The Eighth International Conference on Popular Romance Studies

Diversity, Inclusion, Innovation

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | Canary Islands | June 17-19, 2020

Proposal Deadline: October 20, 2019

What loves matter in popular romance culture? Who is represented as capable of love, or worthy of it? How do popular romance media—books, films, TV, web series, popular music, comics, etc.—promote and/or resist (neo) imperialism, (neo) colonialism, white supremacy, ethno-nationalism, ableism, and compulsory heterosexuality? How do innovations in publishing and media creation and/or distribution help to diversify popular romance, making it more inclusive, and what innovations are needed in popular romance studies to bring this diversity—or its continuing absence—into our critical discourse?

Celebrating the start of its second decade, the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance calls for papersand posterson the popular culture of romantic love, now and in the past, from anywhere in the world.


Popular Romance Studies is an interdisciplinary field including scholars from literary studies; film, television, and media studies; communication and the social sciences; critical race, feminist, and queer studies; disabilitystudies; audience & fan studies, etc. All theoretical and empirical approaches are welcome, including talks, panels, and workshops on professional development, international collaboration, and pedagogy. Content creators, writers, and professionals from various romance industries are invited to submit proposals as well.


We are open to proposals on any relevant text or topic. This year we are particularly interested in papers, posters, panels, and workshops focused on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and innovation. Possible topics might include:


Social justice themes and efforts at broadening popular romance media, including issues related to race, sexuality, gender, class, disability, age, religion, etc.

•Love and romance in the context of mass migration and displacement.

•Popular romance in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

•Romance beyond the Anglosphere: traditions, texts, translations (literal and metaphorical).

•Changes in romance genres and innovations in popular romance creation, marketing, and sales.

•Resistance to change in popular romance.

•Popular romance media communities and controversies.

•Panels on individual authors/creators and individual texts (books,series, films,shows,etc.)

Submit abstracts of 250-350 words (plus bibliography of 3-5 items, if appropriate) to by October 20, 2019. Please specify whether you are proposing a paper, workshop, or poster. Panel submissions (3-4 related papers) are welcome.

Thanks to the generosity of Kathleen Gilles Seidel, a limited number of Seidel Travel Support grants will be awarded to non-tenured presenters, including graduate students and junior scholars. Information about travel support applications will be sent out with acceptance notifications



An Academic Tribute to The Beatles

Lisbon, 16-18 April 2020

FCSH NOVA, Colégio dos Jesuítas, Campolide

Call for Papers:

Half a century after the Beatles’ break-up (1970) and forty years since John Lennon’s murder in New York (Dec. 1980), the ‘Fab Four’s popularity remains a global phenomenon, bridging up generations across spatial, linguistic, social and cultural boundaries. However, with a few notable exceptions, Academia as a whole has hitherto failed to pay critical attention to the Liverpool band and its manifold contributions to contemporary pop music (both then and now), and the “ways of life” emerging in Britain, Europe and the United States since the 1950s. This International Conference seeks to fill in this academic gap, by approaching, reassessing and reframing John, Paul, George and Ringo through a broad range of disciplines, themes and topics, such as:


  1. The Beatles: influences, heritages and legacies;
  2. The Beatles and contemporary Britain;
  3. The Beatles, The British Sixties and “Swinging London”;
  4. The Beatles, the British Invasion and the American rock scene: Them and US;
  5. The Beatles and the emergence of (a) common culture(s);
  6. The Beatles and the emergence of (a) youth culture(s);
  7. The Beatles in the classroom;
  8. The Beatles in literature;
  9. The Beatles and contemporary pop/rock artists and bands;
  10. The Beatles’ lives, loves and biographies;
  11. The Beatles’ controversies;
  12. The Beatles: peace and love;
  13. The Beatles: sex and drugs and rock and roll;
  14. The Beatles: power, politics and religion;
  15. The Beatles and/in the media;
  16. The Beatles’ performances: stage, screen and studio;
  17. The Beatles’ discography and the record industry;
  18. The Beatles’ songs: lyrics and/or music;
  19. The Beatles’ filmography;
  20. The Beatles’ iconography;
  21. The Beatles and/in the visual arts;
  22. The Beatles’ memorabilia and merchandising;
  23. The Beatles and/in fashion;
  24. The Beatles and the English language;
  25. The Beatles in Europe;
  26. The Beatles in Portugal;
  27. Beyond the 20th century: Beatles Fo(u)r Ever;
  28. Beatlemania: fandoms and revivalisms;



English and/or Portuguese.

Obs.: Speakers should prepare for a 20 minute presentation (MAX.), followed by 10 mins. debate.


Up to 250-300 words (MAX).

Obs: Please select from the list above the most appropriate number to describe your paper (If 29, please specify).

Bionote/Affiliation/Institutional e-mail:

150 words (MAX).

Audiovisual requirements, if any (please specify).


30th Nov. 2019.




Op. Cit.: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies

2019 Call for Contributions


2nd Series, Nr 8: 2019



Op. Cit.: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies (the Journal of APEAA – Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos / the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies) is calling for papers for its forthcoming issue, 2nd Series, Number 8, which will be published in November 2019.

Proposals along the Journal’s usual fields, disciplines and areas of research are welcome. The Journal covers all aspects of the cultures of the English-speaking countries from a variety of angles, including literary studies, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, performance, film and theatre studies, gender and sexuality studies, translation studies, linguistics, language teaching and methodology.

We welcome:


(10,000 to 20,000 characters, without spaces, including notes and bibliographic references);


(30,000 to 40,000 characters, without spaces, including abstract, notes and bibliographic references).

All articles should include an abstract (900 characters, without spaces) in English (and in Portuguese if the text is in Portuguese), and a number of keywords (up to 6). The article and the abstract(s) should be in a single document

  1. REVIEWS of recent books or essays, as well as NOTES and NOTICES about journals are also welcome
  2. We also welcome brief ABSTRACTS of MA and PhD dissertations that have been submitted to public discussion in Portugal in the past two years. Abstracts in English and Portuguese should be c.1,600 to 2,000 characters, without spaces, in each language. Please don’t forget to include complete name, complete title (if the dissertation is in Portuguese, you can add a translation of the title), degree, university, date and name(s) of supervisor(s).

Op. Cit. being a peer-reviewed journal, all contributions are sent out anonymously to experts for evaluation. It is therefore required that the author’s name, affiliation, and address should appear only on the cover sheet of the manuscript.

The email “subject” should read “Op.Cit.-2019-Proposal-Author’s surname”.

All proposals and queries should be addressed to

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 31 May 2019.



40th APEAA Meeting

6-8 June 2019

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

University of Porto, Portugal


Extended call for papers

New deadline: 28 February 2019

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Alex Houen (Cambridge University)

Sarah Hentges (University of Maine at Augusta / University of Southern Denmark)

Isabel Fernandes (Universidade de Lisboa)


The Department of Anglo-American Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto is pleased to announce the 40th Conference of the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies, which will take place between 6 and 8 June 2019.


Papers, panels and roundtables proposals are welcomed on any subject that falls under the remit of the two academic areas (including literary studies, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, performance, film and theatre studies, gender and sexuality studies, translation studies, linguistics, language teaching and methodology). Proposals for panels, put together around a common theme or research domain are welcome. We also welcome papers and panels on Canadian, Irish, Scottish and other (Anglophone) Studies.


Although the conference programme will accommodate the whole range of topics pertaining to the field of Anglo-American Studies, the many anniversaries celebrated in 2019 may provide the foundations for panels and individual papers:

  • the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919
  • the 90th anniversary of the 1929 New York Crash
  • the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War in 1939
  • the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO in 1949
  • the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989
  • the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 1719


Book Presentations: APEAA members are also invited to present their own recently published academic books and/or translations (2017-2019).


Submissions and queries should be sent by e-mail to

Please include the following information with your proposal:

  • the full title of your paper / panel / roundtable;
  • a 250-300 word description of your paper / panel / roundtable;
  • your name, postal address and e-mail address;
  • your institutional affiliation and position;
  • a short bionote;
  • AV requirements (if any)


Working languages: English and Portuguese.


Conference webpage:


New deadline for submissions: 28 February 2019

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2019

Deadline for registration: 3 May 2019


Registration Fee (APEAA and SAAS members): 60 Euros

Registration Fee (non-members): 90 Euros

Student fee (APEAA and SAAS members): 30 Euros

Student fee (non-members): 45 Euros


Scientific and Organizing Committee:

Carlos Azevedo | Rui Carvalho Homem | Fátima Vieira | Maria Teresa Castilho | Jorge Bastos da Silva



26-28 April 2018

Venue: Department of Linguistics and Literatures – University of Évora.


The University of Évora, through its Department of Linguistics and Literatures (DLL), is pleased to announce the 39th Conference of the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies, which will take place in Évora, between 26 and 28 April 2018. It is now opening a call for papers and panels in a range of subjects in Anglo-American studies.


We look forward to receiving paper and panel proposals in the academic areas which are currently part of Anglo-American Studies, including (but not restricted to): Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Post-colonial Studies, Performance, Film and Theatre studies, Gender and Sexuality studies, Translation Studies, Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Language teaching and methodology, Multilingualism. Proposals for panels, put together around a common theme or research domain, are particularly welcome. We also welcome papers and panels on other Anglophone studies, such as Canadian, Irish, Scottish, etc.



Deadline to propose new panels:  30th October 2017.

These proposals should be sent to the organizing committee.



Individual papers, workshops, graduate roundtables and poster sessions (integrating the proposed panels or not): 31st January 2018.


Abstracts of 250 words in English or in Portuguese should include name of the speaker, institutional affiliation and position, full title of paper, format and a short biographical note and contact details should be sent to the conference website:


Working languages: English and Portuguese

A selection of papers will be published.


Thematic Panels (some proposals received)  


The Contemporary Short Story in English: Exploring new boundaries (coord. Ana Raquel Fernandes, U. Europeia, and Teresa Casal, FLUL)


Dark Side Stories in American Arts, Literature and Culture (coord Maria Antónia Lima, UÉ, Margarida Vale de Gato, FLUL, and Teresa Botelho, UNova)


Pain, Loss and Trauma in Literature and Arts (coord. Carla Castro, UÉ)


Life Writing: Discourse, Identity, Representation (coord. Ana Clara Birrento and Olga Gonçalves, UÉ)



English in the 21st century: current approaches to English as an international lingua franca (coord. Luís Guerra, UÉ, Lili Cavalheiro, FLUL, Ricardo Pereira, IPLeiria)


Politics, sex, violence and other ordinary stuff in Contemporary British and American Drama (coord. Rui Pina Coelho, FLUL, Christine Zurbach, UÉ, and José Alberto Ferreira, UÉ)


Jazz Stories in Music, Literature and other Arts (coord. Eduardo Lopes, UÉ, and Paulo Gaspar, ESML-IPL)



Airplanes take off against the wind: study routes in Visual Arts in confluence with other knowledge areas (coord. Sandra Leandro, UÉ; Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello, UA)


Make sense of living together: new perspectives in Anglo-American Philosophy (coord. Olivier Feron and Teresa Santos, UÉ)


Some anniversaries celebrated in 2018 may provide the foundations for panels and individual papers:

The 200th birth anniversaries of Emily Brontë and Frederick Douglass; the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela; the 100th anniversaries of the end of World War I; the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. An important literary anniversary occurs in 2018: the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818).  


Book Presentations: APEAA members are also invited to present their own recently published academic books and/or translations (2016-2018). Please contact the organizing committee (


Registration Fee:

Early Bird – 30 March

APEAA members – 40 Euros

Non-members – 90 Euros

Late Registration – after 30 March

APEAA members – 60 Euros

Non-members – 110 Euros

APEAA student members (undergraduate, MA and PhD): 15 Euros

Other students: 40 Euros