Calls for papers for conferences taking place in April 2024

Queen Elizabeth II: Life, Times, Legacies.
NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal, Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campus de Campolide. 17-19 April 2024.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 October 2023.

Event organised by

Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures, NOVA University, Lisbon

Rationale / Presentation of the event

 The reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022) was the longest so far in the history of the British monarchy. Partly due, without doubt, to its exceptional duration, her seventy-year reign witnessed momentous events with far-reaching consequences, such as the end of the Empire; the decline of Britain on the international political scene; the ‘troubles’ and unrest within the British Isles and the prospect of a DisUnited Kingdom; the emergence and consolidation of popular and youth cultures and the relationship between the Crown and the media, to name but a few. The period is also of particular interest for Anglo-Portuguese Studies, as it raises issues such as the political relations between the two oldest allies during the Salazar/Caetano regime, the official visits, the impact of World War II, decolonisation, and the Revolution of the 25th April 1974, amongst others. This International Conference seeks to analyse and assess Elizabeth’s life, times, and legacies across a broad range of disciplines, themes and topics, such as 2 

  • The British Monarchy 
  • The British and Other European Monarchies 
  • Monarchy and National Identity(ies) 
  • Monarchy and Republic 
  • British Institutions 
  • Britain and the Emergence of Popular and Youth Cultures 
  • Britain and the Welfare State 
  • Britain in/and Europe 
  • Britain and Brexit 
  • Britain and Portugal: The Alliance during Elizabeth II’s Reign 
  • Britain in/and the World 
  • Britain and the USA: A Special Relationship? 
  • The Queen and the European Monarchies 
  • The Queen: Biographies and Chronicles 
  • The Queen in Literature 
  • The Queen in/and the Visual Arts 
  • The Queen in/and the Media 
  • Screening the Queen: Cinema and Television 
  • Staging and Singing the Queen: Theatre and Music 
  • The Queen and the (Re)Invention of Tradition(s) 
  • The Queen, Memorabilia, and Merchandising 
  • The Queen in/and Fashion 
  • Royal Spaces and Geographies 
  • The Queen in and out of doors: Sport, Animals, and Pets 
  • The Queen and her Royal Residences 
  • The Royal Family: Past, Present (and Future?)

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • João Carlos Espada (IEP, Universidade Católica Portuguesa) 
  • John Darwin (Nuffield College, University of Oxford) 
  • Martin Dale (University of Minho) 
  • Pedro Aires de Oliveira (NOVA FCSH) 
  • Philip Murphy (University of London) 
  • Steve Marsh (University of Cardiff) 
  • Teresa Pinto Coelho (NOVA FCSH)


The organisers will welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Submissions should be sent by email to including the title of the paper, an abstract (250-300 words), the author’s data (name, affiliation, contact address) and the author’s bio-note (150 words). 

  • Deadline for proposals: 15 October 2023 
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2023 
  • Deadline for registration: 31 December 2023 
  • Registration details will be posted online in October 2023 

All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation.


Contact details

Further details in the attached CFP.


(Posted 12 September 2023)