Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in November 2021

Keeping silent, listening, speaking up: voice and silence in audience-response to arts and literature
Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 3-5 November 2021
Deadline for proposals: 4 January 2021

The conference “Keeping silent, listening, speaking up:  voice and silence in audience-response to arts and literature” had initially been scheduled at Université de Lorraine (Nancy) on 4-6 November 2020
Submission deadline has been put off until January 4th 2021.
Please send abstracts to Claudine Armand ( and Diane Leblond (

See the original call for papers at

(posted 24 September 2020)

On Going: figuring journey, position and place
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK, Saturday 6 November 2021
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2021

We are looking for papers which consider journeying, place and the way as tropes in ancient or modern texts, and we look especially for associations with Christian and Biblical themes.

Papers normally have a reading time of about 20 minutes, and are followed by a few minutes of discussion. They are offered for publication in The Glass and subsequently on the CLSG website.

The deadline for offering a paper is 31 May 2021. Send a provisional title and a few lines on how you will tackle your topic. Email Dr Roger Kojecký,

With the pandemic continuing, the annual conference will likely take place by video conferencing, in which case papers will be distributed two weeks beforehand and discussed on the day. When sending your proposal state whether you envisage participating only on Zoom or, if it becomes possible to meet in Corpus Christi College, Oxford, you would be in Oxford on 6 November 2021.

The full form of the Call for Papers is at  . The conference page will be progressively updated in the period before the conference.

(posted 25 January 2021)

Innovation in Language Learning: 14th edition
A hybrid event, in Florence, Italy, and on line, 11-12 November 2021
New extended deadline for proposals: 13 September 2021

The 14th edition of the Innovation in Language Learning International Conference will take place on 11-12 November 2021.

The objective of the Conference is to promote transnational cooperation and share good practice in the field of the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to Language Learning and Teaching. The Innovation in Language Learning Conference is also an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current language learning projects and innovative initiatives.

Two days of inspiring sessions in the framework of a highly interactive onsite and online conference experience will be delivered. Enhanced digital contents will give participants greater access to learning, sharing and networking.

All accepted papers will be presented onsite and online.
Interactive Questions and Answers sessions will follow each paper presentation.
Poster Presentation Sessions will also be held, onsite and online.
Networking Opportunities will be organized.

Abstracts must be submitted by 13 September 2021

All accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with ISBN, ISSN and DOI codes. The publication will be included in and indexed in Google Scholar. The Proceedings will be sent to be reviewed for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index by Thomson Reuters(ISI-Clarivate).

Official website:
YouTube promo video:

Health and Safety issues in relation to COVID-19:
In case participants are not able to attend on-site, online, interactive, attendance/presentation opportunities are available. Participants attending/presenting online will benefit of a discounted fee. Every precaution possible is taken to create a safe environment for participants attending on-site (masks, gloves, distance seating, disinfection etc.). Finally, should the conditions do not allow the conference to be held on-site as expected, the event will shift to a fully virtual format.

More details can be found at the following page.

(posted 12 February 2021, updated 14 June 2021, updated 31 July 2021)

Crises: Climate and Critique in the Literature and Arts of the English-Speaking World after 1800
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, 18-20 November 2021
Deadline for submissions: 20 April 2021

Our times are marked, perhaps even defined, by crisis: sanitary, economic, social and epistemic crises but also (and perhaps more prominently) ecological and climate crises, which gave rise to the “crisis of the imagination” identified by Lawrence Buell in 1995. Twenty years later, the matter stands unresolved, driving writer Amitav Gosh to declare in 2016: “the climate crisis is a crisis of culture, thus of the imagination.” Confounded by the biological, geological and planetary scales of the crisis, humankind seems unable to coherently grasp, feel or represent the ongoing catastrophe.

Yet, some writers have been warning us about ecological degradation since the 1840s (Susan Fenimore Cooper) at the very least, while others have given voice to nonhuman interests (John Muir), prefiguring the Gaian ethics today defended by thinkers such as Bruno Latour. Is it then literary criticism and theory that have been late in considering the environmental imagination? How are the fields of critique evolving nowadays as they seek to engage with a growing body of literary and artistic texts (emerging notably from speculative fiction and cli-fi) mandated with anticipating or negotiating the cataclysm, representing this “hyperobject” (Morton 2013), and tracing maps to navigate the unthinkable (Patrick Lagadec)? What new ways of reading and interpreting does this double crisis, of the climate and of the imagination, call for?

From the “crisis of the concept of literature” announced at the beginning of the 20th century (Jacques Rivière), to Edgar Morin’s theory of “crisology” (1976), the wide-ranging concept of “crisis” spans so many horizons of our contemporary consciousness it has become a “ready-made cliché” (Randolph Starn, 2005), regularly wielded to label breaks and ruptures of all kinds, ideological or political upheaval as well as aesthetic apotheosis. The word – originally carrying a dimension of decision, examination, and judgement, that closely relates it to critique – has been emptied out, even turned against itself as it has come to designate the (recurring) dysfunction of a system caught in the loop of permanent indecision. Considered both a source of instability and innovation, the concept appears thus inherently ambivalent (in Hölderlin’s words, “where the danger is, also grows the saving power”). Will the current ecological crisis signal the renewal of the relation between literature and the world, rendered so problematic by 20th century avant-gardes? Are we witnessing a rebalancing of activism and formalism, ethics and aesthetics within the fields of artistic practice? Will climate change invite literature and the arts to rethink their relationship with science?

If for McLuhan “there are no passengers on spaceship Earth, we are all crew”, we are not equally exposed to the turbulences shaking our planet, and the very idea of crisis can become the pretext for an authoritarian reinforcing of these inequalities. This conference will also be the occasion of interrogating how ecocriticism meets decolonial theory (Ferdinand 2019), and how the perspectives of animal and plant studies are connected to the minority positions that have been structuring literary studies since the 1980s (feminist and gender studies, queer theory, African-American studies, disability studies). Can we talk, with Dipesh Chakrabarty (2019), of the planetary as an “emergent regime of historicity” demanding that we reevaluate national histories (the scale at which we still mostly observe literature)? Finally, the conference will also allow us to explore how different literary genres grapple with the double crisis of climate and imagination: is poetry, which since Mallarmé (1897) has been suffering a a perpetual “crise de vers” better suited to formulate the unthinkable? What then of the theater, which thinks itself as the genre of crisis per se (Artaud, in The Theater and the Plague, 1938: ” Theater, just like the plague, is a crisis which can only be resolved by death or a cure”)? Through these explorations, we hope to better grasp the positioning of contemporary criticism in the face of global catastrophe.

Presentations may be in French or English and touch upon:

  • Climate change & the crisis of imagination
  • Representing climate change
  • Data visualizing & big data in literature and the arts
  • New genres in the era of climate change (post-pastoral, cli-fi, Anthropocene noir, etc.)
  • Close reading & distant reading
  • Ecocriticism & post/decolonial studies
  • The global or the planetary
  • Crisis capitalism
  • New discourses of futurity
  • Literature & environmental justice
  • Literary activism, ecopoethics
  • Nonhuman diplomacy
  • Geography/cartography in literature
  • The “studies” in the face of climate change
  • Critical reevaluations of notions such as:
  • – crisis
  • – precariousness and resilience
  • – the Anthropocene
  • – posthumanism
  • – Gaia / Pachamama
  • – terraforming & geoengineering

250-500 words proposals accompanied by a short bio. should be sent to:

Submission deadline is April 1st, 2021.

Proposals will be subjected to blind peer-review by the scientific committee. Authors will be informed of the results of their submission before April 20th 2021.


Isabelle Alfandary, Sarah Montin & Pierre-Louis Patoine

This conference is an initiative of the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (EA 4398 PRISMES – Groupe 19-21 Modernités critiques).

(posted 18 December 2020)