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Curso livre. Estudos em envelhecimento cultural com Zuzanna Zarebska. CEAUL/ULICES/FLUL, 22-23 abril 2024

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Extended deadline: 15 May 2024. Still Cruising Utopia: A Utopian Studies Special Issue on Queer Utopia and the Legacy of José Esteban Muñoz, Utopian Studies: The Journal of the Society for Utopian Studies

To acknowledge and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the publication of Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009) by José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013), Utopian Studies seeks contributions for a special issue on Queer Utopia to be published in Winter 2024 (volume 35.3). Scholarly writing on queer utopias and/or queer utopianism has exploded since the publication of Muñoz’s text in 2009. For this issue of Utopian Studies we are particularly interested in contributions that assess the role that Cruising Utopia and other work by Muñoz have played in the theorization of queer possibilities. How has his work–and those who have followed him–shaped the field that is, or could be, called queer utopianism? How has this work been reshaping the very field we call “utopian studies”? We encourage contributions from queer, BIPOC, Latinx, Indigenous, and social and gender minorities, as well as contributions from the Global South. Utopian Studies is an interdisciplinary scholarly journal nearing its 35th year of publication

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The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, the Avie Bennett Historica Canada Chair in Canadian History and the International Council for Canadian Studies are looking for graduate students specialized in the study of Canada but located outside of the country to participate in an online summer school in June.

More information about the school can be found HERE. The deadline for applications is 4 April 2024.

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It is with great sadness that the APEAA Board informs you of the passing of Professor João Almeida Flor (1943-2024)

Professor Catedrático do Departamento de Estudos Anglísticos, foi também Presidente do Conselho Científico da FLUL. Aqui se licenciou em Filologia Germânica (1965), tendo-se doutorado em Literatura Inglesa (1978) com uma tese sobre o tópico da máscara em Robert Browning, tópico, aliás, que o iria acompanhar na leccionação, nomeadamente do seminário de Literatura Inglesa na primeira edição do curso de mestrado em Estudos Anglo-Americanos, na tradução de poetas ingleses e na sua produção ensaística.

A par de uma intensa actividade de orientação de teses e dissertações, através da qual cimentou uma tradição analítica e uma escola, foi impulsionador dos estudos de tradução na área da Anglística, onde deixou vasta e significativa obra que honra o espólio da Faculdade. O seu nome está ainda radicalmente ligado à criação da Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos e do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa.

Membro de instituições científicas como a Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, a Academia Portuguesa da História, e a Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa, cuja secção Luís de Camões integrava, apesar de aposentado continuou a nelas manter uma intervenção regular, através da qual ia dando a conhecer a investigação que não deixou de prosseguir.

Fonte: Obituário publicado no site da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

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Canadian Studies Summer School (Online) – Call for applications, June 11-13 2024, Deadline: 4 April 2024

CETAPS+ Cultures of the Future Talks | “The Child in Videogames: From the Meek, to the Mighty, to the Monstrous” by Emma Reay, 6 March 2024, 5 pm (UTC+0) Online

Videogames are key arenas in which definitions of childhood are being created and contested. While child-players of videogames are lightning rods for academic research, child-characters in videogames have been mostly ignored. In this talk, Dr. Reay will explain what we can learn about contemporary constructions of childhood from analysing the coded kids that populate virtual worlds. She will make a case that we need to move away from questions of whether videogames are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for child-players, and towards questions of how digital games are reshaping our beliefs about youth and age.
Hosted by Jéssica Iolanda Costa Bispo (Nova University Lisbon/CETAPS)

Register herehttps://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtc-uhrjgsH93PnKtKac5f3F7W8unWNN8n

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It is with great sadness that the APEAA Board announces the passing of Professor Maria Helena de Paiva Correia (1944-2024)

Doutorada em Shakespeare e Teoria da Comédia, desempenhou um papel especialmente relevante no campo dos estudos de teoria literária, renascentistas e shakespearianos, abrindo ainda o seu labor a universos tão diversificados quanto o português, o australiano e o americano, áreas por onde se repartiu a sua docência bem como a investigação e, tarefa não menos importante, a orientação científico-pedagógica dos muitos que com ela trabalharam. Ao rigor e exigência que sempre pautaram a relação pedagógica que estabeleceu com os inúmeros alunos da FLUL de quem foi professora ou orientadora e com os investigadores do CEAUL sob sua responsabilidade, enquanto directora de projectos, soube aliar uma disponibilidade permanente para a todos ajudar a superar dificuldades, aprofundar perspectivas e fundamentar intuições.

Na Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa, foi decisivo o seu contributo no relançamento da oferta curricular da instituição, promovendo, enquanto Presidente do Conselho Científico, a criação dos cursos de especialização de Técnicos Editoriais, Estudos de Teatro, Linguística Computacional e História Regional e Local. Esteve ainda empenhadamente envolvida nos trabalhos da Comissão de Reestruturação dos Cursos de Licenciatura (pré-Bolonha), tendo também colaborado activamente no lançamento dos primeiros cursos de Mestrado do DEA, e sendo autora do projecto-base sobre o qual se procedeu à criação dos Mestrados interdepartamentais em Teoria da Literatura e Literatura Comparada.

Isabel Fernandes e Teresa Cid: Nota de Apresentação. “So long lives this, and this gives life to thee”: Homenagem a Maria Helena de Paiva Correia. org. Alcinda Pinheiro de Sousa… [et al.] Lisboa: Departamento de Estudos Anglísticos da Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa, 2009, p. 13.

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XIV Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 24-29 June 2024

The 21st century has been marked by violence of different varieties and levels. Having started with a massive terrorist event, the attacks of September 11, 2001, the last two decades have witnessed many examples of aggression that have come to dominate both the media and public discussion. Acts of terrorism of various kinds, revolutions and wars, with the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East among the most recent, are illustrative of contemporary warfare, its characteristics, and challenges. While new military technology such as high-tech weapons and attack drones promote more remote, noncontact operations, the ever-present media strive for immediacy and proximity and thus contribute to a new and distinctive experience of war. Their continuous, play-by-play coverage promotes the illusion of a 360º view and allows audiences to follow the events in near-real time. However, their omnipresence has also turned them into desirable instruments of warfare. They not only inform about the war but also have the ability to mobilize for/against it. Furthermore, the rise of social media and its pivotal role in both documenting conflicts and generating and disseminating misinformation cannot be disregarded. As military conflicts unfold, a parallel war is also fought between communication mechanisms. It can even be argued, with Paul Virilio (War and Cinema, 1989), that war, or its experience, is becoming increasingly a product of visual media construction.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submissions: March 14, 2024

Presenters are required to send in full papers no later than May 31, 2024.

Registration fees

Participants with paper – 300€ for the entire week (includes lectures, master classes, doctoral sessions, lunches and closing dinner)

Participants without paper – 60€ per day (lunches and closing dinner not included)

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II Lisbon Spring School in Translation Studies, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 3-8 June 2024

The II Spring School addresses the topic of translation and agency in multiple forms, from age-old analogies of the past [the translator as matchmaker, as slave to the original, as a cannibal] to the most recent debates on translator intervention and collaborative efforts (see Munday 2008; Cordingley and Frigau Manning 2017) via the decade-old discussions on the (in)visibility (Venuti, 1992, 2018), and voice (Hermans 1996, Andermann 2007, Alvstad et al. 2017). Most recently, attention has focused on the role of the translator and its absolute centrality (see Zethsen and Korning 2009; Milton and Bandia, 2009; Kaindl, Kolb and Schlager, 2021), leading to the emergence of a branch of inquiry aptly named Translator’s Studies. Translators, however, do not exist in a vacuum, and the context they live in, the people they work under or with, the constraints and blindspots of their individual existence do matter and need to be scrutinized. Within this framework, contributions on the historical, political, socioeconomic and imaginative loci of translators, adapters, editors, publishers, proofreaders, reviewers, patrons, clients, etc. are welcome.

 Important dates:
Call for Papers: 31 January 2024
Deadline for abstract submission: 29 February 2024
Notification of acceptance: 2 April 2024
Early bird registration: 2 April – 1 May 2024 [350 euros]
Late registration: no later than 15 May 2024 [450 euros]

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Francesca Ferrando | Posthuman Love: The Art of Being Posthuman | CETAPS+ Cultures of the Future Talks, 14 February 2024, 5 PM UTC (Lisbon) Online

What is Love? As a celebration of Valentine’s Day in post anthropocentric ways, this book presentation of The Art of Being Posthuman: Who are We in the 21st Century? (Polity), will focus on the notion of posthuman love approached as love for existence. This posthuman journey of self-inquiry will engage with a wide range of knowledge and wisdom: from the Paleolithic times to the futures of radical life extension, from multi-species evolutions to the rights of Nature, the Anthropocene and the rise of Artificial Intelligence. Knowing who we are means loving the Self as the others within. We are one and many: Infinite, Love.

Francesca Ferrando’s outstanding new book The Art of Being Posthuman (Polity) is available here: https://www.politybooks.com/bookdetail…
More on CETAPS+ Cultures of the Future here: https://www.cetaps.com/cetaps-cultures-of-the-future/

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Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, Middelburg, 26-28 June 2024 

We welcome proposals for research papers, dissertation chapters or papers presenting an overview of your project. You’ll get the opportunity to present your project and exchange ideas with other PhD candidates in the field. We kindly invite applications from current doctoral candidates whose research covers any aspect of American culture, media, society, politics, or foreign relations, current or historical. Applicants are invited to submit their proposals, consisting of a 300-word abstract and a CV, no later than Friday, 29 March 2024. These should be addressed to the seminar coordinator, Dr. Gaetano di Tommaso, and sent to info@roosevelt.nl.

To support a culture of diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage proposals from students that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, ethnicity, and disability.

Accommodation and meals in Middelburg will be provided by the RIAS.

Click here for more information.

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Extended Deadline: 11 February 2024, Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Call for Papers: Special Issue: Resurgence and Decolonization: Creating Alternative Worlds, JAm It! (Journal of American Studies in Italy)  Extended Deadline: 15 January 2024

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Conference: Within and Without Old Age: International Symposium on Representations of Ageing

Within & Without III is the third edition of the Within and Without Old Age: International Symposium on Representations of Ageing series and will be held on-line at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES/CEAUL) on 9 January 2024, 9:00 am -1:00 pm (Lisbon time).

It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas on cultural ageing from multiple perspectives. Within & Without III is an international event bringing together scholars from different universities who will discuss and share research on age-related issues in order to establish new discourses and guidelines for ageing studies in general. The event will also reflect the need to continue speaking about gender equality, vulnerability and the responsibility for the well-being of others. Some of the speakers will include Professor Sarah Falcus (University of Huddersfield, UK), Professor Katsura Sako (University of Keio, Japan) and Professor Heike Hartung (University of Graz, Austria).

The event will be chaired by Professor Zuzanna Zarebska (CEAUL/ULICES/FLUL), the PI of the Women’s Lives in Time: Bodies, Homes and Voices: Ageing Women Research Project. For more information, visit the ULICES website.

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37th Annual APPI Conference 2024, Altice Forum Braga, 10-12 May 2024

The theme of this conference is an invitation for speakers and colleagues not only to reflect on our future challenges as EFL teachers but also to address these challenges with their own views and experiences on specific topics that will contribute to excelling in their practices in the classroom: life skills, using English in the real world, inclusion and wellbeing, technology, language assessment, multilingualism, creativity, to name just a few. For more information, click on the link.

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Call for Articles: Revista de Estudos Anglo-Portugueses

The call for articles is open for issue no. 33 of the Journal of Anglo-Portuguese Studies. Articles written either in Portuguese or English in accordance with the MLA Style Manual and accompanied by the respective abstract (about one hundred words in English including the title and five keywords) and biographical note (about fifty words in English) should be submitted, in word format, before 30 June 2024, to the following e-mail address: gandaraterenas@gmail.com The Journal of Anglo-Portuguese Studies is published annually, it is subject to double-blind peer reviewing and indexed by SCOPUS. The journal is devoted to the publication of original work which contributes towards a better understanding of Anglo (British and North-American)-Portuguese relations over different periods, and covers a wide range of academic disciplines, including History, Sociology, Philosophy, Science, Economics, Politics, Literature, Journalism, Translation, or the Visual Arts. Irrespective of its publication in printed form, the Journal is released in digital form at http://japs.fcsh.unl.pt

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Seminar: RHOSE 2024: Representations of Home Open Seminar (27)

This RHOSE seminar will examine the ethos of care that The Weekend and Stone Yard Devotional inspired by the work of Emmanuel Lévinas and Judith Butler.  We will look at the genre of Reifungsroman and the philosophical concepts of responsibility towards oneself and others, of experience of grief, reverence and self-care. Furthermore, we will analyze the incorporation of the motif of animal vs human life and their relationship to the environment seen as, paraphrasing Kathleen Woodward, a model of natural continuity. As will be argued, healing and regeneration are only possible in ethical relations that are inseparable, simultaneous and based on care. 8 January 2024, 11:00 am (Lisbon time), Zoom coordinates:
https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/98044615920?pwd=c1UwTnFKckVoQ3NaTG9yb3NLWEhJdz09
Meeting ID: 980 4461 5920
Password: 585658

Zuzanna Zarebska (PhD, Post-Doc) is a researcher at ULICES/CEAUL. She was a visiting scholar at NUI Maynooth, Ireland and University College Dublin under the supervision of Professor Margaret Kelleher working on Irish women’s contemporary writing. Her research interests include literatures and cultures in English, feminisms, diaspora, gender, identity and ageing studies. She is a member of the Rhome and the Medical Humanities projects. She teaches at the Department of English Studies at the University of Lisbon and is currently the PI of the project on women and ageing, Women and Ageing: Towards equality, dignity and improvement of life and well-being.

For further information, visit the RHOME project’s website.

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Call for papers: Canadian Anthropocene(s): Pathways to Sustainable Futures / Anthropocène(s) au Canada et développement durable : naviguer les voies de l’avenir, Queen’s University Belfast, 9-11 May 2024

The goal of ACSI is to encourage research and understanding of Canada – its culture, history, institutions and environment.  Our 2024 Biennial Conference welcomes proposals on any dimension of Canadian Studies and from any academic discipline or field of practice.  ACSI greatly values the breadth of contributions that typically characterise our conferences and Canadian Studies at large. This Call for Proposals is for papers, performances, screenings or exhibits on any aspect of Canadian Studies.  Proposals can, if felt appropriate, engage with the conference’s keynote theme – Canadian Anthropocene(s): Pathways to Sustainable Futures / Anthropocène(s) au Canada et développement durable:  naviguer les voies de l’avenir. The deadline for proposals is 22 December 2023. For more information, click here.
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Conference: Winter Doctoral Symposium, NOVA FCSH, Colégio Almada Negreiros, 11-12 December 2023

This symposium intends to bring together doctoral candidates and early-career researchers from various academic fields to discuss their work or other topics related to literatures and cultures in English. This Doctoral Symposium will serve as a platform for networking and sharing experiences as early career academic researchers in a supportive and collaborative environment. Keynote Speakers: Teresa Pereira (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA), Margarida Vale de Gato (CEAUL/ULICES – FLUL). Organizing Committee: Alice Carletto (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA), Ana Brígida Paiva (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA), Carlotta Pisano (CETAPS-FCSH/NOVA), Cidalia Barbosa (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA), Jéssica Bispo (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA), Mariana Cruz (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA), Rui Mateus (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA), Sheila Brannigan (CETAPS – FCSH/NOVA).You can consult the final programme and the book of abstracts here.

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Call for Applications: Two positions as Doctoral Research Fellows (SKO 1017), University of Oslo

Two positions as Doctoral Research Fellows (SKO 1017) in area studies are available in the Department of Literature, Area studies and European languages, University of Oslo. Expected start date: 1 September 2024 We seek innovative, curiosity-driven and scientifically strong candidates who want to pursue a doctoral degree in one of our areas of research. The successful candidate should join one of our existing research groups. For more information visit the univerity’s website. Application deadline: 31 January 2024

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Seminar: Sobre clínica e criação na cidade através do dispositivo de acompanhamento terapêutico

A Palestra intitulada “Sobre clínica e criação na cidade através do dispositivo de acompanhamento terapêutico,” com a Professora Ana Lúcia Mandelli de Marsillac de Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil vai decorrer no dia 11 de dezembro (segunda-feira) a partir das 17,30 (Hora Portugal Continental) em formato híbrido. Pode ser assistido na sala B112.D da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa ou online através do link https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/97630534736?pwd=bHNsZHlEcGkvcGNtbGdFdzRRYWhjQT09

Para obter mais informações sobre o Projeto em Humanidades Médicas (PHM), consulte o website do projeto.

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The latest edition of the creative journal ROAM for Summer/Autumn 2023 is out

This issue focused on the theme of (Dis)locations: Shifting Notions of Home and was edited by Jean Page, Mary Fowke and Zuzanna Zarebska. ROAM serves as the creative outlet for the project Representations of Home, RHOME (CEAUL/ULICES). Table of Contents: Swimming Lessons by Olivia Rana / Fledglings by Thomas O. Grady / At the tip of the world’s edge Kaja Rakušček / Finding Home au bord du lac by Rachael Franke / Downsizing by Olivia Dawson / Writing Oneself Home by Lesley Saunders / Trav. 25 de Abril Azoia by Mary St. George / New Landmarks by Jonaki Ray / Technology Transfer Joy Al-Sofi / Weddings by Maria Valle Ribeiro / Things which benefit from disorder by Sónia Aires Lima / Homegrown by Dorothea Boshoff / One Life by José Marques / The scent of the ocean by Gabriel Franklin / A lament for Yiddish by David Sampson / home blues by Carla Soares / Home Sweet Home by Diana V. Almeida

For more information, see https://www.rhome.letras.ulisboa.pt/…/summer-autumn-2023

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3rd Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Image “Revisiting Fantasy and Adventure in Literature and the Visual Arts. Online, 22-23 February 2024, 9:00-19:00 (CET)

The conference main focus will be on the analysis and discussion of the transformations undergone by fantasy and adventure literature – from the year 1935 onwards – within the fields of fiction, the visual arts, and other forms of popular culture.

We will be particularly interested in addressing how fantasy and adventure works prompt us to raise the alert regarding situations of crisis, to reappreciate essentially human values, or to promote sociability, justice, civility, ethics a humanism.

Submissions, in English or Spanish, should be typed in Times New Roman or Arial 12pt font, single-spaced lines and default Microsoft Word margins. A maximum of two participants per paper is allowed. Each proposal should include: Title, participant’s name, institutional affiliation, a summary of your proposal (between 300 and 400) plus a biographical note (between 100 and 150 words). Proposals should be sent as a .docx or .pdf file to jmvillar@ucam.edu

The deadline for submissions is January the 10th, 2024.

For further information, see https://essenglish.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/2ND-CALL-FOR-PAPERS_CONFERENCE-ON-FANTASY-ADVENTURE_UCAM-22-23-FEBR-2024.pdf

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The Smart Loire Valley Programme, Deadline for applications: 15 February 2024

The Smart Loire Valley Programme aims to support high-quality research and international collaborative research projects, to build human capacity and scientific knowledge for research, development and innovation by attracting talented, highly qualified researchers worldwide and from all academic disciplines. Researchers have to embody, in their profile, the keywords that capture the research values of LE STUDIUM: Curiosity, Imagination and Intuition. The annual call for applications is open from November each year to February the next year. It is thus open to all scientific disciplines. It offers different awards and formats of residencies and interactions (fellowships and professorships residencies of 12 months, 3-12 months researchers’ visits, networking actions). It consists in a precious opportunity to access funding to develop fundamental research projects and to create or extend sustainable international collaborations.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue: “Book Erased: Print Word Censorship and US National Identity” RSAJournal: Rivista di Studi Americani:

The editors are seeking contributions for a special section on “Book Erased: Print Word Censorship and US National Identity” to be published in Issue #35 (September 2024) of RSAJournal: Rivista di Studi Americani, the official journal of the Italian Association for North American Studies (AISNA). In publishing as well as in educational contexts, works of literature are conventionally classified based on a wide range of criteria such as genre, period of writing, intended readers, subject matter, and the identity markers associated with the author and/or main character(s). Long-standing paradigms of literary merit also ensure a widely shared consensus among readers and professionals in the literary field on the distinction between elite, popular, and mass literature, which until relatively recently has limited scholarly attention to highbrow literary genres. Regardless of classification method and of popular or critical success, however, all books are equally vulnerable to one measure of judgement: censorship. Abstracts of about 300 words and a 150-word bio note should be sent to Elisa Pesce (elisa.pesce87@gmail.com) and Rachele Dini (racheledini@yahoo.com) by December 15, 2023. Full essays must be submitted by February 28, 2024 through our online submission platform. For more information, see https://www.cfplist.com/CFP/40131

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Call for papers: EAAS Digital Studies Network, 1st Online Open Forum: European-American Approaches to Digital Humanities, 15 December 2023

You’re cordially invited to the 1st ONLINE OPEN FORUM organized by the EAAS DIGITAL STUDIES NETWORK to be held via ZOOM on December 15, 2023.
Our special event will touch upon Digital Humanities, AI and American Studies.
Our invited speakers are:
Kate Simpson (University of Sheffield, UK) Georg Vogeler (University of Graz, Austria) Manuel Portela (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
The event is coordinated by: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Tatiani Rapatzikou, trapatz@enl.auth.gr) Radboud University, The Netherlands (Frank Mehring, frank.mehring@ru.nl) University of Graz, Austria (Stefan Brandt, stefan.brandt@uni-graz.at) 
For information about the program, please click on this link.
You can access the online event registration form here.
For inquiries, please contact:Stefan Brandt, stefan.brandt@uni-graz.at, Tatiani Rapatzikou, trapatz@enl.auth.gr, Tatiani Rapatzikou, trapatz@enl.auth.gr

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Call for papers: Translating Fantasy

The international research group TRANSIT is accepting submissions for a thematic issue to be published in a Class A journal in 2025.

The aim of the publication is to investigate the peculiarities of the translations of literary and non-literary works of any age and culture focused on fantastic imagery. A unique set of linguistic, cultural, historical, and editorial aspects characterize this type of narratives, which implies the use of particular translation strategies.

For more information, visit the the research group’s website.

Deadline for proposals: February 28, 2024
Deadline for submission: August 31, 2024

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Seminar: Online Permanent Seminar with Adelino Cardoso & Joaquim Oliveira Lopes

The upcoming online permanent seminar of the Project in Medical Humanities (PMH) will be given by Professor Adelino Cardoso (CHAM-NOVA-FCSH) on the topic “Melancolias” from a theoretical and personal perspective and by Professor Joaquim Oliveira Lopes (Escola Superior de Enfermagem Lisboa e CIDNUR) with the title “Da relação em enfermagem como um-cuidado-em-si: transformar-se a partir da narração de histórias de vida”. The seminar will take place online via Zoom on November 23, 2023 (Thursday), starting at 5 pm (Lisbon/London/Dublin time). The event is open to the public and can be accessed via this Zoom link.
For further information, visit the project’s website.

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Call for papers: Utopia and the Return of History, University of Manchester, 29-30 April 2024

The conference will bring together leading thinkers in the fields of (among others) political economy, utopia studies, digital humanities, Black studies, memory and heritage studies, postcolonial and decolonial thought, renaissance studies, peace studies, war studies, the sociology of literature, and computer game studies to discuss the role that utopia and utopian thinking plays in their efforts to envision societal responses to ongoing and future crises. A key focus of the conference will be on utopian strategies that seek to illuminate structurally ingrained forms of domination by advancing radically different visions of human society. The conference will be organised along three strands, each informed by a concern with future envisionings that overcome one or more of the civilizational challenges identified above: 1. Utopian political economy, 2. Utopian cultures, forms, and visions, 3. Environmental utopias.
Potential contributors are invited to send a title for their talk, a 200-word abstract, and a note of which of the three conference streams pertains most closely to their topic, to manchester.utopia.conference@gmail.com by 31st December 2023.
For more information, click here.

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Call for papers: Tourism, Arts and Memory(ies), Lille University, 29-39 March 2024

When Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998, many pointed to its realistic D-Day landing sequence which contributed to make the film a vivid testimony to the horrors of wars. The film’s success then led many surviving WW2 veterans and their families, as well as tourists, to walk down WW2 memory lane in even greater numbers, therefore once again showing that tourism, arts and memory(ies) are intertwined. As 2024 will mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landing in Normandy and lead to several celebrations so as to keep alive the memory of that event, this international conference on Tourism, Arts and Memory(ies) intends to study the links between these three notions. Abstracts (ca. 400 words), written in French or in English, together with 3 to 5 key words and a short biographical presentation, should be sent by e-mail no later than January 13, 2024 to both organizers (nathalie.dupont@univ-littoral.fr and laetitia.garcia@univ-lille.fr).

For further details, click here.

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Call for papers: The Beats: Wilderness and WildnessUniversity of Białystok, Poland, 13-15 May 2024

The conference will probe the extent to which Beat aesthetics retains its relevance in the Anthropocene by comparing and contrasting it with contemporary eco-narratives that center on the pressing immediacy of the current biodiversity crisis and the looming environmental collapse. The growingly apparent and dramatic effects of climate change lend a sense of timeliness to interrogating Beat texts in search of understanding the human impact on the global environment and seeking ways of maintaining environmental sustainability. Abstracts (250-300 words) or panel proposals together with a short bio should be sent to conference administrator Raven See at rsee11@elmira.edu by December 31, 2023.

For additional information, visit the European Beat Studies Network website.

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Call for papers: Narratives of Water: Flows, Routes, Crises in the Atlantic World, University of Turin, Italy, 21-22 March 2024.

The conference wishes to explore the multifaceted dimensions of water through literary texts (understood broadly to include also theatre plays, graphic novels, movies, TV series, video games, podcasts, and other cultural products). While Blue Humanities started out focusing primarily on oceans, we encourage scholars interested in submitting a contribution to expand the scope of their investigation also to other waterscapes, including freshwater bodies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and to water-related atmospheric phenomena such as rain, snow, hail, and storms.Please, submit a 300-word abstract and short bionote (150 words) to Andrea Carosso, andrea.carosso@unito.it, and Valentina Romanzi, valentina.romanzi@unito.it, by December 11, 2023. For more information, click here.

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Forthcoming event in Portugal: Epistran International Conference: Epistemic Translation: Towards an Ecology of Knowledges, NOVA FCSH, 14-16 December 2023

This interdisciplinary conference, organized within the ambit of the EPISTRAN project,  draws on both of these proposals to investigate the semiotic processes (verbal and nonverbal) involved in the transfer of information between different ‘epistemic systems’. Its main focus are the transactions occurring between western science (the hegemonic knowledge of the globalized world, which purports to be objective, rational and universal) and the various embedded, embodied and subjective forms of knowledge that have served as its Others in different times and places. It will take place at the NOVA University of Lisbon (Avenida de Berna Campus) from 14th to 16th December and involves speakers from many different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds. For additional information, visit the conference’s website.

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Call for papers: New Voices in Portuguese Translation Studies VII

NOVA FCSH, 25-26 January 2024

This Symposium aims to provide a forum where students of Translation and Translation Studies can develop their presentation skills in a safe environment. It is part of a broader initiative to develop Translation Studies in Portugal by offering a support framework for young researchers who might wish to go on to pursue a career in the field: hence, feedback will be offered to any participant that actively requests it. The Symposium primarily targets Masters or Doctorate students, though people specializing in Translation at Bachelor’s (licenciatura) and Postdoctoral levels are also welcome. It is open to people from all Portuguese universities and beyond. A short abstract of up to 250 words should be sent to voicestranslation@gmail.com by 7 January 2024, accompanied by a brief biosketch (up to 50 words). If you wish to receive feedback on your presentation from one of the members of staff, please also indicate this on your proposal. For further details, click on this link.

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Call for papers: The 2024 TTU Symposium on “Transnational American Studies Revisited”

The Comparative Literature Program at Texas Tech University will host its 2024 annual symposium on “Transnational American Studies Revisited” on April 12-13, 2024. What would American Studies look like if the transnational rather than the national were at its center? It has been twenty years since Shelley Fisher Fishkin first challenged us with the provocative question and articulated the transnational turn in American Studies in her 2004 presidential address to the American Studies Association in Atlanta, Georgia. What has transnational American Studies achieved as an interdisciplinary field in the past twenty years? How has it transformed American Studies in terms of methodology, periodization, and geographical location? How do we employ its critical framework to investigate literary/cultural productions/phenomena on a global scale? What does transnational American Studies mean today when isolationist ideologies are gaining ascendance in the US and China? In what ways has globalization been synonymous with Americanization? Why will transnational American Studies continue to matter in the eras of Covid 19, climate change, and Cold War 2.0? Please send your 100-word abstract and 1-paragraph bio info and direct your questions to Dr. Yuan Shu (eng.complit@ttu.edu). The deadline for submission is December 31, 2023. For more information, click here.

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Call for papers: LGBTIQ+ Representations and Media in US Popular Culture: Exploring New Directions, Challenges, and Queer Heritage

Special thematic dossier of the Journal REDEN (Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos, editor J. Javier Torres-Fernández (University of Almería): In the ever-evolving landscape of US popular culture, the representation of LGBTIQ+ individuals has undergone profound transformations, reflecting broader societal shifts in attitudes, norms, and activism. Over the years, LGBTIQ+ representation has moved beyond the binary and traditional confines, paving the way for an array of diverse narratives and identities. A recent GLAAD report (2022) found LGBTIQ+ representation on US TV at a high, with nearly 12% of regular characters who are LGBTIQ+, up 2.8% from the previous year. However, the study found that there were shortfalls and missing opportunities to tell a wider range of stories about LGBTIQ+ characters. This special issue aims to examine, critique, and celebrate these representations seeking to foster a comprehensive and interdisciplinary exploration of LGBTIQ+ representations and media in US popular culture. We encourage contributions from scholars across various disciplines, including media studies, cultural studies, sociology, literature, and beyond aiming to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the evolving landscape of queer representation in US popular culture. Deadline for submission: April 15, 2024 | To be published in vol 6 no 1 (November 2024). Deadline for submission: October 15, 2024 | To be published in vol 6 no 2 (May 2025). For further information, click here.

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Book award: EAAS American Studies Network Book Prize 2024 

The American Studies Network Book Prize is a prize of €500 for a remarkable book published in English by a European scholar on any aspect of American Studies. To apply for this award, please submit a brief cover letter in the body of an email, explaining why the book deserves the prize, along with a copy of the book (attached as a PDF document or linked to a publicly accessible file). Books published in 2022 and 2023 are eligible for the 2024 ASN Book Prize. Send your application to the ASN President Emma Long (Emma.Long@uea.ac.uk). The application deadline is December 15, 2023.

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Call for papers: 69th Annual Conference of the British Association for American Studies, Online, 10-12 April 2024

BAAS is committed to ensuring that both our digital and in-person conferences are interactive and engaging. Therefore at the digital conference, there will be opportunities for networking, socialising, and sharing ideas informally, as well as more formal research-sharing. We hope that the digital space will enable even more communities to engage with BAAS, and will allow for innovative formats and new collaborations. Indeed, we hope that the reduced costs and increased accessibility for many of a virtual event will facilitate the participation of American Studies students and scholars across the globe. In order to maintain our commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, BAAS will continue to offer financial support for childcare and other caring needs during the virtual conference, as well as discounted rates for postgraduate, early career, and unwaged academics. Proposals are welcomed on any subject in American Studies. All proposals should be sent to conferences@baas.ac.uk by 20 November 2023. For additional information, visit the BAAS website.

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Call for papers: Queen Elizabeth II. Life, Times, Legacies

The reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022) was the longest so far in the history of the British monarchy. Partly due, without doubt, to its exceptional duration, her seventy-year reign witnessed momentous events with far-reaching consequences, such as the end of the Empire; the decline of Britain on the international political scene; the ‘troubles’ and unrest within the British Isles and the prospect of a DisUnited Kingdom; the emergence and consolidation of popular and youth cultures and the relationship between the Crown and the media, to name but a few. The period is also of particular interest for Anglo-Portuguese Studies, as it raises issues such as the political relations between the two oldest allies during the Salazar/Caetano regime, the official visits, the impact of World War II, decolonisation, and the Revolution of the 25th April 1974, amongst others.

Submissions: The organisers will welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Submissions should be sent by email to elizabeth2legacy@gmail.com including the title of the paper, an abstract (250-300 words), the author’s data (name, affiliation, contact address) and the author’s bio-note (150 words).

Extended deadline: 20 November 2023
Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2023
Deadline for registration: 31 December 2023
More information is available at queenelizabeth2024.wordpress.com

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Call for papers: Thirteenth Biennial MESEA Conference
Moving Cultures, Moving Ethnicities

Venue: University of Eastern Finland Joensuu Campus, Joensuu

Date: June 12-14, 2024

The MESEA 2024 conference invites contributions that address the diverse layers, definitions, and ‘pathways’ of mobility, including the mobility of people from one place to another, crossings and intersections of cultures, and the formation of hybrid cultural forms. At the same time, mobility, border-crossings, and migration move people emotionally, either directly or through a wide range of cultural representations, and generate various emotional responses ranging from joy and relief to fear, loss and frustration. Affecting both those who travel, those who stay, and those encountered when journeying, such experiences are personal and collective, local and global, theoretical and empirical, and reveal the perplexing nature of mobility, whether this is voluntarily or involuntarily ventured.

Abstracts should be submitted to the website until November 15, 2023. Submitters will receive notification of acceptance by January 10, 2024.

For further information, please click here.

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Calls for papers: The 2024 European Society for the Study of English conference

As is tradition, the conference will consist of a mixture of plenary lectures, parallel lectures, roundtables, seminars, posters, and the Doctoral Symposium. Details of each format and how to participate can be found below.

Speakers for the plenary lectures will invited by the organizing committee. Details about the plenary lectures can be found here.

The call is also available for download as a PDF.

Registration will begin on 1 March 2024.

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Call for papers: Doctoral Symposium

One of the features of the 17th ESSE Conference is the Doctoral Symposium, which continues an ESSE tradition dating from 2012. It is designed to provide a platform for young scholars to present and receive feedback on their work. The Symposium will be fully integrated into the conference.

The Symposium is open to PhD students who are writing their theses in English Studies and are at least in the second year of work on their doctorate at the time of the submission of their application. To be eligible, either their supervisor or they themselves must be known to the Treasurer of ESSE as a member of an ESSE-affiliated national association (or, in relevant countries, of a department that belongs to an ESSE-affiliated national association) at the moment of application.

Applications (including the letter from the applicant’s supervisor) should be sent, no later than 31 January 2024, to the Coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium, Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (CELGA-ILTEC, Portugal) at lachlan_mackenzie[at]hotmail.com, to whom general enquiries can also be addressed.

For more information, click on the link.

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Call for papers: Special Issue on Mobility and American (Non)Fiction

This is a call for papers for a special issue (27/2024) on “Mobility and American (Non)Fiction” of the online open-access double-blind peer-reviewed journal [Inter]sections, co-edited by José Duarte (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon) & Mihaela Precup (American Studies Program, University of Bucharest). Please send all inquiries and proposals (a title, 300-word abstract, and 100-word bio) to Mihaela Precup at mihaela.precup@lls.unibuc.ro and José Duarte at joseaoduarte@campus.ul.pt. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2023. For more information, see https://intersections-journal.com/…/call-for-papers…/

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Call for works: Ecocritical Theory and Practice Book Series

Ecocritical Theory and Practice, a book series published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, is seeking proposals at the interface of literary/cultural studies and the environment. Learn more about the 90+ books already published in the series on the publisher’s website: https://rowman.com/Action/SERIES/_/ETAP/Ecocritical-Theory-and-Practice Works that explore environmental issues through literatures, oral traditions, and cultural/media practices around the world are welcome. The series features books by established ecocritics that examine the intersection of theory and practice, including both monographs and edited volumes. Contemporary and historical works are equally appropriate. Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2024. For more information, visit https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/12/16/ecocritical-theory-and-practice-book-series

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Call for chapters: “Problematic” Punk: NOFX’s Forty Years of Punk Provocations

We invite potential contributors (including but not limited to academics, journalists, and independent researchers) to submit proposals for essays for an edited collection, tentatively titled “Problematic” Punk: NOFX’s Forty Years of Punk Provocations, on any of the below topics or other ideas pertaining to NOFX. We are especially interested in contributions that analyze the more “problematic” aspects of NOFX without condemning the band for violating purported standards of political or DIY purity, and yes, we mean that as a critique of the way “problematic” often gets used as a moral rather than philosophical term. Critiques, including strong ones, are of course welcome, and we have plenty of our own, but we also recognize that the aesthetics of provocation employed by NOFX has been a part of punk from its inception, for better and worse. We hope that this book can add to the growing body of literature that has moved punk scholarship beyond purity narratives, nostalgia for a perfect past that never was, and 1977–83.

Proposals are due January 1, 2024, and should be around 300 words and accompanied by a short author biography. Send to: nofxatforty@gmail.com. Chapters will be due July 1, 2024.

For more infos, see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1exAeXDxo4Su_5QEIbBbIxWgKA5L9LDga/view?usp=share_link

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Call for papers: International Conference: Playing the Field IV

The fourth installment of the Playing the Field conference series in American Studies focuses on video game politics in any sense of the phrase: the representation of concrete or abstract political concerns or processes in games; politics as gameplay or an aspect of interactivity; the politics and economics of game production and consumption in global capitalism; games as political tools or media of ideology; the politics of video game historiography; the imagination of identity in games in terms of nationality, gender, ethnicity, etc.; the discursive politicization of games or their construction as non-political spaces; the political aspects of gamer culture and technology; the environmental impact of gaming; politics in game design and game didactics; the relation of video games to popular culture and its politics; the politics of video game journalism; and many, many more. While there can be no doubt that video games are political, it is absolutely necessary to talk about how they are political.
The deadline for all submissions is December 15, 2023. Please send your proposal along with a brief biographical statement. For additional information, see https://islk.kuwi.tu-dortmund.de/ptf4

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Call for papers: Ecoterrorism in Anglophone Media, organised by Sascha Pöhlmann (TU Dortmund) and Burak Sezer (University of Cologne).

We are witnessing a growing number of ongoing climate protests around the world, and their intensity is on the rise. They take various forms, ranging from demonstrations and public gatherings to symbolic interventions (splashing artworks in museums), infrastructural disruptions (gluing hands to roads), and territorial occupations (organizing sit-ins and blockades against extractive coal mining or deforestation). Despite their largely peaceful nature, some contemporary protests have been described in terms of “ecoterrorism,” associating their disruptive effects with a particular form of public violence and placing them in a messy historical continuum. The use of violence against property and human beings in the pursuit of an environmentalist agenda has been a highly contentious issue in local and transnational ecological movements until today, and it is one that relates to numerous other, long-established ethical and political debates on civil disobedience, individualism, imperialism, or anarchism.

We expressly welcome proposals from scholars of all career stages.

Please submit abstracts for 20-minute presentations (300 words) and a short biographical note no later than December 17, 2023. For more information, visit https://islk.kuwi.tu-dortmund.de/ecoterrorism

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Call for papers: Heidelberg Center for American Studies 21st Annual Spring Academy Conference, Heidelberg, Germany, March 18-22, 2024

The twenty-first HCA Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion will be held from March 18-22, 2024. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides 20 international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.
Thanks to a small travel fund, the Spring Academy is able to subsidize travel expenses for participants registered and residing in soft-currency countries.
Deadline for applications is November 15 , 2023.

For more information, visit https://www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de/spring/index_en.html

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Call for chapters: Edited volume | Aural Chills and Sounds of Terror: Podcasting Horror

Therefore, we welcome proposals that analyze fictional horror podcasts as well as those that discuss the horror genre. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • The history of aural horror narratives, from broadcasting to podcasting
  • Music in fictional horror podcasts
  • Horror in digital radio and audio media
  • Audience involvement in fictional horror podcasts/podcasts about horror
  • Development of the horror genre throughout the history of podcast
  • Discussion about contemporary horror cinema in podcast format
  • Technical aspects related to aural elements in horror podcast shows
  • Global horror and podcasting forms from all around the world
  • The use of aural horror signifiers to create suspense in not-strictly-horror podcasts
  • Storytelling and narrative devices inherent to horror audio media

Deadline for abstract proposals: 30 November 2023

Please, email your abstract to horrific.podcasts@gmail.com. All submissions must include an abstract (300–400 words), keywords, and a short bioblurb describing your research interests and pertinent publications.

To learn more, follow the link provided.

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Call for papers: Leakage: Inaugural Conference of STSING

We welcome contributions that engage STS from a plurality of disciplines and fields, including art, anthropology, sociology, politics, literature, cultural studies, design, media studies, history of technology, political geography, migration studies, medical humanities, digital humanities, film studies, and environmental & energy humanities. We are specifically committed to promoting expansions and intersections of STS with emancipatory discourses such as critical race theory, feminist materialisms, decolonial criticism, co-futurisms, queer and trans studies, critical posthumanisms, environmental justice, and critical disability studies.

Please send all submissions to sts.leakage@tu-dresden.de by October 15, 2023. Options for hybrid participation will be available. When submitting your abstracts, please also add up to 5 keywords.

For more information, visit the website: https://sts-leakage.org

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Call for papers: Imaginary Americas: The Dual Continent in the Eyes of Non-American Travelers — RIAS Vol. 17, Spring–Summer (1/2024)

In the past, journeying was largely driven by economic or political compulsion (escaping persecution, wars and conquests, trade, or search for greener pastures) or by the sense of religious duty (peregrinations and pilgrimages). It therefore comes as no surprise that along with the expans
ion of the intellectual horizons of the Old World that the invasion of the Americas brought, travel writing, especially in its non-fictional dimension, became particularly important. Realities described in early narratives of exploration, early epistolography, histories, personal diaries, or represented in etchings, have inspired countless
“American dreams” world-wide, energizing colonial expansion and faith-based-initiatives alike. Intriguingly, however, although several centuries have passed since the Spanish Conquest, in the perceptions of billions of people across the Atlantic and the Pacific, the Americas remain, by and large, imaginary Americas. To explore these issues, we invite papers representing such disciplines as ethnology, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, literary studies, linguistics, religious studies, history, or cultural geography focusing, but not limited to, the following issues: […]

The length of the article should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words. The submissions should be delivered to the Review of International American Studies via its Online Journal System by Oct. 31st 2023.

For further information, see https://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/RIAS/announcement/view/175

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Call for papers: International conference: Hollywood Before the Code (1921-1934), Université Paris Nanterre & Sorbonne University, June 27-28-29, 2024.

This international conference aims at re-examining the notion of “Pre-Code Hollywood” and its periodization as they are now commonly adopted by scholars, critics, and film enthusiasts. Indeed, the establishment of the Code did not occur abruptly with the publication of a first text in 1930, followed by the application of a reworked version in 1934, but developed over the years from the adoption of the Thirteen Points in 1921.

Please send your proposals (around 500 words) and a short bio-bibliography before October 15, 2023, conjointly to: apaquet-deyris@parisnanterre.fr, claire.dutriaux@sorbonne-universite.fr, g.menegaldo@gmail.com & f.e.pheasant-kelly@wlv.ac.uk

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V4-rKmLnGb3cwXSiR2IIF5c9wAaiV5pd3MWYtpKjIfM/edit?usp=sharing

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Call for papers: The 20th International Hemingway Conference

The Hemingway Society invites proposals for papers about any aspect of Hemingway studies, including literary theory and criticism; aesthetics and craft; modernism and modernity; race and ethnicity; class, labor, and work; gender and sexuality; ecocriticism and animal studies; print culture, textual scholarship and book history; material culture and pop culture; travel, tourism, and leisure; influence and intertextuality; disability studies; biography, memoir, and life writing; digital humanities; and other modes of inquiry that add to our understanding of Hemingway.

Please send proposals of about 500 words as well as a brief biographical statement and audio-visual requirements to both Dr. Verna Kale (vlk123@psu.edu) and Dr. Alberto Lena (alena_ord@yahoo.co.uk) by October 31, 2023.

Venue: San Sebastián and Bilbao, Spain

Date: July 14-20, 2024

Click on the link for additional information.

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Call for papers: Touring Travel Writing III: Between Fact and Fiction

Venue: NOVA FCSH, Colégio Almada Negreiros (Campus de Campolide)

Date: November 9-10 2023

CETAPS (Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies, Universidade Nova, Lisbon) and CELIS (Centre de Recherches sur les Littératures et la Sociopoétique, Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand) once again join efforts and organise this international conference which aims to be a locus of debate on the many facets of travel writing, a research area that has emerged as a relevant topic of study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the last few decades.

Keynote speakers:
Carl Thompson (University of Surrey, UK)
Catherine Morgan-Proux (Univ. Clermont-Auvergne, France)
Susan Pickford (Univ. de Genève, Switzerland)

Papers and pre-organized panels:
The conference languages are English and Portuguese. Speakers should
prepare for a 20-minute presentation. Please send a 300-word abstract, as
well as a short biographical note (100 words), by September 30th, to:
touringtravelwriting@gmail.com
Proposals for papers and pre-organized panels (in this case, please also
include a brief description of the panel) should include full title of the paper,
name, institutional affiliation, contact details, a short bionote and AV
requirements (if any).
Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will take place by October 5,
2023.

For more detailed information, click on the link.

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Call for papers: EAAS Conference 2024

1924-2024: The American Immigrant Narrative Revisited

From April 4-6, 2024, the 35th Biennial EAAS-conference, titled 1924-2024: The American Immigrant Narrative Revisited, takes place at Amerikahaus Munich. It is hosted by the Bavarian American Academy (BAA).

With its focus on the immigrant narrative, this conference of the European Association for American Studies seeks to engage with the complicated histories that have shaped the American immigrant narrative in all of its variations across time and from different disciplinary angles. To assess the ambivalent legacies of the American immigrant narrative, this conference calls for an intersectional approach to the topic which also examines gendered regimes of immigration, settler colonialism and often suppressed histories of Indigenous communities, the precarious labor conditions of (im)migrant workers, class restrictions, and sexual exploitation, past and present

We invite scholars interested in exploring these topics to submit their proposals for individual papers or full panels. Proposals can be submitted via our conference tool by September 15, 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by November 15, 2023.

For more information, click on the link.