Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in May 2016

Queer(ing) Critical Issues: 1st Global Meeting
Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 16 December 2015

As a framework for thinking about and understanding the issues that inform daily life, queer theory offers a useful basis for questioning ‘conventional wisdom’ and essentialist notions about the definition of and relationship between biological sex, gender and sexual orientation. Contributions to the body of knowledge known as queer theory challenge the values and notions of ‘normality’ that underpin arguments about the critical issues facing us today.
These critical perspectives invite us to ask why the current beliefs and practices around gender identity and sexuality exist, whose interests are served through those arrangements, and what alternatives might look like. By its very nature, queer theory has been closely aligned with concerns of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities as they have mobilised around issues such as decriminalisation of homosexuality, marriage equality, immigration, media representation of non-straight relationships and anti-discrimination protection.
Yet, notions of what is “normal” and how humans ought to behave lie at the heart of everything we do. They condition everything from the policies and laws that regulate us to our own experiences of ourselves and others. Consequently, one need not identify as queer to find value and benefits in the fresh perspectives queer theory can bring to issues in the domains of politics, science, economics, history, activism, biology, psychology, education and visual culture.
For decades, European countries have been at the forefront of promoting social and political justice for all people, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual identity or orientation. At the same time, issues related to homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, racism, environmental degradation, economic instability, religious tension, sovereignty and armed conflict create challenges that European nations must answer individually and as an EU community.
The Queer(ing) Critical European Issues conference seeks to provide a platform for exploring how our understanding of and responses to any issue facing Europe might be enhanced by drawing upon concepts from queer theory. While it is acknowledged that queer theory is typically associated with academic settings, one of the aims of this event is to bridge the gap between the theoretical and practical application of queer theory by generating new approaches to critical issues, teaching methods, research practices, activism, the delivery of social services, and public policy development.
To facilitate a rich, inter-disciplinary dialogue, we welcome participation by anyone with an interest and expertise in the topic, including by not limited to: activists, artists, legal professionals, policymakers, social workers, NGO representatives, medical professional, business people, historians, anthropologists, scientists, administration/human resource professionals, religious/spiritual advisors, counsellors, educators and researchers.
Possible areas for presentations include but are not limited to:

  • Health, wellness and medicine
  • Childhood, growing up and getting old
  • Law and policymaking
  • Sexual/gender politics
  • Customs, morals and beliefs
  • Family relationships
  • Economics, business and corporate management
  • Workplace conditions
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sex, sexuality and sexual practices
  • Literature
  • Film
  • Television
  • Music
  • Art
  • Fashion
  • Representation in news media and other non-fiction forums
  • Inclusion in archives, museums, galleries and other curated spaces
  • Language/linguistic issues
  • Activism and philanthropy
  • Identity and community-building
  • Multiculturalism/multinationalism
  • Movements in and between countries, local case studies
  • Poverty and human welfare
  • Teaching and learning
  • Scientific knowledge and its application
  • Philosophy and ethical applications of knowledge

Further details and information can be found at the conference website.
Call for Cross-Over Presentations: The Queer(ing) Critical Issues project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Sacred Journeys, a project on Slavery and another project on Testimony. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between all three project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 4th December 2015.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Wednesday 16th December 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 18th March 2016.

Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Queer(ing) Critical Issues Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Karla Bessa:
Rob Fisher:

This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Ethos: Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

(14 November 2015)

The Synthesis of Fictional and Factional in Literature and Art: 6th International Conference
University of Kazan, Russia, 3-7 May, 2016
Deadline for propsals: 25 March 2016

The following list suggests some possible areas for development, but proposals in any area related to the conference theme are welcome:

  • theoretical problems of the nonfictional genres
  • document in arts
  • the history of  documentary literature
  • nonfiction and fiction  in European and American literature
  • the form variety in interaction of fictional and nonfictional in literature and arts
  • the stylistic diversity of the literary works featuring the synthesis of fictional and nonfictional

The workshops will be formed according to the proposals received. The topics for the round table discussions are welcome. Your proposals as well as your abstracts of about 500 words should reach the organizers not later than March 25, 2016
In your application please indicate the following:
• your name, title and position
• your citizenship, date and place of  birth, all passport details including the date of issue and  validity (for official invitation letter needed for Russian visa) — THOSE WHO NEED A RUSSIAN VISA SHOULD SEND ALL INFORMATION TILL JANUARY 15, 2016
• address, telephone number, e-mail
• your preference for accommodation (hotel or hostel).
The registration fee of 500 Rubles (approximately $10) should be paid on arrival.
The papers delivered will be published in the proceedings of the conference. The materials for publication should be submitted within a month after the conference.
We will be happy to receive your proposals via e-mail

Head of the Organizing Board, head of the Department of World Literature at Kazan Federal University, Prof. Olga Nesmelova: and
Secretary of the Organizing Board: Ekaterina Zueva
Don’t hesitate to contact us at any question.

(posted 24 September 2015)

Englishes and Changing Identities in the North: Nordic Association of English Studies Conference, 2016
University of Agder, Norway, 4-7 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 11 December 2015

The 12th triennial conference for the Nordic Association of English Studies (NAES) will take place at the University of Agder, in Norway, from May 4 to 7, 2016. The conference is broadly inclusive, open to academics working in such fields as English linguistics, literatures in English, cultural studies, and English-language pedagogy. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
Confirmed plenary speakers are:

  • Dr. Christine Berberich (University of Portsmouth)
  • Professor Kathleen Jamie (Stirling University)
  • Professor Peter Trudgill (University of Agder)

The theme of the conference is Englishes and Changing Identities in the North, and the focus this year will be on discussions and re-evaluations of English identities, particularly in the Northern hemisphere, as realized through language, literature and culture. There are currently open panels on the following topics:

  • “Passification: Identity Documents, Border Control, and the Movement of Peoples”
  • “Englishness: Identity and Belonging in Modern English Literature”
  • “Drama and Early Modern Education”
  • “American and British Politics & Society”
  • “Literature and Trauma”

Other possible topics include the following:

  • British identity in a time of devolution, the European Union and the Peace Process
  • The US/UK relationship in a changing world
  • Migration politics and migrant literature and language in the North
  • Arctic and circumpolar culture and literature
  • Literature and identity formation in British/North American/Scandinavian literature
  • Developments within media, social media and film in the North
  • Linguistic developments in North American and Northern European English
  • Scandinavia and the English-speaking world
  • Boundaries of English identity, discussions of the northern identity in Ulster, Scotland, Northern England, the Orkneys and Shetland Islands
  • Translation theories and practices

Papers, posters and panels are welcomed, in all the mentioned fields, and on related topics. All paper presentations will have 20 minutes at their disposal, with an extra 10 minutes set aside for discussion.
Deadline for submitting abstracts for papers and/or proposals for panels: 11 December 2015.
Paper proposals should be no more than 250 words and panel proposals no more than 500 words.
The submissions will be reviewed by the conference’s organizing committee, and should be sent to the following email address:

(posted 21 November 2015, updated 23 January 2016)

Creativity in Translation/Interpretation and Interpreter/Translator Training: 4th T&R Forum
Naples, Italy, 5-6 May 2016
New extended deadline for proposals: 15 January 2016

4th T & R (Theories & Realities in Translation & wRiting) Forum. Organized by the Università Suor Orsola
Benincasa (Naples, Italy) in collaboration with KU Leuven, Belgium, University of Western Brittany, Brest,
France with the support of Assointerpreti and the Università di Salerno and the participation of Yıldız
Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey).

Keynote speaker: Michael Cronin, Chair, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland

1. Papers
Paper proposals are invited for a two‐day conference on creativity in translation/interpretation and interpreter/translator training in all its various forms. Contributions might address, for example, any of the following themes and debates from a contemporary perspective:

  • The Translator as a Creative Writer;
  • Translation and the Theory of the Model Reader;
  • Censorship and manipulation;
  • Socio‐cultural diversity and translation;
  • Creativity in the translation of dialects, sociolects and ethnolects;
  • Literary Translation and Creativity: Creativity as a strategy for innovation in systems that are in crisis; Creativity as a way of destabilizing received meanings and creating alternate views of reality, also in post‐colonial contexts;
  • AVT Translation: Creativity and language transfer on screen: dubbing, interpreting, narration, opera and theatre surtitling, subtitling, voice‐over, localisation, fandubbing, fansubbing; AVT and globalisation, cultural transfer and nationalism; Innovation and new technologies: formats, platforms, 3D;
  • LSP Translation and Creativity: the relationship between writing and specialist translation; between professional communication and specialist translation; Suppression as a Form of Creativity in Technical Translation;
  • Translation and professional practice: Interpreter and Translator Training: strategies to develop creativity; Language and institutional demands in professional contexts; Conceptual metaphors linked to translation and their effects on practice.

The focus will be on current theory and practice (although references to the past within the scope of a discussion are of course acceptable). We welcome contributions from both researchers and translation practitioners, as well as from translation agency managers and publishers.
Length of Presentations: Papers will be 20 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by 15 January 2016 (new extended deadline) to:
Further information:
– Emine Bogenç Demirel
– Emilia Di Martino
– Jean‐Yves Le Disez jean‐yves.ledisez@univ‐
– Fabio Regattin
– Winibert Segers
– Joanna Thornborrow joanna.thornborrow@univ‐

2. Reading (creative) Translations:
Translation practice and creativity: if you have translated any texts (literary or otherwise) ‘creatively’; if you have loved other people’s translation choices, you are invited to participate in the conference with a “Reading or a Reading/Commenting Moment” which cannot exceed 10 minutes.
If you wish to take part, please submit a short abstract describing what you have done (or the translation you have loved). Max 2 A4.

Whether you intend to present a talk or take part in the round table discussion or both, please submit the following information along with your application(s):
RECENT PUBLICATIONS (no more than 5 please) /
Other PRODUCTIONS/SERVICES (e.g. companies):
I wish
– to present a paper (please enclose abstract)
– to read a translation (please add short description)
Feedback to prospective participants: end of January.
Please note: Attendance fee: 50 euros.

Chair Members of the International Scientific Committee /Membres Permanents du Comité Scientifique International:
Henri Bloemen (KU Leuven, Belgium), Emine Bogenç Demirel (Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey), Emilia Di Martino (Università Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples, Italy), Jean‐Yves Le Disez (CRBC‐UBO, France), Fabio Regattin (Università di Bologna, Italy), Winibert Segers (KU Leuven, Belgium), Joanna Thornborrow (ERLA‐HCTI‐UBO, France).
Adjunct Member: Mariagrazia De Meo (Università di Salerno, Italy)
For more information on previous events and the forthcoming conference:,

(posted 3 January 2016)

Growing Up, Growing Old: Times and Seasons: 2nd Global Meeting
Prague, Czech Republic  –  5-7 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 27 Noember 2015

Since time immemorial humans have lived in close association with each other and their environment. Their success has depended on their ability to interact, to adapt and to survive. While it is fascinating to look at this from such a general and external perspective, even more exciting in many ways is to examine the individuals and groups involved and trace their development, the battles faced, the challenges which arise and the solutions derived which enable individuals to progress from birth to death. Hopefully this lifespan will be over a period of years allowing them to not only grow up but to also grow old.
This life course is one with which we are all familiar and the intent of this project is not to simply reiterate these life stages but rather to consider such aspects of them as will enable us to better understand what these basic transformations mean on both an individual and a societal level. Such basic questions which might be considered are: How do these stages differ within societies? What do childhood and adulthood really mean? Who are the elderly and what role do they play? Most importantly, are these definitions and concepts changing, and if so, what are the implications for communities? These questions themselves give rise to many others including not only historical changes but also the impact of culture, of environment, of war or famine, of violence, of knowledge and learning, of technology and communication, and especially of medical advances. Indeed, every aspect of existence may well affect the way in which we grow up and grow old.
Leading on from these ideas are other aspects which also warrant consideration, for example inter-generational aspects, psychological changes and expectations, depictions of the various life stages by the media and also artists, which may include literature, art, music, photography as well as film, theatre and television. From the diversity of topics mentioned it is apparent that there is much which could be discussed but it is hoped that at this meeting delegates will be able to focus on some of the more basic ideas mentioned with a view to developing the on-going conversation after this conference is over.
Entitled “Times and Seasons”, the primary concern of this conference is to consider the historical changes, the ideas behind each stage and how they differ worldwide; additionally, it seeks to commence an exploration of recent technological advances which are affecting the way our life course develops. It is particularly hoped that this project will develop over a period of years to enable us to reach a clearer understanding of something of which we are all a part, something which affects each of us, and help us to identify perspectives and changes which may improve the outlook for many. With this outcome in mind it should be remembered that in some countries there are huge cultural barriers to change, while in others change may be taken for granted and normalised through culture and traditional behavioural norms. Because of this wide variation of knowledge and practice this topic lends itself to a conference where contributions from a wide range of countries and disciplines are represented.

To explore this subject in more detail we welcome submissions which address some of the following issues or others related to them:

  • Life stages and culture
  • Childhood, youth and adulthood; definitions: perspectives from the arts and the sciences
  • Generations, historical and contemporary. Between generations; the generation ‘gap’. Boundaries, real and perceived. Nostalgia
  • Who are the Elderly?
  • Ageing as a metaphor; the meaning of age; the meaning of life
  • Medical developments and interventions; biological engineering
  • Health, class and nationality
  • Demographic factors and changes
  • Gender, sex and shifting identities
  • Media impact and effect on perceptions
  • Literature, art, music and lifetimes
  • Technology and its impact
  • 21st century issues: Climate change, Genetically modified foods, Energy sources, Communications, Social changes e.g. Working mothers; Care of elderly

Further details and information can be found at the conference web site.
We welcome contributions from all those who have an interest in or are engaged in research into this topic, whether historically or contemporaneously. History, anthropology, medicine, social work, nursing, psychiatry, sociology, gerontology, criminology, psychology, law, literature, and cultural studies are just some of the disciplines that seek to understand this phenomenon, and this conference is designed to facilitate inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to the issues, from a range of societal settings all over the world.

Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Growing Up Growing Old  project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Cyber Security and another project on Domestic Abuse and Violence (Violence Project). We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 27th November 2015. All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 11th December 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 15th January 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Growing Up Growing Old  Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Sheila Bibb:
Rob Fisher:

This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
One eBook and one paperback presently exist from the previous meeting of the Growing Up, Growing Old project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.
Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).
All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

(posted 28 October 2015)

Social Media: Connected Cultures: 1st Global Conference of the Social Media Project
Prague, Czech Republic, 8-10 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 4 December 2015

his inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to start a dialogue about the global impact, development, role and functions of social media in the life of individuals, groups and nations. Our experience with the world around us is informed extensively by social media, whose uses range from mobilising global awareness of a cause, to generating mass participation in philanthropic activities such as the “ice bucket challenge”, to providing entertainment through jokes, memes and human interest stories, to calling out individuals and organisation for ridicule and condemnation.
Thus, social media is a double-edged sword where the benefits associated with inter-personal communication, information-sharing and leisure are balanced against the criminal activity, harassment and manipulation that takes place through the social media channels. Although many processes in life have already been transported from the ‘real’ world into cyberspace, new digital media are extending deep into the foundations of nations, cultures, societies, families, educations, businesses and politics. By now, new media have largely moved beyond initial anonymities of cyberculture, past avatars and pseudonyms, and into radical categorizations and disclosures of individual personalities to countless factions and institutions.
For many of us, Internet and mobile technology accompany every aspect of life, from birth to death, and new generations are born into an understanding of constant connection with friends, partners, classmates, co-workers, children, parents, superiors or governments, for better or worse. Have these developments made us more aware of our actions and nourished a curiosity for the mundane as well as the extraordinary aspects of human life? Or, has the imperative to communicate through carefully designed virtual identities diminished the values and pleasures that lie at the essence of engaging with other human beings?

The project seeks to understand how social media influence the life of individuals in their various professions, relationships, roles and identities, how they have redefined the meaning of ‘public and private’ and established new power balances between consumers and producers of content. New media reality affords a redefinition of traditional paradigms and values such as ‘social,’ ‘friendship,’ ‘democracy,’ ‘privacy,’ ‘freedom’ and ‘memory.’ People do not only develop intense new relationships with each other, but also with their technology, whose proximity to the body has decreased as much as the physical distance between people has increased. Through this interconnectedness, people and their technology constantly feed their presence into global networks of commerce or surveillance, but also turn into regular witnesses of history in the making, creating not only infinite data, but also historical documents and ‘evidence’ for each other’s accomplishments, failures and violations.

The first international conference of the project seeks to focus on three major aspects of social media networking (SMN): “sharing,” “content creation” and “communication” with a special section reserved for the “hashtag” phenomenon. Though the hashtag originated on Twitter, its omnipresence as well as the evolution of its usage have invested this cultural phenomenon with social, political, cultural, ideological, aesthetic, linguistic, technological and economic implications that warrant closer examination.
For this launch event, the Social Media Project invites presentations from academics, professionals, artists and practitioners with specific insights, experience, practices or skills. Examples of the above can be seen in, but are not exclusive to, the following categories:

General Social Media Infrastructure

  • Types and versions of social networks; histories, definitions, appearances, applications, usages, effects; Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Weibo etc., case studies, demographics
  • Networking and collaboration
  • Public and private, ownership and control
  • Temporalities, spatiality
  • Visions of humanity and civilizations, values and moralities
  • Audiences, communities, producers and consumers, millennials, digital natives
  • The virtual and the real, immersion
  • Spectacle, performance, fame, fans and celebrities
  • Identity, visualities, selfies, profiles
  • Establishing love, friendships, relationships, memberships

Utilization, actions, liberties and restrictions

  • Attention, spectatorship, witnessing, archiving, collecting, point of view, memory, deleting and forgetting
  • File-sharing as form of social media (and its implications for intellectual property, user-generated content and artistic creation)
  • Use by different age groups, professions, religions, sub-cultures, minorities, ethnicities, genders etc.
  • Education, skill and knowledge acquisition
  • Campaigns, activism, revolutions
  • Social media in crisis, disaster, migration, war
  • Business models, brands, markets and advertising; consumerism in the age of digital media, the meaning of power and capital, recommendations, peer-reviewing, consumer trust
  • Everyday life changes, adaptations, gains and losses
  • Archiving and collecting; memory, deleting, data accumulation, timelines, portfolios, histories
  • Memes, viral videos, flash mobs, “shitstorms” and other phenomena
  • Following, sharing, liking, friending, poking, tagging, commenting
  • Content creation and consumption, copyright, fair use
  • Gaming
  • Hashtags
  • GPS location services, tracking

Effects, risks and dangers

  • Psychological effects and medical issues, addictions, physical and neurological symptoms
  • Taboos, scandals, provocations, extremism
  • Dangers, fears and security issues, crime and terror, predators
  • Hate groups, trolling, bullying, harassment
  • Privacy and security issues, identity theft
  • Laws, governments, censorship, investigations, data mining and surveillance
  • The digital divide
  • Media effects


  • Narrative, genre, story, reality and fiction
  • Themes, topics, threads and fads
  • Trolling, flame wars
  • Visual and verbal communication
  • Language, rhetoric, netiquette, codes
  • Satire, humour, happiness and pleasure

Technology and Reception

  • Mobile devices, material culture
  • Wearable technology
  • Media conversion
  • Reception and presentation in art, on TV, in the movies and literature
  • Social media criticism
  • The role of smartphones and social media in times of crisis, disaster, migration or revolution
  • Metrics for assessing social media engagement


  • Ideological implications
  • Methodologies for measuring, analysing and visualising data, hashtag datamining
  • Hashtags and monetisation, hashtag campaigns, advertising, marketing and public relations, evergreen/forever hashtags
  • Hashtags as paralanguage, rules, conventions and etiquette around hashtags
  • Irony, wit and humour in hashtags, hashtag games (e.g. #FiveWordsToRuinADate), hashtag rap (e.g. Big Sean), poetry and art
  • Hashtags as catalysts for groupthink and ‘hive mind’
  • Hashtag journalism, Breaking News
  • Issues of authenticity regarding feelings expressed in hashtags
  • Hashtags and virtual citizenship and communities
  • From hashtag to bashtag (e.g. #SochiProblems)
  • Relationship between hashtag activism and offline activism
  • Hashtags in institutional politics

Further details and information can be found at the conference web site.

Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Social Media project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Apocalypse and another project on Cars in/of Culture. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 4th December 2015.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Wednesday 16th December 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 18th March 2016.

Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Social Media Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Petra Rehling:
Rob Fisher:

This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Ethos: Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

(posted 13 November 2015)

Africa, Land of History and Culture: History, Memory, and Future Challenges. VIII  International Conference
University of Oran 2, Mohammed Benahmed, Algeria, 10-11 May  2016
Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2016

Africa, the cradle of humanity, is undoubtedly one of the continents that have most suffered from colonialism. From the Berlin Conference (1884-1885), when the “Scramble for Africa” was formalized up to the 1960s, a decade marked by the independence of most African countries, this vast continent did not really meet its aspirations.
In spite of its geostrategic significance and its rich culture and history, Africa is straining to achieve development and its main preoccupations are still unemployment, poverty, difficulties in access to education and health, resurgence of certain epidemics such as Ebola. In addition to an economic underdevelopment, the growing civil conflicts and regional wars, which are but the consequence of the struggle for influence between the great world powers, have generated internal divisions and plunged the continent in social and political unrest.
Paradoxically, Africa’s vastness and diversity, instead of being strength, were transformed over the years into a factor of division between peoples of the same origins (e.g. countries of the north (Egypt and Maghreb) and those of the south. This division is also ethnic and religious (Islam and Judeo-Christian on one side, and the practices and esoteric rites of the “natives” on the other side); it is linguistic, “language of the colonizers” and “local dialects”; even ideological and scientific ( teaching contents and models of education; orientations regarding scientific research…)

It is thus essential, given the world’s current context, to reconsider and reaffirm the factors of cohesion between the African peoples — their common past and cultural substratum. Indeed, from a historical outlook, all the movements of independence in the African countries had as a starting point, the human values of equality and freedom  and succeeded thanks to an incomparable solidarity between the main actors of the revolutions.
We can cite as an example the role played by countries like Egypt and Algeria in the 1960s and 1970s. They not only brought their support to all the movements of independence in Africa, but also maintained very narrow relationships with those of Asia and Latin America. Culturally and in spite of the big multiplicity that characterizes the continent, a common basis seems to liven up all the cultural activities whether they are popular or borrowed from the west (orality, importance of family values..)
This colloquium aims at revisiting and reexamining  what unites the African people by reconsidering the history, the memory and the culture of this continent as well as the representations and discourses resulting from or referring to it.
It intends to act in the sense of reconciliation by insisting on that which brings the people of Africa together, on the presence in the collective unconscious of a strong sense of identity expressed through the Arts, Literature and the African Media. The issues to be discussed will therefore be the following:

  • Can we talk nowadays of a real “African identity”, or at least, a sense /feeling/consciousness of belonging to the same cultural sphere?
  • How is Africanness expressed/manifested in the literature and cinema of Africa? How is this debate taken back by the African and foreign media?
  • Is there one Africa (Black) or Africas (north…)
  • Africa, a land of history and civilization: what are the various conflicts, mutations and repercussions the continent has witnessed?
  • Africa’s place in educational systems, especially in textbooks: how are the values ​​that unite the peoples of this continent taught?
  • Africa and its media: how is African identity shown in the media; can we speak of typical African media?
  • Africa’s relations with the rest of the world.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for proposed 20-25 minute papers and a short bio to:
Deadline for receipt of proposals: 15 February 2016
Date of notification of the decision of the Scientific Committee: end of February 2016
Dates of the conference: 10-11 May, 2016.
Location: University of Oran 2 – Mohammed Benahmed, Algeria

(posted 3 January 2016)

The University’s Reception of Lacan
University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France  –  12 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2015

duate students from the prestigious École Pratique des Hautes Etudes where his seminar was being hosted. Lacan was never ‘of’ the university, and he stood by his ex-centric status even as he gave his seminars within university walls. And yet, in the last few decades, numerous academics in various fields have asserted the importance of his ideas and theoretical reflection in their own teaching and research. How, then, is Lacan considered within the university institution today? More than thirty years after his death, what place does his heterodox theory occupy, not only in departments of psychology and psychoanalysis, but more generally within the arts and social sciences? In view of the developments in the scientific, social and political fields and given the changes taking place within university structures and curriculums, the moment seems propitious to examine the question of the pertinence and durability of Lacanian theory within teaching and research.
The objective of this one-day conference is to analyse the changes in the university’s reception of Lacanian theory. Some of the questions implicit in this endeavour include: Who writes about or with Lacan? Which fields of study affirm this connection most fully and to what end? What types of curriculum make a place for the teaching of Lacan, and which aspects of his theory are privileged? What is the situation with regard to university research and publication?
Moreover, in view of the availability of a number of English translations of Lacan’s publications and seminars we would like to consider the reception of Lacan both in France and in countries where English is spoken. The relationship between Lacan and the USA was marked by the conferences he gave at Yale and Columbia University in 1975 to students outside of the field of psychoanalysis. As a now prominent figure of French Theory, Lacan is the subject of books, articles, and websites written or produced by teachers of the arts and humanities in Anglophone countries: examples of this mode of working with Lacan include the establishment of a Masters in psychoanalysis focused on the teachings of Freud and Lacan at the University of Kingston in Great Britain, and the activities carried out at the Centre for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the University of Buffalo where teaching and publishing projects are supported.
Do these approaches differ fundamentally from those of analysts and academics in France? Looking at Anglophone countries and at France, we will reflect on the current-day presence or absence of Lacanian teaching, thinking and research within the scope of the university, so as to be able to see more clearly what the potential force of Lacan’s thinking is today, at the beginning of the XXIst century.
Please send your proposals for papers along with a short resume of your publications by November 30, 2015 to: and

(posted 20 September 2015)

Inference in Second Language Oral Communication
Montpellier, France, 12-13 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2015

“Speaking is half his who speaks, and half his who hears […]”
(Montaigne, Essays 3, Chapter XIII)

According to Bailly (1998: 132) , inference “is a logical, abstract operation through which one elaborates a conclusion, based on a fact or a proposition…”
In the context of oral communication, inference is part of the construction of the interaction; it relies on numerous signs to be found at different levels. Indeed inferential processes lead to the construction of information from a context, even though the information is not directly and explicitly given.
Inferential processes may apply to parts of the language that is spoken, to the attitudes, the behaviour, the thoughts, the feelings, the expectations, the intentions and even the culture of the co-speaker.
All situations of communication imply inferences, but some of them specifically favour this kind of mental processing: negotiation, argumentation, intercultural exchanges, and communication in a second language…
More precisely, in the case of foreign languages, “inference can help reconstruct a message, a passage or a word from the context and from what is known of the situation, or to compensate for the lack of comprehension of a message, a passage or a word”, according to C. Poussard (2000: 203) . Any learner of a foreign language sets up inferential processes in situations of comprehension and production, sometimes going as far as resorting to emotional inferences within the larger framework of oral interaction. By contrast with L1, these processings may be amplified in L2 due to difficulties in understanding the speech of the native speaker, the words spoken or the cultural differences…

The purpose of the forthcoming interdisciplinary symposium is to look into the specificity of oral communication in L2, whatever the language. This conference will gather researchers from different fields (linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, didactics) who will address the topic of inference in L2 oral communication. Papers based on oral or multimodal corpora with an empirical approach (case studies) are encouraged.
The objective is to try and provide answers to the following questions:

  • in which way do inferences produced in L2 differ from those made in L1?
  • how do L2 speakers interpret the information provided by the behaviour, the attitude, the expectations, the intentions and even the cultural background of the co-speaker?
  • does lack of understanding generate maladjusted and even false inferences and what are the consequences of such incomprehension?
  • which linguistic devices (such as hesitations, repetitions, signs of incomprehension) or non-linguistic devices (such as gestures, facial expressions) does the learner of L2 have recourse to and in which context will (s)he do so?
  • are the linguistic and/or speech markers of inference similar or different in the mother tongue and in the learner’s L2? What are the consequences in the learner’s performance in L2? Which speech strategies will (s)he set up?
  • what kind of didactic options could be envisaged with a view to help learners in their use of inference in L2?

Keywords: inference, oral corpora, didactics/language teaching, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, linguistic resources, gestures.
Conference Organization:
Oral presentations will be allocated twenty minutes plus ten minutes for questions and discussion.
At the end of each day, thematic workshops with all the speakers will be held.
Presentations can be given either in French or English but French will be the language mostly used, especially in workshops.

Keynote speaker:
Véronique TRAVERSO, ICAR, UMR 5191, Senior Researcher (CNRS), université de Lyon 2

Abstract submissions should be sent before the October 1, 2015 at
They should include: the title of the paper, the name(s), first name(s), home university and email address of the author(s), then the abstract (in French or in English) — which should not exceed 500 words, and finally 5 references. The abstract will provide details on the topic, the corpus or the data used, the methodology and the main results obtained.
Submissions will be evaluated anonymously by two members of the scientific committee.

If you have any questions on the organization of the conference or on scientific matters, please contact the organizers at

Key dates and Venue:
1 October 2015: Abstract submission deadline
15 December 2015: Notification of acceptance and program of the conference
15 January 2016: Registration starts.
The conference will be held at the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Saint-Charles (Tram stop: Albert 1er) on 12 – 13 May 2016.
Registration fees: 40€. This includes Friday lunch and coffee breaks.

Publication of papers:
The organizers envisage the publication of a selection of papers in the journal Les Cahiers de Praxématique as a special issue.

Conference organizers:
Caroline DAVID

Scientific Committee:
Wilfrid ANDRIEU, LERMA, EA 853, université Aix-Marseille
Christine BEAL, Praxiling, UMR 5267, université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Nathalie BLANC, Epsylon, EA 4556, université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Alex BOULTON, Atilf, UMR 7118, université de Lorraine
Paul CAPPEAU, FoReLL, EA 3816, université de Poitiers
Isabelle GAUDY-CAMPBELL, IDEA, EA 2338, université de Lorraine
Muriel GROSBOIS, CeLiSo, EA 7332, université Paris IV
Sylvie HANOTE, FoReLL, EA 3816, université de Poitiers
Jean-Marc LAVAUR, Epsylon, EA 4556, université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Kerry MULLAN, RMIT University of Melbourne
Catherine PAULIN, LiLPa, EA 1339, université de Strasbourg
Cécile POUSSARD, EMMA, EA 741, université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Stéphanie ROUSSEL, LACES, EA 4140, université de Bordeaux
Henry TYNE, Équipe CRESEM, université de Perpignan Via Domitia
Laurence VINCENT-DURROUX, LIDILEM, EA 609, université Grenoble-Alpes

(posted 29 June 2015)

26th Conference on British and American Studies
Timişoara, Romania, 12-14 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2016

The English Department of the Faculty of Letters, University of Timişoara, is pleased to announce its 26th international conference on British and American Studies, which will be held in May 12 – 14, 2016.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Professor Fernando Galván, University of Alcalá, Madrid
Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie, VU Amsterdam
Professor Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki

Presentations (20 min) and workshops (60 min) are invited in the following sections:

  • Language Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Semiotics
  • British and Commonwealth Literature
  • American Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • English Language Teaching

Abstract submission
Please submit 60 word abstracts, which will be included in the conference programme:
• to our website:
• or to Dr Reghina Dascăl
Deadline: 15 February 2016
Conference fee
The early conference registration fee is EUR 100, to be paid by March 15; the late registration fee is Euro 120.
For RSEAS members, the early registration fee is lei 250; the late registration fee is lei 300.
Conference website

For additional information, please contact:
Luminiţa Frenţiu, tel + 40 744792238;
Loredana Pungă,  tel + 40 763691704.

(posted 4 December 2015, updated 7 December 2015)

The Englishness of English Poetry in the Early Modern Period – Part One: The Triumph of the Sonnet?
Université de Strasbourg, France, 19-21 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 25 September 2015

This two-part international conference taking place first in Strasbourg (May 19th-21st 2016) and then in Paris (May 2017), will focus on the evolution of English poetry over the early modern period. It will deal with aspects related to form and genre, but also with the material dimension of poems as commodities and the different modes of their circulation, across national borders through embassies and translations. As Nikolaus Pevsner defined the “Englishness” of English art (and more specifically architecture) from its mixed quality, we will try to determine if a specifically English way of thinking of and practicing poetry emerges in the Tudor-Stuart era.

Part One: The Triumph of the Sonnet?
The first part (Strasbourg, May 19th-21st 2016) will bear on 16th- and 17th-century lyric poetry, and ask whether the period can be said to mark the triumph of the sonnet among other poetic modes of expression. Contributions well bear on English poetry and its Classical and early modern Continental sources as they were received in 16th- and 17th-century Europe.
Topics of interests include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • The evolution of the lyric, of its themes and forms from the 16th to the 17th century (including the relation of erotic to spiritual poetry)
  • The links between theoretical developments and practice
  • Poetic anthologies, miscellanies and sequences (construction, composition, literary and historical significance)
  • The material production, circulation, performance and/or reading of lyric poems, book history
  • The reception of the Classical and Continental vernacular poetic models of the English sonneteers in mainland Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • The respective degrees of canonicity that have been ascribed to lyric forms in the critical tradition
  • The respective degrees of canonicity that have been ascribed to the Italian, French and English sonnets of the 16th and 17thcenturies in the critical tradition
  • Questions related to the editing and publishing of early modern poetic collections in the 21st century

We welcome proposals for 25-minute papers (in English or in French) on the above-mentioned topics for the Strasbourg conference. Please send abstracts of about 250-300 words, together with a short (100-word) bio, to Anne-Valérie Dulac, Laetitia Sansonetti, Rémi Vuillemin and Enrica Zanin at the following address:, by September 25th 2015.
For a more detailed version of this Call For Papers, please go to:

Part Two: Poetry in Circulation
A later call for paper will be issued separately for the second conference (Paris Ouest and Paris 13, May 2017), which will encompass exchanges between England and its closest neighbours, Scotland and Ireland, but also other European or non-European countries, including American colonies and the Eastern world, from the early 1500s to the late 18th century. We already welcome expressions of interest for the themes that will be tackled, such as the transmission of poems as detachable objects (in the system of patronage, as ambassadorial gifts) and their role as transnational vectors of ideology through translation.

(posted 3 July 2015)

Experiment: An International Literary and Theatrical Conference
Sopot, Gdańsk, Gdynia, Poland  –  19-21 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2016

BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY 2016: An International Literary and Theatrical Festival/Conference
Festival 16-22 May 2016/Conference 19-21 May 2016
The theme of this year’s festival and the title of this year’s conference is EXPERIMENT

Experiment and issues connected with it have long been part of the literary landscape. “The majority of the following poems are to be considered as experiments,” wrote Wordsworth in 1798. “But my writing is simply a set of experiments in life,” wrote George Eliot in 1876. “I would think that while I am a traditional writer — I have no interest in experiment for experiment’s sake — I actually think that the real experiment is a constant experiment, and that’s the experiment of the voice, of the way of seeing,” said John McGahern in 1979. In the introduction to his influential anthology The New Poetry (1962), A. Alvarez uses the term freely of the poetry of “Eliot and the rest.” Francis Booth uses it, of course, in his recent study Among Those Left: The British Experimental Novel, 1940-1980 (2012).
The nature and existence of experiment in prose, verse, and drama are the stuff of literary history, analysis, and interpretation. Who or what is conservative, even an epigone; who or what is avant garde and pushing the envelope? But there are questions to be asked. Does the notion make sense? When does an adoption of tradition mark radical experimentation? How rapidly does experiment become automatized and downright dull? What of the experimental literature of past centuries?

We invite papers that consider experiment. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the term in a theoretical and literary/theatrical-historical context, in papers that deal with the work of particular experimental writers, groups of writers or theatre-makers, in papers that find experiment where few might expect it. When does innovative subject matter make for experiment? Or is it just (just!) technique?
While we wish to concentrate on English-language writing (verse, drama, fiction, and non-fiction), theatre, and film, we are open to proposals that look at experiment in the context of painting and other visual arts, and in relation to languages other than English.

Our conference on EXPERIMENT, which will take place from 19 to 21 May 2016, will be part of the BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot, Gdańsk, and Gdynia from 16 to 22 May 2016. This is the seventh annual festival/ conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY. For information on previous festivals/ conferences, see
Please send 250-word abstracts for papers by 1 March 2016 to
The conference/festival fee is 100 euros (accommodation not included).
For further information, please contact us at

Professor David Malcolm
Dr Monika Szuba
Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski

(posted 9 November 2015)

‘History is a wheel’: A Song of Ice and Fire as a Contemporary Mosaic of Themes, Motifs and Conventions of Predominantly Medieval Origin
Unieście, Poland; 19-22 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2016

1605-fantasyYou are cordially invited to the fourth Medieval Fantasy Symposium, organised by Koszalin University of Technology, which will be held in Unieście between 19 and 22 May 2016.
Medieval Fantasy Symposia aim at bringing together specialists in the areas of medieval and fantasy literature, in particular those who seek to find cultural connections between the numerous su-pernatural elements in the literary output of the Middle Ages (e.g. Beowulf, Norse and Celtic mythologies, Arthurian cycle) and modern tales in the fantasy genre which are set in different quasi-medieval worlds (as in The Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire). The scope of the symposia is not, however, strictly limited to the world of literature, as it also embraces the many fields of artistic expression including the fine and cinematic arts.
In his preface to The World of Ice and Fire Maester Yandel remarks that ‘every building is constructed stone by stone, and the same may be said of knowledge, extracted and compiled by many learned men, each of whom builds upon the works of those who preceded him’. Interestingly enough, the very same applies to contemporary fantasy writers such as George R.R. Martin who regularly draws upon the enormous heritage of medieval literature and culture in his acclaimed series of (so far) five Westeros-set novels. All these numerous themes, motifs and conventions are, however, rarely used in exactly the same way as in the works that inspired the writing of A Song of Ice and Fire. In fact, Martin tends to adapt them in a highly creative manner, so as to make them more suitable for the narrative demands of his quasi-medieval, though at the same time very modern tale of ruthless dynastic struggles.
The 2016 conference will focus exclusively upon the employment of such medieval elements in A Song of Ice and Fire and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. Its main themes include:

  1. morality and ethics.
  2. the supernatural and spirituality.
  3. knighthood and chivalry.
  4. politics and kingship.
  5. personal names, titles and forms of address.
  6. themes and tropes.

Individual papers on any topic within the abovementioned areas should take 20 minutes, followed by 10-minute discussion. Participants are invited to submit their proposals in the form of 200-word abstracts by 31 January 2016. Notices of acceptance will be sent in early February. Selected papers will be published in a conference proceedings volume.
In addition to three plenary lectures, a number of sessions, field trip and panel discussion are planned.
The conference will be held in a beautiful seaside resort in Unieście, situated right between the Baltic Sea and lake Jamno. All the rooms are equipped with audio and video facilities, including data projectors and laptop computers.
The conference fee — covering the cost of participation, accommodation, food and drink, conference materials, coffee breaks, evening reception, and future publication — will be about 115 EUR/450 PLN (90 EUR/350 PLN for PhD students).

Koszalin University of Technology
Department of Humanities
ul. Eugeniusza Kwiatkowskiego 6E
75-343 Koszalin, Poland

For more information on MFS please visit our website where you will find information on our past and present events.
We are also on Facebook – give us a like and share with your friends.
Conference Coordinators:
dr Izabela Dixon
dr Łukasz Neubauer

(posted 27 December 2015)

Censorship: Creative contemporary constraints and dynamics in the representation of the British and American nations
CRINI, Université de Nantes, France, 20 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2016

1605-criniThe series of international workshops overlapping photography, gender and culture studies, visual studies, art and history organized by the CRINI since 2013 have explored in part the possibilities of photography to define or re-examine the notions of artistic and national identity, particularly British and American.
The 2016 edition will take on the notion of censorship. With photography as its starting point, this edition aims to extend the debate to include the contemporary image on the whole. It is interested in the intermedial forays of other artistic forms in the practice of photographers (art installations, video and/or audio productions, performance, urban art practices, text/image interactions). How does the very artistic form/medium become in itself a means of expression and commitment when confronted with censorship, a means to create unity against censorship, a tool for identity expression of a group or of a minority, to circumvent constraints, or thrive upon these limits and generate creative impetus from them?
Censorship questions the notion of democracy and power. It implies that authority or authorities establish norms to be respected, which in turn could hinder the artist’s freedom of expression thus questioning the limits of artistic discourse. How far can an artist push the limits and make them visible? How does artistic creation occur in the artist’s workshop? We will question how censorship reinforces norms while the artist defies them through means of deviation resulting from opposition or non-conformism.
The new channels of circulation of images and new technologies have an impact on the notion of censorship allowing authorities to see everything or, on the contrary, held in check by a less controllable means of dissemination: buzz, going viral on Internet, amateur images and the (re)appropriation of images lead to a type of citizen journalism by the disseminated image that constitutes a new source of information beyond the bounds of the traditional media.
If Internet resists censorship, other spaces are empowered by different means. The street may be transformed into political space where images are displayed, recycled, repeated or modulated. Central to private and public spaces of artistic expression (museums, outdoors, galleries, press, books, Internet), artists flirt with the limits of what is considered acceptable to show in art and where it is acceptable to be shown. Today, political and cultural censorship appears to be increasingly heavy-handed, subject to various obligations (legal, financial, religious, social, institutional, military or technical) or a consensus; nevertheless, certain spaces are committed to freeing themselves from such pressure.
Consequently, what contract is established between the artist and the spectator? What are the repercussions of censorship on the public eye, on the multiple interpretations and readings that a work is subject to (whether it be popular or high art), on the desire to see or not to see? Whereas restrictions are multiplying in the United States, the notion of censorship has evolved over time: what was not considered viewable may be now. There often seems to remain an irreconcilable gap between the artist’s intention and the editorial policy of a newspaper, a museum’s political trend, etc. Censorship may arouse artists’ strategies to circumvent, disobey or, conversely, a process of self-censorship implying the moral consciousness of the artist. Some artists choose to work under the burden of censorship, direct or indirect, which may take the form of a commissioned work of art, in which expectations of the end product may conflict with the artist’s intents, affecting the construction of meaning by the image.
The suggested theme may be approached from the angle of monographs or censorship in specific photographic genres: documentary, war photography, photojournalism, the esthetics of paparazzi photography, fashion photography, advertising images, portraiture, album covers, etc. Attention should focus on how censorship has an impact on the representation of national identities in images. If pertinent, emphasis could be placed on demonstrating the common characteristics between American and British images and proposals could take up the themes previously examined over the last three years: censorship and photographs of women or works by women photographers; censorship and landscape photography; censorship and the power of the image or representations of power.
Non-exhaustive list of possibilities:

  • Artistic form as a means to counter censorship
  • Divergence from norms: censorship, democracy, power
  • Censorship and the circulation of images: means of diffusion and control
  • Spaces of censorship: where and how images are given to be viewed?
  • Reception of censorship: artist/spectator junction or breach
  • Sources of power and genres affected by censorship
  • Self-censorship

Proposals of approximately 300 words may be submitted to et, along with a short biographical note before January 15, 2016.
Scientific committee response: February 2016

Members of the Scientific committee:
Jean Kempf, President, Professor of American Studies, Université de Lyon 2 – Triangle
Emmanuelle Chérel, Instructor and researcher in Art History, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nantes Métropole.
Dennis DeHart, Associate Professor, Photography Coordinator, Washington State University
Melanie Friend, Reader in Photography, Senior Lecturer in Media and Film, University of Sussex
Julie Jones, PhD in Contemporary Art History, Centre Pompidou, Cabinet de la Photographie
Valérie Morisson, Senior Lecturer, Centre Interlangues : texte, image, langage

(posted 11 November 2015)

Minding the Senses, Sensing the Mind: 14th International Conference
Saint Louis University,  Madrid Campus, Spain, 20-21 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 6 March 2016

“I would I knew his mind.” – (Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1.2.33)
“My own mind is my own church.” – Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (I.i)
“Where is my mind” – The Pixies

Keynote: Prof. Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University, Missouri)
Invited Speakers: Dr Anne Stiles (Saint Louis University, Missouri) and Dr Darragh Greene (University College Dublin)

The Department of English at Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus will host its Fourteenth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 20th and Saturday, 21st May. The keynote speaker is Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University, Missouri).
Intangible, hard to imagine, the mind cannot be contemplated without itself. You can set it to something, be put into it, go out of it, lose it, and keep something in it. Originally related to memory, the mind is often associated with will; it might somehow connect to (or even house) the soul, or be housed in the brain. Medievals were reminded to keep God and the judgement in mind in all actions. Early moderns worried about how the passions of the mind overpowered reason; their wit was their mind, but their five wits were their senses. If the age of reason relied on mind for revelations, it also debated whether the mind is a cogito or tabula rasa. For phenomenologists, mind is profoundly shaped by physical experience, for Freudians by instinct, for structuralists by language. We might now ask with The Pixies, “where is my mind”.
The mind is the locus of human sensation. It is in all we do, particularly as academics, students, teachers. But mind is, nonetheless, difficult to make sense of, easier sensed than understood, and intricately linked to the senses themselves. Though we experience the physical world through various parts of the body, the mind controls our analysis and synthesis of those sensations. Is the mind the sixth sense or simply what creates from the five senses a world we can understand? In imagination, we experience the unknown and known through art and literature, dream, language, memory. The mantra ‘mind over matter’ privileges mind over tangibles, suggesting the mind’s power to shape the world itself. Exploiting the interplay between the “matter” of artistic media and the varied minds of readers, viewers and patrons, writers and artists open up meaning / generate ambiguity. Questions of the mind, how it works, and how powerful it is are relevant to our conceptions of past, present and future.
This conference seeks to make sense of the mind and to put us in mind of the senses. The organisers welcome papers on topics that might include, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Making Sense, Sense and Sensitivity, Insight, and other metaphors of mind
  • Inner worlds, Mental spaces, Creative processes
  • The mind’s relation to the Five Senses: touch, taste, smell, sound, sight, [and the sixth sense]
  • Disability (i.e. deafness, blindness, mental disability), Neurology, Mental Processes
  • The mind and perception of time (past, present, future)
  • Body/Mind duality, Medical humanities
  • Mindfulness (or Mindlessness; Being in / out of mind / out of your mind
  • Sense and Nonsense; Reason, Madness, Dreams
  • Theoretical approaches to understanding mind
  • Mental ‘actions’: detachment, defamiliarisation, abstraction, theory/theorizing, contemplation
  • Mind in constructions of identity and otherness (gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity)

Papers should be no longer than 20mins in length. If you would like to present a paper, please email a 300 word abstract and short biog before Sunday 6th of March to Dr Andrew J. Power at

A small registration fee (€35 for students, €50 for lecturers and professors) will go towards the costs of hosting the conference. To register please go to and follow the instructions on screen.

(posted 15 February 2016)

Waiting as Cultural Practice
Universität Paderborn, Germany, 20-22 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 20 July 2015

Little soul […] climb
the shelf-–-like branches of the spruce tree;
wait at the top, attentive,
like a sentry or look-out,

Louise Glück, “Penelope’s Song”

penelope wartet worauf wartet
wartet Penelope? wartet kalyp
so wartet kirke warten skylla
Charybdis sirenen warten alle
Barbara Köhler, “Gewebeprobe: Penelope”

Waiting shapes the narratives of individuals and societies alike. Yet, waiting is more than just one realization of the present. Far from being a mere form of intermittent white noise, waiting could be conceptualized as the unravelling of and the reflection on a plurality of possible futures. Waiting simultaneously foregrounds the often paradoxical agency/passivity of the waiting subject as explored,  for example, in the narrative of Penelope in Homer’s Odyssey
As Harold Schweizer observes: “Waiting is as resistant to description and analysis as time or boredom. Although central to the idea of narrative from Homer to Hollywood, waiting is a temporal region hardly mapped and badly documented.” (On Waiting. Routledge: Abingdon, 2008) This interdisciplinary conference explores and conceptualizes how “waiting” shapes the narratives of individuals and societies alike and in what shapes and forms these narratives manifest themselves.
Firstly this conference focuses only on the influence of “waiting” on individual and social narratives, but also in how these are being narrated. The representation of waiting has produced someof the most remarkable narratives, often connected to themes such as return, redemption or revenge. How is waiting represented in different cultural artefacts? How can the simultaneity of possible futures be packaged as superficially linear forms of mediation? What is the cognitive impact of real or fictional waiting? Do “waiting narratives” show a propensity for the allegorical?
Secondly, how is waiting a relevant part of cultural rituals in contexts of intimacy and public spheres (e.g. courting, mourning)? How is waiting related to the experience of mobility and immobility, e.g. in the case of refugees, who are detained in camps for months? How does the continuous endurance of “chronic waiting” (Jeffrey, Craig. Timepass: Youth, Class, and the Politics of Waiting in India. Stanford: Stanford University Press: 2010) e.g. in the case of unemployed youth in southern Europe,  affect and shape whole societies?
Thirdly, this conference aims to discuss the spatiality of waiting. How do spaces such as waiting rooms or bus stops shape the waiting subject’s thought processes? How are these spaces representative of the power conditions that construct them? Is the resulting creation of “abstract futures” and the “forthcoming” (Bourdieu) intentional and in what instances of “timepass” do they result?
Possible topics could include but are not restricted to:

  • the formative/subversive impact of waiting on narratives of individuals and societies
  • the spatio-temporality of waiting (prisons, camps, bureaucratic processing, architecture)
  • political and religious aspects of anticipation and participation (utopias/dystopias)
  • aesthetics, poetics, and narratology of waiting
  • waiting as social practice; waiting in/as solitude
  • gendered waiting; women in waiting; waiting and rituals
  • psychological aspects (postponements, anger and patience, vulnerability/insecurity, opportunity to collect oneself, risk of losing oneself)
  • sociobiological manifestations (“expecting:” pregnancy; waiting to die or for medical test results)
  • obliteration/proliferation of waiting through new media (instant messaging, etc.)
  • patience/impatience: waiting as an active and/or passive state of mind
  • the generative potentials of waiting

We invite speakers from various fields: literary and cultural studies; sociology; philosophy; theology; psychoanalysis (or psychology in general); art history (including history of architecture); film studies; political theory, etc.
Travel stipends may be available.
A publication is planned.
Please send a 300-500 word abstract by July 20, 2015 to:
– Olaf Berwald
– and Christoph Singer

Dr Christoph Singer, Universität Paderborn / Faculty of Humanities, Department of English & American Studies
Olaf Berwald, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Professor of German Studies / Kennesaw State University

(posted 1 May 2015)

Metaphor 2016
Genoa, Italy, 20-22 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 10 February 2016

The so-called “Cognitive Revolution” brought with it, among other features, Cognitive or Conceptual Metaphor (CM) (Reddy, Lakoff and Johnson), refining and expanding theories of comparison and property attribution. In the period 1970-1990 circa, CM gradually came to dominate the metaphor scene, consolidating its position in the twenty years that followed, also bolstered by relevance theory and Gricean pragmatics. Naturally, there were “offshoots” and complementary strands – developments such as blending theory − which enriched the scene. Unsurprisingly, inadequacies were also identified and “alternatives” or “integrations”, such as perceptual simulation (Gibbs, Barsalou), framing (Schoen, Reddy) offered. Indeed, framing may be combined with conceptual blending (Fauconnier and Turner), the importance of pragmatics and context (Douthwaite, Kovecses), and of narratological theory (Biebuyck and Martens).
There have also been more radical criticisms of this broad line of investigation, tending to come within more traditional domains of literary criticism and rhetoric theory (part one of Fludernik). In this domain non-cognitive approaches have not failed to make their mark (e.g. a revitalisation of analogy, Coenen).
Just as the theoretical domains are extremely wide-ranging, so are the domains of application, with every area of language having been treated − literary, conversation, politics, classroom, art, medicine, law, economics to name but a few.

Papers are therefore invited from all disciplines, including literature, linguistics, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, communication studies, medicine and the hard sciences, on any aspect of metaphor theory and its applications. Papers are also welcome which trace the development of metaphor theory and how developments in metaphor theory are related to more general developments in the field of science.
The main language for the conference is English, as will be the ensuing publication, but scholars employing French, German and Spanish will also be accepted provided a minimum number of papers is received.
When submitting an abstract for either French, German or Spanish, authors should indicate whether they are willing to present their paper in English if insufficient proposals are submitted in their own language.

Please send abstracts of up to 400 words as Word attachments by February 10th, 2016.
Please include your full name, gender, academic title, affiliation, postal address, email address, mobile number, the title of your presentation and five keywords.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent within two weeks of receipt of a proposal.
Abstracts should be sent to the following organisers:
John Douthwaite (
Ilaria Rizzato (
Elisabetta Zurru (
Micaela Rossi (
John Douthwaite (
Ilaria Rizzato (
Serena Spazzarini (
John Douthwaite (
Ilaria Rizzato (
Ana Lourdes de Heriz (
John Douthwaite (
Ilaria Rizzato (

Please note that all the rooms in the Department of Educational Sciences are equipped with computer, DVD player and overhead projector so you can project all supported documents, spreadsheets, presentations and films. Should you require any special equipment beyond these standard applications, please specify in the abstract.
Detailed information on the conference, travel, accommodation etc. may be found at the conference website at:

(posted 9 November 2015)

A Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean Insecurities and Creativity
University of Birmingham, UK, 23 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 25 April 2016

In association with the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS), and the Leverhulme-funded network ‘Caribbean In/securities and Creativity’ (CIC), The Postgraduate Caribbean Network presents a Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean Insecurities and Creativity.
We welcome abstracts from postgraduates at various stages of their research, whose research concerns any aspect of Caribbean in/securities and creativity, for this one-day interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Birmingham. The event will focus on Caribbean in/security in relation to creativity, building on the negotiation of in/security as lived and experienced in everyday creative practice in the Caribbean.
We intend this to be an opportunity for delegates to share and receive feedback on their work in a friendly and informal setting. We will frame and arrange panels once we receive abstracts.
The following topics, by no means exhaustive, will be taken into consideration:

  • Socioeconomic forms of insecurity and the (re)negotiation of livelihoods;
  • Environmental policies, ecocriticism and creativity;
  • Food and health hazards: safety and (in)security;
  • Vulnerable spaces and bodies, and creative (re)embodiments;
  • Precarious identities, alienation and forms of commodification/rebirth;
  • Citizenship, migration and exile;
  • Geopolitical insecurities, national, regional and transnational mobilities;
  • (Im)balancing violence and precariousness through embodied and literary creativities;
  • Relocating aesthetics of in/security.

Creativity can be understood broadly, including literature, film, theatre, dance, music etc., but also the creative ways in which people live their lives (e.g. balance budgets, interpret policy, perform politics). Relevant papers not specifically addressing these themes are also welcome.
In addition to paper panels, the conference intends to offer:

  • A keynote address (TBA)
  • A welcome address from the Society for Caribbean Studies’ chair Pat Noxolo
  • Refreshments, a lunch and a drinks reception to round off the day

This event is free to attend. It has been thought out in the spirit of last year’s inaugural postgraduate conference. As Caribbean postgraduates are often dispersed across departments and universities, this event hopes to offer delegates an opportunity to meet with others who share their interests and discuss their work, fostering ties that will endure throughout their studies. Many postgraduates also felt that the postgraduate conference held last year had provided them with a unique experience that prepared them to present papers to the annual conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) that took place later in the year: this year’s SCS conference is at Newcastle University, 6-8 July.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words (in English) to or for papers of a 10-15-minute duration, by 25 April 2016 with the subject heading “Caribbean Insecurities Conference”. Please include your university affiliation, your preferred email address and a short bio of up to 150 words.
10 travel bursaries of up to £100 each are available to support attendance.  Applicants must be PhD candidates, and preference will be given to those travelling from abroad.  If you would like to apply for a bursary, please attach, with your abstract, a short statement (no more than 300 words) on the relevance of the postgraduate conference theme to your research, the reasons why you need a bursary to attend, as well as your estimated expenses.

(posted 24 March 2016)

Gender, Identities and Education
Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni Mellal, Morocco, 23-25 May 2015
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2016

As a partner in the Erasmus+ project “Gender Studies Curriculum: A Step for Democracy and Peace in EU-Neighbouring Countries with Different Traditions” (GeSt), No. 561785-EPP-1-2015-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP the Sultan Moulay Slimane University organizes an international conference on Gender, Identities and Education
Co-organizers of the conference are partners of GeSt project: Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), Central EuropeanUniversity (Hungary), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University (Morocco), the University of Manouba (Tunisia), the University of Sousse (Tunisia), Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University (Ukraine), NizhynMukola Gogol State University, (Ukraine), Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ukraine), Isis Center for Women and Development (Morocco).

The objective of “Gender, Identities and Education” conference is to bring researchers and scholars from various fields to share current research interest and experience in the area of Gender Studies. By so doing,the conference ultimately aims at offering a sound platform for the effective launch of this highly important Erasmus + project.

Scholars interested in Gender Studies and Education, Cultural Studies, and media are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations (max 300 words) that address any aspect of the conference topics including but not limited to:

  • The issue of gender in language, culture and society.
  • Gender in cultural studies,
  • Gender in discourse analysis,
  • Intersection of different subjectivities (gender, class, race, age, ability etc.) in educational and gender socialization processes,
  • The reproduction of gender inequalities in educational institutions (in compulsory education, in higher education, in pedagogical practices, in teaching materials)
  • Femininities and masculinities in the classroom, non-formal and informal education, media, language, popular culture
  • The concept of the body in education and gender socialization
  • Women in education (language, body, culture, media, representations, etc)
  • Identity and power in the teaching process

Publication: The selected papers presented will be published in the conference volume, subject to a process of editing and review by leading researchers.
Conference Venue: The conference will take place in the city of BeniMellal, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sultan MoulaySlimane University, Morocco

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts/proposals: March 15st, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent on March 30th, 2016
  • Conference date:  May 23-25th, 2016Submission: Abstracts and papers should be sent to the following address by the due date specified above

Organizing Committee:

  • Hayat Naciri, FLSH, Sultan Moulay Slimane University, BeniMellal, Morocco (conference coordinator)
  • Cherki Karkaba, FLSH, Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni Mellal, Morocco
  • Farida Mokhtari, FLSH, Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni Mellal, Morocco
  • MeriemOuahidi, FLSH, Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni Mellal, Morocco
  • SaidaHdii, FLSH, Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni Mellal, Morocco
  • Souad Slaoui, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco
  • Natalija Mažeikienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • DorottyaRedai, Central EuropeanUniversity,Hungary
  • Hadley Renkin, Central EuropeanUniversity, Hungary
  • Vassiliki Deliyanni-Kouimtzi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Olga Avramenko. Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University, Ukraine
  • Dalenda Bouzgarrou-Larguèche, the Director-General of CREDIF (The Center for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women) ; the University of Manouba, Tunisia
  • Boutheina Ben Hassine, The University of Sousse, Tunisia
  • Tetiana Lisova,  Nizhyn Mukola Gogol State University, Ukraine
  • Halyna Dychkovska, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ukraine
  • Fatima Sadiqi,  Isis Center for Women and Development, Fes, Morocco

(posted 7 March 2016)

Reinvestigating Culture in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia, 26-28 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2016

Important dates:
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 February 2016
Notifications of acceptance: 1 March 2016
Deadline for submitting full papers: 1 October 2016

Confronted with an urgent need for historical, political and societal acculturation of our times, this conference aims at re-questioning and inquiring the notion of culture itself. After the Second World War, the notion of culture emerged as a space to be contested, re-evaluated and diverged from universalistic and general claims to fixed identity, nationalistic and ethnocentric politics and deterministic uses and abuses in the socio-political, epistemological and artistic realms. Our aim is to probe the subversive tendencies within and without the mainstream cultures, and to engage in the re-evaluation of cultural practices, cultural politics and cultural discourses that are reshaping our understanding of:

  • history and past;
  • identities, territories and borders;
  • the practices of inclusion and/or exclusion;
  • the constructions of space and place (cultural topography).

We wish to address the ways in which cultural aesthetics challenge inequalities organized around race, class, gender, and sexuality and to re-thinking the relations between politics and culture, hegemony and resistance, historical imagination and notions of utopian, anti-utopian, dystopian phantasms of community.
As such, we invite contributors to critically re-examine culture not only as a fixed “concept” but as transformative “process”, and to illuminate the micro-narratives that legitimate alternative, less visible, almost absent cultural practices, instead of grand narrative schemes we are all embedded in, especially in terms of constructions of the “epoch”, “generation”, and all forms of “belonging” and “becoming”.
As well as traditional academic style presentations, we also welcome creative submissions across all genres and forms, from independent scholars and artists.
For more information visit the Conference website.

(posted 6 January 2016)

Cognitive Linguistics before and after the empirical turn: AFLiCo JET 2016
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France, 27 May 2016
Deadline for proposals: 25 March 2016

In the spring of every even year, the French Cognitive Linguistics Association holds a workshop known as JET (short for “journée d’étude” in French). After Bordeaux in 2010 and Paris in 2012 and 2014, this year’s workshop will take place at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in Nanterre. This is where the Third International Conference of the French Cognitive Linguistics Association took place in 2009.
The official languages of AFLiCo JET 2016 are French and English. However, to facilitate communication between participants, English is strongly encouraged. If you wish to present in French, we ask you to write your slides in English.
Venue: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, building W, amphitheater Max Weber.
workshop homepage :

The French Cognitive Linguistics Association (AFLiCo) invites you to submit paper proposals for its next workshop (AFLiCo JET 2016). AFLiCo workshops provide a forum for high-quality scientific research in cognitive linguistics and, more generally, usage-based approaches to language.
The topic of this year’s conference is “Cognitive Linguistics before and after the empirical turn”.
With its original rejection of hypothetical modules of language structure and its focus on language use in all its complexity, first-generation cognitive linguistics is theory-driven. Dissatisfied with the practice of using themselves as sole informants, cognitive linguists have now realized the empirical implications of their own theoretical framework and have found empirical methods to be far more useful than introspection to test their hypotheses. If language is approached holistically and the structure of meaning is hooked on human experience, one challenge that cognitive linguistics has to address is whether the data-oriented methodology of the approach is in keeping with its theoretical tenets.
Here is an open-ended list of topics that the workshop is about:

  • what kinds of empirical methods can be used? Do they call for a renewal of the theoretical framework?
  • what is left of introspection in cognitive linguistics?
  • what is left of the cognitive commitment? Has it been reinforced or challenged?
  • what is the state of the art regarding empirical methods in cognitive linguistics?
  • what latest advances in empirical methods are compatible with cognitive linguistics (e.g. brain imagery, AI, word vectors, etc.)?
  • how can we combine qualitative hypotheses and quantitative methods?
  • do linguistic curricula offer enough in terms of empirical methodology?
  • what other disciplines can linguistics benefit from to implement empirical methods and interpret the results?

Cognitive linguistics is at the crossroads of compatible theoretical and methodological paradigms (construction grammar, cognitive grammar, corpus linguistics, gesture studies, language acquisition, language impairments, discourse analysis, sign languages, etc.). All these theories and methods are most welcome, including those frameworks which consider themselves distinct from cognitive linguistics but are close enough to share a good number of tenets (e.g. enunciative linguistics, functional linguistics).

Anonymous abstracts for 20-minute presentations (+ 8 minutes for questions) should include a title and a short bibliography. They should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references, tables, and figures). They can be in English or in French.
Abstracts should clearly state the following:

  • research question(s)
  • approach(es)
  • subfield (e.g. semantics, pragmatics, gesture studies, corpus linguistics, etc.) method(s)
  • data
  • expected or confirmed results.

Include three to five keywords specifying the (sub)field, the topic, and the approach.
The deadline for all abstracts is March 25th, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent 15 days later.
Submit your abstract via the workshop website ( First you will need to create an account on, if you do not already have one, then click on “Submissions” then “Submit an abstract”. If you need help, let us know via the contact form. Each abstract will be double-blind peer reviewed.

Prof. Ewa Dąbrowska (University of Northumbria, Newcastle)

UMR 7114 MoDyCo (Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Association Française de Linguistique Cognitive

(posted 7 March 2016)