Doctoral Symposium 2024

1st APEAA Doctoral Symposium, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, June 24th, 2024

Call for Proposals (download PDF)

The Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies (APEAA) invites doctoral students  working in areas related to English and American studies to take part in an in-person Doctoral  Symposium, to be held at the University of Lisbon, on June 24th, 2024, as part of the annual  APEAA Conference “Transitions: Freedom & Conflicts” (25th-26th of June 2024). This  Doctoral Symposium intends to bring together students affiliated with Portuguese universities, allowing them to present their doctoral research, exchange ideas with peers, and receive feedback from specialists in their fields (Mentors). The Doctoral Symposium will also serve as a platform for networking and sharing experiences as early career academic researchers in a collaborative and supportive environment. 

Symposium presentations should deal with the main themes of the students’ doctoral research in areas related to English and American studies, mentioning any preliminary results obtained,  methodologies applied, as well as any challenges they may be currently facing. Each 10-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute discussion, during which participants will receive feedback from experienced scholars in their field, as well as from their peers. 

Participants may present their research in one of the following strands:

  • Literatures in English and Literary Theory 
  • Cultural Studies, including Visual, Media, Film, Performance, and Music Studies
  • Linguistics and Translation

This year’s Doctoral Symposium Mentors will be

  • K. Allison Hammer (Southern Illinois University) 
  • Simon Swift (Université de Genève) 
  • Alexandra Assis Rosa (Universidade de Lisboa, CEAUL/ULICES) 
  • Teresa Botelho (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, CETAPS) 
  • Manuel Portela (Universidade de Coimbra, CLP) 
  • Margarida Vale de Gato (Universidade de Lisboa, CEAUL/ULICES)
  • Luísa Flora (CEAUL/ULICES) 
  • Rosario Arias (Universidad de Málaga)

Submission Guidelines 

Proposals for 10-minute presentations in English must be submitted through this Google Form by April 14th, 2024 (Extended Deadline). Submissions must include the title of the candidate’s ongoing doctoral project, a 500-word abstract, and a 100-word bio note. All proposals for the APEAA Doctoral  Symposium must be submitted through the Google form above, otherwise they will not be considered for this year’s symposium. Successful Doctoral Symposium applicants will be notified by May 3rd, 2024, and will be exempt from the fee for the APEAA Conference (25th-26th June 2024)

We encourage APEAA Doctoral Symposium applicants to submit paper proposals for the thematic sessions (“Transitions: Freedom & Conflicts”) of the general APEAA Conference. If  Doctoral Symposium applicants are also interested in submitting a proposal to the  APEAA Conference, they must follow the submission guidelines specified in the main  Conference’s call for papers, which can be found on the official APEAA website.


We are committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and stimulating environment for everyone.  Please let us know through your Google Forms application if you have any accessibility requirements, and we will try to accommodate them as best we can. 

We look forward to receiving your Doctoral Symposium proposals! Should you have any inquiries, please contact us at

Organising Committee
Ana Brígida Paiva (NOVA FCSH, CETAPS)
Ariadna Coelho (Universidade de Lisboa, CEAUL/ULICES)
Catarina Xavier (Universidade de Lisboa, CEAUL/ULICES)
Jaqueline Pierazzo (Universidade do Porto, CETAPS)
Manuel Sousa Oliveira (Universidade do Porto, CETAPS)

Scientific Committee
Catarina Xavier (Universidade de Lisboa, CEAUL/ULICES)
Jaqueline Pierazzo (Universidade do Porto, CETAPS)
Luísa Flora (independent scholar, CEAUL/ULICES)
Manuel Sousa Oliveira (Universidade do Porto, CETAPS)
Manuel Portela (Universidade de Coimbra, MATLIT Lab)
Margarida Vale de Gato (Universidade de Lisboa, CEAUL/ULICES)
Teresa Botelho (NOVA FCSH, CETAPS)

This conference has been funded by national funds through the Portuguese funding agency FCT Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. within the framework of the projects UIDB/00114/2020 and UIDP/00114/2020.