Category Archives: Calls for Papers, Articles, Translations

CfP: ‘The Orient in Translation’ at the University of Lisbon

The Centre for Comparative Studies based at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon will be organising an international colloquium entitled ‘The Orient in Translation: Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the Luso Space’ on 26-27 November 2015.

Suggested topics include:

  • The Orient as a space of cultural translation;
  • Cultural, aesthetic and literary importations from the Asian space;
  • Portuguese Orientalism as a European aesthetics (19th and 20th centuries);
  • Orientalists and their translation activity;
  • Representations of Asia (from the Far East to South Asia, Southeast Asia, Maritime Southeast Asia, etc.) in Portuguese art and historiographic discourse;
  • The Orient and the exotic: their signified and signifiers;
  • Writing and its ethnographic value: travels, imaginaries and symbols;
  • Literature, tourism and utopias/dystopias;
  • Language didactics: teaching Asian languages in the Luso space;
  • Grammatical descriptions of Asian languages resulting from the encounter with the Luso space.

Proposals for 20-minute papers offering cross-disciplinary, comparative and innovative approaches to the contacts, negotiations and circulations occurring between the Luso and Asian spaces within a wide time range are invited. Deadline for abstracts along with a biography is 30 June 2015. Working languages of the colloquium are Portuguese, English and French.

See the call for papers for details.

CfP: ‘Texts in Times of Conflict’

The next Graduate Conference for Adaptation and Textual Studies, which is jointly hosted by the Centre for Textual Studies and Centre for Adaptations, will take place on 8 September 2015 at De Montfort University in Leicester. Keynote speakers of the conference are Dr Natasha Alden, Aberystwyth University, and Professor Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Textual and visual representations, interpretations of and responses to conflict,
  • Adaptations which respond to past and/or present conflicts (including perceived conflicts within the discipline itself, be they intellectual, methodological, pedagogical etc),
  • Conflictual relationships between artistic, critical and intellectual movements,
  • Processes and agents shaping the design, production, dissemination and consumption of texts,
  • Theoretical or bibliographical methodologies,
  • Intellectual conflicts surrounding the emergence of new media and technologies,
  • Competing or contradictory representations of conflict through identical or different expressive forms,
  • State involvement in the production, dissemination and consumption of texts in times of conflict,
  • The evolution of media forms and their impact on conflict-based studies.

Proposals for 15- or 20-minute papers are invited. The deadline for abstracts is 5 June 2015. Bursaries to cover up to £50 of expenses and free registration are available.

See the website for details.

Early Career Symposium: ‘National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies’

A one-day, early career symposium, ‘National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies’, organised in association with the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will be held on Friday 18 September 2015. The day will consist of papers and panel discussions, a roundtable, and an opening address given by Professor Ingrid De Smet (FBA, University of Warwick).

The symposium is especially designed for early career researchers (including advanced postgrads) working in several disciplines (including English, Modern Languages and History) to reflect on challenges and opportunities for research in early modern European literary culture in different languages and that crosses national boundaries. A central aim is to give researchers working in different areas the chance to meet each other, make new contacts and exchange ideas.

Organisers welcome expressions of interest in speaking at the event (including giving a 15-20 minute paper). Deadline for proposals is 30 June 2015. Thanks to generous support from a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA), attendance is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. In order to attract researchers from across the country, the organizers are able to assist with travel expenses for participants travelling from outside London. Places are limited and will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.

Visit the website for details and registration.

CfP: ‘Etymological Thinking in the 19th and 20th Century’

The University of Oxford will be holding a two-day conference titled ‘Etymological Thinking in the 19th and 20th Century’ on 6-7 November 2015. Confirmed keynote speakers are Dr Philip Durkin, Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and Dr Federico Faloppa from the University of Reading.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the political use of etymology;
  • the relevance of etymologies to the construction of sense in fictional or autobiographical narratives and in poetry;
  • etymology and language planning;
  • writers’ and intellectuals’ involvement in lexicographic and etymological work;
  • etymological dictionaries;
  • folk etymology;
  • learned/popular lexicon;
  • etymology and theories of language and language change;
  • the history of particular languages.

Abstracts of 250-word proposals for 30-minute papers are invited. The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2015.

See the call for papers for details.

Contributions Invited for 2015 volume of the Kremenets Comparative Studies

Contributions are invited for the 2015 volume of the Kremenets Comparative Studies published by the Department of Foreign Languages at Taras Shevchenko Regional Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute of Kremenets, Ukraine.

The aim of the journal is to unite literary critics in order to exchange opinions on modern research of the literary phenomena in comparative aspect. 

Deadline for submission is 1 June 2015. See the call for papers for details.