Calls for papers for conferences taking place in June 2023

Contemporary British Poetry in the Long 1980s: From Deregulation to Self Regulation
Sorbonne Université, Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC), 15-16 June 2023
Extended deadline: 15 November 2022

Event organised by 

  • Bastien Goursaud, Université Paris-Est Créteil 
  • Elise Brault-Dreux, Université Polytechnique des Hauts de France • Claire Hélie, Université de Lille 
  • Juliette Utard, Sorbonne Université 


  • International conference 
  • Two keynote speakers 
  • Poetry reading sessions 

Website and CFP

Contact details 

(Posted 9 Sept. 2022. Updated 27 October 2022)

16th annual Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes summer conference: EAP and Time
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Oslo, Norway, 15-16 June 2023
Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2023

NFEAP this year is about the relationship between EAP and time. Time – the amount of it, the quality of it, conceptions of it – is everywhere in learning support, language education and writing development, but rarely comes into focus. Is it a paradox, for example, that we consider writing development a lifelong process but often expect students to master the essentials of writing in a matter of weeks? In contrast, might there be things that are better taught quickly than slowly? In what time does learning take place? What are the relationships between psychological time and institutional time?

We welcome work that is conceptual (e.g. EAP and cultural memory, the politics of time in higher education) and practical (e.g. the supposed linearity of the writing process, the timing of interventions, transfer of learning). We invite work that considers time in relation to EAP concepts; EAP training methods, principles, practices and research; needs analysis, syllabus and materials design, teaching strategies and methodological issues; group/interdisciplinary teaching; critical EAP; learning technologies; academic identities; academic literacies; any other relevant topics.

Plenary speakers:

Please submit your proposal using this link. The standard length for presentations is 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion). You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by April 1st 2023.

Ann Torday Gulden Scholarship

Ann Torday Gulden has been, for many years, a tireless and vital advocate for EAP in Norway, and this scholarship is named in her honour. This annual scholarship contributes up to 5000 NOK to the expenses of an EAP teacher or researcher to come to the conference and present their work. We seek to support work that is distinctive and original and that exemplifies innovative approaches to EAP theory and practice. It is open to all, but we particularly encourage graduate students and early career researchers to apply – please check the box in the submissions form if you would like to be considered for the scholarship.


The 2200 NOK conference registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for both days of the conference and the conference dinner on Thursday evening.

Please note that the NFEAP is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstracts:  15 February 2023
  • Registration opens: mid-March 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2023
  • Conference programme available: mid-April 2023
  • Deadline for registration: 20 May 2023
  • NFEAP conference 2023: 15th-16th June 2023

(Posted 28 January 2023)

Un/Building the Future: The Country and The City in the Anthropocene
University of Warwick, UK, 15 & 16 June 2023
Abstract submissions: 20 February 2023.

The climate crisis is inextricably bound up with the divide between the country and the city. It  is no accident that the burning of fossil fuels and the urbanisation of the world have advanced  in lockstep in recent centuries, while the demands of agribusiness, especially livestock farming,  have simultaneously displaced sustainable farming practices and contributed to the emission of  greenhouse gasses. The imagination of climate futures is also shaped by the shifting contours  of the urban and the rural. Whether it be visions of flooded cities or scorched forests, the future  seems to hold destruction for both the city and the country. 

Just as the climate crisis has disturbed some of the other dualisms of the modern world  (human/nonhuman, nature/culture, and so on), the dichotomy between the city and the country  also seems to be increasingly precarious. One thinks of climate fiction imaginaries of  abandoned cities being slowly rewilded or experiments in new modes of living (like urban  community gardening) that introduce the rustic into the town. Moreover, the conventional  connotations of the urban and rural are coming under strain in the Anthropocene; it appears that  neither the modernity associated with the city nor the tradition of the countryside will survive  the encounter with the wild weather of the future unscathed. 

Our interdisciplinary conference, Un/Building the Future: The Country and the City in the  Anthropocene, will explore the co-constitution of the urban and rural in the face of the  Anthropocene. Raymond Williams’s iconic The Country and the City (1973), which our title  alludes to, scrutinised how the emergence of capitalism in the nineteenth century capsized  ingrained narratives of urban and rural life. Un/Building the Future is concerned with whether  the shifting environmental contours of the twenty-first century are having a similarly radical  effect. 

We are interested in contributions that examine how the unfolding environmental catastrophe  is disturbing and reforming the symbolisations of the country and city, producing new locales,  both real and imaginary, that are not quite contained by our traditional spatial horizons. How  are the categories of the country and the city morphed by the ecological crisis? What does  thinking these concepts together help us to understand about current climate trajectories? Are  these ideas of the urban and the rural even viable, or must they be radically rethought? How are  the spatial imaginaries of the Anthropocene approached from different perspectives in the field,  whether that be feminist, queer, anti-racist, decolonial, Marxist or posthumanist? 

Possible topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Post-apocalyptic spaces 
  • Climate resilience 
  • The rural and the (neo)pastoral
  • Suburbia and suburban futures 
  • The future city; eco- and/or smart-cities 
  • Multispecies design, including urban design and wildlife corridors 
  • Cultural representations of un/built futures, including in climate fiction, science  fiction/speculative fiction, solarpunk, Afro- and African futurism, Indigenous  futurism, Chicano futurism, etc. in any media (novel, short story, graphic novels,  podcasts, videogames, fanfiction, fine art, etc.) 
  • Gender and sexuality, race, dis/ability, class, and/or national identity and the un/built  environment 
  • Un/built environments in utopias and dystopias, including ecodystopias • Green transitions/transformations 
  • Collapse and breakdown 

Please submit an abstract for a 15-minute in-person paper (up to 300 words), which will be  followed by 5 min Q&A, and a short bio (up to 150 words) using our application form by 20  February 2023 to This event is open to participants from all  disciplines whose research engages with the themes of the conference. There is no conference  fee for this event. If you would like to discuss your proposal or you would like to submit work  in another form (e.g. art, music, film), please get in contact. 

For more information, please see We very much look forward to receiving your submissions! 

Conference Convening Team 

  • Dr Emrah Atasoy  
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Dept. of English and Comparative Literary Studies & IAS University of Warwick 
  • Nora Castle  
    Early Career Fellow, Dept. of English and Comparative Literary Studies & IAS University of Warwick 
  • Dr Joe Davidson 
    Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Dept. of Sociology 
    University of Warwick


(Posted 8 December 2022)

Colonising and Decolonising the Irish Nineteenth Century
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 22-23 June 2023
Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2023

Colonising and Decolonising the Irish Nineteenth Century
SSNCI Conference 2023
Research Institute for Cultural and Historical Studies (RICH)
Radboud University
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
22-23 June 2023

Though it had been part of the United Kingdom since 1801, Ireland’s position within the British Empire during the long nineteenth century was complicated. The Irish were a colonial people, yet in many ways they also contributed to the expansion and administration of the British Empire. Moreover, Irish emigration, particularly to the United States, raised the issue of Irish ‘whiteness’, but also saw many Irish endorse chattel slavery in the southern United States and contribute to the removal of the Native population in the US south and west. And as colonised or colonising subjects, or indeed both, many Irish writers, artists, and policy makers at home and abroad imagined and reimagined the country’s position within the British Empire and beyond. 

In recent years, the legacies of (Western) colonialism have received increased – and necessary – scrutiny in both the academic and public spheres. This has led to initiatives such as Rhodes Must Fall, which quickly became a global phenomenon, and efforts to decolonise academic curricula and scholarship. It also sparked renewed attention to issues concerning problematic heritage, such as  the statue of John Mitchel in Newry, and the presence of colonial art and artefacts in Western museum collections. While the question of whether or not Ireland was a colony has occupied scholars for several decades (see for instance work by Stephen Howe, Joe Cleary, and David Lloyd), in recent years Irish Studies has also started to become more self-reflective with regard to the complicated question of Irish complicity in colonial and racist systems and the ongoing ramifications of this in education and research – issues discussed, for instance, in a recent roundtable in Irish Historical Studies (2021).

This conference seeks to consider Ireland’s and the Irish diaspora’s position in relation to colonisation and imperialism during the long nineteenth century, as well as the reverberations and reconsiderations of this past in recent and ongoing scholarship and education. We are particularly interested in papers on the following topics, but would of course also welcome papers on related themes not mentioned here, from many disciplinary perspectives.


  • The Irish and the British empire
  • The Irish and settler colonialism 
  • Decolonising the curriculum and the museum
  • ‘Irish whiteness’, racism and colonialism
  • Ireland, Irish North-America and issues of slavery
  • “Was Ireland a colony?”
  • Anti-imperialism/ anti-colonialism
  • Educational systems and colonialism
  • Colonialism, the visual arts and literature
  • Comparative colonial networks: Britain-Ireland and beyond
  • Religion and the ‘religious empire’
  • Colonial and imperial institutions
  • Ireland, cartography and empire
  • Revisionism and the colonial question
  • Representations of the Empire and the imperial other
  • Comparative perspectives on colonialism: Ireland and beyond
  • Immigrants from British colonies to Ireland
  • Land and language 

Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers can be sent to by 1 March 2023. Please also include a 50-word biographical note. We also welcome proposals for panels of no more than 3 papers.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Dr Shahmima Akhtar (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Dr Timothy McMahon (Marquette University)
  • Dr Sarah Roddy (Maynooth University)
  • Cauvery Madhavan, novelist

Conference committee

  • Prof Dr Marguérite Corporaal
  • Dr Giulia Bruna
  • Dr Chris Cusack
  • Dr Lindsay Janssen
  • Sophie van Os MA


(Posted 2 February 2023)

Strange Atmospheres: The Seventh International Flann O’Brien Conference
Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania), 27–30 June 2023
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2023

Organised by

The Department of English at Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj, with the International Flann O’Brien Society

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • Flore Coulouma (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • Paul Fagan (Maynooth University)
  • Heather Laird (University College Cork)


Since the first, centenary Vienna conference in 2011, this critical conversation has expanded and diversified, turning to the archive, to recontextualizing and rehistoricizing approaches, addressing the aesthetic, political and ethical dimensions of O’Nolan’s/Flann’s/Myles’ experimental texts, as well as their interfaces with questions of agency and authorship, technology and the material world, cultural memory, medicine and epidemiology. During the last decade numerous landmark volumes were added to the corpus available to O’Nolan’s readers—from the short fiction (edited by Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper), to the plays and teleplays (edited by Daniel Keith Jernigan), and, more recently, the Collected Letters (edited by Maebh Long). Reflecting the rapid growth of Flann O’Brien studies, The Parish Review, the first scholarly journal dedicated to this writer’s work, has published articles and special issues on a wide range of topics, including archival studies of O’Nolan’s library, the textual and publishing history of O’Nolan’s journalism, the writer’s fraught relationship with the civil service, as well as O’Nolan’s afterlives in translation, adaptation, and the culture industry. In line with its open-access policy, the journal is hosted by the Open Library of Humanities.

The conference title, ‘Strange Atmospheres,’ foregrounds a concept that sits uneasily on the semantic boundary between environment, embodied space, and mood. Often bending to the fantastic, the uncanny, the fake and unconvincing, O’Brien’s style is itself characterised by a constant apprehension of the ways in which the atmospheric and the literary fertilise each other. The symposium will provide the occasion to reflect more fully on these aspects of his work.

The conference organisers invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on any topic relevant to the symposium theme. Special consideration will be given to the following topics in Flann O’Brien studies:

  • Reflections on atmosphere as setting and atmosphere as mood
  • Pathetic fallacy and the correspondences between space, place and feeling 
  • Ecocritical approaches
  • Radio transmissions and wireless communication
  • Ideas of extended agency and extended subjectivity
  • Politicised environments
  • Localised and universal spaces
  • Gothic spaces, horror and the uncanny 
  • Life without borders
  • Apocalyptic overtones
  • Ghost cities
  • Social, professional and urban spaces
  • Literary discourse and the weather
  • Modernist environments and ecological thought
  • Non-humans and posthumans in O’Nolan’s fiction

Please send abstracts and a short bionote to the organisers at by January 31st, 2023. Proposals will be read and evaluated by February 15th, 2023. The time of delivery for each paper should not exceed 20 minutes. Selected talks will be published in a special issue of The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O’Brien Studies (open-access at the Open Library of Humanities).

(Posted 21 January 2023)

31st Conference of the Polish Association for the Study of English. Communicative 3Ms: Modes, Mediums, Modalities
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, 30th June – 2nd July 2023
Paper proposals until 31 March 2023

Event organised by

PASE, Department of the English Language and Department of English-Language Literatures and Cultures, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn 

In contemporary humanities, the intersections of insights into modes, mediums, and modalities have stimulated scholars to create new approaches or to invigorate the time-established ways of research into communicative and textual practices that have so far dominated. Following our firm belief that within each theoretical discipline there are ample conceptualizations still to be discovered, we invite scholars from the fields of language, translation, culture, literature, media, and methodology of FLT to contribute papers within this thematic area, including topics inspired by, but by no means limited to, the following topics: 

  • 3Ms of metaphor, allegory, symbol
  • verbal and non-verbal communication and representation
  • mono-modal and multi-modal texts: films, graphic narratives, computer games, etc. 
  • translation, interpreting, interpretation
  • modes of cultural relations: post-truth reality, distribution of power, and social relations
  • environmental and/or urban modalities
  • aesthetics and politics of possible/fictional worlds
  • multi-modalities in literature 
  • genre hybridity and its modalities
  • textual dynamics of character, voice, and perspective
  • readers, viewers, fandoms – patterns of engagement
  • affect, mind, emotion
  • modalities of classroom communication
  • varied mediums and teaching dynamics
  • affordances, limitations, challenges of 3Ms


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(Posted 10 November 2022)