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I (Clem) am currently sitting at a kitchen table opposite Prof N, waiting for the conference banquet to start after another extremely rich, thought-provoking day of conference sessions.
|Maria is super happy because she has 42 new emails to reply to and that’s totally what she likes doing to wind down after seven and a half hours of listening to conference papers.|
Here’s some photographic evidence of the Cambridge contingent’s concentration as they listen to today’s papers:
|Ross clearly in a trance of inspiration|
|Eve not at all doing something else on her phone (tbh, this pic was taken in-between sessions)|
The morning started with an extremely good session on cultural geography and children’s literature, which seems to be a recurring theme of this conference and others, to the extent that I wouldn’t be surprised if David Cameron announced the imminent creation of a Ministry of Cultural Geography and Ecocriticism in Children’s Literature.
If he did, he could enlist the services of my compatriot Christophe Meunier, whose picturebook as ‘actor of spatialities’ took us through the myth of the French rural child. And the new Ministry could also do with the Dream Team of interdisciplinary wowment, formed of Bettina Kummerling-Meibauer and her husband Jorg Meibauer (sorry, my keyboard won’t let me do the little ¨s on the names!).
|(thanks for letting me use this pic, Jorg & Bettina!)|
The children’s literature-and-linguist duo triggered a smorgasbord of questions and comments from the audience after their talk on maps in children’s picturebooks. Paratextual or intratextual, pictorial or symbolic, the variety of examples and the theorisation they drew from it seemed to find an echo in everyone (particularly in those who, like me, felt they’d miss the essential developmental stage of map literacy).