Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in September 2018

Vladimir Nabokov and Translation: Transatlantic Symposium
Lille, France, Spring 2018, and Chapel Hill, USA, Fall 2018 (the precise dates will be announced later)
Deadlines for proposals: 1 September 2017 (Lille), 1 May 2018 (Chapel Hill)

The precise date of this conference will be announced later.

Please send your abstracts (maximum 500 words, in English or French) to the following email addresses: and
If you wish your abstract to be considered for the first installment of the Symposium in Lille, France, please send your abstract by September 1, 2017, and by May 1, 2018, for Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

This project is organized with the French Society Vladimir Nabokov – Les Chercheurs Enchantés, The Université of Lille, SHS (France) (Unit Research CECILLE) and the Center for Slavic Eurasian and East European Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA).

See the full call for papers at

(posted 16 May 2017)

Traditions and Transitions
Sofia, Bulgaria, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2018

An internatioinal conference dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

The Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” invites scholars to submit proposals for the international conference “Traditions and Transitions “– to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The conference is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University. People celebrate anniversaries in order to commemorate what has been achieved so far and to envision what should be achieved in the future. The event aims to look back at a distinguished past, and ahead to a challenging future.

The conference seeks to bring together young and established scholars, and also professors emeriti from academic institutions in Bulgaria and abroad, giving them a venue to debate and exchange views on traditions and transitions in the research in and the teaching of English-language-related disciplines.

The field of English and American Studies is in transition, as it seeks new approaches, and re-examines older ones, in order to address the multiple issues facing the development of  English-language related disciplines required for participation in today’s global community. The organizers of this conference encourage papers using a variety of  interdisciplinary approaches to developments in the field and a wide range of analytical perspectives (historical, artistic, literary, political, aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, sociolinguistic, cognitive etc.).

We invite individual abstracts and panel proposals in an array of topics, discussing traditions and transitions in any of the areas below:

  • The study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, India, Pakistan, South Africa and the Middle East,  among other areas);
  • The study of English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, text linguistics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and stylistics);
  • The study of Anglophone cultures and societies with a special focus on the complexity and hybridity of cultural interaction, transnationalism and transculturalism; the movement between places, identities and cultures;
  • Translation studies;
  • Мedia studies, transmedia.

Abstracts for twenty-minute presentations and panel proposals should be submitted by 1 March, 2018.

Please include the following in your submission:

  • Name:
  • Affiliation:
  • Email address:
  • Title of Abstract or Panel Proposal:
  • Abstract (250 words):
  • Bio (100 words):

Please address emails to:

Conference Organizing Committee: Prof. Evgenia Pancheva, Dr. Habil.; Assoc. Prof. Alexandra Glavanakova, PhD; Assoc. Prof. Alexandra Bagasheva, PhD; Assoc. Prof. Rositsa Ishpekova, PhD; Asst. Prof. Emilia Slavova, PhD

(posted 8 November 2017)

Pies in the sky. Food in Great-Britain and in France: How Representations and Practices Have Changed, 18th-21st centuries
Bordeaux Montaigne University, France, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2018

A conference organized by the Climas Research Center

The questions that surround food are central to today’s society and  they pervade a large number of issues in our contemporary world. From the very visible cooking contests on television that have emerged in the last ten years to the far less visible problem of food access, nobody can be indifferent to the food question. Interestingly enough, the concern overcomes class barriers; it emerged in popular culture with the TV shows or the scrap cooking trend but it is also a strong element of class distanciation for the elite who choose to support organic food or fair trade food or lately locavorism. From the vegetarian diet to the flexitarians without forgetting the vegans, food is a way of telling others of one’s place in society. However, far from the questions of how many
miles your avocado has covered to get to your plate (and the fewer miles the better for the ecologico-politically correct), there are still matters of food access and health issues. In the so-called “mature” economies, the obese are not only frowned upon forbeing unsustainable (Peter Singer) but they are also associated with poverty. Such a paradigm goes against the grain of the 19th century vision of the “healthy” plump bourgeois, and being slim is now a sign of wealth since money can keep one from delving into the bag of crisps and allow them to buy the newest antioxidant, vitamin-C loaded “superfood”.
As the media tend to concentrate on how the bohemian bourgeois are eating and on the benefits – difficult to deny – of eating
pesticide-free food and wine, it would be interesting to investigate the multiple questions that surround food today but also how they have evolved.
It is very telling that the first Transition Town, in Totnes, Devon, focuses much of its concept of resilience and Reconomy on the food question and how to be self-sufficient. . Gardens have also been a way to assess personal and collective political identities: they have now become subversive in the way they bear a political message that defies the big multinationals which have dictated the price and offer of the food we eat for the last forty years at least. What does it mean to say that you’re growing your own food and is it a valid answer to the economic challenges of the world? Was food a political weapon as well as a marker of one’s social class in 18th and 19th century Britain?
When one lives in a block of flats, how can one even conceive of having a garden? In France the concept of the “jardin ouvrier” is being rediscovered but is maybe not as “ouvrier” as it usedto be. And once you’ve started growing food, what do you do with it? It questions the access to this food culture: who has this knowledge? Can you say today that working classes have access to it, the way they did in the beginning to mid-20th century? What has feminism done to how we value food and the cooking of food?
How has the UK embraced the food culture brought by the different populations that came with their curries, satays and Jamaican food? Can immigrant populations that value food more than “we” do, help revitalize our notions of being together to cook, taking time to eat together, rediscovering the pleasure of eating?
Ecology is one of the issues as well and from the carbon footprint of your food to the best possible option for the least impact on the planet, one has to navigate between very different assertions. Yes, it is better to eat local say some, no it is not, say others, because it harms the global economy and the access to food of the Kenyan farmer who then cannot sell his products for lack of outlets. It seems better to eat local, but it is not if you live in Iceland where hydroponically produced tomatoes are more energy-consuming than the plane that comes with Spanish tomatoes.
To try and answer those questions and probably many more, we would like to organize a conference at Bordeaux Montaigne University welcoming researchers from everywhere and also professionals with their very practical vision of food in action. We know how some internationally-celebrated chefs have started alliances with farmers (within the Slow Food movement), how Michel Bras, for instance, tries to leave the Michelin-star world to think about ways of guaranteeing good food to old people in retirement homes and we think that those perspectives are interesting in the way they can help us bridge the gap between the world of research and the world beyond.
We invite researchers who wish to contribute to the following food-related issues to take part in this conference:

  • the evolution of people’s relation to food in the UK (visible either in literature, the arts or in concrete behavioural changes)
  • the emergence of a public discourse around food and its connection/disconnection to reality.
  • food’s subversive value (through community gardens, local networks and other citizen-based initiatives)
  • food culture and its connection to healthy eating behaviours, since when populations lose their cultural link to food they become disconnected from its core value and are more likely to fall prey to eating disorders.

Please send a 250-word abstract with a short bionote before March, 15th 2018 to the following mail addresses:

(posted 22 January 2018)

Living, Reading, Teaching and Translating in a World Dominated by the Culture of War and War of Cultures (CELLTTS-3)
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2018

Third International Conference on English Language, Literature, Teaching and Translation Studies (CELLTTS)

The Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, is pleased to announce its 3rd International Conference on English Language, Literature, Teaching and Translation Studies (CELLTTS) which will take place on September 28-29, 2018. For the third time we invite scholars and experts in their respective fields of research to Sarajevo to present and discuss their research findings and exchange experience and ideas with their colleagues from the region and the world.
The approaching Centenary (1918-2018) of the Armistice which ended the First World War sadly reminds us that peace is an empty signifier, a phantom or a beautiful illusion that remains out of reach. The past hundred years of violent conflicts have changed the world we live in out of recognition, while the discourse of conflict has become firmly entrenched even within academia in the form of the so called “culture wars” fought in the various branches of the humanities. Why do humanities matter in a world in which the label “post-conflict” has become a synonym for peace? What is the role of media in times of war and post-war transition? What is it like to teach (English) language/literature/history/culture in a post-conflict society? How is war represented in literature? What are the ways to study language as the site and reflection of wars, agony and revolutions? How can trauma studies and a culture of remembrance help us understand and accept what was meant to be suppressed and unacknowledged? Finally, how are we to cope with the challenge of living the humanities in time of wars?
It is these and related topics that we intend to examine as closely as possible at this year’s conference and we invite researchers and scholars working in the broad area of Anglo-American studies to submit abstracts for oral presentations based on the (non-exhaustive) list of areas of interest below:

  • Phonetics/Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • (Critical) Discourse Analysis
  • Stylistics
  • Semiotics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • History of English
  • Contrastive Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language
  • Language Acquisition
  • Translation Studies
  • Interpretation Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Venue: Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo
The conference language is English. The presenters are required to restrict their presentations to 15 minutes.

Submission guidelines
Abstracts within 200–250 words should be submitted here,
or sent electronically as email attachments (using application form) in Microsoft Word for Windows (.doc or .docx formats) to the Conference’s email address:, with the word ‘Abstract’ as the subject.
Abstracts will be evaluated according to the originality of the theme, clear methodology and theoretical framework, and scholarly contribution of the research.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 15 April 2018
Deadline for the notification of acceptance: 1 May 2018

Registration fee:
Regular: 60 euros (EUR), or 120 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM) (bank transfer fees are to be paid by the participants or will be charged at the conference; on-site registration is an option)
Early bird registration fee: 50 euros (EUR), or 100 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM)
Registration fee for students from BiH: 30 euros (EUR), or 60 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM)
Early bird registration fee for students from BiH: 20 euros (EUR), or 40 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM)

Deadline for early bird registration: 1 September 2018

The fee covers organisational costs, conference pack, refreshments during coffee breaks, and buffet lunch on 28 and 29 September. After the Conference, a refereed selection of papers will be published as a book of proceedings.

Please visit the conference website for more information.

Organizing Committee: Dr. Sanja Šoštarić, Dr. Amira Sadiković, Dr. Ifeta Čirić-Fazlija, Dr. Larisa Kasumagić-Kafedžić, Dr. Selma Đuliman, Dr. Nejla Kalajdžisalihović, Dr. Merima Osmankadić, Dr. Lejla Mulalić , Dr. Melisa Okičić, Alma Žero, MA , Nermina Čordalija, MA

Programme Committee:  Dr. Snežana Bilbija, Dr. Srebren Dizdar, Dr. Nedžad Leko, Dr. Sanja Šoštarić, Dr. Amira Sadiković, Dr. Larisa Kasumagić-Kafedžić, Dr. Merima Osmankadić, Dr. Ifeta Čirić-Fazlija, Dr. Lejla Mulalić

(posted 12 February 2018)