April 2014

Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World
Dalarna University, Sweden  -  2-4 April 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 15 October 2013

Globalising processes have led, in recent decades, to critical re-evaluations of the ways in which 'culture' has traditionally been understood. Global capitalism, worldwide diffusion and popularisation of communication technologies, as well as increased mobility of people, information, and consumer goods, are some of the forces that account for a widespread intensification of cultural exchanges within and beyond the borders of the nation-state. In this context, past definitions of collective and individual identities as essentially monocultural are increasingly viewed as inadequate to describe the way people perceive themselves and the world they live in. Instead, the concept of transculturality has often been adopted to describe the diverse and productive reality of identity-formation processes which take place at cultural cross-sections.
Over the last few years, the analysis of transculturality, understood as the formation of multifaceted, fluid identities resulting from diverse cultural encounters, has been central to various fields of knowledge, where traditional analytical categories, such as migration, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, and postcolonialism, have been re-examined.
The aim of this multidisciplinary conference, organised by the Transcultural Identities research group, is to analyse how individual and collective identities in various geographical areas around the world are redefined from a transcultural perspective. Paper proposals from disciplines such as literary studies, anthropology, sociology, and political science are welcome.

Confirmed plenary speakers include: Prof. Kamal Abu-Deeb, Emeritus Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, London University, and Guest Professor, Dalarna University; Prof. Miguel Vale de Almeida, Professor in Social-Anthropology, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, and LGBT activist; Dr Marianne Franklin, Reader in Global Media & Transnational Communications, Goldsmiths University, London; Dr Alan Grossman, Director, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, (CTMP), College of Arts and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology; and Dany Laferrière, Haitian and Canadian novelist and journalist.

Suggested topics are, though not limited to, the following topics:
• Transcultural memory/memories
• Transcultural remediation
• Re-narrating in a postcolonial space
• Gender and transculturality
• Translingualism and transculturality
• Risk society and the cosmopolitanisation of reality
• Globalisation and post-postcolonialism
• Transmigration and national identities
• Local vs. global? National vs. cosmopolitan?
• Narratives of transnational identities

The language of the conference will be English.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words for twenty-minute presentations and a short biographical description (200 words) should be sent by email to:
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 October 2013 (new extended deadline).
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 November 2013.
A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in book form.
Further information will be available on the conference website: http://www.du.se/transcult
(posted 6 May 2013, updated 26 September 2013)

Personal pronouns in linguistics and stylistics
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France  -  3-4 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 10 Juy 2013

An international conference organized by Laure Gardelle (ENS de Lyon, UMR ICAR) and Sandrine Sorlin (EMMA, Institut Universitaire de France).

The aim of this conference is to bring together a cross-section of recent research on personal pronouns in linguistics and stylistics. In the past twenty years or so these functional words, which used to be regarded as mere 'short-hand devices' substituting for a noun phrase, have been shown to be central to a number of complex domains, as illustrated by cross-linguistic studies on such topics as agreement (e.g. Corbett 1991, 2000 for gender and number, Siewierska 2004 for person), pronoun typology (Bhat 2004) or pronominal anaphora (e.g. Ariel 1990, Gundel et al. 1993, Huang 1994). Personal pronouns have also been studied more sporadically in Critical Discourse Analysis and literary stylistics with a focus on the construction of subjectivities and addressees.
Contributions bearing on a variety of languages are welcome. For linguistics, topics of interest will include the syntax and functional role of pronouns (anaphoric islands, dummies, pronouns in idioms, clitics, constraints on deflexive pronouns and so on), language acquisition (e.g. of the first-person pronoun), typologies (e.g. on what grounds should all 'personal pronouns' be made part of the same paradigm?) or comparisons between so-called standard varieties and dialects. Evolutions in diachrony will also be of particular interest, whether for one given language (e.g. natural evolutions of the paradigm of personal pronouns in English, planned reforms in Mandarin Chinese) or in a cross-linguistic perspective -- for instance, Corbett 1991 shows that gendered pronouns are pivotal to the evolution of gender agreement patterns.
Another central point is the contents of pronouns: what exactly do they encode? Grammatical categories such as gender and number can be studied in relation to their linguistic features (for instance, number has been shown to prevail over gender) as well as, where relevant, to the view of the world they encode. Contributions on pronominal anaphora, both in syntax and pragmatics, will also be welcome, including constraints on syntactic or semantic agreement with hybrid nouns (such as German das Mädchen) or comparisons between personal pronouns and other anaphors (e.g. ellipses, whether constrained or optional, or full NPs).
In stylistics and pragmatics, one area of interest will be that of gender studies. For instance, how can speakers refer indifferently to males and females when the language does not have an epicene pronoun? Have gender-fair guidelines managed to eradicate sexism in language? In literature, how do personal pronouns fit in the range of stylistic means used by some authors (e.g. Winterson, Wittig) to transcend the male/female distinction?
In literary works, one area of interest could be the use of pronouns when referring to characters. Is it a means to convey familiarity or on the contrary a way of drawing attention away from them? (see Toolan 1990 and his analysis of pronouns in Faulkner's work). What are the effects conveyed in terms of empathy and antipathy towards a character? Another interesting domain could be that of in medias res beginnings in which pronouns are preferred over full NPs: what is the overall narratorial aim of such a strategy? Pathos? Suspense? Finally, while first and third-person narratives are the most common types, narration in the second person has appeared in the past decades. One question is, what do they convey that the traditional narratives do not? Do they occupy a position between first and third person narratives (Fludernik 1996)? Besides, second-person narration can sometimes alternate with other pronominal forms within the same novel: what effect does this modulation have in the narrative? Does it generate ironical or humourous effects? Are there narratives in the first person plural? Finally the study of pronouns in (Free) Indirect Speech/Thought would be particularly interesting in a stylistic perspective as such discourse tends to favour pronoun alternation.
As for public discourse, pronouns are pivotal to the construction of speakers and addressees. Resorting to the second person plural is sometimes a means to construct a collective ethos (Amossy 2010) or, in political speeches, to play down divisions (Fairclough 2000). It would be interesting to study further in what way personal pronouns can acquire ideological significance. Besides, if pronouns are a way to convey (or conceal) subjectivity,  is the absence of personal pronouns a token of objectivity? Can scientific discourse be said to be 'impersonal' for instance? Advertising, too, resorts to personal pronouns, especially in the second person, exploiting the ambiguity between direct address and generic reference (Bonhomme & Adam 2012): in what way can pronouns be said to 'construct' the consumer?
Finally in conversational analysis, one specific issue is the pragmatic use of a given pronoun to mean another, as when a speaker addresses someone using the third person, for example 'comment elle va?' ('how is she?') to mean 'comment tu vas?' ('how are you?') in French. Are there any constraints on such uses? The socio-pragmatics of pronouns is also central, as the social distance or proximity between speakers needs to be taken into account. What different means do languages resort to? In the case of extreme politeness, to what extent do impersonal pronouns avoid face-threatening acts? Conversely in what cases are impersonal pronouns deemed impolite?

Keynote speakers:
Catherine Emmott (University of Glasgow)
Katie Wales (University of Nottingham)

Advisory Board:
Marc Bonhomme (Universität Bern)
Pierre Cotte (Université Paris 4-Sorbonne)
Monique de Mattia-Viviès (Aix-Marseille Université)
Aliyah Morgenstern (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
John Payne (University of Manchester)
Sylviane Rémi-Giraud (Université Lumière Lyon 2)
Wilfrid Rotgé (Université Paris 4-Sorbonne)
Horst Simon (Freie Universität Berlin)
Michael Toolan (University of Birmingham)
Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud (Université de Toulouse 2)
Deadline for submission: July 10 2013
Notification of acceptance: September 10 2013
Proposals of around 300 words to be sent to both:
- Laure Gardelle <laure.gardelle@ens-lyon.fr>
- and Sandrine Sorlin <sandrine.sorlin@univ-montp3.fr>
Language of the conference: English or French
Selected papers will be considered for publication (in English).
(posted 20 March 2013)

Time, Temporalities and D.H.Lawrence
University of Paris-Ouest-Nanterre, France  -  3-5 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2013

This conference is organised by the Centre de Recherches Anglophones of this university in partnership with the "Texts and Cultures" Research Centre of Artois University.
As a writer of novels and stories, Lawrence's art is a creative working of the constraints  proper to narrative prose. Like music, the novel is, aesthetically, a time form. Unlike music, it explicitly aims to produce a symbolic form that is the  figurative emplotment (Paul Ricoeur) of lived experience in the social circumstances of a particular time. Lawrence the novelist, astute worker of the well-worked but by no means exhausted vein of the "great traditional" technique of the English novel is an area to be considered.
As a modernist writer, Lawrence is to be considered in terms of the aesthetic response to an epoch of crisis in European culture. Whether located in  England or in the unfamiliar world "abroad", the stories and novels  can be read as a modernist  Janus-like exploration of a time of crisis and mutation, a time  busily going about its rational enterprise of modernization  while the tutelary figure of the writer keeps elegiac watch over the body of  a world in the process of being lost. Lawrence the modernist, experimenting the modes of writing through which to figure an epoch of mutation will be addressed.
As a writer of poetry, Lawrence attempts to capture in words the miracle of the phenomenological world. To achieve such a disclosure, the poem must afford an access to the ecstatic now of present being. The poems are thus the "other" of the corpus of prose: an intimation of a different mode of temporality, as if in lieu of the time of routine mundane engagement there might be a time of absolute, singular revelation, not to be recollected or capitalized upon, not  to be spun into a binding yarn of narrative. Lawrence the poet of ecstatic momentary disclosure, Lawrence the anti-novelist, will be considered.
As a writer of speculative essays, as a post-Victorian sage, Lawrence is also a "philosopher of history". As such he is easily catalogued: a late romantic, a writer grappling with the coercive linearity of the western conception of time.  Lawrence’s conception of time and history may also be a theme of reflection for the conference.

Participants are invited to submit proposals dealing  with the achievements of an artist whose impatience with the established social and aesthetic forms fuels an  engagement with the contingent temporal conditions  and with time that is of the essence, or that is more than of the essence, no more easily to be shuffled off than is the ‘mortal coil’ of our bodies.

The consideration of  Time and Temporalities in D.H.Lawrence may imply the following topics:
· Lawrence's philosophical approach to time at various stages of his literary career.
· Theories of temporality which  may have influenced him: Blake, Darwin, Bergson, the pre-Socratics.
· Flux, mutability, evolution, progress.
· The subversion of linear time.
· Temporality vs eternity or the absolute. Cf The two eternities ("The Crown").
· The poetry of the present, the eternal now. Past and present. Utopian space-time.
· Temporality and narrative technique.
· Rhythm and flow of the written words and all  stylistic  or syntactic effects related to the notion of time.
Deadline for proposals :15 November 2013. Please send a 200 word abstract to Ginette Roy <ginette.katz.roy@gmail.com>.
Organising Committee : Cornelius Crowley, Stephen Rowley, Ginette Roy

Link to our journal Etudes Lawrenciennes: http://anglais.u-paris10.fr/spip.php?rubrique56
(Posted 31 May 2013)

Illustratio. Illustration: The Birth of Images
Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France  -  4 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2013
NEW: Download the programme.

The members of the Illustratio research group are delighted to announce a call for papers for their first symposium on illustration which will be held at the Université de Bourgogne on 4th April 2014.
This event will be co-organised by the Université de Bourgogne (EA 4182 TIL), Université de Haute Alsace (EA 4363 ILLE), Université de Lorraine (EA 2338 IDEA) and Université de Valenciennes (EA 4343 Calhiste). It will be followed up by a series of symposia that will take place in each of these institutions in turn.
"Illustration: The Birth of Images" has been chosen as the inaugural theme for our research, which focuses on illustration in all its aspects, from the 16th to the 21st centuries. We hope to help make the topic a field of research in its own right and develop a stimulating framework for a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach. We therefore invite researchers, publishers, artists and other practitioners to participate in this first symposium dedicated to the genesis and creation of illustrations.
How do these images come to be? What are the material and aesthetic constraints that apply at their birth? To answer these questions papers may, for example, deal with the early stages of a collaboration between an artist and a writer, an illustrator’s preparatory work (such as sketchbooks, studies, and underdrawings), methods of (pre)visualisation, thought processes, or autobiographical writings. New techniques, modes of reproduction and the medium’s material and sensorial characteristics might also be examined.
Papers can also consider how the creation of an illustrative image is thematised within the work that is illustrated. Contributors are invited to tackle the issues linked to the emergence and the unveiling of the image, its materialisation, and its ability to capture the figural.
As with all things inchoate, the life of an image can be brief. Therefore we welcome contributions that deal with abandoned illustration projects, or the fleeting nature of an illustrator’s vision, and the difficulty or impossibility of giving substance to images.

Deadline: proposals for papers (roughly 300 words and accompanied by a short bio-bibliography) should be sent to the organising committee by 15th December 2013.
They may be in French or English; nonetheless Illustratio's research will be published in English.
Confirmation: end of December 2013

Website: http://til.u-bourgogne.fr/manifestations/etude.html

Organising committee:
Sophie Aymes (Université de Bourgogne) : sophie.aymes@u-bourgogne.fr
Nathalie Collé-Bak (Université de Lorraine) : nathalie.colle@univ-lorraine.fr
Brigitte Friant-Kessler (Université de Valenciennes) : brigitte.friant-kessler@univ-valenciennes.fr
Maxime Leroy (Université de Haute-Alsace) : maxime.leroy@uha.fr
(posted 5 October 2013, updated 20 March 2014)

Spoken English and the Media: ALOES 2014
Université Paris 13, Villetaneuse, France  -  4-5 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2013

CRIDAF (E453 - Université Paris 13 - Sorbonne Paris Cité)

 Guest Speaker: Jane STUART-SMITH, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Our guest speaker, Jane Stuart-Smith, is a Reader in English Language and Director of the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics. She is the author of a number of articles on: variation and change in Glaswegian accent, the impact of the broadcast media (television) on language variation and change, the sociophonetics of British Asian accents, the phonetics and phonology of British varieties of Panjabi, the acquisition of literacy in Punjabi/English bilingual children, historical linguistics and sound-change. She is author of Phonetics and Philology: Sound Change in Italic (OUP 2004), co-editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Scots (2003) (with J. Corbett and J.D. McClure), and was the English phonetics editor for the Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary (1994). She is currently writing a monograph on the influence of the media on language change: Mediating the local: The role of television for a changing urban vernacular, Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics, OUP.

An object of distortion, caricature and even mockery, English spoken in the media will be the main theme of the 2014 edition of our international conference on Spoken English. We invite contributions on different aspects of English as spoken in the media, like, amongst others, journalistic verbal tics, the choice of tonic syllables, the use of gimmicks or of particular prosodic patterns. Variation is also an interesting topic: inter- and intra-speaker variation can be dealt with. Do all presenters speak the same way or do they favour individual particular features? Variation according to journalistic styles can also be taken into consideration: do newsreaders and sport journalists use the same intonation patterns? Speech rate and rhythm are certainly different according to the situation. Can differences be found between TV and radio broadcasts? Is it possible to talk of typical TV prosody for example? The new media newscast, podcast, webcast could be analysed in various ways too. Diachronic studies will also be considered, for instance studies showing the evolution of the accent heard on the radio: is it still possible to talk of a 'BBC' accent today?

Papers dealing with the influence of the media on spoken English will also be welcome: does the English spoken in the media play a part in the phenomenon of levelling and the attrition of marked variants or, on the contrary, does the diversity of accents heard nowadays favour counter levelling?

These aspects are by no means exhaustive, and all related issues or approaches that can shed light on the topic will be considered.

The theme has been selected at least for the first day of the conference. There is however a possibility to make proposals dealing with other topics. Each talk will last thirty minutes followed by ten minutes for discussion. Posters will also be considered.

A selection of papers will be considered for publication.

A pre-conference workshop will be held in Paris Diderot on April 3rd about the NECTE corpus ( http://research.ncl.ac.uk/necte/ ) and the talk of the Toon project ( http://research.ncl.ac.uk/decte/toon/ ).

Abstracts in English or French of one 300-word page (excluding references) should be sent to: Pierre Fournier <pierre.fournier@univ-paris13.fr>.
Please send your proposal in 2 files, one in .doc with name and affiliation, the other anonymous in .pdf.
Deadline submission: 31 December 2013

 Contact person: Pierre Fournier <pierre.fournier@univ-paris13.fr>

Organising committee: Viviane Arigne, Nicolas Ballier, Pierre Fournier, Yann Fuchs, Laura-Gabrielle Goudet, Christiane Migette.

Scientific committee: Viviane Arigne (Paris XIII Villetaneuse), Nicolas Ballier (Paris 7 Diderot), Philip Carr (Montpellier), Mark Gray (Paris Est Créteil), Sylvie Hanote (Poitiers), Sophie Herment (Aix-Marseille), Christiane Migette (Paris XIII Villetaneuse), Susan Moore (Limoges), Jennifer Vince (Paris 3 Sorbonne nouvelle).
(posted 9 December 2013)

Real and Imaginary Travels in Literature and Culture: 16th-18th centuries. Doctoral Conference XVII-XVIII
University of Strasbourg, France  -  4-5 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 27 January 2014

This call for papers emanates from the project "Interchanges between England and North-Eastern France from the Reformation to the Enlightenment" and is co-organised by SEARCH -- the Strasbourg research group of English studies --, Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles and Société Française d’Études sur le Dix-huitième Siècle. It is open to any doctoral student or recent PhD who is interested in the topic of travelling in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
For English studies, one can consider that with the reign of Elizabeth I and the gradual resolution of religious conflicts consequent upon the English Reformation, the withdrawal and isolation of England slowly began to diminish as the country established frequent contacts with the Continent. Humanists of the 16th century, such as Thomas More, forged close bonds with such illustrious figures as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or Martin Bucer, who travelled to England and helped to provide the theological foundations of the new Church. Economic and cultural exchanges between England and Europe's great powers continued to intensify after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. It was perhaps from these instances that the Grand Tour was derived, a form of travel at once cultural and pleasurable that began to develop in the early 17th century and that, in turn, inspired many travelogues and reports, such as Thomas Coryat's 1611 Crudities.
In the following two centuries, many educated English people undertook a journey to Italy in order to perfect their education and to frequent the great minds and art of their times, thus furthering the circulation of texts and ideas. The importance of experience through contact with the other was already brought forth by Bacon in his essay "Of Travel" (1623) where the approach is not only touristic but also, and especially, scientific. Bacon laid the foundation of the empiric process that science was to confirm in the following centuries and to which Locke brought a philosophic substrate in his Essay on Human Understanding (1689). This new way of thought nourished the great literary and pictorial production of the long 18th century, from Defoe to Goldsmith and from Hogarth to Gainsborough.
The epic genre, so important during the Renaissance and splendidly illustrated by gests such as Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590-1596), gradually gave way to a picaresque literature that aimed to entertain at least as much as to instruct, and whose golden age was to span the entire 18th century with Defoe, Swift, Fielding and even Sterne. Thanks to these great novelists, travelling also became a literary exploration through which the authors confronted new modes of writing.

Voyages also became more imaginary, much like the utopias written between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, which strongly influenced philosophical reflection and political theorization. In the wake of Thomas More's work, an entire body of marvellous city literature strongly asserted itself with Bacon, James Harrington and even Margaret Cavendish, up until Robert Owen's socialist utopia at the very beginning of the 19th century. Parallel to this current, the topos of the dreamed voyage to the moon found its expression in an abundant production that combined the revisiting of classical sources (the myth of Endymion, Lucian's True History) with an interest in new science; texts as diverse as Ben Jonson's mask, News from the New World Discovered in the Moon (1620), Francis Godwin's A Man in the Moone (1638), Daniel Defoe's The Consolidator (1705) and even Samuel Brunt's A Voyage to Cacklogallinia (1727) all illustrate a constant enthusiasm for the cosmic voyage throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.
In this period also emerged another type of travel, that of colonial conquests. Confronted with new lifestyles and customs which were foreign to them, the explorers reconsidered their conceptions of mankind and their visions of society. Certain explorers recounted their experiences in remarkable narratives (Hakluyt, Raleigh, The Bermuda Pamphlets…) upon which the literary production of the English Renaissance heavily drew. Having already abundantly treated pastoral themes and the subject of travel beyond city limits, Renaissance poetry and Jacobean theatre placed the motif of the elsewhere at the core of their themes.
Colonizers of the young America perceived travelling from yet another perspective: for numerous Puritans, much like William Bradford, Edward Johnson or Cotton Mather, the spiritual journey into the folds of the heart and the depths of the soul obeyed the powerful command of greater self-awareness. 17th- and 18th-century Americans produced a blossoming of spiritual autobiographies, matched with just as many textual testimonies of religious conversion by English writers such as that of Joseph Hall or John Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666) and Pilgrim's Progress (1678).
These are the various facets of the subject that the "Jeunes Chercheurs XVII-XVIII Conference" proposes to explore on April 4th and 5th in Strasbourg. Contributions are welcome in the domains of literature, history, cultural studies, the history of ideas, art history, philosophy and the history of science. Presentations may be given in English or in French. The best contributions will be published in a volume of RANAM, the University of Strasbourg journal of English Studies.
A bibliography is available at http://search.unistra.fr/index.php/colloques

Please send abstracts by 27 January 2014 to:
- Jean-Jacques Chardin <chardin@unistra.fr>
- Rémi Vuillemin <vuillem@unistra.fr>
- and Anne Bandry-Scubbi <bandry@unistra.fr >.
(posted 27 December 2013)

Gender Studies: Transatlantic Visions / Estudios de Género: Visiones Transatlanticas
Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain  -  8-10 April 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 20 December 2013

The Departments of English Studies I and II (Linguistics and Literature) wish to announce their 11th International Conference on Women’s Studies, and invite you to submit papers on the topics listed below. The Organizing Committee for this conference, featuring national and international speakers, will publish texts selected after peer review for the Women's Studies collection, Vol. IX.

Organizing Committee: Isabel Durán, Noelia Hernando, Carmen Méndez, JoAnne Neff, Ana Laura Rodríguez

Themes (suggested, but not limited to):
- Gender, power and inequality: historical connections in a globalized world
- Transatlantic approaches to gender and social justice
- Old sexism in new guises: Reinterpreting sexism from a transatlantic perspective
- Women and the fight against poverty across frontiers
- Transnationalism vs. Globalization: Discourses on transnational and transcultural selves
- New gender studies and new literary and artistic genres
- Crises and crashes in a gendered world
- Gender, sex, race and class: a reassessment
- Societal gender norms and individual practices
- Transnational revisions of gendered discourses and symbolic violence
- Gender and literature: transatlantic visions and comparative studies.

Submission guidelines. Send by e-mail to: <jornadamujer@filol.ucm.es>
Abstract of 400 to 500 words plus brief bio. Use the templates provided at:
New extended deadline: December 20th 2013.
Send the Spanish or English template depending on the language used in your paper/ panel/ round table.
Formats for sessions: a) 20-minute individual paper; b) Chaired panels with three participants; c) Round tables

Conference Fees:
Before March 1st, 2014: 15€ for students - 55 € for Faculty / professionals
After this date: 25€ for students - 70 € for  Faculty / professionals
(posted 5 October 2013, updated 2 December 2013)

Location and Dislocation of Myth in the Colonial and Postcolonial Anglophone World
University Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France  -  10-11 April 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 30 June 2013

Organized by the research group on Modes of Representation in English studies, CEMRA EA 3016, University Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France.

Drawing on the tension between the universality of myth and its cultural and territorial location, this conference proposes to examine the role played by antagonism, protest, insurrection, rebellion, conflict and war in the history of the English-speaking countries that have gone through both colonial and postcolonial experiences leading to forced migration, diaspora, displacement and exile. Be they the imperial, metropolitan centre or the resisting, local margin, territories are represented in tight connection with their supposed archaic origins. They have also often been defined by battles that were either lost or won by conquerors and gave rise to myths that aimed at strengthening identity and giving a purpose to an entire nation, even in the critical context of globalization. Alongside Mircea Eliades' and Northrop Frye's work, myths can be understood as narratives that best reflect the human endeavour to place oneself in the world and explain one’s nature and destiny in a bigger universe. Myth also creates and names territories, aiming to cement a community, a nation, and to hold the colony or country together.
Territories come in different forms and sizes, ranging from the distant and geographically isolated island to the apparently boundless territories of Canada, India or Australia. Focusing on the dynamics of mythic territories, through the examples of specific types of space (the island, the frontier territory, the metropolis), the conference will also survey the centrifugal and centripetal movements induced by the myths of inclusion or exclusion. Not only do national myths define territories, but they shape them into imaginary spaces and discourses involving resistance against the conquerors who wished to mould the colony into a mere replica of the homeland, thereby stripping its culture of its unique nature and language. As a result, social, ideological, political, philosophical and artistic conflicts have originated from the clash between those who are included in the national myth and those who are excluded from it. The crucial concept of the border that exists only to separate and therefore define territory can be the material representation of the mental divide that brings entire communities into conflict and ultimately to war.
We will welcome papers dealing with the historical, political and ideological uses of myth in specific territories (such as the 1857 Rebellion in India, the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica, or Bloody Sunday in Ireland), or about the ability of myth to recreate and rewrite history in grand narratives. The issue of myth and territory is of course relevant in the field of literature, raising questions about the nationness (Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture) of a text, its contribution to a cultural and mythic framework, or its power to reshape territorial representations. Papers dealing with all visual arts, including cinema and television, are also welcome, in so far as they address the modes of illustration of territories and myths and the impact of artistic representations of national myth on the general public. The angles suggested here are, of course, non-exhaustive. Hopefully, as a result of this conference, we will see more clearly into the liminal moments that have given shape to a nation or changed it altogether.

Submissions for papers including an abstract (300 to 500 words) and a short bio-bibliographical note should be sent by the end of June 2013 (new extended deadline) to the organisers:
- Elodie Raimbault <elodie.raimbault@u-grenoble3.fr>
- and André Dodeman <andre.dodeman@u-grenoble3.fr>.
Acceptance of proposals will be notified by September 2013.
All papers must be delivered in English and a selection of the proceedings will be the object of an international publication.
Registration fees: 45 euros
(posted 4 March 2013, updated 8 June 2013)

Diversities? Inequalities? Challenges in the Construction of an Inclusive Society: 35th APEAA Conference
Faro, Portugal  -  10-11 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 7 March 2014

The Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies (APEAA), member of ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) and EAAS (European Society for American Studies), and the School of Education and Communication, University of the Algarve, Portugal, are currently organising the 35th APEAA Conference, which will be held on 10 and 11 April 2014 in Faro, Portugal.
This year's Conference aims to meet the challenges of Horizon 2020 and proposes as the main theme "Diversities? Inequalities? Challenges in the Construction of an Inclusive Society."
We have already received the confirmation of prominent names in the fields of intercultural communication and multicultural education such as that of Prof. James A. Banks, University of Washington (Seattle, US), and Prof. Barbara Bagilhole, Loughborough University (UK), who will take part in the Conference as keynote speakers.

We welcome contributions on the following topics:
· Anglo-Portuguese and Portuguese-American relations
· The day-to-day experience of multiculturalism in language and literature teaching contexts
· Intercultural misunderstandings and mishaps in the context of English-speaking countries
· Intercultural competence: definitions and theoretical concepts
· Ongoing research and approaches on teaching related to multicultural issues
· Cultural and language issues related to migration in the context of English-speaking countries

Proposals are to be submitted by March 7, 2014, to <apeaa2014@ualg.pt>.

The  full CfP can be found at http://esec.ualg.pt/rc/pt/content/apeaa2014
The Conference is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APEAAA2014
(posted 24 January 2014)

Margin(s) and Norm(s) in English Language(s)
Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, France  -  10-12 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2013

International Conference organized by LERMA (E.A. 853), Aix-Marseille Université

This international conference seeks to re-examine the concepts of "norms" and "margins" in relation to language varieties, and also in relation to current attitudes regarding prescriptivism. The approach will be both diachronic and synchronic, with the aim of analysing how the concepts of "norms" and "margins" relate to the historical development of the language, but also how they influence present-day usage. It will focus both on the norms and margins from a linguistic perspective and also as a socio-cultural phenomenon.

The concept of a norm and the role played by norms in language development has long been a concern of sociolinguistics (Labov 1972; Haugen 1972). When one or more norms are established within a linguistic community and used as a yardstick to measure linguistic behaviour, other varieties become inevitably eliminated or marginalized. Linguistic theories that focus on analysing a stable form of language, a coherent idealized system, have often failed to examine these varieties, or they have simply been studied in the light of the standard variety (Milroy 2001). The mere use of the term non-standard suggests that the notion of a standard variety has become the accepted term, with linguistic theory being frequently based on the characteristics of a standard variety. Even within so-called “non-standard” varieties, a certain hierarchy seems to exist, with more academic attention being paid to varieties that have an established history than contemporary urban varieties.

Most linguists today would say that they adhere to a descriptive approach to language that seeks to clarify underlying patterns of language usage, rather than a prescriptive approach that seeks to impose "correct" usage. Yet are the two so diametrically opposed (Cameron 1995; Johnson 2001)? Is descriptivism totally absent from prescriptive grammars and style and how far do descriptive grammars demonstrate a covert prescriptivism? What exactly is the relationship between the "standard" and "non-standard" varieties?  Should we really consider them in terms of a binary opposition? In so far as neither exists in a vacuum, is it not possible to envisage mutual influence? Is there one norm or several? Is standardization itself necessarily a teleological process? Is it possible to envisage a model other than standardization? Should language development be seen in terms of a "standardization cycle" (Greenberg 1986, Ferguson 1988)?  Papers that focus on the dynamic interplay between the two concepts of norm(s) and margin(s) or between standard and non-standard and that seek to question the binary oppositions and traditional dichotomies outlined above will be especially welcome.

Papers may address –but are not limited to – the following themes:
1 Establishing the norm – from a diachronic and synchronic perspective
Links between prescriptivism (both past and present) and the sociocultural and/or politico-economic context of the time.
The role of prescriptive attitudes and commonly-held beliefs in shaping the language and maintaining sociolinguistic norms
The role played by dictionaries and style guides in establishing the standard variety and canonical forms.
The role of movements such as political correctness and the Plain English campaign in establishing present-day norms
2  Norms and Margins in contact – remapping the concepts
The effects of language contact on the development of norms
The concept of destandardization.
Norms and new varieties such as Internet English
The place of varieties in present-day grammars
3 Norm(s) and Margin(s) in the global context :
The future of norm(s) within an increasingly global world
The implications for the norm in a world where for most speakers English is a second or foreign language.
Identity and varieties of English

Studies of specific grammatical or lexical forms are welcome as are more general studies on the notions of prescriptivism, norms and margins.
A 300-word summary of your proposal with a short biography and bibliography should be sent to both:
- Linda Pillière <linda.pilliere@free.fr>
- and Wilfrid Andrieu <wilfrid.andrieu@laposte.net>

Deadline for submission: 1 September 2013
Language of the conference: English or French
Selected papers will be considered for publication (in English).

Organizing Committee: Valérie Kerfelec (Aix-Marseille Université), Linda Pillière (Aix-Marseille Université) and Wilfrid Andrieu (Aix-Marseille Université).

Keynote Speakers:
Charlotte Brewer, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Lynda Mugglestone, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, University of Leiden

Advisory Board: Joan Beal, University of Sheffield; Jack Chambers, University of Toronto; Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London; Jean-Marie Fournier, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3; Paul Kerswill, University of York; Bernd Kortmann, Universtät Freiburg; Manuel Jobert, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3; Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense; Wilfrid Rotgé, Université Paris 4 Sorbonne; Katie Wales, University of Nottingham
(posted 22 April 2013)

The Reception of German Art, Art Theory, and Philosophy by the Americas in the 20th Century (AAH London)
London, Royal College of Art, UK  -  10-12 April 2014
Deadline for proposals 11 November 2013

Panel at the AAH Annual Conference, London
The panel considers the impact of German Art, Art Theory, Aesthetics, and Philosophy on the Americas. The goal is to focus on German cultural transfer and influence in American Art History and Philosophical discourse. In the 20th century, many German artists and art theorists had to emigrate to the Americas. This contributed to the dissemination of Germany Art and Art Theory in the Americas.
We are trying to examine critically the dialog between American and German Art using Marcusian terms. World Wars I and II are very important to understanding German exile, as well as emigration and dissemination of German culture in the Americas. Moreover, the subject of German exile is not restricted to "escape" from the wars or political persecution, but it also reflects a strong nostalgic feeling for Germany and how this is represented in American visual art.
Another important factor is the fundamental role of American museums, galleries, collectors, art markets, and the discipline of German Studies in America. The interactions between these institutions promote awareness of inter- and trans-cultural issues not commonly understood about German art. German emigration contributes to the dialog in modern and contemporary contexts and the concept of cultural issues in national and local discourse in our globalized world. Papers should address one or more of the following topics: German Art, Art Theory, and Aesthetics in the Americas.

Abstracts (max. 250 words) for papers of 20 minutes are to be sent by 11 November 201 to:
- Tatiane de Oliveira Elias <tatianeelias@hotmail.com>
- and to Fernando Scherer <ferscherer2002@hotmail.com>.

For more information on the 40th Annual Association of Art Historians conference:
(posted 26 September 2013)

Ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science
University of Surrey, Guildford, UK  -  10-12 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 6 December 2013

The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by:
- Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey)
- Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto)
- Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton).
The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.
The BSLS invites proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on any subjects within the field of literature and science. This year the organisers would particularly welcome proposals addressing links between science and European and world literatures, and proposals for papers or panels on teaching literature and science. However, the BSLS remains committed to supporting and showcasing work on all aspects of literature and science.
Proposals of no more than 250 words, together with the name and institutional affiliation of the speaker, should be sent in the body of messages (not in attachments) to g.tate@surrey.ac.uk. Proposals for panels should include a separate proposal for each paper. The closing date for submissions is Friday 6 December 2013.
The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of the conference.
Accommodation: please note that those attending the conference will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Information on local hotels is available on the conference website.
Membership: conference delegates will need to register as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged / £10 unwaged). It will be possible to join the BSLS when registering for the conference online.
For further information and updates about the conference:
- please contact Gregory Tate <g.tate@surrey.ac.uk>
- or visit the conference website at http://tinyurl.com/pp6ubz5
(posted 3 October 2013, updated 4 November 2013)

Charlie Chaplin's "Little Man" and its avatars
University of Angers, France  -  10-12 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2013

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's creation of the "Little Man", we are organizing an international symposium on Charlie Chaplin's tramp and its avatars.
A marginal and burlesque figure at the core of the 20th century History, Charlie Chaplin's tramp, is a rebellious spirit who escapes norms and bourgeois values. The "Little Man" is the miserable wretch, the shlemiel, the unlucky man of Yiddish literature who plays at the same time, the imps, the street urchins of the American novel, the schnorrer of Jewish literature and the inconsiderate and cheeky type. He is the embodiment of the open-handed trickster.
He is also a Noble Savage who, through a maze of streets, has at the same time, something of the Hugolian vagabond and of the wanderer of German literature, capable of delicate gestures and deep thoughts. A poet and a dandy in his own time, he is also the rebel, the crook and the smooth talker. A synthesis of literary archetypes from a popular and romantic tradition, Charlie Chaplin's tramp is, above all, a film figure. Under the mask of the defeated clown acting to the tune of Chaplin's music, Charlie is at the crossroads of the music hall, the circus, the comedia dell'arte, the Punch and Judy shows and represents one of the first figures to celebrate the power of cinema to bring the arts together. Half way between myth and icon with his posturings and his odd outfit, Charlot the tramp offers a colourful figure who, like Bartleby, says 'no' with a smile. A way to oppose to the gravity of the world and of History, the lightness of dream and reverie.
Charlie Chaplin’s body of work will be at the core of this symposium. We seek to underline the universal dimension of his character and the modernity of this figure and study how it emerges in various forms in the literature, the cinema and the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries.
How does this figure symbolize Man, his vulnerability, his resilience and his creativeness? How can we explain that this icon of the modern man still speaks to us today ?
Please send a 500 word abstract, a short bio and your contact information by October 31, 2013 to:
- <morgane.jourdren@univ-angers.fr>
- and <tainatuhkunen@hotmail.com>
(posted 7 October 2013)

Words and Music II Conference
Portorož, Slovenia  -  11-12 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2014

Univerza na Primorskem
Fakulteta za turistične študije - Turistica
Obala 11a
6320 Portorož

In December, 2011, the first Words and Music conference was held in Maribor, Slovenia. Words and Music II will take place at the sunny Slovenian seaside. This conference will explore the relationship between words and music, and the place of that relationship in modern culture.

Possible topics of relevance include, but are not limited to, songs and song lyrics, poems set to music, novels about music and musicians, opera and librettos, rock opera, metaphor in music, translating song lyrics, phonetics and pronunciation in singing, drama and dramatic elements in music videos, music and travel, music and tourism, music journalism, music and ideology, using song lyrics in the classroom, and songs and culture.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of up to 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number) by November 30, 2013.

The conference will be jointly organized by The University of Primorska, The University of Ljubljana, The University of Maribor, and SDAŠ, the Slovensko društvo za angleške studije.

Contact email: <wordsandmusic@uni-mb.si>

For more information about the conference, please visit our website at:

(posted 14 September 2013)

On imagination, borders and friendship: 10th Literature in English Symposium
Poznan, Poland  -  13 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 20 December 2013

'Las palabras no se caen en el vacío' [Words do not fall into the void]
It was Pauline Melville, a writer and actress and a lover of the magic of words, who repeatedly mentioned Alejo Carpentier’s work. The motto for this conference is a motto borrowed from his seminal work El siglo de las luces, rather unhappily translated into English as The Explosion in the Cathedral.

"The imagination creates reality rather than imitates it," says Hanif Kureishi in his unpublished essay entitled "Anarchy and the Imagination."  Yet, he continues "[t]here is no interesting consensus about the way the world is. In the end, there is nothing out there but what we make of it, and whether we make more or less of it is a daily question about how we want to live and who we want to be".
The voice of an artist reaches and touches the world as well as the lives of his/ her readers. The words of writers can stir social unrest but they can also pacify the crowds. Literary works are instrumental in preserving national identities, and Poland’s troubled history during the Partitions can serve as the epitome of the authority of literature. Writers, however, are equally revered as they are persecuted for the statements they dare to utter. "The Word is always risky, and it should be," says Hanif Kureishi in the already quoted essay, stressing the challenges as well as responsibilities of writers, whose work is never entirely their own once it is given to the world. Stories traverse boundaries, carry their readers beyond the limits of their realities; even when censored, forbidden, and sometimes destroyed, they reappear in other countries at other times.
Such is the work of our illustrious guest: the novelist, playwright, screenwriter, short story writer and essayist Hanif Kureishi, whose literary output forever changed not only the face of literary criticism and postcolonial studies but also the position of British cinema. The 10th Literature in English Symposium (13th April 2014) will celebrate the powers of imagination and friendship across borders, across languages, across time.
We welcome papers about the works of Hanif Kureishi, but also connected with the migration of motifs related to the wider theme of the conference. Thus, against the much debated outcry (Jacques Derrida from Aristotle via Michel de Montaigne) mes amis, il n'y a nul ami [O my friends, there is no friend], we believe in the possibilities of friendship and the powers of the writer’s artistic genius. It is not true that verses do not visibly alter the world; they do, and literature repeatedly helps us, less auspicious mortals, see our lives in a different way.

The topics include, but are not limited to the following:
• Hanif Kureishi's works and themes
• Imagination, inspiration and the power of words
• Writing, story-telling and the idea of crossing borders
• Migration of motifs
• The (re)creation of political/social reality in literary texts
• Literary friendships and alliances

The deadline for abstract submissions is December 20th 2013.
Please send your proposals and a short bio to both:
- Conference Organiser
Professor Liliana Sikorska <sliliana@wa.amu.edu.pl)>
Head of Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
- Conference Secretary
dr Katarzyna Bronk <kbronk@wa.amu.edu.pl>
Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
(posted 7 September 2013)

Uncommon Wealths: Riches and Realities. 15th Triennal Conference of EACLALS
Innsbruck, Austria  -  14-18 April 2014
New extended deadline fore proposals: 31 October 2013

The European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS) is pleased  to announce that the website for its 15th TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE on the theme of UNCOMMON WEALTHS: RICHES AND REALITIES is now open:

"In the last analysis, we must produce truth as we must produce wealth, indeed we must produce truth in order to produce wealth in the first place."
Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge, 1976.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Shirley Chew, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Terry Eagleton, Abdir Hamdar, Dennis Haskell, Neil Lazarus, John McLeod, Kei Miller, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Kim Scott, Stephen Slemon, Stephanos Stephanides, Helen Tiffin, Thomas Wharton

In light of the natural disasters and political and economic upheavals marking the new millennium, it seems more than timely that EACLALS should use its 15th triennial conference to retrace its conceptual roots in the Commonwealth and reconsider the notions of wealth and commonality.
Postcolonial discourse has preferred to utilise poverty, subalternity and disadvantage as theoretical categories and rarely examined what Foucault calls the “abuses and arrogance of wealth” or refined wealth as a measure of advantage and disadvantage. Yet the production of wealth has been both a motivation behind colonial expansion and a justification for it.
Although interventionist acts and overseas investments have consistently been masked in a liberal rhetoric of benevolent 'common good,' all too often their purpose and effect have been the enrichment of a few, the accumulation of wealths not commonly shared.
While scholarly interest in the resultant social, political and cultural asymmetries has lent greater visibility to the exploited and marginalised, it has also eclipsed the excesses of today's rich and super-rich. These demand our attention though, especially as the discrepancies between the wealthy and the poor are being reinforced by the global financial crisis and as protest movements against corruption and economic injustice are drawing hitherto unimagined constituencies. The Arab Spring and the Occupation of Wall Street are cases in point, demonstrating the urgent need for both a critical reassessment of such concepts as "general interest" and "public welfare" and a careful appraisal of resources that still give currency to the idea of a commonly shared wealth. Such resources include also more uncommon wealths: riches not necessarily perceived as such, if only because of their inherent resistance to commodification.
Commonwealth literatures and languages, the core of our discipline, embody such riches and at the same time re-present other cultural wealths threatened by monetisation, consumerism and affluenza. How can such a heritage, which counteracts exclusive ownership and values shared experience, sharpen our awareness of different types of wealth and poverty? How can the ‘truth-telling' of literature undermine strategic efforts to conceal and distort economic and political realities? How does it improve our understanding of the material conditions under which we live and the metaphoric riches at our disposal? What alternative scenarios of wellbeing, what new visions of prosperity, what innovative approaches to affluence can writing, especially from the Commonwealth, offer to a world believing itself held hostage by market demands and the neoliberal imperative to produce capital growth? What warnings does it spell out against the fragility of certain wealths and the devastating costs of others? What future does Commonwealth literature envisage for concepts like "commonwealth" and the "common weal"?

1. Agents of Enrichment -- Enablers and Gatekeepers:
Bankers, Gamblers, Investors
Haves and Have-Nots
Creditors and Debtors
Winners and Losers
Benefactors and Beneficiaries
2. Trajectories: Processes/Narratives of Enrichment:
The Quest for Wealth
Wealth and Dispossession
Change through Growth and Accumulation
Exhaustion of Wealth and Resources
3. The Power of Wealth -- Power and Wealth -- Politics of Wealth:
Interest and Interests, Debts and
Dependencies, Shares and Sharing
Corruption and Control
Transformations through Prosperity
Forms of Sharing: Shareholding and Withholding
4. The Rhetoric of Wealth and the Wealthy:
Signs of Wealth -- Symbols of Status
(In)Visibility of Wealth: Conspicuous
Consumption and Hidden Affluence
Justifications of Wealth
5. The Ethics of Wealth:
The Legitimacy of Gain
Fair Trade -- Fair Distribution
Philanthropy and Generosity at Large
The Price of Wealth: Who Pays?
6. Aesthetics of Wealth:
The Splendour of Riches -- the Ugliness of Excess
Profanity of Pomp
The Value of the Original
7. The Other Side of the Coin: Poverty as Cause and Consequence of Wealth:
Realities: How Much Poverty Can the Rich Take?
Forms of Poverty
Hunger Feeding Affluence -- The Affluent Feeding the Hungry
8. Geographies and Histories of Wealth:
Old and New Mappings
Treasuring and Measuring Wealth: Accounting, Protecting, Storing
Redistribution of Wealth
Centres of Wealth
Heydays of Prosperity
9. A Wealth of Wealths:
Material Wealth
Knowledge as Wealth
Natural Wealth and Wellbeing:
Resourcing the Planet
Cultural Treasures -- Heritage as Wealth and Woe
Spiritual/Otherworldly Wealths
10. Communicating Wealth:
Wealth and Education: Access and Exclusion
The Wealth of Memory
The Wealth of Words: Global Language and Language Death
Resourcing the (Un)Common Wealth: New Technologies and Social Media
11. Literary Wealth and Value -- the Canonical and the Popular:
Performing Arts: (Un)Common Wealth?
A Wealth of Books: Colonial and
Postcolonial Archives
Literary Criticism: Privilege, Luxury, Responsibility?

We welcome abstracts for papers (250 words) or panels (450 words) until 31 October, 2013 (new extended deadline).
Please submit your proposals directly through our webpage:

For more information feel free to contact Helga Ramsey-Kurz or any of the organising team at <uncommonwealths2014@gmail.com>.
(posted 13 May 2013, updated 7 September 2013)

Living Europe, Writing Europe: Literary Perceptions of Urbanization and 'Provincializing' European Identities
Europa-Kolleg, University of Münster, Germany  -  15-17 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

Dipesh Chakrabarty's notion of 'provincializing' Europe is a dissection of the perception of Europe as a cradle of modernity. Its value lies with the production of innovative concepts in a debate of European future(s) after globalization. But the act of 'provincializing' is just one example from a larger repertoire of critical methods used to identify cultural parameters that shape regional identities (which, in an expansion of Chakrabarty's concept, can also be localized within Europe). These serve as model identities for larger communities, such as provinces or even states. Similar parameters exist for urban identities, allowing for a comparative approach between urbanization in Europe and similar processes which, according Benedict Anderson, are constitutive for the emergence of "imagined communities". These include, for example, the development of an institutionalized nexus between religious belief and territory or the increasing centralization of political systems.
Whether cities or regions gain in importance due to this development (or whether they are just perceived differently) remains one of the questions to be clarified. In terms of the "spatial turn", cities and regions are not only to be perceived as geographical entities. Instead, processes of urbanization and 'provincializing' should be considered for the social practices and medial procedures that inform them. This conference aims to explore how urban and regional literatures reflect Europe as a semantic space and how these concepts of Europe can be evaluated.

Possible topics may include:
- What is the significance of urbanism and regionalism in historical and literary debates on Europe and how are they made useful in the current discourse, e.g. how are they taken up in literature?
- To what extent do urbanization and ‹provincializing› create spaces of imagination that go beyond geographical places and what are the consequences for European literature and for European history and historiography?
- Why and in which contexts do urban or regional communities engage with Europe as a spatial and geographical entity? Which cultural or literary practices did become established strategies over time?
- In how far do European cities and regions try to evade mere geographical positioning and how do social practices and medial (especially literary) procedures come into play?
- Are there cities or regions with a special prominence in literary figurations or constructions of Europe? Is there a structural affinity of urbanization and 'provincializing' towards a pattern of centre and periphery, or possibly a tendency to subvert this dichotomy?

The conference is organized by doctoral students of different fields of research and is addressed to young academics. Both students of literature and scholars from other fields are welcome to present and discuss their work on Europe. The conference program closes with a planning section for a possible network for European philology and cultural studies.

We invite papers of 20 minutes duration in German or English that focus on urban and regional spaces in Europe and the corresponding (European) identities forming in these spaces. Papers should take an international or European perspective into account, for example on the basis of cultural phenomena or literary texts.
Please send your title and abstract (max. 350 words) and a short biographical note (max. 150 words) until January 31, 2014 to:
Participants will be notified by February 15, 2014.
Travel expenses can be subsidized by max. 150.00€. Accommodation can be provided in the "JugendGästehaus Aasee". There will be a conference fee of 20.00€.

Find us on the web at: http://www.uni-muenster.de/Europa-Kolleg/en/conference/conference2014.html

Contact details:
Thomas Wellmann
Europa-Kolleg der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Robert-Koch-Straße 29
48149 Münster
Tel: +49 251 83 24161
(posted 21 November 2013)

8th International IDEA Conference: Studies in English
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey  -  16-18 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2013

The Conference will be jointly hosted by
- The Department of English Language and Literature of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University,  ELT Department of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
- and The English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA).
The Conference will address topics from the fields of
- English literature
- British and Comparative Cultural Studie
- Translation Studies
- Linguistisc and ELT

Abstracts for proposed papers (maximum 250 words) should be submitted to <idea2014@mu.edu.tr>.
 Please include your name, affiliation, email address and a brief biography.
Add 5-6 keywords pertaining to your topic.
Deadline for proposals is: 15 December 2013.
*Best Presentation Award* will be given to graduate students.
For enquiries, please contact:
- Assoc. Prof. Çiğdem Pala Mull <mcigdem@mu.edu.tr>
- Assoc. Prof. <Şevki Kömür coal@mu.edu.tr>.

More information (registration, accommodation, travel info) at http://www.idea2014.mu.edu.tr
(posted 5 July 2013)

Other Eliots: Contemporary Trends in T. S. Eliot Studies - Postgraduate Conference
University of Birmingham, UK  -  18 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2013

Keynote speakers:
• Dr Jason Harding (University of Durham)
•  Prof. Steve Ellis (University of Birmingham)

n the past decade our understanding of T. S. Eliot and his work has been significantly enhanced by a number of important studies. Most recently, Barry Spurr's ‘Anglo-Catholic in Religion’: T. S. Eliot and Christianity (2010) helped to clarify the nature and evolution of Eliot's Christian belief.  Elsewhere, in T. S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide (2003), David Chinitz challenged the previous perception of Eliot as a highbrow elitist opposed to popular culture.
In addition to the aforementioned seminal works, the commencement of the T. S. Eliot Research Project has granted researchers and academics unprecedented access to archival resources from around the world, including those owned by Mrs Valerie Eliot, the Eliot Estate, and Faber & Faber Ltd. To date, this has resulted in four volumes of correspondence, and scholars now eagerly await the release of new fully comprehensive collections of Eliot's complete poems, prose and plays. Undoubtedly, this is an exciting period in Eliot studies and as we approach the 50th anniversary of Eliot's death, this conference seeks to draw attention to the multifarious research into Eliot’s life and work which is currently being undertaken. 

We welcome papers from postgraduate and early career researchers which address all areas of Eliot studies, which may include:
• Eliot and Popular Culture
• Eliot and Interdisciplinary studies
• Psychoanalysis - gender, sexuality and desire.
• Landscape, environmentalism and ruralism
• Eliot and Modernism
• Eliot and Publishing
• Eliot and Correspondence

Please send 300-400 word proposals along with a brief 100 word academic biography by December 1st 2013 to:
• Jeremy Diaper <jxd668@bham.ac.uk>
• and Matt Geary <mkg703@bham.ac.uk>.

Website: http://othereliots2014.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @OtherEliots2014
(posted 12 August 2013)

Literary Journalism and World War I
Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France  -  19 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

Working in partnership with various research centers -- Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (Wolfson College, Oxford University), Medill School of Journalism (Northwestern University), ReSIC (Université Libre de Bruxelles), and the Experimental Media Lab (Academy of Fine Arts Saar) -- and for the Conseils Généraux in Lorraine on their collective UNESCO project to have World War I sites in the Greater Region recognized with World Heritage status, the research group I.D.E.A. ("Théories et pratiques de l’interdisciplinarité dans les études anglophones") is announcing a call for papers for a one-day conference, "Literary Journalism and World War I." The conference, which will be held on the Nancy campus of the Université de Lorraine on 19 April 2014, hopes to bring together scholars of literary journalism, reportage, le journalisme littéraire and literarische Reportage from England, the U.S., France, Belgium, and Germany.
For as long as there have been wars, there has been war reporting. The only thing humankind seemingly values more than the taking of life is the rendering of that death in print. From Mesolithic to Neolithic cave drawings at Bhimbetka (India) and Jabel Acacus (Libya) to the Attic histories and epics of Herodotus, Thucydides and Homer; from Elizabethan theatre to Generation Kill: no media, ancient or modern, has escaped the theme of man’s inhumanity to man, nor, despite all intentions, its resultant valorization by a public too thirsty for blood.
Like its sister arts -- journalism and literature -- literary journalism (that is, journalism as literature, as opposed to journalism about literature or fiction by journalists) attempted to expose the necessities and the horrors of World War I; but, unlike its siblings, literary journalism rarely made a lasting impression on both media historians and literature scholars. Too belletristic to be considered factual, too timely to be considered universal, literary journalism is, however, today finding its rightful place alongside of these two respected disciplines.
This conference will unite literary journalists from both sides of the trenches who used long-form narrative journalism (when the country was not occupied) to promote national chauvinism, to trace the war's aftershocks, or to facilitate what is today called "peace journalism." Albert Londres, Joseph Kessel, Louis Piérard, Louis Tasnier, Egon Erwin Kisch, Joseph Roth, John Reed, Richard Harding Davis, Philip Gibbs and Basil Clarke, to name but a few, covered the war and its aftermath as journalists but chose to capture their subjects in a literary style incompatible with the factographic journalism that began emerging at the time. The conference aims to assess the impact literary journalism had on various nations’ reporting during the Great War (including pieces written by the soldiers themselves and published in the various nations( trench journals and newspapers) and how those stories might help to reconfigure certain historical legacies, journalistic heuristics and literary representations of the War in the twenty-first century.
Please send abstracts of 300 words and a brief cv by 31 January 2014 to:
-  John S. Bak <john.bak@univ-lorraine.fr>
- and Linda Kemmar <linda.kemmar3@etu.univ-lorraine.fr>.
(posted 19 November 2013)

Shakespearean festivals and anniversaries in Cold War Europe 1947-1988: a Panel at Shakespeare 450
Paris, France  -  21-27 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2013

When the Deutsche Shakespeare Gesellschaft celebrated its ninetieth anniversary in 1954, its declared theme was ‘the co-operation of all peoples in the great work of humanity' - a statement that may suggest it was concerned less with the commemoration of a Shakespearean past than with the reconstruction of the post-war future.  The aspiration proved elusive: within ten years, the Berlin Wall had been built, and both Germany and Europe were split in two. Echoing this political division, the Gesellschaft - belying the idealised unity of its name - was also split: two separate societies producing two separate yearbooks.  In the Shakespeare anniversary year 1964, when the original Gesellschaft also celebrated its centenary, the West and East sections convened simultaneously in Bochum and Weimar. If Germany had become the stage on which the crisis of the Cold War was playing itself out, it was Shakespeare, once again, who provided the script.  

Given his centrality to the formation of national identities in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, how exactly do we understand Shakespeare's role in the territorial and cultural reconfigurations of Cold War Europe? Specifically, how do we understand the role in these reconfigurations of the Shakespeare festival or anniversary? To what extent did the commemoration, celebration or invocation of Shakespeare in such events engage common points of cultural reference - or articulate conflicting positions of political interest? Should we conceive the Shakespeare festival or anniversary as a negotiation of international relations rather than a site of cultural memory -- or both? How might such events inform our understanding of the political, economic, even military, dynamics of the new global order, such as the occupation and partition of Germany, or the cultural reconstruction associated with the Marshall Plan and the 'economic miracles' of post-war Europe? What role have they played in the process of European integration?  Does the Shakespeare festival or anniversary challenge prevailing (and largely Amerocentric) critical approaches to Cold War culture -- like Alan Nadel's influential concept of containment culture?  How might we link them to the rise of new theoretical and philosophical approaches to the cultural dynamics of post-war European society and history, such as the Habermasian public sphere, or the Deleuzean model of de- and re-territorialization?

This panel will seek to explore the political and cultural function of the Shakespeare festival and anniversary in the European Cold War, as well as the impact of Cold War politics on the productions, criticism and scholarship associated with them. We therefore invite contributions from a wide range of European positions and perspectives.  Whilst we welcome innovative accounts of central events, such as 1964, we would also be interested in papers that discuss lesser known, even hitherto undocumented events - particularly presentations that draw on archival research to extend the scholarly record of this cultural phenomenon.  Our aim is to co-ordinate a historically and theoretically nuanced account of Shakespearean celebration across the divided world of Cold War Europe;  but also thereby to contribute to a broader discussion of Shakespeare’s possible role in its re -- or dis? -- integrated future. 

Prospective panellists are asked to submit proposals of maximum 500 words for 20-minute papers, to be received by July 15 2013, to:
- Erica Sheen <erica.sheen@york.ac.uk>
- and Isabel Karremann <Isabel.Karremann@anglistik.uni-muenchen.de>.
We are seeking to compile an edited collection of essays from these papers, so will be particularly pleased to hear from colleagues who would like to develop their work for publication after the conference.
We will let you know by August 1 2013 if we are able to accept your paper.

Dr Erica Sheen, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York, Heslington, York, Y010 5DD, UK
Dr Isabel Karremann, Department of English Literature, LMU Munich, Schellingstr.3-RG, 80799 Munich, Germany
(posted 17 June 2013)

Shakespeare 450: an International Conference
Tbilisi, Georgia  -  April 23-26, 2014
Deadline for proposals: March 15, 2014

Conference website: http://shakespeare450.humanities.tsu.ge/
Organizers: Centre for Shakespeare Studies at Tbilisi State University and Rustaveli National Theatre.
The conference will explore how Shakespeare's work influenced and inspired other works in literature, art, music. The event hopes to unite academics, teachers and students, theatre practitioners and critics, in a series of presentations, roundtable and performances. Participants from a range of disciplines -- English, Drama, Education, Music, Modern Languages, Classics, History, Art and Film -- are encouraged to participate.
The conference will include an exhibition of books, stage design and theatrical costumes showing the history of Shakespearean studies and performances in Georgia.
We propose discussion of the following broad themes :
• Shakespeare's influence on literature
• Shakespeare on stage and in movies
• Shakespearean criticism
• Shakespeare in other countries (translations, research, staging and filming)
• Shakespeare and tradition
• Teaching Shakespeare
Registration fee of  70 Euros includes lunch on Conference days, a farewell dinner, attendance at one of the performances of a play by Shakespeare and an excursion to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia..
Conference proposals, including a short abstract (250 words) and a short CV should be submitted by 15 March, 2014 to:
(posted 19 November 2013)

Early Modern Soundscapes - An interdisciplinary symposium
Bangor University, UK  -  24-25 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2013

To include the Society for Renaissance Studies 3rd Annual Welsh Lecture, given by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northen College of Music).

"The Difficulty of that language is not to bee conceived, and the reasons thereof are especially two: First, because it hath no affinitie with any other that ever I heard. Secondly, because it consisteth not so much of words and Letters, as of tunes and uncouth sounds, that no letters can expresse. For you have few words, but they signifie divers and severall things, and they are distinguished onely by their tunes that are as it were sung in the utterance of them, yet many words there are consisteth of tunes onely, so as if they like they will utter their mindes by tunes without wordes”
Francis Godwin, The Man in the Moone (1638)

Early modern culture was awash with sounds. From psalm singing to tavern songs to the reading of the riot act or town criers announcing noteworthy
news, we are presented with an image of oral culture forming the basis of perpetual interaction between individuals and their communities. Music, in particular, forms a backdrop to the soundscape, negotiating abstract sounds and speech. This two-day symposium will interrogate ways of conceiving the early modern soundscape.

Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
· Sounds and space
· Sounds sacred
· Sounds profane
· Civic noise
· Imagined soundscapes
· Interaction between sound and speech communities
· Oral and literate cultures
· Music and performance culture
· Sounds and medicine
· Sounds and the senses
· The relationship between words and music

We welcome abstracts of not more than 250 words for twenty-minute papers, or proposals for panels comprising three papers, to be sent to Rachel Willie <r.willie@bangor.ac.uk> by December 1st 2013.
(posted 11 October 2013)

Degree and Intensity in English
Université Jean Moulin ­ Lyon 3, France  -  24-26 April 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 30 August 2013

Centre d¹Etudes Linguistiques ­ EA 1663, Groupe de Recherche en Linguistique AnglaiseUniversité Jean Moulin ­ Lyon 3
Organizers: Denis Jamet & Lucile Bordet
With the support of ALAES (Association des Linguistes de l¹Enseignement Supérieur) http://www.alaes.sup.fr
Website: http://facdeslangues.univ-lyon3.fr/actualites/agenda/degre-et-intensification-en-anglais-633035.kjsp?RH=LAN-ACCUEIL_FR

The term 'degree' generally refers exclusively to grammatical degree markers, such as comparative structures of superiority / inferiority / superlatives and intensifiers (very, completely, absolutely, etc.). However, can the notion of degree be restricted to grammatical / morphosyntactic devices? Definitions found in most reference manuals, including linguistics dictionaries in both French and English, seem to focus solely on the grammatical processes involved in the expression of degree and intensification. The unsatisfactory referencing of this notion of intensification, like that of intensity, can mislead linguists into believing that these notions are marginal. Yet the linguistic realization of expressions of degree, be they diminutive or augmentative, relative or absolute, is a phenomenon that is quite frequent. Does the restrictive character of the rare definitions that can be found in dictionaries imply that degree and intensity cannot be expressed via lexical, phonological, stylistic or even pragmatic processes? Moreover, grammatical and/or lexical markers aside, do pragmatic inferences not play a role in the expression of degree and intensity as well?

If morphosyntax seems to be one of the preferred linguistic methods to express degree and intensity, is it not possible that lexical, phonological and stylistic devices can also be a conduit for the expression of these notions? Are grammatical devices more frequently used than lexical, phonological and stylistic devices? Should certain words which have hitherto been considered to be lexical (such as ³carrément² in French) be interpreted as lexical or grammatical morphemes when used as degree markers or intensifiers (see the role of grammaticalization vs. lexicalization)? Do some prefixes and suffixes, and more generally the various lexicogenetic processes, not play a role in the expression of degree and intensity in English? These suggested approaches are by no means restrictive, and this conference invites researchers and scholars in the field of grammar, lexicology, lexical semantics, phonology, stylistics and discourse analysis to reflect on the modalities of the expression of degree and intensity from an interdisciplinary perspective. Linguists from all horizons are more than welcome to participate and to submit a paper. This conference aims to bring to light the morphosyntactic / lexical / phonological / stylistic / inferential devices at work in the expression of degree and intensity.

Papers are welcome from a range of issues surrounding this topic, such as:
- What are the links between ³the expression of degree² and 'intensity'?
- From a synchronic perspective, what are the most common devices for expressing degree and intensity?
- From a diachronic perspective, what are the most productive devices for expressing degree and intensity in contemporary English?
- Are these devices mutually exclusive or can they interact?

This list is by no means exhaustive, and jury members will duly consider all related issues or approaches that can shed light on the topic, such as the adoption of a contrastive approach, corpus linguistics, etc.

The organizers request that candidates submit abstracts to the following email address by 30 April 2013:

Please clearly indicate the title of the presentation and include an abstract of no more than 3,000 characters. All submissions will be anonymously peer-reviewed (double-blind peer reviewing) by a scientific committee composed of specialists in their fields. Presentations may be conducted in either English or French. Selected papers will be considered for publication.

The (new extended) abstract submission deadline is 30 August 2013.
(posted 18 March 2013, updated 5 May 2013, updated 9 August 2013)

Modernist Communities
University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, Paris, France  -  25-26 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2013

The inaugural international conference of the French Society of Modernist Studies

Keynote speakers:
Jessica Berman (University of Maryland)
Linnell Secomb (University of Greenwich)

The aim of this two-day conference is to foster discussion on communities in the modernist period. As discursive constructs and historical practices, communities constitute a privileged phenomenon from which to understand the political and ethical regime of modernist texts, as well as the actual forms of collective experience in which writers and readers were involved. More than a decade after Jessica Berman's landmark work on "the politics of community" in modernist fiction, we seek to explore the various ways in which communities were configured across genres and artistic media, but also to acknowledge the grounds of their historical and cultural specificity. We hope that this will lead us to distinguish various versions of the communal, from the ideal to the empirical, from the utopian to the everyday, from consensus to dissensus.
Communities can be recorded at a symbolic as well as a material level, both inside and outside modernist texts themselves. We therefore encourage a variety of critical approaches, ranging from historicist and sociological, to aesthetic and philosophical. Through this critical diversity, we are particularly interested in investigating the historicity of modernist communities: how can we identify the historical singularity of modernist communal forms? How can we account for the changing scales, spaces and media of communal thinking in the modernist period? This emphasis on a historical being-in-common -- what Jean-Luc Nancy defined as the community of the contemporary -- can fruitfully be coupled with a critical reading of various later theories of community, from Benedict Anderson's "imagined communities" to Jacques Rancière's aesthetic conception of "the common". To what extent do modernist texts lead us to understand or challenge such theories? By taking a far-ranging approach to the concepts, forms, and historical practices of community, we hope to map out the plurality of this phenomenon, while recording its persisting elusiveness.
As the conference will inaugurate the creation of the French Society of Modernist Studies -- Société d’Etudes Modernistes --, we seek to bring together scholars from all countries and hope to strengthen collaborations between French and international researchers.

Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Communities across genres and literary forms
- Communities across artistic forms (painting, music, etc.)
- Writing, reading, and printing communities
- Academic communities and the institutional construction of modernisms
- Cultural communities and the ‘battle of the brows’
- Everyday communities: communal practices, communal occasions, communal emotions
- Utopian communities
- The places and spaces of community
- The temporalities of community
- National and transnational communities
- Technological and ecological communities
- Modernism and the discourses on community: international relations, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology, sciences, etc.
- Modernism and later theories of community (Benedict Anderson, Jean-Luc Nancy, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Rancière, etc.)

Organisers: Vincent Bucher (University of Grenoble 3) and Caroline Pollentier (University of Paris 3),EA 4398-PRISMES (VORTEX)

Scientific Committee: Isabelle Alfandary (University of Paris 3), Jessica Berman (University of Maryland), Catherine Bernard (University of Paris 7), Vincent Bucher (University of Grenoble 3), Antoine Cazé (University of Paris 7), Claire Davison-Pégon (University of Paris 3), Catherine Lanone (University of Paris 3), Laura Marcus (University of Oxford), Axel Nesme (University of Lyon 2), Caroline Pollentier (University of Paris 3), Linnell Secomb (University of Greenwich).

Papers will be delivered in English.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio-bibliography to both organisers by 31 October 2013:
- <buchervincent@gmail.com>
- <caroline.pollentier@hotmail.fr>
(posted 13 July 2013)

Key Cultural Texts in Translation
University of Leicester, UK  -  29-30 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2013

The conference will be the culmination of the AHRC-funded Key Cultural Texts in Translation project, which aims to enhance our understanding of the changes that linguistic and other symbolic representations of identity undergo in translation across times, spaces and media.
The conference will focus on the ways in which cultures define and re-define themselves through the representation in texts and other artifacts (e.g., films or paintings) of their key concepts. What happens to the images of the initial and the receiving cultures when these representations of key concepts are translated? How are key concepts re-represented? What can we learn from this about how peoples can adjust mutually in times of meetings and migration? (further information in appendix at the end of this announcement).
There will be two keynote speakers, selections of papers, and discussion sessions aimed at engaging audiences across a number of subjects.

Fransiska Louwagie, University of Leicester
Kirsten Malmkjær, University of Leicester
Adriana Serban, EMMA - University of Montpellier 3
Meifang Zhang, University of Macao

Jens Erland Braarvig, Professor of History of Religion, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
Stella Sandford, Reader in Modern European Philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University

Academics in literary, historical, religious, social, cultural, linguistic and translation studies.
Policy makers, journalists and everyone engaged in public policy.

Book your place at the conference by going to https://shop.le.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=65 and clicking on the "Book Event" button.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words by e-mail to Professor Kirsten Malmkjær at <km240@le.ac.uk> no later than 1 October 2013. You will be informed by 6 January 2014 whether your paper has been accepted.
(posted 2 September 2013)

Perfect and perfectivity re-assessed through corpus studies: a pre-conference workshop at ICAME35
University of Nottingham, UK  -  30 April 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2014

Elena Seoane (University of Vigo, elena.seoane@uvigo.es) Cristina Suárez-Gómez (University of the Balearic Islands, cristina.suarez@uib.es) Valentin Werner (University of Bamberg, valentin.werner@uni-bamberg.de)
While the area of the present perfect has always been a hotly contested ground, recent corpus-analyses have shown that grammatical variation in this realm in English is far more pervasive than has been assumed. This is particularly true when non-native and learner Englishes are taken into account (cf. Davydova 2011; Elsness 2009a, 2009b; Hundt and Smith 2009; Miller 2000, 2004; Seoane and Suárez-Gómez 2013; Suárez-Gómez and Seoane 2013; van Rooy 2009; Werner 2013; Yao and Collins 2012). These studies have addressed the issue from diverse theoretical perspectives and methodologies and using different approaches, both function-to-form and form-to-function, in an attempt to account for the envelope of variation under scrutiny.
This workshop is open to synchronic, diachronic and contrastive corpus-based research on the expression of the present perfect and the perfective in both native and non-native varieties of English. We especially welcome contributions which go beyond the traditional ascription of the perfect to the construction have + past participle for the expression of perfect meaning (Quirk et al. 1985: 192-195; Biber et al. 1999: 467; Huddleston and Pullum 2002: 143) and observe variation determined by sociolinguistic variables such as mode, dialect, style, register, genre as well as by the individual interpretation of what the 'perfect time span' means (Rothstein 2008), especially in cases in which there is no explicit time frame specification from a temporal adverbial.
We also want to motivate participants to foster discussion about how these new findings from data analyses help to shed light on theoretical issues such as the grammaticalization of some adverbs as perfect markers (e.g. just, yet, (n)ever, cf. Miller 2004), the implications behind the apparent reversal of the long-term shift towards analyticity of other Germanic languages observed in the retreat of the present perfect in English (cf. Ten Cate 2005: 5; Elsness 2009b: 242; Van Rooy 2009: 311-312; cf. Hundt and Smith 2009), the role of register in historical variation and change (cf. Elsness 2009b; Biber and Gray 2013), the potential role of language contact as a driving force in the innovations attested in the use of the present perfect and its different variants (Mair 2013) and the repercussions of corpus linguistics research on the teaching of English as a second language.
The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2014. Abstracts of 300-400 words (excluding references) should be submitted by email to the three convenors (elena.seoane@uvigo.es, cristina.suarez@uib.es, valentin.werner@uni-bamberg.de). Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2014.


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4th Global Conference: Femininities and Masculinities
Lisbon, Portugal  -  2-4 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 8 December 2013

Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field of academic study on the issues of gender in its social and cultural contexts. Since its emergence from feminism, gender studies have become one of the most deliberated disciplines. The following project aims at an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives on the issues of femininities and masculinities in the 21st century. It invites ground-breaking research on a plethora of topics connected with gender, to propose an interdisciplinary view of the frontiers and to stake out new territories in the study of femininities and masculinities.

Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
1. Representations of Femininities and Masculinities
- Femininities and masculinities in history and the history of gender
- The representation of gender in culture, art, film, literature
- The representation of gender in popular culture and media
- Gender in the relation to politics, law and social studies
2. Gender Borders and Transgressions
- Performativity of gender
- Female masculinities/male femininities
- Androgyny
- Transgender issues
- The body and its transgressions
3. New Directions in Feminisms and Masculinity Studies
- New perspectives in masculinity and boyhood studies
- Men in feminisms
- Third wave feminism, womanism
- Postfeminism, post-feminism and postfemininity
- Lesbian feminism
- Eco-feminism
- Cyberfeminism
- Individual feminism
- Feminist disability studies
4. Global and Regional Perspectives on Gender
- Gender and race
- Gender and nationality
- Gender and (post)colonialism
- Case studies of gender issues in local/regional/national perspectives
- Global masculinities/ femininities
- Gender across borders
5. Investigating the diffusion of feminism and feminist theory in non-West contexts
- Teasing out the tensions between competing feminisms
- The politics of representation: examining the “white woman’s burden” to voice/uplift her sisters of colour
- De-centring the onus of western feminism ‘as’ feminism proper
- Postulating masculinities in changing world-order
- Negotiating the back-story: the history of homosociality in pan-Asian societies
6. Gender in Relationships
- Motherhood/fatherhood
- Gender and family
- Matriarchy/ patriarchy
- Sororophobia and matrophobia
- Misogyny and misandry
- Female genealogy
- Gender and maturity
7. Gender in Experience
- gender in visual and performance arts
- gender in advertisement
- gender mainstreaming
- gender in psychotherapy
- gender, health and illness
- gender and the ethics of bodies and embodiment
- gender and education
- gender, education and equity
- gender in religion
- gender and NGOs

We welcome not only academic research presentations, but also case studies and creative proposals (creative writing, drama, visual art, performance, etc.)
In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between evil, women, femininity and/or violence and/or femininities and masculinities.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 8th December 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: FM4 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
- Barbara Braid and Malwina Degórska: <barbara.braid@gmail.com>
- Rob Fisher: <fm4@inter-disciplinary.net>

The conference is part of the At the Interface programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).

For further details of the conference, please visit:
(posted 8 October 2013)

Visual Encounters with the Other: caricatures in World War II
Tartu, Estonia  -  7-10 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 10 February 2014

The third international conference of Visual Encounters with the Other focuses on the visual representations of (non-)ethnic otherness in Eastern Europe at the time around World War II (1930s to 1950s). The conference will take place at the Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia, on May 7- 10, 2014.

We are happy to announce the first of our confirmed keynote speakers:
- Professor Emeritus Christie Davies (University of Reading, UK)
- Associate professor Dagnosław Demski (IAE PAN Warsaw, UMK University)

The conference will reflect on a variety of visual sources including the press, printed materials (photography, illustrations, posters, advertisements, caricatures, etc), books, and so on. We accept accounts of humorous and non-humorous representations that would document, interpret and/or construct the ways that the Other has been depicted.
The papers should relate to, although are not limited to, the following issues:
1. Other in the war context;
2. Ideas of modernity in representations of the Other;
3. The production and reception of humour;
4. Eastern European perspective of alterity and changes in looking at enemies and friends;
5. New media and new ways of seeing.

Please submit your proposal to <visual.encounters2014@gmail.com> or directly to one of the organisers with your full name, institutional and disciplinary affiliation, a very brief academic CV, the title of your paper and an abstract of 200-250 words, outlining your basic research methods and sources. The organizers give preference to submissions based on fieldwork and/or the use of ethnographic, folkloric, or closely related archival materials. Participants will be notified of acceptance by mid-February, 2014. The language of the conference is English.

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals: February 10, 2014
Deadline for paying early registration fee (100 EUR) is March 15, 2014 Late registration fee (130 EUR) can be paid until April 30, 2014.
The conference fee 100 EUR includes the book of abstracts and other conference materials, coffee breaks, opening and closing reception, and a boat-trip on the river Emajõgi. Travel costs and accommodation are not included in the conference fee. The participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of 100 € via bank transfer by March 15 2014. Details of payment will be made available for the delegates after February 20, 2014.

A selection of conference papers will be published after peer-review in the third volume of the series. The style sheet is available on the conference website (publication information page).

For additional information, check the conference website at http://folklore.ee/rl/fo/konve/ImagesIII/index.html which will be updated continually, or contact the organisers directly at <visual.encounters2014@gmail.com>.

Looking forward to seeing you in Tartu:
- Dr Liisi Laineste, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu University, <liisi@folklore.ee>
- Dr Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska, IAE PAN Warsaw, <kamila.baraniecka@gmail.com>;
- Associate Prof. Dagnosław Demski, IAE PAN Warsaw, UMK University, <d.demski2@gmail.com>.
(posted 30 January 2014)

Religious experience in 18th and 19th -century literature
The British Studies Centre of the University of Warsaw, Poland  -  8 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

The British Studies Centre of the University of Warsaw, encouraged by the success of the bi-annual conference "From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria", would like to hold a series of smaller-scale workshops to be organized between the conferences. The purpose of the workshops is to generate discussion and encourage co-operation between scholars with diverse research interests. Each workshop would be led by a different group of convenors and concentrate on one specific theme in the literary and cultural life of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The topic of the first workshop will  be "Religious experience in 18th and 19th -century literature". The workshop organizers are Dr Monika Mazurek (Pedagogical University, Kraków), Dr Joanna Maciulewicz and Dr Agnieszka Setecka (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań). The workshop will  take place on May 8, 2014.

By choosing the form of a  workshop, we want to move away from the traditional conference format. Speakers at the workshop  would prepare and send their papers (up to 30.000 characters) beforehand to all participants. During the workshop each speaker would briefly summarize their main points, after which all the participants would be invited to take part in a discussion. The deadline for submitting proposals (about 200 words) is March 15. The deadline for submitting complete papers is April 15.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
High/Broad/Low Church -- conflict and co-existence.
The Oxford Movement and its role in literature and culture.
Conversion narratives.
Spiritualism and theosophy in Britain.
Doubt and loss of faith.
Science and religion at strife and in co-operation.
The role of the Bible and Bible-reading.

Proposals, completed papers and all queries should be addressed to  <warsaw.literary.meeting@gmail.com>.

We hope that this first workshop will be followed by many meetings on other subjects. People with ideas for future workshops are encouraged to send in their proposals.
(posted 7 January 2014)

Early Modern Memory
University of Worcester, UK  -  8-9 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 February 2014

The objective of this conference is to contribute to the study of cultural memory in the early modern era (1500-1800) through a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach. With this in mind, we ask the following questions: how did men and women of this period remember and forget? Whichstories were 'permissible' and which 'prohibited', from a social, personal, and political standpoint? How did representations of the past determine the present and shape the future? In what ways did the various discourses of the past determine collective and individual identities? What were the strategies and practices of memory? To what degree were non-official or repressed forms of cultural memory influential? What were the relations between memory and monuments in the early modern period? How can we understand the dual nature of early modern monuments: as tools of ideologically driven memory (fixed memory) and/or as constant sources of memory construction and influence? What were the connections between culturally inherited memories and individual memories? How did technological developments influence the process of forgetting, remembering, and/or commemorating the past? How did the role of cultural memory influence the relationship between historical research and images of the past in various early modern societies and cultures?

The overall aim of the conference is to explore the role of cultural memories in the early modern period in their broad contexts and so the conference aims at fostering a critical dialogue beyond the boundaries set by various disciplines. Papers from various disciplines and fields are most welcomed. Submissions of proposals for fully-formed panels and suggestions for workshops are also encouraged. We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions of the role of cultural memory in the earlymodern period.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Memory and Identity: transgenerational memory; biographical and autobiographical memory; memoires and histories; the 'homе'; immigration; the migrant; borders; nationalism; ethnicity; history and changing historical narratives; tradition; violence; trauma and terror; forgiveness; memories of transitions: important personal, national and international events.
- Memory and Politics: the use of propaganda; the use of cultural memory; the politics of cultural memory; authority; resistance; alternative memories; the forbidden or repressed past; creating and transmitting cultural memories; advertising; collective remembering and forgetting.
- Memory and Space/Place: architecture; geography (cartography); travel; the city; the use of nature in the collective memory; transformed places; battlefields; monuments and forgotten or demolished monuments; archives and museums; the theatre.
- Memory and Social Institutions/Cultural Products: myth; religion; government; art/literature presentation; language; clashing memories, popular culture; music; war legacies.
- Memory and Culture in Daily Life: rituals; education; bodily practices; fashion; nostalgia; journals and diaries; epistolary writings; newspapers and pamphlets.
- Mediated Memories: cultural representations; mass media memories; frameworks of remembering/forgetting.
- Contemporary Memories/Inherited Memories: post-1800 conceptions and representations of the early modern period; exploration of memories of the early modern period from a present-day or later centuries’ perspective; the presence of early modern memorials within a post-1800 context.

The conference is organised by Worcester University's Early Modern Research Group and will be held on the University’s City Campus. It is intended that the conference will commence with a plenary lecture at 4 pm on Thursday, 8 May 2014, followed by a full day of panels and roundtables on Friday, 9 May 2014.

Please email your proposal (200-250 words) for individual papers or panels, including fully formed panels by 1 February 2014, to the Lead Organiser, Ms. Erin Peters: <e.peters@worc.ac.uk>.
(posted 16 October 2013)

4th Global Conference: Urban Popcultures
Lisbon, Portugal  -  10-12 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 6 December 2013

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popcultures and subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are flourishing.

Presentations, papers, performances, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
1. Urban Space and the Landscape of the City
Urban Aesthetics and Architecture, Creative Re-imagining and Revitalization of the City. The Metropolis and Inner City Life: Urban Boredom vs. Creativity.
2. The City as Creative Subject/Object
Urban Life and Urban Subculture Considered in Music, Art, Film and Videogames. Urban Fashion and Style. Urban Visual Styles, Street Art, Graffiti and Tagging. City Festivals.
3. Urban Codes
Alternative Popular Culture and Ideology, Politics of Alternative Popcultures, Alternative Ethics of the City. Urban Religion and Religious Expressions. The Language and Urban Slang. The Avantgarde and Urban Codes.
4. Alternative Music Cultures
Histories, Representations, Discourses and Independent Scenes. Popular Music Theory. Cultural and Social Aspects of Clubbing and Scenes. Being Alternative as a "religion": Sub-cultures of Indie Rock and Post-Punk, Hip Hop, Rap, Electronica, Dark Wave Scenes-- Post-Gothic.
5. Queer Theory and Urban Alternative Cultures
Gendered Music and Fashion. The Role of the City in Gendered Freedom and Libertine Lifestyles.
Pride Parades and Festivals.
6. City making the Fashion Styles
Identity Creation. Style and Branding. Politics of Cool. Pretties, Freaks and Uglies.
7. Visions of Alternative Sound Cultures in Massmedia
The Role of Internet Radio. The Visual Aspects of Alternative Entertainment. The Evolution of Music Television. Urban Alternative Styles and Extreme Sports.
8. Urban Alternative Cultures and Online World
Urban Identity and Global/Glocal Membership. Globalisation/Localisation and Access to the Alternative Music and Clubbing Experience. Current Models of Music Distribution. Music Piracy -- Copyright/Copyleft/Creative Commons. The Role of Internet and Prosumer in the Transformation of Music Industry.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Teenagers, visual culture, and/or urban popcultures, subcultures and/or storytelling.

What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th December 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Urban Popcultures 4 Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Daniel Riha: <rihad@inter-disciplinary.net>
Rob Fisher: <up4@inter-disciplinary.net>

The conference is part of the 'Critical Issues' programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

For further details of the conference, please visit:
(posted 7 October 2013)

5th Global Conference: Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative
Lisbon, Portugal  -  10-13 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 6 December 2013

Human life is conducted through story, because the telling of stories comes naturally to us. Almost every time we speak we engage in storytelling, and sharing stories is arguably the most important way we have of communicating with others about who we are and what we believe; about what we are doing and have done; about our hopes and fears; about what we value and what we don’t. We make sense of our lives by telling the stories that we live; and we learn about other lives by listening to the stories told by others. Sometimes, under the influence of the culture in which we are immersed, we live our lives in ways that try to create the stories we want to be able to tell about them.
The importance of the stories we tell and the stories we hear is recognized in every culture. The work of many professions, including medicine, nursing, teaching, the law, psychotherapy and counseling, involves a great deal of time listening to and communicating through stories.
Story is a powerful tool for teachers, because by telling stories they can help students to integrate what they are learning with what they already know, by placing what they learn in a context that makes it easy to recall. Story also plays an important role in academic disciplines like philosophy, theology, anthropology, archaeology and history as well as literature Narrative methods for the collection of data are increasingly used in research in the social sciences and humanities, where the value of getting to know people in a more intimate and less distant way – almost as if we are getting to know them from the inside, is increasingly valued, and academics in many disciplines have begun to realise the value of storytelling as a model for academic writing.
Most of us have lots of experience of relating to other lives through narrative forms, including the stories we encounter as children, the books we read and the TV programmes we watch – the dramas; the documentaries, and for those who will own up to viewing them, the ‘reality’ TV shows. When we are moved by a play, a movie or a novel, we are moved because we begin imaginatively to live the lives of the characters that inhabit them. If we are lucky we will encounter as we grow up, fictional stories that stay with us like old friends, that we will revisit again and again throughout our lives, as a way of coming to terms with and responding to the things we experience.

Storytelling: global reflections on narrative, will provide a space in which stories about story can be told, and in which the use of stories in the widest possible range of aspects of human life, can be reported. Abstracts are invited for individual contributions and for symposia of three closely related papers. They may address any aspect of story or narrative, including, for example:
- Story as a pedagogical tool in academic disciplines such as history; anthropology, psychology, theology, cultural theory, medicine, law, philosophy, education, and archaeology.
- Narrative and the gathering of stories of lived experience, as a research approach in any area of academic, professional and public life.
- The place of story and storytelling in the practice of journalism; PR advertising; conflict resolution; architecture; religion; tourism, politics and the law, and in clinical contexts such as medicine, psychotherapy, nursing and counseling.
- Finally abstracts may feature storytelling in any aspect of culture, including music (from opera to heavy metal, folk and sacred music); fine art; theatre; literature; cinema and digital storytelling.

Alongside traditional conference papers, earlier conferences in the Storytelling: global reflections on narrative project have included a huge range of presentations, including traditional storytelling; the screening of award winning films; theatrical performances (including cabaret) and workshops aimed at engaging participants in active learning about story and its possibilities in, for example, research and therapy. This has enriched our conversations greatly, and so participants are encouraged to propose presentations of all kinds.

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups -- and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Teenagers, visual culture, and/or urban popcultures, subcultures and/or storytelling.

What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th December 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: STORY5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
- Gavin J Fairbairn and Susan Fairbairn: <gavin@inter-disciplinary.net>
- Rob Fisher: <story5@inter-disciplinary.net>

The conference is part of the Persons series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume. All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

For further details of the conference, please visit:
(posted 9 October 2013)

American Fantasies and Dreams: 36th International Conference of the American Studies Association of Turkey
Atatürk University, Erzurum Technical University, Erzurum, Turkey  -  14-16 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2013

The scientific study of human dreams is generally considered to have started with the publication of Freud's legendary Interpretation of Dreams.  Yet, interest in what dreams and dreaming signify is as old as humanity itself. Regardless of whatever form in which they may appear -- i.e., dreams, nightmares, daydreams, visions, trances, illusions, hallucinations, delusions, mirages, fantasies, and fiction -- dreams have helped individuals understand, interpret, make sense of and sometimes completely deny reality.  Hence, without understanding the dreams and fantasies of society, it is impossible to understand its realities.  From the ubiquitous American Dream to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspiring oratory, from Native American dream interpretation to the science fiction tales of the space age, dreams and fantasies similarly manifest various aspects of American society and culture.

This conference wishes to explore the relationship between dreams and fantasies, particularly focusing on the dichotomy between fantasy and reality.  The American Studies Association of Turkey thus invites proposals that consider American fantasies and dreams, broadly conceived.  We particularly encourage abstracts which incorporate transdisciplinary explorations of the subject, and welcome submissions from any branch of American Studies.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
• Science Fiction and Fantasy
• Problemetizing the American dream/nightmare
• Immigration and borderlands
• Utopian visions and social reform; Dystopias/war and conflict
• Fantasies and dreams in literature/literary criticism
• The poetics of fantasies and dreams; Magic realism
• (Post)modern/(post)colonial fantasies and dreams
• Psychoanalysis and dream theory; Fantastic narratives and language
• Transcultural/transhistorical fantasies and dreams
• Fantasizing and dreaming from the margins
• Mythic, sacred, symbolic, spiritual fantasies and dreams
• Subversive/resistive fantasies and dreams
• Underground fantasies and dreams
• Consumerism and the American dream
• Ethics and the environment
• The semiotics of fantasies and dreams
• Cinematic/media adaptations of fantasies and dreams
• Fantasies and dreams in cyberspace (virtual realities, gaming, blogs, social media and identity construction)
• Music, art and theater as stages for the performance of fantasies and dreams
• Comic books, graphic novels and political cartoons and their use as critical tools
• Oral traditions (griots, storytelling, folktales, street poetry)
• Domestic arts (quilting, weaving, pottery, and needlework)
• Life writing (travel writing, journals, diaries, and memoirs)
• Technology and science; Architecture and design
• The limits of fantasies and dreams

Proposals should be sent to the American Studies Association of Turkey <asat2007@gmail.com> and should consist of a 250–300 word abstract in
English, as well as a 1 paragraph biography for each participant.
The time allowance for all presentations is 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be provided for discussion.
Deadline for proposal submission: November 30, 2013.
Notification of proposal acceptance: February 1, 2014.

All presenters residing in Turkey must be/become ASAT members.
Selected papers will be included in a special issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) based on the conference theme.

More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available: http://www.asat-jast.org
(posted 4 April 2013)

New Beginnings/Openings in Scottish Literature: Between.Pomiędzy 2014
Sopot and Gdańsk, Poland  -  14-16 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2014

There have been many new beginnings in Scottish literature, and it has played a substantial role in many developments opening out into European and world literature: for example, in Romantic fiction and verse (Walter Scott, James Hogg), in the fin-de-siècle (R. L. Stevenson), and in early twentieth-century modernist writing (Hugh MacDiarmid). Scottish novelists and poets -- Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Alasdair Gray, Don Paterson, John Burnside, Jackie Kay, Kathleen Jamie -- have helped to shape British literature of the last thirty years.

Our conference will have two focuses:
- forms of beginning and opening: technique, device, narrative structure, language that drive literature in new directions;
- the literature of the last thirty years-- especially prose and poetry.
We invite proposals for papers that address the two focuses above -- on the literature of Scotland of the past thirty years, and on new poetic and narrative forms, new ways of expression that are beginnings and openings.

The conference will be held on 14-16 May 2014 in Sopot and Gdańsk. The organization of the conference sessions will be innovative. Morning and evening sessions will be given to traditional papers and plenary keynote lectures. Afternoon sessions will consist of seminars in which invited speakers and guests will focus on specific short texts relevant to the conference’s overall theme.
Our conference on new beginnings/openings in Scottish literature will be part of the New Beginnings.Otwarcia international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 18 May 2014. This is the fifth annual festival/conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY. For information on previous festivals/conferences, see http://www.back2.pl

Please send 250-word abstracts for papers by 1 March 2014 to <between@ug.edu.pl>
The conference/festival fee is 100 euro (accommodation not included).
For further information, please contact us at <between@ug.edu.pl>.
Professor David Malcolm
Dr Monika Szuba
Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski
(posted 22 October 2013)

2nd Global Conference: Transmedia: Storytelling and Beyond
Lisbon, Portugal  -  14-16 May 2014
Deadline for proposals 6 December 2013

The Global Research Project on Transmedia was launched in Sydney, Australia in January 2013 with a programme that brought together researchers, educators, industry practitioners and other stakeholders across the professional and disciplinary spectrum. (The programme is available online at http://tinyurl.com/bnysnt4.) Discussions highlighted critical issues concerning techniques for user engagement; research, pedagogy and curriculum design; and evaluative techniques for complex and dynamic user engagement. The conversations highlighted the diversity of transmedia projects and fostered a greater appreciation of the ways in which alternative reality gaming, narrative and non-narrative multiplatform productions and social media projects fall under the transmedia rubric. For our follow up event in Lisbon, Portugal we welcome proposals for presentations, panels and interactive workshops that continue the dialogue by attending to themes that include:
Innovation in Transmedia Design and Production
-Aesthetics and creativity in production designs and trends
-Technologies of platform production
-Social networking trends and their impact on transmedia development
-Narrative development models and the mechanics of transmedia storytelling: emergent forms, formats, practices
-Non-narrative transmedia models
-Case studies
-Research methods for studying transmedia
-Institutional acceptance of transmedia in the curriculum
-Different disciplinary approaches to transmedia
-Teaching transmedia
-Teaching with transmedia
-Training future transmedia producers (i.e. pedagogies for writing, design, platform management)
-Case studies
Transmedia Audiences/Users
-Defining and valuing modes of audience/user engagement: dwell time, sharing, user-generated content, and beyond
-Convergence, fragmentation and participatory culture
-Understanding the relationship between ‘producer’ and ‘user’
-Studies of transmedia audiences, especially in cross-cultural contexts
-Uses and limitations of web analytics
Industry Performance, Funding and Sustainability
-Interdisciplinary approaches to identifying opportunities for a range of project scopes and levels of production from grassroots to global industry (self-funding, crowdfunding, arts organisations, broadcaset, global PR, etc.)
-Transmedia production business models, particularly strategies that take transmedia seriously as performance rather than as marketing offshoot
-Cultural policy as a means of promoting innovation and industry sustainability
-Case studies

The project Steering Group invites proposals for presentations, interactive workshops, screenings, installations, reports on research, and pre-constituted, theme-driven panels. We are particularly interested in breaking the pattern of academic conferences by welcoming non-academic participants, especially industry professionals, and by encouraging non-traditional approaches to presentations.
In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Cybercultures and/or transmedia narratives, immersive worlds and/or monstrous geographies.

What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th December 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: TM2 Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
- Ann-Marie Cook: <amc@inter-disciplinary.net>
- Rob Fisher: <tm2@inter-disciplinary.net>

The conference is part of the 'Critical Issues' programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume. All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit:
(posted 23 October 2013)

The Cultural Politics of Memory
Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University  UK  -  14-16 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

The politics of remembering and forgetting are important social and cultural issues. The authority, power and resources with which to create hegemonic versions of the past "to give authoritative accounts that are available in the public domain" are largely the property of institutions. Questions of power, voice, representation and identity are central to Cultural and Collective Memory.
This interdisciplinary conference will address how hegemonic narratives of the past are reproduced or challenged. It will examine the role of Cultural and Collective Memory in shaping meanings, values and identities. Papers are encouraged to address the relationship between past and present in Cultural and Collective Memory and how this relates to social power relations.

Papers are welcome in areas such as:
· Cultural memory and the archive
· Curating memory
· Globalised memory
· Marginalised histories
· Memory and affect
· Memory and anti-colonial struggle
· Memory and class
· Memory as gender/sexual politics
· New technologies and memory
· Public history
· Racialised memory
· Religion and cultural memory
· Space, place and memory
· Theoretical approaches to cultural and collective memory

Please send a 300 word extract and a short CV to: <cpm@cardiff.ac.uk>.

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts: 31 January 2014
(posted 11 November 2013)

Selves & Communities: Identities & Representation in Early Modern England. 25th SEDERI International Conference
Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain  -  14-16 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 24 Januaryt 2014

The Organising Committee of the 25th SEDERI International Conference and the Spanish and Portuguese Association for English Renaissance Studies welcomes proposals for 20- minute papers on topics related to the main conference theme and any other aspect of Early Modern culture. Please notice that English is the official language of the conference.

20-minute papers are welcome on the following topics:
• Mapping selves and identities: cities, topographies, and geographies
•Shaping identities. Science and enquiry / sport and the body
•Religious and reformed identities
•The construction of national identities
•New World selfhood and otherness
•Racialist designs of identity
•Editing identities: book history and textual culture
•Translation and intercultural exchange
•Performing identities
•Premodern gender: tales of sexuality and feeling
•Any other topic on early modern literature, language and culture

The following plenary speakers have already confirmed their participation:
LUKAS ERNE (University of Geneva)
ANDREW HADFIELD (University of Sussex)
KATHARINE MAUSS (University of Virginia)

lease include the following information with your proposal:
-the full title of your paper;
-a 200-word abstract of your paper;
-your name, postal address and e-mail address;
-your institutional affiliation and position;
-any AV requirements you may have;
-your SEDERI membership status (i.e. present member, membership to be renewed, nonmember, membership application submitted/to be submitted. To join SEDERI, go to http://www.sederi.org
Participants may also want to propose their own thematic panels, to include papers delivered by 3 or 4 participants. Panel convenors should submit their proposal in broad observance of the criteria itemised before for individual proposals.
Please submit your proposal by e-mail before 24 January 2014 to s<ederi25@uniovi.es>.
Please send your submission in plain text in the body of your e-mail and as an attachment (.doc, .docx, RTF).

Conference fees (Deadline: April 11 2014):
SEDERI members: 120 € (regular registration) 150 € (late registration)
Non-members: 150 € (regular registration) 180 € (late registration)
Students (student affiliation required): 50 € (SEDERI members) 80 € (Non-members)
An excess of 10 € will apply to registrations received after April 11 2014]

Registration details are already posted in the conference website: https://sederi25.uniovi.es/
All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation.
For further information, please write to the email or postal addresses below:
Francisco J. Borge
25th SEDERI Conference
Departamento de Filología Anglogermánica y Francesa
Campus de Humanidades “El Milán”
Universidad de Oviedo
33011 Oviedo (Spain)
Email: s<ederi25@uniovi.es>
Website: https://sederi25.uniovi.es/

Organising Committee: Francisco J. Borge (Coordinator), María José Álvarez Faedo (Secretary), Santiago González Fernández-Corugedo, María Mariño Faza, Laura Martínez García, Raquel Serrano González, Juan E. Tazón Salces, Rubén Valdés Miyares.
Scientific Committee: Clara Calvo López (Universidad de Murcia), Rui Carvalho Homem (Universidade do Porto), Marta Cerezo Moreno (UNED), Jorge Figueroa Dorrego (Universidad de Vigo), Mark Hutchings (University of Reading), Zenón Luis Martínez (Universidad de Huelva), Juan Antonio Prieto Pablos (Universidad de Sevilla).
(posted 9 December 2013)

Literary Journalism: Local, Regional, National, Global: The Ninth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-9)
The American University of Paris, France  -  15-17 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2013

Deadline for all submissions: No later than 1 December 2013.

The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies invites submissions of original research papers, abstracts for research in progress and proposals for panels on Literary Journalism for the IALJS annual convention on 15-17 May 2014. The conference will be held at the American University of Paris in Paris, France.

The conference hopes to be a forum for scholarly work of both breadth and depth in the field of literary journalism, and all research methodologies are welcome, as are research on all aspects of literary journalism and/or literary reportage. For the purpose of scholarly delineation, our definition of literary journalism is "journalism as literature" rather than "journalism about literature." The association especially hopes to receive papers related to the general conference theme, “Literary Journalism: Local, Regional, National, Global." All submissions must be in English.

Please submit research papers or abstracts of works-in-progress presentations to:
Prof. Isabelle Meuret, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Research Chair, <imeuret@ulb.ac.be>

Please submit proposals for panels to:
Prof. Rob Alexander, Brock University (Canada), Program Co-Chair, <ralexand@brocku.ca>

For more details on the conference, please go to: http://www.ialjs.org/?page_id=21

For more information regarding the association, please go to: http://www.ialjs.org
(posted 19 June 2013)

24th Conference on British and American Studies
Timişoara, Romania  -  15-17 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2014

The English Department at the Faculty of Letters, University of Timişoara, Romania, is pleased to announce its 24th international conference on British and American Studies, which will be held in May 15 - 17, 2014.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
• Professor Marina Bondi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
• Professor Giorgio Mariani, Sapienza University of Rome

Presentations (20 min) and workshops (60 min) are invited in the following sections:
• Language Studies
• Translation Studies
• Semiotics
• British and Commonwealth Literature
• American Literature
• Cultural Studies
• Gender Studies
• English Language Teaching

Please submit 60 word abstracts, which will be included in the conference programme:
• to our website: http://www.litere.uvt.ro/formular_bas.php
• or to Dr Reghina Dascăl <reghina_dascal@yahoo.co.uk>
Deadline: 15 February 2014

Conference fee: The early conference registration fee is EUR 80, to be paid by March 15; the late registration fee is Euro 110.
For RSEAS members the early registration fee is EUR 50; the late registration fee is Euro 70.

Conference website (to be updated): http://www.litere.uvt.ro/vechi/BAS_conf/index.htm

For additional information:
• Luminiţa Frenţiu <frentiuluminita@yahoo.com> tel + 40 744 792 238
• Loredana Pungă <loredana.punga@yahoo.ro> tel +40 763 691 704
(posted 7 November 2013)

Writing Back: Language, Identity, Culture, and Difference
Qatar University  -  18-19 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2014

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Professor Terry Eagleton
Professor Robert Young

The Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University invites you to submit a proposal for our 2014 international conference, "Writing Back," taking place on 18-19 May 2014. While the term "writing back" invokes traditional post-colonial discourse -- empire writing back to the imperial center -- this conference aims to expand the field of inquiry to address all literature that is, in one way or another, writing back to traditional practices or dominant discourses in literature, culture, and the arts. It aims to explore the construction of historical narratives and to examine history and culture from previously marginalized or overlooked perspectives.
We encourage the widest possible interpretations of the subject, and hope to redefine the term 'writing back' to address the complexity of contemporary literature in a global context. Literature written in English by Arabs, Africans, and Indians are of special interest to this conference. The topics to be considered can include, but are not limited to, the following categories:
a. Writing and Language … Writing in Another language
b. Writing and Identity … National / Ethnic / Individual identity
c. Writing and Culture … Writing sub-cultures/Race/Gender
d. Writing and Difference … Theory/Experimentation/New writing

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be sent to Dr. Erin Holliday-Karre <eholliday.karre@qu.edu.qa> by 28 February 2014.
Email submissions should be sent in Word format only.
Successful proposals should present a compelling case for the paper and its relation to the conference topic.
We ask that all participants stick to a strict twenty minute time period to allow time for discussion.
Please do not send your entire paper now and do not include your personal details on the abstract but rather in a separate cover letter.
All papers will be peer-reviewed and evaluated anonymously.

Although the organizer of the conference, the Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Qatar University, does not require any conference registration fees, and will provide participants with food and transportation while in Qatar during the conference, it expects participants to pay for their travel and accommodation.

For any further information please contact:
Erin Holliday-Karre
Assistant Professor of Literature
Department of English Literature & Linguistics
Email: eholliday.karre@qu.edu.qa
Phone: (00974) 4403-4909

(posted 21 January 2014)

The Expression of Temporality by L2 Learners of French and English: Acquisition of Time, Aspect, Modality
University of Montpellier 3, France  -  22-24 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2013

This conference aims to bring together researchers working on the acquisition of temporality in French and English learner language.

The creation and production of discourse require reference to different semantic domains, such as time, space, events and entities (vonStuterheim & Klein 1989). Discourse structure and the creation of utterance meaning are strongly linked to the use of linguistic forms (such as verb morphology, lexical aspect, connectors, adverbs) in the expression of time, aspect and modality: at text level, Hopper 1979, Reinhart 1984, Thompson 1987, vonStutterheim & Klein 1989 suggest that such forms allow a distinction to be made between foregrounded events (through perfective marking) and those which serve a background function (through imperfective marking). At utterance level, speakers are therefore required to choose how they present narrative events through their choice of such linguistic forms.
Since the conceptual expression of time and space is strongly influenced by the linguistic means available in a particular language, various researchers have suggested that their acquisition in a second language necessarily requires learners to reconceptualise, partially at least, how they express time and space in another language (see Slobin 1996, 2003, Lambert, Carroll & vonStutterheim 2003).
With a view to exploring the challenge that such reconceptualization poses, the study of the acquisition of verb morphology has given rise to numerous research projects in SLA, with the aim, among others, of identifying whether universal stages of acquisition exist for a particular L2 irrespective of the learner’s L1. In the 1980s, for example, the European Science Foundation Project explored such stages underlying the tense-aspect development evidenced by naturalistic immigrant learners (see Dietrich, Klein & Noyau 1995). Within a classroom context, such stages in the acquisition of verb morphology have also been investigated such as in the case of Bartning & Schlyter’s (2004) study of Swedish learners of French, Housen's work with child L2 learners (Housen 2002), as well as Bardovi-Harlig’s work in a North American context (Bardovi-Harlig 1999, 2000).
Work by Lambert, Carroll and vonStutterheim (Carroll & vonStutterheim 1997, Lambert, Carroll & vonStutterheim 2003) has extended the scope of analysis to include more advanced learners with a view to exploring how the learner’s L1 may continue to constrain at a conceptual level how the learner uses the forms specific to the L2. In particular, their work points to the challenge that a reconceptualization of L1 form-function relations poses when it comes to acquiring the specific relations at play in the L2, even in very advanced stages of acquisition.
A further area of investigation has been to compare the domains of first and second language acquisition (see Hendricks 1999, Schlyter 1998), as well as the role of inherent lexical aspect on tense-aspect development in relation to the Aspect Hypothesis (see Ayoun 2005, Collins 2002, Rohde 1996, Salaberry 1998), while heritage language speakers have also received some attention (Montrul & Slabakova 2003).
Notwithstanding the insights provided in this burgeoning area of SLA study (for a succinct synthesis, see Slabakova 2002), certain questions have received limited attention. For example, work remains to be done in the case of modality and the acquisition of modal verbs, and similarly in the case of aspectuo-temporal periphrastic markers. Likewise, the relationship between the expression of time and space is an area for fruitful investigation, along with the potential pedagogic application of existing research findings on the acquisition of temporality.
Against this background, where tense-aspect research has had a long and fruitful history within SLA, this conference aims to complement previous research perspectives by providing a dynamic exploration of recent, up-to-date issues in contemporary L2 tense-aspect research in relation to L2 French and English in particular.

Proposals for paper presentations are invited on the following themes:
- The acquisition of tense, aspect and modality in L2 French and/or English
- The relationship between the acquisition of verb morphology and inherent lexical aspect
- The acquisition of discursive means for temporal reference (temporal connectors, clause linking)
- The acquisition of aspectuo-temporal and modal verbs in learner production (e.g. try to, finish doing, want….)
- The relationship between the acquisition of time and space in learner language
- The role of proficiency level in the acquisition and use of aspectuo-temporal markers, along with the relationship between learner proficiency levels, tense-aspect marking and language testing
- The role of the L1 and other languages in L2 acquisition of tense-aspect
- The role of learning context in the acquisition of tense-aspect (naturalistic, classroom, study abroad, immersion)
- The role of instruction in L2 tense-aspect development
- Tense-aspect from a processing perspective
- Approaches to data collection methods in tense-aspect research
- Tense-aspect in heritage language speakers
- The role of technology in identifying and distinguishing verb forms in learner language

Proposals for 20-minute paper presentations focusing on L2 English and/or French should be submitted in the form of a 400-word abstract (excluding bibliography).
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 30 September 2013.
Abstracts in English or French should be sent by email attachment to:
- <pascale.leclercq@univ-montp3.fr>
- or <mhoward@french.ucc.ie>

Doctoral and young researchers are especially welcome to submit an abstract.
It is envisaged that a publication will follow the conference.
Language policy: presentations in French or in English are accepted. All speakers will be asked to provide a handout or a power point presentation in English.
(posted 23 September 2013)

6th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC2014)
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain  -  22-24 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 27 January 2014

The Organizing Committee of CILC2014 invites scholars and researchers to submit paper and abstract proposals preferably related to the theme of this edition Input a word, analyze the word: Corpus Linguistics and Society, within any one of the following nine thematic panels established by AELINCO:
Corpus design, compilation and types
Discourse, literary analysis and corpora
Corpus-based grammatical studies
Corpus-based lexicology and lexicography
Corpora, contrastive studies and translation
Corpora and linguistic variation
Corpus-based computational linguistics
Corpora, language acquisition and teaching
Special uses of corpus linguistics

Paper and poster proposals must be abstracts written in English or Spanish, and should contain ca. 550 words (excluding references) before January 27, 2014.
Abstracts must be submitted through EasyChair.
Please, check the Conference website: http://www.congresos.ulpgc.es/cilc6/.
(posted 6 January 2014)

Women and Film: Marginal Matters?
Université de Toulouse - Le Mirail, France  -  23 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 4 January 2014

In conjunction with the theme, "Circulations", adopted by the Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes  research group, at Université de Toulouse 2 - Le Mirail, for the currently running  five-year  research period, the "Jeudis du genre" (CAS gender research group), has chosen  to examine, the relations between what may be termed as the centre and the margins, and the circulation between the two.
This "Jeudis du genre" symposium, "Women and Film: Marginal Matters?",  will focus on the relations between women and film, in past and present, analyzing the role women have played/play on each side of the camera, as well as drawing attention to their contribution in the domain of film theory. "Marginal Matters?" can be interpreted in a number of different ways and any of these ways are of interest in the undertaking to pinpoint some of the specificities and strengths of women's participation in cinematographic creation.  Women’s cinematographic productions may be identified as "marginal matters" in that they are not economically central to the film industry and do not generally achieve the highest box office ratings. The veracity of this and/or reasons for it may be the subject of analysis.  On the other hand, one may question the pertinence of the concept of the marginal and call in question the marginality of women's productions: how marginal are they or have they been, in fact? Looked at from the point of view of women’s roles as actresses one may reflect on how central or marginal their roles have been/are. From another point of view a position of marginality may offer opportunities for liberation via subversion and thus be a source of empowerment, a positive rather than a negative value: to what extent have women used this opportunity in filmmaking? Equally, marginality may "matter" in that it is important, for example, in forwarding innovatory forms of representation or in giving expression to the largest possible number of different social groups.

Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers in English or in French. There will 20 minutes for each presentation and 10 minutes for questions.
Please send a summary of your proposal to <elisabeth.de-cacqueray@univ-tlse2.fr> before 4th January 2014.

Organisers: Elizabeth de Cacqueray, Karen Meschia, CAS, Université de Toulouse2 - Le Mirail, 5 allées Antonio-Machado, 31 058 Toulouse Cedex 9, France.
(posted 24 October 2013)

Hybrid data and corpus contextualization: New perspectives in linguistics
Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3, France  -  23-24 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 9 December 2013

PLEIADE (CENEL), Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité
EDA, Éducation, Discours, Apprentissage, EA 4071, Université Paris Descartes
SYLED, Systèmes linguistiques, énonciation, discours, EA 2290,

Nowadays, doctoral students work on multimodal and diverse corpora. These can be book- or web-based, as well as multimodal (newspaper websites, forums…), multilingual as well as multisemiotic, as would a collection of artifacts or art pieces contextualizing discourses around art shows; audiovisual recordings in public spaces (with paraverbal, behavioral perspectives as well); even funeral artifacts laid on tombstones, completing the discourse of the epitaph.

Facing these heterogeneous, hybrid corpora, linguistics and discourse analysis do not always supply a relevant analysis framework. The notion of hybridity in discourse is questioned in several publications (Gambier & Suomela-Salmi, 2011). Moreover, discourse and representations embedded in discourse contribute to a semiotization of space (Turpin 2012). However, the analysis of hybrid corpora, seen as an array of linguistic data in context—located in a signifying environment--constitute as many unique and new issues in our field(s).

Although our "primary" interest is discourse, our goal is to exploit it with regards to its polysemiotic context, using resources offered by other fields such as iconology (to study newspaper cartoons) or semiology. This conference aims at giving theoretical frameworks for a discursivist analysis of corpora in context. The papers will aim at clearly define reflexive, methodological or epistemological questions and biases when it comes to analyze heterogeneous data. It aims at bringing together PhD Students and young researchers in linguistics--particularly discursivists--from all French or foreign universities.

Talks will be based on the following areas, which could be combined:
Area 1 - Context:
- How to account for environmental data in discourse analysis which does not oppose linguistic and non-linguistic environments anymore, and brings them together?
- What is the position of researchers working on “sensitive” data? (Lee: 1993, Lee-Trewek:2000; Vulbeau:2007)
Area 2 - Hybrid, polysemiotic corpora:
- How to deal with the heterogeneity of text supports and discourses (tombstones, walls, screens, souvenirs, everyday objects, audiovisual documents…), which represent specific, extralinguistic environments? To which avail? Which methodological, epistemological tools to use?
- How to deal with the heterogeneity of speech-, image-, text-, behavioral-based corpora?
- How to secure the conservation of corpora (internet forums, texts from a temporary exhibit)?
- How to account for their plasticity and mutability--adding anniversary memorial stones, erosion of tombstones, evolution of webpages (Dervin & Paveau: 2012)?
Area 3— Language, text, discourse:
- On the linguistic area, how to analyze decontextualized utterances—textless sentences, aphorisms, epitaphs, comments in a guest book...—or utterances linked to a contextualized original discourse—comments to an article online—or various extracts, like notable sentences in a political discourse? How to link decontextualized utterances and their original context?

Talks will be delivered primarily in French, although talks in English will be accepted.
Contributions will comprise plenary conferences, workshop sessions, round tables and posters
Talks will last for 20 minutes, with a 10-minute discussion time. Propositions will be sent to corpusetcontextes@gmail.com. Proposals (no longer than 2500 characters, references included) will be sent in an anonymous .doc or .docx format along with a short biographical note (name(s), surname(s) of author(s), university…) in the body of the email. The subject of this email will have to contain the name of the author(s) as well as the title of the contribution.

Registration fee: €10.

Deadline for submission: 9th of December, 2013
Notification of acceptance: 30th of January, 2014

Scientific Committee:
Julia Bonaccorsi (Université Paris Est) ; Cécile Canut (Université Paris Descartes) ; Georgeta Cislaru (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3) ; Béatrice Fraenkel (EHESS) ; Françoise Gadet (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre) ; Thierry Guilbert (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) ; Alice Krieg-Planque (Université Paris Est) ; Dominique Maingueneau (Université Paris Sorbonne) ; Sophie Moirand (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3) ; Mary-Annick Morel (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3) ; Florence Mourlhon-Dallies (Université Paris Descartes) ; Patricia von Münchow (Université Paris Descartes) ; Magali Nachtergael (Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité) ; Marie-Anne Paveau (Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité) ; François Perea (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3) ; Sandrine Reboul-Touré (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3) ; Marie Veniard (Université Paris Descartes).

Organizing Committee:
Laura-Gabrielle Goudet (Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité) ; Marina Krylyschin (Université Paris Descartes) ; Gaëlle Labarta (Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité) ; Fernanda Moraes (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3) ; Meva Razanadrakoto (Université Paris Descartes) ; Catherine Ruchon (Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité) ; Daniela Nienkötter Sarda (Université Paris Descartes).

Abstracts will be published in the scientific blog associated with this project, Discours et Doctorat. Articles selected by the scientific committee will be published in a specialized and reknown discourse analysis journal.
(posted 9 September 2013)

France and Ireland: Celebrating Music, Words and Art. 10th annual conference of AFIS (Association of Franco-Irish Studies)
The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland  -  23-24 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

The 10th annual conference of AFIS will be held in the National Concert Hall and an exceptional part of the event will be the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's French-flavoured concert on Friday 23 May. 
Musical, literary and artistic links have existed for centuries between France and Ireland. As a powerful colonial power with a royal court, France had a long-established tradition of supporting its composers, musicians, writers and artists. Ireland, on the other hand, lived for a long time in the shadow of its powerful neighbour, Great Britain. Hence, flowering of the arts therefore took longer to emerge and France was frequently the place that attracted those who were keen to absorb the richest of cultural influences in music, painting, sculpture and literature.

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts of not more than 200 words and a short biography (50 words) to one or all of the organising committee by Friday 31 January, 2014. As we always stipulate, papers can deal with any aspect of the theme as it applies to France or Ireland, although it would ideally cover both. Only paid-up members of AFIS are eligible to present papers. For details on membership, please click here.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
• The history of musical performance in France and Ireland;
• Music in literature/literature as music, in France and Ireland;
• Artistic cross-fertilisation between France and Ireland;
• Irish musicians in France, French musicians in Ireland;
• Narrating aspects of French and/or Irish culture through music;
• Artistic links between Brittany and Ireland;
• 'In the beginning was the word…': Assessing the impact of Christianity in French and Irish literary representations.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Dr Una Hunt, Lecturer in Music, Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Ms Lara Marlowe, French Correspondent for The Irish Times
- Please note: There will be special rates for conference delegates anxious to attend the concert on 23 May.

Organising Committee:
- Dr Una Hunt, Dundalk Institute of Technology <unahunt1@eircom.net>
- Dr Eamon Maher, Director of National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies, IT Tallaght <eamon.maher@ittdublin.ie>
- Dr Mary Pierse, University College Cork <piersems@eircom.net>
(posted 6 November 2013)

Rhetoric of War: 12th Annual International Conference
Saint Louis University Madrid Campus, Spain  -  23-24 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

The Department of English at  will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May.
The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.

In honor of the First World War centenary, the conference will explore the art of literary discourse and the power of language in recreations and realities of war. We will consider questions such as: How do literary texts rhetorically position friends and foes? How do they witness the reality of war, craft reconciliation, and/or remember war? How do rhetorical techniques change over time and across cultures in regard to changes in political structures, military order, and technology? How is the rhetoric of war affected by other media? Why does the rhetoric of war migrate to other areas of society, and how does it function in non-military contexts? The topic is open to the function of rhetoric as it relates to any war (not only WWI).

Papers may develop questions of rhetoric and war from an interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates: cultural studies, journalism and media, political and popular culture, gender and/or sexuality, cognitive theory, linguistic studies, ethics, religious studies, transnational studies, migration studies, cross-cultural communication, postcolonial studies, globalization, internet and mass media, ecocriticism, medicine, technology, or trauma studies.

We welcome proposals that explore the rhetoric of war as represented in literary texts or use techniques of literary interpretation to analyze other kinds of texts. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:
Rhetorics of support for and resistance to war
Players in war (e.g., alliances and allies versus enemies, correspondents, heroes, traitors)
Theatre of war
The landscape of war
Changing rhetorics of war
War and censorship
Memory of war (e.g., commemoration, monuments, narrating events)
Trauma, wounds, and the body in war
Genre and representations of war (e.g., protest poetry, funeral oration, elegy, science fiction)
Civil war
Technology and modern warfare
Gendered and/or ethnic rhetorics of war
Migration of war rhetoric (e.g., race war, war on drugs)
War as a metaphor
War in colonial and post-colonial contexts
Global war and globalization

Please submit a 300-word proposal in English along with a short bio via e-mail by Monday, March 15, 2014 to: <slumadridconference@gmail.com>.
Presentations will be 15 minutes in length.
(posted 10 February 2014)

The Phonology of Contemporary English: 10th annual meeting of PAC
Montpellier University, France  -  26-27 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2014

PAC is a project which aims at (1) giving a better picture of spoken English in its unity and diversity (geographical, social and stylistic), (2) testing phonological and phonetic models from a synchronic, diachronic and variationist point of view, (3) favouring communication between phonological studies and speech specialists, (4) providing data and analyses which will help improve the teaching of English as a foreign language.
To achieve these goals our project is involved in the construction of a corpus of spoken English from a wide variety of locations in the anglophone world, on the basis of a common data-collection protocol. Recent developments within the PAC community are the emergence of ICE-IPAC (The interphonology of contemporary English) and LVTI (Language, Ville, Travail Identité), centring on identity and possible dialect levelling in the UK and France.

Abstracts are invited on any aspect of the phonology of any variety of contemporary English. Abstracts are not limited to scholars working within the PAC project.
Papers will last 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions.
Anonymised abstracts (maximum one page of A4, excluding references; Word or PDF format) should be submitted by Friday 28 February 2014 to:
Notification of acceptance will be given by Friday 14 March 2014.

The conference fee is 50 euros, which covers coffee breaks and two buffet lunches. The conference venue is the St. Charles research centre near the historic centre of Montpellier, served by the tram system, and within walking distance of many hotels in the centre of town.

From within the EU: By high-speed train, or by plane to Montpellier airport.
From within the UK: There are flights to Montpellier aiport from Gatwick, and also low-cost flights direct from Edinburgh and Manchester airports to Béziers (just south of Montpellier), which is on a main rail line to Montpellier.

Accommodation: A list of hotels will be emailed to participants once the programme has been drawn up.
(posted 10 February 2014)

Classical Philosophers in Seventeenth Century English Thought
CREMS, University of York, UK  -  28 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2013

A day symposium. Keynote speakers:
- Prof Jessica Wolfe (North Carolina)
- Prof Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth)

This one day symposium will look at the reception of classical philosophers in seventeenth century English thought and culture, in philosophy, religion, natural philosophy, poetry and literature, the university, or other areas of early modern intellectual life. The focus will be on England, but not on English, and we encourage papers on the Latin reception of classical philosophy.

We will take the term 'classical philosophy' broadly speaking, and with a generic latitude, so that Homer or Hesiod might be considered, as they certainly were in the early modern period, as contributors to the philosophical outlook of the ancients, and so that while Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Seneca or Cicero are central and protean in their seventeenth century reception, so too Virgil, Ovid and Lucretius were seen as containing an important philosophical core.
Of interest also might be the collations and compendia of classical thought that served as a digest of ancient ideas, whether those of the ancients themselves, such as Diogenes Laertius, or of the early modern writers, such as Thomas Stanley's History of Philosophy. How did early modern writers accommodate, transpose or circumvent the pagan elements in ancient philosophy? How concerned were early modern thinkers with the systematic and with completeness in their use of classical philosophers? How was the pagan religion transposed to a Christian era?

 Call for Papers: Abstracts by 15th December 2013 (c. 250 words)

Contact: Kevin Killeen <kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk>

This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar that has digressed quite far:
(posted 2 October 2013

The Poetics of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Culture
Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth, UK  -  29 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2014

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ben Highmore (Sussex)
In The Poetics of Space (1958), Gaston Bachelard asserts that 'setting' is more than 'scene' in works of art; that it is often the armature around which the work revolves. At this conference we will examine what happens within the cultural space and assess its relationship with place. We aim to investigate the physical and conceptual boundaries of the artistic form and determine where art and literature takes place. This conference seeks postgraduate researchers who are exploring the significant and dynamic relationships between the co-ordinates of space, place, movement and thought in twentieth and twenty-first century culture. In addition to work questioning aesthetic and fictional constructions of space in literature and literature in space, we also welcome papers that discuss how visual media challenge conventional uses of space and manipulate our conceptions of inclusion and exclusion. This conference encourages papers that approach the text from inside and outside challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries.

We invite submissions of 250 word abstracts for original academic papers of twenty minutes on the conference theme. We encourage participation from graduate students of any discipline, including but not limited to literature, film studies, visual culture, gender studies, and cultural studies. Topics might address but are not limited to:
- Heterotopia and the Third Space
- National boundaries & the formulation of national identities
- Fantastic or otherworldly spaces
- Gendered spaces: domestic space and female interiority
- Designed spaces: architecture; the landscape of the city; maps and cartography
- Imperialism, exploration, navigation, and colonization
- Transgressive spaces and Liminality
- Materiality of the text
- Sacred and religious spaces
- Historical conceptions of space
- Psychogeography
- The aesthetics /theory of space: the 'spatial turn' in literature and cinema.

Please send submissions and a brief bio to <cslpgconf@port.ac.uk> by 1st March 2014
(posted 30 January 2014)

Representing, (De)Constructing and Translating Borderlands
Krasnogruda, Poland  -  29-30 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2013

The Faculty of Philology at the University of Białystok, together with the Faculty of Applied Linguistics at Warsaw University and the Borderland Foundation  are happy to announce the international conference Representing, (De)Constructing and Translating Borderlands which will take place at the International Centre of Dialogue at Krasnogruda, Poland, located close to the Polish-Lithuanian border.

The conference aspires to provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of issues connected with ethnic, geographical and political borderlands and their representations in literature and film. We welcome papers which will attempt to explore the ways in which borderlands have been represented, constructed, explained and translated

The range of approaches to issues connected with textual/film representations of borderlands includes, but is not limited to, the following
- post-colonial studies
- gender studies
- travel writing studies
- eco-criticism
- narratology
- genre theories

The conference topics  include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Ethnic identity as a borderland situation
• "Double people" -- misplacement and assimilation
• "Mending Wall" -- the neighbour as a cursed blessing
• The dynamics of the centre and the peripheral in culture -- dominant cultural patterns and cultural ghettos
• Representations of borderland customs and traditions
• Verbal and non-verbal humour in the context of borderlands
• Non-verbal communication  in the context of borderlands
• Iconoclasm: transgressions of taboos in the context of borderland situations and literary/cultural representations of the process
• Encountering, confronting and domesticating the Other
• Devouring the Other -- ethnic and cultural hegemony
• Constructions of narrative personae in borderland narratives
• Ghettoes, walls, and barbed wires -- subduing, controlling and eliminating the Other
• "Us" and "Them"-- eugenics in twentieth-century culture
• Limit experience and “limit” literary forms of representation
• Translation as crossing cultural borders
• Translating multicultural literature -- elements of 'third cultures' in translation
• Polyphony in translation -- different voices, different dialects, different worldviews
• Translating writers from borderlands
• Intertextuality as a translation problem

As our conference will be held in the Czesław Miłosz's International Centre for Dialogue (in a Manor House in Krasnogruda) located very close to the Polish-Lithuanian border, a venue associated with and devoted to Czesław Miłosz, we hope to organise a special conference session dedicated to texts dealing with the Polish-Lithuanian borderland, and even more specifically to texts by and about Czesław Miłosz.

Featured keynote speakers and special guests include:  Zbigniew Białas, Krzysztof Czyżewski, Eva Hoffman.

The deadline for submissions is 31st December 2013. Please send your abstract (300 words) with the name, email address, short biography (5 lines) and most relevant bibliography of the contributor to <borderlandsconf@gmail.com> as a DOC attachment.
Notification of acceptance will be by 1st February  2014.

On behalf of the Organising Committee:
Grzegorz Moroz
Jacek Partyka

More Information:
On our website http://neo.uwb.edu.pl/borderlandsconf/
And also: borderlandsconf@gmail.com
(posted 1 July 2013)

Crossing Boundaries in a Post-Ethnic Era - Interdisciplinary Approaches and Negotiations: Ninth Biennial MESEA Conference
Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany  -  29 May - 1 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2013

Moving into the second decade of the twenty-first century, interdisciplinary border studies are still in need of new theoretical approaches that not only move beyond the "borderless" discourses of the post-Cold War era, but that also respond to the urgent need that was articulated in the late 1990s for a conceptualization of borders/boundaries as the sum of social, cultural, political, and economic processes.
Following the 9/11 attack in the U.S., the reality of increased border securitization as part of the “war on terror” has undermined the neo-liberal rhetoric of the "borderless world." At the same time, partly as a reaction to globalization and partly as a response to emerging regionalism and ethno‐regionalist movements, a number of states have set in motion a process of re‐scaling in which they have devolved part of their power in governance to supra‐state and sub‐state regions (Paasi 2009). As a result of the above, the complex roles of borders and boundaries have become more relevant than ever, necessitating a reconceptualization that sees them as processes, discourses, practices, even symbols, through which power functions.

"Crossing boundaries" is to be understood literally as well as metaphorically; possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Ethnic/National/State boundaries
• Redrawing boundaries, modifying ethnic categories -- expansion or limit?
• Ethnic conflict versus decentralization -- redesigning political arrangements, mapping out new borders
• Boundaries in literary criticism:  world literature; comparative literature; national literature
• Boundaries (physical and discursive) and the material reality of cultural production 
• Crossing language borders -- multilingualism 
•  Social or class boundaries
• Migration processes and global/national/regional mobility;  eg. tourism, work migration, human trafficking
• Religious boundaries -- from religion to fundamentalism
• Contemporary and historical globalization processes from the epoch of "discoveries" (16th/17th century), to the imperial expansion of the West (19th century), and the global "virtual village" of the 21st century
• Technology and borders; virtual biopolitics
• Post–ethnic border performances
• Negotiating North-South divisions (Europe/Americas) and economic disparities
• Theories and realities of post-ethnicity
• Deterritorialization and/or reterritorialization

Proposals should be submitted to the MESEA website at http://www.mesea.org between August 15 and November 15, 2013.
Submitters will receive notification of acceptance by January 1, 2014.
Preference will be given to complete panel proposals with an inter/transdisciplinary and/or transnational focus.
Panels may not include more than 2 participants from the same institution.
Presenters must be members of MESEA or MELUS in 2014.
As in previous years, MESEA will award two Young Scholars Excellence Awards.

For more information please see: http://www.mesea.org
(posted 9 July 2013)

16th International Morphology Meeting

Budapest, Hungary  -  29 May - 1 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2013

International Morphology Meetings are organized jointly by the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

We invite papers on subjects including but not limited to the main topics of the conference:
(a) morphological case – paradigms and case systems
(b) multifunctional affixes (grammatical polysemy, homonymy, polyfunctionality)

Invited speakers
Jóhanna Barðdal (Bergen)
Martin Maiden (Oxford)
Ingo Plag (Düsseldorf)
Gregory Stump (Kentucky)

Contact person: Mária Sipos <imm16@nytud.mta.hu>

Workshops proposals are welcome by 30 September.

2-page abstracts for a 20 minutes presentation (plus 10 minutes discussion) or a poster session should be submitted via the meeting's online services:
One person may only submit one independent and one co-authored abstract.
For more information on submissions see http://www.nytud.hu/imm16/abstracts.html
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 October 2013.
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2014

Organizing committee
Ferenc Kiefer <kiefer.ferenc@nytud.mta.hu>
Huba Bartos <bartos.huba@nytud.mta.hu>
Mária Ladányi <ladanyi.maria@btk.elte.hu>
Péter Rebrus <rebrus.peter@nytud.mta.hu>
(posted 20 March 2013)

John Clare in Space: Poetry, Nature and Contemporary Culture. 150th Anniversary Conference
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK  -  30–31 May 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2014

This two-day conference at Oxford Brookes University seeks to explore the work, life, contexts and culture of the English poet, John Clare (1793–1864). Clare died in Northampton on 20 May 1864. 150 years after his death, delegates are asked to explore the places and spaces of Clare’s life and work, and the broad dimensions of his engagement with traditions across literary, rural and folk cultures, and to investigate the reasons Clare might be increasingly relevant to contemporary culture.

Confirmed speakers
- Jonathan Bate
- Josie Long
- Richard Mabey
- David Morley
- Iain Sinclair

Led by the headline speakers above, the conference will feature an array of responses to Clare: academic and creative; critical and expressive; historical and contemporary. Any and all proposals to present at the conference on Clare and related topics are welcome.
Papers speaking to the following themes and provocations are especially welcome:
- John Clare in Space: topography, locality, horizons
- Clare, ecology, natural history, environment
- Clare and literary traditions – past, present or future
- Eyeing Clare: art and visual culture
- Clare the trespasser: boundaries, Gypsies, transgressions
- Feral Clare: wilds, woods, weeds
- Sexual Clare: women, wine and song
- Mad Clare: asylums, quacks and escape
- Environmental poetics, politics and aesthetics
- Romanticism: where is Clare?
- Clare in (and out of) history
- Heritage Clare: archives, land, houses, charities, trusts and the 'legacy' industry
- Presenting peasants: class, language, literature and the editing of Clare

In essence, this will be a broad celebration of Clare, marking 150 years since his death on 20 May 1864, so the conference welcomes all original responses to the full breadth of his world and work. The conference is generously supported by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, the John Clare Society and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcome and should be submitted by 1 March 2014, online here.
Proposals for panels of three papers, presentations and/or readings are also welcome, and should be submitted by 1 March 2014, direct to Simon Kövesi, via email: <skovesi@brookes.ac.uk>.
Delegates are encouraged to join the John Clare Society (UK registered charity)
Conference website: http://www.english-languages.brookes.ac.uk/Research/Conferences/2014/John-Clare/

An exhibition of Brian Shields’ John Clare series of works, will be launched at the conference: brianshields-artist.co.uk/
(posted 31 January 2014)

Crossing Boundaries: Migration, Amalgamation, and Transgression in American Literature, History, and Culture: HAAS10
Budapest, Hungary  -  30-31 May 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 13 May 2014

10th Biannual Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies (HAAS10)
Convenor: Institute of English and American Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Venue: Sophianum building (Budapest, Mikszáth tér 1)

2007 marked the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first permanent English colony along the east coast of North America, out of which the future United States has emerged. During these four centuries, the migration of people, material goods and ideas into the continent has changed the land, which, in turn, has changed the people. Their conflicts, migrations, transformations and amalgamations have been a fundamental feature of American social, political, and cultural history. The strong determination to survive on this land has been accompanied by the urge to transform and subvert, to institute fundamental changes which would make the life and survival of ethnic, racial and gender groups possible. Migration, amalgamation and transgression, along with its powerful drive for transformation, innovation and acceptance, have often raised the opposition of more static, traditional and conservative groups. The aim of the conference is to explore the process and the consequences of crossing the boundaries in the literal or figurative sense, within the realm of the real or the fantastic, and from the subversive or conservative vantage point of ethnic, racial, gender or other groups concerned.

The Tenth biannual conference of HAAS seeks to explore the manifold and interrelated meanings of border crossing in an interdisciplinary context. We seek submissions from scholars active in various fields of American studies including literature, history, social and cultural studies, the visual and creative arts, politics or other related disciplines.
Please send an abstract of 250 words and a short bio, along with the registration form (downloadable from the conference web page) to the organizers at the following email address: <haas10conference@gmail.com>.
New extended deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2014.

More information about the conference is available on the conference web page: btk.ppke.hu/haas10

Conference fees:
Standard fee: 9000 HUF (30 EUR): payable after application has been approved by organizers, but no later than April 30, 2014.
Reduced fee: 7000 HUF (25 EUR): payable by HAAS members and PhD students until April 30, 2014; or payable by others before March 31, 2014.
(posted 17 February 2014, updated 3 March 2014)


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Middle-Earth, or There and Back Again: Medieval Fantasy Symposium
Unieście, Poland  -  1-4 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2014

You are cordially invited to the second Medieval Fantasy Symposium, organised by Koszalin University of Technology, which will be held in Unieście between 1 and 4 June 2014.
Medieval Fantasy Symposia aim at bringing together specialists in the areas of medieval and fantasy literature, in particular those who seek to find cultural connections be-tween the numerous supernatural elements in the literary output of the Middle Ages (e.g. Beowulf, Norse and Celtic mythologies, the Arthurian cycles) and modern tales in the fantasy genre which are set in different quasi-medieval worlds (as in The Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire). The scope of the symposia is not, however, strictly limited to the world of literature, as it also embraces other fields of artistic expression, including the cinematic and fine arts.
The 2014 conference will focus exclusively on the vast world of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination, from the mythic roots of Middle-earth and its numerous languages, through the immense influence of Beowulf, the Eddas and the Kalevala, to the cinematic realisation of Tolkien's visions in Peter Jackson's films. It will also seek to examine the impact his writ-ings had on popular culture as well as the works of other people, such as George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan or Ursula K. Le Guin. If need be, we may also try to accommodate other papers dealing with various aspects of Tolkien's work, including his minor works of fiction and scholarly publications, his religious and aesthetic ideals, as well as the academic environment he was part of at Oxford.

Individual papers on any topic within the abovementioned areas should take 20 minutes, followed by 10-minute discussion. Participants are invited to submit their proposals in the form of 200-word abstracts by 15 January 2014. Notices of acceptance will be sent in early February. Selected papers will be published in a conference proceedings volume.

In addition to three plenary lectures, a number of sessions, field trips and panel discussions are planned.
The conference will be held in the beautiful seaside resort of Unieście, situated right between the Baltic Sea and lake Jamno. All the rooms are equipped with audio and video facilities, including data projectors and laptop computers.
The conference fee -- covering the cost of participation, accommodation, food and drink, conference materials, coffee breaks, evening reception, and future publication -- will be about 110 EUR (430 PLN).

Koszalin University of Technology
Institute of English, German and Communication Studies
ul. Eugeniusza Kwiatkowskiego 6E
75-343 Koszalin

Conference Coordinators:
- dr Łukasz Neubauer <lukasz_neubauer@medieval-fantasy.pl>
- mgr Izabela Dixon <izabela.dixon@tu.koszalin.pl>
(posted 19 July 2013)

Transcending Oppositions in Scottish Culture: A Symposium
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Portugal  -  2-3 June 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 15 April 2014

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow)
Professor Luísa Leal de Faria (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

The culture of Scotland has frequently depended on a negotiation of opposites. A nation on the border of its more powerful, and linguistically victorious, Southern neighbour, Scotland developed its own centres of power, thought and knowledge. In several important stages of its history, the people of Scotland was socially and ideologically divided between the Highlands and the Lowlands, Presbyterians and Episcopalians, Unionists and Jacobites (including the more recent rift between those in favour of the Union and those in favour of Devolution and even national independence). Scots participated in the risks and opportunities of the British Empire, but many remained strongly attached to a feeling of national belonging which was emphatically not English. Scottish thinkers made far-reaching contributions to the Enlightenment, yet Scotland was – and is – one of the acknowledged cradles of the gothic. The themes and modes of Scottish literature, in particular, have often oscillated between the realistic and the fantastic, quixotism and pragmatism, with writers providing such impressive embodiments of contradiction as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and the many characters in the novels of Walter Scott who inhabit a world of recognizable places and problems but live in a world of romance.

This symposium addresses the problem of oppositions in all aspects of Scottish culture across the centuries. It is intended to focus on the persistence and/or resolution of tensions and discrepancies such as the ones mentioned above, taking into consideration the history, the thought and the literature of (and about) Scotland. At the same time, the event is meant to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s début novel, Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since, a landmark in the history of the representations of Scotland and of the symbolic negotiations which involve past and present, realism and romance, politics and personal identity, Englishness and Scottishness.

Submissions should be sent by email to <scotland@letras.up.pt>.
Please include the following information with your proposal:
• the full title of your paper;
• a 200-250 word description of your paper;
• your name, postal address and e-mail address;
• your institutional affiliation and position;
• a short bionote;
• AV requirements (if any)

New extended deadline for proposals: 15 April 2014

Early-bird registration (until May 15)
Registration Fee: 70 Euros
Student fee: 55 Euros

Late registration (16-23 May)
Registration Fee: 90 Euros
Student fee: 75 Euros

All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation. Relevant information will be provided on the conference website: http://web3.letras.up.pt/scotland

Organizing Committee
Jorge Bastos da Silva (Universidade do Porto, Portugal / CETAPS)
Katarzyna Pisarska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland / CETAPS)

For further queries please contact:
CETAPS - Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica, s/n
4150-564 PORTO
Phone / Fax: +351-226077610
(posted 2 December 2013, updated 31 March 2014)

ICSE2014: International Conference on Spoken English; Descriptive and Applied Perspectives
Santiago de Compostela, Spain  -  4-6 June 2014
Deadine for proposals: 15 December 2013

The conference will bring together scholars engaged in the analysis of spoken English from a variety of theoretical and applied perspectives: spoken vs. written English, interpersonal and textual issues in spoken English, spoken English and multimodality, spoken English and second/foreign language teaching, varieties of spoken English, spoken English and language change, etc. Contributions from different analytical approaches and disciplinary areas will be welcome: corpus linguistics, lexicology, grammar, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, pragmatics, cognitive linguistics or sociolinguistics, among others.

Specific topic areas
· The grammar of spoken English
· Spoken English vocabulary and phraseology
· Discourse markers and other discourse-related topics
· Interpersonal issues in spoken English communication
· Spoken English corpora and research tools
· Spoken English and language change
· Spoken English and the new media
· The written-spoken English continuum
· Spoken English and multimodality
· Spoken English in professional settings
· Spoken English as a lingua franca
· Teaching and learning spoken English as a second/foreign Language

The organizing committee invites scholars and researchers to submit their abstracts for papers, posters, round tables and practically-oriented workshops (presentations of corpora, demonstrations of research tools, implementation of classroom techniques, etc.) Full papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion; round tables and workshops will be 60 minutes long.

Plenary speakers
Juana Marín Arrese (Complutense University, Madrid)
Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki)
Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)
Scott Thornbury (The New School for Public Engagement, New York)

Key dates
· Call for papers: end of August 2013
· Submission of proposals: 1 September-15 December 2013
· Registration: 15 February-31 March (early bird)/1-30 April (normal) 2014

The venue: Faculty of Philology - University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Conference website: http://www.usc.es/en/congresos/icse
Contact: <icse2014@usc.es>
(posted 12 June 2013)

Poetry Conference: Finding a Language
Université d’Artois, Arras, France  -  5-6 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2013

Research Group Textes et Cultures (EA 4028)
Organised by Adrian Grafe and Nicolas Wanlin
Rimbaud asserted that the poet's mission was to 'find a language'. Poetry in this respect would be equivalent to a laboratory of fully modern language, while the poet 'would define the degree of newness awakening in his lifetime in the universal soul'. Rimbaud thus thrusts the poet's work towards some utopian horizon, since 'the time of a universal language will come!' (letter to Paul Demeny, 15th May 1871). As for Mallarmé, he considers language as the inheritance of the mysteries of times gone by and sees the poet as 'granting a purer sense to the words of the tribe' (cf 'Le tombeau d’Edgar Poe'). Are we then to understand that poetry irremediably turns its back on current language or rather that it manifests the truth of such language?
Many poets, explicitly or otherwise, have examined the particular status of poetic language and the relationship between their poetry and their language. This relationship lies in a blend of linguistic inheritance and transformation, filtering-down and enrichment. In this respect 'finding a language' is finding or rediscovering what exists already, what has as it were settled, but also what is new and unheard-of.
On a more practical level, this symposium aims at examining whether there is such a thing as inchoative poetry: the way in which a poet finds his own language or idiolect, since each true poet invents his own unique form of expression. Hence we will inquire into poets' beginnings, their early work, even their juvenilia (often those poems which criticism has tended to overlook), in order to discern the signs of what would later become the marks of the poet's own style.

Paper proposals may deal with the relationship between poetry and language through monographical or more general approaches, historical or theoretical ones, or through close readings of individual poems. Particular points to consider might be the following:
- The definition of poetic language as an ideal one, pure or purified; linguistic purism; and, conversely, the question of 'impure poetry', Louis MacNeice's term with which he sought to counter the influence of Mallarmé, Valéry and their followers in English poetry, and which Michael Edwards uses to qualify Geoffrey Hill's poetry;
- The idea of poetry as 'the language of the gods';
- Lexical and syntactic exclusion(s) in poetry;
- Poetry as sociologically ‘distinguished’ language;
- Poetic juvenilia;
- How a poet's style evolves from his early work into his distinctive voice;
- Poetry as the creation or regeneration of (the) language;
- Foreign-language poetry e.g. Eliot's early poems in French, Cesare Pavese's poems in English;
- Poetry as appropriation of a foreign language, be it that of the colonizer, the land travelled through, or the translated text;
- The inclusion of scientific or technical languages or terms in poetry;
- A poet's choice of linguistic register, be it literary, familiar, or vulgar, including swearing, obscenity and scatology;
- Hermeticism in poetry;
- Dialect poetry and the tension between the latter and the standard language;
- Etc.
The conference will deal with both English- and French-language poetry.

Please send 150-word proposals for 20’ papers to be delivered in French or English to Adrian Grafe <grafe.adrian@wanadoo.fr> by December 15th, 2013.There is a planned publication of papers arising from the conference, selected by a peer-review committee.
(posted 19 September 2013)

Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Culture
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands  -  5-6 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 7 January 2014

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
• Dr Dylan Trigg, University College Dublin
• Dr. Celeste Olalquiaga, independent scholar

Memory matters. It matters because memory brings the past into the present, and opens it up to the future. But it also matters literally, because memory is mediated materially. Materiality is the stuff of memory. Meaningful objects that we love (or hate) function not only as aide-mémoire but as memory itself.
The international conference Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Culture aims to explore a sustained focus on the materiality in and of memory. Such a focus helps to understand memory as a vibrant process, by analysing the active, creative and popular forms of remembering and forgetting. At the same time a materialist focus entails recognising certain forms of agency in material objects. As Bill Brown argues, a culture constitutes itself through its inanimate objects: 'culture as it is objectified in material forms'. In this conference we want to draw cultural memory into the discourse of ‘new materialism’, inquiring how we remember with and through things. Here we avoid simple dualisms by foregrounding the intersections between the material and immaterial, natural and cultural, living or inert. Things make us remember (and forget), yet we also use things to bring about remembrance or forgetfulness. We therefore argue that memory is both mental and material.
The conference foregrounds the materiality of memory by investigating the vital relations between past and present, absence and presence, and remembrance and object. We thus interrogate the material transfers through which cultural memories of the past are expressed and circulated in art, media and popular culture. These transfers produce, re-present and transform mediated memories, literally giving shape to them in words, images, and objects. The conference pays as much attention to how we remember, create and re-create memories as to what we remember. Cultural memory is taken as both an active process and a dynamic practice. In such processes and practices of remembering, objects and things are endowed with meaning, agency and affect. As Bergson put it poetically, recollection is like ‘a fold in a material’. This raises the question how cultural memory plays a role in the social and cultural life of objects. Or, vice versa, what is the role that material things and objects play in ‘doing’ memory? That role will entail a study of the interaction between the materiality of memory, its affective nature, and its ideological frameworks. The conference will explore how memory unfolds time in its objectified materializations, both looking forwards and backwards, and realizing the affective dimensions of the here and now.

This conference will be centred on the following questions: What kind of memory-work do objects do? How does materiality mediate memory, for the individual and for society? What is the role of memory and forgetting in the social and cultural life of objects? Or vice versa, what is the role that material things and objects play in constructing memories? How do art objects and practices bring the past in the present? And how do they open up possibilities for a different future? How is the object endowed with meaning, affect and agency through the recollections attached to it?
We are particularly interested in:
- analyses of what is at stake in the complex processes of remembering and forgetting, of recollecting and disremembering, of amnesia and anamnesis that make up cultural memory;
- studies of how memory, object and affect are contingent on one another in their relation to time, both looking forwards and backwards;
- and explorations of how art, media and popular culture, in producing material memories, may produce a relevant experience for the spectator, visitor, listener or reader.

The conference aims at covering a wide range of artistic disciplines: fine arts, architecture, literature, music, cinema, theatre, digital media and fashion. We welcome proposals for papers as well as for three-paper panels.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:
• Thing-memory
• Art as a memory trigger
• Literary and artistic interventions in cultural forgetting
• Consumer culture as planned obsolescence
• The consumption of the past in contemporary fashion
• Remembering forgotten writers and artists
• The production of presence and absence
• The persistence of the historical past
• Theories of matter, thing, and object
• Trauma and materiality
• Discarded and recycled objects
• Souvenirs, gifts, kitsch objects
• Toys, models, and miniature objects as things of memory
• Ruins and material remains of the past
• The internet of things as a technology of memory
• The preservation, conservation and presentation of (in)tangible cultural heritage
• Virtual 'matter': The presence (and absence) of the material in digital art and media
• Embodied / (multi)sensory / kinesthetic memory
• The musealization and monumentalization of the past through material objects

Our previous successful conferences resulted in two book publications:
Technologies of Memory in the Arts, edited by L. Plate & A. Smelik (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009).
Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture, edited by L. Plate & A. Smelik (Routledge, 2013).

Deadline for paper proposals: January 7, 2014

Please submit your proposal for a 20-minute paper; or for a panel session of three papers through the conference website:

Conference committee: Marguérite Corporaal, Vincent Meelberg, László Munteán, Liedeke Plate, Anneke Smelik, Lianne Toussaint, Wouter Weijers

Contact information: <thingstoremember@let.ru.nl>
(posted 24 October 2013)

Between Places and Spaces: Landscapes of Liminality:A Cross-Disciplinary Conference
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland  -  5-6 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

The recent 'spatial turn' in literary and cultural studies marks an attempt to comprehend the ways in which we conceive of and construct the places and spaces we occupy. It illustrates a complex picture of the changes and consistencies of our experience of space over time, and the relationship between individuals and society at large.
This two-day cross-disciplinary conference aims to bring together a wide variety of perspectives from within the humanities, in order to explore man's composite and mutating relationship to spaces and places. We are interested in the literal and the metaphoric, the real and imaginary facets of space and place. The conference will probe what it means to be 'liminal', examining those areas and moments in which one is caught between the intimate and the exposed, the familiar and the frightening - between place and space. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Theories/differences of place/space
• Theories of liminality (What does it mean to be 'liminal'?)
• Real and/or imaginary places/spaces
• The relationship between place/space and literary form
• Writing space and gender
• The politics of space
• Phenomenological, Marxist, post-colonial and/or feminist theorisations of the spatial
• Spatial form (in literature/film, etc.)
• Human geography
• Haunted spaces
• Psychological spaces
• Virtual spaces
• Spatial memory
• Class/race/sexuality as defined/mediated through space/place
• Jungles/islands/forests/cities/the wilderness
• Outer space
• Internal/external controversies
• Insular/exposed spaces
• Space and subjectivity
• Boundaries
• Public/private spaces
• Self/other spatial relations
• Individual/social spaces

We are also eager to put together a panel on Dublin City as a space/place, and so we welcome any proposals that are specifically catered to this.
If you are interested in presenting a 20-minute paper, please forward your abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a brief biography, to:
The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2014.
(posted 26 November 2013)

Thomas Hardy, a thinker of humanity
ENS, Lyon, France  -  5-6 June 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 10 March 2014

"Humanity Appears upon the Scene, Hand in Hand with Trouble"
(The Return of the Native, I-ii)

Thomas Hardy's life and career occurred in an era of major disruptions and advances in the knowledge of man and in the understanding of his place in the universe. Hardy contributed effectively to the debates of the Victorian period, and responded both as novelist and as poet to the great unsettling questions of his contemporaries in the wake of the appearance of evolutionism but also of the advent of life sciences and of the birth of social sciences. His knowledge of mankind stands at the confluence of old traditions and radically new paradigms. His long life and career allowed him to witness a great array of epistemological changes, yet this only partly explains the depth and complexity of the reflexions on man offered by his writings.

Hardy was an attentive reader of Mill, Arnold, Huxley, Spencer, but also of Taine, Renan, or naturally Comte. His works thus bears the obvious trace of his erudition on the theoretical constructs of his time, while informing a very distinctive, idiosyncratic knowledge of a literary non-didactic nature. One is accordingly led to consider this knowledge, following Pierre Macherey's perspective, as "thought without concepts, thought which does not communicate through the construction of speculative systems whereby the search for truth is assimilated to a line of argumentative demonstration." Indeed, from the writings of his time Hardy seems to have extracted tools for the examination of human life -- always refusing, though, to adhere to any determined school of thought.

From evolutionism, astronomy, or geology, Hardy seems to have learnt the necessary humility of the human condition. Exploring all forms of beings, living or inanimate, he lingers on the in-between position of the human scale to study its rules and customs with the eye of a social scientist. Despite its pessimistic reputation, Hardy's work investigates the whole of that "strained, hard-run Humanity" with acute perceptiveness and extended compassion. Forcing man to accept the ordinariness of his place in the universe does not bound his condition so much as it hands over to him the entire responsibility of historical destiny and of the advent of another humanity.

This conference therefore seeks to explore the epistemological import of Hardy's work. A particular interest will be given to approaches looking into the humanities (philosophy, religion, history, sociology, anthropology...) as well as into life sciences. The conference also welcomes comparative perspectives examining Hardy and other writers or thinkers whose exploration of mankind bears similar traits.               

Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:
- humanity and humanism
- Man and God
- Hardy as an anthropologist
- the history of humanity
- classical legacies and mythical visions of humanity
- humanity and animality

This two-day conference, organized by Laurence Estanove (Université Paris-Descartes / Université de Toulouse - CAS) and Marie Panter (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon) is a collaboration between the CERCC (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Comparées sur la Création, ENS Lyon) and FATHOM (French Association for Thomas Hardy Studies).
It will be held at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France on 5-6 June 2014.
The conference welcomes papers in either English or French.
Proceedings will be submitted for publication in the online journal FATHOM http://fathom.revues.org/
The cfp can be download here.

Please send proposals of no more than one page, along with a short bibliography and biographical statement by March 10, 2014 (new extended deadline)  to:
- Laurence Estanove laurence <estanove@parisdescartes.fr>
- and Marie Panter <marie.panter@ens-lyon.fr>.
(posted 31 January 2014, updated 3 March 2014)

Quarrel scenes, conference-festival: conflict and dramaturgy in French and British theatre (16th-18th centuries)
Université Paris-Diderot, France  -  5-7 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2013

Controversies and disputes were important modes of intellectual exchange in early modern societies. Pamphlet wars, controversies, confrontations and debates fashioned the discourses of knowledge and creation across many disciplines (belles lettres, arts, sciences, technical know-how, religion...). This spirit of belligerence is echoed in the theatre and in performance arts, from Shakespeare's battle of words and insults and Marivaux's disputes to the aesthetic controversies over the plays of Corneille. We invite scholars and dramatic artists alike to study the notion of theatrical disputes, and more particularly the climactic scenes of conflict that structured and channelled dramatic creation. We hope to thus reflect more broadly on the relationship between conflict and dramaturgy in early modern French and British theatre.
This conference-festival is part of an ANR-AGON project on disputes ("Early modern disputes: cases, quarrels, controversies, and creation") and a continuation of conference-festivals, starting with “Recognition scenes in 16th-18th c. French and British theatre” at the IRCL in Montpellier. The papers will be published in the new peer-reviewed online journal Arrêt sur Scène / Scene Focus, along with podcasts of the performances.
Both academic discussion and live performance are welcome. Presentations will be in the form of either 20-minute talks or live performances, including but not limited to theoretical or historical reflections; case studies; live performance of plays or scenes; contemporary adaptations of works that explore the theory of quarrel scenes. Performances of quarrels and representations that include dance and opera may be submitted, but other projects are also possible: research on performance, personal productions, readings, bilingual productions, reenactments of controversies, debates involving the audience...

Contributors are invited to reflect on the non-restrictive list of themes below:
• Forms of conflict on stage. Is there a theory of stage conflict? Are there specific codes for performing quarrels? Is it possible to conceptualize national specificities and/or evolutions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment? Questions along this line include, but are certainly not limited to:
• who are the agents of stage conflict? (through dialogue/agonistic monologue; friends; lovers; generational conflict)
• what are the signs of stage quarrels? (insults and name-calling, violence and duels, outburst of passions…)
• how do the arguments unfold? what triggers them (conflicts of values/interest)? are they resolved or do they escalate into violence? What are the ways of acting out, of denial, censorship and self-censorship, of misunderstanding…
• Modes of stage conflict. Scenes may be presented to show the dramatic implications of quarrels and their function within the plot and final resolution. Other areas of exploration may include:
• the theatricality of disputes, dialogue and dialogism in quarrels, acting techniques; emotional language; bodily performance.
• the space of quarrels -- their staging and the space occupied within the plot.
• the circulation of quarrel scenes from one play to another, through parody, adaptation, rewriting and translation.
• Reasons for stage quarrels. Further analysis on the repercussions of disputes is welcome:
• What political and ideological antagonisms might affect the audience?
• How did stage conflict echo the social, political and scientific conflicts of the time? How did the fictional dramatisation of real conflicts affect the values behind them? Was stage conflict influenced by periods of great political tension in French and British early modern societies?
• What is the link between the aesthetic quarrels and their political and institutional implications? How were the theatre disputes represented in the theatre? How did these aesthetic and political quarrels affect the work and its reception?

Deadline for proposals: 200 words proposal by June 30th 2013 to:
- Sophie Vasset <sophie.vasset@univ-paris-diderot.fr>
- and Jeanne-Marie Hostiou <jeannehostiou@yahoo.fr>
(technical details to be provided in September).

Scientific Committee: Alain Viala (ANR Agon, Oxford University) ; Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (IRCL, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier) ; Laetitia Coussement (Université Paris-Diderot) ; Daniel Mesguich (CNSAD).

Conference website:
(posted 15 May 2013)

Transnational Dimensions of Literature and the Arts: 16th Annual Conference of the English Department (ACED-16)
University of Bucharest, Romania  -  5-7 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

Venue: The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Str. Pitar Mos 7-13, Bucharest, Romania

Invited Speakers:
- James H. Cox (University of Texas at Austin)
- Mădălina Nicolaescu (University of Bucharest)
- Azade Seyhan (Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania)
- Mads Rosendhal Thomsen (University of Aarhus)
The transnational paradigm has been a very rapidly developing conceptual framework, particularly in the present age of globalization, given the present tendency to transgress national boundaries and to go beyond structures centred on the "national". As Steven Vertovec points out, since the nineties there has been a continuous rise of interest in the transnational in an impressive number of directions: communities, capital flows, trade, citizenship, corporations, inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, politics, services, social movements, social networks, families, migration circuits, identities, public spaces, public cultures. Transnationalism has almost become ubiquitous in social sciences and the humanities and consequently ambiguous or polysemic, so that its use needs further contextualizing. Its close relationship to globalization, to the point where the two terms are often used interchangeably, further complicates the conceptual muddle and calls for a restriction of the area of its meanings.

In the humanities, transnationalism has been employed both to describe situations produced by contemporary cross-border movement and to provide a new perspective on the study of practices, discourses and products associated with this movement. In studies such as Azade Seyhan's Writing Outside the Nation (2001), Mads Rosendhal Thomsen's Mapping World Literature (2008), Steven Vertovec’' Transnationalism (2009) or Sten Pultz Moslund's Migration Literature and Hybridity (2010), transnationalism has played an important part in the theoretical discourses around diasporic cultures, postcolonial identities, migration literatures, the issue of reconceptualizing world literature and of remapping the location of national literatures.

This conference proposes both a theoretical discussion referring to the present need to go beyond the modernist fixation with the "national" as the template employed in literary and cultural studies and a more applied approach that insists on the cross-border circulation of motives, texts, writers throughout the history of literary movements.

We invite papers in English addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:
- the transnational circulation of motifs, themes, topics and their interaction and subsequent "hybridization" with local motifs;
- the transnational movement of writers -- starting with travellers (travel literature, etc.) and continuing with migrants (diaspora literature, post-colonial literature "revisited", literature of bilingual writers)
- the transnational circulation of texts (translations, adaptations, transmedia adaptations, globalization of texts);
- rethinking national literatures as sites of intersection of transnational movements (see the current rethinking of American literature in transnational terms; can this approach be "exported" and applied to other national literatures?)
- diasporic literatures, postcolonial literatures, ethnic literatures, global literatures in English, literary tourism as products of transnational negotiations of meaning;
- rethinking world literature as a site of transnational exchange, and hence of the meanings of transnational canonical works versus the canonical ones;
- teaching transnational literature, involving the teaching of foreign literatures as different from the teaching of the "national", local/native ones;
- transnational structures of critical reception – world-famous associations such as the MLA, ESSE, MESEA, EAAS, MELUS etc., or prize awarding organizations.

Presentations should be in English, and will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 200 words (including a list of keywords) in Word format, with an indication of their institutional affiliation, a telephone number and e-mail address at which they can be contacted, and a short bio of up to 100 words. Proposals for panel discussions (to be organized by the participant) will also be considered.

A selection of papers will be published in University of Bucharest Review (ISSN 2069–8658; listed on EBSCO, CEEOL and Ulrichsweb; CNCS category B).

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014.
Please send proposals (and enquiries) to <litcultstbucharest@gmail.com>.
The conference fee of 50 euro or equivalent in Romanian Lei is payable in cash on registration, and covers lunches and refreshments during the conference, but not evening meals.

For further details and updates, see http://www.unibuc.ro/depts/limbi/literatura_engleza/conferinte.php
Enquiries regarding the Linguistics section of the conference, which will be running at the same time as the Literature and Cultural Studies section, should be sent to <16.ACED@gmail.com>.

We look forward to welcoming you in Bucharest.
The organizing team: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, James Brown, Eliana Ionoaia, Martin Potter, Ruxandra Rădulescu, Ioana Zirra
(posted 26 November 2013)

Small World: Campus Fiction - Insular or Global?
Bucharest, Romania  -  5-7 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

A seminar organized as part of the 16th annual conference of the English Department University of Bucharest, Romania, in collaboration with the Institute of English, German and Communication Studies, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland.
The seminar is part of a project which started in Vienna (Academic Fiction in Anglo-American Perspective, 10-11 September 2013), and was continued in Greifswald (Changing Places: Der (Post-)Moderne Universitätsroman in der Anglo-Amerikanischen und in der Deutschsprachigen Tradition, 29 November-1 December 2013).

Venue:  Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Str. Pitar Moş 7-13, Bucharest.

Keynote speakers:
- Prof. Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim, Gdańsk University
- Prof. Ewald Mengel, University of Vienna
- Prof. Merritt Moseley, University of North Carolina, Asheville

The aim of the seminar is to take a closer look at various aspects of academic fiction with a particular focus on what is beyond the well-established canon. Thus, we invite papers on a variety of themes, not entirely excluding British and American fiction, but concerned predominantly with regional representations of the academy in literature and/or the way the Anglo-American canon has influenced them. We invite diverse approaches to the seminar theme, particularly welcoming papers dealing with:
1) examples of campus fiction in literatures outside what is sometimes perceived to be its British and American "home territory";
2) the success (or failure) of campus fiction (wherever it may come from) to engage with issues in a wider world both socially and geographically beyond the boundaries of its characteristically insular setting.

Possible topics include:
- higher education system in transition: ideals and reforms;
- debates, arguments, consensus in theory and practice;
- multiculturalism and the spectre of (neo-)colonialism;
- campus fiction and the postcolonial world;
- internationalization of campus fiction & immigrant narratives;
- feminism and post-feminism;
- mysticism, prejudice, superstitions;
- virtual campus of the digital age;
- academe in film (adaptation);
- campus in sub-genre conventions (campus murder mystery; conference novel; memoirs; etc.);

Presentations should be in English, and will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of maximum 200 words in Word format. Proposals should  include title of paper, name and institutional affiliation, a short bio (no more than 100 words), and e-mail address.

Papers presented at the seminar may be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed volume of proceedings.

Conference fee: 50 Euro (or equivalent in Romanian Lei)
(covering lunches and refreshments during the conference, including the opening reception on 5 June, but not evening meals)

Please send proposals (and enquiries) to <wojciech.klepuszewski@tu.koszalin.pl>.
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

Further details about the Conference can be found at http://www.unibuc.ro/depts/limbi/literatura_engleza/conferinte.php

We look forward to welcoming you in Bucharest.
- Lidia Vianu, University of Bucharest
- Wojciech Klepuszewski, Koszalin University of Technology
(posted 21 November 2013, updated 26 November 2013)

Identity and Otherness in Comparative Literature: 4th Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature
Queen Mary, University of London, UK  -  6 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 18 April 2014

Organiser: London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS)
Friday 6thJune 2014, 9am- 6pm

MA students studying Comparative Literature from London and beyond arewarmly invited to send us proposals for fifteenminute papers (plus five minutes discussion time). Proposals are welcome on ANY aspect of comparative literary study. Su bjects may include, but are not limited to:
- Cultural Studies
- Self and Other
- Literatures in the Global World
- Gender, Corporeality and Writing
- Literary Criticism and Theory
- Forms and Genres
- Themes, Myths and Archetypes
- Literature and Other Arts
- Re ception Studies and Translation

We strongly encourage submissions relating to MA dissertation topics.
Essays previously written for your MA course will also be considered.
Proposed titles and abstracts (max. 300 words) should be sent to <linksldn2014@gmail.com> by Friday 18th April .2014
A round-table discussion will take place between several University of London professors. The topic of the discussion will be "The continuing relevance of identity and otherness within Comparative Literature".

Speakers to be announced shortly.

LINKS does not charge MA students to take part, nor to attend.
Submissions are open only to MA students but the event will be advertised to the general public.
Email: <linksldn2014@gmail.com>
Website: http://www.linksconference2014.wordpress.com
Facebook: London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies
(posted 12 March 2014)

The Country House in Britain, 1914-2014
Newcastle University, UK  -  6-8 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2013

Conference Organisers: Faye Keegan and Barbara Williams
Website: http://www.countryhouseconference.wordpress.com
Supported by the Newcastle University Gender Research Group

Keynote Speakers: Deborah Cartmell, Christine Geraghty, Ellie Jones and Alison Light

From Ian McEwan's Atonement (2001) to Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child (2011), the country house has had a strong presence in British culture of the past decade. This is the culmination of a century's interest in the spaces and places of the country house, an interest that burgeoned following the break-up of the great estates around the First World War. In texts ranging from P. G. Wodehouse's Blandings Castle Saga to Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazlet Chronicles, and in television series such as ITV 's Brideshead Revsited (1981) and Downton Abbey (2010), British culture continues to return to the country house setting in both popular and high culture.
Since the rise of the British heritage film in the 1980s and the proliferation of Austen adaptations in the 1990s the country house has played an equally important role in British cinema and continues to gain currency as a national icon. This preoccupation with the country house is fuelled by institutions such as the National Trust and English Heritage, as well as through documentary programmes such as BBC1's The Edwardian Country House (2002), Channel 4's Country House Rescue (2008) and Julian Fellowes's Great Houses on ITV (2013).  Often overshadowed by the country house in other centuries such as the seventeenth-century country house poem or the nineteenth-century country house novel, studies of the twentieth and twenty-first century country house are scarce.

This three-day interdisciplinary conference will trace the representation of the country house in British literature and film between 1914 and 2014. The conference will explore how space, class and gender operate in the wealth of filmic and literary texts which have been concerned with the country house throughout the last century, as well as considering how it functions in documentaries, historical monographs and reality television. We invite 300-word abstracts (for 20-minute papers) on any topic relating to the country house; possible topics might include, but are by no means restricted to:
Historical Fictions
The Downton Effect
The Modernist Country House
The Country House Abroad
The Middlebrow and Prize Culture
Costumes and Design
Cycles of Pride and Prejudice
Murder in the Country House
Haunted Homes and the Gothic
The Wartime Country House
Period Drama
Servants and Servitude
Class and the National Trust
Toy Soldiers and the Dolls House
Romance Fiction

Abstracts should be submitted via email to <countryhouseconf@ncl.ac.uk> by 1 November 2013.
Successful applicants will be notified by 2014.
Send any queries to the above email.
(posted 20 September 2013)

Cosmopolitan Wilde: A conference celebrating 160 years of Oscar
Centre culturel irlandais, Paris, France  -  10-13 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 July 2013

Opening addresses:
- Declan Kiberd (Wednesday) 'The Worlding of Oscar Wilde'
- Pascal Aquien (Saturday) title t.b.a.

We are calling for papers for what promises to be a major international gathering of Wilde scholars. Possible topics, in no particular order, are but not confined to:
Wilde in France / Wilde and his French contemporaries
Wilde and his Irish contemporaries: Moore, Shaw, Yeats, Somerville, Joyce &c
Wilde as vagabond / expatriate
Wilde's European reputation
Wilde beyond Europe
Wilde and 21st century theatre
Wilde and cinema
Wilde and the Visual Arts
Wilde and music
Wilde and the Internet
Translating Wilde
Collecting Wilde
Wilde's worldliness
Adapting Wilde
Re-writing Wilde
Wilde in fiction
Wilde and Postmodernism
The understudied Wilde
Where next in Wilde studies

We now ask for abstracts of c.500 words (or even full papers) to be sent as attachments (Word) to <melmoth.paris@gmail.com> by 31st July 2013, when they will be distributed anonymously among the reading committee.
A 25 minute length is recommended.
Papers may be in either English or French and will be considered for publication by The Rivendale Press.
Note that Saturday 13th June will be reserved for papers in French

Scientific committee: ‘Tunde Awosanmi (Ibadan), Elisa Bizzotto (Venice), Colette Colligan (Simon Fraser), Michael Davis (Lemoyne), Petra Dierkes-Thrun (Stanford), Emily Eells (Nanterre), Irena Grubica (Rijeka), Ilze Kačāne (Daugavpils),Jarlath Killeen (Trinity College, Dublin), Pascale Mc Garry (University College, Dublin), Sandra Mayer (Vienna), Sarah Maier (New Brunswick), Michèle Mendelssohn (Mansfield College, Oxford), Gilbert Pham-Than (Paris Nord), Ignacio Ramos Gay (València), Florina Tufescu (Romanian Wilde scholar based in Sweden), Emmanuel Vernadakis (Angers), /Marie/-/Noëlle Zeender (/Nice-Sophia Antipolis).

For more information, please visit http://oscholars-oscholars.com/wilde-in-paris-2014/
(posted 21 June 2013)

Guerres en séries: Wars in Series
Université de Picardie-Jules Verne, Amiens, France  -  11-13 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 0ctober 2013

The year 2014 will mark a hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War and seventy years since D-Day in Normandy. On this occasion, the Centre d'Histoire des Sociétés, des Sciences et des Conflits (CHSSC) at the University of Picardie-Jules Verne (Amiens, France) will hold an international and pluridisciplinary symposium to explore the way TV series represent war.
Whether the combat itself, the everyday life of civilians, or the difficult emergence from wartime, the representation of war has been a focal point for many television series and miniseries since the 1950s, dealing with the violence and heroism of the battlefield as well as the suspense of of different characters' survival. Among the most well-known series, many come to mind like Combat, M*A*S*H, Dad's Army, Hogan's Heroes, Baa Baa Black Sheep, or more recently Band of Brothers, Generation Kill, Un Village Français, Hatufim and its American counterpart Homeland, Downton Abbey and Parade's End, not to mention science fiction and fantasy series like Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek and its numerous spin-offs, or Game of Thrones.
While the issue of how violence is represented will naturally be at the core of our analysis, it will be equally vital to question the specific narrative techniques in these types of series:
- How is it possible to maintain suspense when the outcome is already known (as is the case for historical series)
- How do war series glorify combatants and/or denounce the absurdity of war or of a specific conflict?
- How do these series treat the diplomatic, strategic, economic, social and cultural stakes of war?
- How do they represent ongoing conflicts?
- What discourse, what images are deemed acceptable by / for a certain audience at a specific time and in a specific broadcasting context?
- How is the "war on terror" represented without identified enemies?
Unlike cinema, TV series are inscribed in the domestic sphere and in repetition, generally broadcasted on smaller screens, and for a less captive audience. Budgets are smaller and production time shorter. Does all this mean that they represent war differently from movies? How, on the contrary, does the long duration of TV series allow to represent the intricacies and consequences of conflict?
Although the representation of the two World Wars will undoubtedly be the focus of a great many papers, we welcome analyses of all wars, real or imaginary, whatever the time period and the country or countries concerned. TV series of any country may be taken as an object of study, in papers delivered either in French or in English. Finally, we also invite the study of the implicit or explicit echoes of current or past wars in TV series even when the focus of the series is not on war itself.
Scientific committee: Marjolaine Boutet (MCF, UPJV), Manon Pignot (MCF, UPJV), Sylvaine Bataille (MCF, U. de Rouen),  Sarah Hatchuel (PR, U. du Havre), Monica Michlin (MCF, U. Paris Sorbonne), Ariane Hudelet (MCF, U. Paris Diderot), Donna Andréolle (PR, U. du Havre), Shannon Wells-Lassagne (MCF, U. de Bretagne-Sud), Barbara Villez (PR, U. Paris 8)
The conference is supported by GUEST-Normandie (Groupe Universitaires d'Etudes sur les Séries Télévisées basé en Normandie).
Please send a 500-word abstract and a 100-word biographical note (in English or in French) by October 30, 2013 to:
The result of the selection will be communicated in December 2013.
(posted 12 June 2013)

The Future of Education: the fourth edition of The Future of Education International Conference
Florence, Italy  -  12-13 June 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 17 February 2014

The objective of The Future of Education Conference is to promote transnational cooperation and share good practice in the field of innovation for education. The Future of Education Conference is also an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current educational projects.
The Call for Papers, within the Future of Education Conference, is addressed to teachers, researchers and experts in the field of education as well as to coordinators of education and training projects.
Experts in the field of teaching and learning are therefore invited to submit an abstract of a paper to be presented during the Future of Education International Conference. The abstract should be written in English (between 1000 and 3000 characters, space included) and submitted no later than 20 January 2014.
In order to submit an abstract it is necessary to register to the Conference's website: http://conference.pixel-online.net/FOE
Important dates
- 17 February 2014: New extended deadline for submission of proposals
- 24 March 2014: Deadline for final submission of papers and speaker registration
- 12-13 June 2014: Dates of the conference
There will be three presentation modalities: oral, poster and virtual presentations.
All papers presented during the conference will be published on an ISBN publication.
For further information:
- please contact us at the following address: <foe@pixel-online.net>
- or visit the Future of Education conference website: http://conference.pixel-online.net/FOE
(posted 9 December 2013, updated 22 January 2014)

Queens of Crime
Senate House, University of London, UK  -  12-13 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 14 February 2014

Keynote Speakers:
Val McDermid
Dr Lee Horsley

Since the 1920s, women have been among the most prolific and influential authors of crime fiction. Some of the best-known heroes and anti-heroes of fiction are also women.  From pioneers in the genre, such as Anna Katherine Green and the Baroness Orczy, through Golden Age queens of crime, like Agatha Christie (for whom the term was invented), Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham, to the innovators of the present day, including Sara Peretsky, Val McDermid, and Kate Atkinson, the female of the species has been more deadly than the male.
This conference will address the relationship of gender and genre, past and present, and the known and the unknown.  Many Queens of Crime are famous and much-studied, but their work continues to inspire fresh scholarship and novel perspectives. Others are continually in print but have not received equal academic attention. Some are too new in the field to have been thoroughly considered. Some have been unjustly forgotten.  We welcome papers on thematic issues as well as those about individual writers and their creations.

Possible topics for research papers and panels include but are not limited to:
• What makes a "Queen of Crime"
• Unknown, lesser-known, or forgotten Queens of Crime
• Contemporary contenders for the title
• Features of the genre established by the classic writers
• New perspectives on established authors

• Constructions of femininity and/or masculinity
• Gender, sexuality, and identity
• Crime fiction and domesticity
• Crime writing (or detection) as a profession

• Rewriting, revising, or re-appropriating the past
• The influence of the "classic"
• Canon, pastiche, and parody
• Trends in contemporary crime writing
• Crossing genres or crossing media

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers or 60-minute panels.
$lease send a 300-word abstract to Jamie Bernthal and Brittain Bright at <qoc2014@gmail.com> by 14 February 2014.
(posted 11 December 2013)

Geographies of Contact: Contexts of Encounter between Britain and the Middle East
Université de Strasbourg, France  -  12-14 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2013

Organisers: Hélène Ibata (SEARCH, EA 2325), Caroline Lehni (SAGE, UMR 7363), Fanny Moghaddassi (SEARCH, EA 2325), Nader Nasiri-Moghaddam (GEO, EA 1340)/
The SEARCH, SAGE and GEO research groups of the Université de Strasbourg (France) are hosting a conference on the geographies of cultural contacts between Britain and the Middle East from medieval times to the end of the 19th century, to be held from 12 to 14 June 2014.

Encounters between Britain and the Middle East have taken many forms through the centuries (pilgrimages, crusades, commercial travels, scientific expeditions, pleasure trips, colonial wars...). They have also resulted from transpositions of objects, artefacts, texts, manuscripts, animals, from one geographical sphere to another. More fundamentally, such contacts have been perceived and considered from different points of view, whether the observer be British or from the Middle East. While nineteenth-century orientalist discourse tended to erase this variety and temporal or spatial specificities in its representation of a unified Orient, contemporary research has emphasized the impact of the material conditions of encounter on the nature of cross-cultural exchanges and subsequent representations. The study of specific geographical contexts and of privileged places of contact, in particular, has made it possible to highlight the reciprocity, complexity and fertility of such exchanges as well as phenomena of cultural hybridization.

In this context, the present conference intends to examine the material conditions of encounters between Britain and the Middle East, and their cultural and aesthetic impact. A long period of investigation has been chosen in order to account for the evolution and heterogeneity of those geographies of contact. The emphasis will be put  not only on British verbal and visual representations of and reactions to the Middle East (as visited or discovered through transpositions in Great Britain), but also on their Middle Eastern counterparts (whether in the Middle East or through travels in Great Britain).

Angles of study may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The tangible modalities of direct encounter through travel, in particular in multicultural towns (like Istanbul, Alexandria, Jerusalem, or London), places of sociability or accommodation, archaeological sites, modes of transport…
- Processes of mediation and transposition, in particular in sites where objects, art works, texts, manuscripts are relocated from one geographic area to another, either in an isolated fashion or as collections (in monasteries, universities, libraries, museums, clubs or zoos).
- Places of cultural intertwining such as sites of cultural hybridity, where stylistic and aesthetic dialogue is made possible (artists’ studios, the theatre, operas, gardens, but also the world of fashion, the decorative arts and gastronomy).
- The linguistic aspects of intercultural encounters: how travellers made themselves understood, the processes of translation and transposition of specific terms from one language to another…

Presentations may be delivered in French or, preferably, in English.
Papers will be published.
Submissions (approximately 300 words) should be sent before 31 October 2013, to the steering committee of the Conference:
The committee will notify the authors of their decision by the end of December 2013.
(posted 4 July 2013)

Black Historians and the Writing of History in the 19th and early 20th centuries: What Legacy?
University Paris Diderot, France  -  12-14 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2013

As part of the project EHDLM (Writing History from the Margins) funded by the PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité, a conference will be held in Paris, University Paris Diderot, June 12-14 2014, on "Black Historians and the Writing of History in the 19th and early 20th centuries: What Legacy"

Organizers: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, Claire Parfait, Mathieu Renault

Scientific committee: Ira Berlin (University of Maryland, College Park), Myriam Cottias (CNRS, CIRESC), Elisabeth Cunin (IRD, CNRS), Pap N’Diaye (Sciences Po), Martha Jones (Michigan), Jean-Paul Lallemand (EHESS, CENA)

"History has thrown the colored man out."
William Wells Brown 1860, in Benjamin Quarles Black Mosaic 1988, 111

Almost 100 years after The Journal of Negro History was founded by Carter G. Woodson, we would like to reassess the legacy of those black historians who wrote the history of their community between the 1830s and World War II. Through slavery and segregation, self-educated and formally educated black Americans wrote works of history in order to inscribe, or re-inscribe, African Americans in American history. This served a two-fold objective: to make African-Americans proud of their past and to enable them to fight against white prejudice.
Over the past decades, historians have turned to the study of these pioneers, but a number of issues remain to be addressed. At first, before African Americans received doctorates in history or taught history at all-black colleges, activists wrote the first histories of their community (and beyond). We propose to address the following questions: who published these books; how were they distributed, read and received? How can we assess the work of these "amateurs" from a historian's point of view, at a time when the writing of history was becoming professional in Europe as well as in the United States? What do these publications reveal about the construction of professional history in the nineteenth century when we examine them in relation with other works by Euro-Americans whether working in an academic setting or as independent researchers?
Regarding the more "professional" generation that slowly emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century (Du Bois, Woodson, Logan, and others), a number of questions also remain unanswered. These historians wrote history "from the margins" of the profession, launching journals, organizing conferences and developing institutional tools for their segregated scientific activity. The process of integration was slow and mostly started after the Second World War. Yet one can wonder whether the marginal position of these historians was a hindrance or whether it might also have been an asset. Could it be argued that their use of alternative sources made them pioneers in developing a type of social and cultural history which would later be exemplified by the Annales school in France? If so, the intellectual contribution of the black historians who wrote professional history in the first half of the twentieth century must be re-assessed globally as well as nationally: what does it mean to write history from the margins?
Finally, the work of these early historians must be placed squarely within the longer term historiographical development of African American and
American history: African American history emerged as a major field of investigation in American history in the 1970s and 1980s, and, with the rise of Atlantic history in the 1990s and 2000s, it has now become one of the principal preoccupations of American historians. The groundwork had, however, been laid long before in a climate of segregation: the slave trade, US-Haitian relationships, and other key issues were the objects of major studies before the Second World War. How were these books circulated, read and received beyond an educated black public? Are these historians fully recognized for their pioneering work outside of their community, or have they been relegated to the margins of professional historical memory?

Plenary speakers: Pero Dagbovie, Michigan State University, and Claire Parfait, Université Paris 13

Abstracts: 300 words + one-page CV to be sent to <blackhistorians>@gmail.com by November 1, 2013

This conference is sponsored by http://www.sorbonne-paris-cite.fr
And the following research teams : CIRESC/CNRS, LARCA, CREW, CRIDAF/Pléiade.

 Diderot http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr
(posted 23 September 2013)

Victorian 'Structures of Feeling' in Late 20th and 21st-Century Cultural Products
University of Paderborn, Germany  -  12-14 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2014

At the moment British (cultural) politics seem to be relapsing into a conservatism informed by 19th-century structures and ideologies. The continuities between the Victorian era and contemporary society, however, are not restricted to the political level, and this is why the conference aims at exploring manifestations of this 'Victorian Renaissance' on the level of cultural representation(s).
Neo-Victorianism, the formal level of these recurrences, has already been studied quite often, so rather than focusing on the conscious imitation of Victorian styles, we are interested in the subtle operation of Victorian 'structures of feeling'  in late 20th and early 21st-century Britain and the ways in which they shape contemporary discourses and society. More particularly, we wish to elucidate how these structural and ideological connections manifest themselves in cultural 'texts' of the two eras.
Despite their temporal distance, the two time periods offer striking points of comparison when it comes to population development, mobility, gender relations as well as economic practices. We would like to make these similarities palpable by analysing their cultural and literary representations during the Victorian era as well as the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Examples of recurring social, cultural and representational patterns abound. A growing tendency toward moving from the country to the bigger cities, for instance, characterises both eras. Challenges to patriarchy began with the New Women at the 19th-century fin de siècle and nowadays express themselves in debates about quota for getting more women into leadership positions. Together with these social trends, typical Victorian plot structures such as the romance are taken up, adapted or subverted. We invite papers that analyse the links between these developments from the 19th to the late 20th and early 21st centuries, as well as their ideological functions now and then, using cultural texts of all kinds.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- the connection between gender, spaces and consumer practices
- the comparison of media formats such as newspapers, serialised fiction etc.
- publishing processes and industries
- the development of advertising practices
- Victorian plot structures in contemporary (popular) fiction and film
- melodramatic tendencies in late 20th and 21st-century drama

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the organisers before 28th February 2014 (new extended deadline). Papers should not exceed a limit of 20 minutes. We are looking forward to your proposals!
Dr. Christina Flotmann <christina.flotmann@upb.de>
Anna Lienen <anna.lienen@upb.de>
(posted 15 February 2014, updated 19 February 2014)

Aphra Behn and the Challenges of Genre: 6th Conference of the Aphra Ben Europe Society
University of Huelva, Spain  -  12-14 June, 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

Aphra Behn was not only one of the most prolific writers in the seventeenth century, but also one able and willing to tackle all genres. She earned a name in the theatre in her own time, and showed her interest in a number of other literary forms such as verse, prose fiction and translation. This conference proposes an overview of her career by focusing on the concept of genres. It also aims to situate Behn's generic practices in the context of seventeenth-century writing and in relation to her predecessors, contemporaries and followers.
We invite 20-minute papers that explore Behn's work from a generic viewpoint, addressing the challenges genre conventions involved for her and other writers, as well as how she/they overcame these obstacles, stretching the limits of specific literary forms. More generally, papers may strive to relate her writing to its historical context, and to analyse her experiments with form and/or her contribution to Restoration genre theory.

Topics for papers might include, but are not restricted to:
• Behn and dramatic theory and practices
• Poetics in Behn's works: antecedents and lasting influence
• History and translation: Behn in the context of seventeenth-century European culture
• Behn and the origins of prose fiction in English
• Aphra Behn and the seventeenth-century lyric
• Restoration genre theory and the canon: issues of literary value
• Aphra Behn and the Nineties Generation: the politics of women's writing
• The reception of Behn's work
• Hybrid genres: Restoration challenges in form and content
• Current (re)evaluations of the role of genre in the long eighteenth centry
• Cross-fertilization, influences, and adaptation
• Spaces of intimacy: letters, diaries, etc
The following plenary speakers have already confirmed their participation:
• Prof. Deborah Payne (American University, US)
• Prof. Elaine Hobby (Loughborough University, UK)

Papers and round table discussions: We welcome proposals for papers and round table discussions (20' presentation + 10' discussion). Contributors must submit the following information:
About the paper:
Full title
A two-hundred word abstract
Technical requirements for the presentation
About the contributor(s):
Full name
Postal address and electronic mail address
Institutional affiliation
Thematic Panels: Participants may also want to propose their own thematic panels to include papers delivered by 3 or 4 participants. Submissions for panels of 90 minutes duration should not exceed 450 words and contain the names of all speakers and the title of each individual paper.
Proposals must be sent as an email attachment (.doc, .docx, .rtf) before 15 March 2014 to: <aphra.behn@dfing.uhu.es>

Conference website: http://www.uhu.es/dfing/aphrabehn2014
(posted 28 February 2014)

Linearity and Interpretation: 1 - Interpreting the perception of linearity: 28th CerLiCO International Conference
University of Caen, France  -  13-14 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2013

The issue of the linear ordering of linguistic forms is both a long-standing and far-reaching one, spreading across the fields of linguistics. Saussure was the drive behind our representation of language as being linear. However, recent psycholinguistic research (Sauzet and al. 1999) challenges this perception of linearity.
Our linear perception of written or spoken units appears to be misdirected, in so far as it is at odds with both our senses and the laws of physics. In fact, recent research shows that sounds are not a string of consecutive units but instead that they overlap (Liberman 1996). As far as the written page is concerned, it has been proven that our eyes do not process one letter after the next. Although our linear perception is undeniable, the surface arrangement of linguistic units is a topic that requires further insight.

The Conference, which will be held in Caen (Normandie University, UNICAEN), aims to address the new data and to expand on some of the following issues:
1) What is meant by the linear ordering of constituents? Are there various ways of viewing the surface order of oral or written items?
2) Is our interpretation linear? Is our perception of forms linear or non-linear? How can we connect perception, whether linear or not, with interpretation? In other words, what kind of relation can be established between interpretative processes and word order? Do we need discrete units and categorization to be able to interpret data?
3) What impact does the perception of linear ordering have on grammatical analysis, and notably in didactics? The parsing of units produced by grammatical analysis such as IC-analysis is not linear. Therefore, it goes against the principle of sequencing. Is discreteness synonymous with interpretation or does it only represent a stage of the interpreting process?
4) What relation can be established between linearity and interpretation in terms of language typology? Can diachrony shed new light on the issue, notably relating to the phenomenon of grammaticalization?

All theoretical frames are welcome, provided they are specified.

Presentation of papers will be allocated 25 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for questions. Articles will be published in 2015 in Travaux Linguistiques du CerLiCO n°28 by Rennes University Press.
Deadline for abstract submission: September 30, 2013
Authors of individual papers and posters should submit anonymous abstracts, giving a clear indication as to the connection with the conference topic, the empirical data used and providing a short list of references. Abstracts should be no longer than one page (500 words/3000 signs).
Abstracts will be accessible on the CerLiCO website: http://www.mshs.univ-poitiers.fr/cerlico/cerlico.htm
Each proposal will be examined anonymously by two members of the scientific committee.
They should be sent in the form of anonymous attachments (in Word.doc or PDF format) to Valérie Amary-Coudreau and Emmanuelle Roussel:
Subject of the message: "Cerlico 2014"
Specify in the body of the message:
- name of author(s);
- title of paper;
- institution.
(posted 21 June 2013)

Brittany and Ireland
Université Bretagne Sud, Lorient, France  -  13-14 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

2èmes Rencontres "Bretagne - Monde Anglophone"
An international Conference organised by the Centre d'Études sur la Bretagne et les Pays celtiques (CRBC EA 4451) in partnership wth Héritage et Constrution dans le texte et l'image (HCTI EA 4249)

The history of the privileged relationship between France and Ireland, sometimes embellished and often reconstructed for ideological purposes, is still the subject of an abundant academic literature. This literature is mainly conveyed today by well-knwown academic associations such as the French Association for Irish Studies on the French side and the Association for Franco-Irish Studies (spearheaded by NCFIS - the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies) on the Irish side.
An aspect which is undoubtedly less present in academic studies but which permeates popular contemporary Breton culture, is the depth and durability of relations between Brittany and Ireland since the era of the island of saints and scholars up to the Celtic renaissance of the 19th century and perhaps even more so since the extraordinary revival of Breton culture from the 1960s -1970s.
Even though the Celtic link is the aspect most invoked to proclaim the importance and the authenticity of this relationship, it is however necessary to look beyond clichés and to put an end to the preconceived ideas which reduce this close Breton-Irish connection to an ethnicised approach. Prejudices are sometimes knowingly constructed and stem from a 19th century essentialist vision of peoples and nations whose damaging effects we know today.
The aim of this conference, which follows on from the first BMA (Bretagne - Monde Anglophone) conference organised by the CRBC in Brest and Quimper in 2012 (whose theme was the relationship between Brittany and British Cornwall), is to concentrate on the cultural, historical and contemporary links which contribute to the richness of exchanges and dialogue between Brittany and Ireland.
In this perspective, the conference organisers wish to collaborate with the organisers of one of the most important events celebrating these relations: the Interceltic festival in Lorient.

It is fitting that the organisers of this living culture should be honoured by the academic world which is necessarily a participating observer and even more so this year as Ireland is the special guest nation of the festival.
In line with the previous programmes of the BMA conferences, the first day will be dedicated to Breton-Irish relations and the second will look at the broader questions of relations between Brittany and the English-speaking world, either through other Celtic nations, or diasporas, economic and cultural exchanges and historical relations. The link with the Interceltic Festival is therefore of obvious relevance.
The Scientific Committee will accept :
Day 1 : papers on Breton-Irish relations in the historical, cultural, and economic areas.
Day 2 : papers exploring the interactions between Brittany and more generally, the English- speaking world
Papers should not exceed 20 minutes and proposals (no more than 200 words) accompanied by a short biographical note (50 words) in French and English should be sent by 15th January 2013 to:
- <gwendal.denis@univ-rennes2.fr>
- <yann.bevant@univ-rennes2.fr>
- laurent.daniel@univ-ubs.fr>
- <marie-christine.michaud@univ-ubs.fr>

Download the full cfp (which includes bibliographical reference).

Download the registration form.
(posted 27 February 2014)

Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th-21st centuries)
Paris IV Sorbonne, France  -  14 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 2 March 2014
Venue: Maison de la Recherche - Paris IV Sorbonne, 28,rue Serpente, 75006 Paris
Keynote speaker: Joyce Goggin, Universiteit Van Amsterdam
"Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it"
(Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself")

During a rather odd game of croquet, Lewis Caroll's Alice is struggling to hit a live hedgehog with a hardly cooperative flamingo. It seems that the rules of that game are just as puzzling to the English girl as Lewis Carroll's prose writing was for 19th century readers. However, nonsensical as they might be, these rules create a playful world built on organizing principles as opaque to Alice and to the reader as they are clear to the other characters. The fact that both literature and games share the same “world-creating” capacity points towards a kinship between playing and writing, as highlighted by Freud as soon as 1908: “Each child at play behaves like a creative writer in that he creates a world of his own”.

This one-day conference invites researchers to analyze the various ways play and games are represented in English-speaking literary works from the start of the 19th century to now. The analysis of explicit references to games – ranging from Nell Trent and his grandparents’ gambling misfortune in Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop to Lolita’s tennis skills in Nabokov’s eponymous novel – will help study the function of play and games in fictional writing on a poetical, political and metatextual level.
We wish to question the literary stakes of play, an activity delimited by predetermined rules and in which players engage voluntarily. In what way do literary references to that activity highlight the power relations within the text? For instance, how do play and games inform characterization? For example, when the stock character of the ingenious player gains the upper hand over the ingenuous one, what are the consequences on the moral tenets of the work? To what extent may the representation of game, that suspended moment cut off from reality, inflect the work's structure? Playing can create a pause, a brief stasis in the text, but it can also trigger off the dramatic catastrophe, in the Aristotelian sense of the term, as references to gambling often show. Hence one could explore the unpredictability of play, a potentially harmful, even lethal activity, and the representation and role of the "thrill of the game" in the economy of works of fiction.
But the thrill of the game also runs down the spine of the reader. It might be tempting indeed to draw a parallel between the characters playing and the reader apprehending the work, a parallel explored by Chad Harbach in his novel The Art of Fielding for instance. This similitude informs the reader-response theories that fundamentally posit that reading is a playful activity. Thus concrete and metaphorical references to games are strongly metatextual and the similarity has often been used by scholars—from Ricœur to Blanchot—to designate the hermeneutic activity. But does the reader always approach the text as if he were playing? Is not this hackneyed reference to the pitfalls of the hermeneutic game the very trap looming ahead of the theoretician’s path?

Topics may include but are not limited to:
- the representation of games and play and its modalities across different eras and literary genres
- the rules of the game: how play fuses constraint and freedom or enacts power and submission
- the game as non-playful activity, devoid of pleasure, violent or perverse
- play and sacredness, play and rituals
- time and temporality of the game
- the escapist temptation of the game
- illusion and truth, games and masquerades
- play and games and critical theory

Please send an abstract (in English or in French, 300 words max) and short biographical note to <laboratoire.ovale@gmail.com> by March 2nd, 2014. Selected papers will be published in Sillages Critiques.

Juliette Dorotte, Valentine Vasak, Sigolène Vivier (OVALE)
(posted 7 February 2014)

Alternative Spaces: A Postgraduate Inter-disciplinary Conference
University of Kent, Reid Hall, Paris, France  -  16 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 20 April 2014

Organised and funded by KIASH, the School of English and the School of History

Confirmed Keynote: Dr. Daniel Kane, University of Sussex

Alternative spaces can be understood as any area which is used in an unconventional way. Historically, non-purpose built spaces have played an important role in advancing architectural forms, as well as impacting upon their surrounding environments. Yet spaces of alterity have often been marginalised in critical studies. With advances in technology, the boundaries between normative and alternative spaces are continually evolving.  The impact of the internet and new media have altered the way we perceive and use a range of sites. This transformative potential has raised the cultural significance of alternative spaces, and facilitated their emergence within contemporary political discourse. The privatisation of space and the loss of public access have inaugurated a number of social/spatial interventions -- such as the Occupy Movement. Our comprehension of space must adapt to this mobility and employ a range of versatile approaches.
This KIASH funded conference seeks to challenge prevailing attitudes towards concepts of space - its formation, occupation and utilisation -- by promoting the discussion of 'alternative spaces' in an inter-disciplinary sphere. This one-day conference gives postgraduates and early career researchers from different disciplines, the opportunity to come together to explore the idea of ‘alternative spaces’ within their research.

The conference will be held at Reid Hall, in the heart of Paris, which is a fascinating example of an 'alternative space'. As a non-purpose built educational facility, it initially functioned as a porcelain factory, later a military hospital and a woman's refuge, finally becoming a university campus at the end of the Second World War.

We welcome abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers from a range of academic disciplines. Including, but not limited to: literature, history, the arts, philosophy, architecture and politics.
Some ideas may include:
• Concepts of space and non-space.
• Representations of spatiality in film, TV and new media.
• Configurations of textual and visual space.
• Utilisation of alternatives spaces in history.
• Inhabiting, occupying or operating within sites of alterity.
• Mobilising boundaries/re-thinking thresholds.

Please submit abstracts for papers, complete with a short biographical note, to <alternativespaces2014@gmail.com> by the 20th of April 2014.
Successful applicants will be informed by the beginning of May.

We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with KIASH, the School of History and the School of English, we are able to offer three postgraduate scholarships to outstanding applicants. These will cover Eurostar travel between London/Ashford to Paris, as well as accommodation for one night. By submitting an abstract, postgraduate students will automatically be considered for a scholarship.
(posted 10 April 2014)

War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries)
Université Européenne de Bretagne – Rennes 2, France  -  17-19 June 2014
Deadline for proposals 15 June 2013

Conference organised by the European University of Brittany (Rennes 2, France) and the Royal Military College (Kingston, Canada)
The wars of the past have not left the same imprint on collective memory. Wars of conquest or liberation have marked the history of the British Empire and its colonies in different ways. American foreign policy seems to be motivated by what is sometimes viewed as an imperialist vision which led the army into the quagmire of Vietnam and more recently into controversial involvement in the Gulf. Whether they end in victory or defeat, or are a source of patriotic pride or collective shame, wars are commemorated in museum exhibitions or through literature and the cinema in which the threads of ideological discourse and the expression of subjective experience are intertwined. From the upheavals of the Napoleonic Wars and  the American Civil War to the Boer Wars in South Africa, from the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland to the carnage and devastation of the two World Wars, some conflicts seem to attract "duties of memory" while others are simply forgotten. Military interventions in the Falklands, in Bosnia, and more recently in the Gulf, in Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Libya have created a new kind of memory, the narrative constructed by television images. In this period preceding the 100th anniversary of the Great War, when the links between memory and history are central to historiographical preoccupations, this international conference will encompass the representations of wars in the English-speaking world during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Our workshops will concentrate, among other things, on:
1) The memories of places and the places of memory, commemorations and reconstitutions of wars (ceremonies, acts of remembrance, monuments, memorials, exhibitions, museums, war tourism, web sites, blogs …) and everything linking memory and places of memory with history (inspired by the reflexions of Pierre Nora and of François Bédarida).
2) Remembrance and testimonies in the public and private spheres from important political and military figures or from ordinary soldiers or civilians (autobiographies, diaries, memoirs, letters, interviews, newspaper articles, etc.), which bring into focus the role and status of testimony in historiography, individual and collective identities in times of war and the process of recalling and commemorating.
3) Representing war through the media (postcards, trench gazettes, caricatures, comics, posters, the press, radio, television, the internet…), through the cinema and through literature (drama, novels, poetry) and the Arts (music, painting, photography, sculpture), the image and spectacle of war, free and forced representations: propaganda, censorship, idealisation, the rewriting of history and the construction of the war hero. 
4) Subject and subjectivity in the representation of war and the representation of the subject at war. To what extent does conflict integrate the subject into the group by posing the figure of the Other as the Enemy? How does war alter the definition of the subject in an ideological system and a discourse which legitimise the act of war and redefine hierarchies and identity patterns? Subjectivity, memory, trauma, the unsayable or untellable... From trauma studies to fields where psychoanalysis, storytelling and history meet and to the temptation of contemporary hypermnesia and "archive fever" (Derrida).
5) Wars and memories of war involving indigenous peoples (Gurkhas, Native North Americans, Australian Aborigines, Maoris, etc.) and/or of non-English-speaking communities (Quebeckers, Afrikaners, etc.) in world conflicts. What traces and recollections remain of their individual or collective participation? To what extent can we say that the shedding of blood was the price they had to pay for national recognition and integration? How does the action of the native in the national cause square with the literary representation of him as an enemy? The contribution of indigenous peoples was long neglected, not to say forgotten or marginalised, in official records. But is this still the case in today’s postcolonial societies? Has literature helped integration by allowing the emergence of new narratives?
6) Comparative and pluridisciplinary studies using a variety of approaches and methods will be welcome in a workshop dedicated to exchanges between areas with different cultural heritages (English- or French-speaking or within the Americas in particular) around the question of war and memory. Wars involving the United States on the American continent (Chile, Cuba, Mexico...) will also merit attention.
 The mediatisation, performance, interpretation and rewriting of facts and events during and after wars will be central to our reflexions. We welcome diachronic, synchronic or comparative studies along with those questioning the process of memory and memorisation. Patriotic fervour, federating or demobilising discourses, resistance, conscientious objection, injury and trauma, propaganda and counter-propaganda contribute to the shaping of individual and collective memory and further the reconsideration of long-held truths in the light of new discoveries and with the benefit of hindsight. There will be a dedicated Great War workshop.
Contacts: Stéphanie Bélanger, Renée Dickason, Delphine Lemonnier-Texier
Please send your abstract of 250 words and a 200 word biographyby 15th June 2013 directly to the conference website
Scientific Committee: Stéphanie BÉLANGER, CMRC, Kingston, Canada; James CHAPMA, Leicester, Great Britain; Corinne DAVID-IVES, ACE, Rennes 2, France; Jeffrey DEMSKY, San Bernardino Valley College, CA, USA; Renée DICKASON, ACE, Rennes 2, France; Anne-Laure FORTIN-TOURNES, Le Mans, France; Matthew GRAVES, LERMA, Aix, France; Hélène HARTER, CERHIO, Rennes 2, France; Judith KEENE, Sydney, Australia; Françoise KRAL, ERIBIA, Caen, France; Daniel PALMIERI, CICR, Geneva, Switzerland; Michael PARSONS, Pau et Pays de l’Adour, France; Elizabeth RECHNIEWSKI, Sydney, Australia; Jean-Claude SERGEANT, Paris 3, France; Gilles TEULIE, LERMA, Aix, France; Delphine LEMONNIER-TEXIER, ACE, Rennes 2, France; Stephen WHITFIELD, Boston, Mass., USA
(posted 15 March 2013)

XXVI FILLM International Congress: Languages and Literatures Today
University of Nottingham - Ningbo, China  -  17-19 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2013

International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures
Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes

The XXVI FILLM International Congress provides an opportunity for linguists and literary scholars from all over the world to compare notes about current developments. Human beings are now living, working and communicating in an increasingly global, interconnected world, with new forms and uses of language, and new ways for literature to be produced, disseminated and read, often enabled or promoted by new and rapidly developing technologies.
At the same time there is a fairly widespread supposition that, within different macro- and microcontexts,  globalization is experienced and understood in widely different ways. Hence the coinage ‘glocal’. Hence, too, the need to explore what such local-cum-global variation really means in practice for human individuals and societies.
The Congress will take the form of a number of Plenary Lectures by leading world experts, plus Parallel Sessions on the following subthemes (for more detailed information on the parallel sessions see below):
1. Local and global perspectives
2. Digital technologies and literature of the future
3. Language, literature, film
4. Human and environmental issues
5. Communicational ethics: Language, literature, translation
6. Education and internationalization
7. Chinese language and literature in international contexts

For more detailed information on the subthemes and the Congress in general, please visit the Congress website:

How to make a proposal
In order to propose a paper for one of the Parallel Sessions at the Congress, please send a 300 word abstract before 31 December, 2013 as an email attachment to:
<FILLM(a)nottingham.edu.cn >
At the head of your proposal, please supply the following information:-
• your full name
• your professional title
• your professional affiliation and address
• the title of your proposed paper
• the number and name of the subtheme to which your paper is intended as a contribution

Update: If you haven't yet sent us your proposal, there are still a few spaces left for this prestigious international conference which will feature academics from around the world. Submit your proposal now because once the final spots are assigned we won't be able to take any new submissions.
For the full Call for Papers please see http://www.fillm.org/ningbohome.html
In order to propose a paper for one of the Parallel Sessions at the Congress, please send a 300-word abstract as an email attachment to: <FILLM(a)nottingham.edu.cn>
(posted 12 August 2013, updated 22 January 2014)

Katherine Mansfield and France
Université Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle, France  -  19-21 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 Deember 2013

AN International conference organised by the Université Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle (EA 4398 PRISMES) in conjunction with the Katherine Mansfield Society

Our guest speakers will be: C. K. Stead, Sydney Janet Kaplan and Gerri Kimber

2014 seems the ideal year to celebrate Katherine Mansfield's lifelong attachment to France, and her passionate involvement with all things French: not just the language, literature and the arts, but the everyday world too, from recipes and customs to the contemporary socio-political context, transport, economics and of course the devastating impact of the war. France for Mansfield was a land of transit, a haven to escape to and a place of exile; it was an adopted home and a sad reminder of how far away those she loved were; life the other side of the Channel was sometimes a source of wonder and inspiration, at others the trigger for comic irony and bitter satire.
Mansfield's biographers have minutely charted out her constant channel crossings in the years 1914-1923. Her letters, notebooks and stories all point to the different repercussions of France and French culture on her vivid imagination. Recent critical studies have explored both the story of Mansfield's reception in France and the various influences French arts had on her own creative output. But the time now seems ripe to bring together scholars, researchers and students to try and piece together an overall picture of Mansfield in France and 'une Mansfield française'.

Suggested topics for papers might include:
- Mansfield and French arts and literature: her reception in France; Mansfield as reader, critic and reviewer of French arts in Great Britain; her influence on contemporary and later French authors; translations and the publication history of her works in French.
- The French influence on Mansfield: French language and culture in her education and apprenticeship years; France as a setting for her stories; French life recorded in the journals in early story sketches; her readings of key French authors and their influence on her works; French aestheticism, fin-de-siècle and early-twentieth-century philosophy.
- Mansfield and French life and society: as journalist and eye-witness of war-torn France; a satirist of local habits and customs; a bemused observer of expatriate and émigré life; Paris and the French Riviera as the specific locations that have become so much associated with her work, but also French geographies of displacement, both real and affective.
- Mansfield, the polyglot, cultural ambassador and cosmopolitan: France as a step outside Englishness; forms of cultural otherness, alienation and renewal through the meeting and mixing of identities; language as empowerment and disempowerment; nationalism versus the political repercussions of border crossing; bilingualism; redefining the self as other; Mansfield the European.
- Mansfield and Frenchness as a means of thinking between: cross-dressing, role-play, borrowed identities, impersonation; travesty, but also Frenchness itself seen from within and without, from the privileged outsider’s point of view, the ‘devenir français’ from Mansfield’s perspective.
- Biographical, linguistic, literary, sociological, political comparative... all approaches are welcome in this endeavour to embrace Katherine Mansfield's French life.

Our exploration of the various French avenues in her life, works and afterlife will take place in the heart of Paris, and time out will be programmed into the conference to enable all those who attend to obtain a very literal sense of place and setting. Possible Mansfield-inspired walks within Paris itself and additional excursions to the immediate environs will be suggested later.
The three-day conference will also include an alternative, intercultural approach to Mansfield's French life in the form of a cello recital given by London-based cellist Joseph Spooner and New Zealand pianist Kathryn Mosley with a programme of early twentieth-century French music and works by Arnold Trowell.
Please submit abstracts of 250 words plus a bio-sketch of 50 words to the conference organisers: <kminparis@gmail.com>.
Deadline for abstracts: December 31st 2013
Organisers: Claire Davison, Caroline Pollentier, Anne Mounic, Anne Besnault-Levita
(posted 25 June 2013)

Theatre and History: Cultural Transformations. 23rd Annual Conference of CDE
Hamburg, Germany  -  19-22 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2013

The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (Deutsche Gesellschaft für das englischsprachige Theater und Drama der Gegenwart e.V.) is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual Conference (19-22 June 2014). It will be organized by the Department of English and American Studies (Prof. Ute Berns) at the University of Hamburg and held as a residential conference at Elsa Brändström Haus in Hamburg.

This conference addresses versions and visions of history in contemporary drama and theatre in English across the world. Just as the ‘end of history’ proclaimed in 1989 has turned out to be a chimera, so the historical has remained a powerful presence in the plays and performances we have seen since then. Many plays challenge hegemonic historiography from gendered, postcolonial, and ecological perspectives that pluralize the past. And in re-conceiving the past and historicizing the present in its cultural transformations and global entanglements, these plays and performances bear witness to a significant 'plurality of temporalities' (Russell West-Pavlov 2013).
In recent decades, history has featured in history plays, verbatim or memory plays, staged biographies, and enactments 'on location'. They may bear traces of the activist deployments of history in the 1970s, or react to postmodernist constructions of a 'permanent present' (Paul Virilio 1991). At the same time the global unsustainability of dominant modes of production has raised the awareness of the material embeddedness of all historical processes. Hence playwrights and theatre practitioners do not only stage but also scrutinize and resist linear notions of history. They create alternative temporalities, whether traumatic or mythical, religious or ritualistic. And they address the material or environmental processes within which these temporalities unfold.
How do the 'here-and-now' of the performance situation and the embodied material process of theatrical performance figure in this? Can the aesthetics of theatre challenge the notion of necessity, imposed on history in retrospect and repressing all contingency? And how does theatre recover history as a process harbouring multiple futures?
The 2014 CDE conference aims to investigate the relations between theatre and history, to analyse different temporalities in performance, and to explore the historical visions thus emerging.

We invite papers in English of 20 minutes length. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• Aesthetic figurations of histories and temporalities
• Histories of violence and war
• Women and history
• Modernity, postcoloniality and history
• History and environment

In accordance with CDE's constitutional policy, papers should deal exclusively with contemporary (i.e. post-1989) theatre and drama in English.
Abstracts: Abstracts (300 words) of suggested papers (20 minutes delivery max.) should include a short biographical note plus full address and institutional affiliation.
Deadline: 15 December 2013
Contact: Ute Berns <ute.berns@uni-hamburg.de>
Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Von-Melle-Park 6, 20146 Hamburg.
N.B. Only paid-up members are eligible to give papers at CDE conferences. Membership subscriptions may be taken out or renewed during the conference. For details, please contact the treasurer: <m.pietrzak-franger@tubraunschweig.de>.
We look forward to receiving your suggestions and welcoming you to Hamburg!
(posted 10 September 2013)

Learning a second language: spoken interaction between native and non-native speakers
Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris 3), France  -  20-21 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

Workshop organised by PRISMES (EA4398) - SeSyLiA

Studies on second language (L2) learning often focus on teacher-student interaction in an institutional setting. However, it is well known that other types of interaction can help speakers learn a second language: for example, interaction between non-native speakers and interaction between native and non-native speakers outside the traditional context of the language classroom.

This workshop will focus on spoken interaction between speakers of different languages. We are particularly interested in inter-disciplinary and multimodal approaches to the topic. Some relevant areas of investigation are suggested in the (non-exhaustive) list below.
- Phonetics and phonology: accommodation, fossilisation, phonetic correction (autocorrection and hetero-correction), foreigner talk, L1 interferenceGesture: gestures made by L2 learners, frame and stance, the use of gesture space by L2 learners
- Acquisition and didactics: complexity, linguistic correction and fluency, meta-discourse
- Interaction and conversation analysis: meaning negotiation and communicative strategies, code switching
- Psycholinguistics: motivation, self-confidence, individual differences and variation
- Socio-cultural approaches to acquisition: inter-cultural considerations, learning traditions, biases and expectations, linguistic and socio-cultural identity, savoir-être, languages in contact
Participants are invited to present research that uses spoken language data.
As part of the workshop, we will also be running a session exploring data from the SITAF corpus. These data target the processes of interaction and acquisition during French-English tandem conversations.
A selection of data from the corpus will be made available to participants who might be interested in watching and/or analysing it. This selection will comprise video and audio extracts, as well as written transcriptions. It will be accessible as of mid-January (please register your interest by email).
Deadline for abstract submission: 31st March, 2014

Abstract: 500 words (excluding references), to be sent as .pdf or .doc documents. Two versions are to be sent: one that includes the name, surname and affiliation of the author(s), and another that does not.
Oral presentations: in French or English (20 mins + discussion 10 mins)
Free registration
Notification of acceptance: 30th April, 2014
 Contact : <celine.horgues@univ-paris3.fr> and <sylwia.scheuer@univ-paris3.fr>
(posted 13 March 2014)

Narrative Knowing: Narrative Matters 2014
University of Paris Diderot, France  -  23-27 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2013

Narrative Matters 2014, the 7th Narrative Matters conference, will be held from 23rd June to 27th June 2014 at the University of Paris Diderot and the American University of Paris. The conference will address the theme of Narrative Knowing/Récit et Savoir.
This conference will bring together scholars of all disciplines -- psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, literary studies, feminist and gender studies, education, medicine/healthcare, social work, biology, law, theology, computer science, visual studies, etc. -- to reflect on the issue of the, sometimes, contested epistemic powers of narrative.
What relations are there between narrative and knowledge? How do forms of knowledge inform and produce narratives? How do narratives communicate or produce knowledge? Which ones? What is the nature of narrative knowledge as opposed to other forms of knowledge (common or spontaneous knowledge of reality, scientific knowledge, philosophical "wisdom", etc.)? Does narrative constitute a privileged mode of knowledge or is it an epistemologically opaque means of pursuing the truth?

Proposals for papers or panels are invited for submission before 15th November 2013.

Potential themes include (but are not limited to):
- Narrative knowing. What is the role of narrative form in the production of knowledge? Is narrative a way of thinking, accounting for human affairs, opposed to logical reasoning, describing the natural world?
- Narrative analysis. How does gathering and interpreting narrative data generate knowledge in the social sciences (social relations, human development and aging, mental health, learning, organizations, politics, etc.)?
- Scientific narratives. What is the role of narratives in constructing forms of scientific knowledge and in learning from them? What is the relation between narrative discourse and scientific discourse?
- Narrative medicine. How does narrative participate in the construction and transmission of medical knowledge, the understanding of illness and the application of medical knowledge in research, the doctor’s office and public health?
- Narrative and the media. What is the place of narrative in the media (cinema 3D, "High Frame Rate", interactive video games, social media, journalism) and the kinds of knowledge created and transmitted by audiovisual, digital and other media?
- Narrative and social reality. How do narratives imagine the past, collective identity and collective memory? Is historical writing a science or storytelling? How do stories challenge ways of knowing, in counter-memories or revisionism?
- Narrative and epistemology. What kind of object of knowledge is narrative (e.g., in narrative theory, education sciences, etc.)? Is narrative a means of knowledge, mediating knowing? How can narrative operate as obstacle to knowledge, refusing knowledge by denying narrative?
- Narrative and fiction. How do different forms of narration challenge the borders between fiction and non-fiction (autofiction, literary journalism, novelistic biographies or autobiographies, historical novels)? Can the narrative point of view be a way of knowing in fiction and non-fiction?
- Narrative representation. How is knowledge in fictional literary narrative configured and represented? What can literature bring to our understanding of society and social relationships?
- The "connaissance de l’écrivain" ("writer’s knowledge", Jacques Bouveresse). What are the epistemic benefits of reading literary narrative?

We will accept both empirical and theoretical contributions. All methods and approaches are welcome. Proposals can be in English or in French. Some of the proposals will be selected for publication.

Proposals for papers or panels must be submitted online before November, 15th 2013. The submission tool will be available beginning September, 1st 2013.
All paper submissions must be less than 300 words.

All panel submissions must contain an abstract describing the theme or purpose of the panel and abstracts for each paper (300 words max). Panels should bring together three to four papers.

Authors will provide a brief bio and a list of keywords.
Submissions will be reviewed for clarity, organization and scientific value.
If you have questions, please contact <narrativematters2014@aup.edu>.

- September, 1st 2013: opening of the website for papers and panels submissions
- November, 15th 2013: deadline for the submission of proposals
- January, 15th 2014: notification of acceptance of proposals
- February, 15th 2014: opening of registration
- April, 15th 2014: closing of registration

 Plenary speakers
- Jacques Bouveresse, Collège de France
- Philippe Carrard, University of Vermont, Dartmouth College
- Donald Polkinghorne, University of Southern California

Preconference workshops will be organized, principally for graduate students and beginning scholars:
- Narrative Analysis (Alexandra Georgakopoulou, King’s College London)
- Narrative Care (to be confirmed)
- Narrative Interviewing (Amia Lieblich, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Ruthellen Josselson, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA)
- Narrative Writing (Hubert Haddad, poet and novelist)

 Conference languages will be English and French. We would like both languages to be represented equally.

 Submission for Conference Publication: we are soliciting papers for a collection of papers from the conference. The volume will be published in the open archives at Hal-Diderot: http://hal-univ-diderot.archives-ouvertes.fr

Organizing Committee
- Sylvie Patron, Associate Professor and Research Supervisor (maître de conferences habilitée à diriger des recherches) in French Literature, specialist in narrative theory, University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7
- Brian Schiff, Associate Professor in Psychology, American University in Paris, main organizer of the 2012 conference.

Contact: <narrativematters2014@aup.edu>.
(posted 20 September 2013)

Joined Senses: Synaesthesia in Texts and Images
Dijon, France  -  25-27 June 2014
Deadlne for proposals: 31 December 2013

International bilingual conference (English/French).

Synaesthesia is a recognized neurological phenomenon in which the sensory impressions associated with one sense are produced by the stimulation of another. Those who have this faculty might, as a consequence, experience odours as sounds, graphemes as colours and so on. Certain artists, musicians and writers, Kandinsky and Scriabin for example, were acknowledged synaesthesists. Our intention is not to examine the scientific basis of synaesthesia, but rather to ask how such linked sensory experiences are translated into images and writing, how successful synaethesists are in describing their experiences, and whether non-synaesthesists can share these perceptions indirectly through their representations in images and texts. In other words, the aim of the conference will be to examine the representation of perceptions that fall outside the established categories of distinct sense impressions. Pursuing the issues raised by Hervé-Pierre Lambert in his article "La synesthésie. Vues de l’intérieur" (ISSN 1913-536X ÉPISTÉMOCRITIQUE - Volume VIII - Printemps 2011), we would like to concentrate on the communication of synaesthetic experiences to non-synaesthesists and so examine how far texts and images are able to convey non-visual sensations. Ultimately this conference aims to revisit the interaction between words and images and invites papers that go beyond mere analogy and unified systems of equivalence.

We are calling for papers linked to one of the following three themes:
- synaesthesia and the brain: our aim here is not to retrace the historical discovery of synaesthesia (early examples of synaesthesia, neurological approaches, etc) nor to describe and assess recent advances (eg those due to medical imaging) in understanding the phenomenon. Rather papers relating to historical or contemporary accounts of synaesthesia will be expected to describe the different attempts, in the past and the present, to represent this fusion of the senses in images and texts.
- synaesthesia and the arts: this theme will cover those artists, musicians, writers, etc – synaesthesists and non-synaesthesists – who have tried or are trying to transmit multiple sense impressions through texts and animated and non-animated images. The focus will be as much on contemporary experimentation as on the “synaesthetic” heritage, and the influence which the different artistic disciplines have had on each other. Papers which focus on synaesthetic artists, obscure as well as famous, and on artists who attempt to go beyond the categorisations conventionally associated with the senses, should try to show how their texts and images transcend the usual categories of perceptions attributed to the five senses, in particular how figures of speech and traditional visual devices are adapted and what innovations have been introduced.
- synaesthesia and the world: synaesthesia is often perceived as opening up a richer, truer and occasionally more esoteric world. The analogies, correspondences, echoes and reflections between the senses seem to be not only the means of transcending the ordinary limits of our five senses, but of actually gaining entry to a different world. Papers focusing on experiences which involve the senses in new and unconventional ways – through experiments with drugs or occult practices for example – should take as their theme the way in which text and image represent the synaesthetic experience as it is lived or imagined.

In each of these three areas we invite a thorough and detailed study of the interaction between images and texts in the representation of synaesthesia is expected, in keeping with the aims of the TIL Research Centre of the University of Burgundy, and the review INTERFACES, jointly edited by Holy Cross, Paris-Diderot and Dijon.

Please send summaries (in English or French) of approximately 200 words before the end of December 2013 to Fiona McMahon and Christelle Serée-Chaussinand at the following addresses: Fiona.McMahon@u-bourgogne.fr and christelle.chaussinand@u-bourgogne.fr.

The finalized programme will be announced in March 2014.

Organising committee :
- Fiona McMahon <Fiona.McMahon@u-bourgogne.fr>
- Christelle Serée-Chaussinand <christelle.chaussinand@u-bourgogne.fr>
- Sophie Aymes <sophieaymes@hotmail.com>
- Véronique Liard <veronique.liard@neuf.fr>
- Sylvie Crinquand <s.crinquand@orange.fr>
- Marie-Odile Bernez <marie-odile.bernez@u-bourgogne.fr>.
(posted 27 July 2013)

Revolting Peripheries
University of Bielsko-Biała, Poland  -  25-27 June 2014
New extended deadliine for proposals: 10 March 2014

I am located in the margin. I make a definite distinction between that marginality which is imposed by oppressive structures and that marginality one chooses as site of resistance - as location of radical openness and possibility (bell hooks)

Although not consciously perhaps, the periphery is an idea that is willed, and it governs perception under the quiet dictates of interest. (Timothy Brennan)

To summon up the term "peripheries" is undoubtedly a problematic gesture indebted, as it is, to hegemonic ways of thinking and performed, arbitrarily, from within the centre (e.g. Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Meyda Yeğenoğlu). The most common association would probably be the exhausted centre/periphery binary understood as a product of the Western(-ized) Mind attempting to socio-economically conquer larger and larger geopolitical areas. Expected to be passive and penetrable, in the dominant political imagination peripheries have been constructed as places not capable of undermining the centre’s authority, of posing any serious threats or coming up with viable socio-economic and cultural alternatives. However, when they do not comply with the expectation, when they do rise up against the centre’s power, when they try to constitute themselves as subjects in their own right, they tend to be seen as irrational, non-human, thus violent and active; it is then that the Western(-ized) Mind, attempting to prevent its body politic from being contaminated, untangled or barbarically invaded, takes action to contain or pacify them.
While the centre has frequently attempted to magnanimously give voice to the marginal, it continued to reassert and consolidate its own vocal authority. Alternatively, in its ambition to valorize the periphery, the centre has appropriated peripheral lives and cultures to further stage its own superiority and maintain hierarchies (cultural, political and economic). Either way, the centre has persistently imagined its relationship with the periphery as one-directional: instituting itself as the sole author and dispenser of values, ideas, knowledge and money, it has passionately defended its inviolable purity and vigorously denied any influences from the margins. But, to unthink the dominant conceptualizations, is it enough to argue that there are many different centres and peripheries? How enabling, politically speaking, is it to say that centrality depends (to use the post-Marxist apparatus) on one’s ability to - in a favourable socio-economic climate - enact the hegemonic binding which results in one's subjugating, overcoding or marginalizing other imaginaries? What is more, could it be argued that in upholding the centre/peripheries binary and in trying to emancipate and grant subjectivities to the 'peripheral' identities/voices/practices, political and cultural thinkers contribute to the 'hegemony of the hegemonic formation' (J.K. Gibson-Graham) and, as a result, petrify an imaginary in which subalterns will never be able to speak?
With all this in mind, Revolting Peripheries invites readings of the periphery that reveal how what is deemed peripheral tampers with, contests, appropriates, and misuses the very logic of the centre in order to challenge the legitimacy of the centre/periphery designation underlying political conceptualisations past and present. 'Revolting,' therefore, gestures discursively in at least two directions. On one hand, it is meant to register the centre’s sentiments towards the periphery, its hegemonic logic, gaze and taste, the manifold ways in which it finds the periphery repulsive and offensive. "Revolting" would thus be seen as a quality the periphery acquires when it is seen as refusing (something it has always done) the centre’s passifying/pacifying practices. If what is revolting conveys "a strong sense of aversion to something perceived as dangerous because of its powers to contaminate, infect, or pollute by proximity, contact, or ingestion" (William Ian Miller) then it can be seen as a particularly cogent trope for how the centre imagines and deals with the periphery. On the other hand, "revolting" is meant to capture the periphery's various forms of dis/engagement with and rebellion against the centre’s "dictates of interest," however conceived, including the very interest in upkeeping the centre/peripheries modes of thinking.           
Since the phenomena perceived as peripheral are recognized today within the whole spectrum of discourses we hope to explore these multiple areas in order to present a truly interdisciplinary view on the subject. We, therefore, invite proposals that address the theme of the conference from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, offering a critical consideration of manifold aspects of both the scope and the limitations of the revolting potential of the periphery.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Mireille Rosello, University of Amsterdam
- Saul Newman, Goldsmiths College, University of London
- Tadeusz Rachwał, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw

Please send paper proposals of no more than 300 words and a short bio to the conference organizers at: revoltingperipheries2014@gmail.com
New extended deadline for proposals: 10 March 2014
All received submissions will be acknowledged, with notification of acceptance by 28 February 2014. 
Conference fees:
Participants from Poland: 450 PLN and 350 PLN for PhD students
Participants from outside Poland: 120 Euro and 95 Euro for PhD students

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/revoltingperipheries2014

Conference image: Bogdan Topor, Transgressions II

Conference organizers:
- Ewa Macura-Nnamdi (University of Bielsko-Biała, English Department)
- Maria Korusiewicz (University of Bielsko-Biała, English Department)
- Rafał Majka (University of Bielsko-Biała, Department of Foreign Languages; PhD candidate at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw)
- Sławomir Konkol (University of Bielsko-Biała, English Department; PhD candidate at the University of Silesia)
(posted 4 November 2013, updated 20 February 2014)

Silence... and Irish Writing
Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary  -  25-27 June 2014
New extended deadline for proposals : 21 February 2014

'And we though astonished are dumb’

W. B. Yeats, The Only Jealousy of Emer   

‘Speaking of talking, what if I went silent?’

Samuel Beckett, The Unnameable 
so quiet
Ciaran Carson, ‘Breaking’

UPDATE, 5 February 2014:  Because of the high quality and the high quantity of proposals received, the conference will be extended to Saturday morning, June 28, to facilitate an additional panel session of paper presentations. A limited number of further proposals will be accepted. Priority will be given to proposals that address the conference theme effectively, dealing with one or other of the following categories:
1)    women’s writing ; 2) drama; 3)  Seamus Heaney 4) Michael Longley; 5) Brian Friel

This conference seeks to open up discussion and reflection on silence in Irish writing from a range of perspectives. Irish writers have attempted to conjure silence to signify intimacy, desire, fulfilment, grief, terror, trauma, boredom, linguistic and cultural loss, being and nothingness. From W. B. Yeats to Samuel Beckett and beyond, silence persists, both as a theme and as a dimension of writing itself. Silence threatens all messages –--spoken and written -- in their need for pause or interval to make them transmissible. At the same time, all attempts at writing silence may be doomed to fail. The dilemma seems singular in the writing of Beckett, but is by no means confined to him. Twentieth-century fictional works of such writers as James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, Sean O'Faolain, Elizabeth Bowen, Kate O'Brien, Edna O'Brien, Brian Moore, John McGahern, John Banville, Glenn Patterson, Eoin MacNamee, and Colm Tóibín, confront the question of silence, developing varieties of narrative style through which silence is summoned. Conference paper proposals are invited on these and other Irish authors, from this or earlier centuries.

Silence in the form of a struggle to express or to communicate is notably recurrent a preoccupation in Irish drama, including plays by Lady Augusta Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness and Tom Murphy. Of equal interest for this conference are discussions on the techniques of performing silence in Irish drama, and of the character of non-verbal performance in terms of silence. Proposals are also welcome in this regard that address the representation of silence in radio drama and radio poetry broadcasts.

Irish poetry might be described as a place of encounter between voice, writing and silence.  This encounter can be found in medieval Irish nature poetry to modern verse by Yeats, A.E., Austin Clarke, Mártín Ó Direáin, Thomas Kinsella, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney and Medbh McGuckian. Proposals for papers are invited on Irish poetry and silence in relation to such topics as: landscape; vanishing; the Irish language; the body; sexual, political, and religious circumspection.

Cross-cultural comparisons between the work of writers from Irish backgrounds and writers from elsewhere around the topic of silence are also welcome.

The following are themes through which you should be able to identify your conference paper proposal:
1. Landscape and silence
2. Writing silence
3. Saying nothing
4. Technologies of silence
5. Performing silence
6. Silence and structure
7. Silence and syntax
8. Translating silence
9. Censorship and narrative
10. The poetics of silence
11. The politics of silence
12. Silence and style
13. Silent/silencing/silenced cultures
14. Mysticism and silence
15. Silence, memory and forgetting

Papers should last twenty minutes maximum. Please send a proposal of 200-250 words and a personal biographical description of 100 words to either of the following email addresses, bearing the message description ‘Budapest Irish Conference Proposal’:
- <budapestirishstudies01@gmail.com>
- <michael.mcateer@btk.ppke.hu>

Closing date for receipt of proposals: 21 February, 2014 (new extended deadline)

More information on the Conference website: https://sites.google.com/site/pazmanyirishconference2014/home
(posted 28 November 2013, updated 5 February 2014))

Internet Language: Communicating in a Global World
University of Minho, Braga, Portugal  -  26-27 June 2014
Deadline for proposals 15 April 2014

With the emergence of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, communicating became not only much easier but possible on a global scale. By transmitting messages online, human beings soon developed new, creative ways to connect verbally with one another, the variety of which came to be labeled "computer-mediated communication" (CMC). This particular sort of discourse, as produced via networked computers, is a key element of present-day social and interpersonal interaction. Hence the lavish debate around the study of the various forms that CMC takes, from email and comment boards to discussion groups, real-time chat and virtual reality roleplaying games.
The linguistic features of the computer networked medium - which relies almost exclusively on visually-presented language - vary according not only to the kind of messaging system at stake, but also to the social and cultural backgrounds of the interactants. Besides, being free from the noise of other channels of communication and from physical context, they provide a privileged vantage point from which to investigate verbal interaction and the correlation between discourse and social practice.
We welcome contributions for 20-minute papers in English on any aspect of the study of Internet language and online discourse.
Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):
- Linguistic features of synchronous versus asynchronous online exchanges:
- Written/oral and formal/informal dichotomies
- Lexical creativity
- Syntactic fragmentation
- Expressive substitutes for auditory information (like prosody and laughter) and for gestural and body information
- Online conversational interaction:
- Turn-taking: gaps, overlaps, interruptions
- Adjacency strategies: addressivity, linking, quoting
- Participation structures: one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many
- Uncertainty reduction strategies in the absence of nonverbal cues (self-disclosure, question asking, and question/disclosure intimacy)  
- Speech-act design: online criticism, requesting, complaining, protesting, disagreeing, "flaming", etc.
- Politeness versus impoliteness in CMC:
- Online face-threatening acts
- Topic management
- Role of gender and age in ingroup versus outgroup interaction
- Questions of anonymity, accountability and physical, geographical and temporal detachment
- "Netiquette" and FAQ discourse
- Socially-conditioned variation:
- Use of discursive markers of social class, age, race and ethnicity (such as culture-specific lexis, code-switching, etc.)
- Adherence to culturally-prescribed gendered interactional norms
- Choice of online identity versus stereotyping
- Variation according to communication purpose (recreational, political, professional, pedagogical, creative, etc.)
-  Discursive indicators of social and antisocial behaviour:
- Social behaviour: affectivity, cohesiveness, and interactivity
- Antisocial behaviour: negative socioemotional behaviour, group exclusion, and confrontational interaction
- Ideological expression of power hierarchies in virtual communities:
- Discursive negotiation and expression of asymmetrical social relations in cyberspace
- Overrepresentation of white, middle class, English-speaking males in computer-mediated discourse
- Computer-mediated communication as a tool of either oppression or resistance
- Dominance of the English language on the Internet, and the consequent global spread of U.S. values and cultural practices.
Abstracts of 250-300 words, including full title of paper, name of speaker, institutional affiliation and position, a bio-sketch and contact details (postal address and e-mail address), should be sent as Word attachments until 15 April, 2014 to Prof. Isabel Ermida simultaneously at:
- <iermida@ilch.uminho.pt>
- <netlangconf@gmail.com>
 . Emails should be entitled: "Internet Language Conference".

Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2014
Contact email: <iermida@ilch.uminho.pt>
Contact person: Prof. Isabel Ermida
The Organizing Committee expects to publish the essays delivered at the conference in an international peer-reviewed volume.
Fees: 60 euros (early registration, until 31 May; otherwise, 80 euros); students - early: 30 euros; late: 40 euros.
Conference website: https://sites.google.com/site/internetlanguageconference/home
(posted 27 June 2014)

Theater, Performance, Philosophy: Crossings and Transfers in Contemporary Anglo-American Thought
University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, France  -  26-28 June 2014
Daedline for proposals: 31 January 2014

Organized by Flore Garcin-Marrou, Anna Street, Liza Kharoubi, Julien Alliot
Conference website: http://tpp2014.com/

Confirmed Keynotes:
Judith Butler (University of California at Berkeley)
Alphonso Lingis (Pennsylvania State University)
Catherine Malabou (Kingston University)
Jon McKenzie (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Martin Puchner (Harvard University)
Avital Ronell (New York University)

In this age of global circulation, the borders that determine and isolate particular domains are becoming ever more fluid, be they physical, cultural or conceptual. This is no less true in academia, notably as regards the relation between philosophy and the performing arts. The distinctions between these two disciplines are being challenged and reevaluated, attributing philosophical qualities to the act of performance while exploring the implications of philosophy in action, philosophy enacted.

Following the success of the international conference "Images and Functions of the Theater in Contemporary French Philosophy" (ENS Ulm, org. CIEPFC, Dimitra Panopoulos, Flore Garcin-Marrou, 10-11/2012), this next conference continues the investigation into the problematic relation between theater and philosophy, this time from an Anglo-American point of view. New crossings and transfers between ideas and the stage, the abstract and the concrete imply a fundamental shift in perspective that unites philosophy and performance. A brand new field is developing, called Performance Philosophy in English and Philo-Performance in French, which studies and encourages the dramatic embodiment of ideas.

An increasing number of events abroad show that this field of research is rapidly expanding in Anglo-American circles. Specific groups are developing, notably the international research network, Performance Philosophy (http://performancephilosophy.ning.com) and the Performance & Philosophy Working Group within Performance Studies International (PSi PPWG, http://psi-ppwg.wikidot.com), while conferences and publications on this conjunction have begun to multiply, including a Performance Philosophy book series to be published by Palgrave Macmillan. The enquiry into performance structures the thinking of a growing number of renowned thinkers, such as Judith Butler, Avital Ronell, Alphonso Lingis, Stanley Cavell, Martha Nussbaum, Samuel Weber, Iris Murdoch and Simon Critchley, be it on ethical, political or aesthetical grounds. For some, theater and performance become the matrix of their philosophical reflection. For others, concepts derived from theatrical terminology are used as keys to interpreting today's world. For still others, theater and performance penetrate and percolate throughout their writing style, enabling new forms of philosophical dialog. In these different ways, the event of thinking comes to be inscribed in flesh and voice. These experiments disrupt traditional forms of philosophical discourse and suggest that academia is leaning towards innovative forms of "performance philosophy."

The goal of this conference is two-fold. On the one hand, it will serve to introduce works on this topic that are little known in France. Just as, in the 1970s, when American universities seized upon the works of French philosophers in order to derive from them new ideas, creating the French Theory corpus, this conference aspires to instigate a return-effect of contemporary Anglo-American thought, enriched by French Theory, into French universities.

Secondly, this undertaking leads to nothing less than a theatrical revolution. Beyond reflections on the theater as literary references or working concepts, this conference strives to understand how Anglo-American philosophers can transmit a vision of the contemporary stage as a concrete, living, theatrical and/or performative physical space.

If mimesis is traditionally thought in relation to Plato or Aristotle, new hybrid theatrical productions, which Josette Féral fittingly described as "performative theater," imply other forms of mimesis, other kinds of engagements by the actor, other set designs, other pacts with the spectator... Performance theories give shape to conceptual paradigm shifts that the philosophical texts traditionally used in the field of theater studies sometimes resist: How can we qualify this reciprocal mistrust by theater for performance even while the stage is progressively integrating its codes? How can we think the passage from actor to performer, from representation to event, from text to act and image, from the passivity of the spectator to her active participation? In what ways can the critical discourse of theater studies regarding modern identity crises, post-dramatic theater, theatrical realism, spectator politics, puppet/human/animal hybridizations, robot actors, post-industrial society theater, "post-post-dramatic theater," etc. confront Anglo-American performative thought?

In the spirit of this new field, creative presentation formats such as performance-lectures or other forms of practical proposals are particularly encouraged, as well as papers dealing with essays that have not yet been translated into French. The conference will be bilingual.

We propose four broad lines of focus:
1/ Thematic Focus: The relations between theater, philosophy and performance (from philosophy to performance or from performance to philosophy) found in contemporary Anglo-American thought
2/ Aesthetic Focus: Analyses of plays or performances from a philosophical perspective; Reflections on the use of dramatic genres and the performative as philosophical devices
3/ Political and Ethical Focus: Political-economic perspectives on the performance of capital; Social issues; Post-human and digital ethical identities; Ethics of care
4/ Performance and Practical Focus: The stage, script, and actor in dialogue with contemporary Anglo-American thought; Practical approaches to teaching philosophy through performance

We welcome 20-minute presentations or 40-minute workshop propositions. Submissions can be made in either French or English. Please send a 300-word abstract including a title and a brief bio-bibliography in either Word or PDF format to <contact@tpp2014.com>.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014
Participants of the selected contributions will be notified by February 16. 

The conference is organized by the Labo LAPS http://labo-laps.com/, an independent research group whose diverse activities (seminars, residences, practical workshops) focus on the relation between theater and philosophy. The conference is sponsored by the Mairie de Paris, the FIR of the Sorbonne University, the laboratories VALE and PRITEPS (Paris-Sorbonne), the EMOI branch of CERILAC (Paris-Diderot), ICTT (Avignon, Pays de Vaucluse), HARp (Paris-Ouest), CIEPFC (ENS Ulm), the Institut des Amériques and Air France, in partnership with the international research network Performance Philosophy.
For more information, please visit the website: http://tpp2014.com/
(posted 11 January 2014)

Shakespeare and Bollywood
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK  -  27 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 25 March 2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi

Shakespeare has been a part of Bollywood since its inception -- the Parsi Theatre tradition did much to shape the silent film era to the mid-1950s;  vernacular translations resulting from the Bengal Renaissance influenced 1960s films first in Bengal and then in Bombay; and Hollywood remakes through the years have produced Bollywood remakes. This one-day conference seeks to gather graduate and early career researchers and practitioners together to discuss the relationship between Shakespeare and Hindi Cinema/Bollywood and to establish the state of current scholarship in the fascinating, under-examined field.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Shakespeare and Bollywood. Topics could include:
• Prehistories
• Commercial Hindi Shakespeare films
• Economics – global and local
• Gendering Shakespeare/ Gendering Bollywood
• Hindi Art-House Shakespeare films
• Shakespearean songs and Bollywood music
• Shakespearean Actors and Film-makers
• 'Academic' Shakespeare vs. 'Popular' Shakespeare
• Translation theory and practice
• Adaptation theory
• Hybridity and (post)-colonial theories
• Art work and promotional material -- posters, flybills, film trailers, coffee table books

Abstracts of 300 words (plus a 50 word bio) should be sent to <shakespeareandbollywood@rhul.ac.uk> by 25 March, 2014.
We will contact all those who send abstracts by 30 March, 2014. 

This conference is planned as the first of a series of events culminating in an international conference and film festival on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema in 2016.

The organisers, Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja, wish to thank the Royal Holloway Research Fund and the English Department for funding the event.
(posted 12 March 2014)

Populating the Irish stage: Questioning the identity of contemporary Irish theatre (1990s-2014)
University College Cork, Ireland  -  27-28 June 2014
Deadine for proposals: 20 January 2014

'We write plays, I feel, in order to populate the stage'.
(Thomas Kilroy)

Papers are invited for an international conference to be held at UCC, June 27th-28th, 2014. Coinciding with the Cork Midsummer Festival, the conference will explore the identities of Irish theatre from the Celtic Tiger era to the current economic crisis. It will also offer a fitting opportunity to engage a dialogue between theatre practitioners and academics, notably through a roundtable with established and emerging artists.

Critical mythology has associated the birth of a national Irish theatre with the foundation of the Abbey Theatre. It was not only a response to an aesthetic quest but also an attempt to define the Irish nation at the turn of the 20th century. Without elaborating on Irish theatrical historiography, one may observe that theatre does strongly contribute to the identity of a country and its people. In the current climate, insularity has its limits; contemporary global society questions traditions and identity, while transformations in technology, practice and ideology rearrange creative hierarchies.

It appears timely to gauge the impact of these transmutations on the status of the theatrical text, and question how creative collaborators approach it in contemporary Ireland. How do these changes affect writing, directing, staging, producing and touring? Insofar as theatrical activities are related to space and constitute a cultural identity, it is pertinent to investigate where and how they populate Ireland at the turn of the 21st century.

A first area of study might concern the definition of the contemporary theatrical landscape. More extensively, the playscript, with all its variations in status and form, will lend itself to an array of analyses. The creative spectrum will be interrogated in view of the thematic areas, classical or innovative, explored or ignored by dramatists. Additionally, the term theatrical 'text' itself, and its provenance, may be open to enquiry. Emergent voices, post-dramatic theatre, the revised status of the author, the move from a literary tradition and realist aesthetics, the increased use of video, improvisation, community-related and site-specific work, all these elements should be examined to view how contemporary Irish stages are populated.

To that end, the event will be organized around two complementary themes: 'The contemporary Irish theatre text' and 'Contemporary theatre practice in Ireland'
Papers are invited from a variety of critical, practical and interdisciplinary perspectives. We particularly encourage contributions from those working in theatre history, dramatic literature, live art, performance studies, cultural studies, and Irish studies. Ideally, papers will engage with such informing themes as theatrical literary heritage and tradition, developments in staging, forms and origins/sources of theatrical creations. 
Possible areas of investigation include, but are not limited to:
- Literary realist drama
- Contemporary issues, as expressed in content and form
- Irish and non-Irish productions on Irish stages
- Theatre in the Irish language
- Impact of funding and cultural policies
- Development of theatre away from main venues
- Status of the author/director/dramaturg
- Audience participation and community theatre
- The impact and practice of post-dramatic theatre
- Experimental practices
Keynotes will be announced as they are confirmed.
The conference is organised around the Cork Midsummer Festival 2014, and a theatre event will precede the roundtable.
Please find the link to this year’s festival: http://www.corkmidsummer.com/

The deadline for proposals is January 20th, 2014. Please send abstracts (250-300 words) and short bios to the conference co-organisers:
- Dr. Anne Etienne, School of English, University College Cork (Ireland)
- Professor Susan Blattès, RADAC (groupe de Recherche sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones Contemporains), University Stendhal Grenoble 3 (France)
- Professor Thierry Dubost, ERIBIA/GREI, University of Caen-Basse Normandie (France)


Selected papers will be published in an edited collection of essays.
(posted 8 June 2013)

University of Paris Ouest, France  -  27-28 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: 13 April 2014

Venue: University of Paris Ouest, Languages Bldg "V", English Dept, Room VR13 (ground floor), 92001 Nanterre Cedex, France
Organized by:
- A.-M. Paquet-Deyris, <apaquet-deyris@u-paris10.fr>, Université Paris Ouest, CREA-CICLAHO
- Claire Dutriaux, <claire.dutriaux@paris-sorbonne.fr>, Université Paris-Sorbonne, HDEA
With the participation of Taïna Tuhkunen, University of Angers

This international conference will focus on the generic categories of the Western and the Southern (a genre still in need of a name) and the cross-fertilization between the two genres. In his seminal book Film/Genre, Rick Altman defines the Western as follows, "'Western' quickly became the name for a loosely defined film genre capitalizing on public interest in the American West" (BFI, 1999, p. 36). In a similar vein for the Southern, one could claim that the generic category is currently in the making although it has always been acknowledged for Southern literature.
We will analyze why these genres have always occupied a pre-eminent place in the history of American cinema. TV series will also be addressed. The show Deadwood (2004-06) is a particularly telling example of such an interplay between formal and aesthetic devices considered as particularly southern such as the Gothic, the satirical and the grotesque dimensions.
We will also try to determine how and why their highly distinctive and coded visual conventions have participated in a frontier mythology so uniquely central to US history, geography, culture and identity. In such a context the very notion of frontier may then be entirely reexamined and acquire an entirely new critical status. As Ethan Edwards’s back and forth movements in Ford's The Searchers (1956) or the route chosen by Captain America in Hopper's Easy Rider (1969) suggest, the interaction between the two types of spaces foregrounds the crucial notion of porosity of borders and multi-facetted hybridity.

Papers focusing on southern-like motifs in western cinema and series vice-versa spanning the early days of the industry to the current era will be welcome. 250-word abstracts are expected before April 13, 2014. Please send them conjointly to:
- <apaquet-deyris@u-paris10.fr>
- and <claire.dutriaux@paris-sorbonne.fr>
Once accepted, the presentations should not exceed 30 minutes.
(posted 21 March 2014)