There is a Children's Literature Conference in Bologna, Italy. I didn't find a website for the conference, but learned about it through the SDSU CHILDREN'S LITERATURE blog:
While most of you who are reading this blog will not be able to take an impromptu trip to Italy at the end of the month, you should still take a look at the conference line-up for "Children's Literature: Fifty Years of Books for Children's Around the World," scheduled for March 28 at the University of Bologna.So if you happen to enjoy children's literature studies and are in Italy and can attend--well, I envy you!
SDSU Professor Emeritus Jerry Griswold is presenting a panel titled "10 Landmarks in U.S. Children's Books in the Last 50 Years," and many other notable scholars from around the world are presenting on fascinating topics. If I could attend this conference, I would definitely check out "Revisualizing Little Red Riding Hood over the Past Fifty Years" and "Realism, Surrealism, and Hyperrealism in American Children's Book Illustration."
Here's the program (clickable to read better):