Calls for contributions to books and special issues of journals

Caryl Phillips
A special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Summer 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2016

As an epigraph to his first novel, The Final Passage, published in 1985, Caryl Phillips quoted T. S. Eliot’s famous lines from Four Quartets about time and history: “A people without history / Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern / of timeless moments. So, while the light fails / on a winter’s afternoon, in a secluded chapel / History is now and England.” In the more than thirty years following the publication of The Final Passage, Caryl Phillips has explored in fiction, theatre and essays, the complex ways in which people experience the tension between time, the “now” that constitutes their intimate reality, and history, the abstract patterns that escape their understanding. The subjects of his novels are often “people without history,” those whom the slave trade set adrift on the Atlantic, like the children sold by the man in Crossing the River who laments his “desperate foolishness” and declares the barter he made a “shameful intercourse.” His polyphonic novels weave complex patterns of lines that crisscross in space and time, revealing the many ways in which the loss and displacement related to slavery, racism, the Holocaust, war and all forms of oppression have generated echoes, a resonance that, while not making sense of history, makes its effects more palpable by giving them narrative form.

In connection with the presence of Crossing the River on the programme of the Agrégation Externe, we will be publishing a special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies devoted to Caryl Phillips. We invite proposals for articles devoted either to Crossing the River or to other works of fiction or non-fiction published by Caryl Phillips. While much has already been published on Crossing the River, critical frames applicable to this novel, which is emblematic of Phillips’s concern with the intertwining of fiction and history, are constantly evolving, suggesting new perspectives. “Empathy,” a term Phillips himself has used in talking about the subjects he treats, has emerged as a critical perspective in recent years. The notion of “voice,” often associated with the polyphonic dimension of the novels, has also gained new ground as a multi-faceted concept, linked to the historical presence of sounds and voices, but also to orality and the tension between speaking and writing. Works like Foreigners: Three English Lives and Dancing in the Dark, suggest the intricate relation between fact and fiction, between autobiography and biography, offering opportunities to observe Phillips’s works through philosophical and theoretical frames, but also through stylistic analyses. Recent novels like In the Falling Snow and The Lost Child place the complexities of childhood, parenting and family (present in the early fiction) in narrative and, in the case of the latter, intertextual frames that demonstrate Phillips’s capacity to create resonance within families or across generic and temporal boundaries.

CES is a double blind peer-reviewed journal. Abstracts of 600 words maximum should be sent to guest editor Kathie Birat and general editor Claire Omhovère before September 1, 2016. A brief bio-bibliographical note (50-70 words) is to be provided separately, along with name, affiliation, and e-mail address.

The abstracts will all go through a double blind peer-reviewing process and the authors will be notified of the results by October 1 via email. If selected, they will then have until February 1, 2017 to submit their full articles, which should not exceed 6000 words (including explanatory notes and Works Cited) and which should follow MLA guidelines for format (see the MLA Handbook and our own stylesheet).

(posted 24 June 2016)

Geography, Law and Space(s)
A special issue of Revue Géographique de l’Est
Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2016

1609-geographie-estLegal Geography, a fairly recent phenomenon, investigates the interconnected, reciprocal and interdependent links between geography and law. This interdisciplinary field of study concerns the complex interrelations between law, space and society. Law can be geographically located, in physical settings and spaces it describes and codifies. Space affects law, in order words, geographies structure law, like the north-south divide in the UK between separate national English and Scottish legal systems within the same British state. On the other hand, law affects space in inverting the environment-law relation to look at how laws impact space. The perspective of “critical legal geography/-ies” looks beyond these binary categories to examine and challenge deterministic views of these intricate interrelations. A third way, then, might be identified, which transcends the strictures of the law/space – space/law binaries, and allows these complex interrelations of the legal, spatial and social to be explored. It becomes useful to recognise that there is no analytical separation of law, space and society, no passive spatial structure, no two discrete realms, and no higher sphere above politics.

This journal’s edition attempts to contribute to a critical legal geography, studying law as a site of a “struggle over geography” (Saïd) from the premises that space is socially and politically produced (Lefebvre et al.). The following questions may be considered, notably whether spatio-legal dimensions create spatializations in France and abroad. Also, does legal-decision making stem from the jurisdiction of a state, a region, a supranational construct, or does it take place at the very margins of confined spaces? It is conceivable to reflect on new dialectical implications between geography and law based on spaces in which such ideas as concrete and abstract, memory and identity, passages and transgressions, chaos and order collide. This might also include the critical assessment that law is somehow “above geography,” in a higher sphere divorced from its environmental contexts. Spatial claims and representations in legal and linguistic constructs might be evaluated. In addition, it might be interesting to look at “geopolitics of law.” What kinds of theoretical approaches can be adopted to interpret the interdisciplinary relationship of geography and law in order to critically engage readers and researchers in a constantly changing geographical world? Articles may concern various fields of studies and disciplines (geography, law, linguistics, literature, etc.).

A selection of articles will be published in the Journal Geographie de l’Est (Université de Lorraine).
For more information, please go to:
Articles (max. 50 000 signs), along with short academic biographies, should be submitted to
The deadline for submission of articles is 15 September 2016.

(posted 18 February 2016)

Literary Hermeneutics
An issue of the Academic Journa Polifemo
Deadline for abstracts: 3 October 2016

During the twentieth century hermeneutics as an art or science of interpretation took on new vigour and became increasingly more autonomous compared to the ancillary position it had held in the past regarding theology, law and philology. Actually, in the late nineteenth century with Schleiermacher, hermeneutics had already started to fill a space of understanding outside the bounds of text interpretation and was coming to be seen as a general theory of interpretation concerning all aspects of spiritual life, subsequently acquiring with Dilthey a new centrality for the human sciences. In short, the sphere of action of hermeneutics expanded until it had almost joined that of philosophy. It is thanks to Heidegger, and then to Gadamer, Ricoeur, Pareyson and Betti, to mention only some of its greatest exponents, that twentieth-century hermeneutics has been able to develop key concepts such as the hermeneutic circle, the hermeneutic arc, the dialectical relationship between explanation and understanding, the history of effects, the fusion of horizons, the interpreter and interpretant etc. Many of the names mentioned above elaborated these concepts in a dialogue with literary texts to the point that hermeneutics took on specific connotations in its application to literature, thereby contributing to the establishment of an actual axis of application with an extremely strong element of autonomy: literary hermeneutics.

It was Peter Szondi who then provided vital input into the development of literary hermeneutics seen as “a science of interpretation which, while not wishing to disregard philology, nevertheless wants to move in the direction of aesthetics. It must therefore be based on the concept of the art of our own time, and for this reason will be historically conditioned and deprived of universal and supra-temporal validity “. Szondi’s proposal, in the panorama of literary sciences, is embedded in a need to break with a positivistic attitude and open up to marginalized literary traditions. Against all universalistic and self-reflexive pretensions, literary hermeneutics is proposed as a methodical hermeneutics that puts the text at its centre thereby calling into question concepts such as the hermeneutic circle. The interpretation is only possible thanks to regional hermeneutics, which are to be rigorously validated thanks to the centrality of the object of application, i.e. the literary text, and thereby taking on the structure of true material hermeneutics. Jauss and Iser move in a similar direction. They recovered the relationship between aesthetic experience and literary hermeneutics proposed by Szondi, describing it according to “an aesthetic of reception” aimed at clarifying the effect and meaning of a text for a contemporary reader and rebuilding the historical process within which it emerged according to interpretative paradigms of multiple readings which create a fusion of the horizon of experience and the horizon of expectation, the history of effects and reception.

But what about the future of literary hermeneutics? What is its relationship with philosophical hermeneutics? Does it stand out for its “material” demand for textual concreteness, or does it draw on general philosophical theory for its interpretative application? What are the current developments in literary hermeneutics? And what is the function of literature in the elaboration of a philosophical hermeneutics? What are the features of Bollack’s “critical hermeneutics”, which are the continuation and transformation of Szondi’s literary hermeneutics in the direction of text intelligence?

The topics that may be presented will take into consideration:

  • Literary hermeneutics today: new paradigms and new proposals
  • Between literary hermeneutics and philosophical hermeneutics: dialogues and differences
  • Text intelligence: new interpretations and new critical paradigm
  • Literary hermeneutics and critical hermeneutics: philology and cultural science
  • For a new theory of reception between text and context

Other proposals for study on the subject put forward by those intending to collaborate in the publication will be scrupulously examined by the Scientific Committee, in order to widen the field of exploration undertaken in this issue of the Magazine. Proposals for contributions will be accepted in Italian, English and French.

To this end, the Editorial Board propose the following deadlines, with an essential preliminary step being the sending, to of an abstract (min. 10/max. 20 lines) and a short curriculum vitae of the proposer, by and absolutely no later than 3rd October 2016. Authors will receive confirmation from the Editorial Board of acceptance of their contributions by 24th October 2016. Contributions shall be delivered on 6th February 2016. All contributions will be subject to a double blind peer review. The issue, edited by Prof. Maria Tilde Bettetini and Dr Renato Boccali, will be published in June 2017.

You can read the Call for Papers here:

(posted 24 May 2016)

Advancements in Diachronic Spelling Variation: 1500-1700
A book to be submitted for consideration by Cambridge University Press
Chapter abstract submission: 30 September 2016

Chapter proposals for this book are welcome, according to the tentative timeline below:

  • Chapter abstract submission: 30 September 2016
  • Invitation to submit paper: 15 October 2016
  • Full paper submission: 15 March 2017
  • Completion of reviews: 15 May 2017
  • Revised submission: 31 June 2017
  • Final submission to the publisher: 30 September 2017

Please submit your abstract to:

The book:Advancements in the history of spelling are subject to a complex interplay between general trends in historical linguistics, technological development, the implementation of new analytical approaches, theoretical and methodological innovations. In the history of English spelling, the period between 1500 and 1700 has recently enjoyed attention from a number of scholars and consequent development in some of the areas above, including changes to methodological and analytical approaches. The implementation of new corpus linguistics tools and the availability of many of the available texts on digital platforms have played a role in this respect, with promise for the future of research in the field. Recent advancements have afforded scholars the ability to undertake systematic, quantitative research to investigate the process of spelling standardisation and have prompted a fundamental reconsideration of the approaches to the diachronic study of spelling variation. While the latest advancements represent a milestone in the journey towards the institutionalisation of the history of spelling, they inevitably lead to a re-evaluation of the traditionally qualitative, selective and single-discipline-oriented paradigm previously followed.

This book brings together papers which explore some of the latest methodological, theoretical and analytical advancements in the study of diachronic spelling variation. The book will move a first step towards opening a debate on protocols in the study of spelling variation by encompassing contributions on spelling variation in English, Italian, Spanish, German, French and other languages with focus on 1500-1700, in response to the interest that scholars have recently expressed in preliminary, interdisciplinary discussions in the field (see for example Baddeley & Voeste, 2012; Villa & Vosters, 2015). Each chapter will deal with a particular aspect of innovation and will provide background information to understand its context, while drawing broader implications for scholars of the history of spelling. The first paper will provide a pilot study which illustrates some of the latest advancements in corpus linguistics applied to Early Modern English spelling variation on a long diachronic scale.


  • Susan Baddeley & Anja Voeste. eds. 2012. Orthographies in Early Modern Europe. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Laura Villa & Rik Vosters. eds. 2015. The Historical Sociolinguistics of Spelling. John Benjamins Publishing.

Structure of the book:
Theoretical and analytical papers which deal with long diachronic spelling variation with interdisciplinary elements are especially welcome, but the book will include a number of different perspectives. Chapter headings include, but are not limited to the following:

1/Diachronic spelling variation (introduction – keynotes):
– the state of the art in Early Modern English
– challenges and goals
– the need for an interdisciplinary discussion

2/ Methodological advancements:
– innovations in corpus linguistics, computer-aided research and databases
– new perspectives on qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches
– insights into textual evidence (glosses, translations, multiple copies of the same text etc.)

3/ Theoretical and analytical innovations:
– the application of unexplored theoretical models to the study of spelling variation
– the evaluation of models and practices from other areas and their application to the study of spelling variation
– new insights into the relationship between orthography and other fields such as phonology, etymology, lexicography, dialectal variation, history etc.

4/ Problems and limitations to previous and current approaches:
– the suitability of current corpora and databases for the study of spelling variation
– the problem of spelling errors (scribal and editorial) and the phonetic representation of spelling variants etc.

5/ Lessons learned (afterword – keynotes):
– can we make a first step towards identifying practices across languages?
– are there any new approaches that can be considered for the study of spelling variation in Early Modern English?
– what are the future goals for the study of spelling variation in Early Modern English and in other languages?

Submission guidelines:
Prospective authors are invited to submit a 400-word abstract (word count excluding references).
Please also include a short biography (100 words, which will appear in the book) and the following information:
Your full name, the name of your institution and your full office or home address your email. Please include all of the requested information in one doc or docx.
First drafts of future papers (6000-8000 words, including bibliography) from selected abstracts would be required within approx. 5-months of notification that your abstract has been accepted. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Submissions are welcome from researchers of all levels.

(posted 6 July 2016, updated 12 July 2016)

Approaches to Old Age
European Journal of English Studies, Volume 22
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016

ejesGuest Editors: Sarah Falcus (Huddersfield) and Maricel Oró Piqueras (Lleida)

The final decades of the twentieth century saw the rise of humanistic or cultural gerontology, and this has continued apace into the twenty-first century. Interest in English Studies has ranged across the disciplines and beyond, establishing connections with biomedicine, sociology and politics. This work includes studies and creative projects that both analyse and produce visual representations of ageing, from photography to film. In linguistics, explorations of language attrition in Alzheimer’s Disease provide humanistic perspectives on the experience and treatment of this form of dementia. Literary studies has seen explorations of the affect value of literary and cultural texts and analyses of the intersections of ageing and gender, race, sexuality and disability. There is also much work on late-life creativity and late style.

This issue seeks to extend the variety and multiplicity of approaches in cultural gerontology, contributing to the dialogue between English Studies and Ageing Studies. We welcome contributions that explore old age across the full range of literary and cultural forms.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • the ageing body
  • approaching old age
  • genre and age
  • ageing readers/audiences
  • ageing as a cultural anxiety
  • old age across history
  • picturing old age
  • ageing and loss of language
  • language use and Alzheimer’s Disease

Detailed proposals (600-1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as any inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to both editors: Sarah Falcus and Maricel Oró Piqueras.

Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of proposals and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made.

The deadline for proposals is 31 October 2016, with delivery of completed essays by 31 March 2017.

(posted 30 January 2016)

Global Responses to the “War on Terror”
European Journal of English Studies, Volume 22
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016

ejesGuest editors: Michael C. Frank (Düsseldorf) and Pavan Kumar Malreddy (Goethe University Frankfurt)

This issue proposes a thematic shift from the widely discussed traumatic impact of the 11 September 2001 attacks themselves to the transformative impact of the ensuing ‘war on terror’. In particular, it identifies a conceptual gap in the existing criticism on ‘9/11’ and its cultural resonance, which tends to privilege Euro-American responses to the event, while considering trauma, grief and suffering as primarily transatlantic experiences. The corresponding Anglophone canon of ‘post-9/11’ fiction and nonfiction literature, documentary, drama, and film has failed to address the responsive violence incited by the decade-long military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the destabilisation of political regimes in the Middle East, and other clandestine operations in the Global South in the name of countering ‘terrorism’.

The aim of this issue is to de-centre the singularity assumed by ‘9/11’, and to draw attention to new sites of literary and cultural criticism that move beyond the destruction of the World Trade Center and the physical space of New York City to engage with the multiple crises related to the ‘war on terror’ on a global scale.

Contributions are invited from any sub-discipline in Anglophone cultures and might include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • transatlantic and diasporic responses to the ‘war on terror’
  • intersections of European and postcolonial criticism in approaching the ‘war on terror’
  • public discourses on terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • responses to the war on terror in architecture, monuments, memorials, photography, visual arts, sculpture, rituals (commemoration), popular culture (internet, social media) and video-games
  • terrorism in novels, poetry, and reportage narratives from the Global South and the Middle East

Detailed proposals (600-1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as any inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to both editors, Michael C. Frank and Pavan Malreddy.

Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of proposals and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made.

The deadline for proposals is 31 October 2016, with delivery of completed essays by 31 March 2017.

(posted 30 January 2016)

Poetry, Science and Technology
European Journal of English Studies, Volume 22
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016

ejesGuest editors: Irmtraud Huber (Berne), Wolfgang Funk (Mainz)

In the preface to Lyrical Ballads, William Wordsworth famously calls poetry ‘the first and last of all knowledge’ and describes the poet’s task as carrying ‘sensation into the objects of science itself’. The editors invite contributions that explore relations between poetic and scientific knowledge, an association commonly neglected in favour of a focus on narrative. Moreover, we seek to explore how technological advances such as the invention and development of eveÍr more sophisticated machinery or changes in the means of communication find echoes in the imaginary and structure of poetry.

By focusing on these connections and correspondences between apparently dissimilar ways of world-making, this issue aims to offer new perspectives on the interplay between scientific and technological innovation and poetic form. It will attempt to trace how paradigm changes such as Darwinism, post-Newtonian physics or non-Euclidean geometry find correlatives in poetry. The editors also wish to promote a critical dialogue between poetic and narratological approaches to relations between literature and science at different historical moments. We welcome critical engagements with specific case studies of poetic or scientific works, as well as theoretical reflections on the relations between poetry and science and technology from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

Relevant topics in this context might include, among others:

  • poetry and science as complementary and/or competing epistemological structures and forms of knowledge conservation and dissemination
  • concepts and metaphors common to both poetry and science, like the experiment, the model, innovation or abstraction
  • formal transformations in poetry in relation to scientific and technological paradigm changes
  • shifts in the cultural authority of science and poetry
  • poetry as a possible mediator between abstract scientific knowledge and its technological application
  • representations of scientific procedures and knowledge as well as technological innovation in poetry

Detailed proposals (600-1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as any inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to both editors Irmtraud Huber and Wolfgang Funk.

Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of proposals and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made.

The deadline for proposals is 31 October 2016, with delivery of completed essays by 31 March 2017.

(posted 30 January 2016)

Topics of a lesser grade. For a politics of the ‘leftovers’ in literature
Volume 33/2017 of Caietele Echinox / Echinox Journal / Les Cahiers Echinox
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016

Caietele Echinox / Echinox Journal / Les Cahiers Echinox
Babeş – Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
hppt:// / Caietele Echinox

Topics of a lesser grade. For a politics of the ‘leftovers’ in literature (Sujets dépourvus d’importance. Pour une politique du résiduel en littérature, Subiecte de mică importanţă. Pentru o politică a restului în literature)
Coordinators: Ioana Bot, Levente T. Szabó, Adrian Tudurachi

As literature becomes Big Data and the literary heritage becomes accessible in its overwhelming supply; as the extreme fascination of literary history with the ‘noteworthy achievements’ of ‘great writers’ lingers on; as peripheral literary cultures inter-relate and as their achievements contribute to world literature; and, finally, as the number of researches increases and the disciplinary niches addressed nowadays diversify, it is not our capacity to grasp the forms of literary activity that increases, but rather our ‘guilty’ awareness of what gets left behind. There is a close relation between the present day’s democratization of knowledge and the visibility of ‘leftovers.’ The more we know about the quantity and the variety of literature, the better we understand how much has been missed, ignored, or has fallen into oblivion. The pool of ‘leavings’ broadens in direct ratio to the expansion of the field of literature: the feeling that there are (too) many books, many peripheral cultures, and many lines of research is designed to stir awareness towards the residual component of literature, towards what seems destined to be overlooked. The question we ask ourselves when confronted with this vast phenomenon cannot, however, envisage its satisfying resolution and integration into a totalizing horizon of knowledge. The challenges of the vast continent of the Great Unread that Franco Moretti would discover (The Slaughterhouse of literature, 2000), following in the steps of Margaret Cohen, are not those of mainstreaming, but rather those of settling into the notion of ‘leftovers.’ How do we position ourselves towards what we cannot fathom? How do we discuss these forms of ‘overlooking’ without entertaining the illusion that we might be able to devote the same level of attention to all things literary? How do we cope with the pessimism (or a new theoretical optimism?) over the overwhelming ‘debt’ that the field of literary studies has accumulated?

This issue of Caietele Echinox/ Echinox Journal targets the expanding field of the residual in literature. It is not about a return to the multiple explorations of the ‘secondary’ that used to dominate the stage of literary studies in the ‘80s and the ‘90s, nor is it a militant engagement on behalf of marginality that those political reactions would entail. By problematizing ‘leftovers’ we intend to reflect upon what the forces of time, the laws of cultural interaction, or simply the forms of human action transform into unimportant topics, ignored and condemned to a lesser destiny. We have in mind, for instance, the lack of attention that any major culture manifests towards minor cultures and their obsessions, and vice versa, the various forms of imperviousness that make minor cultures blind to the aesthetic and conceptual ingenuity of major cultures. It is also about the ways of not reading discussed by Giorgio Agamben in a recent essay (Sur la difficulté de lire, in Le feu et le récit, 2015) or about the instances of forgetfulness evoked by Judith Schlanger (Présence des œuvres perdues, 2010). Or it can be about the limits of collective attention (see Yves Citton, Pour une écologie de l’attention, 2014), about the limited attentional resources available in a literary area that, through the mechanisms of a specific ‘economy’, ceaselessly produce residue, i.e. dismissible objects and themes, implicitly deemed less important. We intend to acknowledge the variety of gestures and activities that generate ‘leftovers’ in literature and, equally, their meaning and ‘recycling’ for the current fate of literary studies. What interests us is a cross-cutting approach within which the various standpoints and concepts that facilitate our access to the residual area of literature should be brought together and seen in their heterogeneity. With this in mind, we welcome papers focusing on:

  • time, oblivion, and literary memory; on what becomes ‘leftovers’ by virtue of some forms of dismissal, in a dynamic of ‘traces’ (Carlo Ginzburg) and ruin.
  • cultural interactions and on what is usually overlooked by virtue of the distant perspective that national literatures have on one another; on the mechanisms of selectivity and marginalization that treat minor literatures as ‘characters’ in the story of major literatures.
  • the one-dimensional shapes that seem to define major literatures through the lenses of minor literatures; on various peripheral forms of the transnational and on the way in which the forms of the global become residual or are selectively recycled within national cultures.
  • the practice of reading and on what is left behind, by means of negligence (amateur reading or reading for pleasure), manipulation (extreme, ideologically biased, or instrumental readings), or underdevelopment (embryonic forms, as means of creating a text, discarded as latent ‘leftovers’ due to the reading habits of a particular historical period).
  • the overlooked methodological inventiveness; on the failed import of literary ideas and on the theoretical creativity condemned to a peripheral status.
  • the components of literary forms (themes, motifs, metric structures etc.), which are ignored by virtue of a specific perspective fashionable during a particular historical period, and which are unlikely to be (re)discovered by posterity.

We look forward to receiving your proposals in French, English, or Italian, together with a short bionote, until 31 October 2016. You can send them to any of the following email addresses:,, Each author will be notified of the decision of the editors until 10 November 2016.

The full paper has to be styled according to the Echinox Journal style sheet:
It will be submitted until 20 January 2017, the latest.

(posted 14 September 2016)

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.
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(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

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)