Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in September 2018

Vladimir Nabokov and Translation: Transatlantic Symposium
Lille, France, Spring 2018, and Chapel Hill, USA, Fall 2018 (the precise dates will be announced later)
Deadlines for proposals: 1 September 2017 (Lille), 1 May 2018 (Chapel Hill)

The precise date of this conference will be announced later.

Please send your abstracts (maximum 500 words, in English or French) to the following email addresses: and
If you wish your abstract to be considered for the first installment of the Symposium in Lille, France, please send your abstract by September 1, 2017, and by May 1, 2018, for Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

This project is organized with the French Society Vladimir Nabokov – Les Chercheurs Enchantés, The Université of Lille, SHS (France) (Unit Research CECILLE) and the Center for Slavic Eurasian and East European Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA).

See the full call for papers at

(posted 16 May 2017)

In the eye of the beholder: visual contexts of communication in medieval and early modern texts
Poznań, Poland, 13-15 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 23 March 2018

This session is part of the 48th Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM), which will take place from 13-15 September in Poznań Poland. Conveners: Justyna Rogos-Hebda, Paulina Zagórska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

Following the conference leitmotif “Language and evolution: Issues and perspectives”, we want to explore visual aspects of multimodality of historical texts, especially the ways in which modern technology may offer new perspectives on studying historical texts. We are also interested in how problems and methodologies of historical and modern research on visual rhetoric, textual pragmatics and multimodality can influence one another and how these can inform us about visually embedded language phenomena and their role and functions.

Possible foci include:

  • Materiality of the text
  • Visual pragmatics of pre-modern texts
  • Text-image studies
  • Paratextual elements in ‘visual texts’
  • Pragmatics of the page
  • Manuscript studies and digitalised manuscripts
  • Modern editions of historical texts

Submission of abstracts will take place according to the guidelines on the PLM website
The deadline for submission to this session will be March 23rd, 2018.

Sample bibliography:

  • Caie, Graham D. and Denis Renevey (eds.). 2008. Medieval Texts in Context. London: Routledge.
  • Carroll, Ruth, Matti Peikola, Hanna Salmi, Mari-Lisa Varila, Janne Skaffari, and Risto Hiltunen. 2013. “Pragmatics on the Page. Visual Text in Late Medieval English Books”. European Journal of English Studies 17(1): 54-71.
  • Machan, Tim William. 2011. “The Visual Pragmatics of Code-Switching in Late Middle English Literature”. In: Herbert Schendl and Laura Wright (eds.), Code-Switching in Early English. Berlin and Boston: Mouton de Gruyter, 303-333.
  • Sebba, Mark. 2013. “Multilingualism in Written Discourse. An Approach to the Analysis of Multilingual Texts”. International Journal of Bilingualism17(1): 97-118.
  • Westera, Wim. 2015. The Digital Turn: How the Internet Transforms our Existence. Bloomington: AuthorHouse.
  • Wakelin, Daniel. 2014. Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(posted 28 February 2018)

1918-2018: (Un)doing Nationalism and Resistance
Alpen-Adria Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria, 20-22 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2018

The Open Access journal Colloquium – New Philologies, the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and the Alps-Adriatic-Rectors’ Conference are happy to announce the 3rd AARC PhD Students’ Conference entitled: Language.Literature.Politics. 1918-2018. (Un)doing Nationalism and Resistance, to take place from Thursday, 20th to Saturday, 22nd September 2018 in Klagenfurt (Austria), at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

Although it may seem to many as a case of déjà vu, we actually bear witness to a cyclical turn of events in history. The world shortly after World War I seems very similar in many ways to the current state of affairs in the sense that another major push against multinationalism, multiculturalism, and globalism is clearly evident. Mirroring 1918 and the nationalist movements of the time, 2018 seems to bring a strong (or at least a loud) return to nationalism. After a long general movement into globalization, unification, and multiculturalism that has marked the period succeeding World War II, nationalism, particularly in the Western World, seems more pronounced today than any time in the last 70 years. It is particularly rampant in the political discourse of today. On the other hand, supranational entities such as the EU, seem to be deriving new motivation precisely from the revival of these nationalistic tendencies. A thorough look is hence needed into the languages not only of nationalisms, but also of critique and resistance to them, especially into their narrative, rhetoric, and argumentative strategies, as well as their use of metaphors, images, and other devices of communication.

As environments are linguistically classified in different ways, both culturally and cognitively, understanding the various experiences that influence these classifications is crucial for us to be able to account for the different modes of the human condition expressed by language that socially constructs us. The conference thus invites contributions in all of the disciplines of linguistic, literary, and cultural analysis, and artistic installations focusing on studies of language as a vessel of negotiating nationalism in the various instantiations it can take, especially in:

  • literature;
  • linguistics;
  • media;
  • politics;
  • the arts (including popular culture and visual culture);
  • sports;
  • and the academic world.

We particularly welcome papers or posters reflecting on topics such as:

  • language and identity;
  • cultural identity;
  • public political discourse;
  • conceptual metaphors and nationalism;
  • nationalism and citizenship;
  • gender, sexuality and nation; and
  • nationalism and social media.

We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring scientific exchange in a very peculiar region. The Alps-Adriatic region is gifted and haunted alike by its very special historical and sociocultural situation as the point of intersection between three language communities, various systems of beliefs and thoughts as well as economic and political experiences. It is a region characterised by experiences of generations of the local population that were able navigate between these various linguistic, cultural, and political systems as part of their everyday lives, within and beyond existing national boundaries.

Contributions may take the form of traditional paper presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time) or of standard poster presentations. Additionally, we are also featuring theory reading and discussion workshops (discussion groups organized around a previously set reader, particularly open to early career researchers). Extended abstracts of approximately 800 words (including a theoretical outline, the methodology employed, and the tentative results) are to be submitted as MS Word (.doc or .docx) file to by 15th April 2018, while the notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 1st June 2018.

No conference fees apply.

There will be a limited number of travel and accommodation grants available. Further information will appear on the conference website.
Selected contributions will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Open Access Journal Colloquium – New Philologies (
The official language of the conference is English.
Plenary speakers to be announced.

Further details will appear on the conference website:

Conference committee:

  • Cristina Beretta (Department of Slavonic Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Nikola Dobrić (Department of English, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Angela Fabris (Department of Romance Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Thomas Hainscho (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt , Austria)
  • Doris Moser (Department of German Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • René Schallegger (Department of English, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Mark Schreiber (Department of English, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Jürgen Struger (Department of German Studies Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Peter Svetina (Department of Slavonic Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Giorgio Ziffer (Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Udine, Italy)

(posted 26 March 2018)

Scotland in Europe, Conference IV
University of Warsaw, Poland, 26-28 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 20 April 2018

We would like to invite everybody interested and involved in Scotland, in the country’s culture, history and politics, and in how it has been perceived and represented in Europe, to participate in the fourth conference on this subject, which will be held on 26th-28th September 2018, continuing the meetings that took place in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, in 2012 and 2014, and in Warsaw in 2016. This year the conference will again be held in Warsaw, on the current premises of the Institute of English Studies.

We would like to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the topic and to facilitate cooperation and a discussion between different European academic centres in connection with the following subjects:

Scotland past and present

  • The position of Scotland in Europe
  • Scotland’s historical links with Europe
  • Scotland after the 2014 Independence Referendum
  • Scotland in the face of Brexit
  • Ethnic and regional identity
  • Popular culture, media and the arts

Scottish literary and cultural exchange with Europe:

  • The influence and reception of Scottish literature and culture
  • Publishing policies and the translation of Scottish literature
  • The role of translation in Scottish literature
  • Representations of Scotland in European literature, culture and the media
  • European influences on Scottish literature and culture

Scotland’s languages:

  • The understanding of Scotland’s multilingualism
  • Languages and regionalism
  • Language as a political issue
  • Language varieties and their reflection in translation
  • Language barriers in the translation of Scottish literature

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Glenda Norquay (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Dr Tom Hubbard, novelist, poet, translator
  • Prof. Magdalena Charzyńska-Wójcik (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)

Organisers and contact:

  • Prof. dr hab. Aniela Korzeniowska
  • Dr hab. Izabela Szymańska

Conference email:
Conference website:

Venue: University of Warsaw, Institute of English Studies, Hoża 69, 00-681 Warszawa Poland

Papers: Participants will have 30 minutes at their disposal (20 minutes for the paper and 10 minutes for discussion).
Abstracts: Please write your abstracts (250 words max.) in the registration form provided on the conference website and send them to
Deadline for abstract submission: 20th April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 5th May 2018

Fees and other details:

(posted 9 March 2018)

1st International Conference on Sustainability in Education
Prem Castle, Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia, 21-22 September 2018
New extended deadline for proposals: 31 July 2018

Jelšane Primary School cordially invites professionals in the field of education and the interested public to our 1st International Conference on Sustainability in Education, which will be held in Prem Castle, Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia, from September 21 to September 22, 2018.

Upon registration to the conference you will be assisted by the Tourist and Information Centre (TIC Ilirska Bistrica) with finding a suitable and authentic accommodation in Ilirska Bistrica, which is one of the most picturesque corners of Slovenia, where you will be able to experience its unique cuisine and relax in the greenery of its fields and forests. The Centre will arrange the accommodation for you at one of the local inns, tourist farms or room providers.

Refreshments will be provided at the conference site. There will also be an excursion across the municipality, a conference banquet in the castle, and a chance to buy genuine, home- and handmade Slovenian products.

Topics to be covered (but not limited to) at the conference are:

  • Durability of knowledge and skills
  • Sustainable education – education which lasts
  • Challenges of approaching (demanding) students
  • Pedagogy, psychology and didactics in/for the 21st century
  • Educators share: examples of good practice
  • Management in education that fosters sustainability

Call for papers:
You are kindly invited to send abstracts of your papers of 200 words to the conference coordinator, Dr Tadej Braček, at When sending your abstract state your title, name, surname, affiliation (organisation) and your country.
The working languages of the conference are English and Slovene (with an English summary).
The due date for sending speaker abstracts is: July 31, 2018 (new extended deadline). You will be notified of your paper’s acceptance by June 30, 2018.

Conference fee (includes organisation, conference pack, Friday lunch, Friday dinner banquet and excursion): 80 euros.
You can register for the conference by sending an e-mail to the the same e-mail address, i.e. Upon registration state your name, surname and address. You will be sent a bill to your e-mail address.

(posted 14 May 2018, updated 13 June 2018)

Family Portraits: Representing the Contemporary North-American Family
Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France, 27-28 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 23 April 2018

The sixties and the seventies marked a turning-point in the evolution of family. Major sociocultural changes undermined certain patterns of gender roles around which traditional families, and the American society at large, were organized. When the Food and Drug Administration approved the first oral contraceptive back in 1960 and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legal abortion in 1973 (Roe v. Wade), women were given the right to break free from the normative gendered imperatives of the traditional family. Because the cult of domesticity gradually declined, and the crisis imposed the necessity to move from single-income to dual-income families, an unprecedented number of women – wives and mothers included – joined the workforce in the seventies. This shift in social values combined with new legal developments in family law (California for instance adopted the no-fault divorce in 1970) caused a major upheaval in North-American family structures. New behaviors within the family (how couples relate to marriage; the rise of divorces and remarriages; the decrease in the birthrate; the delaying of marriage and parenthood) have delineated new family forms. Today, married couples with children are no longer the norm; they coexist with other family structures such as single-parent, blended, and homoparental families, unmarried parents or childless couples. To adapt to these new realities, a lexical evolution necessarily ensued. Concepts like “living apart together” or “three-parent families” started to spread in order to define new family forms and reflect the changes that have occurred over the past forty years.

Contemporary family was also labeled as “deinstitutionalized” (Andrew Cherlin) or “declining” (David Popenoe). Its plural modalities are evidence of its constantly changing nature. Though broken and splitting apart, is family at threat? Is it doomed to fail because of the erosion of traditional forms? Many observers sound alarmist as to the future of family. According to sociologist John F. Conway, the Canadian family is “in crisis”; as for the media, some predict “The Slow Death of ‘Traditional’ Families in America” (The Atlantic) or go as far as comparing it to “An Endangered and Disappearing Species” (CNSNews). However, in 2010, 98.2% of American respondents told the researchers of the World Value Survey that family was “important” or “very important” in their lives. On social networks, family hashtags have been flourishing (more than 250 million #family). One of the goals of this conference will be to examine and question this gap between a deep attachment to the family unit – whether real or fantasized – and the proclaimed death of family.

The family ideal thus seems to have survived the major sociodemographic transformations and continues to thrive in the North-American imaginary, as contemporary fiction shows through the extraordinary amount of fictional autobiographies and family narratives. Indeed, family has often inspired North-American writers for, in many respects, it has concentrated all the anxieties of a fairly recent literature which has continuously questioned notions of origins and filiation. As a locus of suffering, misfortune, and neurosis, family is more than ever an obsession for contemporary writers. The Lamberts (Jonathan Franzen), the Lisbons (Jeffrey Eugenides), the Raitliffes (Rick Moody) or the Schells (Jonathan Safran Foer) have superseded the Angstroms (John Updike) or the Wapshots (John Cheever) but they remain families riddled with frustrations, secrets and trauma. So, how can we account for the fact that family narratives still endure and have even expanded in contemporary fiction? The approaching new millennium and the inaugural catastrophe of 9/11 that ushered in a new era led writers to turn to the family and portray it as either an idealized unit, a mere invention, or an alienating space. In this temptation to turn inward, how do writers negotiate family history and collective history? Isn’t this eagerness to fictionalize family – sometimes one’s own family – a sign of withdrawal, a reluctance to engage with the other? Does this phenomenon finally come along with a renewal of literary forms and practices? All those questions can be approached through the fiction of contemporary writers like Rick Moody, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nicole Krauss, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Donald Antrim or Miriam Toews to draw up here a non-exhaustive list.

We welcome contributions addressing for instance the following topics:

  • Family in contemporary novels, poetry and drama (fictional autobiographies, family narratives, autofictions)
  • Family and its transformations; representation of identity and roles within the family
  • Religion, class, ethnicity, territory: representations and stereotypes
  • Staging the family on the public and political scenes
  • Families on screen: in the movies, in TV shows (“Modern Family”, “Brothers and Sisters” etc.) or in reality shows (“Keeping up with the Kardashians”, “Hogan knows best” etc.)
  • Staging family life in the visual arts
  • Digital family identity et glamorization of family life on social networks (Instagram, family vlogs, parental blogs etc.)
  • Family and words (family rhetoric, terminological evolutions, lexical creations etc.)

Papers may be presented either in English or French. Abstracts (around 300 words) along with a short biographical notice should be sent to Marie Moreau ( and Sophie Chapuis ( by April 23rd, 2018.

(posted 26 March 2018)

Student Conference of Anglophone Studies
Vienna, Austria, 26-28 September 2018
Deadline for applications: 16 June 2018

The students’ union of the English Department of the University of Vienna is delighted to announce its second iteration of the Student Conference of Anglophone Studies which will take place from the 26th to the 28th of September 2018 at the department of English and American studies building in Vienna, Austria.

The conference’s aim is to provide a platform for students to present their topics and share their ideas and scientific approaches in a professional context and to engage in valuable discussions about various topics within Anglophone Studies with other students.

We perceive Anglophone Studies as an interdisciplinary academic field studying the English language as well as literatures, cultures and media of English-speaking countries and therefore welcome any contributions from the areas of

  • English Linguistics
  • Anglophone Literary Studies
  • Anglophone Cultural and Media Studies

One conference day will be dedicated to each of those areas, the final schedule will be provided on the conference website

Application details

For your application, please submit a PDF-file containing the following information in English:

  • (Preliminary) title of your presentation
  • Abstract (200-300 words)
  • Research level/scope of your underlying research project (term paper/project, seminar paper, BA thesis, MA thesis, PhD thesis, personal research project)
  • Key references (which do not count towards the abstract’s word count)
  • Short biographical note

Your talk should be approx. 20 minutes long (10 minutes additionally for discussion) and should be given in English.

Please send an e-mail with your application in English to by June 16th, 2018. You will be informed by June 29th, 2018 whether you have been selected to present your project at the conference. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any further questions.

Conference details

There will be no conference fee, our students’ conference can be attended by anyone free of charge. Snacks and beverages will be provided during breaks. However, we cannot give any reimbursements on your travel or accommodation fees.

(posted 7 June 2018)

Traditions and Transitions
Sofia, Bulgaria, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2018

An internatioinal conference dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

The Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” invites scholars to submit proposals for the international conference “Traditions and Transitions “– to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The conference is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University. People celebrate anniversaries in order to commemorate what has been achieved so far and to envision what should be achieved in the future. The event aims to look back at a distinguished past, and ahead to a challenging future.

The conference seeks to bring together young and established scholars, and also professors emeriti from academic institutions in Bulgaria and abroad, giving them a venue to debate and exchange views on traditions and transitions in the research in and the teaching of English-language-related disciplines.

The field of English and American Studies is in transition, as it seeks new approaches, and re-examines older ones, in order to address the multiple issues facing the development of  English-language related disciplines required for participation in today’s global community. The organizers of this conference encourage papers using a variety of  interdisciplinary approaches to developments in the field and a wide range of analytical perspectives (historical, artistic, literary, political, aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, sociolinguistic, cognitive etc.).

We invite individual abstracts and panel proposals in an array of topics, discussing traditions and transitions in any of the areas below:

  • The study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, India, Pakistan, South Africa and the Middle East,  among other areas);
  • The study of English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, text linguistics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and stylistics);
  • The study of Anglophone cultures and societies with a special focus on the complexity and hybridity of cultural interaction, transnationalism and transculturalism; the movement between places, identities and cultures;
  • Translation studies;
  • Мedia studies, transmedia.

Abstracts for twenty-minute presentations and panel proposals should be submitted by 1 March, 2018.

Please include the following in your submission:

  • Name:
  • Affiliation:
  • Email address:
  • Title of Abstract or Panel Proposal:
  • Abstract (250 words):
  • Bio (100 words):

Please address emails to:

Conference Organizing Committee: Prof. Evgenia Pancheva, Dr. Habil.; Assoc. Prof. Alexandra Glavanakova, PhD; Assoc. Prof. Alexandra Bagasheva, PhD; Assoc. Prof. Rositsa Ishpekova, PhD; Asst. Prof. Emilia Slavova, PhD

(posted 8 November 2017)

Pies in the sky. Food in Great-Britain and in France: How Representations and Practices Have Changed, 18th-21st centuries
Bordeaux Montaigne University, France, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2018

A conference organized by the Climas Research Center

The questions that surround food are central to today’s society and  they pervade a large number of issues in our contemporary world. From the very visible cooking contests on television that have emerged in the last ten years to the far less visible problem of food access, nobody can be indifferent to the food question. Interestingly enough, the concern overcomes class barriers; it emerged in popular culture with the TV shows or the scrap cooking trend but it is also a strong element of class distanciation for the elite who choose to support organic food or fair trade food or lately locavorism. From the vegetarian diet to the flexitarians without forgetting the vegans, food is a way of telling others of one’s place in society. However, far from the questions of how many
miles your avocado has covered to get to your plate (and the fewer miles the better for the ecologico-politically correct), there are still matters of food access and health issues. In the so-called “mature” economies, the obese are not only frowned upon forbeing unsustainable (Peter Singer) but they are also associated with poverty. Such a paradigm goes against the grain of the 19th century vision of the “healthy” plump bourgeois, and being slim is now a sign of wealth since money can keep one from delving into the bag of crisps and allow them to buy the newest antioxidant, vitamin-C loaded “superfood”.
As the media tend to concentrate on how the bohemian bourgeois are eating and on the benefits – difficult to deny – of eating
pesticide-free food and wine, it would be interesting to investigate the multiple questions that surround food today but also how they have evolved.
It is very telling that the first Transition Town, in Totnes, Devon, focuses much of its concept of resilience and Reconomy on the food question and how to be self-sufficient. . Gardens have also been a way to assess personal and collective political identities: they have now become subversive in the way they bear a political message that defies the big multinationals which have dictated the price and offer of the food we eat for the last forty years at least. What does it mean to say that you’re growing your own food and is it a valid answer to the economic challenges of the world? Was food a political weapon as well as a marker of one’s social class in 18th and 19th century Britain?
When one lives in a block of flats, how can one even conceive of having a garden? In France the concept of the “jardin ouvrier” is being rediscovered but is maybe not as “ouvrier” as it usedto be. And once you’ve started growing food, what do you do with it? It questions the access to this food culture: who has this knowledge? Can you say today that working classes have access to it, the way they did in the beginning to mid-20th century? What has feminism done to how we value food and the cooking of food?
How has the UK embraced the food culture brought by the different populations that came with their curries, satays and Jamaican food? Can immigrant populations that value food more than “we” do, help revitalize our notions of being together to cook, taking time to eat together, rediscovering the pleasure of eating?
Ecology is one of the issues as well and from the carbon footprint of your food to the best possible option for the least impact on the planet, one has to navigate between very different assertions. Yes, it is better to eat local say some, no it is not, say others, because it harms the global economy and the access to food of the Kenyan farmer who then cannot sell his products for lack of outlets. It seems better to eat local, but it is not if you live in Iceland where hydroponically produced tomatoes are more energy-consuming than the plane that comes with Spanish tomatoes.
To try and answer those questions and probably many more, we would like to organize a conference at Bordeaux Montaigne University welcoming researchers from everywhere and also professionals with their very practical vision of food in action. We know how some internationally-celebrated chefs have started alliances with farmers (within the Slow Food movement), how Michel Bras, for instance, tries to leave the Michelin-star world to think about ways of guaranteeing good food to old people in retirement homes and we think that those perspectives are interesting in the way they can help us bridge the gap between the world of research and the world beyond.
We invite researchers who wish to contribute to the following food-related issues to take part in this conference:

  • the evolution of people’s relation to food in the UK (visible either in literature, the arts or in concrete behavioural changes)
  • the emergence of a public discourse around food and its connection/disconnection to reality.
  • food’s subversive value (through community gardens, local networks and other citizen-based initiatives)
  • food culture and its connection to healthy eating behaviours, since when populations lose their cultural link to food they become disconnected from its core value and are more likely to fall prey to eating disorders.

Please send a 250-word abstract with a short bionote before March, 15th 2018 to the following mail addresses:

(posted 22 January 2018)

Living, Reading, Teaching and Translating in a World Dominated by the Culture of War and War of Cultures (CELLTTS-3)
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28-29 September 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2018

Third International Conference on English Language, Literature, Teaching and Translation Studies (CELLTTS)

The Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, is pleased to announce its 3rd International Conference on English Language, Literature, Teaching and Translation Studies (CELLTTS) which will take place on September 28-29, 2018. For the third time we invite scholars and experts in their respective fields of research to Sarajevo to present and discuss their research findings and exchange experience and ideas with their colleagues from the region and the world.
The approaching Centenary (1918-2018) of the Armistice which ended the First World War sadly reminds us that peace is an empty signifier, a phantom or a beautiful illusion that remains out of reach. The past hundred years of violent conflicts have changed the world we live in out of recognition, while the discourse of conflict has become firmly entrenched even within academia in the form of the so called “culture wars” fought in the various branches of the humanities. Why do humanities matter in a world in which the label “post-conflict” has become a synonym for peace? What is the role of media in times of war and post-war transition? What is it like to teach (English) language/literature/history/culture in a post-conflict society? How is war represented in literature? What are the ways to study language as the site and reflection of wars, agony and revolutions? How can trauma studies and a culture of remembrance help us understand and accept what was meant to be suppressed and unacknowledged? Finally, how are we to cope with the challenge of living the humanities in time of wars?
It is these and related topics that we intend to examine as closely as possible at this year’s conference and we invite researchers and scholars working in the broad area of Anglo-American studies to submit abstracts for oral presentations based on the (non-exhaustive) list of areas of interest below:

  • Phonetics/Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • (Critical) Discourse Analysis
  • Stylistics
  • Semiotics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • History of English
  • Contrastive Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language
  • Language Acquisition
  • Translation Studies
  • Interpretation Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Venue: Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo
The conference language is English. The presenters are required to restrict their presentations to 15 minutes.

Submission guidelines
Abstracts within 200–250 words should be submitted here,
or sent electronically as email attachments (using application form) in Microsoft Word for Windows (.doc or .docx formats) to the Conference’s email address:, with the word ‘Abstract’ as the subject.
Abstracts will be evaluated according to the originality of the theme, clear methodology and theoretical framework, and scholarly contribution of the research.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 15 April 2018
Deadline for the notification of acceptance: 1 May 2018

Registration fee:
Regular: 60 euros (EUR), or 120 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM) (bank transfer fees are to be paid by the participants or will be charged at the conference; on-site registration is an option)
Early bird registration fee: 50 euros (EUR), or 100 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM)
Registration fee for students from BiH: 30 euros (EUR), or 60 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM)
Early bird registration fee for students from BiH: 20 euros (EUR), or 40 Bosnian convertible marks (BAM)

Deadline for early bird registration: 1 September 2018

The fee covers organisational costs, conference pack, refreshments during coffee breaks, and buffet lunch on 28 and 29 September. After the Conference, a refereed selection of papers will be published as a book of proceedings.

Please visit the conference website for more information.

Organizing Committee: Dr. Sanja Šoštarić, Dr. Amira Sadiković, Dr. Ifeta Čirić-Fazlija, Dr. Larisa Kasumagić-Kafedžić, Dr. Selma Đuliman, Dr. Nejla Kalajdžisalihović, Dr. Merima Osmankadić, Dr. Lejla Mulalić , Dr. Melisa Okičić, Alma Žero, MA , Nermina Čordalija, MA

Programme Committee:  Dr. Snežana Bilbija, Dr. Srebren Dizdar, Dr. Nedžad Leko, Dr. Sanja Šoštarić, Dr. Amira Sadiković, Dr. Larisa Kasumagić-Kafedžić, Dr. Merima Osmankadić, Dr. Ifeta Čirić-Fazlija, Dr. Lejla Mulalić

(posted 12 February 2018)