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CFP for EJES Volume 24 “Decentering Commemorations”: Literary, Cultural, Historical and Political Commemorations across and beyond the British Isles

Guest Editors: Antonella Braida-Laplace, Jeremy Tranmer and Céline Sabiron (Lorraine)

At a time of crisis concerning Europe’s identity and ideals, commemorations are not only intended as a nation-building process. They can also be appropriated by various actors at national, regional, and local levels, such as cultural institutions, political parties and social media. Increasing mobility and instability trigger off tendencies to go back to the past, to search for one’s roots and to emphasise the importance of heritage. Governments and lobbies/corporations such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple use landmarks to impose their readings of political, cultural and literary events, while grassroot communities organise their own remembrance events or commemorate differently and sometimes more informally and spontaneously.
The years 2018 and 2019 mark multiple anniversaries that will be commemorated transnationally, including the Armistice (1918) and the Treaty of Versailles (1919), the events of May 1968 in France, women’s suffrage in the UK (1918), the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), the release of the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) or the Woodstock Festival (1969). This EJES issue explores why and how these historical events, cultural productions and literary figures will be remembered across Europe. It intends to investigate in what ways and to what extent these commemorations are transferred from one cultural space to another, across and beyond the British Isles. It will also examine their transformations in the contemporary digital age and the shift towards new forms of democratic participation.

The editors invite proposals for articles dealing with transregional and/or transnational commemorations. Essays should account for the relationship between two or more regions or countries, one of them being the United Kingdom. Theoretical or practical approaches to the following topics, from different disciplinary perspectives, are welcomed:
forms and modes of commemorating commemoration as an expression of soft power or a means of empowerment commemoration and technology in the digital age commemoration and cultural policies commemoration and hyphenated/conflicting identities (bi-nationals, and European nationals) in the UK due to Devolution and Brexit posterity and the literary canon literary and visual adaptations publishing policies commemorations as a way of asserting human rights

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for full essays (7,500 words), as well as all inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to all three editors by 30 November 2018:

Antonella Braida-Laplace: Jeremy Tranmer: Céline Sabiron:

CfP Comparative Approaches to Turkish Literature May 9-10, 2019 Bilkent University, Ankara

The Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University invites applications for its annual graduate conference. The general theme of the upcoming conference is “Comparative Approaches to Turkish Literature.”

This two-day conference aims to offer a forum for young scholars interested in looking at Turkish literature(s) broadly defined through new and comparative perspectives, in positioning Turkish literature authors and texts within the framework of world literature, and in discussing relations between Turkish literature and other literatures.

Possible topics may include:

The place and position of Turkish literature within World Literature
Relations and interactions between Turkish literature and other literatures
Ottoman-Turkish literature and non-Western-defined forms of literary modernization
Intertextuality with works of other literatures in Turkish literature
Translation and reception of Turkish literature in other languages
Turkish literature and international literary awards
Turkish literature in relation with other media

The conference is open to graduate students at the MA and PhD level; however, a few spots will be reserved for advanced undergraduate students in Turkish literature or other humanities department who are considering pursuing their graduate education in Turkish or Comparative Literature. Limited accommodation will be available on the Bilkent campus to presenters coming from outside of Ankara.

Please send an abstract (250-300 words, Times New Roman, 12pt, including a minimum of three and a maximum of five keywords) to Please indicate name, title and affiliation on the abstract. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15th, 2019. Applicants will be informed of the organizing committee’s decision regarding their paper by February 15th, 2019.

International Conference 14th-15th June 2019 Canon? Practice? Commodity? The Past, Present and Future of the Literary Anthology

Queen Mary University, London
Department of Comparative Literature and Culture
The power of the anthology as an instrument of knowledge production has long been recognised, and, since the 1980s, the genre has been problematised and contested both within specific instantiations and in scholarly research which takes the anthology as its subject. The anthology as such, however, has yet to be fully theorised, and this conference aims to move toward a more comprehensive conceptualisation of its forms, functions and cultural dynamics.