July 2014

Law and Performance: 10th International Colloquium of CETUP
Faculty of Letters, University of Porto, Portugal  -  3-4 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

Representations of Justice in Drama, along with its performative dimension, beyond the specific linguistic nature of law an sentence, ratify today the quest for a more human face of legislative power. As great literary works, visual arts, cinema and television depict legal differences and reinvent them, so trials are won and lost in the field of representation, and verdicts manipulated in the word of literature or entire audiences in the lofty discourse, so the law opens itself to prodigal ambiguities of language topics corresponding to the concern of interdisciplinary research.

Proposals sent until the 15th of March 2014 will be selected until the 25th of March by a scientific committee, so that an international team will concentrale through various perspectives.

Registration fees:
Paper proposal: 100
Regular registration: 20 €

Proposals to be sent with a brief biography to <cetup@letras.up.pt>.

Scientific Board:
Armando Nascimento Rosa / ESTC-IPL
Cristina Marinho / UP
Jorge Croce Rivera / UP
Nuno Pinto Ribeiro / UP

(posted 17 February 2014)

First World Congress of Scottish Literatures
University of Glasgow, UK  -  2-5 July 2014

From 2-5 July 2014, the University of Glasgow is hosting the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures in the College of Arts, with the involvement of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and other bodies. The conference will be organized under four main themes: Authors, Theorizing Scottish literature, Gaelic, Mediaeval, Musical and Artistic Scotland and Scotland in global culture and context. Colleagues in the US, Europe, UK and Australia have already agreed to organize panels, and the congress steering group, together with a wider internationally based committee, are planning regular updates to interested colleagues. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please contact Rhona Brown: <scottishliteraturecongress2014@glasgow.ac.uk>.

A Call for Papers will be issued in due course. The conference will be held in an exciting month in Glasgow, with the Commonwealth Games and the major Georgian Glasgow exhibition both taking place in July. We plan to work closely with our colleagues in the city and its galleries and museums to make this a truly exciting experience for our delegates.
(posted 19 September 2011)

Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority. Sixth Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference
University of Stirling, UK  -  3-6 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

Conference website: http://shakespeare.stir.ac.uk/

Keynote speakers
Professor Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania)
Professor Andrew Murphy (University of St Andrews)
Professor John Drakakis (University of Stirling)
Dr Colin Burrow (University of Oxford)
Dr Michael Bogdanov (Director, The Wales Theatre Company)
In the four hundred and fiftieth year since Shakespeare's birth, this conference seeks to explore questions of authority for Shakespeare, in Shakespeare, and about Shakespeare. It aims to investigate the relationship between text, power, and authority, both in the writing of Shakespeare and in writing about Shakespeare. Shakespeare's works ask us repeatedly to think about what constitutes authority, about where authority lies, and about the performance of authority. Shakespeare has also himself repeatedly been used as a form of cultural capital and authority, and we therefore also welcome contributions that explore some of the different ways in which his plays and poems have been deployed in various times and places. Shakespeare’s works prompt us to think about textual authority, too. What is textual authority? What makes one text more authoritative than another? How have ideas of textual authority changed over time, and what, politically, is at stake in these changes?
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
· Shakespeare’s biblical and classical authorities
· Monarchy and sovereignty in Shakespeare’s works
· Democracy and Republicanism in Shakespeare's works
· The representation and performance of power in Shakespeare's works
· Editing Shakespeare
· Shakespeare and politics
· Shakespeare(s) past and present
· Re-writing and adapting Shakespeare
· Writing about Shakespeare
· Shakespeare’s critics and readers
· Shakespeare on stage and screen
· Shakespeare and copyright
· Shakespeare and nationhood/identity (in the year of the Scottish referendum on independence, we particularly welcome proposals on Shakespeare and Scotland)
· Shakespeare and institutional power
· Teaching Shakespeare
· Shakespeare and the visual arts
The conference programme will include lectures, papers, workshops, seminars, performances, and excursions.
We welcome proposals for papers or presentations (20 minutes), panels (90 minutes) or workshops (90 mins) on any aspect of the conference theme, broadly interpreted.
Abstracts (250 words or less) should be sent to <bsaconference2014@stir.ac.uk> by 31 Jan 2014.
Participants must be members of the British Shakespeare Association at the time of the conference. Details of how to join can be found on the conference website:  http://shakespeare.stir.ac.uk/
(posted 2 September 2013)

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference
Lancaster University, UK  -  4 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 5 March 2014

Lancaster University's department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.
Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.

Some suggested topics are:
- Visual conventions in cinema and illustration that are particular to a specific genre
- Visuals codes in cinema and illustration that aid in interpreting story (such as mood, character, plot)
- Adaptations and crossovers between different media
- The effect of the development of technology on visual style
- The visual style of fantastika as a product of its culture and time
- Imagery evoked by non-visual codes (such as music and language)

We welcome discussions of fantastika as it occurs in any medium and form from all postgraduates and lecturers.
This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place at Lancaster University on July 4th, 2014.
Please submit a 300 word abstract to <fantastikaconference@gmail.com> along with a 50 word bionote by March 15th, 2014.
And join the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1449792311903590/
(posted 24 January 2014)

Walter Pater: Continuity and Discontinuity
Sorbonne University Paris, France  -  4-5 July 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 15 June 2013

International Walter Pater Conference

Keynote speakers:
- Laurel Brake
- Lene Østermark-Johansen

Organising committee:
- Martine Lambert-Charbonnier, Paris-Sorbonne University, VALE
- Charlotte Ribeyrol, Paris-Sorbonne University, VALE
- Bénédicte Coste, University of Bourgogne, TIL
- Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada, University of Rouen, ERIAC

As carefully elaborated in The Renaissance, history and art history are made up of continuities and discontinuities between epochs, artistic forms, artists and thinkers. Pater termed "renaissance(s)" the ruptures and revivals masked by the apparent seamlessness of temporality. The Renaissance was indeed an unceasing return to the "standard of taste" set in Antiquity, an acknowledgment of its permanence in men's minds and acts. However, it was also a discovery of "New experiences, new subjects of poetry, new forms of art" ("Two Early French Stories") that called into question the conditions of life and art. These "exquisite pauses in time" were Pater's most effective means of linking the continuous and discontinuous. In his other writings, whether published or fragmentary, Pater continued to envisage and apply such patterns to study Europe’s intellectual and cultural traditions. In keeping with this complex patterning, the 2014 Paris International Conference will explore Continuity and Discontinuity in Pater's writings from an interdisciplinary perspective, reflecting his diverse engagements with literature, the arts, history and philosophy. We invite proposals that examine Continuity/Discontinuity with reference to all aspects of Pater’s work, including but not limited to:
- Themes and images (representations of violence, cycles and myths of death and rebirth…)
- Generic, formal and stylistic features
- Different types of publication (book form, periodicals...)
- Pater's reading of other writers from the classics to his contemporaries (intertextuality, the text as a palimpsest, quotations and misquotations, interpretation and misinterpretation…)
- Response to existing fields of research (anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary criticism…)
- Pater's understanding of the visual arts
- The critical reception of Pater's writings; his biography. Are there different Paters?
We are grateful for the support of the Walter Pater International Society.

Presentations and papers will be delivered in English.
Proposals (300 words) for 20-minute papers and a short bio-bibliography should be sent as a word attachment by 15 June 2013 (new extended deadline) to:
- Bénédicte Coste, University of Bourgogne, TIL (Textes, images, langages) <benedicte.coste@u-bourgogne.fr>
- Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada, University of Rouen, ERIAC <af.gillardestrada@orange.fr>
- Martine Lambert-Charbonnier, Paris-Sorbonne University, VALE <martine.charbonnier@paris-sorbonne.fr>
- Charlotte Ribeyrol, Paris-Sorbonne University, VALE <Charlotte.Ribeyrol@paris-sorbonne.fr>
 Website: http://www.vale.paris-sorbonne.fr/FR/Page_colloque_detail.php?P1=15
(posted 30 November 2012, updated 28 May 2013)

Transatlantic Studies Association 13th Annual Conference
University of Ghent, Belgium  -  7-10 July 2014
Deadline for poposals: 1 March 2014

In 1814 the Treaty of Ghent was signed, bringing to an end the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States. 1914 saw the outbreak of four years
of devastation with World War I. To celebrate two hundred years of peace and alliance between Britain and the United States and the role of Europe in bringing it about, and to mark the remembrance of the First World War, the TSA will hold its first annual conference outside Britain and Ireland in the city of Ghent, Belgium.
The Association's membership has always incorporated both North America and Europe, but it is the intention with this conference to welcome in particular the input and participation of new members from across these regions.
Anglo-American relations were central to transatlantic affairs through the 20th century, but other nations -- Canada, Germany, Italy, France, the Scandinavian countries, Turkey, the Iberian countries -- have also played important roles in this period. Any consideration of the contemporary transatlantic region must now also include the rising powers of Latin America, and the increasing interactions between them, North America, and Europe, be they cultural, political, virtual, or economic.

Panel proposals and individual papers that fit within the following themes are welcome:
1. Literature and Culture
2. Economics
3. International History, Security Studies and IR
4. Planning, Regeneration and the Environment
5. Migration and Diaspora in the Atlantic World

Please send paper proposals (a 300 word abstract and brief CV) and panel proposals to the conference email: <tsa.ugent@gmail.com>.
Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 1 March 2014.
Please contact the local conference organisers for any additional information:
- Professor Gert Buelens <Gert.Buelens@Ugent.be>
- Professor J Ken Kennard <Ken.Kennard@Ugent.be>.
For further information on the Association please visit http://www.transatlanticstudies.com
(posted 17 January 2014)

Dickensian Landscapes: 19th Annual Dickens Society Symposium
Domaine de Sagnes, Béziers, Languedoc-Roussillon, France  -  8-10 July 2014
Deadine for proposals: 31 March 2014

Organisers: Marie-Amélie Coste (Lycée Jules Ferry) ; Christine Huguet (Université Lille III) ; Nathalie Vanfasse (Aix-Marseille Université) ; Paul Vita (Saint Louis University, Madrid)

Paper proposals on any aspect of Dickens and his works are invited and very welcome. However, some might like to engage ideas on the proposed theme, "Dickensian Landscapes", a timely topic given the distinctive setting of this year’s venue, but also because the very notion of landscape is not only still prevalent today, but seems to have morphed into multiple new derivatives such as ideoscapes, ethnoscapes, technoscapes, financescapes or mediascapes. How powerful a tool the notion of landscapes and its declensions could be to understand the self and the world is precisely what Dickens had already realized and shown in his work.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Literal or figurative landscapes;
- Actual or imaginary landscapes;
- Domestic or exotic landscapes;
- Cityscapes, seascapes;
- Soundscapes;
- The landscapes of Dickens' mind;
- Dickens as a landscape artist and the pictorial tradition of his time;
- Dickens's influence on other centuries, authors and art forms.

Papers will be English and must be readable in twenty minutes. Please send one-page proposals by e-mail, as an attachment, no later than 31 March 2014, to: <marie-amelie.coste@hotmail.com>, <christine.huguet-meriaux@univ-lille3.fr,> or <nathalie.vanfasse@univ-amu.fr>.

The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize
Applications are invited for this award, named in honour of the original Secretary-Treasurer and one of the founding members of the Dickens Society. It is in the form of EITHER one stipend of $500, OR two of $300 (if two recipients are chosen), and is intended to defray costs of attending this Dickens Symposium, in order to deliver a paper on any aspect of Dickens's life or work. The registration fee and cost of the Dickens Dinner will also be waived.

Eligibility is restricted to students (graduate or undergraduate), independent scholars, and non-tenured faculty.
Candidates should submit a CV, and a completed paper of twenty minutes duration, to one of the Symposium organizers.
Should the paper be of publishable quality, the Dickens Quarterly shall have first right of refusal. The winner will be informed of the Society's decision in April 2014.

The Symposium is to be held in one of the wine regions of Southern France, Languedoc-Roussillon, at a privately-owned country estate called Sagnes, located on the outskirts of Béziers and surrounded by the vineyards and olive trees that make the charm of this area.
Accommodation will be in Béziers, with a shuttle service to and from the conference centre.
The Dickens Dinner will take place on site, and two optional evenings will be proposed to delegates: one on board of a barge along the Canal du Midi, one of the greatest engineering achievements under the reign of Louis XIV; another meal will take place at the Cistercian Abbey of Fontfroide, following the visit of the Abbey and also of nearby Narbonne, one of the main cities of Gaul during the Roman Empire.
Hotels: a list of hotels will be provided shortly. It is likely a deal will be secured with a couple of conveniently located hotels.

Delegates have a number of options to get to Béziers:
- Fly to Béziers Airport: http://www.beziers.aeroport.fr
- Fly to Perpignan Airport: http://www.aeroport-perpignan.com/fr/page/passagers and then take the train to Béziers for approximately 1h;
- Fly to Montpellier Airport: http://www.montpellier.aeroport.fr/fr/passagers and then take the train to Béziers for approximately 1h
-  Fly to Paris (Roissy or Orly) and then take the train for about 4h30: http://www.voyages-sncf.com, or take another flight to Béziers.

The registration fee is €75 per delegate with a €55 discount rate for students. This includes the cost of the Dickens Dinner.
Both excursions (visit to Narbonne and meal at Fontfroide; meal on a barge along the Canal du Midi) will each cost €57. The meal on the barge will only happen if at least 40 delegates sign up. If not enough people choose to attend, an alternative will be offered.

More information on the website of the Dickens Society.
(posted 4 November 2013)

Robert Graves: Humour, Irony, Tragedy, and the Grotesque: 12th International Robert Graves Society Conference
Majorca, Spain  -  8-12 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

Proposals are invited for papers (20-30 minutes) on the broad topics of humour, irony, tragedy and the grotesque in Graves's work.
Specific areas might include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Robert Graves and The Future of Humour;
- humour and irony in war memoir and autobiography;
- Robert Graves's poetic grotesques;
- the multiple uses of irony in Graves's literary criticism;
- irony and ambiguity in Graves and Empson;
- the politics of humour and the Clark Lectures;
- versions of tragedy and comedy in Graves' Goddess poems;
- Graves' Roman novels and the element of farce;
- comedy and tragedy in Graves's personal narratives and life writing;
- comedy in Graves's historical novels;
- nonsense in Graves's light fiction;
- post-war English humour and the post-war poems;
- conflicting impulses in Graves's poetry, 1920-1930: traditional humour and modernist irony;
- the relation between humour and 'poetic unreason';
- the tragic element in Graves's later poetry.

Critical responses to recent works on Graves, papers on research in progress, on recently discovered archival material of interest to Graves scholars, on digital collections or on exhibitions of Graves's work, and on comparative readings of Graves, are also welcome.

 Proposals (250 words) should be sent by 31 January 2014 to Prof. Fran Brearton, Queen’s University Belfast: <f.brearton@qub.ac.uk>.

For further information see http://www.robertgraves.org/society
(posted 10 September 2013)

Black British Women's Writing: Tracing the Tradition and New Directions
University of Brighton, UK  -  9 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 February 2014

Keynote Speaker: Bernardine Evaristo
Evening Readings by: Dorothea Smartt, Jay Bernard, Katy Massey and Sheree Mack
Following the first international expert meeting on Black British Women's Writing (Brussels, 2013), this inaugural conference of the Black British Women's Writing Network (BBWWN) will offer scholars and postgraduate students the chance to come together to debate some of the continuing preoccupations and new directions in this diverse and burgeoning field of study.

Abstracts of 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers as well as 60-minute panel proposals that engage with, but are not limited to, the following topics:
· Theorizing Black British Women's writing: The state of the field and usefulness of the terms. Debates in the existing anthologies/edited volumes/special issues and new critical approaches to both established and critically neglected writers.
· Teaching Black British Women's writing in the UK/US/the Caribbean/Europe and beyond.
· 'I am a Black woman…and I don’t bite': Contemporary (self-) representations of Black British women.
· Aesthetics and/vs. Politics: The politics of form and performance. Generic and thematic concerns.
· Intersections: Racism, sexism and other forms of positioning.
· The State of Feminism and Black (British) women's stakes in this.
· Conversations with Caribbean/African/African American/European/other writing.
· Questions of Identity: National vs. diasporic identifications. Regional Identities. 'Mixed-race' identities. Gender and sexuality.
· Memory and the Body: Sites of excavation/exploration.
· Beyond Narratives of Unbelonging?: New imaginaries. 'Post-racial' narratives.
Please send abstracts as email attachments to <bbwwconference@gmail.com> by 1 February, 2014.

For any further information please contact the organizers:
- Dr Vedrana Velickovic <v.velickovic@brighton.ac.uk>
- and Dr Sheree Mack <sheree.mack@gmail.com>
Join our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/378188258946761/
(posted 16 October 2013)

7th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain  -  9-11 July 2014

We are pleased to announce that the 7th edition of the International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology will be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, July 9-11, 2014, and will be hosted by the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

ICHLL is a biennial tradition and provides scholars from different institutions an opportunity to gather and share their research on the history of the dictionary, the making of historical dictionaries, and historical lexicology.

Previous conferences have been held at Leicester (2002), Gargnano del Garda (2004), Leiden (2006), Edmonton (2008), Oxford (2010) and Jena (2012).

For further information, see: https://sites.google.com/site/ichll2014/
Contact: Alicia Rodríguez Álvarez <arodriguez@dfm.ulpgc.es>

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters. Presentations will 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. There will also be specific sessions for poster presentations. Papers can be delivered in English, Spanish or French. Proposals to ICHLL 2014 may be on a broad range of topics and disciplinary approaches to historical lexicography, historical lexicology and historical dictionary research (each of which can include the present).

Abstracts should be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment (as Word or .rtf files) to <ichll2014@ulpgc.es>.
Abstracts should be between 200-250 words excluding bibliography, and written in a standard 12-point font (Times New Roman). The page should be headed only by the title of the paper, and the abstract should contain no self-identification. The accompanying e-mail should include the author's name and institutional affiliation; title of the paper; and a final statement as to whether the proposal is intended for oral presentation or a poster session.

The deadline for submission of abstracts will be Thursday, October 31, 2013, and notification about acceptance of papers will be issued by Tuesday 10, December 2013. All abstracts will undergo anonymous review.
(posted 31 May 2013)

Change, Mutation, Transformation in language and discourse: ESFLC 2014
Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France  -  10-12 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2014

Our intention in choosing this year’s theme is to examine not only how language change can be modelled using Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), but also to examine how the SFL approach to language has changed over time. Diachronic studies have always been a central issue in the SFL approach. According to Michael Halliday, language change is thought to operate on at least three different (but ultimately related) time-scales:
- the evolution of semiotic systems in human societies (phylogenetic change),
- the development of language in the individual (ontological change) and
- the unfolding of discourse in on-going texts (logogenetic change).

The notions of time and the modelling of dynamic change have recently emerged as key problems in the many fields of applied linguistics that SFL is usually associated with. For example, there is increasing interest in the analysis of short- and medium-term language change in the relatively new field of Diachronic Corpus Linguistics. Similarly, in Languages for Specific Purposes there has been a growing body of work on the evolution and on-going development of specific registers and text types, a topic which is of particular interest to SFL analysts in France. A similar movement in Terminology studies, especially from a 'socio-terminological' perspective, has attempted to come to grips with variation and language change, and now emphasises the dynamic, discourse-function of the text as a resource for terminological innovation, as well as the essential role of neology in the process of scientific writing. And in Translation studies, new technologies, especially the practices of translation memory and digital publishing have profoundly transformed the way in which theorists and practitioners view the translated text no longer as a finished 'product', but rather as an on-going 'project'.

All of these fields (corpus work, genre analysis, terminology, translation studies, etc.) have long been seen as central preoccupations of Systemic Functional linguistics. But no approach, even SFL, is safe from the ravages of time. What have been the effects of changing practices and models, and even language change itself on SFL as a theory? And to what extent do diachronic studies in fields such as corpus linguistics or genre analysis feed back into the SFL model? What can diachronic studies teach us about notions such as 'lexicogrammar', 'lexicogrammatical pattern', 'register' or 'genre'?

Our choice of conference theme is also an oblique reference to the fact that it has been 25 years since the first European SFL workshops organised in Nottingham in the 1980s. To what extent has there been change in the academic and intellectual context in which SFL evolves, and how has this change affected SFL? What aspects of SFL theory and practice have changed, and which have stayed constant in all these years? Who are the practitioners and theorists of SFL these days? Where do they come from, and what tendencies do these changes suggest for the future?

Confirmed plenary speakers:
- Margaret Berry (formerly Reader in English Language, University of Nottingham, UK)
- Jacques François (emeritus Professor, Université de Caen)
- Erich Steiner (Professor of English linguistics and Translation studies, Universität des Saarlandes)
- Miriam Taverniers (Professor of English linguistics, Universiteit Gent)

Abstracts should be 300 words maximum, plus a short indicative bibliography. Abstracts should contain a statement of the aim of the contribution, and should make clear how the paper relates to previous and/or current work within SFL and any other frameworks. Abstracts should also provide a description of the main part of the presentation and key references.
The working languages of the conference are English and French. Abstracts may be submitted in either language. If accepted, abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts. Beforehand we will check the abstracts and contact you to see if there are any changes to be made.

If participants wish to present a multiple-author paper (taking up more than one 30-minute slot), please indicate this in your abstract proposal.

Conference website: http://esflc2014.clillac-arp.univ-paris-diderot.fr/public/ESFLC2014

Important dates:
- Deadline for submission: 15 January 2014
- Notice of acceptance: 1 March 2014
- Registration opens: 1 April 2014
(posted 26 October 2013)

Non-Traditional Slaveholding in the Atlantic World
Senate House, London, UK  -  11-12 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2014

Plenary Speakers:
Seymour Drescher (University of Pittsburgh)
Brent Weisman (University of South Florida)

Studies of slaveholding in the Atlantic World traditionally imagine a particular type of slave holder -- a wealthy landowning white man who has extensive political and cultural power, his status in the community defined by or at least enhanced by his slaveholding. He has a set of attitudes towards his slaves and their economic and cultural work that he shares with others of his class. This conference sets out to challenge these preconceptions by bringing together scholars working on different re-gions of the Atlantic world to discuss a hitherto neglected area of the study of African American slav-ery: non-traditional slaveholding.
We welcome proposals that consider slaveholding by poor whites, women, free blacks, Native Americans and Jewish Americans in every area of the Atlantic. The conference is designed to be explicitly comparative, encouraging scholars to discuss significant issues such as: what counts as 'slavery' in this context? How widespread was the phenomenon of slaveholding among the non-white popula-tion? Are non-traditional slave holders distinct from white slave holders in their attitudes and be-haviour towards the institution and towards their slaves? To what extent did regional specificities, historical contexts and particular legal frameworks encourage slaveholding among non-traditional slave owners and influence the nature of the bondage? Do slave culture and slave agency emerge dif-ferently from a study of non-traditional slaveholders? Is the line between slavery and freedom more blurred? What are the epistemological consequences of acknowledging slave ownership by non-traditional slaveholders? How does it alter our understanding of 'the colour line'?

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words (for papers or panels) and a brief CV to <nontraditionalslaveholders@gmail.com> by 15 January 2014. We welcome papers that cover any region of the Atlantic and proposals for round table discussions as well as formal academic papers.

Conference Organisers: Lawrence Aje (University of Montpellier), Catherine Armstrong (Manchester Metropolitan University), and Lydia Plath (Canterbury Christ Church University).
(posted 11 December 2013)

Embodying /disembodying Ireland - IASIL 2014
Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, France  -  14-18 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 3 January 2014

2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of WW1 during which many young Irish men fought and lost their lives on the battlefields of northern France. It is in this context that  the Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3 will host the 2014 IASIL conference 36 years after the late Professor Patrick Rafroidi hosted the first ever IASIL gathering outside of Ireland in 1978 in this same university.

The conference seeks to address the ways in which Irish literatures and culture represent both the materiality of bodies at war (the various modes of figuration, whether oblique or explicit, of wounded and dying bodies) and the absence at home of those who died in the fields and whose spectral correspondence was all that remained of them. On a more discursive level, we encourage reflection on conflicting and ideologically divergent narratives around Irish participation in the Great War and the manner in which it might be commemorated.
More generally, papers relating to the representation of historical violence as an assault upon the body would also be welcome: for instance, one might consider the recurrent motif of hunger, which simultaneously foregrounds the body and enacts its gradual depletion - whether this hunger is experienced against one's will, as in the Famine, indeed famines, or self-inflicted as in the whole history of self-starvation in Ireland right up to the contemporary period.
The notions of embodying and disembodying Ireland also invite reflection on allegorical figurations of the nation, colonial personifications of Ireland and modern variations on and complications of the theme. Thus representations challenging the integrity of the body of the nation/island and/or exploring the political and aesthetic implications of the border may also be addressed.
Central to the conference theme is a discussion of the gendered body in Irish culture (on the one hand the disappearance of the materiality of the female body to the benefit of an iconography and discourse of purity, virginity and motherhood and, on the other, the fixation on an idealised, hypermasculine male body) and challenges to these pervasive narratives.
One could equally consider Gothic tensions between, on the one hand, textual saturation with grotesque, rotting, gory, decomposing bodies and, on the other, spectral presences - and the ways in which the Gothic has infused Irish modernity and continues to exert an influence today.
The topic is also designed to include consideration of bodies of text and their transformation over time: papers that engage with issues pertaining to intertextuality, intermediality, translation and adaptation are also welcome.

In keeping with tradition, it is also possible to submit abstracts which do not directly engage with the conference theme.

Proposals for 20 minute papers should be sent to <iasil2014@gmail.com> before 31 January 2014.
We especially encourage proposals for panels of 3-4 speakers.
Abstracts should be 250-300 words long and should be accompanied by a short bio-bibliography.

We would like to remind you that only paid-up members of IASIL are eligible to give a paper.
You can join IASIL at http://www.iasil.org/how-to-join/
(posted 11 October 2013)

18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-18)
University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium  -  14-18 July 2014
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2013

Conference website: http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/ling/ICEHL18/
Conference email: <icehl18@arts.kuleuven.be>

The following keynote speakers have agreed to participate
- Charles Boberg, McGill University
- Robert Fulk, Indiana University, Bloomington
- Peter Grund, University of Kansas
- María José López-Couso, University of Santiago de Compostela
- Marit Westergaard, University of Tromso

Presentation Formats: Full papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will be presented in a special session and remain on display during the conference.

Papers on any aspect of the history of the English language are welcome, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, language contact, language change, stylistics, metrics, English language and culture, and English language in society. Papers on any period are welcome: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, Late Modern English, and present-day English.

Abstracts for papers and posters can be submitted from 1 May to 30 November 2013 through the EasyAbs abstract submission facility at:
Notifications of acceptance of all abstracts will be sent out by 15 February 2014.
Abstracts should not exceed 400 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts should also list up to five keywords. Abstracts should comply with the following layout requirements:
- Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 11. The margins will be 2,54 top/bottom and 1,91 left/right (Moderate in MS Word).
- References will have a hanging indent of 1,27 cm.
- Submit the abstract as a .doc, .docx or .odt document. If it contains special characters, please send a PDF version to:

Multiple Papers: One person may submit a single-authored abstract, a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author).
Travel, Accommodation and Registration: Information to follow. Please check the conference website for updates.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Leuven in 2014.
Hubert Cuyckens (on behalf of the organizing committee)
(posted 30 October 2013)

The Global English: Historical Perspectives
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK  -  17-18 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

Whilst most European Diasporas have received considerable attention from scholars, the English Diaspora has received virtually none. Since 1600, however, the English have been one of Europe's most migratory peoples. They contributed considerably to the British Empire in values, ideas and personnel; provided core human migrations for the re-peopling North America and the colonial parts of Africa and Australia; and left a heavy imprint even where they did not colonise, particularly in Asia and the 'informal Empire' elsewhere.

The AHRC 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora' research team invites contributes to an international conference that will explore the global English from a variety of approaches, covering the period from 1600-1950.

Though by no means exhaustive, and not restricted to any particular geographical territory, themes for consideration could include:
* English migration to the colonies
* English culture and customs overseas
* English organisations, clubs, societies and associations
* The political culture of the English
* Problematizing English 'Diaspora'
* Britishness and Englishness
* Symbols of Englishness
* Relations between English and other immigrants

Those wishing to offer a paper should send a title, a 200 word abstract and a brief CV by 31 January 2014 to <conference@englishdiaspora.co.uk>.

For more details on the English Diaspora Project, visit http://www.englishdiaspora.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @englishdiaspora
(posted 28 November 2013)

London and the Americas, 1492-1812
Kingston University, London, UK  -  17-19 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2013

This off-year interdisciplinary conference of the Society of Early Americanists will examine London's connections with the Americas in the colonial era. It will focus on the role that Europe's largest urban center played in the structuring of an Atlantic world inscribed, amidst both war and peace, by networks of trade, travel, religion, kinship, cultural identification, captivity, slavery, and governance. At the same time, participants will consider how the Americas in particular shaped the geography, both actual and metaphorical, of early modern London (that is, the cities of London and Westminster), influencing its practices, hierarchies, infrastructures, modes of representation, arrangements of space, and movements of peoples. The focus will thus be on London as both recipient and source of transmission and interaction, connected imaginatively and actually with American regions under the control of other European powers as well as with its own colonies.

Hosted by Brycchan Carey at the School of Humanities in Kingston University London, the conference will take place on the University's campus in South West London, a 25-minute train ride from central London and a short bus ride from Heathrow Airport. Housing options will include university dormitories as well as a diverse array of local hotels.

Proposals are welcome for individual papers or complete panels. Innovative panel formats are welcome along with traditional trios of 20-minute papers. Please send proposals by September 1, 2013, to: Laura-stevens@utulsa.edu, <bross@purdue.edu>.

Program Committee:
Kristina Bross, Purdue University, co-chair
Laura Stevens, University of Tulsa, co-chair
Eve Tavor Bannet, University of Oklahoma
George Boudreau, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg
Brycchan Carey, Kingston University
Jonathan Field, Clemson University
Christopher Loar, UC Davis
Oliver Scheiding, University of Mainz
(posted 18 March 2013)

Shifting Grounds: Cultural Tectonics along the Pacific Rim
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Campus Germersheim, Germany  -  17-19 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2013

Geological in origin, the term Pacific Rim refers to a zone of high tectonic stresses, of seismic and volcanic energy, along the margins of the Pacific Ocean, thus conceptually tying together the Americas, the islands of the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand as well as Southeast and Northeast Asia. While in use in other scientific and scholarly fields since the mid-1920s, the Pacific Rim gained wider currency in the 1970s, when the political and economic situation of the United States necessitated a strategic reorientation in terms of spatial imaginaries and, concomitantly, the coinage of a new transnational discourse. For about two decades, the idea of the Pacific Rim had a huge impact on politics, in the realm of business and trade, in the social sciences, and in environmental discussions. Although it lost relevance in those areas at the end of the 1980s, the Pacific Rim, which unifies many nation-states and linguistically and culturally disparate societies, has become a useful, albeit underdeveloped concept in cultural studies. With its logic of linkage along borders, it presents a viable alternative to the much more widely spread idea of center and periphery.

This international conference will provide a platform for exchange among experts from various disciplines including geography, history, ethnography, sociology, political science, economics, and indigenous studies as well as literary and cultural studies. Starting from the dynamically rich metaphor of 'shifting grounds,' the aim of the conference is, on the one hand, to investigate the concept of the Pacific Rim theoretically in the context of spatial reconfigurations and with reference to ideas of translation, amalgamation or globalization, and, on the other hand, to historicize and concretize the Pacific Rim via empirical case studies.

Topics to be addressed in 20-minute papers may include the impact of geographical exploration from James Cook onwards; geopolitical interests in the Pacific Rim; shifting power relations in local, regional, and global interactions; migration and transnational social networks; cities or regions as cultural hubs; trans-Pacific flows of knowledge; material objects and their social lives; representations of the Pacific Rim and its cultures in maps, literature, and other media; adaptation and cultural hybridization; cultural signifiers on the move, and changing conceptions of the Pacific Rim.

We welcome abstracts of 500 words and a short CV by July 15, 2013.

Contact Information:

Prof. Dr. Jutta Ernst
Abteilung Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophonie
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
An der Hochschule 2
D-76726 Germersheim
E-mail: <ernstj@uni-mainz.de>

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Glaser
Seminar für Englische Philologie
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
D-37073 Göttingen
E-mail: <Brigitte.Glaser@phil.uni-goettingen.de>
(posted 13 May 2013)

Spies, Spying and Forgeries
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom  -  17-19 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 11 April 2014

Proposals are sought for special streams of the Deception conference, on the themes of spies, spying and forgeries. The Deception conference will address artefacts and practices that challenge truthfulness, authenticity or reliability. Deception is practised in many forms and affects societies and individuals. This conference invites delegates to explore how deception is manifested in their discipline, or how multi-disciplinary notions of deception affect their field.

This special stream will address issues related to espionage and clandestine acts of deception. We invite participants to discuss examples from fact and fiction, contemporary and historical. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Disguises, aliases and identity theft,
- Fictional spies (in literature, film and television),
- Government, private, and industrial espionage,
- The ethics of espionage,
- Espionage toolkits, technologies and paraphernalia,
- Decoys, distractions and diversions
- Forged documents and manipulated photographs.

Possible examples could include fictional spies such as James Bond or Jason Bourne, famous spies such as Mata Hari or The Cambridge Five. Alternative subjects may include those who operate undercover for personal, professional or political gain, such as identity fraudster, Frank Abagnale, fictional fraudsters such as Patricia Highsmith(s (Talented Mr. Ripley(, or as in recent reality televisions shows 'Undercover Boss' and 'The Secret Millionaire'. This is, of course closely tied into the subject of governmental surveillance and national versus individual security, as highlighted by the recent case of Edward Snowden. we also invite discussion of the social, cultural and psychological issues that arise as a result of such deceptions, covering notions of self in fictional or appropriated alternative identities, and the ethics of espionage, masquerade and deception.
These discussions extend to deceptive objects and artefacts of deception: faked and manipulated images and videos, such as the removal of Jang Song-thaek from North Korean documentaries in anticipation of Kim Jon-un’s purge of North Korean officials; attempts to uncover forgeries, such as efforts to disprove the authenticity of photographs of the Cottingley Fairies, or the BBC series ‘Fake of Fortune?’; counterfeit fashions and designer goods. We also invite exploration of the ‘legitimate fakes’ of forgers including Han van Meegeren and Shaun Greenhalgh.

The Steering Group invites proposals for pre-formed panels, as well as individual 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 these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Deception and Childhood and Videogame Cultures.

Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word a proposals should be submitted by Friday 11th April 2014. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 16th May 2014. Proposals 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 proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Deception 1 Proposal Submission.

All abstracts will be at least double blind peer reviewed. 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 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 Brownie: <b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk>
- Rob Fisher: <decep1@inter-disciplinary.net>

The conference is part of the Violence 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 proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). 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 6 March 2014)

Early Modern Women, Religion, and the Body
Loughborough University, UK  -  22-23 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014

Plenary speakers: Professor Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins) and Dr Katharine Hodgkin (University of East London)

With public lecture by Alison Weir (evening of 22 July, Martin Hall Theatre): "'The Prince expected in due season': The Queen's First Duty"

This two-day conference will explore the response of early modern texts to the relationship between religion and female bodily health. Scholars have long observed that understandings of the flesh and the spirit were inextricably intertwined in the early modern period, and that women’s writings or writings about women often explored this complex relationship. For instance, how did early modern women understand pain, illness, and health in a religious framework, and was this different to the understanding of those around them? Did women believe that their bodies were sinful? And were male and female religious experiences different because they took place in different bodies?

We invite proposals that address the relationship between religion and health, and the spirit and flesh, with a focus on female experience in any genre in print or manuscript. Genres might include medical, literary, religious, autobiographical, instructive, and rhetorical writings.
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
Methods of recording or maintaining bodily and spiritual health
The function of religion/faith in physiological changes (e.g. pregnancy/childbirth/nursing/menstruation)
Illness, providence, and interpretation
Suffering as part of religious experience and conversion
Spiritual melancholy, madness, demonic possession, or witchcraft
The physical effects of prophesising/preaching
Chastity and religious life
Spiritual and physical births/reproductive tropes
Ensoulment and pregnancy
The miraculous or martyred female body
The body and sin
Uses of the Bible in medical treatises
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, complete panels, or roundtable discussions. Suggestions for discussions on pedagogical approaches to teaching the above topics are also welcome.
Please send abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute papers, or longer proposals for panels or roundtables, to Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Warzycha at: <emwomen@lboro.ac.uk> by 31st January 2014.
(posted 9 September 2013)

Representing Alterity in Society in Crisis: the construction and representation of the Other in society and in texts
University of Genoa, Italy  -  28 -31 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2014

Despite claims of progress being made in the removal of barriers to equal opportunity, the facts often belie the situation, since the creation and maintenance of Alterity continues to represent a mode of subjugation and/or an instrument employed to keep social groups divided and so create or maintain inequality among them.
Indeed, in the world we live in boundaries are always in a state of flux, "responding" to (reacting to and shaping) socio-economic and historical forces and adapting to meet new "needs". In this light, the Other has been variously identified in terms of class, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, depending on time and place, and Otherness has certainly not been overcome as a means of division. What should not be forgotten is that the opposition to the Other has always represented an efficacious tool to divide and rule, as the racist discourses on class, ethnicity, gender, age or religion bring out forcefully, and Otherness continues to be exploited to political, economic and social ends, a phenomenon whose importance increases in most societies, where the divide between rich and poor is growing continually, where the earth’s resources are continually wasted, and exploited to the benefit of the richer parts of the globe.
The conference thus welcomes papers tackling any issue related to the creation, enforcement and maintenance of Alterity, or examining concrete situations and their representation. Two broad types of contributions are encouraged: a) theoretical approaches, and b) analyses of case studies.
With regard to theoretical approaches, contributions are welcome which investigate and pinpoint the actual means and processes by which Otherness and identity are constructed and maintained, as well as adapted to changing socio-political conditions.
Analyses of texts, including multimodal texts, are also encouraged.
Thus contributions are sought from linguists, discourse analysts, stylisticians, historical linguists, literary critics, film and multimodal theorists, communication theorists, but also from sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, criminologists, political scientists, economists, historians, philosophers, educationalists and others working in domains dealing with texts in which any form of Alterity and/or resistance to inequality is represented, discussed or analysed, and/or in which the underlying ideology and discourse on Alterity is investigated.

Keynote speakers include:
- Prof. Lesley Jeffries (Chair of English, University of Huddersfield)
- Prof. Zoltan Kovecses (Professor of Linguistics, University of Budapest)
- Prof. Abioseh Porter (Head of English, Drexel University)
- Prof. Vincenzo Ruggiero (Professor of Sociology, Middlesex University)
- Prof. Michael Toolan (Professor of English Language, University of Birmingham).
The conference language is English, as will be the ensuing publication.

Please send abstracts up to 300 words by April 30th, 2014 to:
- John Douthwaite (j.douthw@virgilio.it)
- Daniela Francesca Virdis (dfvirdis@gmail.com)
- and Elisabetta Zurru (elizurru@gmail.com).
Abstracts should be sent as Word attachments. Please include your full name, academic title, affiliation, postal address, email address, the title of your presentation and five keywords. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 7th, 2014.
Please note that all the rooms in the Department of Educational Sciences are equipped with computer and overhead projector so you can project all supported documents, spreadsheets, presentations and films. Should you require any special equipment beyond these applications, please specify in the abstract.

Detailed information on the conference, travel, accommodation etc. may be found on the conference website at:
(posted 21 March 2014, updateed 2 April 2014)

The Coleridge Summer Conference
Cannington, Somerset, UK  -  28 July-1 August 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2013

Academic Director: Tim Fulford
Keynote speakers:  Marjorie Levinson, J. C. C. Mays, Damian Walford Davies

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2013

The Coleridge Summer Conference meets again next year in the lime-tree bowers of  Cannington College, among the beautiful Quantock Hills a few miles from Nether Stowey and Alfoxden. The College's garden grounds will be available for all participants, and there will be walks on the Quantocks and to the sea. The Rose and Crown inn will welcome us in the evenings. The Abyssinian maid will be flying in; bring your own dulcimer and join us for drinks and talk under the stars on long balmy summer evenings.

We aim for a wide range of papers on the literature of Coleridge's circle and the culture of the times, as well as on Coleridge himself. Abstracts are welcomed on Coleridge, the Coleridge Circle, and Romantic Writing and Culture more generally. Papers on the themes of Poetics and Politics are particularly welcome.

Price: approx.  £400 including accommodation and meals.

Deadline for submission of abstracts, which should be no longer than 250 words, and should include the proposer's name, affiliation and email, is 30th November 2013. Decisions will be made by 31st December 2013.

Bursaries (full and partial) will be available for postgraduates and unwaged scholars. Please state on your abstract if you would like to be considered for a bursary.

All abstracts and enquiries should be sent to: <kerri.andrews@strath.ac.uk>.
(posted 30 October 2013)

Writing Communities: People as Place
Falmouth University, UK  -  29-30 July 2014
Deadline for proposals: 18 May 2014

Falmouth University PG/ECR Conference July 29th - 30th 2014   (£25)
Researching place often means researching communities. Landscapes are peopled. History has a living voice. Researchers not only work with communities, but also write them--creatively and academically.
This Postgraduate / Early Career Researcher conference invites papers around the pleasures and tensions of writing with/from community engagement. Abstracts from creative writers, artists, historians, geographers and social scientists are particularly welcome, as well as from any PG/ECR whose research involves communities.

Discussions could include:
- Strategies of engagement (however successful)
- The influence of expectation
- Investigations of the lyric 'I' in people/place creative writing
- Selection methods of artists using the words/opinions of communities in their work
- Concerns over appropriated voices/artistic license
- How non-CW (creative writing) researchers use CW approaches (poetry, thick description, etc.) in their research
- Methods & case studies of successful community engagement (from all sides) & writing strategies of final project
- How to 'give back' the work to the community & reactions from the community of work/identification with it
- Work with online/subcultural communities
 These are only suggestions. Any abstracts around the conference theme are welcome.
All delegates will be invited to read some work at the drinks reception on the evening of the 29th. These will be published in an e-chapbook by ChickenBeak Books (Falmouth small poetry press) and made available online.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, with a brief biography, to <writingcommunities@outlook.com> to arrive by May 18th 2014.
(posted 4 May 2014)


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Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image - Tenth IAWIS/AIERTI Triennal Conference
University of Dundee, Scotland  -  11-15 August 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2013

Call for Panel Sessions

"For the harmony of the world is made manifest in Form and Number, and the heart and soul and all the poetry of Natural Philosophy are embodied in the concept of mathematical beauty... The waves of the sea, the little ripples on the shore, the sweeping curve of the sandy bay between the headlands, the outline of the hills, the shape of the clouds, all these are so many riddles of form, so many problems of morphology."
        (D'Arcy Thompson, On Growth and Form, 1917)
"At the great drama of evolution the naturalist is but the awakening spectator... Science is not in booksŠ From bookshelves we have to gather the results of the science, and apply them practically in the actual garden...
Here then is the goal of our biological education, not memory knowledge, but power... We shall learn together how to bring science into our life, and life into our science."
             (Patrick Geddes, Inaugural Lecture at Dundee, 1888)
2014's IAWIS/AIERTI conference will be hosted for the first time by the Scottish Word and Image Group (SWIG), fronted by the University of Dundee's English programme, School of Humanities and Museum Services.
The conference theme is "Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image." It will examine representation of science and technology in text, poetry, art, popular culture, film, print and digital media, etc. Dundee has a particular history and reputation in both sciences and arts and is thus an ideal venue for the theme.
The conference will specifically invoke Dundee's scientific and cultural history through the foundational work of D'Arcy Thompson and Patrick Geddes, both polymathic visual thinkers of international reputation. It will also showcase the city's history of polar exploration and technological innovation. However, the conference's approach to 'science' is in no sense limited to the Anglophone tradition defining it in the narrower sense of the natural sciences, but will restore and celebrate the full range of its original humanistic associations. Hence the theme will appeal to panels and papers on all kinds of human knowledge, enquiry and analysis, and how they are conceptualised, conducted or communicated through forms of verbal and visual media.
SWIG also hopes to collaborate with Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Science Centre and other local bodies to host accompanying exhibitions, events and films. The 2014 Triennial will be a high-profile event, with four packed days of panels and keynote talks, plus a day of optional trips. Speakers will also have the option of presenting either in English or French.
Taking its cue from the writings of two of Dundee's great visual thinkers, D'Arcy Thompson and Patrick Geddes, "Riddles of Form" seeks to investigate the roles of exploration and discovery in word and image studies, and in particular the creative links between word, image and science in its broadest sense. What can science tell us about word-image relationships? How have art-forms that rely on both word and image been altered by science? To what extent does our understanding of science (professional and popular) depend on the interplay of word and image in (for example) scientific diagrams and models? How do other word-image inter-relations function within scientific research and discovery? How might new conceptual topographies in verbal and visual media be explored "scientifically"?
Potention session themes include, but are not limited to:
Designs for Life
Thinking Machines
 A Sketch of the Universe
"Commune Vinculum"
Science / Fiction
Frankenstein in Dundee
Voyages extraordinaires
Jules Verne in Scotland
Polar Extremes
Outer / Inner Space
Riddles of the Ninth Art
Word and Image in Museums of Science
Visual Literacies / Literary Visualities (in the Digital Age)
Eco-Spheres (Nature and Ecology)
Alchemy and Natural Philosophy
C.P. Snow and the Two Cultures
Deadline for session proposals: 1 April 2013       
Abstracts for sessions should be a maximum of 300 words. NB All conference
Participants must be members of IAWIS/AIERTI.
(posted 4 February 2013)

Curves of Life: Spirals in Nature and Art: a session at the 10th IAWIS/AIERTI Triennal Conference
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK  -  11-15 August 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 6 December 2013

From the organic spiral found in living organisms such as plants, shells, DNA or nebulae to the aesthetic spirals used in many bas-reliefs or medieval carvings and artworks, the spiral form stands out as one of the most fundamental structures of our universe, a view certainly shared by D'Arcy Thompson when he devoted a long chapter to the study of the form in his book, On Growth and Form. Following in the scientist's footsteps our session will explore occurrences of the spiral pattern throughout the ages and across many disciplinary fields, from natural history, biology, mathematics to architecture, literature and the arts.
In the wake of Liliane Louvel's innovative text-and-image studies (Poetics of the Iconotext, Ed. Karen Jacobs, trans. Laurence Petit. Ashgate, 2011), we would first like to reflect on the various modalities of the spiral in literature. When only described in a given literary text, how does the spiral shape become visible other than in "the mind's eye"? Does it necessarily have to be a visual element in the text (in calligrams for instance) in order to be perceived by the reader or can it be evoked through channels other than vision? Can the spiral form model the endless play between text and image? Bearing in mind the intertextual focus of the conference, we welcome papers that focus specifically on how the spiral form travels between word and image allowing readers/viewers a new perspective.

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:
spirals in painting and poetry
spirals in botany and shells and scientific illustration
the spiral form in design and the decorative arts
spirals in specific art movements or periods
theories of inter-media translation
spirals in fractal art, digital art, and screen media

Organisers: Laurence Roussillon-Constanty (University of Toulouse, France), Karen E. Brown (University of St Andrews, UK), Liliane Louvel (University of Poitiers, France)
Please send your proposal (for a 20-minute paper) by Friday December 6, 2013 (new extended deadline) to <swig2014@gmail.com>).
Please indicate the title of the session at which your proposal is aimed and supply full contact information.

Conference homepage: http://www.scottishwordimage.org/conferences/iawis2014/
(posted 7 November 2013, updated 21 November 2013)

The thinking hands of science, literature and art: a panel at the Tenth IAWIS/AIERTI Triennal Conference
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK  -  11-15 August 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 6 December 2013

A panel at the Tenth IAWIS/AIERTI Triennal Conference
Conference homepage
List of sessions and abstracts
Our session

We invite submissions of proposals for 20 minute papers (abstract 250-300 words).
The deadline for submissions is Friday December, 2013 (new extended deadline).
Please contact us at <swig2014@gmail.com> to submit abstracts or with any further queries. Please indicate the title of the session at which your proposal is aimed and supply full contact information.
All speakers must be registered members of IAWIS/AIERTI before the conference.

This panel invites contributions that explore the interface and interplay between artistic and literary experimentation and scientific experiments. We welcome papers that examine the interaction between word and image in a variety of hermeneutic investigations and discuss the forms of visibility that they create.  The papers will look at epistemological crossovers and they will favour works that concern themselves with the boundary between the body and its technological extensions.
Optical devices such as cameras, mirrors, as well as recording and measuring devices -- either analogical or digital -- belong to the broad category of "apparatus" as defined by Giorgio Agamben. They are the basis and condition of hermeneutic investigations that materialise mental processes and are used as extensions of the human body and of the hand in particular. In a more direct -- or seemingly unmediated way -- draughtsmanship and sketching are linked to observation and to the genetic stages of creation. They encapsulate the mental and perceptual processes at work in ways that foreground the singularity of handwriting and drawing. All of these are inscribed in text and image and produce iconotextual variations on the pictorial, as shown in Liliane Louvel's Poetics of the Iconotext (Ashgate, 2011).
In that respect papers can deal with experiment(ation) as a theme in fiction and in art, but also as scientific practice or artistic performance, in media and works of all kinds. They will explore the role of the body and/or of apparatus, as well as the boundary between the two. They will analyse the modes according to which tools and/or the hand condition our engagement with the pictorial.

Anne-Laure Fortin-Tournès (Université du Maine, France)
Laurence Petit (Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier III, France)
Sophie Aymes (Université de Bourgogne, France)
(posted 26 October 2013, updated 16 November 2013)

Third Triennial Conference of ISLE, the International Society for the Linguistics of English
University of Zurich, Switzerland  -  24-27 August 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2013

The Third Triennial Conference of ISLE, the International Society for the Linguistics of English, will be organized by the English Department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, 24-27 August 2014.

Conference website: http://www.isle3.uzh.ch/index.html

The thematic focus of the third ISLE conference is inter- and intra-disciplinary research.

The following keynote speakers have agreed to participate
Prof. Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University
Prof. Joan Bresnan, Stanford University
Prof. David Britain, University of Berne
Prof. Susan M. Fitzmaurice, University of Sheffield
Prof. William Foley, University of Sydney

In line with the research profiles of the plenary speakers, we particularly invite contributions in the following areas of research:
• English linguistics and globalization
• Empirical foundations of syntax, linguistic typology and probabilistic grammar
• The interface between dialectology and human geography
• English linguistics and literature
• Anthropological linguistics and syntactic theory

Submission of abstracts (max. 500 words) is invited via our ConfTool website: https://www.conftool.pro/isle3/

Participants can also submit abstracts for some of the workshops directly to the workshop convenors - details to be found at:

Deadline: 31 December 2013

Contact details: <isleweb@es.uzh.ch>

We are looking forward to seeing you in Zurich in 2014.

Marianne Hundt (on behalf of the organizing committee)
Christian Mair (on behalf of the ISLE executive)

Please note that ISLE membership is a prerequisite for participation at the conference. Find out more about ISLE and how to join at:

(posted 7 September 2013)

Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century
University of Limerick, Ireland  -  28-29 August 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 May 2014

- Dr. Christina Morin (University of Limerick)
- Dr. Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
- Professor Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast)
- Professor Donald MacRaild (Ulster University)
- Professor Julia M. Wright (Dalhousie University)

Twenty-first-century research in the humanities addresses the question of the impact of ethnic mobility on cultural production and identity formation. To what extent do the travelling and relocation of citizens across borders result in the development of transcultural histories, norms and communities (Stråth 2006), shared transnational and even multidirectional (Rothberg 2009) legacies?
Ireland offers a very relevant case study for examining the effects of travelling, migration, and other forms of cultural contact on (re)conceptualizations of nationalism, homeland, Europe, and migrant communities. The period between 'Grattan's Parliament' (1782) and World War I (1914) was marked by an increasing mobility of Irish throughout Britain, Continental Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific. From the Romantic era, trade and tourism brought many travellers to Ireland. Many Irish artists and intellectuals in turn toured Europe, where cultural exchanges with other writers, artists, and thinkers inspired them to introduce novel ideas and cultural forms to their Irish audiences. The evolving nationalist movement further intensified Ireland’s cultural contacts: leaders of the United Irishmen, Young Ireland, and Land League travelled to France and North America to gain support for a liberated Ireland. Travelling became an even stronger theme in Irish culture during the Great Famine (1845-50) and its immediate aftermath– an era marked by a massive exodus, especially to Britain, Canada, and America, which led to the emergence of transcultural Irish communities, nationalist societies, and publication networks.
The two-day international and interdisciplinary symposium Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century aims to contribute groundbreaking perspectives to current academic and social debates on transculturalism, commemoration, and identity formation. Hosted by the University of Limerick and organised by Dr. Christina Morin and Dr. Marguérite Corporaal, this symposium seeks to explore the influence of cultural mobility on national identity, diaspora, community, and the creation of political, artistic, and literary infrastructures, focusing on 'travelling Irishness' in the long nineteenth century.

The organizers welcome panel and paper proposals that address the contexts of 'travelling Irishness' between 1782 and 1914 from a variety of perspectives and fields, including history, politics, migration, literature, the visual arts, the media, drama, music, and other forms of cultural expression. Possible topics may include but are by no means restricted to the following issues:
- the interaction of Irish travellers and migrants with various cultural contact zones during the long nineteenth century;
- the influence of Irish travelling and migration on British, Continental, transatlantic, and transpacific cultural, political, and historical perspectives;
- the reconfiguration of Irish history and culture by its travelling people;
- the representation of travelling and homecoming Irish in literature, art, and history.

Proposals for both papers and panels should be sent by email to <christina.morin@ul.ie>.
Proposals should include an abstract (max. 300 words) as well as a short biography (max. 150 words) for each participant.
The deadline for submission is Friday 30 May 2014.
(posted 11 March 2014)

ESSE 2014 Conference
Košice, Slovakia  -  29 August - 2 September 2014
The deadline for Seminars and Round Tables has been extended to 15 June 2013.   

The deadline for proposing seminars and round tables has been extended to 15 June 2013. You are invited to submit proposals for seminars and round tables on topics related to our fields of study: English Language, Literatures in English, and Cultural Studies (broadly defined). Proposals for seminars and round tables should be submitted directly to the Academic Programme Committee (APC) at <esse2014proposals@upjs.sk>.

Conference website: http://www.esse2014kosice.sk

Proposals for seminars on specialised topics within our field should be submitted jointly by two ESSE members, preferably from two different National Associations. The degree of international appeal will be one of the selection criteria used by the APC. Proposals will not be entertained if they come from two people in the same institution. In exceptional cases the APC may permit one of the two convenors not to be an ESSE member (e.g. because they come from outside Europe), if it is argued that their presence is especially important for the seminar. Seminar proposals must include the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of the convenors and a 100-word description of the topic.
Unlike round tables, seminars are not pre-constituted events and will therefore be included within the APC's future call for papers, although convenors may take an active role in approaching potential participants. The seminar format is intended to encourage lively participation on the part both of speakers and of members of the audience. For this reason, papers will be orally presented in no longer than 15 minutes rather than read.
Reduced versions of the papers will be circulated beforehand among participants. Further directions will follow in the call for papers.

NB: proposals for individual papers should NOT be submitted at this stage. The deadline for individual papers will be the 31 January 2014.

The aim of round tables is to present topics and problems currently seen as shaping the nature of the discipline. At a round table a pre-constituted panel discusses issues of fairly general scholarly or professional interest in front of (and subsequently with) an audience. In other words, round tables are not sequences of papers but debate sessions. Proposals should include a 100-word description of the topic and the names and affiliations of at least three participants (including the convenor), who must be drawn from more than one national association. The maximum number of speakers will be five.
(posted 10 April 2013, updated 22 May 2014)


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Thinking with John Berger
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK  -  4-5 September 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 1 March 2014

Keynote speakers:
Professor Bruce Robbins (Columbia University)
Professor Peter de Bolla (University of Cambridge)

This conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University places a focus on the transformative potential of John Berger's work for educational practice. It takes an exploratory approach to the question of how we might, as educators, use, discuss, learn from and continue to develop Berger’s thought.

The conference is open to contributors from all subject areas and disciplines, though it is anticipated that it will be of principal appeal to those interested in Berger's impact upon the following fields: literary studies; visual arts; art history; philosophy; creative writing; film production and education; performance; drawing; photography; cultural geography; critical and cultural theory. Topics for papers will be organised into panels, which might include or resemble, but are definitely not restricted to, the following:
• Criticism beyond a hermeneutics of suspicion
• Storytelling and fiction in the C21
• Aesthetics and materialism
• Intellectual work today
• ‘Planetarity’, global citizenship, cosmopolitics
• Pedagogy in art history
• Developments in photography and education
• Combinations of theory and practice in writing
• Consequences and cultures of the ‘new poverty’ (John Berger)
• Spatial theory and ‘art geography’
• Radical cinema
• Spinoza and a new vitalism
• Drawing and writing

Proposals (300 words maximum) for 20-minute papers should be sent to the conference email address by 1 March 2014 (new extended deadline):
Queries and correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to Professor Jeff Wallace at <jwallace@cardiffmet.ac.uk>, or call 00 44(0)29 2041 7102.
A conference website, with information regarding fees, accommodation and logistics, will be up and running soon. In the meantime, queries on these issues should be addressed to Katerina Ray, Huw Jones or Donna O’Flaherty, conference administrators, at bergerconference@cardiffmet.ac.uk (tel 00 44 (0)29 2020 5754 or 00 44 (0) 29 2041 7078/6577)
(posted 11 October 2013, updated 17 January 2014)

3rd Global Conference: The Graphic Novel
Mansfield College, Oxford, UK  -  3-5 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 4 April 2014

"Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof."
(Alan Moore, V for Vendetta)

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues in and around the production, creation and reading of all forms of comics and graphic novels. Taken as a form of pictographic narrative it has been with us since the first cave paintings and even in the 21st century remains a hugely popular, vibrant and culturally relevant means of communication whether expressed as sequential art, graphic literature, bandes dessinees, tebeos, fumetti, manga, manhwa, komiks, strips, historietas, quadrinhos, beeldverhalen, or just plain old comics. (as noted by Paul Gravett)
Whilst the form itself became established in the 19th Century it is perhaps not until the 20th century that comic book heroes like Superman (who has been around since 1938) became, not just beloved characters, but national icons. With the globalisation of publishing brands such as Marvel and DC  it is no accident that there has been an increase in graphic novel adaptations and their associated merchandising. Movies such as X-men, Iron man, Watchmen and the recent Thor have grossed millions of dollars across the world and many television series have been continued off-screen in the graphic form, Buffy, Firefly and Farscape to name a few.
Of course America and Europe is not the only base of this art form and the Far East and Japan have their own traditions as well as a huge influence on graphic representations across the globe. In particular Japanese manga has influenced comics in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, France and the United States, andhave created an amazing array of reflexive appropriations and re-appropriations, in not just in comics but in anime as well.
Of equal importance in this growth and relevance of the graphic novel are the smaller and independent publishers that have produced influential works such as Maus by Art Spiegleman, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Palestine by Joe Sacco, Epileptic by David B and even Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware  that explore, often on a personal level, contemporary concerns such as gender, diaspora, post-colonialism, sexuality, globalisation and approaches to health, terror and identity. Further to this the techniques and styles of the graphic novel have taken further form online creating entirely web-comics and hypertexts, as in John Cei Douglas’ Lost and Found and Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl, as well as forming part of larger trans-media narratives and submersive worlds, as in the True Blood franchise that invites fans to enter and participate in constructing a narrative in many varied formats and locations.

This projects invites papers that consider the place of the comic or graphic novel in both history and location and the ways that it appropriates and is appropriated by other media in the enactment of individual, social and cultural identity.
Presentations, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to (but not limited to) the following themes:
1) Just what makes a Graphic Novel so Graphic and so Novel?:
~ Sources, early representations and historical contexts of the form.
~ Landmarks in development, format and narratology.
~ Cartoons, comics, graphic novels and artists books.
~ Words, images, texture and colour and what makes a GN
~ Format, layout, speech bubbles and “where the *@#% do we go from here?”
2) The Inner and Outer Worlds of the Graphic Novel:
~ Outer and Inner spaces; Thoughts, cities, and galaxies and other representations of graphic place and space.
~ Differing temporalities, Chronotopes and “time flies”: Intertextuality, editing and the nature of Graphic and/or Deleuzian time.
~ Graphic Superstars and Words versus Pictures: Alan Moore v Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) Neil Gaiman v Jack Kirby (Sandman).
~ Performance and performativity of, in and around graphic representations.
~ Transcriptions and translations: literature into pictures, films into novels and high/low graphic arts.
3) Identity, Meanings and Otherness:
~ GN as autobiography, witnessing, diary and narrative
~ Representations of disability, illness, coping and normality
~ Cultural appropriations, east to west and globalisation
~ National identity, cultural icons and stereo-typical villains
~ Immigration, postcolonial and stories of exile
~ Representing gender, sexualities and non-normative identities.
~ Politics, prejudices and polemics: banned, censored and comix that are just plain wrong”
~ Other cultures, other voices, other words
4) To Infinity and Beyond: The Graphic Novel in the 21st Century:
~ Fanzines and Slash-mags: individual identity through appropriation.
~ Creator and Created: Interactions and interpolations between authors and audience.
~ Hypertext, Multiple formats and inter-active narratives.
~ Cross media appropriation, GN into film, gaming and merchandisng and vice versa
~ Graphic Myths and visions of the future: Sandman, Hellboy, Ghost in the Shell.
~ Restarting the Canon: what are the implication of the restart in universes such as Marcel and DC and do they represent the opportunity to reopen ongoing conversations?

Presentations  will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes.
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 these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between The Graphic Novel and Augmentation.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th April 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th July 2014. 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 proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: GN3 Abstract Submission
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using 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
Nadine Farghaly: <Nadine.Farghaly@gmx.net>
Rob Fisher: <gn3@inter-disciplinary.net>

The conference is part of the Education Hub series of research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). 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:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
(posted 30 January 2014)

The Story of Memory Conference: Exploring New Perspectives on the Relationship between Storytelling and Memory in the Twenty-First Century
The University of Roehampton, UK  -  4-5 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 8 August 2014

Invited speakers include:
* Paul Bloom (Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale)
*Suzanne Corkin (Neuroscience, MIT)
* Mark Currie (English Literature, QMUL)
* Asifa Majid (Psycholinguistics, Radboud)
* Martijn Meeter (Cognitive Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
* Jamie Tehrani (Anthropology, Durham)
* Jason Tougaw
* Maud Casey

The Story of Memory seeks to pose new questions about the relationship between the senses, cognition, memory, and emotion, and to reinvigorate the debate about the return to a critical investigation of story telling in the twenty-first century.

We invite papers that consider the following questions across disciplines:
* How does storytelling shape our memories and identity in new ways, and how is narrative involved in the conceptualization of memory across disciplines?
* How do culturally specific storytelling traditions change and inflect memory processes differently?
* In what new ways is therapeutic storytelling used as an intervention in cases of psychological trauma?
* How do non-verbal modes (including architecture and music) tell stories?
* What is the role of the senses in storytelling?
* Can there be a story in the medium of taste or smell?
* How do disciplines not necessarily close to literature and linguistics narrate knowledge differently, and how can the Humanities rethink traditional narratological frameworks through the different story-forms generated by other disciplines?
* How do new influences create new, and reshape existing, genres such as (auto)biography and life-writing (i.e., brain memoirs; e.g. Hustvedt, Shulman, McCrum)?
* Neuroscientists too have turned their attention to how the brain uses narrative to integrate the senses, emotion and memory into the experiential self, so what can the ‘harder’ sciences learn from frameworks offered by disciplines in the Humanities ?
* How does the changing form of stories in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, and Storify shape our sense of selfhood?
* How do we narrate and curate (online) archives, and the bulk collection of data?
* What are the ethical questions that new forms of story telling generate?

Please send all enquiries, as well as 250-word proposals for 25 minute papers, or 600-word proposals for special panels consisting of 3 papers, and a brief bio-note, to <memorynetwork@roehampton.ac.uk> by 8 August 2014.

In conjunction with the conference, The Memory Network is organizing a literary festival at which writers, scientists, and scholars discuss memory in the twenty-first century, featuring Ian McEwan, to be held on the 6th September.
Please visit http://www.thememorynetwork.net<http://www.thememorynetwork.net/ for further details.
(posted 4 August 2014)

British Poetry of the First World War: An International Centenary Conference
Wadham College, Oxford, UK  -  5-7 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 July 2013

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the English Association will be hosting a major international conference, British Poetry of the First World War, in Oxford in September 2014.
The conference Patron is Professor Jon Stallworthy (Oxford). The Convenor is Professor Tim Kendall (Exeter). Keynote speakers will include Professor Edna Longley (Queen’s, Belfast) and Professor Jay Winter (Yale). Events will include lectures, readings, a Song Recital presented by the composer Ian Venables, exhibitions, a book launch and Conference Dinner.
Proposals for papers (20 minutes) to be presented at panel sessions are warmly invited. Please send a 250-word abstract and a mini-biography (50-100 words) to the Conference Secretary, Julia Hughes <jfh6@le.ac.uk>, before the deadline. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be communicated before the end of September 2013.
Topics for panel discussions may include the following:
· afterlives - canonising the dead poets;
· aftermaths - survivors of the War;
· anthologising war poetry / broadening the canon;
· close readings and re-readings;
· visions and re-visions: good literature but bad history?
· individual poets / groups of poets; lives of the war poets;
· non-combatant poets;
· teaching and learning war poetry in schools and HE;
· wartime and after - poetry and the reading public.
Individuals or groups are welcome to propose additional or alternative topics. The programme committee, which will determine the final selection of panels and speakers, consists of Professor Tim Kendall, Dr Kate McLoughlin (Birkbeck College, London), Dr. Kate Lindsay (Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive) and Adrian Barlow (EA Chair).
Booking for the conference opens on Wednesday 15 May 2013.
For further details and latest Conference news visit the English Association website:
(posted 24 April 2013)

Forms and Formats: Experimenting with Print, 1695-1815
University of Oxford, UK  -  8-9 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2014

From broadside ballads and Lilliputian folios to printed engravings and manuals, from newspapers and pamphlets to abridgements and anthologies, a vast variety of print circulated in eighteenth-century Britain and its colonies. How did authors, printers, engravers or booksellers experiment with new forms of publication and with what results? To what extent did regulations related to copyright, taxation, or postal distribution affect the choices of authors and publishers? How did changes in printing format (octavo, duodecimo, etc.) alter the experiences of readers and reveal the modifications of the book trade?

Papers may examine a specific text or image as it appeared across different formats, or consider a particular category (the monthly magazine, the advertisement, the abridged novel, etc.) in relation to its material form(s). Whether focusing on the evolution of techniques and materials or the changing habits of readers, authors are especially encouraged to include analysis of works held by one of the host libraries -- The Bodleian Library, Jesus College Fellows' Library, and Oriel College Senior Library. Copies of relevant works will be displayed during the conference.

Please supply a 300-word proposal and a one-page C.V. by 15 January 2014 to: <formsandformats2014@gmail.com>

Plenary Speakers (to be confirmed):Dr. Christine Ferdinand (Magdalen College, University of Oxford), Pr. James Raven (University of Essex).

Conference venue: Oxford, details to follow.

Organised by:
Centre for the Study of the Book
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Centre for Research on the English-Speaking World (CREC/CREW)
Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3.
(posted 23 October 2013)

Comparative Criticism: Minding Borders
St Anne's College, Oxford, UK  -  10-11 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2014

Both comparative criticism and translation cross borders. Yet borders that have been crossed still exist. Even a border that has been dismantled is likely to reappear in a different place, or as a less obvious set of limiting practices: migrant texts and migrant ideas, like migrant people, may not achieve full citizenship in their new locations. Of course, there is a creative aspect to borders too, as postcolonial theory in particular has emphasized.  Borders are contact zones (Pratt), generators of hybridity (Bhabha), spaces of exchange, cross-fertilization, and enrichment. For all these reasons, borders require minding – thinking about, managing, even in a sense policing.
Rather than celebrating the crossing of borders, or dreaming of their abolition, our conference will trace their troubling and yet generative resilience. We will explore how borders define as well as exclude, protect as well as violate, and nurture some identities while negating others. We will think comparatively across geography, politics, cultural circulation, creativity, and the structuration of academic disciplines, hoping that the analysis of borders in one domain may illuminate their workings in another (and therefore reconfigure the borders between them). We welcome modes of presentation which question or disrupt the apparent borderlessness of anglophone academic discourse. Whatever other form a border takes it is always also a border in the mind.
We anticipate arranging and interweaving our discussions along the following lines:
Borders in places / in people / in language / in cultural production / in academia

Speakers confirmed so far include the geographer Davide Papotti (Parma), the philosopher Michael Wheeler (Stirling), the freelance writer and artist Caroline Bergvall (London & Geneva). and the writer and scholar of Mediterranean literature Adrian Grima (Malta).
Podcasts from the conference will appear on the OCCT website, and the gathered papers will be published as a book in Legenda's new comparative series Transcript.

Please send a 200 word proposal and a short biog to <comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk> by Monday 15th June. If you would like to contribute in some other way, for instance in a group presentation or planned discussion, please write to the same address by the same date.

The programme will be finalised by early July, and registration will open thereafter.

Organising committee: Nicola Gardini,  Adriana Jacobs, Rosie Lavan, Xiaofan Amy Li, Ben Morgan, Mohamed-Salah Omri, Matthew Reynolds, Céline Sabiron.

Website: http://oxfordcomparativeliterature.com/conference/
(posted 22 May 2014)

Audionarratology: Interfaces of Sound and Narrative
University of Paderborn, Germany  -  11-12 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2013

Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Alan Palmer (Durham County)
- Elke Huwiler (Amsterdam)
Sound and narrative pervade our lives from an early age onwards. The voice of our parents reading bed-time stories to us, the favorite song lyrics that form the soundtracks of our lives, the audiobooks we listen to when we need an alternative to reading stories, the radio plays we hear when tuning in to our favorite radio station, the sound effects and music that intensify our emotions when watching a movie. There are boundless examples for the ways in which sound and narrative intersect.
It is these interfaces we want to explore in more depth during an international and interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Paderborn from 11 to 12 September 2014. Sound in this context incorporates the whole spectrum from structural sound, as in music, to noise or prosodic features of voices, for example. The proposed research paradigm operates on the boundaries to related fields such as literature and music or narrative and intermediality. Unlike the former, audionarratology focuses more strongly on the relationship between forms and functions of sound and/as narrative. In contrast to the latter, it narrows down its interest to aural media and to oral/aural channels in other media, thus shifting emphasis away from typical questions concerning text-image relations and the visual in recent cultural studies. Some of the main questions we would like to address are: How does sound highlight and support narrative structure in aural genres such as audiobooks, radio plays or songs? What happens if the narrative voice of fiction is given a real voice in audiobooks or, more generally, in stories that are read out loud? How do listeners respond to such voices? In what ways can sound performances be or become narrative in nature? How do narrative texts provide templates for sound effects? How is sound verbally encoded in narrative texts?

Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Forms and functions of voice and sound in aural genres such as audiobooks or radio plays
- Voicing the ‘narrative voice’: reading out loud and its narrative effects
- Oral performance, sound effects and narrative in audio-visual media
- Music, sound and narrative in songs
- Musical adaptations of novels and stories
- Sound effects in hypertexts
- The sound of silence in narrative
- Sound and voice in (narrative) poetry
- Mishearing and narrative misunderstanding
- Sound, voice and narrative affect
- Exploring the boundaries between aural genres

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and bionotes to:
- <jarmila.mildorf@upb.de>
- <and/or till.kinzel@gmx.de>.
The deadline for abstract submissions is 30th September 2013.
(posted 27 July 2013)

Memory: Forgetting and Creating
Gdańsk, Poland  -  11-12 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2014

Website: http://memoryforgetting.ug.edu.pl

University of Gdańsk (Poland) - Research Unit for Dream, Memory and Imagination Studies
Jagiellonian University (Poland)
Federal University of Paraná (Brazil)
University of São Paulo (Brazil)
McGill University (Canada)

In our increasingly fast-paced societies, where information is abundant and its reception is superficial, human memory appears to be an endangered phenomenon. This is why we would like to take a closer look at the complex processes of memory. These include forgetting, neglecting, negation, and detachment, along with creating, recollecting, remembering, regaining memories, and reconstructing one's relationship with the past. We are deeply interested in examples and consequences of altered memories: invention, fabrication, deception, indoctrination or propaganda. We invite reflection on mutual relations between memory and imagination, fantasising and manipulating, forgetting and creating.
We would like all these problems to be contextualised as broadly as possible, with reference to historical, social, religious, cultural, psychological, artistic and other factors. Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.
The conference is intended as an interdisciplinary event. Hence, we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, neurophysiology, history of literature, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, animal studies, medical sciences, psychiatry, social policy, engineering and computer sciences, business, cognitive sciences et al.
We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation. We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of memory in the past and in the present-day world.

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:   

1 Lost Memory: forgotten history, forgotten nations, forgotten heroes, forgotten legacy, forgotten times, forgotten revolutions, forgotten identity, forgotten authors, forgotten texts, forgotten languages

2 Memory Loss: amnesia, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, sclerosis, selective memory, repression, psychopathology of everyday life

3 Stolen Memory: denationalisation, eradication, expulsion, disinheritance, exclusion, manipulation, propaganda, indoctrination, (Holocaust and other genocide) denial, "historical politics", "cultural revolution"

4 Abandoned Memory: non-action, negligence, indifference, insouciance, decline of attachment, emotional atrophy, disownment, betrayal

5 Memory as a Trap: the terror of memory, trauma, post-memory, memory and mourning, nostalgia, fixation, the return of the repressed, "primal scenes", compulsions, stereotypes

6 Memory Regained: recollection, anamnesis, insight, epiphany, "time regained"

7 Dubious Memory: déjà vu, confabulation, fabrication, rumour, apocryph, parallel histories

8 Memory and Imagination: facts and phantasms, political phantasms, historiography and fantasising,the realness of memories, national mythologies, reconstructions and narrations, memory and representation, memory and fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, para-documentary film, imagination in mnemonics, collective memory and collective imagination

9 Memory and Art: literature, art, film, theatre as memory "media", socially engaged art: artists in defence of memory, Joseph Conrad and Heart of Darkness, Marcel Proust and In Search of Lost Time, Thomas Mann and The Magic Mountain, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and One Hundred Years of Solitude, Tadeusz Kantor and the "cliches of memory"

10 Memory and Science: mirror Neurons, diseases and syndromes of memory, "creating memory" in the lab, memory of matter (inorganic memory), memory processing in technology

11. Memory and Business: marketing, customer loyalty, creating connections, creating relationships

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 15th June 2014 to:
- Prof. Wojciech Owczarski, University of Gdańsk: <wowczarski1@ten.pl>
- and Zofia Ziemann, Jagiellonian University: <zofiaziemann@wp.pl>

The confirmation of acceptance will be sent by 30th June 2014.
The conference language is English.
A selection of papers will be published in a post-conference volume.

Organizing Committe:
Professor Wojciech Owczarski - University of Gdańsk: Research Unit for Dream, Memory and Imagination Studies
Professor Tadeusz Stegner - University of Gdańsk
Professor Maria Virginia Filomena Cremasco - Federal University of Paraná
Professor Paulo Cesar Endo - University of São Paulo
Zofia Ziemann, M.A. – Jagiellonian University
Amanda Chalupa; Dobromir Jastrzębski; Diana Skaya - McGill University
(posted 7 January 2014)

Crime Fiction: Here and There and Again. 2nd International Postgraduate Conference
University of Gdańsk, Poland  -  11-13 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

University of Gdańsk and the State School of Higher Professional Education in Elbląg

Crime narratives are among the most popular forms of storytelling worldwide and have played a central role in the development of national literatures. Detective and crime novels have developed beyond borders marked by language, culture and genre. The ability to replicate, explore, and interrogate its own conventions is one of the defining features of all types of crime fiction. The recent worldwide success of Scandinavian crime fiction shows that crime novels can be successfully translated into other languages and appropriated for other cultures.

The aim of the conference is to discuss crime fiction across national borders, across cultures, across languages, across genres, across arts and across different media. We invite papers which deal with one or more of the following points (the list is by no means exhaustive), in any given literature and country, or in international comparison:
• Crime fiction and cultural/national identities
• Crime fiction and ethnic minorities
• Others and Otherness
• Transnational, translocal and transcultural crime narratives
• Crime Spaces
• Borrowings, adaptations and transformations
• Crime fiction in translation
• International bestsellers
• Crime Fiction as Cultural Export
• Exploding the Canon: forgotten crime narratives

Please send an abstract and a short biographical note to Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish at <crimegdansk@gmail.com> by 31 March 2014.
The abstract should include a title, name and affiliation of the speaker and a contact email address. We welcome proposals from both postgraduate students and established scholars. Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes of presentation time and should be delivered in English.

Conference fee: 300PLN (75 Euro), Students - 250 PLN (60 Euro). The fee includes tea and coffee breaks on all 3 days; lunches on the 11th and 13th; entertainment night on Thursday; conference reception on Friday and a delegate pack. Please note that accommodation is not included. There is going to be an informal conference warming in the evening on Wednesday the 10th.

For further information:
- please go to the conference website https://www.crimegdansk.wordpress.com
- or contact the organisers at <crimegdansk@gmail.com>.

Conference organisers: Urszula Elias, M.A. (University of Gdańsk), Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish, M.A. (University of Gdańsk), Arco van Ieperen, M.A. (The State School of Higher Professional Education in Elbląg)

Conference team: Marta Crickmar, M.A. (University of Gdańsk), Joanna Szarek, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)

Advisory Board: Prof. David Malcolm (University of Gdańsk), Dr Monika Szuba (University of Gdańsk)

Download the conference poster.
(posted 16 November 2013)

Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses: An international and multidisciplinary conference on travel writing
University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria  -  11-13 September 2014
New extended deadline for abstract submissions:  1 May 2014

Organised by: Department of English and American Studies, University of Veliko Turnovo and the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, University of Wolverhampton (UK).

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the thirteenth Borders and Crossings conference from 11-13 September 2014.  Proposals for 20 minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies. Current travel writers are also very welcome and there will be space for readings.

Papers on all aspects and periods of travel writing are welcome, and areas of enquiry might include (but are not limited to) the following:
Representations of travel through South East Europe
Travel and translation/interpretation
Globalization, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism
Travel writing and ethics
Representations of travel and the new media
Travel illustration and multimedia
Narratives of pilgrimage
Travel writing and autobiography
Travel writing and science
Travel writing and intertextuality

The conference languages are English and French. Please indicate in which language you'd like to deliver your paper.
Please send a 250-word abstract by email to:
and <G.Hambrook@wlv.ac.uk>.
Please include a note of your institutional affiliation and your preferred e-mail address.

Information about accommodation costs and the conference fee will be e-mailed to all potential participants in April.
Postgraduate students and unsalaried participants will pay reduced fees.
(posted 6 January 2014, updated 2 April 2014)

Cosmopolis: Ford Madox Ford and the cultures de Paris
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France  -  11-13 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2014

Ford Madox Ford Society: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, Università degli Studi, Milano

As in the case of many Anglo-American modernist and avant-garde writers, Paris features substantially in Ford's narratives, criticism and recollections after having for many years offered him the familiarity of a home. But beyond the transnational encounter -- experienced by quite a few of his colleagues -- there is something exceptional, indeed unique, in Ford's engagement with the French capital. A singularity due in the first place to the span of years which saw Ford busy exploring and enjoying the most exciting chapters of the lively and multiple cultures deployed in the city, from the late nineteenth century to the late 1930s. Rooted simultaneously in the long nineteenth century and in post-war effervescence, Ford's Paris thus resonates on one hand with the voices of Flaubert and Maupassant and the colours of impressionism, featuring visitors such as Henry James, Whistler or George Moore but also exhibiting its scars and wounds with the Affaire Dreyfus; and on the other, it is the energetic and exuberant post-war capital of a new-born and often subversive artistic life experimenting with the diverse tools of words, images, music or the movies and struggling as well with the looming anxieties of crisis and depression. A bridge-builder between two crucial seasons in the cultures of Paris, Ford also acted as go-between and passeur, importing them in the dozing world of 'Anglosaxondom' and conversely introducing often reluctant French intellectuals to cross-Channel and cross-Atlantic artistic lives. As the extraordinary and short-lived adventure of the transatlantic review shows, Paris was both a fulcrum and the engine where new forms and languages were generated even if Ford was almost prophetically aware that the role of the city as a capital of culture would soon be on the wane.

Ford's Paris has been largely explored through and in connection with the transatlantic review or the Left Bank culture. Many aspects of his transactions with the city, however, are still unchartered and this conference aims at stimulating new discoveries and analyses around the following topics:
- Ford and the Flaubert/Maupassant inheritance
- Ford and the Affaire Dreyfus
- Ford/transatlantic review and Paris intellectuals, the literary press: the NRF, Valery Larbaud, the Revue de France, appreciation, reception of, interaction with, the review, etc.
- Ford and Proust
- Cosmopolis: H. D., Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Djuna Barnes, Basil Bunting, Mina Loy, Jean Rhys, Jacob Epstein, Pablo Picasso, Stella Bowen, Henri Matisse...
- Paris memoirs: It Was the Nightingale, and autobiographies vs. other expatriates’ reminiscences or their monographies dedicated to Paris vs. A Mirror to France
- Ford in/and the avant-gardes: Dada, Surrealism,...
- Music hall and theatrical culture in and around Ford
- Women, gender and genre: how conventions were reconfigured in Paris
- Dance, music and cinema
- Special 'interlocutors' and fellow-artists: Fernand Léger, Erik Satie, George Antheil,...
- Literary geographies and psycho-geographies: Right Bank, Left Bank, Ile Saint-Louis, Montparnasse and Montsouris, cafés, bookshops and restaurants.

Proposals (250 words) from graduates, independent researchers and established scholars are welcome.
Please send them by 15th April 2014 to <fordinparis@gmail.com>, along with a short biography (50 words).

The two-day conference will start on Thursday 11th September 2014 and end on Saturday 13th September 2014.
There will be a guided tour of Fordian and related locations in Paris (either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning).
An information pack on accommodation will be made available in February/March 2014
(posted 17 January 2014)

International Conference on Fourth World Literature and Culture
Govt of Maharashtra's Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India  -  12-13 September 2014
Submission deadline: 10 August 2014

Concept Abstract: International Conference on Fourth World Literature & Culture is organised by Higher Education and Research Society, a Navi Mumbai based Government Registered Educational Society. The conference renders a humble platform for deliberation upon the state policies and human endeavours to bridge the digital divide between the Fourth World and rest of the globe.
It also problematizes the son-of-the-soil dynamics as one third of the ethnic civil wars could be labelled son-of-the-soil conflicts. The conference could rationalize reality of the ongoing marginalization of the Fourth World Nations by the imperial power under the banner of 'modernization', 'progress' and 'development'. It intends to initiate the investigation that accounts for both the process of integration on global scale and the process of self-identification on the local indigenous level. The distinct literary representation of the indigenous people is quite rare. Rather, it becomes their appropriation in the fold of mainstream culture eliminating their uniqueness.
The conference not only encourages but makes a strong plea for voicing the silenced ethnic marginal. The Mainstream writers' literary representation of these ethnic minority groups often tends to be a romanticization, objectification or mere stereotyping.
Hence there is an urgent need of a separate niche of the Fourth World Literature to be carved on the Literary Canon.

The Conference brochure, Registration form and Submission guidelines may be downloaded from the conference website:
For any inquire contact Dr Sudhir Nikam (Organising secretary) at <sudhirnikam@gmail.com>.
(posted 16 November 2013)

Encircling Worlds: Imagining Irish Suburbia
Carlow College and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland  -  12-13 September 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 1 August 2014

In the final decades of the twentieth century and in the early years of the new millennium, the spaces of Irish suburbia have been significantly transformed. From the enlargement of commuter belts, residential areas, and the commensurate construction boom in apartment complexes, to the redevelopment of housing estates and older forms of residences, the socio-geographical configuration of the Irish suburb has undergone unprecedented change.
This conference seeks to explore how Irish writers and artists have consciously responded to the evolution of the Irish suburb and also how the changed nature of the Irish suburb has placed new demands and pressures upon Irish cultural and artistic forms.

We welcome papers on themes and topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- The aesthetics of Irish suburban literature. The amenability of the short story, the novel, drama, film, television, or photography to Irish suburban experience.
- Traditions of Irish suburban literature and the sublimation of older forms of Irish suburban art into contemporary narrative forms.
- Suburban identities: sexuality, gender, class.
- Suburban cultures: heterogeneity and homogeneity.
- Irish suburbia and the Celtic Tiger and/or legacies of the Celtic Tiger.
- Irish suburbia and childhood.
- The question of the Irish suburb as a site and source of creativity.
- Migration, emigration, immigration within and to Irish suburban spaces.
- Globalization/Glocalization in Irish suburbia.
- The ecological impact of Irish suburbia.
- Suburban Gothic.

Conference Readings and Events:
Authors Patrick McCabe, Peter Murphy and Oona Frawley will give readings at the event.
There will be a screening of Pat Collins's, award-winning documentary Living in a Coded Land.
The conference will also run alongside the launch of the Autumn season in VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, featuring Mary McIntyre's ‘A Contemporary Sublime’ plus new place-specific commissions by Sean Lynch and Adam Bohanna.

Extended deadline for receipt of proposals: 1st August, 2014
We welcome proposals for papers and panels. Papers should last approximately twenty minutes maximum. Please send proposals of 200-250 words and a brief biography to the following email address:  risbcarlow@gmail.com

Conference Organizers: Dr Simon Workman, Dr Eoghan Smith, Ann Mulrooney (CEO VISUAL)
Conference Website:
(posted 25 March 2014, updated 10 June 2014)

Doris Lessing Conference 2014
University of Plymouth, Devon, UK  -  12-13 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2014

In one of the many obituaries from fellow writers that followed Doris Lessing's death in 2013, Joyce Carol Oates observed that: 'It might be said of Doris Lessing, as Walt Whitman boasted of himself: I am vast, I contain multitudes.'
Doris Lessing 2014: An International Conference, takes the end of Lessing's long life as the starting point for a renewed engagement with her life and work. This conference seeks to stimulate new scholarship on Lessing's work by embracing her vast multitudes: her contexts ranging from Iran and Zimbabwe to London; her genres from documentary to science fiction to life writing; and her engagements with political ideologies from Marxism and imperialism to feminism and environmentalism.
Reflecting Lessing's own lifelong interest in the positions and politics of reading, it aims to bring together a diverse range of scholars, critics and readers to reflect on the legacy and future of Lessing work. It will also try to extend our sense of how Lessing connects to a host of other writers, a list that might include (but is certainly not limited to): Margaret Atwood, John Osborne, John Berger, J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Kurt Vonnegut, Virginia Woolf, Idries Shah, Olaf Stapledon, Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust, D. H. Lawrence, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Drabble … Finally, the conference aims to not only generate new research on Lessing’s work, but to use Lessing’s lifelong commitment to a common and global literary culture to discuss her relevance to that most pressing topic of contemporary debate: the public role and value of the humanities.

Submission are invited on topics including, but certainly not limited to:
Lessing's relationships to other writers
Lessing, Empire and post/coloniality
Lessing,  life writing and auto/biography
Lessing, Ecocriticism and the Anthropocene
Lessing's craft and style
Lessing and feminism
Lessing, Communism and politics
Lessing and the legacies of modernism
Lessing, spirituality and religion
Lessing and science fiction
Lessing's readers
Lessing and world literature
Lessing's genres
Lessing and cultural criticism
Lessing, theatre and opera
Lessing's emotions and affects

Please send 200 word abstracts for a 20 minute paper, along with a brief biography, to <dorislessingconference@gmail.com> by Monday 30 June 2014
(posted 17 April 2014)

Gold in/and Art
Université Toulouse II - Le Mirail, France  -  18-19 September 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 30 January 2014

In the wake of the 2009 conference on "the eloquence of colour" organized by the French Society for Word and Image Studies (S.A.I.T.), this 2014 interdisciplinary symposium wishes to examine the unique position of gold across literature and the arts. Indeed gold is a pigment like no other. Its materiality inevitably conjures up a complex and paradoxical symbolism which typically negotiates tensions between the mythical and the political, the beautiful and the commercial, the sacred and the profane, the invisible and the tangible, the untarnishable and the ephemeral, virtue and lucre, the collective and the singular, the social and the private. "Gold in/and Art" therefore purports to continue the exploration of the dialogue between the arts inaugurated by previous S.A.I.T. conferences, while confronting such issues of artistic cross-fertilization with an analysis of the processes of valuing/devaluing/revaluing at work in literature and the arts. Gold will be envisaged under all its forms, as mineral, colour, light and/or value -- whether it be financial, ethical, mystical, philosophical, or aesthetic value. The conference theme therefore lends itself to a multiplicity of approaches which may be economic, historical, political, cultural, artistic, philosophical, literary and/or linguistic.
Taking as a point of departure Gérard-Georges Lemaire's observation about gold's omnipresence in the history of art and its renewed fascination among contemporary artists (see G.G. Lemaire, L'or dans l’art contemporain, Paris: Flammarion 2011; and exhibitions such as "Gold" in 2012 at the Belvedere in Vienna or "Going for Gold" in 2013 at the Seattle Art Museum), researchers are encouraged to examine works of art/literature or writings on art/literature which give gold pride of place, either because they foreground gold as their primary material or because they capitalize on myths and legends about gold.
We are also interested in receiving proposals for papers studying the intersection between art and economics, building on the work of critics such as Jean-Jospeh Goux (L’art et l’argent : la rupture moderniste 1860-1920; Frivolité de la valeur; Symbolic Economies; The Coiners of Language), Marc Shell (The Economy of Literature, Money; Language and Thought; Art & Money), Catherine Gallagher (The Body Economic), Mary Poovey (Genres of the Credit Economy) or Regenia Gagnier (Individualism, Decadence and Globalization; The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society; Idylls of the Marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Public).
Finally, from a political, philosophical, epistemological, moral, religious or spiritual point of view, it may be helpful to keep in mind Zarathustra's comments on gold : "Tell me, pray: how came gold to the highest value? Because it is uncommon, and unprofiting, and beaming, and soft in lustre; it always bestoweth itself. Only as image of the highest virtue came gold to the highest value. Goldlike, beameth the glance of the bestower. Gold-lustre maketh peace between moon and sun" (Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra, chapter XXII). Indeed, gold has traditionally been used as a standard -- of purity, value, soundness or excellence. But how has this notion been either consolidated or challenged in art and literature? Do we post-moderns still believe in the universal and eternal prestige of gold understood as a benchmark of value? Or has the possibility for such a consensus disappeared with the emergence of more diversified centres of power?

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
• The materiality of painting: the economy of pigments
• The re-writings of Biblical stories or myths and legends in which gold plays a major part (the Golden Calf, Danae, King Midas, Croesus, Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides, Jason and the Golden Fleece etc.)
• Art and gold in utopias and dystopias
• Numismatic fiction
• Gold and religion -- Gold and the mystic eye -- Conversion vs. convertibility -- Gold and light
• Theories of art: the golden mean, the golden age, etc.
• Representations of the artist's creative alchemy
• Symbolic intermedial economies: how does intermediality (i.e. artistic cross-fertilization) operate productively? What are the benefits/profits of such an intermedial dialogue for the work of art/the artist/the reader/the spectator?
• Aesthetic revolutions and speculation – Economic crises and crises in representation -- Modernism and money
• The art world: artistic institutions, critics, and art dealers
• Gold and the literary/artistic canon -- Post-colonial perspectives on gold -- Gold and gender: the "gilded cage" of womanhood, gendered approaches to gold -- Gold and queer theory
•  Gold in artistic movements: Baroque art, Orientalism, Impressionnism, Japonism, the Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, contemporary art

Please send a 500-word abstract with a short bio to Catherine Delyfer <catherine.delyfer@univ-tlse2.fr> no later than January 30, 2014 (new extended deadline).
Selections will be made by March 1st, 2014.
Papers will be delivered in English.
A selection of papers will be published.
(posted 20 September 2013, updated 17 January 2014)

New Waves & Different Lights: Approaches to Derek Mahon
Durham University, UK  -  18-19 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2014

In the last ten years, Derek Mahon has produced three new volumes of poetry (Harbour Lights, Life on Earth, An Autumn Wind), as well as a New Collected Poems, and collected editions of his translations and his work for the theatre. This conference will consider his more recent work, as well as the new perspectives it opens on his celebrated earlier poetry.
The conference is organised by the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK, and will take place at John's College, Durham University, 18-19 September 2014.
The confirmed plenary speakers are:
- Neil Corcoran (University of Liverpool)
- Hugh Haughton (University of York).

Papers are welcome on such subjects as Mahon's process of self-revision; Mahon's approach to poetic form, and the ways in which it has changed during the course of his career; and how Mahon's work may be situated in international and postcolonial contexts, as well as in Ireland's changing political and cultural landscape. Other areas of interest might include Mahon and the practice of translation; his dramatic works; his ekphrastic writing; his engagement with eco-poetics; and his influences and influence on other writers.

Papers should be 20 minutes long. Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words to paul.batchelor at durham.ac.uk by 30 June 2014.

For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.mahonconference2014.wordpress.com or follow us on Twitter: @MahonConf2014
(posted 3 June 2014)

Movies and Music: National and Transnational Approaches. 20th SERCIA Conference
Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands  -  18-20 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2014

The global appeal of films in the digital age is not only driven by impressive visuals but also by music. We not only watch a film: the soundtrack plays a crucial role in shaping our perception of what is shown on the screen. Music represents perhaps the most neglected paradigmatic medium, in spite of being a powerful influence on how films are understood and are able to cross national, cultural, and ethnic boundaries. Musicians, composers, sound designers, directors, producers, and distributors function as influential cultural mediators (in the sense of Stephen Greenblatt) who are constitutive in shaping regional, subnational and national identities.
Thus, the theme Movies and Music raises broader issues in transnational studies, film studies, media studies, and studies in performance culture. The conference will bring together international scholars from diverse disciplines offering a discursive platform for the collaboration between film studies, cultural studies, American studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance culture, sound design, and media studies. We hope to decode the nexus between movies and music from historical, theoretical, and analytical perspectives. The conference will also tie in with the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden to liberate Europe from the Nazi occupation. Special focus will be placed on A Bridge Too Far (1977) in terms of music, sounds, multilingualism, as well as national and transnational forms of representation/reception. This part of the conference, reflecting the fact that key scenes of A Bridge Too Far were shot in Nijmegen, will be accompanied by a special screening and an exhibition entitled Movies, Memory, and Operation Market Garden.
Despite the centrality of our theme to film, media, and entertainment culture, the influences of music, sound effects, and language on the visual often remain on the fringes of academic investigations. Indeed, we do not yet have an established analytical language in order to understand the complex interplay of hearing and seeing a film. The conference Movies and Music explores, maps, and critically evaluates the creative interplay between sights, sounds, and synaesthesia, a phenomenon linked to the ability of seeing sounds, hearing colors, and associating colours, spaces, and emotions with sounds.

The conference will also explore many other issues. We especially encourage proposals on themes/areas such as:
- music in silent film, the early sound era, New Hollywood, non-Hollywood narrative film, IMAX
- music in film genres such as the western, (neo-)noir, horror, sci-fi, animation film
- Broadway musicals, music bio-pics, dance movies
- transcultural strategies in the use of film music and transnational composers (from Max Steiner to Hans Zimmer)
- technical aspects such as surround sound, sensurround, 3-D audio
- musical styles in movies from late romanticism via avant-garde to popular music
- the use of pre-existing music, synthesizers, and sampling in film
- music and film in performance culture, music in character and action scenes
- collaborations between directors and composers, directors as composers (e.g. Charlie Chaplin, John Carpenter, and others -- including, for comparative purposes, Sergio Leone, Tom Tykwer, etc.)
- movies and music outside the multiplex, e.g. video games, museums, concerts, events, etc.
- recent developments in transgressive performance culture (e.g. Josephine Machon)
- film music and emotions, impacts on the brain, aesthetic and psychological responses
- connections of painting, music, and art with case studies ranging from Walter Ruttmann's experimental work in international modernism via Walt Disney (e.g. Fantasia, 1940) to contemporary avant-garde work in digital media

While SERCIA is dedicated to the study of English-speaking cinema, paper proposals comparing music in English-speaking cinema to that in non-English-speaking cinema are welcome
Proposals should be 200-300 words including a short biography and contact details. (You do not need to be a member of SERCIA to submit a proposal but you will have to be a member to give a paper − the current subscription is 30 euros, 15 for concessions.)
Please send proposals for and individual papers to
- Frank Mehring (fmehring@gmail.com)
- and Melvyn Stokes (melvynstokes@hotmail.com)
 Deadline: March 01, 2014
- Frank Mehring (Head of American Studies, Radboud University)
- Melvyn Stokes (University College London, President of SERCIA)                            
Program and updates: http://www.ru.nl/col/SERCIA
(posted 17 January 2014)

XXVI SELIM Conference
Jaume I University, Spain  -  18-20 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 13 April 2014

Conference website: http://www.selimxxvi.uji.es

The Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature, and the Department of English Studies at the Jaume I University, Spain, are pleased to invite members of the Society and other scholars interested in the field to participate in the 26th International SELIM Conference.
This year's venue will take place at the Medieval town of Morella (Spain) from September 18th to 20th, 2014.
Morella is a city which has become a well-known tourist destination in the last decade. This year marks a special event in the city: Les Converses de Morella. Six hundred years ago, Ferran d'Antequera, St Vicent Ferrer and Benedicto XIII, known as El Papa Luna, spent two months in Morella discussing the possible abdication of the Pope, which may have solved the problem of the division of the Church. We hope it will be a wonderful framework for the conference. If you want to check on the different aspects of the town and everything it offers, you can go to www.morellaturistica.com

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation (see Programme): Dr. Jorge Luis Bueno (Universidade de Vigo), Dr. Juan Camilo Conde (University of Murcia), Dr. Richard Dance (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Jeremy Smith (University of Glasgow).

Scholars interested in offering 20-minute papers (followed by a 10-minute discussion) must send a 100-to-250 word abstract using the on-line form in the Papers and Registration section (see Abstract&Registration) before April 13th.
Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by April.
If you are thinking about coming to Morella, it would be highly advisable to arrange your accomodation as soon as possible, as Morella can still be very busy in September (seeAccommodation). For further information please contact the Organising Committee.
On-line registration and payment will be available in May.

The Organizers welcome papers dealing with any aspect of Medieval English Language and Literature and particularly encourage the submission of papers offering multidisciplinary readings or perspectives on Medieval English texts. We would also like to encourage contributions dealing with the teaching of Old and Middle English.
A selection of articles will be proposed for publication after the conference. Details will appear on the website

For further information please contact the Organising Committee by writing to <selimxxvi@uji.es>.
We look forward to meeting you at our Conference in Morella.
(posted 5 March 2014)

English Studies as Archive and as Prospecting: 80 Years of English Studies in Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia  - 18-21 September 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

Perhaps the most exciting problem that English studies are facing today is coming to terms with the complexities of knowledge produced and dominated
by the English speaking worlds in the past two and a half centuries. While this calls for a nuanced approach to the questions of archive and cultural memory, as implicated in it is the probing of the futures that this knowledge fuels or envisions. Our conference welcomes a critical discussion of this issue, not least where it touches on the future of English studies themselves and the ways in which the humanities embedded in them depend on the encounter with other disciplines and agendas.

The Department of English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, on the occasion of its 80th anniversary invites papers encompassing but not limited to the following areas of interest:
- English Literary Histories
- Critical Theory
- American Studies
- Postcolonial Cultures
- Film and Media Studies
- Theoretical Linguistics
- Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
- Applied Linguistics
- Varieties of the English Language
- Translation Studies
-  Scandinavian Studies

Featured plenary speakers are:
Professor Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Professor Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin, Ireland) (new)
Professor Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014 (new extended deadline)
Notification of acceptance by 1 April 2014
For additional information on deadlines, application procedure and fees, please refer to the conference website:
Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
Relevant information will be posted and updated regularly.
(posted 5 October 2013, updated 19 February 2014)

Images in spite of everything: Reviewing 1914
University Toulouse-3, France  -  19-20 September 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

What is the role of images in our reading of History? And how can we keep on perpetuating a memory and its stories, and writing the (his)tory of a conflict that branded the whole twentieth century of with its traumatic stamp when the last Great War veteran passed away in 2009? As live memory has disappeared, it is the present generation’s task of making sense of what remains: a memory-constellation in which images (paintings and photographs) shine with (a) particularly vivid brightness.
In the last thirty years, waging a war against oblivion, French and British literature have endeavoured to depict the events of the First Wold War and have tried to put in words that which still escapes or cannot be verbalized: the harrowing experience of life on the battle front, the wounds of a trauma that still cannot be healed, the unspeakable pain of those who helplessly witnessed the disasters of war and the muffled pacifist fight of those who refused to take part in the war effort.
As the remains of a by-gone area, images are both a witness and a trace: they can document the period but also be used as propaganda, denounce military violence or vindicate a patriotic sentiment, for those images can never be neutral and they interrogate our very relationship to them. Surviving images indeed haunt contemporary texts, just as some contemporary artists endeavour to find traces of the literature of the period in the 21st century landscape, or create a new iconography of the conflict striving at overcoming the aporetic nature of the event.
This symposium therefore aims at reflecting on the links between contemporary arts (literature, painting and photography) and archival images of the Great War: how do 21st-century arts recycle disappearing events through intermediality?
Analysing those images from both a literary and historical standpoint, we wish to re-consider their significance before confronting them to the contemporary production.

We welcome presentations on topics including (but not limited to):
- The contemporary literature of the Great War representing photography and painting, in particular texts closely associated to pre-existing images or based on them.
- The work of contemporary European artists exploring the visual memory of the Great War.
- (Re-)Photography of Great War territories.

Scientific Committee:
Philippe Birgy (Senior Lecturer, British Studies, Université de Toulouse)
Adèle Cassigneul (PhD Student, British Studies, Université de Toulouse)
Elsa Cavalié (Junior Lecturer, British Studies, Université de Toulouse)
Jacques Dürenmatt (Senior Lecturer, French Literature, Université Paris 4 Sorbonne)
Jean-Michel Ganteau (Senior Lecturer, British Studies,  Université de Montpellier)
Jean-Yves Laurichesse (Senior Lecturer, French Literature, Université de Toulouse)
Pierre Schoentjes (Senior Lecturer, French Literature, Université de Gand, Belgique)
Sylvie Vignes (Senior Lecturer, French Literature, Université de Toulouse)
Presentation may be given in English or in French.

Abstracts of 250 words and a short biographical note should be sent to <revoir1914@gmail.com> before 15 March 2014 (new extended deadline).
(posted 7 November 2013, updated 28 January 2014)

The night of the senses: Dreams and sensory illusion in early-modern England and France
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France  -  19-20 September 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 20 April 2014

'We are such stuff as dreams are made on
And our little life is rounded with a sleep' (The Tempest).

Conference venue: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, Institut du Monde anglophone, Grand amphi, 5 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75006 Paris, France

Dreams have long been  a subject of intense philosophical speculation, from Plato or Cicero to Descartes, and Locke, as an ontological and metaphysical threat. They were subject to the scrutiny of both civil and religious authorities. Yet dreams are also the stuff literature is made of, from the dreams of divination in Homer to the 'dream visions', a central genre of medieval literature which finds its way into other forms in the early modern period. They were a favourite topos of the theatre of the baroque period which shows a fascination for the reversibility of dreaming and waking – as in Calderon’s La Vida es sueño or Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ('Are you sure / That we are awake? It seems to me / That yet we sleep, we dream?').

This conference will take its cue from the realization that it is impossible to study dreams per se, and that we can only analyze the narration of dream - a paradox pointed out by Anthony Grafton among others. We will therefore focus on dream narrations in early-modern texts to study the way in which sensory illusions, or stimulation, are described, and configured. The question is not only to interrogate dream theory, or what authors expressly believed about the meaning of dreams, but also to study the role of the senses in the dream narrations, by focusing specifically on how the texts describe sensory illusion, or sensory deprivation. What happens to the senses in the night of the senses? We thus hope to replace the study of the dream narration within the wider history of the senses and sensation.

Keynote speakers : Mary Baine Campbell (Brandeis University), Florence Dumora (Paris Diderot).

We invite proposals for 25-minute papers that address the issues of the senses and sensory illusion in relations of dreams, or dream visions or prophecies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary approaches will be welcome. Papers may be given in French or in English. A selection of articles will be published in a special issue of the journal Études Epistémè.

Please send abstracts of 200 words with a short biographical note about the authors should be sent to the organizers by 20 April 2014 (new extended deadline).
Contact: Line Cottegnies <line.cottegnies@univ-paris3.fr> and Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise <miller-blaise.am@wanadoo.fr>, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3april
(posted 27 January 2014, updated 2 April 2014)

Zig-zag, twist and turn: Toying with Gabriel Josipovici
Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden  -  22-23 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2014

Dalarna University and the Transcultural Identities Research Group at Dalarna University, in conjunction with ULICES (University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, Portugal) and ERIBIA E.A.2610 (University of Caen, France), are pleased to host an international conference on the life and work of the British writer Gabriel Josipovici.

Gabriel Josipovici is a prolific author. However, his works and his contribution to literary studies, though commanding increasing critical attention and acclaim, are far from being fully acknowledged. In addition to numerous novels and a number of short story collections, Josipovici has produced several collections of essays dealing with literature and culture and has been active in literary criticism, closely collaborating with the Times Literary Supplement. The aim of this conference is to examine various aspects of Gabriel Josipovici’s work, both related to his critical studies and to his literary oeuvre.

As a starting point for this conference, we have decided to adopt Josipovici's own theorization of art-as-toy, a concept which opens a new pathway for studies in literature. In his collection of essays, The Singer on the Shore (2006), Josipovici declares: "[a]rt as toy […] is art as the hobby-horse on which we can jump." In his fiction, the very idea of toy acquires philosophical and epistemological resonance, so that it is not merely a theme, but rather a complex rationale behind narrative, poetic and existential preoccupations. Moreover, the concept of toying pits issues of knowledge and epistemology against the myth of hidden truths, mysteries and teleology, so that precedence is given to a literary project that largely relies on the ambivalent articulation between the unfathomable and the evident, the obvious and the ordinary. Rather than presenting the reader with narrative tension aiming at resolutions, Josipovici prefers to engage with the transparent straightforwardness of manipulating a toy: "all the evidence is before you: the wood, the stick, the sticking plaster holding it all together […] the work is visible and unmysterious." On the other hand, toying may evoke Josipovici's relationship with the literary traditions in which his works are (or are not) inscribed. He writes: "I felt crushed by the weight of the European tradition." Rather than following in the footsteps of the classical authors, to whom Josipovici refers as "mountains," he envisages failure as a means of coming to terms with the need to emulate tradition. The author’s stance on Modernism is an instance of such troubling relationship with the past. Yet another aspect of toying stems from intermedial and intersemiotic questions which characterize his fiction, with some of Josipovici’s works putting the toy into play in a sophisticated interplay of arts and disciplines.
Recalling Josipovici's own words from "I Dream of Toys," we thus encourage contributors to a “zig-zag, twist and turn” of their own and explore the narrative strategies and inter-art echoes to which his books resort. Paper proposals addressing these questions from a variety of approaches are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:
- art-as-toy /art and toys
- writing
- reading
- narrative strategies and narratology
- narrative fiction, novels, short stories
- drama and theatre
- essays and critical writings
- intersemioticity and intermediality
- Josipovici and Modernism

Abstracts (max 400 words) for twenty-minute presentations and a short biographical description (max 200 words) by 1 June 2014 to:
- Mario Semiao <msi@du.se>
- and Marcin Stawiarski <marcin_stawiarski@yahoo.fr>.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 June 2014.
A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in Anglo Saxonica (an international and peer-reviewed journal published by ULICES).

Keynote speakers
- Bryan CHEYETTE, Professor of English, University of Reading
- Liliane LOUVEL, Professor of English, University of Poitiers

Organizing committee
- Mario SEMIAO, Dalarna University/ULICES
- Marcin STAWIARSKI, University of Caen, ERIBIA E.A. 2610

Scientific committee
- Irene GILSENAN-NORDIN, Dalarna University

Further information will be available on the conference website: http://www.du.se/josipovici
(posted 26 February 2014)

Encountering Australia: Transcultural Conversations
Monash Prato Centre, Italy  -  24-26 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 10 March 2014

Monash University's Faculty of Arts is delighted to be hosting the 2014 international conference of the European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA) at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy.

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Kim Scott, Prof. Franca Cavagnoli and Dr Romaine Moreton.

Where and how do we encounter Australia? This conference will explore sites of contact, connection and exchange between Australia and the world, with a particular emphasis on Europe. Monash’s Prato campus, situated in the heart of Italy, provides an ideal meeting-place for such transcultural conversations. We invite papers and panels that engage with ideas of encountering Australia -- imaginatively, theoretically, institutionally, politically, socially, historically, pedagogically, symbolically. This conference will provide the opportunity to instigate new ways of talking together about Australia, past and present, and will highlight the importance of cross-cultural dialogue.

Topics for papers and panels may include:
- documentary encounters
- migration, mobility and diaspora
- environment and climate change
- histories of war and violence
- experimental and avant-garde encounters
- personal, national and collective memory
- embodied encounters
- gendered and sexual encounters
- expatriate communities and collectives
- narrative and performative encounters

The organising committee welcomes submissions from disciplines including literary studies, film studies, cultural studies, historical studies, Indigenous studies, translation studies, media, journalism and communications, performance studies, gender and women’s studies, legal studies and social sciences.

Abstracts for papers and panel proposals should be submitted to <EASA@monash.edu> by 10 March 2014.
Individual papers should be described in an abstract of 300 words.
Panel proposals should include a 200 word abstract for each paper (minimum of 3) and 50-100 words on the panel topic.
Please include a biographical statement of no more than 200 words with your submission.

Conference Organisers: Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge (Chair), Professor Kate Rigby, Dr Therese Davis, Associate Professor Rita Wilson, Dr Anna Poletti, Professor Susan Kossew, Professor Lynette Russell, Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Sharon Elliott (Event Coordinator)
(posted 28 February 2014)

The "Exotic" Body in 19th-Century British Drama
Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, UK  -  25-26 September 2014
NEW extended deadline for proposals: 25 May 2014

Funded under the 2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships scheme, European Commission
Convenor: Dr Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford)

Confirmed speakers:
Professor Ross Forman (Warwick), Dr Peter Yeandle (Manchester),
Dr Hazel Waters (Institute of Race Relations, London)

Increasing attention has been paid in recent years to the representation of the Other on the 19th-century British stage, with key studies such as Acts of Supremacy: The British Empire and the Stage, 1790-1930 (Bratton et al. 1991), The Orient on the Victorian Stage (Ziter 2003), Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Brooks 2006), Racism on the Victorian Stage: Representation of Slavery and the Black Character (Waters 2007), Nineteenth-Century Theatre and the Imperial Encounter (Gould 2011), China and the Victorian Imagination: Empires Entwined (Forman 2013). Building on these, the conference aims at exploring the concept, politics, and aesthetic features of the 'exotic' body on stage, be it the actual body of the actor/actress as s/he performs in genres such as the ‘Oriental’ extravaganza, or the fictional, ‘picturesque’ bodies they bring on stage. A term that in itself needs interrogation, the 'exotic' will therefore be discussed addressing the visual features that characterize the construction and representation of the Other in 19th-century British drama, as well as the material conditions, and techniques that accompany the 'exotic' on stage on the cultural and political background of imperial Britain.

One of the dissemination activities for the two-year project 'The Representation of the "Exotic" Body in 19th-century English Drama' (REBED), funded under the 2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships scheme, the conference also hopes to function as a site for discussing the state of the art on the 'exotic' in the theatrical cultures of both Romantic and Victorian Britain; contributions on ongoing research and/or recently completed projects are therefore particularly encouraged.
Although attention will be paid mostly to the non-European Other, papers addressing a European 'exotic' are also welcome.

Topics include the following:
Definitions of 'exotic':
-Is the non-European Other on stage really 'exotic'?
-Are any genres more 'exotic' (or more liable to convey 'exotic' stereotypes) than others?
-Do different dramatis personæ and/or settings convey different degrees of 'otherness'?
-Can the British on stage be 'exotic', and, if so, to what extent?
-Is the spectacular on stage itself ‘exotic’?
Staging the 'exotic' body:
-How are costumes, make-up, scenery, movements employed to construct the 'exotic'?
-Are any visual features more recurrent than others?
-To what extent is the visual representation of the 'exotic' body historically accurate?
-How does music contribute to the staging of the Other?
-Who embodies the 'exotic'? Is the acting career informed by bringing the Other on stage?
-Who were the audiences? Did their composition have an impact on the performance of the 'exotic'?
-Are any experiences abroad relevant to how managers staged the Other in Britain?
-In what ways were representations of the 'exotic' body informed by venues?
-The Other on the London stage and the provinces
Cultural and political backgrounds:
-To what extent did audiences' expectations affect theatrical representations of the Other?
-In what ways do class, gender, race inform the acting and managing of 'exotic' pieces?
-To what extent did scientific and anthropological accounts inform theatrical portraits of the Other?
-Were illustrations of (European and/or) non-European countries informed by theatre?
-In what ways have political narratives influenced (or been influenced by) the 'exotic' on stage?
-Has the legal frame for the theatre influenced the staging of the Other?
-Visual points of contact between popular entertainment and theatrical representations of the Other
The travelling 'exotic':
-How do texts such as Arabian Nights, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Mazeppa 'travel' between dramatic and non-dramatic genres?
-Survival of a Romantic 'exotic' in the Victorian staging of the Other;
-Is Othello on the Romantic and Victorian stage 'exotic'?
-How do translations/adaptations from other languages contribute to the construction of the Other on the British stage? Can we define a British specificity when it comes to the 'exotic'?
-Has the theatrical representation of the 'exotic' in Britain had an impact on non-British stages?
The legacy of 19th-century 'exotic' body:
-Contemporary plays/performances addressing the Other on the 19th-century British stage (e.g. Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet)
-The 'exotic' body on the British stage in a diachronic perspective
-The non-European Other in the 20th- and 21st-century Christmas pantomime

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio should be sent to <rebedconference@gmail.com> by 15 June 2014 (new extended deadline)
Speakers whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by 25 June.
(posted 29 March 2014, updated 3 June 2014)

Klagenfurt Conference on Corpus-Based Applied Linguistics (CALK14)
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria  -  25-27 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

The Department of English and American Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, is happy to announce the Conference on Corpus–based Applied Linguistics (CALK14) to take place from Thursday, 25th to Saturday, 27th September 2014.
Within a broad understanding of Applied Linguistics as the linguistics-informed engagement with language issues in the social world, papers are invited which focus on corpus-based approaches to such issues. In particular, papers are welcome in the more focused thematic strands of Corpus Linguistics and Language Assessment, Language Contact and Multilingualism in World Englishes, Discursive Practices across Professional Fields and the Sociolinguistics of Multilingual (e-)Writing.

Contributions may take the form of traditional paper presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time) or more interactive workshop presentations (60 minutes total, with intended audience participation).
Abstracts not exceeding 300 words (excluding references), specifying within which theme strand the contribution fits and whether section or workshop paper, to be submitted as MS Word (.doc or .docx) file to <calk14@uni-klu.ac>.at by 31st March 2014.
Notification of acceptance by 30th April 2014.
Selected contributions will be invited for publication.
The official language of the conference is English.

The four thematic strands are:

- Corpus Linguistics and Language Assessment (conveners: Günther Sigott & Nikola Dobrić)
invites papers using corpus linguistic methodology to describe learner language and, ideally, using such description as a basis for studying the validity of language tests or assessment systems. Papers dealing with error classification approaches are particularly welcome as are papers focusing on feedback as well as on test validation or validation theory per se.

- Discursive Practices across Professional Fields (convener: Eva-Maria Graf)
invites papers and data workshops on helping-professional discourse such as therapeutic, counseling, coaching and medical discourse as well as other types of professional conversations. The aim is to deepen our understanding of the particularities within and across the respective helping-professional practices and to highlight the practical contribution that applied linguistic research makes to these professional practices.

- Language Contact and Multilingualism in World Englishes (convener: Alexander Onysko)
invites papers from researchers working on aspects of World Englishes that take into account language contact and the bi/multilingual settings of varieties of English. Submissions addressing the following topics are particularly encouraged:
- contact-induced characteristics of World Englishes
- borrowing and codeswitching in World Englishes
- the expression of local identities through English
- the shining through of cultural conceptualizations in English varieties
- the use of English in multilingual contexts
- the genesis of varieties of English due to contact and bi/multilingualism

- The Sociolinguistics of Multilingual (e-)Writing (convener: Allan James)
invites papers and data workshops examining the form and significance of anglophony within other -language written texts/writing practices, employing frameworks of analysis which transcend more traditional linguistic code-switching accounts. In particular, but not exclusively, sociolinguistically and social semiotically oriented research is welcome which orients to ‘(trans-)languaging’, ‘metrolingual’, ‘transidiomatic’ and related conceptualisations of such writing and/or addresses the inherent multimodal context of much of such current multilingual literacy practice.

Conference fee: € 70 (students) / € 100 (regular) / € 120 (late registration).
Plenary speakers to be announced.
For further details see our website: http://www.uni-klu.ac.at/iaa/inhalt/2641.htm

Conference committee: Nikola Dobrić, Eva-Maria Graf, Allan James, Alexander Onysko, Günther Sigott
(posted 2 December 2013)

Drawing Borders, Crossing Boundaries: 9th Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor 2014)
Berlin, Germany  -  25-28 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

Be they between West and East, Upper, Middle and Working Class, Man and Woman, High and Low Art, Reality and Fiction: we are continuously drawing, crossing, and re-drawing boundaries and borders. For Yuri M. Lotman, this is a fundamental act of every culture. The notion of borders/boundaries is always ambivalent, separating yet also linking. Comics too create and transcend boundaries, both in the medium's form and content -- not least through blurring the distinction between text and image. Marketed globally, comics deal with national borders as much as with boundaries of the categories of class, race, and gender. And in many comics' characters, the differences between human and animal have become indistinguishable. The 9th Conference of the Gesellschaft für Comicforschung will examine these and further phenomena surrounding the theme of Boundaries/Borders.
1. Intermediality
At the beginning of the twentieth century, a new relation between text and image emerged through the comics form. While text can lose itself in images and through its materiality, as in onomatopoeic elements, become image, the image component in comics is serialized and, like writing, becomes sequentially legible. The order of knowledge, secure in book form, has been brought into disarray in the form of comics. How then should we interpret the relationship of image and text with regards to the boundaries between these formerly distinct elements? How does this perspective influence the relationship to other media? Is it even possible to draw distinct boundaries?
 2. Interdiciplinarity
As evidenced by the current boom in comics scholarship, the medium of comics initiates a move beyond the scope of individual disciplines. Comics scholarship has thus become a contested field for experimentation, where various branches of scholarly research exist together, and where academic trends and turns leave their distinct marks. The medium thus highlights and echoes developments in academic research, while within comics scholarship, a process of historicization has already become evident. Amongst other aspects, we are now faced with questions such as whether drawing a line between 'old' and 'new' research methods actually serves to advance our investigation of the medium, or whether the borders between the various disciplines within comics scholarship are permeable enough to ensure that research results will reach a wide academic audience?
3. Migration and Transnationality
Comics found their first audiences within the borders of the nations where they emerged, yet were rapidly internationalized, not least due to the success of animated film. Comic artists as well as their protagonists cross geographic borders frequently, calling into question patterns of thought relying on national categories. This panel aims to reconstruct this movement of comics and its creators from the local to the global and ask such question as: How universal are comics? How can/do they succeed in conveying biographical cuts, breaks and inconsistencies as characteristic for narratives of migration? How do rootedness and uprooting find their expression in text and image -- be it in France, in the US, Japan, Mexico or India? How do artists negotiate the contrasts of Interior-Exterior/ Self-Other in shared "Exchange Programs"?
 4. (Crossing) The Borders of Humanity
The signs of comics are, as we know, just that: signs, printers' ink on paper. Yet within this sphere of anonymous and reproducible materiality they outline the contours of highly diverse figures and entire worlds where certain boundaries and taboos are no longer valid -- such as those between humans and animals, or humans and machines. Comics thus call into question the image of humans and their humanity in the twentieth century. How are social power structures and the separations they establish and secure negotiated in comics? Do comics imply set theories on the relationship between humans and non-humans? Do they dissolve the boundaries of humans and animals, heretofore firmly established in the Western philosophical tradition? Or do they, in contrast, actually confirm these boundaries precisely in the ambivalence of these figures?
Proposals for presentations beyond the scope of the topics listed above will be considered for a fifth panel. There will also be the usual workshop where students and researchers can present their (MA, PhD, etc.) thesis projects.
The submission deadline is 31 March 2014.
Please send a 500-word abstract including a short bio-bibliographic note to <comfor.berlin2014@gmail.com>.
The conference languages are German and English. The presentations should not exceed 35 minutes (workshop-presentations: 25 minutes).
Organised by Comic-Kolloquium Berlin: <comfor.berlin2014@gmail.com>                
[Matthias Harbeck <harbeckm@cms.hu-berlin.de>/ Marie Schröer <mschroee@uni-potsdam.de>]
(posted 6 January 2014)

Expressing emotions in corpora
University of Poitiers, France  -  25-27 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014

The conferene is organized by FoReLL (EA 3816).
Conference website: http://sentiments-corpus.blogspot.fr/

 In recent years, linguistic research on emotions has been given new impetus. Studies both in French and in English have focussed on the definition of the concept of "emotion" and on its syntactic, pragmatic and cognitive properties within various frameworks. Building on previous research on emotions -- for instance, Balibar-Mrabti 1995; Plantin, Doury & Traverso 2000; Harkins & Wierzbicka 2001; Grossmann & Tutin 2005; Novakova & Tutin 2009; Plantin 2011; Wilson 2012; Baider & Cislaru 2013; Chuquet, Nita & Valetopoulos 2013 -- this conference aims at bringing new insights on the study of emotions from the perspective of monolingual, multilingual and learner corpora.

The conference will explore four key topics:
1. Expressing emotions in monolingual and multilingual corpora
2. Expressing emotions in learner corpora
3. Expressing emotions in second-language text-books and second-language teaching
4. Emotions in dictionaries

As suggested by the title of this conference, we aim at encouraging linguistic exchange by bringing together scholars working within various approaches and conceptual frameworks in different languages.

Invited speakers:
- Cristelle Cavalla (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3)
- Agnès Celle (Université Paris VII)
- Jean-Marc Dewaele (University of London)

Presentations will last 20 minutes and will be followed by 10-minute discussions.
Registration fees: 80€ (40€ for Ph. D. students)
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2014
Languages of the conference: English and French
Publication: A call for papers will be issued after the conference
Contact: <colloque.emotions@gmail.com>

Proposals: Abstracts should be 500 words (not including references). The following information is required: First name, LAST NAME, Institution, Email, Postal address, The relevant key topic of the four stated above
Format: Times New Roman 12, 1.5 spacing, 3 cm margins.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed anonymously by two members of the scientific committee.
(posted 11 January 2014)

From sentence to text and back again: Approaches to text-type-specific sentence interpretation. A Graduate Workshop
Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany  -  25-27 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2014

Involved Disciplines: Linguistics, literary studies, psychology, psycholinguistics

Research Focus: We want to look at and discuss specific factors for how text-level and sentence-level interpretation influence each other. During the workshop we aim to refine our ideas of how text interpretation proceeds, and we are interested in whether there is evidence for an incremental or more dynamic text interpretation process. We want to investigate whether this might be dependent on specific language phenomena (especially context-dependent phenomena) or on specific text types (e.g., fictional vs. non-fictional texts) or both.

Approach: The core question behind the workshop is the question whether context-dependent phenomena have an impact on which strategy a reader or hearer pursues in the interpretation of a text as a whole, or whether the relation is reversed and global contextual factors influence how these phenomena are perceived and interpreted in a given text. The discussions will be guided by presentations of students and lectures of three invited scholars from different disciplines.

Application: Graduate and doctoral students who wish to participate should apply with an introduction to their field of research as well as a proposal for a talk (30 mins + 15 mins discussion) until May 1st 2014 (1-2 pages). There is no fee. Accommodation for two nights will be paid.

Applications should be sent to <johanna.herdtfelder@uni-tuebingen.de> and <nadine.bade@uni-tuebingen.de>

Sponsored by the Zukunftskonzept of the University of Tuebingen and the SFB 833 "The Contruction of Meaning"

Conference Website: http://www.sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de/ev/from-sentence-to-text-and-back-again.html
(posted 27 February 2014)

Women Writing Across Cultures: Past, Present and Future
St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, UK  -  26-28 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 10 March 2014

The 'What is Women's Writing?' Interdisciplinary Research Group, supported and funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

"Women's writing" has bee n a disputed term for several decades. In particular, recent work in fields such as feminist postcolonial theory, queer studies, transgender theory, feminist race studies, or development studies prompts us to re consider the question "hat is women's writing?", as an open field, ripe for the fresh exploration of interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, transnational and transtemporal connections.

This symposium aims to foster dialogue among researchers and practitioners dealing with women's writing in a variety of fields:
- transnational writing and writing across cultures;
- writing across academic disciplines, across the humanities and social sciences, across the arts and sciences;
- encounters between the critical and the creative, the academic and the popular, art and life, history and life-writing, orality and literacy, collective and individual authorship, analysant and analyst;
- crossing temporal boundaries: women's writing of the past impacting on the present, imagining futures for women's writing.

Keynote speakers:
- Patience Agbabi, poet, performer and Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University;
- Prof. Regenia Gagnier, Department of English Literature, University of Exeter;
- Dr. Fei-­‐Wen Liu, Institute of Ethnology, Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

Individual Titles and Abstracts: (100-­‐200 words) to be emailed to <womenswriting@torch.ox.ac.uk> by 10 March 2014.

Panel Proposals: 3 speakers, named chair and abstrats to be emailed to <womenswriting@torch.ox.ac.uk> by 10 March 2014.

Symposium fee: £80 (£40 reduced rate for graduate/unwaged/independent researchers); two nights' accommodation and meals: in the region of £160, excluding conference dinner; conference dinner: £46

Steering Committee:
- Professor Ros Ballaster,
- Dr Claudia Pazos Alonso,
- Dr Pelagia Goulimari
(posted 26 February 2014)

The Outlandish, Uncanny, and Bizarre in Literatures and Cultures
University of Opole, Poland  -  29-30 September 2014
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 30 2014

They said, please, please make love with Helen, we require an assertion of value, we are frightened. I said that they shouldn’t be frightened (although I am often frightened) and that there was value everywhere. Helen came and embraced me. I kissed her a few times on the brow. We held each other. The children were excited. Then there was a knock on the door, I opened the door, and the new gerbil walked in. The children cheered wildly.
Donald Barthelme, "The School" (from Sixty Stories)

Unlike Barthelme's fiction, life is not always so colorful, playful, or unpredictable. Indeed, the Yankton Sioux writer Zitkala-Sa once wrote that the bulk of modern society spends its waking hours "hopelessly treading drudgery mills." Perhaps this grim fact accounts for our interest in that which transports us from such mechanized ruts into worlds -- real and unreal -- ruled by the outlandish, uncanny, and bizarre. Our conference aims to compare, juxtapose, and reveal various notions of the otherworldly -- those things that make us scratch our heads, and those ideas that appear, either overtly or subtly, transgressive, unfamiliar, inappropriate, or ill-suited to what we deem normal existence. In doing so, we wish to trace how artists and cultures in general have dealt with representations of the outlandish, exploring its functions and forms.

In light of these aims, this conference provides a platform to reflect upon themes that address, but are not restricted to:
1. changing notions of the outlandish, uncanny, and bizarre
2. representing the fantastic, strange, and odd
3. the evolution and functions of the gothic
4. the outlandish,  uncanny, and bizarre in cinema, television, and the visual arts
5. the exotic and the other
6. literature as a revolt against the banal
7. the Freudian notion of literature as fantasy
8. anti-realism and the fantastic
9. the motif of doppelgänger in literature
10. notions of shock value
11. the outlandish, uncanny, and bizarre in postmodern literature
12. the campy and sexually taboo
13. transgressive subcultures
14 outlandish parody as social critique
15. the literature of escape

For those scholars interested in participating in this eccentric endeavor: Please send us an abstract (not exceeding 300 words, including the title, your professional affiliation, e-mail address, phone number, and audio-video requirements) by April 30, 2014, to <outlandishconference@gmail.com>.
The language of the conference will be English.
The time allotted for individual papers will be twenty minutes.

Conference participation fees:
The participation fee is PLN 450, or €100 (PLN 350 or €70 for postgraduate students)
This fee includes all conference proceedings, daytime refreshments, and a tour of Opole.
Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

Organizing Committee: Prof. Ryszard W. Wolny; Dr Tadeusz Lewandowski; Dr Stankomir Nicieja; Aleksander Kozieł, BA
(posted 17 December 2013)

Word & Image Crossovers: 5th English Literary Meeting in Bydgoszcz
Department of English, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland  -  29-30 September 2014
New extended deadline for proposals: 2 March 2014

Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

This conference will explore the possible interactions between word and image in literature and its adaptations and visual translations. We welcome examinations of both traditional and experimental forms of word and image crossovers with an emphasis on the visual aspect.

To stimulate lively discussions and an exchange of ideas between scholars working within specific research areas we suggest that the conference presentations are arranged within clearly defined sections that include but are not limited to:
1/ illustrated fiction/non-fiction,
2/ picturebooks,
3/ comics, graphic novels,
4/ adaptations of literary works (film, performing arts, video games, other types of visual translation)
5/ experimental literature, literature and new media (interactive literature, digital poetry, hypertext),
6/ visual poetry (concrete, shape poetry)

Please submit an abstract of 300 words for twenty-minute papers (with the title of the conference section clearly indicated) and a short CV, no later than 2nd March 2014 (new extended deadline) for consideration, to: <wordimagecrossovers@gmail.com>
Participants will be notified by 15th March 2014.

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Conference organisers: Dr Jakub Lipski, Dr Paweł Schreiber, Dr Magdalena Sikorska, Dr Katarzyna Smyczyńska, Mgr Marcin Czarnota, Mgr Joanna Malicka, Mgr Anna Słonina
(posted 17 December 2013, updated 17 February 2014)