Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in June 2020

Risk and Safety: 9th International Conference on Language, Literature & Culture and Crossroads III Conference
Białystok, Poland, 4-5 June 2020
Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2020

This combined conference is organized jointly by the University of Białystok (Poland) and Çankaya University (Ankara, Turkey). on June 4-5, 2020 in Białystok, Poland, and the topical theme of the conference will be “Risk and Safety” in different areas of human sciences.

This international conference is a peer-reviewed academic event and comprehensive venue for the free exchange and dissemination of ideas on language, translation, literary and cultural studies, and aims to bring together scholars and graduates researching the intersections of these fields in the welcoming atmosphere of the University of Białystok in Poland. We deem this year’s theme covers a wide variety of interdisciplinary studies. Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • representations of natural and anthropogenic catastrophes and ecological transformation in literature,
  • literary disaster discourses, environmental literature, apocalyptic scenarios, eco-thrillers, climate fiction and risk narratives,
  • ‘risk’ and ‘safety’ in travel writing,
  • climate change, the loss of biodiversity and the extinction of the human race,
  • the motif of humankind beyond rescue,
  • atomic war, nuclear devastation and nature’s revenge,
  • facing the problems of the Anthropocene, promoting change, transforming humanity,
  • ‘world risk theory’ and postcolonial theory, trauma narratives,
  • the ethics and strategies of survival,
  • eye-witness narratives, testimonio,
  • anxiety, suffering, loss and displacement,
  • narrative patterns and the semantics of disaster literature,
  • the aesthetic and ethical aspects of destruction,
  • different modes of projecting the future in mimetic and speculative fiction,
  • national, cultural, gender and sexual identities,
  • security, sustainability, precaution and prevention,
  • indigenous languages and cultures, an alternative, non-technocratic, non-anthropocentric attitude towards nature,
  • retranslation of nature’s language, fundamental transformation of societies,
  • corpus-driven analysis of ‘risk’ and ‘safety’,
  • ‘risk’ and ‘safety’ in media reporting,
  • diachronic studies of ‘risk’ and ‘safety’

A 300-word abstract and 5 keywords should be submitted as an email attachment to by March 1, 2020. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of the paper, abstract, 5 keywords and a brief bio data. For more information please visit

  • Deadline for submission: March 1, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: March 10, 2020
  • Registration: April 10, 2020
  • Late Registration: until May 1, 2020

Conference fees (non-refundable):

  • 80€ (100€ for late submissions after April 10, 2020)
  • 40€ (for graduate students&audience/60€ for late submissions after April 10, 2020)

Bank account details: IBAN: PL 74 1160 2202 0000 0002 4179 4476
Bank Millennium SA
Payment reference: LLC2020 First Name Last Name
Uniwersytet w Bialymstoku, Swierkowa 20 B, 15-328 Bialystok, Poland

All submissions to the conference will be reviewed by at least two independent peers for technical merit and content. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a volume. Should you need further information, please contact the organizers at

Organizing committee: Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun, Anna Dziok-Łazarecka, Ewelina Feldman-Kołodziejuk, Dorota Guzowska, Anna Maria Karczewska (chair), Daniel Karczewski, Mustafa Kirca (co-chair), Ertuğrul Koç, Magdalena Łapińska (secretary), Grzegorz Moroz, Gülden Taner

(posted 7 September 2019)

Networking May Sinclair
Université de Nantes, France, 18-19 June 2020
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2020

Keynote speaker: Professor Suzanne Raitt, College of William & Mary

This international conference explores the diversity of connections, inspirations and influences in the work of modernist writer, May Sinclair (1863-1946). It will be held at the University of Nantes (France) on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June 2019.

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, May Sinclair was one of the most successful and widely known of British women novelists (Wilson, 2001). She produced over twenty novels and six collections of short stories and collaborated with many modernist writers and poets, including Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, H.D. and Richard Aldington. Her life was also exceptionally rich. She took an active part in the women’s suffrage movement and published several pamphlets for women’s rights between 1908 and 1917. In the early 1910s, she got involved in medico-psychological research, and wrote half a dozen psychoanalytical research papers. In 1915, she spent two weeks near the Belgian front with an ambulance unit and her Journal of Impressions in Belgium was one of the first wartime women’s diaries published in Britain (Raitt 2000, 163). She was also the acclaimed author of two major philosophical essays on idealism (1917 and 1922) that led to her election to the Aristotelian Society. Last, she was an influential literary historian and literary critic and wrote several much-quoted articles and prefaces on the stream of consciousness, the Brontë sisters and imagist poetry.

Many reviewers and critics have shown that May Sinclair’s modernism was not so much a derivation of other contemporary aesthetics but was rather a product of her idiosyncratic articulation of her many research interests and experiences. In addition, “the interdisciplinarity of Sinclair’s output […] eludes straightforward categorisation and this has arguably contributed to the traditional critical neglect of her writing” (Bowler & Drewery 2016, 1).

As May Sinclair is now “gaining critical legitimacy” (Raitt 2016, 23), this conference seeks to explore Sinclair’s texts and contexts and aims to shed light on her place in literary history and on her contribution to “the radical modernist challenge to traditional assumptions about what it means to be human” (Bowler & Drewery 2016, 14). Papers comparing Sinclair and other writers are thus particularly welcome; suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • May Sinclair and her contemporaries: Thomas Hardy, Henry James, H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, Ford Madox Ford, Charlotte Mew, H. D., Richard Aldington, T S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Butts, Olive Moore etc.
  • May Sinclair and modernity/the modern/modernism
  • May Sinclair & WW1 writers
  • May Sinclair and Victorian and late nineteenth-century authors: the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, George Meredith etc.
  • May Sinclair and romantic poets: Shelley, Byron etc.
  • May Sinclair and philosophy: Henri Bergson, Bertrand Russell, Baruch Spinoza, T. H. Green, Arthur Schopenhauer, Samuel Butler, Francis Herbert Bradley etc.
  • May Sinclair and psychology: William James, Sigmund Freud, C. G. Jung, Pierre Janet, Melanie Klein, Ella Sharpe, Joan Riviere, Alfred Adler, Charles Myers etc.
  • May Sinclair and mysticism: Evelyn Underhill, the Society for Psychical Research, etc.
  • May Sinclair and first-wave feminism
  • Contemporary reception of May Sinclair
  • May Sinclair and her literary legacy
  • May Sinclair in translation
  • May Sinclair and music
  • May Sinclair and films or TV adaptations

Proposals no longer than 350 words, together with a 200-word biography, should be sent to the conference organisers before January 15th, 2020.

Conference organisers:
Leslie de Bont, Université de Nantes
Isabelle Brasme, Université de Nîmes
Florence Marie, Université de Pau

(posted 24 August 2019)

Transnationalism and Minor Cultures: 3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 24-28 June 2020 Deadline for proposals for papers and for pre-organized panels: 30 June 2019

The Third World Congress of Scottish Literatures will be held at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, on 24-28 June 2020. The venue of the Congress is renowned for its rich history shaped by numerous influences of minority cultures as well as by the more than three centuries of the supremacy of the multinational Austrian Empire. The Congress’s main theme, “Transnationalism and Minor Cultures”, invokes the crucial importance of transcultural communication, migration and social interconnectivity for the development of Scottish literatures. It also points out the significance of internal diversity and hybridity on the shaping of Scottish, European and global literary contexts and cultural awareness. We propose to discuss the main theme in two interrelated, contextual and functional perspectives:

  1. The Transnational Contexts of Scottish Literatures: Empires, “Imagined Communities”, Social, Economic and Cultural Exchanges
  2. The Importance of Celtic Literatures and Cultures for the Internal Dynamic and Transnational Functioning of Scottish Literatures

The Steering Committee welcomes proposals for papers that explore these or any of the following themes in relation to Scotland’s literatures in any language:

  • Scottish Literatures and Celtic Cultures
  • Zones of Contact
  • Imaginary Origins and Affinities – Pan-Celticism, Pan-Germanism, Pan-Slavism
  • Imperial Routes and Connections
  • Scottish Literatures and International Tourism
  • Circulation of Scottish Cultural Icons
  • The Role of Translations and Adaptations
  • Reception and Cultural Interchange: Scotland in Europe and the Globalized World
  • Reception and Cultural Interchange: Recent Immigrant Communities/Voices
  • “Becoming Minoritarian”: Avant-Gardes and Alternative Cultures
  • Transnationalism, Minor Literatures and Canonicity
  • Transnationalism, Minor Cultures and Pedagogy
  • Transnationalism and Minor Cultures: New Methodologies and New Media

Proposals for pre-organized panels on these themes are welcome, and should be submitted with a list of agreed participants and their abstracts and affiliations, by the deadline for proposal submissions. In keeping with the Congress’s focus on dialogue and in order to maximize discussion and participation, panel organizers are encouraged to explore alternatives to the traditional format of three to four papers, such as workshops or roundtables. We extend a special welcome to graduate and postgraduate students, who may either submit proposals for traditional papers or (if they do not feel ready for a full paper yet) for presenting their project in the form of a poster or multimedia presentation (incl. slide-supported talks, videos, short films etc.) in an informal ‘work in progress’ section where they can gain feedback from other scholars present. PhD students are also invited to attend an informal get together and networking event on the first day of the Congress. Please note that in the interest of involving as many people as possible, participants are kindly asked to present only one paper at the Congress; however, they may also take part in a roundtable as a speaker or a discussant. Papers in English, Scots and Gaelic are welcome, however, the Congress is unable to provide translation services. The deadline for ALL proposal submissions is 30 June 2019. Proposals for papers, posters and presentations should include an abstract of c. 200 words, including affiliation. Please send submissions to the Congress Secretary, Petra Johana Poncarová, at All participants must be members of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures (IASSL) at the time of the Congress (please contact for further details). Keynote Speakers:

  • Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam)
  • Glenda Norquay (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Christopher Whyte (freelance scholar, writer, and translator)
  • Angela Esterhammer (University of Toronto)

Congress Website: The Steering Committee

The Third World Congress of Scottish Literatures is supported by the European Regional Development Fund Project “Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions of the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World” (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000734).

(posted 5 February 2019)

Bicentinaries: The Liberal Revolutions of 1820 and their Impact on Literary Culture University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 29-30 June 2020 Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2019

Organised by the Institute of Arts and Humanities, Centre for Humanistic Studies (NETCult), in association with the Anglo-Hispanic Horizons Network (AHH) Taking advantage of the bicentenary celebrations of the liberal revolutions that occurred in southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece) around 1820, but with repercussions in other regions and cultures, this international conference aims to constitute a forum of discussion around the impact that these revolutions had on the literary culture of several countries. Driven by the republican ideals of the French and American Revolutions and by the various independence and nationalist movements, the liberal and constitutionalist wave that swept across several European nations (and their respective colonies) in the first decades of the nineteenth century aimed to completely eradicate the absolutism and feudalism that still prevailed within these monarchist nations, at the end of the Napoleonic invasions. Thus, we are interested in analysing the impact that these movements and striking events had on the literary culture of the nineteenth century, particularly in the works that were then produced in several countries; but we are also interested in exploring the decisive role that many writers (in several languages), some of whom in exile, had in these same movements and events. The ultimate goal of the conference will be to find, in this convergence of different cultures in transition, common literary currents or traditions of a strongly liberal political nature. In the context of this political liberalism and its literary culture, the prevalence of the British constitutional tradition and its republican adaptation by the American Revolution have been singled out as the main motives for the democratic revolutions that took place in the Atlantic world. Nevertheless, the Iberian traditions of freedom – as well as the literature that sustains them – are usually forgotten in this context. Most notably, the Portuguese Revolution of 1820 is strangely absent from many existing historical and literary accounts. However, if we can say that the position of Portugal in this Atlantic context at the beginning of the nineteenth century was central, we can also say that this context is the main explanatory key to understand the motives of the Portuguese Revolution of 1820. From historical and literary perspectives alike, this can be seen as a process of independence, as the abolition of the Old Regime, as the constitution of freedom, and as the foundation of a Portuguese liberal constitutional tradition. But, also, as a response to the extraordinary international challenges that were imposed on Portugal’s independence – by countries such as France, Great Britain, Spain and Brazil. In short, the Portuguese Revolution of 1820, whose main objective was the founding of a new liberal Portugal, combined both liberalism and nationalism, in the manner of the Atlantic Revolutions; and, more relevantly, with that collective manner and purpose attracted and promoted many individual creators. Paper proposals (for 20 minute-presentations) around this more general theme and/or the following particular aspects are welcome:

  • Representations of the liberal revolutions in the literary culture of the period and of later periods
  • The role of periodicals and of illustration in the (creative) representation of the liberal revolts
  • The links between liberalism and the romantic movements in the European and non-European context
  • Issues of political liberty and freedom of literary creation inaugurated by the liberal revolutions
  • The literary places of European and non-European liberalism: genesis, memory, recreation
  • The emergence of the national literatures and nationalist and independence issues in the period
  • Legends and myths associated with the romantic liberal revolt, including the figure of the hero (revolutionaries and martyrs)
  • The perspective of the Other – the liberal revolts seen from the literary culture of other countries
  • Literary images of refugees and exiles in the context of the liberal revolutions and/or writers in exile
  • Literary representations of secret societies in the context of the liberal struggles (the example of Carbonaria)
  • Liberalism and literary genre: The importance of the historical novel in the representation of the liberal conflicts; the role of lyric and drama in the period
  • The diffusion or expansion of literary culture in the context of the liberal revolutions; reception and translation issues

Website: Organisation: Institute of Arts and Humanities, Centre for Humanistic Studies (NETCult), in association with the Anglo-Hispanic Horizons Network (AHH) Confirmed Guest Speakers:

  • Prof. Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton, UK. President of British Association for Romantic Studies and President of AHH)
  • Prof. Diego Saglia (University of Parma, Italy, senior member of AHH)
  • Prof. Fernando Machado (University of Minho, Portugal)

Organising Committee: Paula Alexandra Guimarães (Coordinator), Orlando Grossegesse, Ian Haywood, Diego Saglia, Sérgio Sousa, Carlos Pazos, Hugo Machado, Ana Catarina Monteiro Scientific Committee (alphabetical order): Agustín Coletes Blanco (University of Oviedo, Spain), Alicia Laspra Ródriguez (University of Oviedo, Spain), André Corrêa de Sá (Univ. Santa Barbara, California, USA), Angela Esterhammer (University of Toronto, Canada), Carlos Pazos (University of Minho, Portugal), Cristina Flores (University of La Rioja, Spain), Eugenia Perojo Arronte (University of Valladolid, Spain), Eunice Ribeiro (University of Minho, Portugal), Fernando Duraán (University of Cadiz, Spain), João Paulo Braga (Catholic University, Portugal), Jonatan González (University of La Rioja, Spain), Jorge Bastos (University of Porto, Portugal), Manuel Gama (University of Minho, Portugal), Maria de Fátima Marinho (University of Porto, Portugal), Orlando Grossegesse (University of Minho, Portugal), Otília Martins (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Paula Alexandra Guimarães (University of Minho, Portugal), Paulo Motta (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Sérgio Sousa (University of Minho, Portugal), Xaquín Nuñez (University of Minho, Portugal) INFORMATION: Submission – abstracts (between 200 and 300 words), with titles, keywords (5) and bionotes (100 words) should be sent to the following e-mail address: The languages ​​of communication are the following: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian The paper proposals will be analysed and selected by the scientific committee. At the end of the conference, the organising committee plans to make a peer-reviewed selection of the texts presented for publication: in electronic format and in book form (the latter on request). IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Submission of proposals: until October 31, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: until December 31, 2019
  • Conference registration (online): until January 31, 2020
  • Programme publication (online): March 31, 2020
  • Registration (for attendants): until May 31, 2020
  • Conference: June 29 and 30, 2020


  • Until January 31, 2020 – 80 euros
  • After this date (and until May 31, 2020) – 120 euros
  • CEHUM members (and ILCH students) — (free registration)

METHOD OF PAYMENT: By bank transfer (to the UMinho account indicated in the website) VENUE: Amphitheatre B1 (Pedagogical Complex 2) and Auditorium of the Institute of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Minho, Gualtar Campus, Braga, Portugal

(posted 17 June 2019)