Category Archives: Calls for Papers, Articles, Translations

Call for Paper: MELODRAMA OUTSIDE OF ITSELF. ARCHETYPES, INTERMEDIALITY, MASS CULTURE. For «TESTO A FRONTE» (n. 61, November 2019), an Italian peer-reviewed review of translation studies, comparative literature and media studies.

Considered for centuries a marginal dramatic genre straddling the high and low-mimetic modes, with the seminal essay The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess (1976) by Peter Brooks melodrama has been credited the status of a dominant narrative form of mass culture. It is now clear that melodrama is a declination of modern imagination oriented to elaborate plots marked by a sharp ethical polarization, by an uninhibited taste for excess (lingering in absolute and devouring passions, as well as in extreme situations to the limit of representability) and by a smug aesthetic of amazement: in short a Manichean and boosted device which from the late Eighteenth century vaudeville spreads, during the Nineteenth century, in opera, in the currents of visionary, historical and social romantic painting, in the realist, naturalist, decadent novel, touching the modernist one, and, during the Twentieth century, explodes in the cinematic melo and then in the television seriality.
Literary studies, visual studies, film studies and television studies offer today many glances. sometimes contradictory, but always stimulating, on this complex phenomenon which has always been transversal to codes, genres and media.

Starting from the study of the historical origins of melodrama, the forthcoming issue of Testo a fronte aims at stimulating research contributions able to focus on its meta-historical, theoretical and intermedia dimension, studying in depth the most resilient archetypical structures and the evolving practices of the contemporary melodramatic universe. What about melodrama in after-postmodernism literary fiction, with its massive return to typically modern mimetic forms? What about melodrama in movies after the crisis of the Hollywood system of genres? What about melodrama in the very articulate system of genres and sub-genres of television fiction? What about melodrama in painting beyond abstraction and in general in the age of digital art?

We invite submissions from different scholar perspectives; possible topics can include but are not limited to:
– reconstruction of important moments in the history of melodrama
– identification and description of the archetypal and metahistorical features of melodrama
– implementation of the notion of melodramatic imagination
– definition and mapping of the intermedia dimension of melodrama
– analysis of melodramatic (literary, visual, audiovisual etc.) texts

Proposals, in Italian or in English (max 400 words), should be sent to:, by February 10th, 2019. Please attach a brief biography (maximum 150 words) and an optional selected bibliography (up to 5 titles) relevant to the issue theme.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by February 20th, 2019.

Full papers will be due June 20th, 2019 and will be submitted to double blind peer review.

The Arts of Decadence on Tue 12 Feb 2019 from 6.30pm in the Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Featuring speakers Martin Sorrell, Lene Østermark-Johansen, Peter Manson and Helen Abbott, along with live performances by Kate Howden (mezzo-soprano), Edmund Danon (baritone) accompanied by Satoshi Kubo (piano) from the National Opera Studio Music will include fabulous song settings by the French composers Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Dupace

The Arts of Decadence
on Tue 12 Feb 2019 from 6.30pm
in the Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
(nearest tube station Goodge Street on the Northern Line)

Featuring speakers Martin Sorrell, Lene Østermark-Johansen, Peter Manson and Helen Abbott, along with live performances by Kate Howden (mezzo-soprano), Edmund Danon (baritone) accompanied by Satoshi Kubo (piano) from the National Opera Studio

Music will include fabulous song settings by the French composers Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Dupace

The Decadent Movement in arts and literature reached its height in the 1890s and early 1900s. It was characterised by fin de siècle style and a questioning of accepted social, political and sexual values and norms. Its most famous representatives include French poets like Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Verlaine, but its influence spread rapidly to the English-speaking world thanks to the tireless advocacy of Arthur Symons and figures such as Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and WB Yeats. Its impact was also felt across the arts including fine art, architecture and music.

This special event is a celebration of the multifarious arts of decadence and their contribution to the development of new art forms and cultural movements across the English-speaking world.

Martin Sorrell is Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter, and has a special interest in decadent literature;

Lene Østermark-Johansen is Associate Professor of English literature at the University of Copenhagen, with a special interest in decadent art;

Peter Manson is a Scottish poet and translator based in Glasgow, whose works include Stéphane Mallarmé: The Poems in Verse, published to acclaim by Miami University Press in 2012;

and Helen Abbott, Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, who specialises in 19th century French poetry and music, and who leads the Baudelaire Music Project.

Music will be performed by National Opera Studio (NOS) singers Kate Howden (mezzo-soprano) and Edmund Danon (baritone) accompanied by Satoshi Kubo (piano). NOS exists to train a select group of talented young musicians each year to become the leading artists of their generation with the aim of making a significant contribution to the opera ecology and the wider creative and cultural life of the UK through the provision of top-quality professional training.

This event is held in partnership with the AHRC Network: ‘Decadence and Translation’, led by Dr Matthew Creasy (University of Glasgow) and Professor Stefano-Maria Evangelista (Trinity College, Oxford).

This public event concludes the ‘Publishing Decadence in Translation’ conference being held at the Senate House earlier the same day. This one-day roundtable event is bringing together scholars, translators and publishers to discuss the practicalities and pitfalls of publishing Decadent texts in translation for a contemporary market.

How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Tuesday 12th February in the Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.

The event itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and will last about 90 minutes, without an interval.

This event is free of charge but please RSVP in advance to to reserve a place. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays

New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays

By Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam Cambridge Scholars Publishing Release Date: Feb. 1, 2019

This book closes a gap in postcolonial theory through its scrutiny of how four Indian and Nigerian English plays that are situated in national traditions reframed their own cultural terrain in international terms. It maps the trajectory that Indian and Nigerian dramatists, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Wole Soyinka and Badal Sircar, adopted as they moved from the specific to the bicultural to the global. The intercultural dialectic validated here provides a protean comparative scaffolding that evolves out of, and reflects, the interculturality of the literatures it is critiquing, allowing the book to
be an entry point, practical guide, and reference for those interested in studying and comparing literatures from Asia and Africa written or translated into English.

Google Link with a preview of Chapter 1:
Amazon link:
Author profile and bio

For ordering:
For further information on the book, including all press enquiries contact
CSP at: e: new postcolonial dialectics press release

Transatlantic Studies Association 18th Annual Conference University of Lancaster 8-10 July 2019 Call for Papers

Submissions are invited for the 2019 Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference.
Plenary guests confirmed include:
Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria University)
“The Beatles in Miami, 1964: Race, Class and Gender in the Atlantic World”
Professor Kevin Hutchings (University of Northern British Columbia)
“Transatlantic Romanticism and British-Indigenous Relations: 1800-1850”
A Roundtable discussion on:
Transatlantic Relations in the Age of a Rising China

Following its first trip across the Atlantic for last year’s annual conference at the University of North Georgia, the TSA is returning to the UK for its eighteenth annual conference at the University of Lancaster.
The TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): history, politics and international relations, and literary studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.
The conference is organised around a number of subject themes, each of which is convened by members of the conference programme committee (indicated below). If you would like to discuss your paper or panel proposal prior to submission, please contact the relevant programme committee members. This year’s subject themes are:
1. Diplomatic and international history
(David Ryan,, Chris Jespersen,, Thomas Mills,
2. Political and intellectual history
(Gavin Bailey,, Philip Pedley,
3. Social, cultural and religious history
(Kristin Cook,, Constance Post,
4. International Relations and Security Studies
(Luis Rodrigues,, David Ryan,
5. Literature, film, and theatre
(Donna Gessell,, Finn Pollard,, Constance Post,
6. Business and finance
(Thomas Mills,, Philip Pedley,
7. Latin America in a transatlantic context
(Thomas Mills,, David Ryan,
8. Ethnicity, race and migration
(Kristin Cook,, Gavin Bailey,
Special subject theme: Transatlantic Romanticisms
Proposals are welcome for papers on any aspect of Romanticism in a transatlantic context. Possible topics might include (but are not limited to) comparative romanticisms, ecological romanticisms, romantic natural histories, romantic travel and exploration, romanticism and colonialism, romanticism and critical theory. Please send a 300-word abstract, 100 word author biography, and 2-page CV to Kevin Hutchings, University Research Chair, Department of English, University of Northern British Columbia (
In addition to the subject themes above, we welcome papers and panels on any aspect of transatlantic studies. Interdisciplinary papers and panels are particularly welcome, as are innovative formats, such as roundtables / multimedia presentations.

Submission Instructions
Panel proposals should constitute three or four presenters and a Chair (as well as a discussant if desired). Panel proposals should be sent by email as one document attachment, and include:
o 300-word overview of the panel theme;
o 300-word abstracts for each of the papers;
o 100-word author biographies;
o 2-page CVs for all participants.
The subject line of the email for panel proposals should read: ‘TSA Proposal-[Last name of panel convenor]-[Subject theme]” (state ‘Other’ if not falling under listed themes) (E.g. “TSA Proposal-Smith-Diplomacy and International History”).
Individual paper proposals should be sent by email as one document attachment, and include:
o 300-word abstract for the paper
o 100-word author biography;
o 2-page CV.
The subject line of the email for paper proposals should read: “TSA Proposal-[Last name of presenter]-[Subject theme]” (state ‘Other’ if not falling under listed themes) (E.g. “TSA Proposal-Smith-Other”).

Travel Grants
The TSA particularly welcomes proposals from new members and junior scholars. Travel grants are available to support early career scholars presenting a paper at the conference. If wishing to apply for a travel grant, applicants should indicate this in the body of the email when submitting their paper or panel. In addition to the materials requested above, travel grant applicants should include a brief statement explaining why it is important for them to attend the TSA conference, and an outline of the principal costs entailed. For further details about TSA travel grants, see the TSA website:
All paper and panel proposals, and travel grant applications, should be sent to the conference email:

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 20 January 2019

Contact details and further information

Vice-Chair of TSA / Local Organiser: Thomas Mills:
Chair of TSA: Christopher Jespersen: TSA Call for Papers 2019

Call for Papers FORMING THE FUTURE A one and a half day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Plymouth Sept. 2nd (p.m.) and 3rd, 2019

Confirmed speakers:
• Amy J. Elias (Tennessee, Knoxville; English Literature)
• Daniel Innerarity (Ikerbasque; Political Philosophy)
• Sandra Kemp (Lancaster/Imperial; Director of the Ruskin Library/Museum)
• Iain Stewart (Plymouth; Geoscience and Communication)

Thinking about the future often focuses on its ‘content’: what might happen. Similarly, thinking about ‘future studies’ often concentrates on its goals, concepts and methods. But what about the forms in which the future comes couched? How does the medium in which the future is presented – its genres, structures, conventions – shape or influence what the future might include? What forms do representations of the future currently take in different disciplines and fields of practice – from fiction to non-fiction, the visual to the textual, science to politics – and to what effect? Can we make our representations of the future more efficacious, with a view to the current world situation? And what might different fields learn from each other, or how might they combine, in order to do this?
This conference sets out to investigate these and related questions, and to trigger dialogue within and across different areas in which the future is being ‘formed’.
Starting points may include, but are not restricted to:
• forms old and new (e.g. report, roadmap, fiction, manifesto, visual media, software …)
• fact/fiction, realistic/unrealistic, mind/heart …
• a future without apocalypse? continuity/break?
• updating key terms (e.g. hope, optimism, pessimism, utopia, horizons …)
• instrumentality/openness, prognostication/becoming, fixed/alterable
• the problems of scale (e.g. individual/collective, local/global, multiplicity/unity …)
• interdisciplinary practice, thinking, potential
• history future

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers or presentations to Proposals are welcome from researchers across the humanities, social sciences and STEM disciplines, as well as from those working outside the university sector.
Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2019.

Two £150 bursaries are available for those without institutional funding or equivalent; please describe in your proposal how you qualify.

This conference is made possible by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is organised by Dr David Sergeant, Lecturer in English and AHRC ECR Leadership Fellow, University of Plymouth.Forming the Future CfP