Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in July 2019

Aftershocks: Globalism and the Future of Democracy: 6th ISSEI International Conference
University of Zaragoza, Spain, 2-5 July 2019
Deadline for proposing a workshop: 31 October 2018

We invite scholars from Social Sciences and Humanities as well as artists and intellectuals from a non-academic background to discuss the dimensions, manifestations, and problems, both theoretical and pragmatic of “Globalism and the Future of Democracy” from multiple perspectives: historical, philosophical, linguistic, cultural, religious, artistic, political, socio-economic and others. Topics for workshop proposals may include: Europe and the crisis of democracy, globalism, and history of thought and society in this continent.
Colleagues interested in chairing a workshop on a topic related to this theme and/or on European Studies more generally, are invited to submit a one-page proposal to: Dr. Edna Rosenthal at:

The deadline for submitting a workshop proposal is October 31, 2018.

You can also submit individual papers to the planned workshops which are already posted on the website.
This will be the 16th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), founded in 1984 in Bellagio, Italy, by the founding editors of the interdisciplinary journal, The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms (Published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group).

Full details of the conference are available at:

(posted 8 September 2018)

MLA International Symposium:  Remembering Voices Lost
Lisbon, Portugal, 23-25 July 2019
Deadline for submissions : September 21, 2018

In the face of resurgent social, political, and religious instability, it seems urgent to recuperate the “lost voices” of humanity: those that have been buried or forgotten and those that have been marginalized or othered on the grounds of their perceived foreignness.

The 2019 Modern Language Association (MLA) International Symposium, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal from 23 to 25 July 2019, calls for paper and session proposals that place humanities at the center of world affairs, bringing lost voices to the forefront as an act of resistance.

The conference will feature the following formats:

  • panel sessions and discussions
  • paper sessions composed of 3–5 individual papers
  • roundtable conversations including 3–6 participants

We invite proposals for any of the above formats. Sessions will be ninety minutes long, including time for discussion. The conference languages will be English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

Paper proposals should include the paper title, a brief abstract, and the speaker’s institutional affiliation (if any).

Proposals for panels and roundtables should contain the above items as well as a session chair, abstract, and title.

Please use the MLA International Symposium’s submissions portal to submit your paper, session, or roundtable proposal(s). All submissions must be received by 21 September 2018, and participants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 3 December 2018.

Learn more, including how to submit your paper, session, or roundtable proposal, at

All submissions MUST be received by 21 September 2018.

email contact of symposium:

Upcoming dates

  • Deadline for CFPs on September 21, 2018
  • Registration opens on December 1, 2018
  • Acceptances and rejections sent to proposers on December 3, 2018
  • MLA International Symposium in Lisbon on July 23, 2019

(posted  21 August 2018, updated 4 September)

Understanding (through) Annotations: 15th International Connotations Symposium
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany, 28 July-1 August 2019
New extended deadline for proposals: 31 October 2018

Connotations, A Journal for Critical Debate

Credit: Glen Downey,

Explanatory annotations have always had a somewhat precarious and even paradoxical status: with a few exceptions, they have been considered “below” the concern of the theorist and literary critic, while in some sense they have also been considered “above” the sphere of the textual editor, who has eyed their flights of interpretive fancy with distrust. They have been suspected of manipulating the reader in a clandestine fashion while at the same time they have been regarded as a necessity, for they are an essential means of keeping alive many texts of world literature, from Homer to the Modernists, by making them comprehensible and meaningful to readers.

In the digital age, annotations have overcome some of their traditional limitations and perhaps been subjected to new ones. Their precarious status has assumed a new form, as they are now located somewhere between being an explanatory and tool and just serving as the markup of texts. In the latter role, however, they may become a key device for making large corpora answer questions that go beyond the scope of individual texts. All this makes it even more urgent than ever to link theoretical reflexion on annotations with specific analyses and models of best practice.

The subject of “Understanding (through) Annotations” is well suited to the programme of Connotations, as it combines the detailed study of individual texts written in
English with wider theoretical perspectives. (For previous examples, see In our 2019 symposium, this means considering concepts of understanding literary texts through annotations, and getting a better idea of what is involved in explaining texts locally. In this way, the Connotations Symposium also contributes to current research on explanatory annotation (see

We invite papers that are concerned with annotations to specific literary texts written in English and address their functions. Papers may also reflect on the speakers’ own annotation projects, analyse existing annotations, offer suggestions as to a more systematic approach to the practise of annotating texts, and/or discuss historical and theoretical dimensions involved, such as the relation of lemma and context, part and whole, the envisaged reader of annotations, etc.

We particularly invite graduate participants to submit a proposal; there will be a prize (travel bursary) awarded to the best essay.

Please send an abstract (300 words max.) to the editors of Connotations by October 31, 2018 (new extended deadline):

(posted 13 April 2018, updated 24 September 2018)