Calls for contributions to books and special issues of journals

New developments in ESP teaching and learning research (working title)
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 16 December 2016

Call for contributions to a collective volume on research in ESP teaching and learning
Cédric Sarré, EA 7332 CeLiSo, Université Paris-Sorbonne
Shona Whyte, UMR7320 Bases, Corpus, Langage, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

Although research in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) has historically been dominated by text or discourse analytic perspectives (Hewings 2002; Paltridge & Starfield 2011), there is evidence of recent interest in research into ESP teaching and learning (Belcher et al., 2011). Indeed, what appears to be a new trend may actually correspond to a renewal of interest, since teaching-related aspects of ESP research, such as curriculum design and programme development, enjoyed greater popularity in the 1980s (British Council, 1980), with papers investigating ESP teaching and learning considerably less common in the following decades (Hewings 2002).

Research in languages for specific purposes has a long tradition in applied linguistics, ESP perhaps more than others given the position of English as a principal international language of scientific and business communication. On the one hand, much attention has been given to contextual factors in the form of learner needs analysis, materials development, and practitioner preparation, for example. On the other, efforts to characterise particular specialised varieties of English have deployed the tools of corpus linguistics to analyse written, spoken, and interactional data and thus help determine learning objectives in ESP programmes (Boulton et al, 2012). At the same time, in related fields outside ESP proper, developments in second language research (Spada, 2015), task-based language teaching (Ortega, 2015), and computer-assisted language learning (Gonzalez-Lloret, 2014) among others, offer new perspectives with respect to shared epistemological and methodological concerns (Sarré & Whyte, 2016).

Although innovative practices in ESP teaching are certainly numerous (Shrestha, 2015; Teaching Practices in ESP today, 2016), there is a shortage of published research in this area, particularly studies with sound theoretical and methodological bases as opposed to what Bowyers (1980) has called “war stories and romances.” Master (2005) has noted a continuing lack of research on the efficacy of ESP programmes, a problem compounded by new needs arising at the intersection of ESP and English as a lingua franca education (Hewings, 2002). This volume aims to bridge these gaps by offering strong research-based contributions in a wide range of ESP contexts.

The present volume intends to address key issues related to research in ESP teaching and learning by bringing together current research at the intersection of the theoretical and practical dimensions of English for Specific Purposes. With the ambition of developing new theoretical and pedagogical insights for ESP practitioners and researchers alike, contributions will go beyond descriptions of ESP situations and/or programmes and involve sound research design and data analysis. Papers must therefore be anchored in previous ESP teaching and learning research, include a careful description of the research framework and design, the methods used to collect and analyse data, and an evaluation of results. Data may include syllabus and teaching materials, classroom data related to teaching and learning activities, and participant feedback in the form of questionnaire and interview protocols, for example.

Recommended topics
Proposals for articles on topics relevant to this collective volume may include, but are not limited to:
• ESP needs analysis: outline of teaching context, learner needs and objectives, practitioner perspectives, including instruments and data analysis;
• materials development: careful description of design of ESP teaching materials including relevant research, sample teaching materials, and data on piloting and feedback processes;
• instructional effects: investigation of teaching efficacy in ESP context, experimental research to test the efficacy of particular pedagogical intervention;
• investigation of learner language in ESP contexts: collection of L2 data (writing, oral production, interaction), evaluation of language and content knowledge;
intersections with other areas of language teaching research (e.g., CALL, TBLT, testing);
• ESP teacher education: design and implementation of training modules, evaluation of ESP materials or activities created by trainee teachers, evaluation of teaching efficacy.

Belcher, D., Johns, A. M. & Paltridge, B. (Eds.) (2011). New directions in English for Specific Purposes research. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Boulton, A., Carter-Thomas, S., & Rowley-Jolivet, E. (Eds.). (2012). Corpus-informed research and learning in ESP: Issues and applications. New York: Benjamins.
Bowyers, R. (1980). War stories and romances. In Projects in materials design (ELT documents special). London: British Council, 71-82.
British Council. (1980). Projects in materials design (ELT documents special). London: British Council.
González-Lloret, M. (2014). The need for needs analysis in technology-mediated TBLT. In González-Lloret, M., & Ortega, L. (Eds.). Technology-mediated TBLT: researching technology and tasks. New York: Benjamins, 23-50.
Hewings, M. (2002). A history of ESP through English for Specific Purposes. English for Specific Purposes World, 3(1) [retrieved on 24 October 2016 from ].
Master, P. (2005). Research in English for specific purposes. In Hinkel, E. (ed.). Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Ortega, L. (2015). Researching CLIL and TBLT interfaces. System, 54, 103-109.
Paltridge, B. & Starfield, S. (2011). Research in English for Specific Purposes. In Hinkel, E. (Ed.) Handbook of Research in Second Language teaching and learning, Volume II. London: Routledge, 106-121.
Sarré, C., & Whyte, S. (2016). Research in ESP teaching and learning in French higher education: developing the construct of ESP didactics. ASp. la revue du GERAS, (69), 139-1164.
Shrestha, P. N. (Ed.) (2015). Current Developments in English for Academic and Specific Purposes: Local Innovations and Global Perspectives. Reading: Garnet Education.
Spada, N. (2015). SLA research and L2 pedagogy: Misapplications and questions of relevance. Language Teaching, 48(1), 69.
Teaching practices in ESP today. (2016). Seminar 14, ESSE Conference (English Society for the Study of English), Galway, Ireland.

Submission procedure
Abstracts (500 words plus references) outlinion procedure
Abstracts (500 words plus references) outlining the content and aims of the proposed chapters should be submitted by email to the editors and no later than 15 December 2016.

This collective volume is scheduled to be published by Research Publishing ( ) as an open access and print-on-demand edited book.

Important dates
3 November 2016: Call for expression of interest
15 December 2016: Submission of abstracts (500 words plus references)
15 January 2017: Notification of acceptance
15 March: Submission of first draft (5000 words excluding references)
31 May 2017: Submission of second draft
July 2017: Final acceptance.
October 2017: Publication.

(posted 5 November 2016)

M@king It New In English Language Teaching
A special issue of ELOPE Vol. 14, No. 1 (2017)
Deadline for proposals: 10 January 2016

English Language Teaching is a dynamic, extensive and varied research discipline, underpinned by one fundamental question: how best to meet the needs of English learners, especially in our increasingly globalised and digitised world. This single question encompasses a host of related and inter-related issues. Please read the full cfp address here.

This special issue aims to bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners from all levels of the education system to report on and review the latest in English Language Teaching, as well as to explore potential future developments in the field.

Submissions are welcome from all subject areas of English Language Teaching, such as:

  • Teacher Training and Education;
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language;
  • Teaching Methodology;
  • Teaching Literatures in English;
  • Language Teaching and Translation;
  • Developments in the E-Classroom;
  • Psychology in Language Learning;
  • and other related fields.

A selection of papers will be published in the spring 2017 (Vol. 14, No. 1) special issue of ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, a double-blind, peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes original research articles, studies and essays addressing issues of English language, literature, teaching and translation. The volume will be edited by guest editors Melita Kukovec, Kirsten Hempkin and Katja Težak.

Papers of between 5000 and 8000 words in English should be submitted through the ELOPE online paper submission system. To ensure a blind review, the submitted file should not contain the author’s name or other personal data. For formatting and documentation, please see the sample paper in the attachment and Author Guidelines on the ELOPE website.

The submission deadline is 10 January 2017.

(posted 7 November 2016)

Polish science fiction and fantasy literature
Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies is looking for submissions
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2017

crossroadsWhile science fiction and fantasy are inarguably international genres, they have not developed in a uniform manner across the globe. The literary output of any nation is always shaped by many factors, including the country’s history, politics, and culture. This is certainly true as far as Polish science fiction and fantasy literature are concerned, since their present condition—though, undoubtedly, determined also by the achievements of foreign writers (but to what extent?)—has been affected by the nation’s difficult yet rich past, which has been reflected in the writers’ attempts at re-creating the country’s history, in the multiple references to its socio-political reality, and in the return to Slavic mythology and traditions. However, beyond the borders of Poland few of the country’s science fiction and fantasy writers have gained literary and scholarly recognition (which is, of course, due to the number of available translations). While foreign readers might be acquainted with the works of Stanisław Lem and Andrzej Sapkowski, they might know little about other noteworthy Polish writers. Which is not surprising, since not many critical publications on Polish sf and fantasy are available in English. Our work will, hopefully, satisfy that demand.

While papers dealing with the works of Lem and Sapkowski are welcome, we strongly encourage scholars to submit works related to any of the following topics:

  • historical development of sf and fantasy in Poland,
  • critical assessment of the present condition of Polish sf and fantasy,
  • past and present trends in Polish sf and fantasy,
  • success and failure of Polish sf and fantasy,
  • the role of fandom and popular magazines in the development of Polish sf and fantasy,
  • Polish sf and fantasy in translation,
  • comparative analysis of Polish and American/English sf and fantasy,
  • reception of American/English sf and fantasy in Poland,
  • reception of American/English literary criticism on sf and fantasy in Poland,
  • religious, gender, racial, social, political, etc. dimensions of Polish sf and fantasy,
  • critical analysis of the works of Jacek Dukaj, Elżbieta Cherezińska, Janusz A. Zajdel, Jerzy Żuławski, Marek Oramus, Marek S. Huberath, Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Andrzej Pilipiuk, Jacek Piekara, Robert M. Wegner, Anna Kańtoch, Anna Brzezińska, and other Polish writers of sf and fantasy.


  • January 15, 2017 – deadline for submitting abstracts (200-300 words)
  • January 30, 2017 – notice of acceptance
  • April 30, 2017 – deadline for submitting full papers (guidelines for authors will be provided)

After the papers receive a positive review, we will proceed with editing, proofreading, and publishing.
Please send your questions and submission to:

The theme issue will be guest-edited by Weronika Łaszkiewicz, Mariusz M. Leś, and Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun who are part of the research team “Wymiary Fantastyki” established at the University of Białystok. You can visit them at:

Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies is a peer-reviewed electronic quarterly published by the Department of English at the University of Białystok. The journal welcomes contributions on all aspects of literary and cultural studies (including recent developments in cyberculture), linguistics (both theoretical and applied), and intercultural communication. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research, inquiry and debate within the area of English studies through the exchange, crisscrossing and intersecting of opinions and  diverse views. The electronic version of Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies is its primary (referential) version. The journal has received 6 points in the listing of scholarly journals issued by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. For details about the journal visit:

(posted 17 October 2016)

The Routledge Companion to Women and the Ideology of Political Exclusion
To be publishesd in 2017-18
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2017

We are seeking contributions for The Routledge Companion to Women and the Ideology of Political Exclusion, edited by Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers (The University of Alabama, USA) and Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), to be published by Routledge in 2017-18.

The Companion aims to address the issue of women’s political exclusion throughout the centuries and across cultures and societies from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. Taking as a point of reference the earliest configurations of democracy in classical Athens, in which women were not allowed to participate actively in its design and practices, and moving on to the modern times, the book will examine how exclusions of women are created within the very same discourses of inclusion, as well as how ancient biases are recycled, questioned, or cancelled in modern societies. Despite women’s increasing participation in politics today and their open access to political life, there are still insurmountable barriers to gender equality and in many cases formal political equality veils continued exclusion or oppression. The essays will explore the idea of different types of women’s ‘political exclusion’ in a variety of contexts: in relation to civic rights, national belongings, identity politics, socio-economic human rights, etc., and will raise issues about the nature of democratic politics or the (in)stability of the term democracy. We are particularly interested in contributions that consider how gender exclusion intersects with a number of other parameters such as race, class, ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability, etc., which complicate women’s assimilation to a state imperative.

We especially welcome proposals for essays that focus 1) on countries around the globe which constitute paradigmatic cases as far as women and civil/social rights are concerned (for ex. Scandinavia, Australia, etc.), 2) on comparing diverse models of exclusion/inclusion in different countries/societies/cultures, and 3) on the inherent contradictions and ambiguities of the latest debates about women’s exclusion (such as, the clash between state policies of inclusion and socio-cultural and functional constraints that put limits on women’s individual and collective agency [for ex. the case of burkini], the pressure put on women that belong to ethnic minorities, refugee or immigrant groups that have been affected by Exclusion Acts, the latest American elections, etc.).

Please send a 500-word proposal and a short biographical note by email attachment to both Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou ( and Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers ( by January 15, 2017.

(posted 31 October 2016)

The Subject of Criticism
A volume in an edited collection
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2017

We are told that the humanities are suffering a downturn. Even as critical thinking, analysis, and compassionate assessment—the backbones of the humanities education—are in high demand now more than ever, the world of the academy outside of science and technology continues to experience cuts, downsizing, and general devaluation. Digital Humanities has been one proposed remedy, yet their increasing popularity has paradoxical implications for the humanities at large: rather than challenging the scientistic epistemology, they perpetuate it by subjecting the arts to the empiricist’s analytical toolkit.

This critical collection is one move toward regeneration that does not attempt to redress the arts and humanities, but rather strives to revitalize them in their acute responsiveness to the social conditions that shape our lives. In particular, we are concerned with re-injecting subjective experience into academic and critical writing about the arts, since it is here that such writing has both its locus and its effect.  Our gambit is that insisting that academic and critical writers inhabit, avow, and reveal their “I” will do far more to re-energize the humanities than further inhibiting the place of lived experience in critical writing.

We seek authors who will write both from within their particular area of specialization—whether in literature, philosophy, history, the arts, or other fields in the humanities—and from within their own personal story.  Most broadly, we are looking for the narratives that are both originary to, and that stem from, the critical experience: to bring together categories that tend to be held apart (the personal and the professional, the historical and the topical, the popular and the academic), to make manifest the stories that are so often repressed by academic and critical writing, and to reveal the urgency of our own personal investments in the humanities.

Possible forms of narrative might include:

  • A personal story and how it has influenced or intertwines with scholarly or critical subject of choice
  • A story of an encounter with a subject of critical inquiry: what it was like to read a particular text, view a particular work of art at a particular time, work on a particular historical problem, etc.
  • An experience teaching a particular text, subject, or cultural object
  • A narrative about why a seemingly obscure academic subject is relevant to one’s own life and contemporary life more broadly
  • A comparison between a personal event or story and a work of literature, art, historical writing, etc
  • A comparative assessment of “high” and “low/popular” forms of particular personal and scholarly investment (for example, “Haiku and Twitter”)
  • A theoretical reflection on the state of criticism or the humanities today

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to Alison Annunziata ( and Emma Lieber ( by January 15, 2017.

(posted 10 December 2016)

The Animalizing Literature
Cfp for an edited volume of collected critical essays
Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2017

Submissions are sought from scholars, research aspirants and animal advocates

The rise and expansion of Animal Studies over the past decades can be seen in the explosion of various articles, journals, books, conferences, organizations, courses all over the academic world. With the publication of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation in 1975 and Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights in 1983, there has been a burgeoning interest in nonhuman animals among academics, animal advocates, and the general public. Interested scholars recognize the lack of scholarly attention given to nonhuman animals and to the relationships between human and nonhuman, especially in the light of the pervasiveness of animal representations, symbols, and stories, as well as the actual presence of animals in human societies and cultures.

Animals abound in literary and cultural texts, either they are animals-as-constructed or animals-as-such. However, we can approach any literary text from a theoretical lens where the representation of nonhuman animals are main operative analytic frame. In literature nonhuman animals are given titular role, they carry symbolic function, they speak human language and so on. But these create problematics and bear the politics of representation.

Proposals for articles on topics relevant to this collective volume may include, but are not limited to:

  • HAS or CAS or Anthrozoology
  • Animals and Animality Studies
  • Animal Studies and Ecocriticism
  • Animal ethics and Literature
  • Darwinism and Literary Animals
  • Posthumanism and Literary Animals
  • Womanimalia (woman = animal)
  • Animal alterity in Literature
  • Postcolonial animal
  • Politics of Animal representation
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Meat eating, fishing and farming in Literature
  • Pets and zoo animals in Literature

Contributors have liberty to choose literary texts for their case study, but the papers must theorize the major presence of nonhuman animals in the selected texts. Papers should be around 3000 words following the latest MLA style sheet and must have abstract of 250 words with keywords, relevant end notes, references and authors’ bio-note.

There is NO publication fee. Each contributor will be provided one complimentary copy in April, 2017.

Papers will be scrutinized thoroughly and checked for potential unethical practices. Selected papers will be collected in a book (with ISBN) to be published by a reputed publisher in India.
Submission Deadline: 31st January, 2017.
Submit to:

(posted 12 December 2016)

Sound/Theatre: Sound in Performance
Issue # 16 of Critical Stages/Scènes critiques (December 2017)
Deadline for proposals: 1 February 2017
International Association of Theatre Critics / Association internationale des critiques de théâtre
a/s Jean-Pierre Han, 27, rue Beaunier, 75014 Paris,France
ISSN 2409-7411

Special Issue Editor: Johannes Birringer (DAP-Lab)


Inspired by recent productions in theatre and dance as well as by scholarly attention given to an acoustic/sonic turn in recent years that is closely linked to the growth in scenographic and design studies, this special issue of Critical Stages (number 16, December 2017) will focus on sonification/musicalization of the stage environment, generative sonic processes, theatre aurality, music theatre/opera, digital performance and sound design.

Looking at a widening arena of composed theatre as well as interactive and sonic installation art, we encourage vigorous debate on emerging concepts of rhythmic spaces, resonant dramaturgies, audiophonic scenographies, vibrational theatres, multisensory atmospheres in performance.

Many creative processes today (enhanced by diverse technologies and ever-changing techniques) gather momentum, in which audible, but also tactile, haptic and/or visible dynamics, actions, atmospheres and traces are recreated, without that theories of affect and perception have yet fully defined or explored the contours sound affords for the spectators/listeners, especially if interactions unfold within the area of the non-verbal and beyond alignment with signs, narrative threads.

We are also interested in hearing from practitioners who work in collaborative production on such contouring.

This issue invites a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives drawn from compositional processes and production aesthetics as well as from investigations into the perception of the interplay of analogue/digital, instrumental/vocal, and musical or noise-sound, or various manifestations of sound design and sonic scenographies.

Key Themes:

The issue will approach the role of sound in performance/performance of sound with the following general headings in mind:

  • Practices
  • Sonic Design/Sonic Scenography
  • Vocabularies
  • Experiences
  • Acoustic Ecologies
  • Aesthetics and Politics

Length of papers: maximum 4000 words
Proposals:   1 February 2017
First drafts: 1 August 2017
Publication date: December 2017
All proposals, submissions and enquiries should be sent to:

(posted 22 November 2016)

Psychopharmacology and British Literature: 1650 to 1900
An edited volume to be published by Palgrave
Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 February 2017

Natalie Roxburgh, Jennifer Henke
Contact email:,

Psychopharmacology and British Literature, 1650 to 1900, an edited volume to be submitted for consideration in the series Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science, and Medicine, is now inviting submissions. This volume’s aim is to bring together multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives on plant-based and/or chemical psychoactive substances that were new to contemporaries. Essays will investigate the time period of 1650 to 1900, the period in which psychoactive drug use, which had always been a part of cultural practice, became intensified partly because of colonial exploration and bio-prospecting but also because of the rise of pharmacological sciences and the advent of synthetic organic chemistry in the eighteenth century.

Rather than focusing on biographies of writers who used drugs as many scholarly inquiries already have done, papers in this volume will emphasize 1) the literary representations of drugs in British literature and 2) the contexts in which they were sold, used, and understood to work on the human brain and body.
We welcome contributions on psychoactive substances ranging from, but not limited to: new types of alcohol, opium, morphine, cannabis, coca, laudanum, tobacco, coffee, tea, chocolate, and sugar.

Possible angles include:

  • the aesthetics of intoxication
  • new approaches to psychopharmacological medicine in literature
  • literature and the history of addiction
  • new contexts for the biochemistry of drugs as represented in literature
  • social attitudes towards drug use as represented in literature

Please submit a 500-word proposal to and by 1 February 2017.

Acknowledgement of accepted proposals will be given by 1 March 2017. For those invited to contribute to the volume, completed essays of 5000-6000 words will be due by 1 September 2017. Please follow MLA style for in-text documentation and bibliography.

(posted 6 January 2017)

Staging (inter)generational conflicts, crises and discord
Book proposal and call for abstracts:
Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2017

Editor: Dr Katarzyna Bronk, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
contact email:

Samuel Johnson wrote in The Rambler: “This one generation is always the scorn and wonder of the other, and the notions of the old and young are like liquor store of different gravity and texture which never can unite” (in Ottaway 2016: 2.35). His comments, from 1750, were connected to the changing perception of ageing as well as the new dynamics and power play developing between members of the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ generations. This is in contrast to the ideal/idealised situation where “intergenerational relations are best characterized as relationships of reciprocity, differently balanced on both sides at different stages of life according to need” (Thane 2000: 12). Johnson was alluding to a crisis in intergenerational relationships, a concern that he was not alone in. Daniel Defoe likewise noticed that “There is nothing on Earth more shocking, and withal more common, in but too many Famillies, than to see Age and Grey Hairs derided, and ill use” (Protestant monastery). Both writers were openly hinting at intergenerational conflict and this is despite a more empathic attitude towards one’s elders that is said to have developed in the eighteenth century. Naturally, intergenerational contention is not limited to the past as, even quite recently, Brexit revealed the deep-running ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ divide, juxtaposing young(er) and the old(er) people, millennials and baby boomers, sons/daughters and the parents, and the newer and older immigrants (Brexit saw various forms of hierarchisation of immigrants), etc.

Literature has proved to be an effective medium for presenting, analysing and often offering ways of resolving real or fictional conflicts between age and youth, the “old” and the “new”. Drama, in its textual or performative form, proved even more forceful and imaginative, and theatre has additionally allowed for an almost three-dimensional exploration of various intergenerational dynamics, most often reified as crises and conflicts running additionally along intersectional lines of age, gender, race, class or religion. British drama has always been very sensitive to sociopolitical transformations, often allegorising public or national crises as private conflicts between family members. Thus, for example, youth conquers old(er) age in Renaissance family-themed plots; younger and more progressive characters triumph in Restoration political heroic tragedies or libertine comedies; the aged, more experienced heroes/heroines reclaim the virtue and dispense punishment in eighteenth-century sentimental and affective drama; the Angry Young (Wo)Men blame the earlier generations for ruining their chances for happiness; Oedipal (and Jocastian) crises tear families from the inside; cultural and sexual revolutions embold and enfranchise daughters and sons who question the rules of normativity of their parents’ generations; and, more recently, sons and daughters reject the cultural and religious values cherished by their parents and choose more traditional but also extremist ways of living

We wish to propose a book on these and various other ways and means of presenting, dramatising and staging (inter)generational crises, struggles and conflicts (and their possible solutions) in British theatre and drama across centuries. We invite abstracts (max 500 words) on various shades of staged and dramatised conflicts between the old and the young (age vs youth), the new and the old, etc. Interested authors are kindly asked to send their abstracts by 15th February 2017 to dr Katarzyna Bronk ( and If accepted by the editors, selected abstracts will be collated into a thematic collection and proposed to a publisher. Upon acceptance by the publisher, the authors will be asked to write full versions of their papers. The book’s tentative title is: Dramatic Intergenerationality: Staging conflicts, crises and generational discord.

(posted 23 December 2016)

The Green World in Contemporary Poetry and Philosophy: Mapping Nature in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2017

A volume edited by Leonor M. Martínez Serrano and Cristina M. Gámez-Fernández
Email addresses: and

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 March 2017.
Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2017.
Submission of full chapters: 1 October 2017.

Since the very cradle of civilization, Nature has been one of the secular concerns of poetry and philosophy. In a classic like Walden; or Life in the Woods (1854), Henry David Thoreau said: ‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately’. The woods would make him whole again; solitude and Nature would reactivate a claritas of mind in him that had apparently been overshadowed by human commerce. About a century later, Ezra Pound sang in The Cantos: ‘Learn of the green world what can be thy place / In scaled invention or true artistry’ (81/541), aware as he was of the fact that the world is a subtle ecology of vast dimensions that needs our attention and respect. The green world was particularly pervasive in European Romantic poetry, which looked at Earth from a pristine standpoint, but its presence has continued unabated in 20th- and 21st-century literature, particularly in poetry and in prose writings concerned with understanding the natural world as opposed to the man-made world. At a time of worrying environmental degradation at a global scale, it is a matter of the utmost urgency to go back to poetry and philosophy to see how these most ancient modes of thinking (or instruments of mental production, as Northrop Frye puts it) are responding to one of the contemporary wicked problems that human societies are facing worldwide. Finding a solution to these global problems requires huge doses of creativity, cooperation and solidarity at a planetary level. Poetry and philosophy never give up on their call to shed some sort of temporary light on Nature and the human condition. In its forceful and disinterested search for truth, poetry remains intact and pure amid the dissonance of our ferociously post-capitalist world and/or denounces violence against it intensely through its verse, on occasions twisted and/or damaged too. Aware of how central Nature is to their epistemological enterprise, contemporary poets still feel there is something indecipherable at the core of the green world that must be tackled with intellectual and artistic alertness. Similarly, contemporary philosophers appear to address this century-old concern with how humans interact with the natural world, as well as the environmental crisis we are going through. Over 2500 years ago, the Pre-Socratic philosophers themselves were naturalists and ecologists avant la lettre, at a time when there was no point in drawing a clear-cut boundary between poetry, philosophy and ecology. The ultimate lesson is crystal clear: life is but an interdependent continuum of subtle modulations and so, by understanding Nature, humans will understand themselves, and by understanding themselves, they will understand their place within the larger scheme of things. In this sense, both poetry and philosophy represent powerful inquisitive tools to map the green world and render it comprehensible to the human mind.

We seek contributions that explore how contemporary poetry and philosophy address Nature and human beings’ relationship with the natural world. Both theoretical and practical approaches, as well as different critical stances are welcome. The following themes (or other pertinent topics related to the object under scrutiny) are of interest to the volume:

  • representations of the green world in contemporary poetry written in English in the postcolonial world (in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, South Africa, India, Australia, etc.);
  • poems & poets dwelling on the lessons of the green world;
  • Nature as a polyphonic place and poetry for multiple voices;
  • poets as literary critics fathoming Nature in their prose (non-fiction) writings;
  • the green world as an idyllic place (home) vs. the green world as a hostile, alien place (other);
  • new forms of pastoral;
  • walking and hiking, mountains and trees, rivers and oceans, etc. in 20th- and 21st-century poetry;
  • overlapping between Literary Criticism and Nature;
  • the insights of contemporary Philosophy: philosophical approaches to Nature and ecological thinking;
  • Nature as locus or luogo d?incontro for interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity;
  • anthropocentrism vs. biocentrism;
  • Nature as nonhuman entity vs. Nature as cultural construct;
  • portraits of environmental Armageddon: global warming, climate change, political and societal implications thereof;
  • the natural world as commodity to be exploited in post-capitalist societies and neoliberal economies.

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstract proposals consisting of a title and a 500-word summary by 1 March 2017. Proposals should also include the following information: author’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a 250-word CV. Authors will be notified of their paper proposal acceptance by 31 March 2017. Full chapters (5000-7000 words) will be expected by 1 October 2017. Both abstracts and full chapters must conform to the latest MLA style sheet guidelines and be sent as Word files to and Selected essays will be compiled in book format and the volume will be published by a prestigious international publisher still to determine in 2018.

(posted 20 December 2016)

Desire and the ‘Expressive Eye’ in Thomas Hardy
FATHOM, the electronic journal of the French association for Thomas Hardy Studies
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2017

FATHOM (French Association for Thomas Hardy Studies, seeks essay submissions on “Desire and the ‘Expressive Eye’ in Thomas Hardy”.
The essays will be published in FATHOM, the electronic journal of the French association:

Proposals of 300 words with a short bio are due by March 31 2017. Final papers are due by June 30 2017.
The FATHOM stylesheet is available at :
Please send the submissions to:
– Isabelle Moragon Gadoin
– Annie Ramel

Thomas Hardy has inspired critics with an interest in the visual arts: many of his texts can be read as “iconotexts”, i.e. as texts with a powerful “painting effect”, even in the absence of any direct reference to painting (L. Louvel). His style, with its characteristic “verbal-visual effects” (J. B. Bullen), owes much to Ruskin and Turner. Desire is another theme which has found its way into major criticism of Hardy’s work—the first item in the series being J. Hillis Miller’s Distance and Desire.

This publication will explore the relation between desire and the gaze in Hardy’s work. In Under the Greenwood Tree for instance, desire is kindled by the sight of a woman, “Miss Fancy Day”, framed within the quadrangolo of her window: the “window of fantasy” (Lacan) opens onto a world of dreamings and yearnings. But the gaze in Hardy’s fiction can also have a lethal power. The “evil eye” looking at Mrs Yeobright through a window-pane in The Return of the Native causes her to meet her doom on the heath: she has been “overlooked” by her daughter-in-law, just as Gertrude is “overlooked” by Rhoda Brown in “The Withered Arm”. Is the eye, then, an “expressive eye” (J. B. Bullen), which makes manifest the “positive, dynamic and productive dimension of desire” (J. Thomas)? Or is it felt as a menace, like the “oval pond” in Far from the Madding Crowd, which glitters “like a dead man’s eye”? Is it full of voracity, intent on devouring whoever comes under its spell?

We will welcome proposals opening new directions in Hardy criticism, linking the desiring subject and the power of the gaze. Studies can focus on the stories told by Hardy, but also on the writing process: on the power of the written word, which is “to make you hear, to make you feel—[…] before all, to make you see!” (Joseph Conrad, Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus). And how does Hardy the writer manage to turn to good account the power of the gaze in his texts? We welcome essays on any of Hardy’s writings (novels, short-stories, poems, etc.).

BULLEN, J. B.. The Expressive Eye, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.
LACAN, Jacques. The Seminar, Book XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, translated by Alan Sheridan, Penguin Books, 1979.
LOUVEL, Liliane. Poetics of the Iconotext, edited by Karen Jacobs, translated by Laurence Petit, Farnham: Ashgate 2011.
MILLER, Joseph Hillis. Thomas Hardy: Distance and Desire, London: Oxford University Press, 1970.
THOMAS, Jane. Thomas Hardy and Desire: Conceptions of the Self, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

(posted 6 January 2017)

Shakespeare and Africa
Anniversary Issue (10 Years) of the e-journal Shakespeare en devenir 2017
Deadline for completed articles: late April 2017

This issue would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors.

Proposals may discuss, among other issues:

  1. The perception of the African continent in early modern England (in history, cartography, or history of ideas); the appropriation, discussion or rejection of foreign texts on/from Africa, as that of Leo Africanus (translated in 1600 as A Geographical Historie of Africa).
  2. Africa and African culture represented in drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
  3. Rewritings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries by black writers: appropriations and distortions of the canonical texts, changes of focus and viewpoints, prequels and sequels, as, for example, Aimé Césaire’s Une Tempête, Djanet’s Sears’ Harlem Duet, Toni Morrison’s Desdemona, etc. Or more sporadic or indirect appropriations of Shakespearean elements by, for example, South-African writers like John M. Coetzee, Geoffrey Haresnape or Nadine Gordimer.
  4. 19th-21st century performances of early modern plays or their later rewritings in Africa, in French-speaking, Arabic-speaking, English-speaking, Portuguese-speaking countries; screen adaptations such as Alexander Abela’s Makifebo or Youssef Chahine’s Alexandria Trilogy.
  5. Performances (outside of Africa) by African-American companies. For example, Orson Welles’ 1936 voodoo Macbeth at the Federal Theatre; Brett Bailey’s transposition of Verdi’s Macbeth to the Congo and the Congolese regime; Toni Morrison’s Desdemona with Malian singer Rokia Traoré; work by the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, etc.

Completed papers, in English or in French, should be sent by late April 2017 along with an abstract, a contributor’s bio and a list of keywords, to Yan Brailowsky and Pascale Drouet:,

Selected References

  • Andrea, Bernadette, “The Ghost of Leo Africanus from the English to the Irish Renaissance”, in P.C. Ingham & M. Warren (eds.), Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, p. 195-215.
  • Banham, Martin, Mooneeram, Roshni, Plastow, Jane, “Shakespeare and Africa”, in S. Wells & S. Stanton (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage, Cambridge, CUP, 2002, p. 284-299.
  • Brookes, Kristen, “Inhaling the Alien: Race and Tobacco in Early Modern England”, in B. Sebek & S. Deng, Global Traffic: Discourses and Practices in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, p. 157-178.
  • Cimitile, Anna Maria, “Shakespeare and Literary Africa: Encounters by Dissonance in Coetzee, Soyinka, Gordimer”, Ranam: Recherches Anglaises et Nord-Américaines, 2014, vol. 47, p. 245-264.
  • Darragi, Rafik, “The Tunisian Stage: Shakespeare’s Part in Question”, Critical Survey, 2007, vol. 19 issue 3, p. 95-106.
  • Fensome, Rebecca, “Giving place to Shakespeare in Africa: Geoffrey Haresnape’s African Tales from Shakespeare”, in G. Bradshaw, T. Bishop, L. Wright (eds.), The Shakespearean International Yearbook 9: Special Section, South African Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century, Farnham, Asgathe, 2009, p. 171-191.
  • Gouws, John, “Shakespeare, Webster and the Moriturus Lyric in Renaissance England”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 1989, 3, p. 45-57.
  • Guarracino, Serena, “Africa as Voices and Vibes: Musical Routes in Toni Morrison’s Marget Garner and Desdemona”, Research in African Literature, 2015 Winter, vol. 46 (4), p. 56-71.
  • Lebdai, Benaouda, “Traces of Shakespeare’s Tragedies in Africa”, in Eric C. Brown & Estelle Rivier (eds.), Shakespeare in Performance, Newcastle, CSP, 2013, p. 182-193.
  • Mafe, Diana Adesola, “From Ogun to Othello: (Re)Acquainting Yoruba Myth and Shakespeare’s Moor”, Research in African Literatures, Fall 2004, vol. 35, issue 3, p. 46-61.
  • Malère, Kaf, “Un Hamlet africain”, Horizons Maghrébins: Le Droit à la Mémoire, 2005, 53, p. 163-171.
  • Plastow, Jane (ed. And introd.), Shakespeare In and Out of Africa, Woodbridge, Currey, 2013.
  • Roux, Daniel, “Shakespeare and Tragedy in South Africa: From Black Hamlet to A Dream Deferred”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 2015, vol. 27, p. 1-14.
  • Seeff, Adele, “Titus Andronicus: South Africa’s Shakespeare”, Borrowers and Lenders, 2008 Fall-2009 Winter, 4 (1), no pagination.
  • Sher, Antony, Doran, Gregory, Woza Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus in South Africa, London, Bloomsbury, 1997.
  • Ungerer, Gustav, “The Presence of Africans in Elizabethan England and the Performance of Titus Andronicus at Burley-on-the-Hill, 1595-96”, Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England, 2008, vol. 21, p. 19-55.
  • Voss, Tony, “South Africa in Shakespeare’s ‘wide and universal theatre’”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 2015, vol. 27, p. 61-69.
  • Wilkinson, Jane, Africa: Rivista Trimestrale di Studi e Documentazione dell’Instituto Italo-Africano, 1999 June, 54 (2), p. 193-229, 230.
  • Willan, Brian, “Whose Shakespeare? Early Black South African Engagement with Shakespeare”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 2012, vol. 24, p. 3-24.
  • Woods, Peneloppe, “The Two Gentlemen of Zimbabwe & Their Diaspora Audience at Shakespeare’s Globe”, in J. Plastow (ed.), Shakespeare In and Out of Africa, Woodbridge, James Currey, 2013, p. 13-27.

(posted 1 August 2016)

The Politics of Location: Feminist and Queer Spaces within Global Contexts
A special issue of Gramma/Γράμμα: Journal of Theory and Criticism (2018)
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2017

For this special issue of Gramma/Γράμμα: Journal of Theory and Criticism (2018) we invite you to submit papers focusing on what Adrienne Rich termed “the politics of location.” Papers may examine theoretical, literary, and, more broadly, artistic explorations of various kinds of location (for example, in addition to location, allocation, dislocation, relocation). How do cultural, economic, historical, and political legacies, as well as material conditions, inform or produce the movement of bodies across various spaces (for example, textual, media, geographical, temporal, embodied, relational)? How does such movement shape the definition, recognition, viability, and value of those bodies? How have changing conceptions of space produced and reshaped understandings of gender, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, race, disability, and class? Relatedly, in what ways does the body become the site where individual, local and global intersections take place?

Contributions may analyze works from any time period or engage with readings across times and cultures. Topics may include the following:

  • digital embodiments and cybersexualities
  • new media spaces as counter-geographies
  • the globalization of erotic spaces
  • race and class questioning within and against feminist and queer geography
  • postcolonial locations and bodies
  • decoloniality
  • feminist politics in local/global frameworks
  • transnational activism and body rights
  • human trafficking
  • migrations
  • refugee crises

Proposals (500 words) and a short/abbreviated curriculum vitae should be sent to Margaret Breen ( and Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou ( by March 15, 2017 (drafts will be due by August 1, 2017).

Gramma/Γράμμα: Journal of Theory and Criticism is an international journal, published in English and Greek once a year by the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in collaboration with the Publications Department of the university. It welcomes articles and book reviews from a wide range of areas within the theory and criticism of literature and culture. Of particular interest to the journal are articles with an interdisciplinary approach. Each individual issue has guest editors and is devoted to a subject of recent cultural interest, with book reviews relevant to the topic. All manuscripts are subject to blind peer review and will be commented on by at least two independent experts.

For more information about the journal, visit .

(posted 3 September 2016)

Permanently valid calls for papers

“Ecocritical Theory and Practice” book series

“Ecocritical Theory and Practice” (Lexington Books, imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) highlights innovative scholarship at the interface of literary/cultural studies and the environment, seeking to foster an ongoing dialogue between academics and environmental activists. Works that explore environmental issues through literatures, oral traditions, and cultural/media practices around the world are welcome. The series features books by established ecocritics that examine the intersection of theory and practice, including both monographs and edited volumes. Proposals are invited in the range of topics covered by ecocriticism, including but not limited to works informed by cross-cultural and transnational approaches; postcolonial studies; ecofeminism; ecospirituality, ecotheology, and religious studies; film/media and visual cultural studies; environmental aesthetics and arts; ecopoetics; and animal studies.

Contact person: Julia Tofantšuk, Tallinn University, Estonia

(posted 23 December 2016)

The Journal of Cultural Mediation

The Journal of Cultural Mediation of the SSML Fondazione Villaggio dei Ragazzi “don Salvatore d’Angelo” focuses on the role of culture in perceiving and translating reality. The aim of this Journal is to promote research in communication, especially by investigating language, languages, cultural models, mediation and interculturality, welcoming contributions focussing on cultural mediation in modern society.
In particular manuscripts should concern:
– The role of the cultural mediator
– Linguistic/cultural mediation teaching methodologies
– Cultural mediation and identity
– Linguistic mediation in specialized discourse
– Analysis of text translations
– Quality interpreting – Interpreting as cultural mediation
– Professionalization and professional issues of interpreters
– Interdisciplinarity within Interpreting Studies
– Teaching methodologies in interpreter training
– Research on any aspect of interpreting in any research paradigm (including cognitive science, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, anthropology, semiotics, comparative cultural studies, cross-cultural communication, etc.)

All papers submitted to The Journal of Cultural Mediation should be original, neither having been previously published nor being considered elsewhere at the time of submission.
Papers can be written in Italian, English, French, Spanish or German, they should not exceed 6000 words and should be preceded by an abstract of 200-250 words. If the language of the paper is not English, please include a translation of the abstract in English as well. At the head of your abstract please indicate the title of the proposal, the name of the author/s, affiliation and email address. Please include five to six keywords.
The editor will select contributions for each issue and notify authors of acceptance or otherwise according to the dates below.
Authors wishing to contribute to the Journal of Cultural Mediation are welcome to submit their abstracts as email attachments to:

For further information, contributors are encouraged to read the guidelines of the journal, given on our website:

(posted 16 February 2012)

The Brontës and the Idea of Influence
A thematic dossier in the “Writers, writings” section of LISA e-journal

In March 2007, Stevie Davies, Patricia Duncker and Michele Roberts gathered around Patsy Stoneman at Haworth in Yorkshire to talk about the influence that the Brontës had had on their evolutions as authors, and more generally, about the source of inspiration that the most famous family of writers in England could represent. Patsy Stoneman had already tackled the topic by publishing a book entitled The Brontë Influence in 2004 with the help of Charmian Knight. The issue of LISA e-journal “Re-Writing Jane Eyre: Jane Eyre, Past and Present” is further evidence of Charlotte Brontë’s influence on the writers of the following decades or centuries. So far, these studies have been quite limited and this field of research, “the Brontë influence”, offers a wide range of possible developments.
Moreover, if the four authors’ poetry and novels have already been the object of numerous studies, there is much left to write about the influences which were exerted on the Brontës, whether religious, literary, philosophical or cultural. Taking account of the context of  a work is often a good way of understanding the issues underlying a text: the path taken by the Brontës, their journeys, their stays abroad, the books they read, etc. could prove to be very enlightening. Besides these external factors, one could also consider the interactions between the three sisters, who wrote in the same room and who read passages from their works aloud.
A final aspect to identify and study could be the influences which are exerted within the Brontës’ works themselves. How can one account for the progress of the heroes and heroines? How is the influence that characters have on one another expressed? What role does nature play in the destiny of characters? Which other elements intervene in the novels?

This dossier devoted to the Brontës intends to analyse the works through the perspective of influence and three different fields of research can thus be considered:
–    influences on the Brontës
–    the idea of influence in the Brontës’ works
–    the Brontë influence on the writers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Please send your proposals (one A4 page maximum) to Dr. Élise Ouvrard
Accepted articles will be published in the thematic dossier “The Brontës and the Idea of Influence” on the website of LISA e-journal:

(posted 10 January 2008, updated 3 November 2010)

Controversy: Literary Studies and Ethics
JLT-Journal of Literary Theory online

Submissions are continuously accepted.
Are literary scholars and critics supposed to voice their view on normative questions within their academic writings? How far should world views, political opinions and evaluations enter into the scholarly and critical work with literary texts? Is it even possible to exclude such judgements from literary studies? How and why do different traditions of literary studies treat these problems divergently?
Submissions are expected to refer to previous contributions to this controversy by Peter J. Rabinowitz and Marshall W. Gregory, which can be found at and at
Please contact the editorial office for further details at

(posted 10 February 2011)