Calls for papers for conferences taking place in March 2023

Conviviality and Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century: Restoration to Romanticism.
Essen, Germany, 3-5 March 2023.
Deadline for proposals: 10 June 2022

We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for LAPASEC 2023. Christoph Heyl (Univ. Duisburg-Essen) and Rémy Duthille (Univ. Bordeaux-Montaigne) are continuing the long tradition of the Landau-Paris Symposia on the Eighteenth Century, welcoming both established scholars of the field and early career researchers. The symposium focuses on the literature and culture of the British Isles of the period, but it is also open to topics relating to the British colonies, France, Germany, and further afield. The conference will include a panel of emerging scholars who are working on their PhD projects or are planning to begin a PhD project in the near future. For those in the early stages of their academic careers, we are seeking to fund travel, accommodation and related conference costs. We invite 20-minute papers with a discussion time of 10 to 20 minutes; papers for the early-career panel are expected to last 10 minutes with a discussion time of 10 minutes.

As soon as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience an oblivion of care, and a freedom from solicitude: […] wine there exhilarates my spirits, and prompts me to free conversation and an interchange of discourse with those whom I most love: I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinion and sentiments I find delight.
(Samuel Johnson, as quoted in Boswell’s Life of Johnson, 354)

Any attempt at revisiting Johnson’s time will immediately unlock models of sociability that dominated early modern and Enlightenment philosophies. Sociable spaces such as tea gardens, alehouses, inns, salons, pleasure gardens, operas, exhibitions, all furnished extraordinary opportunities for engagement, enjoyment and rational discussion. In stark contrast to the delights of conversing over drinks or supper in public, most of us will only have experienced purely virtual forms of sociability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, we deem it quite apt to reassess normative notions of conviviality and sociability in the cordial setting of our conference.

Traditionally, our understanding of early modern sociability, and by extension, conviviality, has been underpinned by the Habermasian concept of the bourgeois public sphere. However, recent critical engagement with Habermas has justifiably postulated the existence of “non-bourgeois, plural, public spheres catering to people of varying social standing on very different occasions” (Duthille 2020, 2), built upon what Brian Cowan has termed the “practical public sphere” in explicit opposition to Habermas’s “ideal” one (Cowan 2001, 133). Interventions such as these challenge customary periodisations and frameworks, necessitating renewed critical analysis of all aspects of our understanding of sociability in general and conviviality in particular. 

To broaden the scope of our discussions and to allow for diverse approaches, we bookend the eighteenth century beginning with the Restoration and ending with the Romantic period. During this time sociability was undergoing fundamental changes. From at least the 1650s onwards, conviviality was central to the expression of political allegiance: Herrick’s anti-Puritan poetry celebrates conviviality, love and drink, as do the song-books of the Interregnum period. In the early years of the Restoration, Margaret Cavendish provides her readership with a plethora of fictional letters containing gossip as well as social, political and philosophical commentary in the Sociable Letters (1664). The Royalist culture of toasting to the King was carried forward into the Age of Reason as a mostly homosocial practice in clubs such as the Whig Kit-Cat Club, the Tory October Club or the Beefsteak Club. Later, neoclassical ideals of refined sociability moulded civil societies in a way that was regarded as constraining by the Romantics.

The conference aims at bringing together a diverse range of approaches and methodologies addressing topics which may include, but are not restricted to:

Conviviality and/or sociability and

  • Literature
  • Sociable spaces (e.g. coffeehouses, tea gardens, tea rooms, alehouses, clubs, salons, learned societies, pleasure gardens, exhibitions)
  • Material cultures, fashion and taste
  • Textual simulations and evocations of conviviality and sociability in periodicals and magazines such as The Spectator and The Gentleman’s Magazine
  • Convivial practices (e.g. drinking and toasting) 
  • Identities (cultural, English / Scottish, Irish, sexual, queer, etc.)
  • Sentiment and sociability
  • Dissipation (criminal conversation, perversions)
  • Intoxication 
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Music (e.g. choirs, amateur music-making, dance)
  • The senses
  • Myths of sociability
  • Social and sociable networks
  • Performativity (the social calendar, wit, sprezzatura)
  • Cultures of conviviality in various age groups
  • Politics (radicalism, Whigs/Tories, Jacobitism, extra-parliamentary politics, dissidents)
  • The French Revolution
  • Metropolitan and provincial centres
  • Scholarly/scientific communities 
  • Travel
  • Religion
  • Charity / philanthropy
  • Crime and violence

Selected contributions will be considered for inclusion in a volume of conference proceedings.

Conference languages: English, French

Convenors: Prof. Dr. Christoph Heyl; Dr. Rémy Duthille, MCF; Prof. Dr. Tristan Coignard; Anjali Rampersad, M.A.; Christian Feser, M.A.

Deadline: Please e-mail your proposal* (c. 250 words), contact information and a brief biographical note (c. 100 words) to the conference organisers (lapasec_essen@uni-due.de) by 10 June 2022. If you are an early career academic, please indicate whether you would like to present your paper in the ECR panel. For more information, please click here.

(Posted 13 May 2023)


Iconomorphosis: Adaptation, ethics and sharing – international conference
University of Burgundy (Dijon, France). 16 & 17 March 2023.
Deadline for proposals: 1st September 2023.

Iconomorphosis: Appropriation, Ethics and Sharing

Keynote speakers:

  • Natalie Bookchin (artist, USA),
  • Sinéad Morrissey (poet, Northern Ireland) and
  • Juan Martín Prada (University of Cádiz, Spain)

The TIL research centre (EA 4182) of the Université de Bourgogne (France) is organizing a trilingual (French-English-Spanish) international conference on our new relationships with images as defined by contemporary technical and material practices within the framework of Digital Humanities. The conference follows the sessions of the seminar “Metamorphosis of images” held by the Image & critique team of TIL. We invite academics and PhD students, practitioners, research engineers and artists to contribute papers on the poetics, techniques and methods of reappropriation and humanization that have taken root in literary studies, visual studies, art and intermediality. The papers may explore the following themes in this non- exhaustive list:

Appropriation and adaptation: datafication, artificial intelligence and editorial enrichment are revolutionizing our research protocols, our methods for treating archives and corpuses, and the transmission of knowledge. Scholars in the Humanities are being encouraged or compelled to adapt their teaching, research and mentoring practices. This conference seeks to address the nature and scope of such adaptation and its consequences on higher education (up to mixed-research PhD programmes), the relations between the Humanities and “hard” sciences, as well as the hermeneutic shifts induced by new ways of visualizing our corpus of materials. Beyond the world of academia, the papers should also discuss how such issues are reflected in hybrid artistic practices.

Ethics, physicality and ecocriticism: against a vision of total dematerialization, this conference aims to tackle new haptic and relational modalities, and new ways of engaging with materiality that make it possible to humanize the digital and foster remedial practices in such areas as augmented reality, immersion and disability studies. From an environmental and ecocritical perspective, papers may examine how we can dwell in our hyperconnected world instead of being confined to digital addiction. In this sense, the conference does not seek to advocate the relation between images and the digital as a panacea but to discuss practices that should be questioned, enriched and monitored in a variety of areas, from art to museology and teaching.

Sharing and reappropriating: the conference also welcomes papers that deal with new poetics of reappropriation and reprise in order to see how they tie in with an ethics of sharing and exchange (as participatory practices and forms of cooperation and free culture). Contributions may focus on the reappropriation of shared or algorithm-processed images, or the advances of open science; or on how hyperconnectivity and overexposure translate in the world of art as poetics of sharing or poaching insofar as parts of our lives are picked from social networks and reshaped. This will be an opportunity to assess the current benefits and limits of research and creative practices, as well as their impact on the communities of academics, artists and digital specialists.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a biobibliography (in English, French or Spanish) before 1st September 2022 to the following addresses: iconomorphoses@u-bourgogne.fr and myriam.segura@u- bourgogne.fr

Notification: 31st October 2022. The programme will be finalized in December 2022. Deadline for the submission of papers for publication: 1st September 2023.

Scientific committee: Emmanuel Alloa, Laurent Baridon, Olivier Bonfait, Martine Clouzot, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Marie-Laure Massot, Federico Nurra, Julien Schuh
Organizing committee: Sophie Aymes, Laureano Montero, Judite Rodrigues-Balbuena, Christelle Serée- Chaussinand, Bénédicte Coste

(Posted 25 March 2022)


Multilingualism in Translation.
Université Paris Nanterre, 30-31 March 2023 & Université de Lille, February/March 2024
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2022

Multilingualism in Translation
(the English-speaking world, 16th century – present)
Université Paris Nanterre, 30-31 March 2023 & Université de Lille, February/March 2024
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2022

Over the past 500 years, English has gone from a marginal language hardly spoken by anyone outside of England to a global lingua franca with speakers, native and non-native, all over the world. This has created situations of multilingualism both within countries where English is the main language and elsewhere, as many people who speak English on a regular basis are not native speakers, and the language itself has come into contact with other languages in the course of processes of colonisation, immigration, and globalisation. Beginning in the sixteenth century, these processes have broadened the contact zone of English, redefined its relations with the classical languages of humanist communication as well as with modern European languages (some of which have developed varieties outside Europe), and ultimately led to a questioning of the majority/minority-language binary. Literature and the verbal arts, be it to give a realistic description of the world or to experiment with language and form, have reflected, registered and contributed to such plurilingual practices. 

Evolutions in the status of English as a communication language in everyday lives and in artistic productions go hand in hand with evolutions in translation techniques and strategies, with the development of translation into English as a necessary means of worldwide communication as well as the acknowledgment of varied linguistic and cultural skills in target audiences. More generally, traditional social constructs applied to analyse language use and cultural productions in translating, such as the “foreign/native” or the “source/target” opposition, are in need of redefinition. Likewise, the concept of lexical borrowing needs to be reexamined if English is considered a multilingual language from the start, with its elaboration relying on words and structures taken from Saxon, but also Latin and Romance languages – as the lexicographers (and the translators) from the Renaissance already knew.

This two-part conference welcomes both synchronic and diachronic approaches to the interplay between multilingualism and translation involving English as source or target language and at least one other language in works of literature, the performing arts and audio-visual productions, from the sixteenth century to the present. Multilingualism will be taken in the broad meaning of the co-presence of several languages within the same work, thus including neighbouring concepts such as heterolingualism, and such phenomena as code-switching and multi-ethnolects. Papers that combine methodologies from linguistics, literary/film studies and translation studies will be particularly appreciated.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the study of:

  • Strategies of translation that deal with multilingual sources, or that turn monolingual sources into multilingual translated works
  • Editions of texts with their translation(s)
  • Cases in which the target language also features in the source
  • Comparisons of translation strategies in various target languages for English sources
  • The rendering of phonetic specificities in both text and performance
  • The translation of metadiscursive comments/elements in multilingual contexts
  • The specific issues raised by dubbing and subtitling/surtitling
  • Multilingualism and forms of expanded / contrapuntal / prismatic translation
  • The technologies developed/adapted to facilitate the translation of multilingual texts

The first part will take place at Université Paris Nanterre, France (30-31 March 2023), and will focus more specifically on literary works in print (and the issues related to translating and publishing multilingual texts) from the sixteenth century to the present. Keynote speaker: Dirk Delabastita (Université de Namur).

The second part will take place at Université de Lille, France (February/March 2024), and will focus more specifically on the performing arts, films and TV series (and the challenges set to translators by aural effects dependent on multilingualism). Keynote speaker: Charlotte Bosseaux (The University of Edinburgh).

Please send abstracts (300 words) and a short bio-bibliography in English or in French for either conference to Laetitia Sansonetti (l.sansonetti@parisnanterre.fr), Julie Loison-Charles (julie.charles@univ-lille.fr) and Claire Hélie (claire.helie@univ-lille.frby June 1, 2022

A fuller version of the rationale, information regarding other related events, the advisory board and a select bibliography can be found on our website: https://xlingtransl.hypotheses.org/. You can also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/multilingtrans


 Literature and Science : 1922-2022
“Sapienza” – Università di Roma, 30-31 March 2023
Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2022

The conference is intended to foster a productive dialogue between the literary and scientific communities. The conversation between the two communities has been ongoing over time, across different geographical areas, and has been shaped by continuities and discontinuities (Hagen).  For a good part of the twentieth century, it has certainly presupposed a difference between the humanities and the sciences, especially with regard to the question of method (Gadamer), but the resurgence of the debate on method in literary studies in the first two decades of the twenty-first century suggests that,  in spite of the diverging paths of specialization and differentiation, the dialogue  between the literary and scientific communities unfolds along a dialectics of encounters in a unified  cultural system of knowledge which intensifies the search for a common ground while countering and demystifying radical oppositions. 

This conference targets issues of contiguity between the human and the external world (animals, plants, objects, the biosphere as a whole), from a decentered, non-anthropomorphic perspective. From this vantage point, it intends to re-examine Modernism:  2022 is also the centenary of both Ulysses and The Waste Land — works that place center stage figures of knowledge (Ulysses; Tiresias) — foregrounding the human creature’s  uncanny capacity for distancing and domination of cosmic reality through logos and technique.  These modernist classics engage with science; they show the indebtedness of literature to — and alignment with — scientific attitudes and methods (Pound, Huxley, Woolf, M. Moore, Beckett, among many more). Their generative quality as literary texts simultaneously invites reflection on attempts at innerving literary criticism and critical discourse with scientific objectivity, encouraging a reassessment of the concept of technique in the philosophical-critical tradition and its role in the rise and fortune of literary-critical schools, from Russian Formalism, through poststructuralism, and present currents such as new realism, ecocriticism, etc. Within this horizon, the conference also welcomes studies related to posthumanism, to ecology and climate change, to holism and to the idea of Anthropocene, and encourages contributions that explore how the conversation between literature and science might entail looking into the scientists’ frequent employment of allegorical and metaphorical language, climaxing in texts stylistically close to narratives. 

We invite submissions focused on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Literature and sciences (medicine, psychology, psychoanalysis, anthropology, history, hard and soft sciences)
  • Modernism and science
  • Postmodernism and science
  • Literary criticism as/and science
  • The literary in science
  • Posthumanism
  • Trans-species languages and discourses
  • The human in context: plants
  • The human in context: animals
  • The human in context: the world of objects
  • Philosophy and reality as independent from human thought
  • Mythological figures of the Search for Knowledge (Prometheus, Oedipus, Ulysses)
  • Prosthetic bodies
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Ageing/youth preservation
  • Faith, Science, Literature  

Please send anonymized 300-500-word abstracts in English and a short bio of no more than 150 words  by 31 July 2022 to:

literatureandsciencerome2023@gmail.com

Conference committee:

  • Yuri Chung, “Sapienza” Università di Roma
  • Davide Crosara, “Sapienza” Università di Roma
  • Mario Martino, “Sapienza” Università di Roma
  • Mena Mitrano, Università Cà Foscari Venezia

Proposals in Italian will be accepted on condition that an English version of the paper is circulated one week prior to the Conference.

Notification of acceptance: 30 September  2022

Contact persons. For any enquiries, please write to:

(Posted 8 May 2022)