Dr Evelyn Arizpe
- Senior Lecturer (Creativity Culture and Faith)
Children's literature and literacies particularly in relation to picturebooks; YA literature; reader-response, Latin America, migration and intercultural communities.
I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in any of these topics.
As Programme Leader for the MEd in Children's Literature and Literacies in the School of Education, I also welcome enquiries about the programme.
I am particularly interested in children's meaning-making strategies in relation to verbal-visual interaction which is the focus of much of my research. I have delivered lectures, seminars and keynotes in my areas of interest, both in the UK and internationally, to researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. My work also involves international collaboration, especially with Spain and Latin America but also with colleagues in the USA and elsewhere. My current project is 'Reading Changes: Young adult literature and the changing literacy practices of adolescents in Mexico' http://readingchanges.blogspot.mx/
I led the international project, Visual JourneysResearch & Knowledge Exchange with a research award from the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). This project investigated immigrant children's responses to wordless picturebooks and graphic novels and the ways in which they create meaning and narrative through their own multimodal texts. I was also PI on the follow-up project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation : Examining the efficacy of visual meaning-making strategies in the development of inclusive communities of critical readers'. The project was awarded The British Curriculum Foundation /BERA/ Routledge Prize 2013 for joint development work between schools and universities. The team included Ms Julie McAdam, Dr Maureen Farrell, Dr Alison Devlin and Ms Caroline Bagelman.
Now in print: Arizpe, E., Colomer, T. and Martínez-Roldán, C. forthcoming 2014. Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives: An international inquiry with immigrant children and The Arrival. Bloomsbury Academic.
“This fascinating and remarkable international research bears close reading and re-reading. A highly significant examination of the potential of wordless picturebooks to support immigrant children as learners and meaning makers, it is inspiring, thought provoking and engaging. This important book also reveals the critical nature of the teacher’s role in developing literary understanding through image based narratives and offers new hope for intercultural understanding in the classroom.” – Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education, The Open University, UK
2014 Children's Literature Assembly Research Award for the project 'Reading Changes: Young adult literature and the changing literacy practices of adolescents in Mexico'
2011 John Robertson Bequest, University of Glasgow, for the project ‘An Evaluation of the Impact of Visual Strategies for Critical Literacy in Diverse Communities of Readers’
2011 British Academy small grant for the project ‘Reading Fictions - How representations of books and readers in children's literature reflect perceptions of the power and purpose of literacy’ with Dr Vivienne Smith, Strathclyde University
2010: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation ‘New Approaches to Learning’ small grant for the project Journeys from Images to Words: Examining the efficacy of visual meaning-making strategies in the development of inclusive communities of critical readers
2009: UK Literacy Association small grant for main phase of the research project Visual Journeys: Understanding immigrant children's response to visual images in picturebooks
2007: Children's Literature Association International Sponsorship Grant.
2003: Lilly Library Helm Fellowship for research on Jane Johnson’s Nursery Library.
1995: Spencer Foundation Small Grant for research on gender, adolescent literature and reading in secondary schools in Mexico.
1992: "Elva Knight" Research Grant by the International Reading Association to undertake fieldwork on adolescent reading in Mexico.
1992-1994: Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT, Mexico)
1990: British Council Scholarship
1990: Fellowship, International Youth Library, Munich
Caroline Bagelman: Picturing Transformative Texts: Anticolonial learning and picturebooks
Lan Ma: 'Library War' in the Future: An exploration of the response of young readers in the digital era to the topic of information and communication domination in science fiction
Osman Coban: An Educational Perspective on Reading Practices of Adolescent Readers in Turkey and Scotland
Soumi Dey: Emerging bilingual children and language acquisition: a cognitive approach to children making meaning from metafictional texts
Julie McAdam: Supporting Educators to realise the potential of children's literature in developing 21st century citizens
Emma McGilp: Language, culture and values: a semiotic approach to understanding how children 'read' multi-modal texts
Sadie Ryan: Language, identity, integration and education: a sociolinguistic study of ‘New Arrivals’ in Glasgow (with Dr Jennifer Smith, Lord Kelvin & Adam Smith Scholarship)
Ph.D Thesis: De lo Universal a lo Global: Nuevas formas del folklore en los álbumes para niños (From the universal to the global: New forms of folklore in picturebooks), Brenda Bellorín Briseño, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, 2015.
Ph.D. Thesis: A practice-based exploration of the relationship between artists’ books and children’s picturebooks, Laura Little, Anglia Ruskin University, 2015.
Ph.D. Thesis: Children’s literature about refugees and its use in the primary classroom, Julia Hope, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2015.
International Doctorate: El mediador escolar de lectura literaria, Felipe Munita, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2014.
Ph.D. Thesis: “What’s the story?” A case study of young adults’ attitudes towards reading in Lebanon, Nayla Aramouni, University of Cambridge, 2014.
Ph.D. Thesis: Interconnections between young adult fiction and young adult readers’ constructions of place within and beyond the text, Erin Spring, University of Cambridge, 2013.
Ph.D. Thesis: Conocimientos literarios y tipos de actuaciones que permiten progresar en la competencia literaria (Literary knowledge and practices that allow progress in literary competence), Martina Fittipaldi, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, 2013.
Ph.D. Thesis: National Identity in Visual Texts in Cyprus, Louiza Mallouri, University of Cambridge, 2011.
I teach the course "Children's Literature and Literacies: Critical Enquiry" for the MEd in Children's Literature and Literacies. I also lecture for other courses and I have been guest lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, the Universidad de Zaragoza and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. I have also taught on various on-line courses, including for the Diploma course offered by IBBY Mexico.
Consulting and Advice
Member of the Jury for the VIII Premio Iberoamericano SM de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil 2012 (CERLALC, IBBY, OEI, OREALC-UNESCO) representing the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (OEI).
Co-curator for the Andrew Raven Trust Weekend on the theme of "Flourishing Children: Childhood, Nature and Community”, Ardtornish, June 2013
Academic consultant: Universidad de Almería, Depto. Didáctica de la Lengua y la Literatura, Dr José Manuel de Amo Sánchez-Fortún, ‘Identificación de las facetas metaliterarias en el proceso de construcción de la competencia lecto-literaria del alumnado de educación secundaria’, Subprograma de Educación, Programa Nacional de Proyectos de Investigación Fundamental, en el marco del VI Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica, January 2011 – January 2014
Reviewer for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2011
Book proposal reviewer (Routledge, Bloomsbury Academic, Multilingual Matters)
Academic peer reviewer: Cambridge Journal of Education, International Research in Children's Literature, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy and The Journal of Children's Literature Studies)
Academic and professional membership
2015- Elected Member to the Board of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) as Awards and Grants Officer.
2014- Founding member of the Mexican Academy of Children's Literature (AMLIJ).
2014- University Research Network on Children's and Young Adult Literature (Spain and Latin America).
2009-2014 International Sub-Committee, United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
2010-2013 Academic Member of GRAMNET Advisory Board (Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network
2009-2011 Executive Group, Refugees into Teaching in Scotland (RITeS)
Journal of Literacy Research (USA)
The Journal of Children's Literature (USA)
Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature (Spain)
The Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature (Ireland)
Children's Literature in English Language Education (Europe - Editorial and Advisory Board member)
DIGILEC: Revista Internacional de Lenguas y Culturas (Spain)
Special Issue: Arizpe, E., Farrell, M. and McAdam, J. (eds) (2011) New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship 17 (2).