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*With apologies for crossposting* Peter Lang Oxford is delighted to announce the 2018 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Comparative Literature.

Proposals are invited from early career scholars ­in Comparative Literature for academic monographs to be evaluated by a distinguished editorial board. The winner of the competition will receive a contract to publish the volume with Peter Lang.

Proposals for the Comparative Literature competition should be submitted to Laurel Plapp ( by 31 July 2018 and include an abstract (including chapter synopses), CV and a sample chapter (5,000 to 10,000 words in length) in separate Microsoft Word documents.
Proposals are welcome from scholars working on any aspect of Comparative Literature or World Literature and must be written in English. Research that fits within the scope of the Peter Lang book series New Comparative Criticism is especially encouraged (please see below and on the series webpage: Proposals under review elsewhere should not be submitted.
The winner will be offered a contract for a non-subsidised book to be published within six months of receipt of the complete and approved manuscript. Planned manuscripts should be 60,000 to 100,000 words in length. Authors will be expected to copy-edit the manuscript in accordance with the style guidelines provided.

Applicants should be early career scholars who have been awarded a PhD between 2013 and 2018 or expect to be awarded a PhD in 2019.
Decisions will be made by 1 December 2018 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.
For general information about the competition, please contact Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU. E-mail: Tel: 01865 514160.

New Comparative Criticism
Series Editor: Florian Mussgnug, University College London

New Comparative Criticism is dedicated to innovative research in literary and cultural studies. It invites contributions with a comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary focus, including comparative studies of themes, genres, and periods, and research in the following fields: literary and cultural theory; material and visual cultures; reception studies; cultural history; comparative gender studies and performance studies; diasporas and migration studies; transmediality. The series is especially interested in research that articulates and examines new developments in comparative literature, in the English-speaking world and beyond. It seeks to advance methodological reflection on comparative literature, and aims to encourage critical dialogue between scholars of comparative literature at an international level.

Previous Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition Winners

Zélie Asava, The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities in Irish Film and Television (ISBN 978-3-0343-0839-7). Available from (Winner in Irish Studies, 2011)

Marina Avelar, Giving with an Agenda: How New Philanthropy Advocates for the Corporate Reform of Education (ISBN 978-1-78707-688-4). Forthcoming 2019. (Winner in Education Studies, 2016)

Prafulla Basumatary, Verbal Semantics in a Tibeto-Burman Language (ISBN 978-1-78707-339-5). Available from (Winner in Linguistics, 2016)
Alberica Bazzoni, Writing for Freedom: Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative (ISBN 978-3-0343-2242-3). Available from (Winner in Women’s Studies, 2015)
Paula Blair, Old Borders, New Technologies: Reframing Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary Northern Ireland (ISBN 978-3-0343-0945-5). Available from 45184. (Winner in Film Studies, 2012)
Mercedes del Campo, Alternative Ulsters: Troubles Short Fiction by Women Writers, 1968–1998 (ISBN 978-1-78874-330-3). Forthcoming 2020. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2017)

Ruth Kitchen, A Legacy of Shame: French Narratives of War and Occupation (ISBN 978-3-0343-0856-4). Available from (Winner in French Studies, 2011)

Katya Krylova, Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard (ISBN 978-3-0343-0845-8). Available from (Winner in German Studies, 2011)

Samuel Merrill, Networking Remembrance: Excavating Buried Memories in the Railways beneath London and Berlin (ISBN 978-3-0343-1919-5). Available from (Winner in Memory Studies, 2014)

Michèle Milan, Translation in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Study of Franco-Irish Translation Relationships (ISBN978-1-906165-65-9). Forthcoming 2019. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2015)

Maria Morelli, Queer(ing) Gender in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing: Maraini, Sapienza, Morante (ISBN 978-1-78874-175-0). Forthcoming 2018. (Joint Winner in Modern Italian Studies, 2017)

Frances Mossop, Mapping Berlin: Representations of Space in the Weimar Feuilleton (ISBN 978-3-0343-1834-1). Available from (Winner in German Studies, 2013)

Clare Stainthorp,Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet (ISBN 978-1-78874-147-7). Forthcoming 2018. (Winner in Nineteenth-Century Studies, 2017)

Whitney Standlee, ‘Power to Observe’: Irish Women Novelists in Britain, 1890–1916 (ISBN 978-3-0343-1837-2). Available from (Winner in Irish Studies, 2013)

Nina Valbousquet, Rome, Zion, and the Fasces: Italian Catholics and Antisemitism in Europe (1918–1946) ISBN 978-1-78874-190-3. Forthcoming 2019. (Joint Winner in Modern Italian Studies, 2017)

The 8th Congress of the European Society of Comparative Literature will take place in Lille from 28th-31st August 2019: “Literature, cultural exchanges and transmission: knowledge and creation between past and future”

Forthcoming Congress

Organizers: Fiona McIntosh-Varjabédian and Karl Zieger

The deadline for abstracts of individual papers and panels has been extended until 22 July, but please let the organizers know by 30 June if you intend to submit a proposal either for a panel or an individual paper.

N.B. The co-panellists are chosen by the head of the panel. It is not necessary at this stage to give the exact identity of the co-panellists. However, please tell the organizers how many sessions you need (one, two, or three sessions of two hours).

Please send your expression of interest / proposals to : and

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 John Dryden Translation Competition, run in conjunction with the British Centre for Literary Translation:

The winners of the John Dryden Translation Competition for 2017-18 have been announced. The jury has evaluated translations from a range of languages into English and awarded the following:

First prize:
Colin Bramwell and Wen-Chi Li for Selections from the poetry of Yang Mu from the Chinese of Yang Mu’s (出發)給名名的十四行詩.

Second prize:
Adam Sorkin and Diana Manolefor (Selections) from the Romanian of Emilian Galaicu-Păun’s

Third prize:
Kseniia Vitalievna Bogdanova for The Legend of Larra of the Staff from the Russian of Maxim Gorky’s Легенда о Ларре.

Paul Melo e Castro for Raw Muscle from the Portuguese of Rubem Fonseca’s (A Força Humana.)

The following entries were also shortlisted for the prize:

Lindy Falk van Rooyen for Up Close & Distant (excerpt) from the Danish of Dorrit Willumsen’s Nær og fjern.

Laura Shanahan for The End of the Set Phrases (and of Sally Moore’s Life) from the Italian of Viola di Grado’s La fine delle frasi fatte (e della vita di Sally Moore).

Matthew Hyde for Hanuman’s Journey to Lolland (excerpt) from the Russian of Andrei Ivanov’s Путешествие Ханумана на Лолланд.

Bella Bosworth for Letters from Mamá from the Spanish of Julio Cortázar’s Cartas de mamá.

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition.

Call for Papers: (De)Constructing Masculinity: Manifestations of Maleness, Male Sexuality and the Male Body in Greco-Roman Antiquity Date: 2nd November 2018, King’s College London

Keynote Speaker: Professor Helen King (Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Open University).

(De)Constructing Masculinity is a one-day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of masculinity in the Greco-Roman world, generously funded and supported by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

What did it mean to be a man in the ancient world? And what did it mean for an individual to fall short of the criteria for manliness?

These questions will form the foundation of (De)Constructing Masculinity as it seeks to explore various constructions of masculinity in ancient Greco-Roman literature and the ways in which hegemonic masculinity is challenged or affirmed by these gender expressions. (De)Constructing Masculinity is also firmly intended as an interdisciplinary conference with the aim of encouraging conversations between researchers in the fields of Classics, Comparative Literature and Theology given the wealth of materials that these disciplines share.

We welcome abstracts of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers by postgraduate students and early career researchers. All abstracts must be sent in PDF format to no later than 30th June 2018 (EOD). All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submissions by 14th July 2018. We will also accept proposals for complete panels of up to 3 papers. Suggested themes for both panels and individual papers include, but are by no means limited to:

– Performing masculinity and male sexuality in and through ancient literature
– Literary representations of problematic male bodies
– Subversive representations of male archetypes, e.g. soldier, statesman, citizen, athlete, father, religious leader etc.
– Male authorship and the dynamics of gendered canonisation in literary traditions
– Political loss and its effect upon collective and individual notions of masculinity
– The appropriation of female imagery and language by male writers
– Women performing masculinity in and through ancient literature
– The implications of literary manifestations of gender androgyny
– The role of men and masculine status in the New Testament and other early Christian writings
– Comparative analysis of any of the above themes within Greco-Roman and early Christian literature.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the conference team at For further information about the conference and about registering your interest in attending, please see our website at (De)Constructing Masculinity Conference

CFP: Narrating and Constructing the Beach, Munich (Abstracts: 14 January, 2018) International and interdisciplinary conference at the Amerikahaus Munich, 14 – 16 June, 2018 Keynote: Michael Taussig, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

The beach has recently become the site of important transformations: understood in the context of mass tourism for many years, nowadays we perceive the beach as bearing witness to the arrival of refugees, to pollution and climate change (e.g. tsunamis, rising sea levels), and to a growing number of sociocultural conflicts (e.g. over dress codes as in the case of burkini / nudist debates). As an area of unregulated movement as well as an institutional / institutionalized border, the beach receives growing media interest, but still remains at the periphery of maritime studies in academia. To do justice to the complex spatial concepts, dynamics, practices, and aesthetics of the beach, the international conference ›Narrating and Constructing the Beach‹ views it as a (border) phenomenon in its own right and sets out to analyze it systematically and historically.
The (European) »invention of the beach«, which Alain Corbin situates approximately in the 18th century, is connected to a myriad of discourses and practices which crystallize at, and are projected onto, the beach. In this respect, the conference will trace the manifold, changing, and at times competing representations and experiences of the beach in artwork, culture, and society as well as the many cultural imaginaries of the beach in their global and historical diversity. One focal point will concern the techniques employed to narrate, construct, and reshape ›the beach‹: it is our cultural, artistic, and perceptual practices that produce the beach as an ever changing aesthetic, sociocultural, political, historical, and also geographic space. As such, the beach is at once liminal and multiple, determined by the juxtaposition of land, ocean and sky as well as the blurring of the lines that separate them. It can turn from a representational space to a living space, and is at times perceived as a non-place or a heterotopia.
From differing and decidedly interdisciplinary research perspectives, the conference also inquires into how ways of experiencing the beach interact with sociocultural body practices and markers of difference (such as gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, class, age, dis/ability, etc.): locals and travelers alike can perceive the beach as a space of encounter with the – erotic or dangerous – other, leading to (transitory) loss or vehement demarcation of the self. Contributing practices include Grand Tours, medical / health retreats, beach pastimes (swimming, promenading, building sand castles, collecting seashells as well as flotsam and jetsam), (mass-)touristic colonization, gender specific productions of subspaces (e.g. through towels, gazes), or the artificial incorporation of beaches into cities. Contributions could investigate these and other aspects from the point of view of changing cultural, medial, or aesthetic forms.
But even when not thinking of such sociocultural ties, the beach remains a fluid and a non-localizable space which constitutes itself mainly via relations: for example, it is dependent on, yet also autonomous from, the sea and water, the harbor, urban structures, and other forms of the shore and the coast. The beach can be read in analogy or opposition to the harbor when representing the clandestine or the disturbances and disruptions in global systems of institutionalized trade currents and travel itineraries. To reach the beach might, thus, result from going astray, evading the harbor, or missing it – from being stranded. By analyzing the establishment of sanatoriums, the regulation of trade, tourism or migration, presentations could detail how processes of order and institutionalization remain (in)visible, how they (temporarily) establish structures, or even how they are in vain.
While the conference is interested in how these liminal and multiple border spaces are narrated and constructed by sociocultural practices, it also investigates how beaches are generated by literature, music, theater, performance, film, photography, and art as (aesthetic) spaces and in which ways ›the beach‹ shapes and transforms both poetics and aesthetics.
We thus invite contributions from all fields interested in cultural studies and pertaining to all epochs and places around the globe to analyze beaches as cultural artifacts or in cultural artifacts. Researchers can take into account the connections and interactions between the discursive conditions of the beach, its aesthetic dimensions, and its historical and cultural practices.
Abstracts in English or German (300-500 words) for a 30-minute presentation and a subsequent 15-minute discussion can be submitted with a short academic C.V. by January 14, 2018 to the following email address: Submissions should not have been previously published as we plan to publish the conference proceedings. Please indicate whether you might be comfortable speaking in English and/or German so we can find a balance between both conference languages.

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Organization: Graduate School Language & Literature – Class of Literature
Team: Stefan Brückl, Ines Ghalleb, Dominik Pensel, Roxanne Phillips, Katharina Simon, Florian Telsnig
Organized in cooperation with the Bavarian American Academy and the Amerikahaus Munich:

Conference Announcement Narrating and Constructing the Beach (LMU Munich)