About Us

About the Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media

The Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood was established in the English Department at the University of Reading in Reading, England, in October 1996. Known as CIRCL for short, the Graduate Centre aims to promote and coordinate international and interdisciplinary academic research in childhood, focusing particularly on research in children and culture, children’s literature, and children and the media.

CIRCL is run by its research associates: staff and postgraduate students working on childhood. CIRCL’s members also run and teach the University of Reading’s Master’s Degree Course in Children’s Literature (in the Department of English Literature of the University).

CIRCL organises lecture series, seminars, and conferences. For up-to-date information on past and forthcoming events, please go to News and Events (Publications, Lectures, Seminars, Conferences).

CIRCL maintains these web-pages to distribute up-to-date information on up-coming News and Events, but also to provide a forum for the provision and exchange of information on on-going research in childhood, either for students (please go to: Reading Lists), or researchers. CIRCL also provides a list of selected other web-sites of interest in this field under Other Interesting Sites.


For more information, please contact:

Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein,

Director, Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL),
Department of English Language and Literature, University of Reading,
PO Box 218
Reading RG6 6AA
E-mail: <k.b.lesnik-oberstein@reading.ac.uk>

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Latest News & Events

M(Res) in Children’s Literature student 2017-18 wins prize!

CIRCL are delighted to announce that our current M(Res) in Children’s Literature student Kristy Keller has won second prize in the ‘First Pages’ category at the Swedish ‘Stockholm Writer’s Festival’ with her children’s detective novel Harper Holloway and the Disappearance of Arabella Sent  Many congratulations, Kristy!