Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in April 2017

Mother Figures and Representations of Motherhood in English-speaking Societies
Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, 3-5 April 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2016

Alternately celebrated and pilloried, mother figures have been assigned contradictory roles throughout the histories of English-speaking societies. Reflecting the power structures and conflicts of their times, they have been portrayed as pillars of society, providing material and emotional security, and models of sacrifice, or vilified for failing to perpetuate the expected values of individual responsibility and self-control. Nearly a century after winning political emancipation and almost half a century after the historic struggles for sexual emancipation—which yielded unequal results from one country to another—, women in all segments of society in the USA, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth are still regarded as second-class citizens, particularly when viewed and politicised through the lens of motherhood and mothering. While social change has gradually progressed since early conflicts for emancipation, improvement has been opposed by an increasingly stigmatising rhetoric targeting the most vulnerable women — teenage mothers, lone mothers, surrogate mothers, disabled mothers, older mothers, adoptive mothers, migrant or mothers identified in racial terms, women raising their families in urban or rural poverty, mothers with AIDS, lesbian or transsexual mothers, sex workers, inmates with children or mothers whose children are in foster care: each of these figures of ‘inadequate,’ ‘dysfunctional’ or ‘undeserving’ motherhood is held responsible for her situation. Access to sex education, information on reproductive rights or structures to address her specific needs are increasingly restricted and conditional. Traditionally extolled as an accomplishment in a woman’s life, motherhood is nonetheless equated with a loss of status or personhood for women when the state or other legal persons endowed with ethical legitimacy can claim a right to interfere with their access to sex education, reproductive rights, family benefits, day-care or parenting choices.

This conference aims to question the various ways in which motherhood is judged, how political choices are translated into cultural representations of mothers as either icons or scapegoats, and how these representations are received and challenged in a quest for either conformity or agency.

The following approaches are particularly welcome, whether they address the USA, the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth or the English-speaking parts of Africa:

    • Representations of mother figures and motherhood in literature, the arts, and popular   culture
    • Representations of motherhood in religious traditions and New Religious Movements
    • Roles assigned to mother figures in the perpetuation of gender roles.
    • The evolution of legislation on the age of consent and family policies since the 19th century
    • Sex education and the prevention of teenage pregnancies
    • Forms of mothering and choices of traditional or alternative mothering styles
    • Motherhood and racial or ethnic Othering
    • Inmates who are mothers
    • Mothers in the military
    • Motherhood and urban or rural poverty/downward mobility
    • Motherhood and homosexuality
    • Motherhood and transsexuality
    • Motherhood among sex workers
    • Motherhood and social and sanitary norms
    • Motherhood and disability/AIDS/illness
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Older motherhood
    • Lone motherhood
    • Single motherhood by choice
    • Adoption
    • Surrogate motherhood and ectogenesis
    • Foster care and stigmatisation of ‘inadequate’ parenting

Eugenicist undercurrents in scientific and political discourse

300-word abstracts along with a short CV in English should be sent by September 1, 2016 to Dr. Cécile Coquet-Mokoko and Prof. Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq Best papers will be published.

(posted 18 May 2016)

Recognition: Continuity/Discontinuity
Salzburg University, Austria, 3-7 April 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 October 2016

“The Easter School was a very rewarding and inspiring experience, both on an intellectual and on a personal level. And all that with the added bonus of beautiful Salzburg!” – “I enjoyed the impressive variety of topics and the fact that the participants came from very different backgrounds. I also liked that people were at different stages in their work” – “a wonderful occasion to discuss academic topics from a range of different perspectives, and seeing the rehearsal was a real treat!” – “fruitful discussions, very friendly atmosphere and well organized event”
Participant testimonies from the 2016 Salzburg Easter School

In the context of the 2017 Salzburg Easter Festival production of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre, the Salzburg Easter School offers PhD students, advanced MA students, and young artists an international transdisciplinary forum dedicated to fostering dialogue between the theory and practice of art. The forum offers workshops in festival management, seminars with Europe’s creative and theatrical elite, and exclusive access to Salzburg’s Cultural Institutions and the production’s dress rehearsal. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to present their own research in poster and oral presentations. Together we will discuss and debate the cultural and aesthetic significance of recognition, continuity, and discontinuity across academic and artistic disciplines.
The 2017 Easter Festival production of Die Walküre offers an outstanding opportunity to reconsider the significance and dimensions of recognition in the theatrical event in both theory and practice. Act One of Wagner’s opera closes with a pivotal recognition scene: as Siegmund expresses his love for Sieglinde, she strives to understand her recognition of him only to realise that it rests with the echo of her own voice and the reflection of her own image. The scene is exemplary of the power of ‘recognition’ in theatre to shape plots, organise knowledge, develop interpersonal relations, produce emotions, and determine outcomes and moralities across genres.
In drama studies, recognition has been a sustained and privileged focus from Aristotle’s concept of anagnorisis to the current ‘cognitive turn’. Rather than restating past gains, however, we propose to open this conversation up to a more expansive definition of theatre that takes account not only of dramatic content but also of the dynamic interrelationships in productions between embodied spectatorships, sites of performance, economic frameworks, and evolving technologies. As the Easter Festival production will re-create Günther Schneider-Siemssen’s sets from the 1967 staging of the opera, it presents a unique opportunity to consider the role of continuity and discontinuity in theatre practice and history. The 2017 Salzburg Easter School offers participants a platform to discuss this re-production in terms of a process of transformation, concerning both its theatrical aesthetics and meta- and para-theatrical histories.
PLUS Kultur / Atelier Gespräche® |
Contact: | +43-662-8044-4422 / 4428 2
TOP (L-R): Heinrich Schmidinger, President of Salzburg University © Eva Maria Griese / PhD-Students of the 2014 Salzburg Easter School / Manfred Trojahn, Peter Ruzicka, Intendant of the Salzburg Easter Festival, Sabine Coelsch-Foisner © Brigitte Haid / Florentine Klepper, Martina Segna, Anna Sofie Tuma © Eva Maria Griese
BOTTOM (L-R): Philipp Stölzl, Paolo Bressan © Brigitte Haid / Otello, Salzburg Easter Festival 2016 © Forster / 2014 Salzburg Easter School / Sabine Coelsch-Foisner, Project Leader © Eva Maria Griese
The Salzburg Easter School is held on the premises of Salzburg University in cooperation with the Salzburg Easter Festival and aims to foster dialogue between the theory and practice of art. The programme combines PhD-presentations, seminars, workshops in festival management and discussions offered by Europe’s cultural elite, including Peter Ruzicka (composer and artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival) and marketing expert Roland Ott. To ensure fruitful discussions and a maximum benefit, participants are expected to study Die Walküre and read selected critical texts sent to them upon acceptance of their proposals.
We welcome proposals focusing on:

  • Wagner’s Die Walküre in the contexts of operatic history and performance histories
  • theoretical conceptualisations of recognition from Aristotle to the present day
  • recognition as a generic, thematic, aesthetic, and cognitive property of the theatrical event
  • continuity and discontinuity in set, costume, lights, stage design, and choreography
  • cognitive theatre studies

The School also includes guided tours of the Autograph Collection of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum and Residenzgalerie Salzburg, a cultural tour of the city, and access to the Salzburg Easter Festival’s cultural fringe, including the dress rehearsal of the opera production. Participants will obtain a certificate and a copy of their poster. The total cost amounts to €250, including coffee breaks and daily lunch. Accommodation with breakfast can be arranged by the organisers in Salzburg’s historic city centre for €50 per night in a double room. In individual cases it may be possible to offer some support, but students are requested to seek funding from their home institutions.
If you are interested in presenting a poster and paper at the 2017 Salzburg Easter School, please submit your proposal (500 words), as well as a bio and motivation (together, 500 words), to Prof. S. Coelsch-Foisner at by 15 October 2016. Participation is limited to 20 participants.
Organised by: PLUS Kultur/Atelier Gespräche, University of Salzburg, Unipark, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

(posted 26 July 2016)

Understanding (Human) Nature: XIII International SAAS Conference
Department of English, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, 5-7 April 2017
Deadline for propoals: 15 October 2016

How can we define (human) Nature? What is implied in being human? What is a human? What have human beings done to/with/against Nature? These nagging questions hve been at the core of philosophy and science since antiquity, never finding a definitive answer. In the American context, the Human / Nature seem to be a work in progress in need of constant redefinition each time a new discovery is made, a new boundary is broken. Likewise, the Western world seems at present haunted by the animal question, a question that goes on a par with the definition of what is like to be a human. Historically, women, slaves, peoples of color, the mentally unbalanced, and the disabled were deprived of their human status. The twentieth century marked by the horrors of two world wars led philosophers to the question of the human with a heightened intensity. Heidegger, Lévinas, Derrida, Agamben have been fundamental in working towards a redefinition of the human , and such was the extent towards which this debate increased that in 1966 Michel Foucault proclaimed the end of Man in The Order of Things: An Archaelogy of the Human Sciences, prompting the beginning of the posthuman turn. But does Nature still exist, after Emerson’s romantic analysis, and after classic images of America as an open and wild space?.

In the midst of all these changes, American literature, art, history and culture have revealed their power to continue studying and evaluating (Human) Nature.

Given the breadth of the topic in question, we welcome papers that approach the question of (human) Nature from multiple theoretical and critical frameworks, within American Studies. Proposals for 20-minute papers can address (but are not limited to) any of the areas and topics listed below:

  • Discourse and gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, disability, class and/or species
  • Literature and the consequences of the Anthropocene: climate change, species extinction, overpopulation, waste…
  • A chronology of the human: from the homo sapiens to the homo ecologicus and the homo digitalis
  • Rethinking the human in fantasy, science fiction and/or speculative fiction
  • Rethinking the human in film, television, comic books and graphic novels
  • The new others: alien, cyborgs, monsters, “freaks,” superheroes, and machines
  • From cogito ergo sum to the embodied mind and the new discourses on matter
  • Questioning logocentrism
  • (Re)defining and (re)negotiating the humanities after the death of Man
  • Rethinking and rewriting Nature/Landscape/Environment in American ethnic literatures and studies
  • The (re)presentation and (re)articulation of Nature in American Studies
  • Sense of place/belonging
  • The American sublime
  • From environmental crisis to devastation
  • The greening of American Studies

The conference languages will be English and Spanish.

For more information about the Conference:

For the list of panels:

(posted 23 September 2016)

Edward Thomas 1878-1917: The Arras Conference
Université d’Artois, Arras, France. 6-7 April 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2016

In the name of the Université d’Artois and the Textes et Cultures research group (EA 4028; ‘Translittéraires’ research team), and the University of Poitiers, FORELL research group (EA 3816; ‘B1’ research team), we invite you to take part in an international conference in honour of the centenary of the death of Edward Thomas.
Born in Lambeth on 3 March 1878, Thomas was killed by a shell at the battle of Arras on 9 April 1917 and is buried nearby at Agny. Since then he has become one of the most highly regarded English poets of the last hundred years, loved by fellow writers and the general public alike.
The centenary of the poet’s death affords an ideal opportunity to revisit Thomas’s work – poems, fiction, travel writing, autobiography, literary criticism, letters, war diary – in order to offer new insights into it and reassess its significance. As an indication of the wealth of inspiration to be found in his writing, Thomas has recently been the subject of a play by Nick Dear, The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, Faber, 2012. Equally he has attracted the attention of a number of biographers including Matthew Hollis, All Roads Lead to France, Faber, 2011, and Jean Moorcraft Wilson who offers the first complete biography of the poet for over a generation, Edward Thomas : From Adlestrop to Arras, Bloomsbury, 2015. His Collected Poems, Bloodaxe, 2008, were last published in a critically acclaimed annotated edition by Edna Longley.
All manner of critical, theoretical, prosodic and thematic approaches are welcome. Among possible topics:

  • Thomas’s poetics;
  • his language, diction, prosody and metre;
  • Thomas and the importance of friendships in poetry;
  • Wales and Welsh influences in Thomas’s poetry;
  • Thomas’s views on/reviews of other poets;
  • the meaning of the term ‘war poet’ in relation to Thomas;
  • the family constellation in Thomas’s poetry;
  • responses to Thomas’s writing in his lifetime;
  • Thomas’s prose and its possible links with his poetry;
  • influences on Thomas;
  • Thomas’s own influence on other poets and writers;
  • genre issues such as ‘pastoral’, ‘post-pastoral’, ‘Nature poet’, ecopoetics, and ‘love poetry’;
  • the pursuit of the Self and the feeling of being inhabited, if not haunted, by an Other;
  • Thomas’s ‘superfluous man’;
  • etc.

Please send proposals for 20’ papers in English in the form of 200-word abstracts plus brief bio-biblio to the organisers, Adrian Grafe and Andrew McKeown, by April 15th 2016.
A publication is planned of selected papers in the form of essays arising from the conference.

(posted 23 January 2016)

The 11th International Conference of IDEA
Çankaya University, Turkey, 12–14 April 2017
Deadline for panel proposals: 7 November 2016
Deadline for paper proposals: 28 November 2016

The 11th International Conference on Literature, Language and Cultural Studies in Turkey under the auspices of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

The annual, peer-reviewed IDEA Conference, established in 2005 by the Turkish national association for English studies, is the largest and most comprehensive venue for the free exchange and dissemination of ideas on literary, language, and cultural studies in Turkey. It is held at a different university each year, and attended by scholars from around the world as well as around the country.

IDEA 2017 is being hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies, and the Academic English Unit at Çankaya University, which in 2017 will also be celebrating its 20th anniversary as one of the most modern and rapidly evolving research and teaching universities in Turkey.

Conference Topic Areas: The conference covers a wide range of subjects in literary, cultural, and language studies, and welcomes presentations dealing with new interdisciplinary perspectives on these fields, contemporary social and cultural issues, and other areas of investigation. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • English and Comparative Literature: Literary Theory Philosophy Historiography British, American, Turkish and European Literatures World Literatures in translation…
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Literature in relation to Visual Arts Performance Arts Film and Media Music Science Social and Political Theory Issues in Digital Humanities …
  • Cultural and Media Studies: Demographic change and identities Globalization and social coherence Belief systems and politics Contemporary discussions on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, diaspora, nationalism Media representations and regulation Emerging technologies and ethical issues Climate issues and the media…
  • Translation Studies: • Literary Translation Studies Narrative approaches to translation Stylistic approaches to translation (including approaches from Cognitive Poetics) Ecocritical approaches to translation Self-translation Translation and Ideology Translation and Gender…
  • English Language Teaching and Education: Teaching critical thinking Neuromyths in ELT and Education Cognitive science and language learning Teaching language through culture Educational issues in Neurolinguistics and Sociolinguistics…

Call for Papers
Proposals are invited for 15/20-minute paper presentations (followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion) in English, in any of the topic areas listed above or other relevant areas.
Please submit proposals for papers (abstracts of 150-250 words) to no later than November 28, 2016. These must be submitted as email attachments, in Microsoft Word .docx format, and should include the presenter’s (and any co-presenters’/writers’) name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information, and 100-word bio.

Call for Panels
Proposals and abstracts are also invited for panel sessions, which may consist of 3-5 paper presentations (90-150 min. presentations including time for general discussion).
Please submit proposals for panels to no later than November 7, 2016. A panel proposal must be submitted by the proposed panel chair as an email attachment in Microsoft Word .docx format, and should include (1) the proposed title of the panel; (2) the panel chair’s name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information, and 100-word bio; (3) a 250-300-word introduction explaining the theme of the panel; (4) paper proposals (as described in the “Call for Papers” above) for each participant in the panel. The proposals should also indicate (in case for logistical or other reasons a panel cannot be scheduled or accepted as a whole) whether the panel chair and authors would like to have their abstracts considered for individual presentations in other sessions.

Selected papers will be published in the IDEA 2017 Proceedings.

Organization Committee (Çankaya University):
Department of English Language and Literature: Özkan Çakırlar, Yağmur Demir, Neslihan Ekmekçioğlu, Johann Pillai, Berkem Gürenci Sağlam, Özlem Uzundemir
Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies: Barış Emre Alkım, Mustafa Kırca, Ertuğrul Koç
Academic English Unit: Mine Baskan, Ayşe Güneş, Mustafa Güneş, Özge Güvenç, Suna Özcan

Detailed information on registration, conference fees, accommodation, etc. will be provided on the IDEA 2017 conference website ( beginning in September 2016, and regularly updated.

For more information, please visit the IDEA 2017 website, or contact Mustafa Kırca and Berkem Gürenci Sağlam at:

tel (+90) 2331413
snail mail: Department of English Language and Literature, Çankaya University, Eskişehir Yolu, 29. km, Merkez Kampüs, 06790, Etimesgut, Ankara, Turkey

(posted 20 September 2016)

Sixth International Aldous Huxley Symposium 2017
University of Almería, Spain, 19 – 21 April 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2016

Conference warming on 18 April
Coach tour, possibly to Granada, on 22 April)
Convenors: University of Almería, represented by Prof Jesús Isaías Gómez López, and the International Aldous Huxley Society (AHS)
General theme: Aldous Huxley in Europe.
The general theme of the conference will naturally focus on Huxley’s activities in Europe, particularly in Italy, France and Spain, but there will certainly be room for a variety of other topics.

Huxley Forum: “Aldous Huxley and Self-Realization: his concept of Human Potentialities, his techniques for actualizing them, and his views of their social consequences”.
This forum is being organized by Prof Dana Sawyer (please send your proposals to and will be held in a similar fashion as at the last symposium in Oxford (see AHA 12/13).

Call for Papers: Please send your proposals for lectures (20 – 30 minutes, including discussion) by 30 April 2016 and your abstracts (20 -30 lines or 200 -300 words) by 30 September 2016 to Prof Bernfried Nugel (
Registration and accommodation will in due course be organized by Prof Jesús Isaías Gómez López (
For current information please visit the CAHS homepage at

(posted 9 February 2016)

Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English
Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación. Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, 26-28 April 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 January 2017

“Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English” is a three-day conference, to he held at the University of Zaragoza. It aims at exploring the traces of what has been called “transmodernity” in contemporary literatures in English, as there is a need to rethink our context from a different perspective or cultural paradigm. In order to achieve this aim, we propose to engage in a dialogue with contemporary literary texts, literary theory and cultural studies meant to test the applicability of this concept and its utility as a tool to better understand contemporary trends in literature.
The concept of “transmodernity” has been used by thinkers belonging in different fields. The philosopher Enrique Dussel, for example, describes as transmodern those theories from Third-World cultures that have incorporated the subaltern other. Philosophers of Law such as Marc Luyckx, Ziauddin Sardar or Etienne Le Roy have used the concept to describe those societies that attempt to reconcile progress with respect for cultural differences. And, in the field of architecture, Marcos Novak has used the term to define the liquid architectures existing in cyberspace. The feminist writer and philosopher Rosa María Rodríguez-Magda has used the term transmodernity to refer to the dialectical synthesis of modernity and postmodernity that would describe a globalized, rhizomatic, technological society arising in the countries of the First World, characterized by the opposition to otherness while at the same time penetrating and assuming it, trying to transcend the surrounding hyperreal and relativistic closure.
Moreover, our contemporary glocalised context makes the necessity to harmonise the concept with the current emphasis on local, ethic, sexual and other group and individual differences an imperative. According to this new paradigm, postmodernity would be the conclusion or culmination of modernity, and transmodernity would entail a criticism of the two earlier periods from the material, social, and spiritual viewpoints. In a sense, transmodernity becomes almost an umbrella term that comprehends all that is virtual, transnational, trans-ethnically cosmopolitan, connective, glocal, strategic and transubiquitous, among other things, and such generality might require for a reconceptualization
of the term.
These precedents justify our aim of refining the definition of transmodernity and of employing the transcultural as a provisional research perspective to analyse contemporary works of art.
We invite contributions that either engage with the various ways in which contemporary literatures in English address, employ or show transmodern perspectives and elements, or contribute to developing new critical trends and theoretical approaches to contemporary literature. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Literary theory and the transmodern.
  • The glocal in contemporary literature.
  • The transmodern in ecological writings and/or readings.
  • Feminism, family, queerness and transmodern relationships.
  • Transnational literatures, literature of exile and the postcolonial.
  • The virtual world, transhumanism, science, technology and literature.
  • Speculative fiction: imagining other worlds, other futures.
  • Consciousness, spirituality and literature.
  • New directions in literature and critical approaches since 2000.
  • Terrorism, politics and transmodern literature.
  • The psychology of the transpersonal in literature.
  • Ethics, social consciousness and literature.
  • Transcultural memory and literature.
  • The form of transmodern literary texts.
  • The transmodern palimpsest.

Abstracts between 400-500 words should be sent to [email] by 1st January 2017. Author information is to be provided on a separate sheet, including name, affiliation, contact address, paper title and author’s bio-note.
Please direct any other queries to:

(posted 18 July 2016)

Interhotel Cherno More, Varna, Bulgaria, 27-29 April 2017
Deadline for proposals: 16 January 2017

An international and interdisciplinary academic conference organized by:
The Bulgarian Society for British Studies (BSBS)
The Bulgarian American Studies Association (BASA

Advisory Committee: Ludmilla Kostova (University of Veliko Turnovo), Zelma Catalan (University of Sofia), Vitana Kostadinova (University of Plovdiv), Andrei Andreev (New Bulgarian University). Irina Perianova (University of National and World Economy), Kostadin Grozev (University of Sofia), Madeleine Danova (University of Sofia).

LETTERS can be written characters representing sounds, written messages, epistles, certified documents granting rights. “LETTERS” can mean “learning” or “literary culture.”
This conference aims at bringing together scholars, both established and emergent, working within one or more of the research areas studying LETTERS. Topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • letters and/in systems of writing;
  • sound/letter correlations;
  • letters and literacies;
  • letter symbolism;
  • written letters vs spoken words;
  • epistolary communication from a historical perspective;
  • epistolarities old and new;
  • from love letters to hate mail;
  • letters and the politics of travel ;
  • pseudo-letters and the politics of authorship;
  • representations of epistolary communication in literature and other arts;
  • methods of studying letters and epistolarity;
  • letters and historical research;
  • editing letters;
  • belles-lettres;
  • the Republic of Letters and other networks.

Abstracts (ca 300 words) and short bios are to be emailed to by 16 January 2017.

(posted 15 September 2017)

US Presidential Elections in Publis History, Popular Imagination and Scholarly Debates
Interhotel Cherno More, Varna, Bulgaria, 27-29 April 2017
Deadline for proposals 16 January 2017

A specialized seminar organized by The Bulgarian American Studies Association (BASA)
Alma Mater Center of Excellence

Seminar topics include but are not restricted to:

  • The Constitutional Framework and Political Practices in US Presidential Elections;
  • The Great Campaigns: Their Heroes and Villains;
  • Electoral Behaviour and Mass Political Perceptions;
  • Continuity and Change in the US Electoral Process;
  • Modern Day Campaigning: From Print and Electronic Media to the Digital Era of Social Networks;
  • The Political Establishment and the Anti-Systematic Forces in US Politics;
  • The US Presidential Elections in Literature, Film and Drama;
  • The Language of Politics: Public History and Modern Types of Communication;
  • Social Upheavals and Mythologizing in Past and Present Campaigns;
  • The Challenges of Presidential Candidates’ Messages in the Harsh Realities of Current Politics;
  • Multi or Single-Track Approaches  in the Foreign Policy  Platforms of the US Presidential Elections: Between Pragmatism and Idealism;
  • The Cold War as a Factor in US Presidential Elections;
  • From Lincoln to Obama: Racial and Social Perspectives of US Presidential Campaigns.

As part of the seminar, there will be a meeting of the BASA members to elect a new executive board and discuss organizational matters.

Abstracts (ca 200 words) and short bios are to be submitted by 16 January 2017.

Enquiries and proposals should be sent to or to the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., Sofia 1504, Bulgaria.

 (posted 15 September 2016)

Across Borders: Cultures in dialogue
Tartu, Estonia, 27-29 April 2016
Deadline for proposals: 20 December 2016
Organised by:
  • Center of Excellence for Estonian Studies, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia
  • Stanisław Pigoń State College in Krosno, Poland
  • Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Philology, Krakow, Poland
Intercultural encounters accompanying the movement of individuals and groups receive a variety of expressions and call for a debate in an interdisciplinary context. The conference aims at investigating aspects of culture, language and literature in the context of a world made more mobile than ever before. The organizers of the conference wish to invite scholars in humanities, esp. literature, linguistics, communication, folkloristics, media, cultural studies, humour studies, translation and interpreting, teaching methodology, to a discussion on the broad subject of cultural neighbourhood, especially related to:
  • minority cultures and literature, migration and narration, the Other, autobiography and identity
  • communication styles, pragmatics of intercultural communication, communication in institutions, folkloric communication, ethnolinguistics
  • humour and irony in cultural context
  • cross- cultural aspects of translation and (language) teaching, English as an international lingua franca, language contacts, culture and the teaching of languages, global learning, innovation in education
  • contemporary culture and media, transnational / transmedial cultural texts, cultural and linguistic globalization / localization
Conference languages: English (preferable), Russian and German. In case of Russian and German, summaries in English are required.
Positively reviewed papers will be published in a conference proceedings volume (in English). Publication of papers in thematic sessions will be
considered for publishing in an international journal.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
– Prof. Mariusz Misztal, Pedagogical University, Kraków, Poland
– Dr. Gerard McCann, St Mary’s College Belfast, UK
To be confirmed in December:
– Prof. Mihhail Lotman, University of Tallinn, Estonia
Paper proposals with abstracts (300 words) should be sent by using the online form on the conference webpage.
Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in presentation.
Conference email address:

Paper presentations deadline: no later than 20th December 2016

Conference fee:
– early fee 120 EUR
– late fee (after March 31) 150 EUR
– reduced fee: 70 EUR (doctoral students)
The conference fee covers: confe rence materials, coffee breaks, conference dinner, publication of the proceedings.
Post-conference trip is organized for an extra fee (50 EUR).
Details about transportation and accommodation will be announced in CFP2.
Organizing committee:
Prof. Grzegorz, Przebinda, Rector, Krosno State College, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Dr. Władysław Chłopicki, Krosno State College, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Dr. Bartosz Gołąbek, Krosno State College, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Prof. Fritz König, Krosno State College
Prof. Władysław Witalisz, Krosno State College, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Dr. Mare Kõiva, head of the Center of Excellence for Estonian Studies, Estonian
Literary Museum, Tartu
Dr. Liisi Laineste, Center of Excellence for Estonian Studies, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu

(posted 17 October 2016)