The tenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) will take place at the University of Liverpool on 16-18 April 2015. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Keith Barnham (Imperial College London), Dr Patricia Fara (University of Cambridge), and Dr Claire Preston (Queen Mary University of London).
The BSLS invites proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on any subjects within the field of literature and science. However, proposals addressing the themes of light, optics, vision and colour, and proposals for papers, panels or roundtables on engaging the public with literature and science research are particularly welcome. In addition, ‘flash talks’ of up to 7 minutes on any topic are invited for a special plenary session. Deadline for submissions is 5 December 2014.
Conference delegates will need to register as members of the BSLS but the conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter.
Contact Greg Lynall for details.
The 6th Biennial Congress of the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies (REELC/ENCLS) will be held in collaboration with Comparative Literature Association of Ireland (CLAI) on 24-28 August 2015 at Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway. The theme of this year’s congress has been designated as ‘Longing and Belonging’.
According to the organisers of the congress, the notions of longing and belonging are considered as lending themselves to a comparative exploration through different disciplines, such as: Geocriticism, Diaspora Studies, Migration Studies, Imagology, Myth- and Folklore criticism, (Post-) Colonial Studies; Sexuality Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Masculinity Studies; Ekphrasis, Adaptation Studies, Intermedial Studies, Reception and Reader-response Theory, Children Literature; Literature and Anthropology, Literature and Science, Literature and Psychology, Literature and Philosophy, Ethics in/and Literature.
Proposals are invited for both individual papers and thematic panels. Deadline for abstracts is 1 October 2014.
Visit the website for details.
We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Postgraduate Reception on the evening of Tuesday 28 October 2014 at University College London.
The theme for this year’s Autumn Reception is ‘Beyond Europe’ and we have three slots available for postgraduates to give a 20-minute paper on any aspect of their research in Comparative Literature that shifts across or reaches beyond the boundaries of European cultures, languages, or societies.
Our keynote speaker for the evening is Dr Florian Mussgnug (Lecturer in Italian and head of the Comparative Literature Graduate Programme at UCL), who will be speaking on ‘Re-thinking Genre in an Age of World Literature’.
BCLA Postgraduate Receptions are friendly evening seminars which offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics, followed by an informal wine reception. Our last Postgraduate Receptions included papers on Bronisław Malinowski and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Vriginia Woolf and Arundhati Roy, Naipaul’s cross-cultural writing and Claude Lévi-Strauss’ ethnographic imaginary.
The deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words) is 6 October 2014 (though we may be able to be flexible if you indicate your interest but are not able to write an abstract before then). If you would like to present, or for more information, please contact BCLA Postgraduate Representatives.
Contributions are invited for the next volume of the Diffractions – Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture, an online, peer reviewed and open access journal published by the doctoral programme in Culture Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. The theme of the fourth issue is ‘Popping the Question: The Question of Popular Culture’.
Deadline for submitting full articles of no more than 20 A4 pages (not including bibliography) and a short bio of about 150 words is 30 November 2014. Submissions may be in Portuguese, English or Spanish, and the journal also accepts book reviews.
See the call for papers for details.
The Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon will be organising an international conference entitled ‘Arch&Lit: Inter-Arts Dialogues’ on 4-5 December 2014. The conference aims to discuss a wide variety of topics in relation to arts, architecture and literature.
Proposals for 20-minute papers especially with a comparative and transdisciplinary approach are invited. Deadline for abstracts along with a biography is 30 September 2014. Working languages of the conference are Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Visit the website for details.