Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in April 2020

Rewriting War and Peace in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: Contemporary British and American Literature
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 2-3 April 2020
New extended deadline for proposals: 30 September 2019

The research group “Rewriting War: The Paradigms of Contemporary War Fiction in English” is pleased to announce its first conference, “Rewriting War and Peace in the Twentieth and Twenty- First Centuries: Contemporary British and American Literature”, to be held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona from Thursday 02 April to Friday 03 April 2020.

The major wars and conflicts of recent times (the two world wars, the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil war, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the Falkland Islands War, the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, among others) have affected the lives and writings of second-and third-generation witnesses in contexts widely separated from the wars themselves. The conference aims to explore whether contemporary literature can effectively establish adequate representational spaces for approaching and reconsidering these past wars. Bearing in mind the need to approach the experience of war with extreme caution to avoid either the anxiety involved in the representation of conflict or the comforting reassurance of relying on “grand (war) narratives,” our conference will critically reconsider both the issue of “authenticity” in the use of historical sources and the need to access and interpret the past from contemporary settings.

We aim to shed light on the ethical dimensions of war writing and on the possibilities of closure, resolution or consolation in contemporary British and American literature, and to assess whether literature can be of use in the politics of peace-making and conflict resolution, contributing to the formation of fairer, more egalitarian societies.

The keynote lectures will be given by:

  • Professor Jay Winter (Yale University): “Silences of the Great War: All the things we cannot hear”
  • Professor Kate McLoughlin (Oxford University): “Mesopotamia: Writing the Wars in Iraq?”
  • The novelist Rachel Seiffert: “Why do we write about war?”

We invite scholars of all career stages and representing various academic disciplines, including literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, peace studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and other.

Three forms of presentation are encouraged: 20-minute conference papers, 60-minute roundtables consisting of 3-4 speakers (for which we will post instructions on our website) and 5-minute pecha kucha—lightning talks—for postgraduate participants to highlight their research.

Topics will be grouped around two main areas: (a) post-memory and (b) aesthetic articulations of war. The first is defined by attempts to recapture the immediacy of traumatic events that are not personally experienced but, instead, are socially apprehended through imaginative creativity; and the second severs links from the event’s participants or witnesses, though often imagining proxy figures to transmit authentification.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

  • The Narration of War: Representational anxieties. Grey Areas: Authentic vs. fake narratives; literature vs history. From Modern to Postmodern Wars. The Narrative Quality of Historical Facts: Historiographic
  • Gender and War: Destabilization of gender relations by war. Gender Opposition to War. Gender and the Impact of War. Gender
  • The Aftermath of War: Demobilisation and social integration. Memory, Memorialization and Reconciliation. The Healing Power of Nostalgia. Post-traumatic Testimonies of Conflict.
  • Representation of “Home” in the Aftermath of War. Haunted Spaces and Places. Gendered Spaces: Tension between domestic sphere and public
  • Post-memory: “Familial” and “affiliative” aspects. Official vs. Unofficial “War-After Writings.” Post-memory and Representational
  • New Definitions of War and Peace. Conflict Transformation: If warfare is an extension of politics, is politics then an extension of warfare? Have civil liberties in peacetime been reduced as if we were at war?

Conference paper, roundtable and pecha kucha proposals should be no longer than 300 words in length and be accompanied by a short bio-note. Contributions will be peer evaluated, according to the significance of the topic, the importance of the contribution, and originality. Selected full manuscripts will appear in the conference proceedings to be published by the research group after the event.

The extended deadline for ALL proposal submissions is Monday 30 September 2019.

Please submit proposals, indicating type of presentation, to rewritingwar2020@gmail.com by Sunday 01 September 2019.

Although the working language of the conference is English, we welcome discussion of issues outside the English-speaking world.

(posted 9 March 2019, updated 24 August 2019)


Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the United States since the 19th century
Aix-Marseille University, France, 3-4 April 2020
Deadline for proposals: 15 October 2019

“The frivolous objections some women made to our appeals were as exasperating as they were ridiculous.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More

From the 1911 National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage to Phyllis Schlafly’s “STOP-ERA” campaign in the 1980s and governor Kay Ivey’s recent signing into law of House Bill 314 criminalizing abortion in Alabama, women have played a prominent role in opposing feminism in the US. Yet these visible forms of anti feminism are but the tips of a much larger iceberg of women’s resistance to feminism that this two-day conference, organized by the “Women and the F-Word” team (https://wfw.hypotheses.org), proposes to explore.

The notion of women’s resistance to feminism includes—but is not reduced to—organized antifeminism, a countermovement which has been the object of pioneering work (A. Dworkin, Right Wing Women, 1983, T. Jablonsky, The Home, Heaven, and Mother Party, 1994, S. Marshall, Splintered Sisterhood, 1997). Resistance is understood as a broad set of negative reactions experienced and/or expressed by women or groups of women when they are faced with self-styled feminist behaviors, ideas or actions. As feminism is conceived as a flexible and evolving ideology, which the plural “feminisms” more adequately reflects, the modes and mechanisms of resistance will be examined from a diachronic and dialogical perspective that always takes into account the particular historical moment.

This interdisciplinary conference means to bring together contributions shedding light on the specific features of women’s resistance to feminisms in the United States since the 19th century.

Papers addressing the following issues will be welcome:

  • How did/do women perceive the first women’s rights advocates?
  • What precise term initially triggers resistance?: Rights? Suffragism?  Feminism? Modern/Radical feminism? White? Elite? Abortion? Etc..
  • How do women (de)construct their own (non) feminism through those terms?
  • What sort of discourses/actions did/do they produce or perform and how did/do they spread them?
  • How did/do women evolve from a position of “feminist” to “anti “or “non feminist”?
  • How did/do they (re)negotiate their identification to womanhood?
  • How important are the binaries feminism/femininity, feminism/individualism ?
  • How does intersectionality shape resistance and how, in turn, does resistance strengthen intersectional identities?
  • How did/do women contest the boundaries of mainstream feminism?
  • How does globalization affect the mechanisms of resistance?
  • Are there cases of transnational resistance?
  • How has resistance evolved over the centuries? (persistence and change)
  • How does women’s resistance impact feminism?
  • Can indifference be considered a form of resistance?

Please send a 300- word abstract and a brief bio to: claire.sorin@univ-amu.frmarc.calvini-lefebvre@univ-amu.fr and nicolas.boileau@univ-amu.fr

Deadline: October 15, 2019.

Venuef the conference: Aix-Marseille University, 29 avenue Robert Schuman, 13621 Aix-en-Provence, France

Keynote Address : Dr Ronnee Schreiber (San Diego State University), author of Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics (OUP, 2008)

(posted 10 July 2019, updated 14 Septembe 2019)


Forms of Dissent in England 1300-1700: Contra Imperium, First International Colloquium
University of Insubria, Como, Italy, 6-7 April 2020
Deadline for proposals: 24 November 2019

Committee: Paola Baseotto (Insubria University), Omar Khalaf (Insubria University), Marie-Christine Munoz-Levy (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3)

Confirmed keynote speakers: Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex) – Alessandra Petrina (University of Padova)

The purpose of this colloquium is to investigate various forms of dissent in England from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century. Our aim is to establish a network of researchers investigating the cultural, social and political dimensions of polemical texts. This first colloquium, which focuses on the language of dissent in England 1300-1700, will be followed by workshops at Insubria University and elsewhere on other relevant aspects of polemical writing.

And for dissension, who preferreth peace More than I do?—except I be provoked.
Henry VI, III, 1, 32-33

Civil dissension is a viperous worm That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.
Henry VI, III, 1, 73-74

The period 1300-1700 marked a turning point in the history of Western Europe. Social and political interactions were often characterized by feelings of intolerance towards some forms of civil and ecclesiastical authority. The publication in the early years of the sixteenth century of Erasmus’s Praise of Folly, Thomas More’s Utopia and the writings of great Protestant Reformers such as Luther, Karlstadt, Melanchthon, Zwingli and Calvin shook cultural and institutional pillars. England played a major role by challenging Papal hegemony through Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy and the establishment of an independent Church of England. Henry VIII’s policies, however, especially the dissolution of monasteries, were disputed by a group of fervent Roman Catholics gathering under the so-called Pilgrimage of Grace (1536-7). These events paved the way for successive waves of criticism.

Literary giants such as Shakespeare and Milton (the first in his historical tragedies, the other in his pamphlets) gave expressive voice to dissent. The first decades of the seventeenth century saw the flourishing of polemical writings gradually infiltrating the foundations of the State. The English Civil War (1642-51) stemmed from demands for a renewal of the political status quo.

Earlier forms of dissent are no less worthy of attention in themselves and as patterns for later articulations: the works of Margery Kempe (who suffered civil and religious persecution) and John Wyclif (a stern critic of the distance of the Church from evangelical poverty), are representative examples of a wider spirit of criticism that characterized the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

This first colloquium focuses on voices and expressions of dissent and opposition to power (whether political, religious, cultural, or social) in England 1300-1700.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcome on:

  • forms of dissent (in literary/non-literary texts)
  • the language and rhetoric of dissent
  • the addressees and circulation of polemical texts

Select contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed edited volume.

Proposals for a 20-minute presentation in the form of a brief abstract (200-250 words) and a short biographical note should be emailed by 24th November 2019 as pdf/word files to contraimperium@uninsubria.it
Notification of proposal acceptance: 10th December 2019

Registration opens in January 2020.
Early bird registration (€ 60) is available until 14th February, 2020, the full fee is € 70.
The registration fee includes a book of abstracts, coffee break and lunch on Monday 6th April and Tuesday 7th April 2020.

(posted 4 September 2019)


Aldous Huxley in France: The Experience of Exile. Seventh International Aldous Huxley Symposium 2020
University of Toulon, Bandol, France, 15-17 April 2020
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2019

Conference warming on 14 April evening; colloquy at Bandol and visit to Sanary and Bandol on 18 April; departure day: 19 April

Convenors: The University of Toulon, represented by Profs Alice Cheylan & Alain Morello (alicecheylan@yahoo.fr; morelloaa@yahoo.fr), and the International Aldous Huxley Society (AHS). The colloquy at Bandol will be organized by Gilles Iltis, M.A., Sanary contact@sanary.com.

The general theme of the conference will naturally focus on Huxley’s activities in France, particularly on the experience of exile that Huxley and other writers underwent in Sanary and Bandol between the wars, but there will certainly be room for a variety of other topics.

Huxley Forum: “Aldous Huxley’s Controversial Philosophical Theories”. This forum, which will discuss the intellectual ‘exile’ that Huxley’s ideas were at times exposed to, is being organized by Prof Dana Sawyer (please send your proposals to <dsawyer@meca.edu). It will be held in a similar fashion as at the previous symposia in Oxford (2013) and Almería (2017)[see https://www.uni-muenster.de/Anglistik/Huxley/ahs_conferences.html].

Please send your proposals for lectures (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes discussion) as soon as possible and your abstracts (20-30 lines or 200-300 words) by 30 September 2019 to Prof Bernfried Nugel (nugel@uni-muenster.de).

Registration and accommodation will in due course be organized by Profs Cheylan and Morello.

For current information please visit the CAHS homepage at https://www.uni-muenster.de/Anglistik/Huxley.

(posted 4 February 2019)