Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in October 2020

Multicultural Discourses in a Turbulent World: 7th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses
Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 24-26 October 2020
Deadline for proposals: 2 April 2020

Co-organised by:

  • International Association of Multicultural Discourse Studies;
  • Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Letters, English Department,
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
  • Hangzhou Normal University, China

The successful international conferences on Multicultural Discourses organized in China, Brazil, and the Netherlands, respectively, have reinforced the importance of Cultural Discourse Studies in contemporary social science and the humanities.

The 7th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, under auspices of the International Association of Multicultural Discourses, will be co-organized by the English Department of the Faculty of Letters, Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania and the School of Contemporary Chinese Communication Studies, Hangzhou Normal University, China.

The event will be hosted at the Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania from October 24‑26, 2020.

Mankind is witnessing yet again the centennial moment of global transformation and the world is ridden with grave challenges and great opportunities.

To answer to these uncertain winds of change, scholars from various fields such as communication, media, language, literature, society, culture, international relations, etc. are encouraged to offer their insights into topics including, though not restricted to, the following:

  • Multicultural discourses of (anti)globalization, diversity, connectivity, globalism
  • Multicultural discourses of security, conflict, war, peace
  • Multicultural discourses of protectionism, (in)tangible borders, immigration, racism
  • Multicultural discourses of development, the Developing World, the Global South
  • Multicultural digital, multimodal, literary, cinematic discourses
  • Multidisciplinary, multicultural approaches to human discourses

Plenary Speakers

  • Johannes Angermuller, Open University, UK
  • Ioana Bican, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • Raili Marling, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Laura Pardo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Shi-xu, Hangzhou Normal University, China


Abstracts of about 250 words, panel proposals of about 500 words (of min 4 speakers with 250 words abstracts) should be sent to the organizers at the following email address:


  • Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: April 2, 2020.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent out not later than April 30, 2020.

Conference fee

  • 150 euros (coffee breaks, lunches and conference materials will be covered);
  • 75 euros for doctoral students and young researchers (under 26).

Ph.D. candidates should present a document from their home institution proving their academic status.

The conference fee can be paid on the spot or electronically. Details will be provided after the acceptance of the papers.

PMresentation format

  • parallel sessions
  • plenary speeches

Confeence website:

(posted 14 July 2019)

Movement and Mobility in America: 40th  Conference of the American Studies Association of Turkey (ASAT)
Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey, 26-27 October 2020
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2020

Movement and mobility lie at the core of American society. Whether through immigration, internal migration, social mobility, or domestic and global expansionism, the United States has always been defined as a nation of frontiers and pioneers, a country that is constantly (re)defining itself, where self-(re)invention is part of the American dream. Movement and mobility in the American context can also be physical, sociological, psychological, or even political, as in the case of mobilizing for social movements.

With its agenda of stemming the alleged “tide of illegal aliens” by building a wall along the US-Mexico border, the Trump Administration has prompted a reevaluation of movement and mobility across the political spectrum. While some argue that this has stimulated a visible resurgence in activism and a revival of social movements in the United States, others have seized the moment to express that this so-called “new wave” of protest is not so new at all, and is part of a long continuum of public engagement that originated during the colonial era.

From protests against the Stamp Act, Tea Act, and Townshend Duties in the eighteenth century; to the abolitionist, and women’s and workers’ rights movements of the nineteenth century; to the peace, civil rights, free speech, and anti-nuclear activism of the twentieth century; to the use of social media as an organizing platform in the twenty-first century, Americans have defined, and have been defined by, movement and mobility, using it to counter injustice by voicing their opinions and taking to the streets. As US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has expressed, “Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you”—a dictum that Americans have been following for over three centuries.

ASAT invites the submission of individual abstracts, panels, and workshop/roundtable proposals that explore all aspects of this theme. Possible subthemes include, but are not limited to:

• The literature of movement, mobility, and activism
• Travel narratives; life writing
• Im/migration; inner and outer space
• Social mobility; self-(re)invention
• Movement, mobility, and rebellion in American history
• Frontiers, borderlands, and pioneers
• Manifest Destiny, expansionism, and imperialism
• Ethnic, class, and race-based activism
• Feminist, women’s, and gender activism
• LGBTQIA+ activism; human rights advocacy
• Social media; virtual activism (#metoo, #TimesUp, etc.)
• Civil rights movements; union and labor activism
• Healthcare movements; patients’ rights activism
• Mobility and dis/ability
• Peace, anti-war, anti-nuclear movements
• Radical activism; power movements
• Environmental activism; free speech activism
• Cross-generational activism; global movements
• Activism and nostalgia; commemorating past movements
• The politics/logistics of activism; activist fatigue; infighting
• Intersectionality; the limits of activism
• Critiques of activism and clicktivism
• Activist pedagogy; teaching activism
• Comparative approaches; future directions

Proposals should be sent to the American Studies Association of Turkey ( and should consist of a 250–300 word abstract, five keywords, and a short (200 word) biography for each participant. The time allowance for presentations is 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be provided for discussion.
We expect all participants to attend the entire conference out of professional courtesy. Please keep this in mind while submitting an abstract.
Submission deadline: April 30, 2020
Selected papers will be included in a special issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) based on the conference theme.

More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available:

(posted 2 October 2019)