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The 20th- and 21st-Century Irish Literatures: Between Realism and Experimentation
HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies) seeks essay submissions for a thematic section of a 2019 issue on “The 20th and 21st Century Irish Literatures between Realism and Experimentation.” HJEAS is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, publishing critical articles and book reviews in the fields of American, British, Canadian, and Irish literature, history, and culture, and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. (

The tension between realism and experimentation has marked the development of modern Irish literature, being intrinsic to the work of a number of major Irish writers. Often regarded as a father-figure of all experimental writing, James Joyce was attacked by as different commentators as Lukács and Pound for the scope and radicalness of experiment, particularly in Finnegans Wake. Joyce himself considered his work to be firmly set in the realist tradition. At a time when he was yet to publish his first collection of lyrics, W. B. Yeats was encouraged by his father to write realist prose, which may eventually have contributed to his abhorrence of realism in favour of ever more daring experimentation in verse writing. Nonetheless, Yeats’s poetry is packed full of amazingly realist portrayals of the world about him. J. M. Synge may have worked in a realist mode but his implementation of vernacular Aran speech paved the way for the linguistic experimentation of the following generations of Irish (also English-language) playwrights.

Modern Irish literature may seem to be a field of vacillators (whether conscious or not remains to be investigated) who employ traditional genres and modes of writing, while at the same time, almost instinctively, seeking to supersede conventions. Sometimes this happens tacitly, by pushing the boundaries of expressiveness a little further, like with Synge. Occasionally the revolt engulfs conventions in flames in which new means of expression are forged, as is the case in Joyce.

Papers may include but are in no way limited to:
  • Realist and experimental modes in high modernism and onwards
  • Experimental literature today and a century ago: continuity and change
  • Revisions of the realist mode in contemporary Irish literatures
  • Ethics and aesthetics of realist and/or experimental literature
  • The great masters’ (stifling/enabling) influences
  • Contemporary realisms (including magical realism)
  • Voices from the margin (social, cultural, racial, etc.) and the conventions and aesthetics they have embraced or created
  • Cosmopolitanism vs. parochialism – openness and resistance to foreign trends
  • Irish literature and globalization (e.g., realism and experimentation in literary responses to global traumas, literature and the new media, literature and migration, etc.)
  • The aesthetics of nostalgia and futurity

Completed manuscripts of 5,000-10,000 words must follow the MLA parenthetical citation with Works Cited. Please follow the HJEAS Style Sheet available here

Proposals of 500 words with a 100-150 bio are due by February 15, 2018. Final papers are due by July 15, 2018. Please send the submissions and all inquiries to the guest editors, Wit Pietrzak and Katarzyna Ojrzyńska 

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Jane Austen and Cultural Outsiders
Friday, November 10, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Fraiman,
The University of Virginia
Professor Fraiman is the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the
Novel of Development, Cool Men and the Second Sex, and Extreme Domesticity: A View
from the Margins. She is also the editor of Northanger Abbey: Norton Critical Edition.

Proposed papers should explore the works of Jane Austen in relation to the category of “outsiders.” Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Austen’s treatment of characters who are marginal in social terms (by virtue of race, class, national origin, marital status, occupation, birth order, etc.). 
  • Likewise, the treatment of characters who are marginal in narrative terms. 
  •  Austen’s treatment of issues involving cultural “others” (slavery, colonialism, enclosure of lands, urban riots, etc.)
adaptations of her work (movies, stage plays, etc.) produced in non-Western cultural contexts.
  • Austen’s influence on writers who are “outsiders” to the British
literary tradition. 
  • Sequels, spinoffs, and other reworkings of Austen’s novels that
feature cultural “others” (servants, zombies, etc.). 

Please send 250-500 word abstracts by October 10 to

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British Jewish Contemporary Cultures: An International Conference
26-27 March 2018, Bangor University, Wales.

We invite proposals for the first international British Academy funded conference on British Jewish Contemporary Cultures. Any topic which explores the study of contemporary British Jewish culture, widely defined, is welcomed. We are particularly interested in locating British Jewish contemporary cultures in global and comparative settings, as well as in terms of imperial, postcolonial and transnational narratives. The aim of the conference is to tease out the tension between a transcultural British Jewish Studies and the specificity of the Jewish experience in Britain with increasing theoretical and methodological complexity.

We welcome proposals for panel discussions as well as individual papers of 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief biography to Jennifer Griffiths by 1st December 2017.

Suggested topics include but are by no means limited to:
  • Writing British Jewishness
  • Images of British Jewishness in film and television
  • Gender, sexuality and Jewishness in contemporary culture
  • Visual images (art, cartoons, graphic novels)
  • British Jews and the media
  • Shifting Identities: Transcultural contexts
  • Performing Jewishness
  • British Jewishness and the Holocaust
  • Politics and Jewishness in contemporary Britain
  • Locating British Jewishness: space and place
  • The Jewish Gothic
  • British Jews and Israel/Palestine
  • Black and British Jewish Intersections
  • Antisemitism
  • Brexit and Contemporary British Jewish culture

Conference organisers: Professor Nathan Abrams (Bangor) and Dr. Ruth Gilbert (Winchester). The conference has been generously supported by the British Academy.

For more information on the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures Network, please visit the website or contact

British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910
Though Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel are generally regarded as the “founders” of sociology as a discipline, sociological theory was actually rooted in nineteenth-century culture as intellectuals and scientists attempted to make sense of the political, economic, and social dislocations brought about by the Industrial and French Revolutions. Auguste Comte (who coined the term “la sociologie” in 1838), John Stuart Mill, Harriet Martineau, George Henry Lewes, Karl Marx, Henry Mayhew, Herbert Spencer, and Charles Booth were among the primary exponents of “the scientific study of society” during the Victorian era; significantly, their work often responded to or was informed by myriad literary authors and forms.

This volume represents the first collection of essays to illuminate the historically and intellectually complex relationship between literary studies and sociology in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. As Samuel Kerkham Ratcliffe noted in a December 1909 paper read before London’s Sociological Society, “Sociology and the English Novel,” the “difficulty is not to discover sociology in fiction, but to find anything therein that is without sociological value and meaning.” This point has been more recently amplified by Wolf Lepenies, in Between Literature and Science: The Rise of Sociology, and Krishna Kumar, in “Sociology and the Englishness of English Social Theory,” who both have sought to account for Britain’s relatively slow professionalization of sociology before 1950 by citing the fact that “for the English their poets, novelists, and literary critics seemed to be doing a more than adequate job of analysis and criticism of the novel problems of nineteenth-century industrial society” (Kumar 55). With these observations in mind, we invite essays that will help to address some key questions. How, precisely, did Victorian and Edwardian literary texts did help to develop and formalize the discipline of sociology? How did emergent sociological discourses and practices shape the literature of the nineteenth- and early-twentieth century? To what degree were literature and sociology offering competing systems for analyzing the society they purported to represent?

We welcome papers that consider the sociological provenance of specific Victorian and Edwardian cultural objects and practices or papers that explore how various social theories and theorists were inherently tethered to or inspired by the literary. We especially encourage submissions that explore problems in and of the social through the “contact zones” of literary studies and sociology. Essays might examine one or more specific examples of “the scientific study of society” and consider the degree to which these proto-sociological texts are themselves amenable to rhetorical, ideological, formal, historical or other permutations of “literary” analysis. Contributors might discuss how specific literary works represent persons, institutions, or methods of thought associated with sociological theory and practice, and/or whether such literary works contributed to an emergent sociological discourse (or discourses). We also invite papers that explore how nineteenth- and early-twentieth century literary texts contributed to the expansion of sociology as a discipline and/or anticipated the later theoretical interventions of Erving Goffman, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, etc. In addition, sociological accounts of the role of literature in the formation of national identities, classes, or class fractions in Victorian or Edwardian England would be welcome. This list is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.

We are currently soliciting proposals (300-500 words, plus one-page CV) for essays of roughly 6000-8000 words. Proposals should be sent by or before December 15, 2017.

Maria K. Bachman, Professor and Chair
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University  

Albert D. Pionke, Professor
Department of English
University of Alabama

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Florence, 20 April 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 29 October 2017

The 2018 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of conversion, a fascinating phenomenon, a promise of newness that blends elements of individual experience with larger problems of historical change.

The ideological and spiritual life of early modern Britain finds a special interpretative key in the notion of conversion, whether perceived as an individual response to a religious and political challenge, a community reaction to political upheaval, or a social change brought about by the innovations of modernity.

The goal of this Conference is to develop an understanding of conversion that will address epistemological, psychological, political, spiritual and technological kinds of transformation, perceived both as subjective and collective change. Therefore conversion is to be understood in its broadest possible sense, and nor merely as a religious phenomenon.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
forms of conversion, sacred and secular, i.e., awakening to a new faith, an intensification of existing beliefs, an embracing of a (radical) political movement, etc.

  • conversional thinking and practice
  • early modern textual ‘conversions’, i.e., from manuscript to print, from one format to another, from one genre to another
  • relationships among transformation, freedom and power
  • forms of religious dissent in early modern British culture
  • religious change and gender
  • how early modern English theatre and other theatrical practices represent, adopt, transform, relocate forms of conversion
  • conversion narratives
  • the phenomenon of forced conversion
  • authenticity and pretense in conversion
  • religious conversion as catalyst of other transformations (e.g., translation, alchemy, enthusiasm, etc.)
  • technologies of transformation

Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:
  • the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography;
  • abstracts are to be submitted by Sunday 29 October 2017 by email 
  • all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2017;
  • each finished contribution should not exceed 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can give their papers in Italian);
  • Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker
  • participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper ten days before the Conference.

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Dr. Ilaria Natali, University of Florence (Italy)

Elizabeth I: The Armada and Beyond, 1588 to 2018
Queen’s House Conference 2018, Greenwich
19–21 April 2018

In September 2016, Royal Museums Greenwich acquired the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. This
remarkable work of art has captured widespread attention from its creation until the present day,
providing a defining image of what has come to be seen as a critical moment in history: the failed
invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in the summer of 1588. This conference will address this
moment in time and its consequences both for Elizabeth and her subjects in the immediate aftermath of
the Armada and for subsequent generations, as the idea of the Virgin Queen and her great triumph has
been shaped and remade throughout history until the present day.

While the image was inspired by a specific event, its complex symbolism embraces issues of monarchy,
dynasty, nation and empire in the early modern period. It was designed to be a spectacle of female
power and majesty, carefully calibrated to inspire awe and wonder, an impression which has lasted to
the present day. Scholars have described the portrait as a definitive representation of the English
Renaissance, encapsulating the creativity, ideals and ambitions of the entire Elizabethan era. Equally the
portrait has inspired and informed countless representations of Elizabeth I in the visual and performing
arts, and across film, theatre and television. It has thus been instrumental in making her one of the most
recognizable historical figures for audiences today.

Elizabeth’s apparently impressive military record against the forces of tyranny and popery, affirmed
through such imagery as the Armada Portrait, became the standard by which her successors were
judged. As the seventeenth century progressed, the myth of ‘Good Queen Bess’, ‘Gloriana’ and the
Elizabethan ‘Golden Age’ took hold. At the same time, the idea of 1588 as the moment when Britain
began its rise as a major naval and imperial power established itself. The 1588 Armada became
synonymous with the menace of invasion and despotism, and victory came to signal a bright future of
English/British liberty and ascendancy. Today, Elizabeth continues to be claimed as a role model for
politicians and others seeking to associate themselves with the values that she is seen to represent.
This conference will mark the conservation and re-display of the Armada Portrait at the Queen’s House,
the last remaining building of Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Elizabeth I and a major royal site for
the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. The Queen’s House and the collections of Royal Museums Greenwich
offer the potential to unpack a range of meanings and contexts for the image, including the domestic
and international worlds of the Renaissance period and the resonance of the Spanish Armada within
history to the present day. It is hoped that this conference will pick up on these themes, advancing our
understanding of the Armada Portrait specifically and Elizabeth I more generally, interrogating popular
notions associated with her life and reputation, offering fresh and alternative perspectives.

Some of the themes that might be considered include (but are not limited to):

• Female power and authority
• Female monarchs and consorts as war leaders
• Court culture and patronage post-1588
• Relations with Protestant Europe and reputation as a Protestant heroine
• Her role during and after the Spanish Armada
• Elizabeth in the public eye
• Commemorations of 1588 in Elizabethan culture and beyond
• Relations with the Islamic World, 1588–1603
• Trade and Empire, East and West
• Elizabeth and her biographers
• Representations in historical genre paintings
• Characterizations in film, fiction, opera and theatre
• The reputation of Elizabeth, home and abroad, from 1588 to the present day

We invite submission of abstracts (300 to 400 words) for twenty-minute papers. The deadline fosubmissions is 1 December 2017. Please direct queries, if any, to Janet Dickinson or Christine Riding  and submit proposals and a brief biography here.

Convenors: Robert Blyth, Christine Riding (Royal Museums Greenwich) and Janet Dickinson (University
of Oxford). The conference is hosted by the Royal Museums Greenwich in association with the Society
for Court Studie

The IASEMS Graduate Conference at the British Institute of Florence

Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
17-18 July, 2018  
Keynote Speakers:Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University

This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy. For additional information, please visit our website. Possible topics include literature and:

  • Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice
  • Representations of Places of Learning
  • Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications
  • Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education
  • Academic Success and Failure
  • Literacy and Illiteracy
  • Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism
  • Autodidacticism, Informal Education
  • Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical
  • Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence
  • Intellectual ability and disability

As well as literature and:

  • Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychometrics and personality testing
  • Physiology and psychology
  • Psychological Schools and Controversie
  • Psychology and Philosophy
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Sexology
  • Parapsychology
  • Eugenics
  • Language and Cognition

Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal by the 1 March, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal. 

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The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies invites paper and panel proposals for its 45th Annual Meeting, to be held at UC Santa Barbara 23-25 March 2018. 

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies -- broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain's imperial cultures. We welcome proposals from scholars and doctoral candidates in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred. We encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary topics, as well as panels on new pedagogies and technologies associated with British Studies.

The deadline for submission of proposals is DECEMBER 1st, 2017. Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper plus a one-page c.v. for each participant. Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a 1-page c.v. for the panel chair as well as for its commentator. Please place the panel proposal, its constituent paper proposals, and all vitae in a single file, making certain that your contact information, especially e-mail addresses, are correct and current. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail attachment by December 1, 2017.  

*Graduate students who have papers accepted by the program committee will be eligible to request reimbursement for some travel expenses from the Stern Trust when registering for the conference.

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Past and Present: Narratives of Progress and Decline in Nineteenth-Century Britain                                        
Christ Church, University of Oxford
19 March 2018

The fascination and persistence of the past in nineteenth-century life and thought have been the subjects of notable recent scholarship. Contemporaries inhabited a fragmented present, in which narratives of progress overlapped and clashed with depictions of historical decline, as critics sought to define and locate their own age in the larger sweep of time. Such conceptualisations were integral not solely to the practice of Victorian historiography, but also to the framing of a much broader range of cultural and political debates. This symposium seeks to encourage further reflection and discussion in the field, by inviting papers from historians and scholars in other disciplines which address the ways in which nineteenth-century actors represented, celebrated and critiqued the threads of historical change that connected together past, present, and future. The organisers therefore hope that the symposium will make visible the intimate relationship between historical narration and all kinds of cultural criticism in the period.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium will focus on different kinds of nineteenth-century narrative as a means of exploring the breadth and depth of historical engagement in contemporary culture. The conference will centre on the Victorian period, but the organisers also welcome perspectives on other parts of ‘the long nineteenth century’. We therefore invite 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers on topics that may include, but are by no means limited to, the following themes:

  • The ‘Historical Method’ and the quest for a ‘science of politics’
  • The role of, and intersections between, religion and the constitution in Victorian narratives of historical change
  • Historical narrative as a mode of political critique
  • Historicist and organicist philosophical thought
  • Understandings of religious decline and renewal in past and present
  • Contemporary attempts to historicise changing family and gender roles
  • The historical dimensions of nineteenth-century racial thought
  • Histories of scientific advance and regression
  • Narratives of commercial and imperial expansion and decay
  • The dynamics of the past in Victorian social criticism
  • Historical retrospect and projection in nineteenth-century literature
  • The interplay between rhetoric and narrative in these and other topics
  • Visual culture

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Stuart Jones (University of Manchester).

The conference will take place at Christ Church, University of Oxford. There will be no registration fee, but speakers will be responsible for funding their own transport and accommodation costs. We particularly welcome paper proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers. Thanks to the generosity of the Royal Historical Society, postgraduate students presenting a paper or attending the conference may apply for a Royal Historical Society bursary (to a maximum of £60) towards travel and accommodation costs. Priority will be given to those presenting a paper, and you should apply by explaining your travel and accommodation needs in a statement of 250 words or fewer by 30 September 2017.

Proposals consisting of a 250-word abstract and a summary CV should be sent to by 30 September 2017.
Organisers: Dr Joshua Bennett (Christ Church, University of Oxford), Dr Emily Jones (Pembroke College, University of Cambridge)

Race and class in Britain and America from the 17th to the 19th century
22-23 March 2018
Université PARIS VIII Vincennes-St Denis/Université PARIS NANTERRE

Encounters with new populations in Africa and America during the early modern period captured the interest of European naturalists, who developed various discourses of human variety theory in view of categorising the peoples of the earth. The premise of human classification, of course, was that one group was innately and inimitably better or worse than another – and that the most superior human beings on earth happened to be the white European elite. The taxonomies of human ‘race’ that took hold over the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries in Britain and America were, and continue to be, inextricable from questions of class and social precedence. 

This conference will question how developing discourses of race came to structure the societies of Britain and America in the early modern period. It hopes to explore the way discourses of race and class interacted with each other, and how the vocabulary of social strata overlapped with the language of race. How were the bodies and minds of the upper ranks considered to differ from those of other people during these periods? How important indeed was the idea of the physical body in rank distinction, and how did this square with the notions of pure blood that underpinned both ‘race’ and hereditary privilege? In what ways were some groups ‘naturally’ privileged or ‘naturally’ excluded? Were social minorities like indigents or women marginalized or stigmatized similarly to Africans or Native Americans?

We will welcome proposals offering a comparative approach between British and American societies as well as a diachronic approach.

Proposals for papers might include:
  • Studies of genealogy and family hierarchy
  • Human variety theory in philosophy and naturalism
  • Medical and scientific views on heredity and human hierarchy
  • The evolution of racial discourses
  • Biological justifications of slavery
  • Heredity and the patrilineal transmission of nobility
  • Inquiries into the human body and its representations
  • Representations of race and class in literature and art
  • Representations of the African or the Native American in Europe
  • Class and racial solidarity
  • Racialised representations of the indigent and the noble
  • The perception of the physical ideal and miscegenation
  • Race and nation: Anglo-Saxon ethnic/racial superiority
  • Race and the environment: the degeneration of American settlers vs the superiority of the “American race”
  • Studies of femininity, femaleness and ‘effeminacy’ in the context of race and rank

The conference will consider proposals from all fields of study, and welcomes both confirmed researchers and doctoral or post-doctoral students.The languages of the conference will be French and English.A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published.

For consideration, please submit a paper proposal of 300 words and a one-page CV by September 30, 2017 to Anne-Claire FaucquezTim Mc Inerney and Michaël Roy

“Representing ‘Frenchness’ in Anglophone TV Series, Cinema, Songs and Literature"
NEMLA 2018,
This panel proposes to examine the various ways in which French and Francophone identities from France, Quebec and other French-Speaking countries, are represented in Anglophone cultural productions such as feature-length films, TV series, and songs, but also in literature of all genres (novel, poetry, non-fiction). Throughout the centuries, stereotypes and symbols about French and Francophone cultures have developed and travelled around the Anglophone world (the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) and shaped the way Anglophones on a global scale perceive Francophones. In advertisements, for instance, concepts such as fashion, luxury products, intellectualism and haute cuisine often emerge as commonly shared representations of ‘Frenchness.’ What images and symbols of ‘Frenchness’ do France and French-speaking people project to the Anglophone world today? Or, we could also ask ourselves how do Anglophones perceive and interpret ‘Frenchness’? What symbol or myths, as defined by Roland Barthes among others, are being constructed to create imagined worlds? How are French characters represented in Anglophone visual or musical productions? What representations of ‘Frenchness’ does Anglophone literature (such as self-help, for instance) offer to its readership? What topics or words give a contemporary English song a French flair? In our global world, instant access to authentic French and Francophone audiovisual (pop) cultural productions such as songs, films, or TV series via the Internet is easy and mostly free to anyone around the world. Yet, ‘Frenchness’, as represented in Anglophone literary, visual or musical cultural productions sometimes contrasts with or at least differs from the reality of today’s French-speaking societies.

Submit a 250-300 words abstract in French or in English to NeMLA’s online submission system: go to and create your own user account.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2017

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 NeMLA 2018, April 12-15- Pittsburg, PA

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A Call for Papers for the 49th NeMLA Annual Conference, April 12th-15th, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA.

The realistic and fantastic narratives of the early medieval world contain no shortage of encounters that stretch, challenge, and break accepted social guidelines. The theoretical analysis of non-traditional modes of desire, other-worldly wish fulfilment, and human-animal relations in the literatures of medieval Northern Europe offers opportunities for the provocative consideration of mythopoetic ritual, social syncretism, source study, literary innovation, authorial or cultural fetish, and the iconography or design features of the material culture of early Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and Scandinavia. Eco-criticism, psychoanalytic and gender theory, and linguistic and cultural poetics provide a lens for the discussion of sexualized monster combat, romantic encounters with otherworldly or mythic entities, cross-species or magical seduction, angelic ravishments, the sexualized negotiation of clan or family structure, and the totemic representation of monstrous or animalistic couplings. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30th, 2017. Please submit 200 to 400 word abstracts to this panel via the official NeMLA website and follow the instructions posted there.This panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, SUNY Nassau.

Contact Info: This panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, SUNY Nassau. It is requested that all abstract submissions be sent through the NeMLA website.

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Technologies of Frankenstein: 1818-2018
7-9 March 2018, Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey, USA)
Co-hosted by IEEE History Center and Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters
Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the Monstrous, the Outsider, the Other, and scientific ethics. This conference will examine such connections in our thinking about humanism and techno-science from the novel's publication to the present. We construe broadly the intersecting themes of humanism, technology, and science and we welcome proposals from all fields of study for presentations that add a twenty-first century perspective to Frankenstein. Topic areas and questions may include but are not limited to:

Topic areas:
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)
  • Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)
  • Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information Technology)
  • Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)
  • Future Technologies and Labor Concerns

  • How might industrialized nations develop low-cost solutions to provide maternal and pediatric care in regions with limited medical facilities?
  • How are our ideas of the “Monstrous” or “Other” changing since the publication of Frankenstein?
  • Is the pharmaceutical industry using human consumers as experiments for profit?
  • What ethical and legal issues will emerge in the age of advanced or “aware” artificial intelligence?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What is the responsibility of government in world-wide health care?
  • Who is responsible for the outcomes of techno-science?
  • Who should have access to advanced human enhancement technologies and why?

Submit abstracts of 300 words and brief cv by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz and Robin Hammerman.

Transatlantic Connections Conference V
The Irish Studies Program at Drew University is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the Transatlantic Connections Conference V, which takes place in Ireland January 10-14 2018. The theme of this year’s Transatlantic Connections Conference is “Kindred Spirits / Dáimh”. This theme will be explored across a range of interdisciplinary panels, workshops, keynote talks and cultural events. The Transatlantic Connections Conference will be an opportunity to explore cultures (broadly defined) and the interactions and intersections between them. The focus of the conference will be on cultures that are “outside the mainstream,” and the goal is to foster a sense of shared kinship and celebration amongst representatives of humanity’s cultural diversity.

Our conference model is different from most academic symposia. Our panels are open to the public, and presenters include undergraduate and post-graduate students, academics, professionals and enthusiasts in a variety of cultural pursuits. This is a multidisciplinary conference, and papers are sought in the fields of History, Literature, Peace Studies, Architecture & Design, Minority Languages, Irish Language, Sustainability and Ecology, Medical Humanities, Activism and Protest, Literature, Food Studies, and Music Studies.

The location is in Bundoran, in County Donegal, an incredibly cultural and scenic county, sandwiched between the province of Northern Ireland to the east, the counties of Sligo and Leitrim to the south, and the wild Atlantic Ocean all along the west coast. The North and North West of Ireland is home to many small communities with shared narratives of oppression, division, cultural revival and conflict resolution, and this extraordinarily friendly, beautiful and historic setting provides a unique conference experience for the visiting scholar.

Proposal Details
Paper proposals should not exceed 400 words in length, and must be accompanied by a short biography of the proposer. Paper proposals must be uploaded below. All proposals must be uploaded by October 1st 2017 in order to be considered for the conference. All presenters must register as conference presenters and pay registration fee. Accepted applicants will be informed no later than October 20, 2017. For more information on the conference, email

Undergraduate Panels

Undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or roundtable discussions on any topic related to the general fields listed above. We invite faculty from Drew University, and from other institutions, to organise, chair and serve as discussants: each undergraduate presenter will have 5-8 minutes to speak, with a maximum of six speakers per undergraduate panel. These sessions are offer an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in conference presenting, and to receive feedback from their peers and senior colleagues.

Scholars Panels

The conference organisers invite both individual paper proposals, and complete panel proposals from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as experts and representatives in related fields on topics relevant to the theme of ‘Kindred / Dáimh’

The conference also welcomes proposals for innovative panels and sessions that do not follow the usual format of academic paper presentations, such as film and media presentations, interview conversations, and others. Proposals for innovative sessions should be sent directly to the Drew Conference Team.

To upload an abstract for consideration, you can go directly to the website or email.

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Dr. Niamh Hamill

The 20th- and 21st-Century Irish Literatures: Between Realism and Experimentation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Back to top

Windrush (1948) and Rivers of Blood (1968): Legacy and Assessment
Dates: 24-25 May 2018 (deadline for abstract submission: October 15, 2017)
Location: Logis du Roy, Amiens, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Trevor Phillips, OBE

The arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury on 22 June 1948 has been described by Patrick Vernon as “a powerful and iconic symbol of the rise of modern-day multicultural Britain.” In many ways, the 492 migrants who arrived that day have come to symbolize all post-war Commonwealth settlers in Britain and its transition to a multicultural society, in which race relations have become a major and permanent theme.

Influenced by imperialist propaganda, Commonwealth migrants often considered Britain as their “mother country”. Yet, their integration was not as smooth as they expected or hoped. In their hitherto idealised Britain they were often considered “aliens.” In practice, the decolonisation process and the consequent demise of Empire meant that, increasingly, post-war Britain could no longer uphold the ideal of a “Greater Britain,” and migration from the expanding Commonwealth was no longer perceived as internal migration within a single entity, but as immigration from “overseas.” Both migrants and Britons had to adjust their sense of belonging to a new, post-imperial society.

These migrant counterflows were often resented as an unfortunate reversal of fortune, and arrivals from previously colonised territories were increasingly seen as intruders upon the formerly all-powerful imperial centre. The ensuing rise of xenophobia and the many ordeals undergone by Commonwealth migrants to Britain represented a danger to the already shifting definition of Britishness, undermined by the end of Empire as well as by the post-war economic, social and political difficulties in Britain. Seen as a threat to the stability of British society, Commonwealth immigration led to polarisation and the migrants’ ethnic classification by virtue of which they were sometimes perceived as a sub-race, an unwanted group adversely affecting Britain’s traditions, its racial “purity” and national identity. This rise of xenophobia was most visibly embodied in the resistance to immigration of the advocate of repatriation, Enoch Powell, and his infamous 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech.

In parallel with decolonisation and growing international resistance to colonialism, notably in the United Nations’ 1960 “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples,” Britain witnessed its own reaction to anti-immigration propaganda and the birth of forms of activism condemning anti-migrant attitudes, an activism which found legislative expression in the Race Relations Acts of 1965, 1968, and 1976 that officially addressed the issue of racial discrimination.

Britain, in short, underwent a post-war migration “crisis,” and the anniversaries of the arrival of the Windrush (1948) and Enoch Powell’s now infamous speech (1968) are an appropriate point at which to take stock of this important legacy, to assess the effects of those key moments and the fundamental changes which they undoubtedly brought about.  

This two-day conference aims to examine the structural forces at the root of the migration “crisis,” and the growing racial essentialism in Britain, and to reappraise the Commonwealth migrants’ heritage and contribution to shaping modern Britain. Indeed, several cultural events are clear signs of the migrants’ artistic and cultural influences in Britain, such as, among others, the Notting Hill Carnival – initiated as a response to the 1958 Notting Hill riots – and the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, “Staying Power.” These attest to the redefinition of Britishness in the post-Windrush period. Marked by both resistance and adaptation, Commonwealth identities were strenuously negotiated in Britain. If the Commonwealth migrants’ contribution to Britishness in politics, culture, food, sports and the arts cannot be underestimated, is it true to claim, as some commentators have, that Britain has experienced creolisation? 

We invite proposals for papers dealing with the legacy of Windrush and/or “Rivers of Blood.” Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

- “Windrush Day”
- the racialisation of black immigration to Britain post-Windrush
- mental health issues among post-war migrants to Britain
- perceptions and representations of migrant sexuality
- gender and race in post-war migration flows
- race, citizenship, nation : race relations legislation, its origins and consequences
- musical legacies of Commonwealth migrants in Britain
- Windrush and Rivers of Blood on stage, on screen and in the arts
- Commonwealth migration and linguistic influences on British English
- migrants and education in post-war Britain
- Commonwealth migrants and the NHS
- influence of former colonial cultures on Britishness: the “Creolisation” of Britain
- Cosmopolitanism in post-war Britain
- the Notting Hill Carnival and symbols of multiculturalis
- demographics / urban impacts and slums / ethnic neighbourhoods

Please send a 200-word abstract and a short academic biography to and The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 15, 2017. A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume.

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Contact Info: 
Marie Ruiz (Associate Professor in British History, Amiens, France)
Trevor Harris (Professor in British History, Amiens, France)

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Women’s Suffrage and Political Activism: Commemorating the Centenary of the 1918 Reform Act in Britain
For many British and Irish suffragists the vote was essential to obtaining justice for working women, peace and wider social reform. Yet in practice, working relationships between suffragists, peace activists and socialists were often troubled. This conference explores the ideas, strategies and controversies relating to the women’s movement in the years leading up to the 1918 Reform Act and its aftermath. We welcome contributions on individual suffragists and suffrage groups in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. We invite abstracts on attitudes to women’s suffrage in the labour movement, women’s peace initiatives during the First World War, and initiatives in support of equal franchise and feminist reforms from 1918-28. Papers should demonstrate new research, and awareness of the complexity of the relationship between working-class women, suffragists, social reformers and the organised labour movement.

Please send panel proposals (up to 500 words) or individual paper abstracts (up to 250 words) by 30th October to Ph. D students should give their dissertation title, and the name and e-mail address of their supervisor. The conference is held in collaboration the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Cambridge University Library.

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Convenors: Prof Lucy BlandDr Lucy DelapDr Ben GriffinProf Mary Joannou.

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