandemic has intensified this conflict, forcing nations to close their borders and people to lock themselves within their homes. In times when unprecedented levels of migration and ease of mobility led many to believe that the world did not have many barriers, such a prolonged global confinement has led to increased feelings of loneliness, disorientation, and powerlessness. This, combined with the sense of losing time—or track of it—will definitely affect old and newer generations. Because It Lasts: Time and Space in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Media aims to discuss these topics and showcase graduate students’ academic and creative work on the matter.

This peer-reviewed conference is a three-day event that will bring together upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, professional researchers, librarians, and educators specializing in children’s and young adult literature.


Call for proposals

They are currently seeking academic research proposals and creative writing submissions for presentation. To submit a proposal, visit their website at The deadline to submit your proposals is Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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