Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in December 2016

Crossroads I: Remembering/Forgetting
Institute of Modern Languages, University of Białystok, Poland, 1-2 December 2016
Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2016

The Institute of Modern Languages is pleased to invite scholars from Poland and abroad to the Crossroads I Conference: Remembering/Forgetting that will be held on 01-02 December 2016 at the University of Białystok. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and sharing the findings of research related to the broadly understood theme of memory, seen as the interplay between past and present, the crossroads between remembering and forgetting, the reconstruction of individual and collective memories that might be subject to the processes of alteration, re-evaluation, invention, fabrication, manipulation, negation, etc.

We encourage broadly-contextualised contributions discussing these problems in both literature and culture against historical, social, philosophical, psychological, artistic and other backgrounds. We are interested in bringing together researchers involved in such diverse disciplines as the history of Anglophone literatures, cultural, feminist, gender, postcolonial, and cyberculture studies.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • memory as “a traveling concept”
  • memory and inscription
  • the memory turn
  • memory and acts of remembrance
  • commemorative ceremonies and their representation
  • collective, cultural and individual memory
  • counter-memory and post-memory
  • life writing and its genres
  • autobiography and memoir
  • gendered memory
  • Pierre Nora’s lieux de mémoireor memory sites: the interplay of memory and history
  • place memory and topophilia
  • ways of reconstructing the historical past
  • traumatic memory
  • childhood memories
  • trauma, melancholy and mourning
  • literature as a medium of cultural memory
  • feminist approaches to memory
  • His-story and Her-story in the archives of remembrance
  • memory in the age of the Internet

We invite proposals for 20-minute talks with additional 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts of proposed papers (200-300 words) must contain the title, name of the author and contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address). All abstracts accompanied by a short biographical note, should be sent to by 15 September 2016. The participants will receive notification of acceptance by 01.10.2016.

The conference will be held in English. Selected papers will be published in a reviewed collection of essays and/or in a peer-reviewed journal (Crossroads)

Conference fee: PLN 400 / EUR 100

Organizing Committee: dr hab. Grzegorz Moroz, dr Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun, dr Anna Karczewska, dr Weronika Łaszkiewicz, mgr Ewelina Feldman Kołodziejuk

Institute of Modern Languages, University of Białystok, 15-420 Białystok, Liniarskiego 3

(posted 31 March 2016)

Interdisciplinary views on the English language, literature and culture
University of Zielona Góra, Poland, 1-2 December 2016
Deadline for proposals: 31 Mai 2016

The Department of English Philology at the University of Zielona Góra  is pleased to announce that a scientific conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of English philology at the University of Zielona Góra.

The conference will be held in the buildings of the University of Zielona Gora, campus B, al.Wojska Polskiego 69-71A

>We invite papers on a variety topics within three sections:

English linguistics: Where linguistic theories and practices meet – towards a realistic picture of the English language

The Linguistic Section invites papers that reflect on and explore the role of the English language in modern society, with regard to its empirical and didactic implications. Its aim is to bring together a variety of theoretical framings and methodological approaches as well as other points of view and disciplines in an attempt to work out new solutions to existing problems. We would be happy if prospective speakers could consider theoretical and practical challenges posed by English as a broad subject of study. The most welcome areas of discussion and study include the following issues:

theoretical and descriptive linguistics:

  • interaction in and within the English language
  • English in communication
  • recent changes in the English language
  • English in multicontextual approaches
  • traditional and recent methodological approaches to the systemic study of English
  • unsolved linguistic problems concerning the English language

applied linguistics:

  • recent developments in EFL teaching methodology
  • EFL classroom and language awareness
  • EFL contexts and: mother tongue use, translanguaging, bilingualism, multilingualism, …
  • English in translation, interpreting and localization
  • linguistic theories as solutions to realistic problems
English culture: Notable figures of the past and their favourites’ influence upon the course of their countries’ history
The section of cultural and historical studies of the English-speaking countries aims at bringing together scholars and researchers who by presenting their current research being carried out, are willing to share new ideas as well as to exchange research results about Culture and History of the English-speaking countries, which focus on the theme of ‘Notable figures of the past and their favourites’ influence upon the course of their countries’ history.

 Cultural and historical studies as an interdisciplinary field and practice allow for the exploration of multiple histories and aspects of research. Yet, we would particularly welcome such contributions that would explore:

  • how various cultural and ideological leaders/ politicians /notable figures of the past brought about different concepts of sexuality, the body, rights, and the like.
  • to what extent female/male paramours and/or favourites of powerful and notable figures exerted their influence over the course of history of the English-speaking countries
  • the role of notable figures of the past in shaping gender and human sexuality exemplified by their behavioural, social, historical, and cultural issues.

Potential areas of analysis listed above are just mere hints which are not limited. Therefore, any suggestions which fall within the scope of the above general theme are most welcome.

English literature: Imagination and Truth: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literary and Non-Literary Modes of Representation

Over the last decades, the problem of representation has become one of the most crucial issues in literary theory and criticism. Tom Wolfe’s plea in 1989 for a return to the realist novel not only met with little enthusiasm from his peers, but also had to face the question of whether realistic representation could be achieved in literature or any other medium in the first place. The New Journalism of the 1960s and 70s, in which Wolfe played a major role, had already challenged the notion of accurate or authentic accounts, introducing radical subjectivity and occasionally drug enhanced experiences. Postmodernism lost faith in the metanarratives, New Historicism blurred the line between history and literature, and Historiographic Metafiction dissolved the distinction between history and story, suggesting that different, conflicting and even contradictory accounts of historical events or processes may still be equally valid. Moreover, Jean Luc Godard’s statement that “cinema is truth, 24 times per second” has been countered by the claim that all photography is the construction of a reality rather than an authentic representation of the real. On the other hand, authors and critics alike have argued that there is truth in fiction or that the fantastic may allow a glimpse of what is otherwise ungraspable. In the words of Jeanette Winterson: “I’m telling you stories. Trust me.” Literature is involved in a challenge to the construction of imagined geographies (Said), imagined communities (Anderson), and imaginary homelands (Rushdie), all of which have a strong impact on reality. In the area of life-writing, theories increasingly emphasize memoirs as a genre that opens creative imaginational spaces, revealing deeper truths than those emerging from biographies and autobiographies.

We especially invite papers that present interdisciplinary critical analyses of literary representations which complement or challenge perspectives formulated by

  •  historiography
  • journalism
  • media
  • politics
  • ideologies

Abstracts (ca. 250 words) of proposals for 20-minute presentations should be sent to
Please, specify the conference section (language, literature or culture) in the Subject field of your message.
The deadline for abstract submission is May 31, 2016.
A peer-reviewed volume is planned to be published. This will include a collection of accepted, previously reviewed papers.

The conference fee is 400 zlotys (PLN).
This will include conference materials, proceedings volume publication, coffee break(s) and dinner (according to the program).
Conference delegates are advised to seek funding from their own institutions.
The account number will be announced.

The Conference website offers suggestions for accommodation.

Should you have any questions, please send them to

(posted 18 May 2016)

New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England: Literature, Politics and Religion
Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France  –  1-3 December 2016
Deadline for proposals: 20 July 2015

Organizers: Sophie Chiari and Isabelle Fernandes (CERHAC, UMR 5037, French National Centre for Scientific Research)
Venue: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH), Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Confirmed Keynotes:

  • Pr. Roger Chartier (Collège de France, Paris)
  • Pr. Line Cottegnies (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Pr. Richard Dutton (The Ohio State University)
  • Dr. Thomas Freeman (University of Essex)

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the 500th anniversary of Queen Mary I’s birth, this conference will take stock of the current research on censorship in early modern England in order to understand in what ways this research has or not contributed to the construction of modernity. In Shakespeare’ case, critics have often pointed out the multiplicity of rhetorical strategies used by the playwright to bypass the critical eyes of the authorities, probably less to shun censorship than to play with its rules. Yet the Tudors were keen to silence their enemies thanks to a legislative arsenal aimed at repressing religious opponents in particular. As early as 1529, Henry VIII’s government banned a whole series of so-called subversive books and, in 1557, a royal charter granted the Stationers’ Company a monopoly to print works so as to fight more efficiently against heresy.
In order to throw a new light on an era marked by the development of the printing press which promoted censorship and increased its impact on the literary, dramatic, religious and philosophical production of the time, the participants are invited to analyse censorship in relation to the strictures of early modern Protestantism.
While the vast majority of studies on censorship regard it as being at the origin of the notion of authorship, critics tend to disagree on its actual influence on early modern writings. Who, among the Church and the secular state, were its main supporters? Did it aim at destroying or removing, punishing or protecting, hampering or simply regulating? Did it propagate a culture of secrecy or, on the contrary, did it help to circulate new ideas and knowledge by controlling them and making them more acceptable to the masses?
If the answers are bound to differ according to the aesthetic and religious biases of both censors and censored, all these questions lead to one major interrogation: did censorship manage to stop marginal trends like libertinism, or did it finally operate as a reassuring shield for early modern writers whose self-publicity was greatly improved by the not so negative effects of censorship?
Like Janet Clare, many scholars keep considering censorship as an absolute weapon of destruction and mutilation. Yet others, in the wake of Richard Dutton, notice that if Auto-da-fé did exist, censored text were in fact seldom prohibited. More often than not, only a few daring passages were either removed or rewritten, at best. One can therefore perceive censorship as an instrument of regulation rather than as a repressive tool, an instrument that neither suppressed artistic creativity or subversive practices. Actually, early modern works were not dangerous per se: their hypothetical censorship depended on the way they were received by the audience who, in turn, shaped the conditions of their circulation. An apparently innocuous writing could therefore be turned into a subversive object years after its publication. A case in point is Shakespeare’s Richard II (c. 1595), which, in act 4, stages the deposition of a legitimate king. In the first three editions of the play, 164 lines related to Richard’s deposition were systematically erased. One had to wait for the publication of the 1604 quarto (and for the death of Elizabeth I) to see the full text published.
This example shows that, between repression and laisser faire, a via media did exist. Anyway, there was probably no such thing as texts completely immune from censorship at the time, if one takes into account the often-underestimated importance of self-censorship. In this regard, Roger Chartier has shown that, in a number of early modern works, the dedicating epistle turned the dedicatee into a poet or into the first author of the work which he or she had patronized. Moreover, what turned out to be an incessant practice of revising suggests that a latent force of censorship kept refashioning the very substance of early modern texts.

All in all, writing and censorship appear as two closely linked activities and, as has already been pointed out, if the birth of the author was more or less caused by the prevalence of censorship, the latter also contributed to the permanent blurring of the concept of authorship. This interdisciplinary symposium will thus endeavour to verify and possibly also challenge this hypothesis. Participants, moreover, will be expected to show how the bishops of London and Canterbury, the Stationers’ Company, and the Master of the Revels dealt with their prerogatives and implemented different forms of censorship.  More generally speaking, the conference will reassess the contradictory shapes of censorship in early modern England in order to understand how they built the plural identity of the modern author. All approaches, be they literary, historical, religious, philosophical, or aesthetic, will be welcome.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio-biblio to:
– Sophie Chiari:
– and Isabelle Fernandes:
Paper presentations will be allocated 35 minutes including 10 minutes for questions and answers.

Deadline for proposal submission: 20 July 2015
Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2015
Conference dates: 1-3 December 2016

Scientific Committee:
Pr. Roger Chartier (Collège de France, Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania)
Pr. Line Cottegnies (Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Pr. Richard Dutton (The Ohio State University)
Dr. Thomas Freeman (University of Essex)
Pr. Pierre Lurbe (University of Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3)
Pr. Ton Hoenselaars (Utrecht University)

(posted 3 April 2015)

Alcoholism, Sexoholism and Other Addictions
Krakow, Poland, 8-9 December 2016
Deadline for proposals: 31st October 2016

Venue: The Campanile Krakow Hotel,  św. Tomasza Street no. 34 Krakow



  • University of Gdańsk (Poland)
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • InMind Support

Scientific Committee:

  • Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk
  • Amanda Chalupa, M.A. – McGill University

By living in constant stress, rivalry, hurry and uncertainty of tomorrow, we become victims of various addictions more and more often. During our international conference we would like to observe this phenomenon in a possibly broadest perspective. We will be interested in all kinds of addictions: both the most popular, well-known ones, and the rarest, eccentric and surprising ones. We would like to talk about alcoholism, drug addiction, workaholism, sexoholism, but also, for instance, addictions to sushi, fortune telling, or taking part in conferences. We will describe addictions in their present and historical aspects, in cultural, social and individual dimensions, in fields such as various studies, art and everyday life.

That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology, politics, philosophy, history, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, economics, law, to name w few.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inqueries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

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

I.Everyday Life

  • Games people play
  • Addiction as entertainment
  • Addiction as escape
  • Addiction as self-destructiveness
  • Addictions and crimes
  • Positive aspects of addictions
  • Addicts’ families
  • Life without addictions

II. Literature and Art

  • Literature and art about addicts and addictions
  • Addictions and narrative
  • Addictions and representation
  • Addicted artists
  • Addiction to writing
  • Addiction to reading
  • Literature and art as therapy

III. Science

  • Addictions and compulsive-obsessive disorder
  • Addictions and neurosis
  • Addictions and psychosis
  • Addictions and hypochondria
  • Addictions and trauma
  • Addictions and mind
  • Addictions and brain
  • Addictions and soma
  • Therapeutic methods of coping with addictions

IV. Variety of addictions

  • Addictions and cultural differences
  • Common addictions
  • Rare addictions
  • Women’s addictions
  • Men’s addictions
  • Children’s addictions
  • Politicians’ addictions
  • Priests’ addictions
  • Animals’ addictions

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 31th October 2016 both to prof. Wojciech Owczarski, University of Gdańsk: and

Confirmation of acceptance will be sent by 5th November 2016.

The conference language is English.

For further details please visit our website

(posted 5 August 2016)