Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in June 2021

ESRA Shakespeare Conference
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 3-6 Jun 2021
New updated deadline: 15 Febuary 2021

ESRA 2021 is going virtual.

The reduced registration fee covers the cost of providing video-conferencing technology that supports a conference of this size with many simultaneous sessions, including staffing, software and internet service and the audio-visual equipment. The conference will also include virtual sightseeing, live-streamed theatre and music events and more.

Conference website:

On behalf of the organizing committee of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) Conference 2021, we are happy to announce that the final selection of seminars and panels for the upcoming event is completed.

You can find this year’s topics of interest on our website, under the tab Seminars & Panels.

Please send your proposals (200/300 words) and a brief biographical note (100 words) by 15 December 2020 to the convenors of the seminar in which you intend to participate.

Please send your proposals (200/300 words) and a brief biographical note (100 words) by 15 February 2021 (new extended deadline) to the convenors of the seminar in which you intend to participate.

Your submissions will be evaluated and you will be notified about your acceptance.

Find more information about Call for Seminar Papers here!

(posted 14 May 2020, updated 11 August 2020, updated 18 December 2020, updated 1 February 2021)

E.M. Forster – Shaping the Space of Culture
An on-line conference, 7 June 2021
Deadline for proposals: 21 May 2021

Organised by:
International E. M. Forster Society
University of Warsaw, Poland,
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Claire Monk (de Montfort University)
Prof David Scourfield (Maynooth University)

We would like to invite you to an international conference on the life and works of E. M. Forster, the first on-line forum to be organised by the International E. M. Forster Society. The idea to organize the meeting of Forster scholars and fans on the 51st anniversary of Forster’s death and the 11th anniversary of the funding of the Society, originated partially from the cancellation of the Cambridge anniversary conference which was to be held in April 2020 (awaited by many of us so anxiously) and partially from the desire expressed by several members of IEMFS to meet and share the ideas despite the circumstances and against the odds.

The title of the conference calls for yet another evaluation of the presence of Forster and his oeuvre in the world of culture. The word ‘space’, a commodious term, in the title of our conference is to reflect, in the first place,  a vast array of angles in which Forster and his works, both literary and non-literary ones, can be approached. But above all the notion of the space of culture is to underline the multicutural and multidimentional character of Forster’s works and ideas. In his novels, shorts stories, lectures, or radio broadcasts, the writer created the space which is a meeting point of various fields of human activities, a construct allowing for interdisciplinary collaboration. His narratives feature many voices, many geographies, and many cultures. Space, thus, can stand for numerous notions and can accommodate for scholarly discussions enclosing different subjects and areas of knowledge. As for the other word from the tile, equally important, ‘shaping’, it also has a double-layered meaning. On the one hand, it refers to Forster’s creativity, his way of shaping fictional worlds and, in turn, the way his writing  became a part of Modernist culture. On the other hand, ‘shaping’ is to express the importance of Forsterian element in the present-day culture, its ceaseless influence on the thinking and writing of others.

Subsequently, we would like to enquire into the rich and complex worlds created by Forster a century ago and to see how his works, and the values he stood for within British and world culture(s) got recontextualized in the 21st century. We are also interested in the responses in literature, arts, social history his writings continuously generate half a century after his demise. We are, therefore, keen on considering all possible aspects of Forster’s oeuvre and life, as perceived by various theories, methodologies, and schools. Consequently, the discussions concerning contemporary receptions of the writer as well as the extent to which and the way in which different cultures influence the shaping of our perception of Forster nowadays are welcome, too.

The conference is free and it will take place on June 7th, 2021 on Zoom approximately from 1 to 7 p.m. CET. The conference itself will include keynote lectures and discussions on submitted papers/presentations (specific form of the discussion will depend on the number of submissions). The presentations/papers themselves will be made available in two forms – the participants may record them on video and we will put these videos on a special YouTube channel, or send them in written form (Word files, preferably) and we will upload them to a cloud. All participants will receive links to the submitted papers and presentations. It is possible to participate in the conference without a paper but you have to register in order to receive the links.

Proposals for a 20 minute long presentation or a paper up to 6000 words should consist of a 150 word abstract and a short biographical note including your academic affiliation (if available), they should be sent to the following address Proposals are welcome until March 1st  2021 – the authors of the accepted papers will be notified within a month of the acceptance. The submissions should be made by May 21st 2021 although we will greatly appreciate it if they are sent in earlier to give other participants as much time as possible to watch or read them.

We intend to publish a reviewed collection of essays following the conference as a special issue of the Polish Journal of English Studies (issue 7.2/2021). The journal is available online (from the web page and through several data bases) and the special issue will also be available in print. We will expect submissions by July 15th 2021 in order to publish the issue by the end of 2021. If you intend to submit your paper, please check the information for contributors at:

All further details will be available from the website of the Society: and on Facebook:

Facebook users may also consider following our page at or joining the group of our Society at to get the latest updates as soon as possible.

If you would like to join the Society, please, go to:

We are looking to meeting you on-line, thanks to and through the Machine! The Committee of the Machine:
Dr Anna Kwiatkowska, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Prof. Krzysztof Fordoński, University of Warsaw
Dr Dorota Gładkowska, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

(posted 19 January 2021)

Crises of Care: Pandemic Culture, Biopolitics and the Medical Humanities
The Institute of English and American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Debrecen, Hungary, 26–27 June 2021 (on-line)
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2021

How has COVID–19 changed our notions of care – whether it comes to the collective responsibilities of the welfare state or the individual anxieties of the citizen? Why does the ongoing experience of a pandemic challenge earlier ideas of crisis, retrospective analyses of past outbreaks and the future of policy-making? What does self-care mean right here, right now?

The crisis of care has been a widely discussed notion in bioethics and the social sciences since the 1990s as a critique of financialized capitalism and the emerging dilemmas of the helping profession (see Nancy Fraser and Susan S. Phillips, among others). Rooted in the Christian idea of “Deus caritas est”, i.e., “God is love/charity”, Western ideas of care have traditionally pedestalised care as a virtue. At the same time, the political and economic dispositions of patriarchal societies have long devalued care as being the private, feminine and unproductive “labour of love”. Today, care is both a political and moral issue, as the growing corpus of care ethics shows (such as the works of Virginia Held, Nell Noddings, Selma Sevenhuijsen or Michael Slote).

This dilemma is also part of the current biopolitical discourse on death. According to Michel Foucault’s oft-quoted argument, the essence of modern biopolitical power is the right of “making live and letting die,” instead of the previously dominant paradigm of “making die and letting live”. Hans-Georg Gadamer points out that the modern era is characterised by a “systematic repression of death”, Norbert Elias similarly argues that “hygienic death” has become the norm, while Benjamin Noys talks about the dominance of unprepared death (mors improvisa) today. Citizens of first world countries now live and die in increasingly medicalized, normalized, and supposedly caring somatocracies, where they are first and foremost identified as bodies and are expected to master the art of “privatized risk management” (Isabell Lorey) in the face of neoliberal tendencies.

The conference addresses the ways COVID–19 has reframed the notion of care by mapping out the potential interconnections between 21st-century notions of care and medical, social, political, historical, artisitic, and literary representations of and reactions to the pandemic.

We are expecting submissions related but not limited to the topics below:

  • philospohical, bioethical, biopolitical approaches to the notions of care
  • biopolitical theory and the ongoing global health crisis
  • literary representations of epidemic disease and crises
  • contagion and/or care in film
  • the changing meanings of self-care and mental health in the pandemic era
  • popular culture and social attitudes to the pandemic
  • historical contexts for the management of contagion
  • race, class, gender, and age as factors in pandemic care
  • vaccination anxieties in the post-fact era, immunity as a metaphor
  • changing attitudes to death and dying

Organising committee:

  • Eszter Ureczky, PhD (senior lecturer, Department of British Studies, IEAS, UD)
  • Anna Szirák (MA student), György Kiss (MA student), Anna Ware (teacher training student)

Confirmed plenary speakers:

  • Orsolya Varga, MD, ML, PhD, Senior lecturer, University of Debrecen, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Premium post-doctor, Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Office for Supported Research Groups
  • Péter Kakuk, Ph.D. Habil., Visiting Researcher, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, Central European University, Consultant, WHO, Geneva, Health Ethics & Governance Unit, President, European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care

Submission Guidelines
The conference will be held online, in the form of presentations streamed live via Webex.
We expect abstracts of maximum 250 words. Those who will give presentations in Hungarian are equally welcome but are expected to provide an abstract in English as well. A 100-word bio is also required.
PhD students are also encouraged to apply, we are planning a dedicated session for their papers.
Please apply by filling in the Google form below:
Registration and abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2021.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 16 May 2021.
Conference fee: there is no conference fee to be paid.


A selection of the papers based on the conference presentations will be published either in a conference volume submitted to an acknowledged publishing house in English or Hungarian or in the English-language, peer-reviewed scientific journal Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, indexed in several international databases:

For additional information, please contact the organizers at the following e-mail address:

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!

(posted 31 March 2021)

War Memories (2020/21): Sharing War Memories – From the Military to the Civilian
Le Mans University, France, 22-24 June 2021
Deadline for submissions: 30 January 2021

International Conference initiated by  Professor Renée Dickason (Université Rennes 2), Professor  Stéphanie Bélanger (Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario) and Professor Delphine Letort (Le Mans Université)

“War Memories 2020/21” is delighted to welcome Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Doctor Denis Mukwege as a Guest of Honour.

War narratives are subject to emphases, orientations and points of view that give a particular flavour to wars fought by populations (anonymously, individually and/or hidden in an organisation, secret or not)  and by the military (from high command to the ‘unknown soldier’). Such accounts evolve with the benefit of hindsight, the writing of history textbooks and the constant (re)interpretations of archives (new or not) and the official version a country wishes to put forward according to its political agendas and visions of patriotism, citizenship and human rights, or its diplomatic or international policy objectives. The narratives of wars vary with the context and the need for men and women to express their inner feelings when faced with the torments and human atrocities of war; they also reflect the place of individuals within a group and the implications of group cohesion within the larger community.

Civilians’ knowledge of the war effort and the involvement of the military is informed by two types of documents: primary sources (letters, emails, photographs, videos, testimonies, trench gazettes, blogs, etc.) provide direct information about the war experienced at an individual level, whereas secondary sources mediate these artefacts by incorporating them into another narrative.

The artefacts of war become the original materials which museums and memorials turn into places of memory, while feature films provide a less direct approach as they often (re)mediate the original accounts of first-hand witnesses through documentary, ethno-fiction, docudrama or more generally through fiction. These documents show a possible encounter between the military and civilian spheres, especially when the two are separated either in time or space.

Civilians learn about past and distant wars through the narratives built on them and through the images produced either by the military themselves, by news reporters embedded with them or following in their footsteps, or by historians. Journalistic records often frame the understanding of war by shining light on events hidden from the public gaze, by illuminating the conflicts or the complicity between civilian witnesses and members of the military. Whether intended to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of the indigenous populations or to denigrate the enemy by reductive stereotyping, military strategies condition how armed forces regard the ‘Other’. Humanitarian groups approach war with a different goal in mind; their representations of war emphasize the dangers for civilian populations trapped by an ongoing conflict and reintroduce human concerns where war technology erases them. The case of civilian hostages is of particular relevance in this context.

This conference aims to explore zones of contact between the military and the civilian worlds – be they real or virtual. Zones of contact extend beyond the battlefields to civilian areas, where the enemy is sometimes conflated with undeclared combatants (especially in the age of terrorism). Soldiers may also find respite in the civilian life that wars disrupt but cannot completely annihilate. The contacts between the military and the civilians are often channeled by professional relationships. Doctors, nurses, drivers, journalists, artists… provide a link between two worlds that outsourcing has brought closer together in the contemporary era.

Both volunteers and conscripts undergo a change of status when they join the armed forces. The transition from the civilian to the military world may be a life-changing event, but it may also become part and parcel of one’s daily rhythm as war can increasingly be pursued without even leaving the home country (for example, with the development of drone technology). How do the military manage to attract civilians into donning the uniform? How do the veterans reintegrate into civilian life and overcome the trauma of waging war, especially when serious injury makes them unfit for further service.

The study of the relationships between the civilian and the military implies research into the artefacts of war, conveying the perception of combat by the military themselves or by the civilians observing them. This relationship is founded on a variety of objects aiming at boosting admiration for war heroes or condemnation of war criminals.

Reality turns into fiction as it becomes a political or romanticized narrative in film and on television, in literature and in the arts – and this transformation illuminates the civilians’ perception of war as well as soldiers’ perception of themselves.

In 2021, to mark the tenth year anniversary of the active and fruitful collaboration on the theme of war memories, our research groups – ACE (Rennes), the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, Ontario) and 3L.AM (Le Mans) – would like to offer researchers and members of civil society the opportunity to participate in workshop discussions on the subject of sexual violence and abuse perpetuated as a weapon of war, and on the fate of children in wartime, in addition to the themes in the non-exhaustive list given below.Other possible workshops:

    • Remembering, transmitting war (commemorations, textbooks (paper or e-learning), museums…) and narrating war (children’s literature, graphic novels, essays, short stories, drama, poetry…)
    • Drawing, photographing or filming war (documentaries, docu-fictions, ethno-fiction)
    • Medialization of war (news bulletins, news reports, blogs, social media, websites…)
    • War and the human dimension: testimonies of trauma and the management of emotions (from military to civilian points of view)
    • Childhood in wartime: mobilization of children in armed conflicts; staging children characters in, fictional and non-fictional, war narratives; writing or representing war for a young public
    • Women civilians and the military in war; women as war weapons and victims

With keynot speeches by:

  • Jonathan Bignell (Professor of Television and Film, Reading University, United Kingdom). Keynote provisional  title: Television and Ephemerality: Remembering and Forgetting War
  • Daniel Palmieri (Historian, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland) . Keynote provisional title: “Now, the World without me”.
    Humanitarians and Sexual Violence in Time of War
  • Stéphanie Bélanger (Professor, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario). Keynote provisional title: Voice or Loyalty? Dealing with Memories in the Armed Forces
  • Terence McSWEENEY (Southampton/London, UK). Keynote provisional title: Film as Cultural Battleground: War, Conflict and Human Rights in Contemporary Global Cinema


All submissions will be considered after the deadline of 30 January 2021. We will not be able to give you any news concerning the acceptance of your work before 30 January 2021.

Please send your abstract (350 words) and biography (200 words) directly to the conference website. You will need to create an account in the Submission section before filling up the fields required and uploading your document (see information on the conference website).

(posted 1 October 2020)

Movement and Mobility in America: 40th International American Studies Conference, American Studies Association of Turkey (ASAT)
Online Conference, 28-29 June 2021
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2021
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 political, as in the case of mobilizing for racial justice, such as with the Black Lives Matter movement that is sweeping the nation.
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 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; social mobility; self-(re)invention
  • Movement, mobility, and rebellion in American history
  • Frontiers, border(land)s, 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; BLM and racial justice
  • Union and labor activism; (im)migrant workers
  • 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 and activists
  • 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 one-paragraph (200 word) biography (in the third-person) for each participant. The time allowance for presentations is 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be provided for discussion.
Proposal deadline: February 28, 2021
Presenters will be provided with a certificate of participation and invited to submit expanded papers for consideration in a future 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 2020)