Naomi Hamer's current research and publications examine the cross-media adaptation of children's literature with a focus on picture books, mobile apps, and children’s museums. She is the co-editor of More Words About Pictures: Current Research on Picture Books and Visual/Verbal Texts for Young People (eds. Hamer, Nodelman and Reimer, 2017), and The Routledge Companion of Fairy-tale Cultures and Media (eds. Greenhill, Rudy, Hamer, and Bosc, forthcoming 2018). Dr. Hamer received the David Almond Fellowship for Research in Children’s Literature (2013) for research at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books (Newcastle, UK). She has expanded this project to examine how media is used to negotiate the cultural discourses of childhood, nationalism, gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability within children’s museum exhibits. Framed by ‘queering the museum’ and ‘the participatory museum’ movements, the next phase of this research will invite young people to engage as collaborative-curators. She is keen to find ways to integrate the Children’s Literature Archive at Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities into her teaching and research.
Dr. Hamer is also a collaborator for the Six Seasons SSHRC-funded partnership grant housed at at the University of Winnipeg and affiliated with the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (PI Mavis Reimer). This collaboration involves the development of picture books and apps focused on the experiences of the proto-contact period for the Asiniskow Ithiniwak (Rocky Cree). She is also the President of the Association for Research in the Cultures of Young People (ARCYP), and serves on the editorial board for the journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.
Children’s and adolescent literature; child and youth studies; picture book theory; film and the visual cultures of young people; transmedia and digital storytelling; fairy-tale media and cultures; children’s museum education and New Literacies; cultural theory, identity, and audience studies.