IRSCL Congress 2017

Online registration is now open. Please read the information below before registering.

To register, please click here.

The Registration Form will link to secured credit-card payment of all fees in Canadian dollars (CAD). Conversions will automatically be made from delegates’ home currency. To check current rates of exchange, please see xe website or similar sites.

Registration is valid upon completion of the IRSCL 2017 Registration Form and receipt of payment of all relevant fees. Upon receipt of completed registration form and payment, IRSCL Congress 2017 will issue registrants an e-mail receipt. Canadian HST (Harmonized Services Tax) of 13% is added to all Congress fees, Congress dinner fees, and accommodation fees.

On the IRSCL 2017 Registration Form, delegates will be able to book Congress registration fees, Congress dinner fees (optional), and accommodation reservations for those staying in shared or private suites in the on-campus residence. Delegates will also be able to make no-cost reservations for special events and excursions at Congress 2017. There are limited spaces available for some options, which are available on a “first come, first served” basis, so delegates are encouraged to register at their earliest possible convenience.

Although IRSCL Congress 2017 will make every effort to ensure delegates’ safety and wellbeing during the conference, we cannot be held responsible for delegates’ personal belongings or damage done to them or themselves.

Congress registration fees entitle delegates to attend all keynote presentations, paper presentations, special events, receptions, excursions, and performances. For those staying in residence, 4 continental breakfasts are included. For all delegates, 4 lunches, 6 refreshment breaks, and a public transportation card are included.

Congress Dinner

Only 180 spaces are available for the Congress Dinner: reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Delegates must reserve and prepay to attend this event; they may indicate dietary restrictions when they register.

The Congress Dinner will be held at Black Creek Pioneer Village, right next to York University’s Keele Campus.  All delegates will be able to tour Black Creek Pioneer Village, including buying Canadian souvenirs, for one hour on Tuesday, 1 August, from 17:00 to 18:00.  The Congress Dinner, from 18:00 to 20:30, includes complimentary pre-dinner drinks, dinner with wine, a preview of IRSCL Congress 2019, and a presentation honouring  Professor Jack Zipes, recognizing his major contributions to children’s and young adult literature studies.


Please see the Accommodation page on this website for additional information about on-campus and off-campus accommodation options.

Reservations for shared or private accommodations in the on-campus Pond Road Residence can be made on the IRSCL Congress 2017 Registration Form.

To book a room at the on-campus hotel, the Schulich Executive Learning Centre, either telephone (416) 650-8300 or e-mail , making sure that you give the code "Block # 224886" to receive the special IRSCL Congress 2017 rate.

IRSCL Congress 2017 Fees (in Canadian dollars [CAD])

REGISTRATION FEE (includes program, receptions, special events, excursions, breakfasts, lunches, breaks, public transportation card) FEE
in CAD
in CAD
Full-time Faculty / IRSCL Member / Early-Bird Rate (until 13 April 2017) $550 $71.50 $621.50
Full-time Faculty / IRSCL Member / Full Rate (after 13 April 2017) $625 $81.25 $706.25
Full-time Faculty / Non-IRSCL Member / Early-Bird Rate (until 13 Apr. 2017) $600 $78.00 $678.00
Full-time Faculty / Non-IRSCL Member / Full Rate (after 13 April 2017) $675 $87.75 $762.75
Student, Retired, Adjunct Faculty, Practitioner / Early-Bird (until 13 Apr. 2017) $350 $45.50 $395.50
Student, Retired, Adjunct Faculty, Practitioner / Full (after 13 Apr. 2017) $425 $55.25 $480.25
Full-time Faculty / Day Rate $200 $26.00 $226.00
Student, Retired, Adjunct Faculty, Practitioner / Day Rate $100 $13.00 $113.00
Cancellation Fee (Before 1 July 2017) $50
Cancellation Fee (After 1 July 2017 $200
NOTE: To cancel, e-mail, putting “IRSCL Congress 2017 Cancellation” in the subject line.
IRSCL Congress 2017 Congress Dinner Fee (optional) $100 $13.00 $113.00
IRSCL Congress 2017 Accommodation Fees
Pond Road Residence - shared 2-person; separate bedrooms in modern 2-bedroom suite; includes continental breakfast, WiFi, and daily housekeeping; per person, per night; can request suite-mate or be paired by gender $50 $6.50 $56.50
Pond Road Residence - 1 person not sharing, in modern 2-bedroom suite; includes continental breakfast, WiFi, and daily housekeeping; per night (limited number: first come, first served) $75 $9.75 $84.75
Schulich Executive Learning Centre (on-campus hotel): includes private ensuite room, breakfast, WiFi; (extra person add $15 CAD; parking add $20 CAD).  Please reserve directly: either telephone (416) 650-8300 or e-mail , making sure that you give the code "Block # 224886" to receive the special IRSCL Congress 2017 rate. $139 $18.07 $157.07

Excursions (no fees, but limited numbers; first come, first served)

Afternoon of Monday, July 31.

(Either choose one of the following excuresions or take advantage of Toronto’s cultural, sightseeing, historic, and shopping riches using the Presto public transportation card included in your Congress fees.)

Toronto Public Library Tour, Reception, and Roundtable (100 maximum)

Please note: this event is fully booked. However, there are still spaces available for the TIFF event (see below).

Tour world-class children’s and young adult literature collections (the Osborne Early Children’s / Canadiana / Lillian H. Smith (since 1910) / Merrill Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy) at the Lillian H. Smith Library. Attend a complimentary reception and roundtable of creators of children’s and young adult literature. This event is co-hosted by TPL.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – “Mediated Possibilities: Young People as Creators, Producers and Audiences of Film” (200 maximum)
Take part in a film screening and round table discussion at the internationally renowned, TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto. This will showcase 3 short films, highlighting the work from the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, and Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase. The round table discussion will include the young and emerging filmmakers whose works will be shown, as well as Elizabeth Muskala, TIFF Director of Youth Learning and TIFF Kids. This event is co-hosted by TIFF.

Special Events (no fees, but signup requested)

For Graduate Students
Opening Night Meet & Greet Pub – Saturday 29 July, 19:30 – 21:00 – The Underground (on campus) – complimentary appetizers

Mentorship Event
“M(e[a]t) a Professor: IRSCL Congress 2017 Mentorship Lunch Program”
During the lunch break on Sunday 30 July, the “M(e[a]t) a Professor Mentorship” event will match graduate students and junior scholars with established scholars to build networking relationships. We are encouraging mentors and those seeking mentors to bring questions and advice to share over lunch: we envision the meetings will be a wonderful opportunity to network for both up-and-coming and established scholars in the fields of children’s and young adult literature and childhood studies. Sign up as either an established scholar or a graduate student or junior scholar.

For Graduate Students
Downtown Pub Supper – Monday 31 July, evening, 19:00 to 22:00 – location TBA – at your expense (but great company!)