Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in June 2021

ESRA Shakespeare Conference
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 3-6 Jun 2021
Updated deadline: 15 December 2020




Venue: The Conference will take place at the Modern Greek Language Teaching Centre, located at the University Campus.

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 December 2020 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 by January 10th, 2021.

Find more information about Call for Seminar Papers here!

(posted 14 May 2020, updated 11 August 2020)

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)